Speak No Evil is now streaming on Shudder.
“There are only two things I can’t stand in this world: people who don’t tolerate other people’s culture and the Dutch.” —Nigel Powers
Why begin this critique of Christian Tafdrup’s cruel masochism Speak No Evil with a quote from Austin Powers in Goldmember? Well, maybe Nigel knew something we didn’t know about that fucking Dutchman. Speak No Evil is basically last summer’s Hulu comedy holiday friends, except as an iconically twisted horror tale with no sunny conclusions. It’s in a class of cinematic achievement of relentless bad vibes alongside green room, 2012 Maniac remake, and other grilled stories of dark inhumanity. Don’t think it is Barbaricwhere you can boo and howl alongside pure mean-spirited horror entertainment – it’s more Hounds of Love or Coming Home in the Dark, where there’s no softening salute to tone down the nastiness returning to you l ‘stomach.