10/2/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #2 – The Empty Man (2020).

The Empty Man is a movie I enjoyed for a number of reasons, but the biggest reason is for its sheer audaciousness. It felt… big. And I’m not talking about the budget or the setpieces. I’m talking about the ideas behind it. It was quietly released during Covid, completely under the radar. Sadly a lot of great movies hardly got notice during this time. But I’m here to give The Empty Man a shout out because this movie deserves an audience. Here’s the brief synopsis from imdb.

On the trail of a missing girl, an ex-cop comes across a secretive group attempting to summon a terrifying supernatural entity.

Trying to sum up The Empty Man in a few sentences is not easy. It’s kind of multiple movies in one. There’s a key mystery at its core, but surrounding that are numerous other smaller mysteries. There’s also a supernatural element. There’s a religious/cult element. There’s even a similar Candyman nod with the entity known as The Empty Man, only instead of mirrors, it’s about walking on a bridge and blowing on a bottle (you’ll understand when you watch.) I know all of these conflicting, and admittedly at-times confusing, elements turned a few people off, but that’s exactly why I dug it. Like I said, it felt big. Big ideas. Big beliefs. Big swings that most movies just don’t dare take. Plus, it has an amazing opening setup that I don’t think anyone was expecting; some really great scares throughout; and one of my favorite character actors, Stephen Root, in a small creepy role. It’s a little long, but when all is said and done, some of the large ideas really do pay off in thought provoking ways. It’s a mind bender for sure, but one I really enjoyed. Highly original, complex, and simply a fun ride. 

Where to Watch: Streaming on HBOMax.

Food/Drink Pairing: A large bottle of Mexican Coke… but you have to blow across the top of it between every sip.

2 thoughts on “10/2/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #2 – The Empty Man (2020).

  1. There were a lot of moving parts to this movie. It was interesting, not really fitting into any one category. What you said was dead-on – it was full of big ideas. It was creepy, weird, and confusing at times, but it was good!

    1. Yeah, not everything connected completely, and some things were definitely left unexplained (something I’m discovering is a frustration of yours, haha). But in the end, was I entertained and challenged for 2 hours? Yes I was.

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