A profound sense of unease permeates and accompanies Under the Skin, Jonathan Glazer’s first film in nearly 10 years. Glazer’s debut feature, the excellent British gangster picture Sexy Beast, married vicious and profane dialogue with a penchant for nightmarish imagery; his follow-up, the austere and stately Birth, was a quieter piece that relied heavily on the porcelain-doll qualities of his leading lady, Nicole Kidman. Each of his three films, Under the Skin included, have a knack for presenting the ostensibly normal as something indescribably frightening, whether it’s the sunbaked backyard of an ex-thief or a middle-aged man’s daily jog through Central Prak or the simple act of driving a van through a rainy city. More than his previous features, though, Glazer leaves behind the vagaries of plot and exposition-as-dialogue in Under the Skin, a most elusive, disturbing, and hard-to-shake picture.
This week on Sordid Cinema (the demented all genre stepchild to our flagship podcast), we sit down to discuss Oculus, the sophomore feature form upcoming director Mike Flanagan, who graced us with his partially Kickstarter-funded feature debut two years ago titled Absentia. That film went on to crack Sound On Sight’ best horror films of 2011. We’ll let you know if his latest thriller is as intelligent and terrifying. After which, we invite Sound On Sight film editors Josh Speigel and Josh Slater Williams to talk The Raid 2, the highly anticipated martial arts action sequel to Gareth Evans 2012 hit The Raid Redemption. All this and more, on the longest running genre film podcast.
This looks fantastic!