Saturday, January 22, 2011

Lost Highway Style

When first watching Lost Highway, I believed it evoked a particular filming style of which we don't usually see when watching horror movies today. The plot is slow and very creepily quiet at some points near the beginning and builds up as the narrative goes on. The way in which the horror came about reminded me of a different time period in movies, and it used similar aesthetics that i recognized during its horror parts. For example, whenever Fred Madison changes into Pete Dayton, or when he was watchign the creepy tape of him supposedly murdering his wife, the scenes went to a grotesque flashes of gory, dead individuals that was psychologically scary (I was watching the movie alone at this point and had to pause it until my roommate came back to watch it with me). I can relate thse unique scenes to one in The Shining, featuring Jack Nicholson, as there was a similar part in the movie when the little boy rides his bike into the hallway only to see twin little girls, and as they approached him, the movie cuts to grotesque, gory flashes of their dead bodies laying on the ground which is probably one of the most scaries scenes in the movie. In all, I belive that Lost Highway was produced in a certain era that can be recognized byt he film style it protrayed. It was really confusing to say the least, but overall the uniquesness and constant randomness is what makes the movie special and worth seeing for the people who enjoy psychological thrillers.

1 comment:

  1. Like Richard, I watched Lost Highway by myself. I was confused throughout, and I kept the movie's Wikipedia page on my computer to try to better follow the plot. Robert Blake's character was definitely the most terrifying; the close-ups of his face and his voice got my heart pumping. I do think the movie may have been even scarier if I had a better idea of what was going on. Throughout Lost Highway, I thought of The Shining as well, because you are never quite sure what is real and what is real and what is a dream/figment the character's imagination.