Mental Health Awareness Month: Hour of the Wolf (1968)
The Moon is a Dead World’s Viewer Vomit again because it did get me outside of my comfort zone, I’m going to hope that the next choice isn’t another of Bergman’s greatest hits. While I can surely respect the man for all the art he gave to cinema, I can also be honest enough to admit that it’s really not my bag. So my rating on this one is kind of mixed. I took a couple days and stepped back from what was originally an arduous experience. From an artistic standpoint, I still think it fails by telling more than it shows. As a movie, Hour of the Wolf is a slow and steady build that leads into some hallucinatory imagery. The real test for me though is what the film is like as a viewing experience, and that’s where it really came up short for me. I’ve seen more interesting films cover the same ground (even in the same style) with better results, but I can also see the through line from a film like Kubrick’s The Shining to Hour of the Wolf. While Bergman’s film certainly didn’t make me howl, it did give me hours to think it over.