Keyhole

Keyhole

Keyhole

2012. Directed by Guy Maddin

"Everyone who's dead, line up against that wall"

It's this sentence that starts this haunted funhouse of a film.

I loved this one. It's three films in one. The first is a noir deconstruction that takes the all too familiar tropes and blows them up to super-sized caricatures of the genre and then straps them to a chair and lets them ride the lightning.

The next is a surreal ghost story that serves as an allegory for a ruined marriage and things left unsaid.

The final piece is a reversal of A Christmas Carol, with Marley being the primary spirit through which we take our journey through the life of a man who's empire was built on dust. Jason Patric gives the performance of his career as said patriarch of nothingness.

Per normal Maddin standards, the hallmarks of the golden age of film are present, but perverted in a manner that takes their cosmetic (and ultimately empty and fake) presentations and runs them through the wood chipper Fargo style.

Shot in gorgeous black and white with nods to Night of the Hunter and (perfectly) Metropolis, Keyhole coasts through it's haunted narrative to deliver an emotional gutpunch that can't truly be felt until after it's quiet apocalypse of an ending.

Available on Amazon, Vudu, & Itunes for streaming rental.

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