Sneakily taking the hinges off the doors of perception

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Daniel Harper


  1. Jarl
    June 24, 2016 @ 1:49 pm

    This is a strange movie for me because I hate it to pieces, on a purely immature aesthetic level (I don’t like slasher movies and I don’t like slow talky movies and this is a slow talky slasher movie), and have only managed to watch it once, yet some of my favorite Tarantino moments are right there in this movie. This movie I can’t stand and only saw once, I can still remember with perfect clarity Jungle Julia’s aforementioned ass (I’d have to be blind, asexual, and dead for 20 years not to remember dat ass), the foot on the dashboard, and Stuntman Mike’s fantastic “Which way you goin’, left or right?” speech. Any of them I’d rank up there with some of my favorite Tarantino moments, like the wedding massacre, or assigning the colorful names.

    … those are all in the first half, aren’t they. Weird.


  2. Sean Dillon
    June 25, 2016 @ 4:00 am

    Given the ending “cliffhanger”, it seems you might be talking about the metafictional aspects in the next essay, but I find it very interesting how the film uses the grain of old film stock, in particular how it disappears almost entirely in the second half.

    Also intersting is how the film is kid of about the reclamation of a niche genre (car movies) by a group of female fans who want stories about the relationships between friends and lovers from a violent male one who wants stories about death and male loners and blood and guts. Just not his blood and guts.


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