Monday, October 10, 2022

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 10: Speak No Evil (2022)

America isn't a country that suffers from too much politeness. Watch any "Karen" video on TikTok if you need proof of that. So the message of Speak No Evil may not hit as hard with American audiences as it may with European audiences.

A Danish couple meets a Dutch couple while they are both vacationing in Italy. They hit it off, and their kids seem to get along. A few months later, the Danish couple gets a postcard from the Dutch couple, inviting them to spend a long weekend at their Holland home. They go. And when things start to feel...weird, the Danish couple too often chooses to remain polite over coming off as rude and getting the hell out of there.

But are things actually weird? Or is it just a matter of cultural and class differences? (The movie made it this countdown. You can probably guess the answer to that!) I won't say more about the plot, but will say director Christian Tafdrup amps up the tension from the very beginning, with an opening that echoes the opening of The Shining. Even a stunning vista can seem evil with the right soundtrack.

I watched Speak No Evil on Shudder.

1 comment:

Caffeinated Joe said...

This was a creepy and dark film.