Does black and white make ‘The Eyes of My Mother’ scarier?

09.23.16 3 years ago

Clip It: Each day, Jon Davis looks at the world of trailers, featurettes, and clips and puts it all in perspective.

I'm scared. The Eyes of My Mother seems like one of those movies that are not for the faint of heart. I know that I don't want anywhere near this house. Is it the black and white photography, which steeps this world in stark shadows and makes every stray object look like a body part? I think that's a big part of it.

It's super creepy. Apparently, Francisa's mother was a taxidermist who seemed interested in cutting off the eyes. Francisca is not exactly a normal person herself. She is given to long silences and vague staring. Also, she appears to be chopping up bodies and lugging them around. My favorite shot is the one at the end of the trailer, where Francisca's just doop-doop-dooing around the house while some dude, I think probably blind, is stumbling around the forest behind her. I don't think she wants to help him at all. She's got laundry to do.  

I got some serious Audition vibes. And if you don't know what that's about, then you probably don't want to know what this is about. Some movies like to challenge you to your core, in terms of what you are willing to watch people do to each other. I don't like drawing lines, but usually this is where I draw the line. It's that moment when the little voice in my head that says, “Yes, arty and stuff, but is this any fun?” It looks like one of those movies.  

I love horror, but I don't know if my stomach can handle this one. Can yours?

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