10/24/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #24 – Pearl (2022).

Okay, let’s talk about Pearl. I was wavering about putting this one on the list or not, but after thinking about it more, it definitely needs a place here. Plus it’s Ti West, so of course I was going to. Pearl is a unique animal, and will not be everyone’s taste. But like it or not, the originality factor alone is worth the watch. In fact, it shares many similarities, and would make a pretty great double feature, with yesterday’s movie, Censor. Two unique psychological character studies about women slowly losing their marbles. Here is the hilariously barebones IMDB synopsis:

Backstory on how Pearl became the person she was.

Yep, that’s all you get. For those that don’t know, it’s a prequel to a movie I put on this list last week, X. And even though I’d talked to a few friends who saw this one first, I’d definitely recommend watching this AFTER you watch X. It gives you a much different understand of the devolution of this character. Here’s the thing about Ti West, he loves to attach himself to a time period and make a movie in that style. House of the Devil was an early 80’s throwback. X was a grindhouse 70’s throwback. With Pearl, believe it or not, it’s a throwback to EARLY Hollywood, like 20’s and 30’s. It’s almost like a technicolor dream come to life. It’s just as much Bubsy Berkeley as it is Wizard of Oz (although the scarecrow in Pearl gets something much different than a brain… ahem.) It’s a risk and a bit of a gimmick, but to me it works. And one of the main reasons it works is because Mia Goth is so damn interesting to watch. She’s in every second of this movie and is such a fascinating actor. She has a lengthy monologue toward the very end of this movie that is unbelievable. For those looking for a slasher, kinda like X, you’ll be sorely disappointed, even though Pearl has a few extremely graphic kills. But for those looking for more of a slow burn dread, something odd, and something outside the box, Pearl really is an interesting watch.

Where to Watch: Still in theaters (as of writing this) and coming to PPV this week.

Food/Drink Pairing: Suckling pig and corn on the cob.

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