Shudder’s Spiral Review

Malik (Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, American Horror Story, Canada’s Drag Race) and Aaron (Ari Cohen, IT: CHAPTER TWO) move to a small town in search of a better environment for them and their 16-year-old daughter (Jennifer Laporte, Web of Dreams). But nothing is as it seems as something sinister lies behind the picturesque homes and welcoming faces of their new neighbors (Lochlyn Munro, CW’s Riverdale).

An interracial same-sex couple moves to a smaller town, and some members of the county find issues with how they love their life. This movie is topical to some of which individuals are dealing with daily in America.

To begin with, the set design and the feel that the town had was a job well done by all parties because it gave you that backwoods, country vibe that you knew there was going to be trouble for our leads.

Transition into the movie, I thought we had some well-placed camera angles that made us feel that hatred without the use of words from our country folks. It was all about angles here, and I enjoyed what they presented to us. Another thing that stood out was the ability to make you have zero clues what was real, not real, or having the general idea of what in the world was going on with our main character Malik.

Speaking of Malik, who was played by Jeffery Bowyer-Chapman, he was phenomenal in this movie. Malik had layers of which weren’t easy for Chapman to act within, and that’s what stands out the most within this role. It wasn’t an easy role to play, and he did a remarkable job of selling the script with his line delivery and his emotions.

In the case of Horror movies, the score and cinematography have got to enhance the film, or I don’t find myself attached to the story or what is happening. Bradley Stuckel (Cinematography) and Avery Kentis (Score) both did their parts in reeling me in with both. Kudos to both of them.

Our conclusion of the film wasn’t much of a surprise as we start to peel back more and more of the story, and we being to see how the film was going to end. I don’t knock the film for the ending. I just kind of wish we had a little something different here.

The Verdict:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Spiral is equal parts scary in theme but also in reality as what we see happen is what is wrong with most of the smaller cities in the country. The film works because of the strong performance of Chapman.

Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.

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