The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. For more information on films playing in the Cinémathèque, please call 773-281-4114. To order advance tickets online, visit the TicketWeb website by clicking here.
"Devised for minimum fuss and maximum tension" -New York Times
"Imagine Old Joy reconceived as a horror movie... Trigger Man denies its audience conventional narrative satisfactions while creating an almost unbearable atmosphere of voyeurism and random violence" -Village Voice
"It's a nail-biter, and the minimalist aesthetic is an asset rather than a liability" -TV Guide
"Challenges better-funded peers in building suspense" -Chicago Tribune
"A grubby 1970s-style horror-thriller of modest yet substantial craft" -NewCity Chicago
Ti West's debut film, The Roost, was a low-budget scare fest, packed with diseased bats and shuffling zombies. Rather than continue along the same frightful but fun path for his second film, West instead delivers a lean, gritty thriller that couples the unadorned style of a '70s art-house film with the edginess of that era's exploitation fare. Looking to get out of the city for a day, three friends head for the woods of rural Delaware. Although ostensibly they're on a hunting trip, the only thing in danger of being killed is a six-pack stashed among their gear. Trudging through the forest, they discover that their hunting grounds overlook some unexpected signs of civilization, like jogging trails and abandoned factories. "Are you sure we're allowed out here with guns?" asks one of them. The brutal answer comes moments later, as a shot rings out and suddenly an ordinary outing turns into a frenzied fight for survival. There are no supernatural elements, no convoluted back-story -- only senseless acts of violence that hit with the brute force of a waking nightmare.
Directed by Ti West, U.S.A., 2006, BetaSP, 80 mins.