Tuesday, June 6, 2023

You Shall Not Rest is a listless compendium of common places in horror movies

You won’t rest (Bed Rest, EEU/2022).

Script and Direction: Lori Evans Taylor.

photography: Jean-Philippe Bernier. Music: Chris Forsgren.

List: Melissa Barrera, Guy Burnett, Eddie Inksetter.

Ability: Suitable for people over 13 years old. Duration: 90 minutes.

Our idea: Regular.

Melissa Barrera, the protagonist of this film, is also part of the previous two entries in the Scream franchise, a series of horror films assembled around the deconstruction of horror film tropes. For this reason, it’s paradoxical that her character here goes through an actual list of Julie-style commonplaces. If Julie had seen Scream, her life would have been much easier. In theory, she knew that she should not have bought an old house in which a family had died, also that the shadows and visions she begins to experience are not “just her imagination” and that That his cat would suddenly appear at the most unexpected of moments startled him. If there’s one thing this movie can’t be accused of, it’s originality. While a certain horror cinema, the so-called art-horror, is leading the renewal of genre cinema with films such as Hereditary, The Babadook, Raw, Mandy or The Lamb, which is the antidote to the eternal retreat in which Hollywood is stuck with the superhero. Was. franchise, this film returns us to horror devoid of invention and sustained exclusively by jump scares.

Julie is going through an advanced pregnancy. Gradually we are told that she lost another, that she had an emotional crisis due to that loss and that renovating the old house is a way of rebuilding her life. The fall causes her obstetrician to order forced bed rest for the last few months, which she had given up before the delivery. When, shortly after, 25 minutes into the film, a sign appears that says “Day 1, 55 left to go” it’s clear there’s a torrid road ahead, especially for viewers. The appearance of a child who may or may not be his dead son leads to a series of half-heartedly recounted supernatural events whose “wonders” are divided long before the unfolding of history. can be done.

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