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Friday, June 11, 2010

ILS / THEM (2006)

Creep-out horror pic about an isolated couple (young & sexy, natch) who find themselves under siege by a nebulous gang of flashlight-wielding psychos. The film claims to be ‘based on a true story,’ but it feels as tricked up as most modern thrillers, though lacking even a speck of humor and with implied, rather than explicit, gore. Co-meggers David Moreau & Xavier Palud and lenser Axel Cosnefroy were probably hoping to get back to some of the deep-seated fears of SPOORLOOS/’88 (the original version of THE VANISHING), but their trailing camera technique just makes you wonder what sort of scare pic the Dardenne Bros. might fashion.

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