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“On Earth” is the first must-see COVID horror movie
NeonNature opposes writer / director Ben Wheatley on Earth returning to 2014’s jewel A-field hallucinatory strobe light horror madness, following last year’s misunderstood Rebecca, which never fits Gonzo sensibilities You can’t do anything or escape. An incident of a simplified genre, filmed during quarantine and infused with deep-seated pandemic horror, is a fantastic folk freakout, like a plague, where it is festive and infects with nervous potency. Located on the very thin boundary between clarity and madness, it is the only recourse to bite the nerves, beat the senses, and submit to the powerlessness of mankind in the face of the elemental powers of the ancient world. It was produced in August 2020 for 15 days. In the Earth (currently playing) is not only a companion to Wheatley’s A-Field (mushroom-fueled psychotronic nightmare excellence), but also a companion to Alex Garland’s annihilation. The story focuses on scientists adventuring in the center of toxic darkness. They find brutal violence and trippy 2001-style madness. The main subject of Wheatley’s latest work is Martin Royale (Joel Fry), an unpretentious researcher who has arrived at a remote English-speaking facility where pandemic protocols are commonplace. No one explicitly identifies the illness that everyone fears, but the film shows the country (and planet), including the city where it is so deadly and Martin’s older parents live. It is revealed that it is devastating. A crazy vegan horror movie starring Steven Spielberg’s son At this outpost, Martin meets Alma (Ellora Tocia) in a refurbished country house for medical purposes. Wendle (Haley Squishy) running an unspecified test in the middle of where. Before embarking on a two-day hike to Olivia, Martin captured the imagination of the locals in the 1970s after some children went missing in the area, in a forest known as Parnag Feg. Spy the legendary pagan spirit paintings (and associated children’s paintings). It’s not a big leap to assume that this myth is somehow related to the opening site of the pierced towering stone slab movie (think of the more soil variations of the 2001 alien monolith). .. But at least initially, Martin shrugs off this tale and pays less attention to the campfire story about monsters than practical missions, including doing it outdoors, such as building a tent. Things quickly turn miserable. First, the duo encounters an abandoned tent littered with books about toys and witches. And it suggests that the family is hanging out in this forbidden zone. Then they are violently beaten in their own tent by an invisible perpetrator. Shortly thereafter, they come across Zack (Reece Shearsmith). Zack (Reece Shearsmith) provides assistance, including shoes, because it was stolen by an attacker. Return to his amazingly large temporary housing and fill with his own disinfection station. Zack is a sketchy hermit, but the pair accepts his help because they’re in a desperate strait and Martin also suffers from a huge cut on his leg-you don’t know, but it’s wise. You can see that it is not a good idea. Alma mentions Parnag Feg, saying, “I think the forest is like something you can feel, so it makes sense for them to turn to that horror.” .. Later, she tells Martin that she believes that people will soon forget their pandemic trials and return to their previous methods. This means that humanity cannot truly respect or understand the wonderful and terrifying power of nature. In this hostile environment, amateur shutter bug Zack said, “Photographs are really magical, but if you don’t know how it works, so are all technologies.” Unknown supernatural qualities are ubiquitous on Earth, Wheatley uses a sloping composition, and his character is dwarfed by a lush, foggy environment, devouring and consuming these intruders. And evokes the atmosphere of a mysterious primitive world that reintegrates. Its fertile soil. The director’s dreamy aesthetic is amplified by menacing electronic noise, violent breathing, and the soundscape of unnatural bird calls, giving the impression that the environment is not just alive, but sensuous. Give For Martin and Alma, all interoperability quickly becomes an urgent concern. Zack is left to the wild, so they have to escape. Olivia is trying to communicate with the primitive stone slabs she believes in. The embodiment of Parnag Feg, and the hub of the national ecological bionetwork. To do this, she employs a method that is both technical and ritual at the same time. It’s a marriage of rational and irrational things that are quickly defined on Earth, leading the shining and filmmaker’s killlist to the abyss, with Wheatley’s suspenseful visuals leaving Martin and Alma. Spy in place and swallowed by entwined branches and heavy leaves. An enlarged view of a wound on the flapping skin that spews blood and is sewn with a makeshift suture. A kaleidoscopic montage of blooming petals, smoke tendrils, sunlit mottled tree tops, crushing rocks, falling rain, crawling bugs, and other uneasy images. Here, the air and the body are intertwined, giving a hint of fate. No specific explanation of what is happening is provided. Cleverly, the rare descriptive seizures of the Earth are processed so quickly that it is difficult to deliberately identify the details. But it is clear that humans have little control over nature (and its old gods), and attempts by the former to understand the latter are destined to be confusing, if not expelling people from their beloved hearts. It’s an effort. At that embarrassing last moment, the movie offers the head-turning reward promised by the previous passage. It’s a movie about something that the earth doesn’t understand, so it doesn’t make any sense. Taking advantage of our ongoing COVID anxiety of corruption and ruin, it is a sinister vision of nature that biologically and psychologically protects itself through viral defense mechanisms, such an unstoppable force. It is useless to change, fight, reason, and even try to understand. The Daily Beast: Put our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now! DailyBeast Membership: Beast Inside digs deeper into the stories that matter to you. learn more.