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Director Leigh Janiak struck a chord last year with the three “ Fear Street ” films, which are very loosely based on RL Stine’s children’s books of the same name. The Netflix teen slashers are all about classics like «Friday the 13th» or «Scream», but without much genre self-reflection. The trilogy is (apart from the feminist-modern tone) a pretty flawless declaration of love to this «fun» carnage cinema of the 70s, 80s and 90s. A nostalgic trip into the past.
This is contrasted by “ A Classic Horror Story ” , which was also released on Netflix in the middle of July 2021 , and which perhaps didn’t get the attention it deserved last year because of the direct competition from “Fear Street”.
This is by no means as «classic» as the film appears at first glance. Rather, directors Roberto De Feo and Paolo Strippoli mix a highly modern production with powerful visuals and sound with a contemporary repaint of meta-horror, which even goes a few steps further than, say, «Scream» or «The Cabin In The Woods» . Not only the conventions of the genre, but also its fanboys and critics are raised equally. The result is a restless «Peeping Tom» variant that is up to date — certainly not without weaknesses, but without any unnecessary frills.
That’s what «A Classic Horror Story» is about
Pregnant Elisa ( Matilda Lutz ), nerd Fabrizio ( Francesco Russo ), grumpy doctor Riccardo ( Peppino Mazzotta ) and extroverted couple Sofia ( Yuliia Sobol ) and Mark ( Will Merrick ) share a car ride to southern Italy via car sharing. But the rather harmonious journey comes to an abrupt end when they dodge a dead animal and crash into a tree at night. The next morning they wake up somewhere else with their caravan, in the middle of a dense forest. In front of them: A spooky hut that holds signs of a satanic cult. But is everything really as it seems?
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