Directed by Harrison Atkins
A woman encounters a strange presence in a guest house.
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★★★★½ review by Jake James Kath on Letterboxd
Where as "It Follows" failed at navigating the shitty cautionary tale trope into new territory, this on the other hand twists the ole STD allegory into something more experiential and weird. Resembling something more along the lines of Todd Haynes's "Safe", where unexplained body horror occurs and there's no real way out.
Ultimately something I was way more engrossed by than most modern horror (and probably, most modern comedy too).
★★★★ review by Samuel B. Prime on Letterboxd
aka STD: Spectrally Transmitted Disease
Harrison Atkins is one of the most talented young filmmakers working today. While this is his first feature, he has made a startling amount of brilliant short films from our shared time at Northwestern University to the present. In particular, his student short film WITHIN AND WITHOUT comes to mind as when I was first aware of the silly and yet sensitive approach that defines his filmmaking. In the case of the short, it is a dreamy, heartwarming tale of wanton masturbation. LACE CRATER is no different: a hauntingly memorable movie about a first - and last - time. Cautionary tales are rarely as lovely as this one.
★★★½ review by Chris Genro on Letterboxd
A mumblecore take on the body horror sub-genre. Mumblecore is really hit and miss for me and this film works for me to and extent. You learn so little about the main character except that she's somewhat disconnected from the outside world and her friends. Slowly paced and not a whole lot of answers but pretty engaging nonetheless. Overall I give this a 3.5/5 stars.
★★★½ review by Fiel on Letterboxd
it follows goes mumblecore, sort of. it was such a nice!!
★★★½ review by arobergor on Letterboxd
There's something so charming and just dazzling about Harrison Atkin's imagery. It's unpredictable and spontaneous. In his other works, so the themes and characters seem also to be unpredictable and spontaneous, but in Lace Crater, a lot of that is lost. It's a little underwhelming. Regardless, I'll watch anything he puts out--god dammit I'm a fan!
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