Friday, February 10, 2017

When Your Three-Hour Cruise Drifts into An Existential Nightmare, or Thoughts on Triangle

Melissa George, who is no stranger to the horror genre with appearances as Kathy Lutz in The Amityville Horror remake (2005), Pru in Turistas (2006) and of course, Stella in 30 Days of Night (2007) stars as single mother Jess in Christopher Smith’s Triangle (2009), a clever psychological thriller that starts off as a shipwrecked survival film and veers off into a darker Twilight Zone territory. 
After a freak storm capsizes the sailboat she’s on, Jess and her fellow survivors board an abandoned ocean liner and likely ghost ship named the Aeolus, who was the father of Sisyphus, which is enough of a clue to see where this movie is going without being too spoiler-y.  I walk a fine line with these posts, trying to describe the cool parts without giving away too much of the plot.  
The ghost ship genre is essentially a haunted house on the high seas, and a haunted cruise ship is basically the Overlook Hotel.  And that’s when it starts getting really weird; Jess has been on this ship before, and this is no ordinary ghost ship movie.  There’s a burlap hooded killer with a shotgun and cryptic messages written in blood. 
Look out for Liam Hemsworth in one of his first film roles as Victor, the hunky deck hand.
Featuring a British/Australian cast with dodgy American accents, (Is that how we sound?  All sunny nasal tones with a liberal application of “fuck”?) from director Christopher Smith of Creep (2004),  and Severance (2006.  A circular film (Sisyphus, remember), Triangle is his only overtly supernatural horror movie, with a heartbreaking and unexpected twist ending.


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