Dir: Rebekah McKendry. USA. 2022. 79mins
The perfect horror filmmakers recognize the stability between extra and restraint; realizing how far to push the style whereas guaranteeing the story stays grounded sufficient to maintain an viewers firmly on the hook. With Superb, Rebekah McKendry (Psycho Granny) finds that candy spot, exploring the thematic and visible boundaries of the metaphysical narrative whereas additionally taking full benefit of the real-world parts of a determined man who encounters a personable however damaging demi-god in a dirty reststop toilet.
McKendry explores the thematic and visible boundaries of the metaphysical narrative
With its low-brow-meets-high-concept Lovecraftian premise and a few really heady visuals, Superb must be a agency favorite at Fantastia, the place it world premieres, and must also show a well-liked alternative when it bows on streamer Shudder on August 18. The presence within the forged of JK Simmonds, who voices the toilet-dwelling deity, must also pique some curiosity, and lead Ryan Kwanten additionally has a devoted following due to TV’s True Blood and cult movies like Crimson Hill and Knights Of Badassdom.
Kwanten is Wes, who, once we first meet him, is virtually passing out behind the wheel of his automobile on an unidentified American backroad. Sweaty and pallid, he pulls into an remoted reststop; the way in which during which he clutches a photograph of a reasonably woman and leaves quite a few pleading messages on her voicemail offers an perception into his emotional state. Cranking up the amount on his automobile radio, he downs a bottle of liquor and engages in an evening of one-man mayhem; waking up face down within the grime, he lurches to the toilet — and there the enjoyable begins.
By way of the wall of his rest room stall, which is daubed with an elaborate mural of a feminine demon with a glory gap for a mouth (therefore the movies’s play-on-word title) drifts a kindly voice (JK Simmonds). After some awkward small-talk, the voice reveals that it belongs to an historical god who has been pressured out of his ethereal state by his demonic father, and is starting to take corporeal type. If that occurs, the whole world can be destroyed — and solely Wes has the facility to cease him.
With the toilet door locked tight, we watch in real-time as Wes runs the gamut from incredulous disbelief and concern to livid rage and grudging acceptance. Kwanten retains Wes largely wound up tight, desperately attempting to carry it collectively, to make some sense of this extraordinary flip of occasions. Hints of buried secrets and techniques and previous traumas are slowly drawn out as he faces as much as each his previous and his unavoidable destiny. Simmonds’ measured, largely-benevolent supply is at scrumptious odds with the utter carnage he unleashes within the toilet.
As Wes meets his maker (or maybe his undoer), the deft screenplay by Todd Rigney, Joshua Hull and David Ian McKendry presents an intriguing exploration of the vulnerability of the human situation, the damning legacy of poisonous masculinity and the place of authentic sin and non secular redemption in trendy humanity. Crucially, it wears these philosophies frivolously; moments of humour, from the wry to the absurd, punctuate (and infrequently puncture) intense moments, and the visuals are by no means lower than eye-popping.
Cinematographer David Matthews utilises each grungy inch of this one-room setting — cracked mirrors, shadowy corners, and that unusual pulsating glow and sticky mucous coming from the locked stall are a stark distinction to well-timed flashbacks that are daubed within the golden glow of nostalgia. The color palette lurches from otherworldly purples to visceral reds and the pitch black void of Wes’s personal fracturing thoughts, and the soundtrack takes in all the pieces from demise steel to the disorienting jolly strains of 1905 tune ‘Wait Until The Solar Shines, Nellie’. It’s a visit, after which some.
Manufacturing firms: Alliance Media Companions, Fallback Plan Productions
Producers: Christian Armogida, Jason Scott Goldberg, Morgan Peter Brown, Joe Wicker, Bob Portal, Inderpal Singh
Screenplay: Todd Rigney, Joshua Hull, David Ian McKendry
Manufacturing design: Peter Kelly
Modifying: Joseph Shahood
Cinematography: David Matthews
Music: Jake Hull
Important forged: Ryan Kwanten, JK Simmonds, Andre Lamar