Don’t Look Now

This evening I watched Don’t Look Now, a horror flick starring a young Donald Sutherland circa 1973. The story centers around an American couple living in Venice who have recently lost their daughter. It’s hard to describe exactly the events that unfold in this film, but the tension level is pretty high throughout the whole thing and the ending is seriously insane. What I really liked about the movie, however, is that it is able to build suspense without showing you anything at all. The director, Nicolas Roeg, plants an idea in your mind and lets your imagination run rampant, but he’s careful to give absolutely nothing away until the very end of the film. If you were to look at this film out of context, it would seem like nothing is really happening. But coupled with Roeg’s excellent cinematography of highly creepy Venice alleyways and a pretty excellent orchestral score, Don’t Look Now kept me on the edge of my seat. This is high-calibre horror: the film is so well structured that nothing but the mere suggestion of deceit is necessary to build suspense. I throughly enjoyed it.

6 thoughts on “Don’t Look Now

  1. Good suggestions. It’s Tuesday and Elder Scrolls 4 comes out today, so I might pick this one up to rent ( We have a 75% Hollywood Video, 25% Game Crazy. Hollywood Video is a video rental place. Game Crazy is where you buy…well….games.)

  2. Coincidentally, I watched this movie in my film class 2 weeks ago. It sounded good and I was anxious to see it but I ended up really disliking it. I hear mostly rants and raves about it and I know most people like it, but I found myself bored and uninterested, which is strange because I’ve adored much stranger and slower horror flicks.

    Oh well. To each their own. This one was just a miss for me.

  3. If you liked Don’t Look Now then try Roeg’s Walkabout. Not technically horror but still wierd and creepy, it’s perhaps his best film.

    I think DLN is actually a British flick. Roeg is British and the production company was british too. They were the same people who tried to bury The Wicker Man (horror musical)which was made at the same time. When I say buried I mean it literally. The original negative is supposedly beneath a motorway.

  4. Wow, British?

    We Brits don’t know how lucky we are sometimes. Take Paul WS Anderson for example…we’re glad someone took him off our hands and yet never follow up with the goods.

    We’re sorry, okay!

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