This book contains a checklist of 1162 dark films sorted in order of preference. The ranking is established by the sum of 8 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting, quality and creepiness. How many have you seen?
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This is the story of a man who had it all: his chicks, his cigarettes, his booze, and his gun, as depicted by film critic and filmmaker John Fallon who seems to be sharing parts of his life and personality, here. This film feels intimate. Thomas is a hobo with an attitude. He’s played by Michael Paré who’s good in everything. He’s 90% of this film. Indeed, this is a small cast.
The Shelter is well-shot, on a budget, with good production value. Whether Thomas is suffering, and he suffers from beginning to end, in an alley, a bar or a church, there’s always something interesting to look at. This is a cunning mindfuck with a religious and spiritual layer that’s not for everyone. There are crosses, bibles and plenty of Catholic symbolism.
Observing a desperate man for over an hour struggle with what could be the last minutes of his life is a guilty pleasure. We wouldn’t want to be him, on the other hand. The film’s greatest strength is its second act, which turns a simple premise into a claustrocore supernatural thriller. The last act is the weakest. It is predictable and artsy-fartsy.