One Of The Best Horror Movies Of 2024 Is Flying Under The Radar – SlashFilm


In the 1990s, high schooler Owen (Justice Smith) meets Maddy (Brigette Lundy-Paine), who turns him on to the TV series “The Pink Opaque,” which feels like a mash-up of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” The show’s haunted aura calls to Owen, as do its characters. Owen’s father (Fred Durst; yes, that Fred Durst) derides the show as being “for girls” and forbids Owen from watching it. But Maddy diligently records the episodes on VHS and leaves them for Owen to watch. Which he does … until one day, Maddy disappears, leaving behind a burning television. 

To say more would rob “I Saw the TV Glow” of its power. But years go by, Owen grows older, and a devastating loneliness and longing takes hold of the film — and the viewer. Schoenbrun and cinematographer Eric K. Yue paint suburbia as a landscape of lost dreams: hazy, empty, lacking. Haunted. The nights feel endless, and the days aren’t entirely bright. As the years tick on, an eerie entropy envelopes the viewer, and Owen. Late in the film, Schoenbrun cuts to sidewalk chalk art scrawled on a suburban street. It reads “THERE IS STILL TIME.” Seeing that, my heart jumped and my breath caught in my throat.

“There is still time.” 

But what if there isn’t?

I spoke about the film on today’s episode of the /Film Daily podcast, which you can listen to below:

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