Director – Gaspar Noe (Enter the Void, Love)
Starring – Sofia Boutella (The Mummy, Star Trek Beyond), Romain Guillermic (Elektro Mathematrix), and Souheila Yacoub (Rouge, Les Sauvages)
Release Date – 2018
Rating – 1/5
Writing for Horror Society has been a wild ride to say the least. Before Horror Society I was obsessed with slashers, horror comedies, and zombie flicks. I started to lose interest in zombies after The Walking Dead because of the overabundance of copy cats popping up everywhere. I had to step out of my comfort zone once I joined Horror Society. Since then I’ve reviewed so many different types of horror and thrillers that I would have never imagined watching beforehand.
A few days ago I was sent the arthouse drama horror film Climax from director Gaspar Noe. I didn’t know what to expect when I tossed it in but I knew it would be an unforgettable experience.
**Spoiler Alert**The film follows a dance group celebrating a successful rehearsal in an old building. As the night progresses they realize that something is wrong but it’s too late when they discover someone has spiked the punch with LSD. This makes everyone panic and madness ensues resulting in some deaths among the paranoid dancers.**Spoiler Alert**
My experience with arthouse style horror films is very limited but I have seen several. They are very hit and miss with me. I’ve liked a few but there was just as many that I did not like. Sadly, Climax was one I just couldn’t get into.
The acting in this one is decent. The cast has very demanding roles and they do a great job with it. With that being said, they all have the same personalities and it’s difficult to tell the characters apart. They are written very poorly and the cast doesn’t give them any distinguishable traits to stand out.
The story for this one may be entertaining if you enjoy dance shows or films centered around dance numbers but not for someone wanting to see a horror flick. The first hour or more had me begging to be put out of my misery. I couldn’t find any entertainment value in the dance numbers and the lack of character development really ruined it for me. I did like the last 20 minutes of the film but I was so broken down by that point that I couldn’t really enjoy it.
Finally, the film has a few practical effects that I really dug but the way the film is shot takes the viewer away from them so you can’t appreciate how great they were. We do have a few deaths but we don’t get to enjoy those as well. Overall, Climax just wasn’t for me. I’m sure someone that enjoys dark dramas and highly stylized dance numbers will enjoy this one but I sure as hell didn’t. You can call me uncultured and uneducated but this one just wasn’t for me.