Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Spook Out! Day 25 ~ The Lifechanger (2018)

Netflix Says...
"A shapeshifter has to kill, then inhabit his victims, or die. But as his need for new bodies speeds up, he finally faces down his own mortality."

I Say...
...and reconnects with a love best left in the past...

Horror Type...
Body Horror, Thriller

Main Players...
Bill Oberst Jr. as Drew's Voice (The Unreliable Narrator?)
Lora Burke as Julia Wilson (Bar Fly)
Jack Foley as Robert (Aging Man Bun)

I liked...
  • the narrator's voice/style/loneliness/longing
  • the very dark humor, when it put in an appearance
  • that Drew was brave enough to risk all (in various ways which are too spoilery to detail here)
  • the brisk pacing
  • the ways in which the shapeshifter changed with each new form but somehow retains his identity...whatever that is, precisely

The Meh...
  • the ending is challenging, leaves the viewer with questions and an overwhelming sense of dismay (and a little confusion, at least on my part)
  • I'd've liked to've learned more about Drew's origins
  • that freaking nightmare of an aging hipster beard and man bun, you guys! UGH! (Don't get me wrong, I dig a long-haired dude, but not if he wears his mane in a mun.)

Would I recommend it...?
Well, I liked it but it's violent and gory here and there (at the very start, for example), so if you're squeamish you may wish to avert your eyes--but do consider checking out this very interesting and unique tale. And let me know what conclusions you come to, regarding the ending.

Miscellany...
This film's Canadian, eh? (I'd apologize for that but I wouldn't mean it.) (So, in fact, I won't.)

Ratings...
My Grade: B+
Rotten Tomatoes Scores: Tomatometer=86%, Audience Score=70%

Details, Schmeetails...
I Watched The Lifechanger on Netflix (the Rotten Tomatoes page linked above provides links to other host sites)
The Lifechanger's Wikipedia Page (the only one I could find is in French)

4 comments:

  1. This would be a maybe, but probably not for the gore. Yes, I'm squeamish. So is "mun" an elision of "man bun"?

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    1. At least I can say there's more story and action than there is gore, if that helps. And yep, mun is my portmanteau for man bun (which, once again and emphatically, UGH!). Although, to be perfectly fair, the fellow who sports the mun in this movie is really very attractive, beneath his dreadful beard. :-D

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