Audition is the story of a Nice Guy who just wants to meet a nice young woman by leveraging his position as a producer to ask strangers intimate questions under false pretenses. For some reason, this ends with bad things happening to him (and it’s awesome).
This is a messy garbage movie and I’m always happy to stick my face in it. Mmmm, throwback body horror.
A guy walks into a studio. “I have a great idea,” he says. “The Parisian catacombs are spooky, right? How come nobody’s ever shot a horror movie down there?” The film that resulted was 2014’s As Above, So Below.
I can see you itching your palms already. Unfortunately, you failed to take into account this monkey’s paw behind my back and its two stipulations: the director is John Erick Dowdle, whose previous film was the illustrious M Night Shyamalan brainchild Devil, and the specific horror subgenre is everyone’s favorite gimmick genre, “found footage.”
It is only this go-round that I realized why this movie holds up better than most post-Scream meta slashers.
I’m now one step closer to having seen every film adaptation of Phantom of the Opera.
It’s not often we cover an honest-to-God harmfully offensive film on this show!
Part one of our holiday gift to you, featuring an only slightly cold take.