jazminewong replied to your post: It sucks being the only person I know to see a few…
Both examples I’m going to mention are below average from a completely critical perspective, but something about them really got to me when I watched them a few years ago.
Afraid of the Dark. It’s really hard to look up because you’ll always get results for stuff like “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” or “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.” It’s a film about a young boy who believes there’s a murderer stalking him as he progressively goes blind. The delirium of the images he sees, and those that are presented to us, create a sense of confusion and panic. The film has strong gothic elements, and is certainly very creepy. I won’t spoil anything, but there are some scenes that filled me with mixed feelings of disbelief and dread.
Leolo was another. Also, pretty creepy, but very different than the one before. This one hinges on the mixed realities of the film’s subject, Leo, who deals with his (this might be an understatement) dysfunctional family through the use of his imagination, taking him to fantastical landscapes and situations. From imagining an alternate origin for himself (where he believes himself to be Italian through the result of a tomato incident, and thus dubs himself Leolo) to sexual fantasies with his neighbor to plotting murder, it’s a very very very strange, disturbing, imaginative film.