The Runner Review: Boy Harsher’s Experimental Horror Film Is for the Fans

American duo Electropop Boy Harsher’s hostility It is an atypical trial version of Shudder. He’s in camp blood machines: a story born from the instruments and songs that create an extended atmosphere of the music video. hostility It ties into an upcoming concept album, which spawned a 40-minute horror movie. You share, songs sing our ears, clothes are blood red, and you’re out — but will the subtle rush of cinema be enough for the masses?

The film’s narrative component follows an unnamed woman (King Woman’s Kris Esfandiari) as she escapes from a hotel bedroom massacre. Scenes were cut between Boy Harsher (Jae Matthews and Augustus Muller) filming a garage-studio music video and the girl’s ongoing journey, tied to the beats of each new track. Lucy Cooper chases Handy from a trailer house, and Sigrid seduces Lorraine from FlucT, but in the end she must confront the monster she’s constantly running away from. Whether anyone survived or not, the crowding is at least tight.

There is something Under the skin About it all, as Esfandiari’s shaky protagonist continues to move forward. Hanging Handi rushes in the other direction as soon as Esfandiari appears; One night, Lauren’s companion learns the truth about why Esfandiari seemed so terrified at first. There are only two moments of bloodsucking emphasized when a hand rushes through the body of another body like cheap latex, which is all the effect of the kind available. Other than that, here we are on a lyrical journey into the sonic abyss of Matthews as Mueller shines a light on synthesis in a lame mask.

If you are in a good mood, hostility It should be a blow with personal horror sung with emotional abandon. When asked in an interview scene, Matthews defined “The Runner” by Esfandiari as “reckless, out of control and purely evil.” At this point, Boy Harsher’s poetic lyrics and the film’s simple escape combine as Matthews allows us to see her as Esfandiari’s “monster” by reasoning. “There’s a human side to it too, and I hate to say it, but I can kind of relate.” Metaphors are everywhere hostility– Spoken or seen – It’s never hard to decipher, but Matthews’ talking about her relationship out loud remains a powerful emotional escalation. We can all relate.

Although I am left to wonder if there is enough substance hostility It transcends superfans who connect with Boy Harsher art through a unique port. It’s not so much a horror movie, outside of the effect of a practical masterpiece. The video vortex angle of what appears to be a public access host addressing the camera becomes little more than a passing anecdote (I wish I could break walls Yes Scenario). Some thoughts just flashed, they vanished as Esfandiari continued to work, and – the title does not lie. We’re all running away from something, but as a visual aid, I’m having a hard time figuring out what additional value this Shudder exclusive would add to playing an album.

would recommend hostility It’s saved for Boy Harsher’s most devoted followers, but at the same time, their Spotify numbers jumped a few extra clicks after the credits ended. Low-budget filmmaking feels more like an album release event than a feature film, yet it just might be the push you need to start listening to Boy Harsher’s dark tunes. If anything, it’s evidence that Shudder will continue to push the boundaries of its users by offering the unexpected. We appreciate the run through the vermilion-clad woods pouring the artist’s heart through stage microphones, although to what degree that will vary from viewer to viewer.

Director: boy is tougher
clerk: boy is tougher
championship: Chris Esfandiari, Sigrid Lauren, Cooper B Handy
release date: January 16, 2022 (goose bumps)

Matt Donato is a Los Angeles-based film critic who currently publishes on SlashFilm, Fangoria, Bloody Disgusting and anywhere else he is allowed to spread to the Demon Wind gospel. He is also a member of the Hollywood Critics Association. Definitely don’t feed him after midnight.


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