I’m stunned that the AFI didn’t make this one of its 10 best shows of the year. (I have it here under 2019 Movies because it definitely feels like a really long movie.)
I was so excited to see this and I wasn’t disappointed.
One thing I wish I had known going in is the fact that, while this is definitely a horror film, it’s also a dark family drama. It deals with addiction, grief and mental illness, and it was very hard for me to watch.
At the same time, though, it made me love the characters more and it made the horror much more unbearable than it would otherwise be. The best horror movies make you care about the characters before they’re put through hell, and this excels at that.
Mike Flanagan is probably also my favorite horror director at this point. Everything he’s done has been amazing and he keeps getting better.