One of the things I love to do with my platform here is highlight smart genre flicks that, for whatever reason, didn't get an audience. Call it a public service announcement for people who share my tastes. I wrote about The Broken last year, and Tormented in January. My latest discovery is Christopher Smith's Triangle, an outstanding British-Australian supernatural thriller (set in America) that did not get a theatrical release here, and was dumped onto DVD a month ago.
If you like this stuff, you probably already know about Christopher Smith, the Brit who brought us the exuberant, hilarious horror comedy Severance back in 2006, as well as the subterranean monster movie Creep, which I tragically haven't seen, the year before that. (Horror Squad ran a fun interview with Smith last month when Triangle was released on DVD, though be warned: it gives away far, far too much about the film.) With Triangle, Smith dumps the envelope-pushing, laugh-a-minute outrageousness of Severance, and instead embraces quiet menace, mounting tension, and stretches of deliberate confusion. It's a gleaming, gorgeous, sharp-as-a-tack horror film.
What's it about? Well, I can't really tell you. This is one of those times when giving away the premise of a film is itself a spoiler. (For reference, Moon is another one of those times.) And I would urge you not to read reviews of Triangle, since most people don't appear to grasp this concept. Suffice it to say: when a sailboat is overturned in a freak storm, its five occupants find refuge on a giant ocean liner that happens to be passing by, which appears abandoned and seems strangely familiar. And also this: one of the problems with the film is its similarity to another nifty recent indie thriller. To say which one would also be a spoiler, though if you want it, you can click here.
This isn't a review, so I won't go too deep into the merits of the film. At times it evokes the very specific sense of uncertain doom that is normally the province of David Lynch -- the feeling that something, somewhere has gone terribly wrong, but it's hard to put your finger on exactly what. When all is said and done, I'm not sure the tricky plot quite comes together. But it's constantly thinking and always a pleasure, the sort of sturdy, beautifully made, constantly-thinking genre film we don't see nearly often enough. Give it a try -- it looks stunning on Blu-Ray.