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A supremely effective film, thanks to its truly ingenious (and artfully handled) concept. There is a tense, squirm-inducing atmosphere throughout, with the viewer's sense of discomfort and uneasiness becoming nearly overwhelming as the movie progresses. I have rarely felt disturbed on such a visceral level. This title deserves far more recognition than it gets.
A unique experience. At one point I had to pause because my heart was beating too fast. It was the very effective visual of people struggling with the same thing on screen, had never thought a film could affect me like this. Almost wanted to throw up in parts, and just because of the sound and bizarre visuals, rather than gore.
It's not just a horror movie, it's an experiment into film-within-film with audience members watching a movie at a theater about an insane killer and his mother collecting eyes - with the way it's made disturbing and upsetting many of them - and then the events in the main movie switches to the theater as well - and the claustrophobia and mental states of "the real audience" starts going wild. I can only imagine how insane it would have been watching this in a movie theater as intended. It lost some of it's power when it got more plot driven towards the very end - but it stayed incredible throughout.
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This movie ranks #3 in BFI's 100 European Horror Films
This movie ranks #494 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
This movie ranks #959 in Doubling the Canon