Here’s the next installment of my top 31 horror films since 2000.
#12 The Triangle (2016)
When the credits rolled on The Triangle, I was convinced it was real. I still do. But I know it’s not. Right? Either way, it’s a rather stunning achievement that defies expectation at nearly every level. It immerses the viewer deep into a psychological study of human nature, the illusion of truth, the power of love and faith, and fear of the unknown or the other. All by doing not much at all except tell a rather simple, but compelling story about a group of defiant outsiders and their apparent quest for meaning in the Montana flat lands. A naïve group of filmmaking pals get a letter from a friend who has been missing for about a year, asking them for help in documenting the commune he’s joined as they prepare for the imminent rapture. The situation becomes more complex and harrowing however, by a growing sense of dread that slow burns into the psyche of the filmmakers when obscure secrets are caught on film. The innocence of the commune begins to ebb away as doubt, fear, pain and the impossible, clutter their minds and knot their guts.
This film is an exercise in taut, but very subtle, psychological warfare that exposes the fragility of the mind when our faith in reason is left in doubt. The Triangle builds unease and a large amount of tension as it veers off into the supernatural, or supranatural more accurately, and takes you into the scary, dark unknown. If you’re a ‘prefer the journey rather than the destination’ kind of film lover, then drink the cool-aid and accept The Triangle into your heart.
Check out the trailer below and be sure to tune in tomorrow for #11.