This is definitely one of the more offbeat indie horror movies I’ve watched in quite some time – the best way to describe is if you took elements of William Friedkin’s film “Bug” (in terms of a man and a woman both dealing with trauma, and as you can see from the photo here, bugs), Spike Jonze’s “Her” (an unseen female voice driving a lot of the story), and a dash of Cronenberg and put it all in a blender with a lot of fake blood, you’d get something close to this film.
As Carl, Matthew Ewald gives a compelling performance as a truly tortured man dealing with an intense loss, and I look forward to seeing other performances from him in the future. That being said, I did have some issues with the usage of blood in this story, both figuratively and literally – and no, I’m not the squeamish type, and you shouldn’t be either if you watch this film.
Unfortunately, the blood is here is not only a bit excessive (people don’t bleed that much that fast), but there are various moments where a character is bleeding (there’s a scene in a bar that comes to mind) and people just ignore it – people don’t react to people who could have some sort of contagious disease like that in the real world (especially right now.)
In short, this was an interesting movie – there was a cool story here, but some of the special effects distracted me from focusing on it in full. I’d like to see this director make another film, even a horror film, but one that relies less on the gross out and more on the genuine horror found in the human condition – I have no doubt he’s capable of it.