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Rated NR · 121 minutes · 2018

Horror, Thriller
Writer-director Panos Cosmatos follows up his underground hit Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010) with another atmospheric, slow-moving horror film set in 1983. Somewhere in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, a lumberjack (Nicolas Cage) and his wife (Andrea Riseborough) get abducted by an acid-eating religious cult; the cult members kill the wife in a bizarre ritual, and the lumberjack, arming himself with everything from crossbows to chainsaws, enacts bloody revenge on the Jesus freaks. That’s pretty much the entire plot—Cosmatos is less interested in telling a story than in setting a mood, lingering on most of the shots until they become hypnotically fascinating or deathly dull, depending on your point of view. (The synth-driven score, by the late Jóhann Jóhannsson, goes a long way in establishing the vibe.) I didn’t much care for the film, but I can see how it might appeal to gorehounds and fans of genre cinema.
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Director: Panos Cosmatos
Producer: Daniel Noah, Josh Waller, Elijah Wood, Nate Bolotin and Adrian Politowski
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, Ned Dennehy, Olwen Fouéré, Richard Brake and Bill Duke

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