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The closest thing to an actual nightmare I've seen on screen.
Fans of Wingard's "You're Next" and "The Guest" will undoubtedly recognize his often hypnotic style of rich visuals and sound. However, the narrative, of "Death Note" (an adaptation) doesn't seem to have received as much of Wingard's style as it should have. Wingard is a director that can deal with the already-been-there storyline and do it in spectacular fashion, and "death note" is certainly in that category. The results here, however, are notÂ as spectacular.
Cinematography, Haley Bennett, and a nudge to viewers to look deeper into their own socioeconomic prejudices take Kristy quite a bit further than many "slasher"/stalker films.
A fantastic genre entry that let's you know it's okay to laugh here and there. It makes the mistake of fully showing the monster, rather than leaving viewers with the greater horror of their imaginations. But it's fantastically entertaining.
Yes, the unsteady camera is on purpose. A writer/director as skilled as Wingard is going to make sure you see exactly what he wants you to see. I have my own interpretation(s) for the blurry/often close shots. Horror movies are too often experienced as just recliner-popcorn entertainment. Think about digging into this one a little deeper.