After a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, 19-year-old Jay becomes trapped by a vicious curse—“it” is following her, and the only way to save herself is to put others in harm’s way.
David Robert Mitchell might take a healthy amount of influence from past masters, but he brings a singularly modern touch to acutely portraying the terrors of high school. This excavation of trauma as experienced by American suburban youth is one of the finest, most frightening films of the 2000s.
Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003, Russia
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Guy Maddin, 2007, Canada
Harmony Korine, 2007, United States
David Lynch, 1997, United States
Mamoru Oshii, 2004, Japan
Kinji Fukasaku, 2000, Japan
Park Chan-wook, 2003, South Korea
Bong Joon Ho, 2006, South Korea
Michael Haneke, 2005, France