White, older Aaron and his younger, Black partner Malik are moving from the city to the countryside with Aaron's teen daughter Kayla. SPIRAL is a horror film with ritual and folk themes, in many ways reminiscent of Jordan Peele's GET OUT.
White, older Aaron, his younger, Black partner Malik and Aaron‘s teen daughter Kayla move from the city to the countryside in a huge wooden house in a small community. Malik has post-traumatic stress disorder after an experience with homophobic criminals, but he seems calm on the outside, regularly takes his meds and has a loving, trusting relationship with Kayla. However, he has nightmares and his work as a ghostwriter makes him feel morally conflicted. When he notices that an old man is observing the couple and is sneaking around the house, he confronts the old man. He panics but manages to put a seemingly empty note in Aaron‘s hand. That night, Malik sees a strange ritual in the house across from him. The next morning, the old man is dead. Malik experiences increasingly awful things and he finds out something terrifying about the friendly-seeming neighbors.
Canadian director Kurtis David Hardner shot his first film at 18, in the following 10 years he produced 13. SPIRAL is the third film he directed. SPIRAL is a horror film with ritual and folklore motifs that recalls Jordan Peele‘s GET OUT in many ways. It tells a story about gaslighting and the terror experienced by outsiders and minorities, but is less complex than GET OUT and not as funny. However, SPITAL is effectively directed with believable characters and excellent actors, especially Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, whose Malik is incredible charming and is convincing at being shocked. SPIRAL is better than the current mainstream horror franchises, but it‘s not in modern horror‘s first league since it‘s missing the inner abysses. The horror is gazed at from the outside here.
Translation: Elinor Lewy
Original title: Spiral
Kanada 2019, 90 min
Director: Kurtis David Harder
Author: Colin Minihan, John Poliquin
DOP: Bradley Stuckel
Montage: Kurtis David Harder, Colin Minihan
Music: Avery Kentis
Distributor: drop-out Cinema
Cast: Lochlyn Munro, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Ari Cohen, Ty Wood, Thomas Elms, Chandra West
- OV Original version
- OmU Original with German subtitles
- OmeU Original with English subtitles
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