Sunday May 30, 2021

3. Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now (1973)

Welcome to the show notes for the third episode of the Loathsome Things Podcast!

For this episode, we reviewed Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now. This classic horror movie centers on the characters portrayed by Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie: a married adult couple that find it much easier to talk to, talk about, think about, and run around as in some sort of game with the spirit of their dead child, rather than their only living offspring. Set in the “someone’s gotta clean that aquarium” era of Venice, this film takes its time allowing the viewer to build a relationship to the characters, including a really wild sex scene where, you know, they do it. This is really more of a Drama film until the final 10 minutes, where it surprised audiences with one of the twistiest twist endings in cinema history. This movie's influence on Horror cannot be overstated… well, I guess it can. BUT, you can see its influence most brazenly appearing in David Cronenberg’s The Brood and M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense.

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