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Turning a real-world crisis into a horror movie plot, Guerrero and her impeccable cast deliver a remarkable, fierce, and relevant episode.
It's ambitious, fascinating, and features the best ensemble yet for Into the Dark, anchored by a fantastic performance from Martha Higareda.
When it wants to be gross or wants to be in-your-face with violence (as in a third-act explosion of gore) it works.
As a piece of entertainment, the story told isn't completely factual, but one that manages to hit the nail on the head in terms of portraying the horrors that are happening at the border.
July's Into The Dark anthem is a horror story as enthralling as it is condemning, holding a mirror to audiences who might otherwise be privileged enough to ignore such human neglect.
It's a painful metaphorical look at where the nation is currently. A story such as Marisol's is all too real, despite the use of genre to explore her experience crossing the border.
To put it simply, Culture Shock is a film that everyone needs to see...It is not only Into the Dark's best installment but one of the best horror films of the year. It will change you, and it will use reality to do it.
Guerrero and crew keep the story from becoming some rote horror trope by not shying away from all the heinous, damning implications of not only that premise, but what it's supposed to suggest about America in real life.
The direction is stylish, slowly lulling viewers into the same false sense of security as Marisol with the apple pie trappings of Americana.
A kick in the ass and one of the first genre features to address the real world nightmare of America's broken immigration system and its causes and effects on real people on both sides of the border, Culture Shock is an absolute must see.
The overall attraction of this film rests on the actors' shoulders.