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eyes below is a 2022 French horror film about a journalist trapped in his bed by a supernatural creature.
Written, produced and directed by Alexis Bruchon (The woman with leopard shoes). The film stars Vinicius Coelho and Pauline Morel.
A journalist named Eugène (Vinicius Coelho) goes to bed. Everything is calm and quiet. As he is about to fall asleep, something creeps up his legs, his stomach, and then his chest. A mass, so heavy that he realizes that the night will not be as calm as he thought…
“Director, writer, editor, composer and set designer Alexis Bruchon has put together a test for your nerves; if he has experienced sleep paralysis or nightmares upon waking, this might be too much for you. It is a feature film without dialogues and only action between the natural and the supernatural. Definitely worth checking out.” B&S About Movies
“Bruchon manages to conjure up countless nightmarish sequences with incredible cinematography plus a bombastic score that really elevates some sequences. The other achievement eyes below it’s that it manages to be an almost silent film, with almost no dialogue, but this never feels like a detriment to the narrative.” bloody movies
“Sometimes it loses the audience, with the terrifying scenes, the stunning cinematography and the sound that lacks a break. However, in its essence, eyes below is an intriguing and creative slice of horror that defies the limitations of its small budget to offer us something that many big-budget films fail to offer: psychological horror.” 3.5 out of 5, Cinerama
“One thing is for sure, the sound adds to the feeling of claustrophobia, something that Bruchon clearly likes to explore. This sentiment is aided by the unique location and the fact that Eugene is almost always lying in his bed “trapped” like a prisoner in a cell, or a prisoner in his mind. The idea that it is his own mind messing with him is endlessly contested.” 3.5 out of 5, The Fear Club
“eyes below he has a limited framework from which to tell his story. But through symbolism, clever camera work, and some fantastic images, blurring nightmare and reality, that can take us creatively beyond the bedposts, Bruchon manages to craft a narrative that almost justifies his feature film, not to mention a final revelation that satisfiesly ties in with enduring aesthetics.” 3.5 out of 5, Horror DNA
” …it thoroughly resolves the space it inhabits: everything from the textures of the sheets to the precise, knobby look of the creature’s hands is considered and controlled. Coelho is extraordinary, he acts without dialogue but with a range of expressions of degrees of terror”. Kim Newman’s website
“eyes below it is an excellent horror that is full of tension, suspense and atmosphere.” 4 of 5, Movie Reviews 101
“Part mystery thriller, part surreal fantasy, part bedridden mythopoeia, eyes below it is based on the semiology of Umberto Eco, the surreal montages of Jan Svankmajer, the masked villains of Louis Feuillade and Georges Franju, and the DIY constriction of Weston Terray. Precarious (2020). All the seemingly arbitrary details of him come together beautifully in the end, while retaining some of the logic of his dreams.” Projected Figures
“Bruchon has made an art of the disturbing here: he clearly understands that nightmares are essentially very lonely, with elements that take the individual away from all the trappings of normalcy. Everything here, from the panning shots to the camera angles, the interplay between dark and light, even down to the opening scene, focuses on the psychedelic-looking pattern on the bedding – all of this creates an eerie atmosphere. and ominous.” distorted perspective
1 hour 17 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
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