Thursday, August 16, 2018
Dead Calm (1989) Scary Movies XI
A super little nail biter DEAD CALM is one of the great sea adventures. Brilliantly marrying the lost at sea subgenre with the psycho on the lose one we have two great stories working in tandem to keep our attention. One of the best things about Philip Noyce’s take on the tale is that in stripping the source story to its basics (several additional characters were removed) it allows Kidman to be not just a reactor waiting to be rescued but a woman in charge of her life.
Beautifully shot to maximize the isolation and the claustaphobia DEAD CALM works best of the big screen. It’s not a matter of the size of a picture but the fact that in a theater you are away from distractions so the you really feel isolated and a drift.
This is a great film.
See it Sunday at Lincoln Center as part of Scary Movies XI