“A young woman goes on a solo vacation to the English countryside after the death of her ex-husband.”

Director: Alex Garland
Writers: Alex Garland
Staring: Jessie Buckley, Rory Kinnear, Paapa Essiedu
Release Date: May 20, 2022

Fresh off her Oscar nomination, Jessie Buckley is ready to test her horror grips with A24’s and Alex Garland’s Men.

Right from the jump, the location where they shot Harper (Jessie Buckley) staring into the void of the creepy Garden of Eden tunnel is outstanding. The hyped up green and the seemingly never ending chasm are stunning to look at right from the jump.

The light at the end of the tunnel ends up disappearing as Harper’s “HUH” echoes cavernously. The same haunting vocals continues and a church setting further amplifies how shadows will be a part of Garland’s style making this movie. Something along the lines of the shadow of man weighs on Harper even after death and you only hear yourself in an echo chamber of despair or sadness?

The horror cranks up as Harper is in a hostel that appears to be…very hostile. Get it? Get it?? Creepy men are haunting her but I think it is meant to be a question as to whether or not these men are real.

We return to tunnel of doom (I need to get more creative) but now there is a man at the end of it…which can most likely only spell bad things.

They are going to do a long tracking shot with this tunnel and I am going to be enthralled the entire time.

Oh, and the trailer ends with this mysterious man chasing Harper and her turning back around toward where the tunnel began. With the title of this movie being Men, does that mean that there will be multiple and someone will waiting at the front and pinning her in the middle?

Alex Garland has an impeccable track record. He wrote 28 Days Later… (2002) which is one of my favorite horror movies of all time. He thing broke into the directing world with Ex Machina (2014), which he also wrote and was nominated for an Oscar for. Then he made Annihilation (2018) which was a remarkable adaption of a very complicated science fiction book written by Jeff Vandermeer. Oh, and in the future, he is penned as the writer for Halo, which is an original motion picture based off the video game.

Men will start fucking with people’s heads when it is released in theaters on May 20, 2022.


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