THE LODGE, Dir. Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala, USA, UK, 100 min. 2019
When Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala exploded onto the scene with their outrageously brilliant Goodnight, Mommy, there was no doubt that two of the most exciting and talented voices within genre cinema had arrived. With their second feature, THE LODGE, the duo takes horror cinema to unfathomable new heights and deliver what is ostensibly the scariest film of the year, or even decade.
Riley Keough is Grace, a young woman in a relationship with Richard, who has been reluctant to introduce her to his two kids due to the suicide of their mother. However, a planned bonding weekend trip goes horribly awry when Grace ends up isolated in the familys winter cabin with the kids, dwindling stocks, and strained nerves. Its not long before strange occurrences start.
Tense and uneasy from start to finish, Veronika and Severins film builds up to expertly-timed scares and frightening observations that linger long after the film has ended. With razor sharp performances and chilling visuals, THE LODGE is a jigsaw puzzle of a horror film whose scares ever-intensify as it comes together, leaving in its wake a trail of uneasy and unforgettable climaxes. An instant classic of the horror genre, THE LODGE deserves to be spoken in the same breath as films like RAW and WHEN ANIMALS DREAM. It will shake you to your very core. -Evrim Ersoy
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