Lace Crater – USA, 2015 – reviews

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Lace Crater is a 2015 American comedy horror film written and directed by Harrison Atkins, his first feature full-length film. It stars Lindsay Burdge, Peter Vack, Chase Williamson, Joe Swanberg, Jennifer Kim, Keith Poulson and Andrew Ryder.

The film had its world premiere on September 15, 2015 at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Plot:

An awkward twentysomething begins to undergo some strange physical changes after a weekend tryst – with a ghost…

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Reviews:

Lace Crater‘s humor and horror moments are subtle, held in modest, intimate conversations reserved for a mumblecore film. So it’s right that Atkins chose to give the film an icky atmosphere of uneasiness to drum up anxieties such as the consequences for raging libidos. This is aided by shaky handheld cameras, jump cuts, close-ups and a cold, sterile color palette.” Aimee Murillo, OC Weekly

“A cautionary tale about unprotected sex with paranormal apparitions, Harrison Atkins’s Lace Crater is a drugged-out put-on for moviegoers so jaded they don’t know whether to fear the risks of plain-old casual sex or laugh about them. What at first looks like a mumblecore comedy with a supernatural twist turns into something darker, and many viewers will not feel like going along for the detour into psychological horror.” John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

“The mumblecore style fails more often than it works, but there are undeniably moments where the style is used creatively. The scenes with the ghost are comedic bliss, but what comes in between is confusingly dry. Still, it’s an enjoyable and unpredictable film that has a lot of “oh my god” moments.” Evan Daniels, Letterboxd.com

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