The Lodge Movie Review
Nasty in all the right ways, The Lodge is an insidious exploration of madness and ultimate cruelty, a psychological thriller grounded in the dark confines of the mind.
Riley Keough delivers an immersive performance in this taut but slow-boil flick. There isn’t much if any gore and it isn’t even remotely scary in the traditional sense, but damn does Keough grab you by the balls or netherbits and squeeze tight until the end credits.
Then again, so does the movie itself. From Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz, the directors behind the chilling Goodnight Mommy, The Lodge is terrifying in its own right. Set largely inside a--yes, you guessed it--lodge cast on the edge of a frozen lake and encased in a blustering blizzard, Fiala and Franz let the cold inhabit every corner of their film. The movie looks, feels, and exudes coldness, its harsh spirit quietly reaching out with its tentacles to ensnare your soul.
Similar to their work in Goodnight Mommy, Fiala and Franz are content to methodically add layer by layer, stone by stone, arranging the set piece in seemingly simple ways in store for what is ultimately to come. Pacing isn’t an issue, but those looking for bold, in-your-face horror should look elsewhere. Fiala and Franz, working from a script by Sergio Casci, build suspense through different means, leading to a dark and frightening climax.
As much praise as Keough has received for her turn here, Jaeden Martell and Lia McHugh are also terrific in their respective roles.
The Lodge may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for those looking for some venom in their drink of choice, it’s worth booking yourself into this one. Dark and creatively cruel, The Lodge is the best kind of psychological thriller.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.