Saturday, October 28, 2017

Day 359: It Lives In the Attic

This was from Miller's Top 31 of the year list. It was free on Amazon Prime.

It Lives In the Attic at first seems to be an anthology but the longer you watch, the more you realize all the stories are connected. It really focuses on three people: Ellie, Barney and Andy. What their relationship is to each other and how they all come together is part of the fun of the movie. The opening bit is Andy in the woods, enjoying nature until he keeps coming across smoked cigarettes near his camp site and hearing footsteps in the night. One day, while fishing, he finds a bloody shirt in the water. There is a nice little twist at the end of his story and the vignettes just keep coming from there. The review I read compared it to Pulp Fiction and that is true only in the sense that the narrative is non-linear and sometimes replays the same scenes from different angles.

This is an ambitious little movie that is super low budget. The acting by the main players is not bad but beyond them, there is a kind of "let's put on a show" quality to the whole thing. The production values are non-existent and I swear they turned a high school into a sex dungeon in one part. There are lots of very wrong things happening in this movie and the amateurish nature of the whole thing actually acts as a strength towards the end. This movie is kind of winning despite itself but I can see how it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea.

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