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Bluesy background music plus a rainy Portland setting enhance the gloomy feel of 'Spiral' and help draw us into the world of its disturbed lead character.
It's an obvious, overlong, determined misfire of a motion picture...ambitious, but it's also fatally flawed.
Note to the writers: Just because a movie is a mystery doesn't mean everything in it has to be.
one long, slow buildup to a surprise ending that conceals two or three twisting secrets while still remaining elusive and open to interpretation.
It's a wit-free homage to Hitchcock and M. Night Shyamalan that, for all its slick presentation, never comes close to hitting the mark of its forebears.
Is a much different film than "Hatchet." It's focused, it's low key, it's original, and it really takes its plot seriously...
"The camera moves are jarring at times and soothing at others ... a skillful, well crafted piece."
A surprisingly engrossing two-person character study that (gradually) reveals something quite a bit darker beneath the surface.
Spiral is an interesting experiment in the evocation of things that do not actually exist, and it succeeds with sizzle.
Creepy and good.
Rented this after being so impressed with Green?s Frozen. I thought it was okay at best, but I really loved the ending.
Zachary Levi (Chuck). What a great guy. Not in near enough films and I didn't even know he was in this as it's not like widely shown except for in the starting credits of the film. So i didn't see this movie coming. Talks about a loner who is socially awkward and I totally sympathized and like wow, someone made a movie about me. But then the stuff gets twisted and the main character, Joel Moore, calls up his boss Zach in the wee hours of the morning having a breathing attack saying he did something bad. Zach is really is patient with Joel, I mean REALLY patient. He puts up with his off behavior although he does it in such a way sometimes that he acts like he's better than Joel. Joel is like a train wreck of a person. Keeps to himself and doesn't really handle dealing with people well. No wonder why I empathize with this movie. However there is this one girl Amber that takes a shine to him even though he stays to himself. The story doesn't really unravel so much as you follow Joel's day to day life and what seems like a mental breakdown at times. Amber's character gets closer and closer taking a shine to Joel but he's about as emotionally available as a corpse. He has a dark secret that you can't tell if it's real or all in his disturbed mind. I love how Zach plays Xbox during one of the parties. Makes such a great nerd. Amber has such endearing qualities. She's so sweet and sincere. She's also forward and puts up with Joel's retarded tendencies. Can only happen in a movie. Finally as the movie progresses and Amber gets closer it's like you get to see more of Joel's character, almost like he's opening up. It's like you are learning about him as she does. It's a nice directorial touch. As the movie goes on it becomes more of a romance. You don't see so much of his demons as he opens up and falls for Amber. Then suddenly the weird finds a way to creep back in and surprise you. Perfect way to see how women can be fine one minute then flip weird and change on you the next. Don't get it at all. Wow it takes a real twist. Kind of saw it coming but the way things unwrap is great. The best PG-13 drama movie that is twisted that I've seen in a long time. It's moving and tells a great story. I really enjoyed this even though it seems to follow the whole "need a twist" type of plot motivator. Was a pleasant surprise tucked away from most. I love this film.
Director Adam Green's first feature after Hatchet. This is completely different. While Hatchet was a slasher, "Old School American horror", Spiral was a drama/psychological thriller. The beginning pace is a little slow for some, but if you actually watch the whole thing it is a great movie. Amber Tamblyn's character has a cute personality; cheery and sarcastic, and Joel David Moore is a kind of a lot weird, asthmatic artist. The main song in the film, "Sometimes" by Alex Lloyd, just fit for me for some reason. A lot of people thought the music was out of place, and I see that. But in my case, it really impacted me. If you didn't like Green's Hatchet, go see Spiral. If you liked Green's Hatchet, go see Spiral. Basically... there's no excuse to not at least give this movie a chance.
I love Zachary Levi anyway but I really loved his performance in the end reveal!!! and I also really like AT
I thought I'd figured it out halfway through and was surprised that I was wrong. While not THE best psychological thriller I've seen, it was pretty interesting!
I only watched the last half hour of it, but I loved what I did see and hope to watch the entire thing. I really like Amber Tamblyn.
Spiral was nothing short of genius. The acting was amazing especially by David Joel Moore who also starred in Hatchet another of Adam Green's films. Some might think the movie a bit slow but I see it as building a foundation and great Character development something you don't see enough in a lot of films lately. Moore plays Mason, an introverted and emotionally disturbed man who goes to work at a drab job and also leisurely loves to paint.He loves to paint beautiful women. Amber Tamblyn plays the new girl "Amber"at Mason's place of employment and she for some reason is drawn to him' after a few lunch time meetings Mason starts painting Amber when she visits his Apartment " One that holds many secrets" . They strike up an friendship that leads to somewhat of a love affair. This is when it all starts to unravel.. What ensues next is intense and I couldn't stop watching.The story is amazing and the ambiguous nature of some of the content is also genius because it allows us to come to our own conclusion. There is a line in the film that I can't get out of my head, It's when Mason is talking to his brother Berkley "Zackary Levi", the line is " How do you know if Their real or not?" It sounds like nothing now but watch the film and you will see. it was heart breaking and chilling all in one.This is a film that will stay with you long after you are finished watching it.
I love me some freaky movies! This was a bit hard to follow, but it ended up very good. This guy was an effing whackjob!
It was slow halfway thru the movie, kind of confusing while you're waiting for it to make sense, but if you continue on, it's actually good.
The ending was the best for sure. This movie is about a quiet/awkward guy named Mason who is a very talented painter. His only friend is his coworker Berkley. Mason meets a girl and they become friends. He starts painting her, and things get ugly a little bit afterwards. ***SPOILERS**** After watching the first like 30 minutes, I already predicted Mason was a schizophrenic who was just imagining Amber. When Berkley told Mason at the end that the girls he had dated weren't real, I was like oh yeah, I called it. But then it turned out the girls did exist and Mason really had killed them all. I was like whoa shit! I didn't see that coming. It was awesome. That was a good twist to throw in. I thought for sure it was going to be the same twist I've seen before where the guy just hallucinates, but I'm glad this movie wasn't like that. I really liked it. The only thing I didn't like about this film was the acting. The girl who played Amber was really, really obnoxious. She was loud and annoying and a little weird to be honest. I mean Mason definitely isn't the cutest guy and he's really strange. Why would a pretty girl like Amber keep messing with him trying to figure him out? He's obviously a messed up dude. I don't really understand what she saw in him, but I guess she got what she deserved in the end. She was a bad actress too. The one scene where she was pretending to cry was a total fail. My horse could have done that scene better. Overall I thought it was a good movie. The twist was good.
A nicely done Pychological thriller. At points disturbing and awhole ot better then their fist film, Hachet. The over all movie was surprising. The most surprising was Joel Moore's performance. I don't think this would of been as good if he didn't do such a good job. Pretty decent watch.
What a disturbingly good movie. This has a perfect blend of the character's insanity and reality. The jazz music was brilliantly used as an aspect of the plot and as a soundtrack. The actors were great and the end was perfect.
I was extremely surprised by this one. Went into it expecting little to none, but definitely left impressed. Some would say the story is long-winded and slow, but I found it to be very intense in its slowly building and focused development. A very good script, complex story and above average direction is all on display, but what drives the movie is a terrific performance by Moore. The rest of the cast are good, but Moore is terrific. He defines a very complex role (one who is vulnerable and innocent, but equally unnerving and unhinged) all without hardly opening his mouth. The story is slow, but strangely engrossing. It really sucks you in, even though there is little to no action. Its really a stunning portrait of a seriously disturbed person. A bit of a frantic ending and a couple of other poor pacing details are really the only things that hold it back from being a truly grade A film, but this is a really creepy and well done psychological thriller.
Joel David Moore and Sam Green collaborate in their second film since Hatchet in this offbeat suspense yarn. A troubled loner takes up with a pretty but overly curious coworker. She's a naive romantic, he's a tortured artist with a string of missing girlfriends. I love the misunderstood nerd as psycho killer. Or IS he?
Brooding, dark and dreary...kind of like a rainy Portland, Oregon winter. Some of the scenes were shot minutes away from home.
Psychological thriller. Mason is a loner with a crappy 9-5 and only one person he could call a friend. His boss, Berkeley. That is until he meets the new girl at work, Amber. A friendly, slightly quirky girl who connects with Mason almost straight away and after a while Mason has invited her to his apartment to share his hobby; painting. His big love alongside jazz. And soon Mason is painting portraits of Amber as the pair move closer but Masons past and the possibility of a deadly secret could put Amber in danger. As a fan of director Adam Green, I was impressed with his work on Spiral. The film is more about character and mood so this is completely different to his work on the Hatchet movies and, like his other film Frozen, shows he can do tension and suspense without chucking a load of blood in your face. The cast do a great job to. Joel David Moore brilliant as Mason and lovely Amber Tamblyn also great as Amber. Spiral might not appeal to fans of conventional horror and Adam Greens other stuff but for those that enjoy more psychological, slow burning thrillers/horrors, Spiral is well worth checking out. Spiral was rated 18 on DVD in the UK(I'm guessing that'd be R in the US?) but don't read anything into that. The film is no more than a 15. Think the BBFC gave it an 18 as an 18 rated film was in the trailers(?!)
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