A few of the other guys here and at Horror Squad have championed the enigmatic thriller Triangle. It's even been a movie club pick recently (if you love the film or hate it, please discuss here). I finally watched it the other night and was taken with filmmaker Christopher Smith's homage-happy style. Many horror geeks might relish in the way Triangle visually quotes from films like The Shining and Friday the 13th Part II, among others. On the other hand, I was more interested in finding out what influences I didn't pick up on, and that's how I was introduced to the 1945 Ealing Studios film Dead of Night (co-starring Sir Michael Redgrave, father of Lynn), which Smith acknowledges as a major inspiration for his film's plot. (And yes, of course, I was also now more eager to check out Timecrimes, despite it's indirect, coincidental connection to Triangle).

Either you go into a movie like Triangle or Inglourious Basterds or Hot Fuzz with full (or fairly good) familiarity with their respective genre's history and delight in the ability to recognize all the references and homage (just try to claim you're so well-versed in all of cinema; go on, just try it), or you come out of them with an interest in going backwards through film history and widening your knowledge and tastes. Maybe because I'll always feel a relative ignorance to the entirety of cinema or maybe because my memory sucks, I'm not much good at the forward game of movie homage appreciation. But I love to play the backwards game of discovering the classics by way of the currents.
categories Features, Cinematical