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The Night Eats the World (2018)

The Night Eats the World Horror Movie Review


The morning after a party, a young man wakes up to find Paris invaded by zombies.



The Night Eats the World Horror Movie Review


Review

Based on the novel by Pit Agarmen, The Night Eats the World is a massive departure for the genre. This zombie horror film is neither a zombie film, traditionally, nor a horror film. Sam goes to his ex's apartment to retrieve his belongings after their apparent breakup and when he arrives she is in the middle of a party - his belongings are boxed in a back room. When he's in there, rummaging, he locks the door so as not to be disturbed, and after getting a nose bleed, falls asleep in a chair. He awakens to find the zombie apocalypse has happened overnight.

It's a perfect setup to allow Sam the alienation of being in a strange place, and after a while he has the run of the building. He's seems relatively happy with his existence, and the film plays out the drama of solitude, loneliness, and entrapment. It leads to a great sense of empathy for the character, played wonderfully by Anders Danielsen Lie (Personal Shopper).

Danielsen Lie is a charm to watch. He emotes with ease and has a natural innocence to him. Both a medical doctor and drummer in real life, the inclusion of these within the narrative is both clever, and adds to the realism.


The Night Eats the World Horror Movie Review


Director Dominique Rocher (feature debut) does a wonderful job. There are some great choices on the screen, swinging the film from tear-jerking, to gut-wrenching. And it's all on a small budget, with nearly the entire film set in one locale.

The addition (or should that be removal?) of the traditional zombie moans and screams is also a big welcome. The zombies are mute, and runners. It makes them, actually, rather terrifying - along with: they are attracted to sound, and not apparently smell, and when they haven't got a target they tend to just stand there.

But.

This isn't a zombie film. There aren't elongated scenes of disembowelment, zombies getting their heads blown off, or brrrraaaiiinnssssss. This is a film about one man, alone, and his decisions on survival.

It's engrossing and captivating, touching, heart-warming, and even devastating. It's easy to overlook films like this because of the over-saturation of the genre - but this really is a must watch. It's by far one of the best zombie films to be released in recent years.

Oh, and there is a little disembowelment.





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