What happens here is you ask, "Hey, Blake, what's one of the very best films you recommend right now?" and I reply, "Oh, that's easy: Drop everything you're doing this very instant and go watch The Girl in the Fog!"
I absolutely loved September 2020's The Devil All the Time and believe it's not being nominated for Best Picture was an absolute crime. In the same ether, though, floats 2017's The Girl in the Fog.
Glued to the screen the whole time.
I just love "trapped" genre films in which everyone's a stranger and/or suspect, no one is as s/he appears to be, cat and mouse games ensue, and suspects and investigators are matching wits in confined, cloistered, remote/trapped and/or cut-off from civilization locations like on a bus or boat or train or plane (Murder on the Orient Express, Speed), on an island (The Island of Dr. Moreau), in a resort town or hotel (The Shining), in a house (The Hound of the Baskervilles, Ten Little Indians, Knives Out, and most horror/haunted house flicks, obviously), in a compound or cabin (The Hateful Eight), in a locked room or confined space (12 Angry Men, Panic Room), or here (in a tiny mountainous valley populated by Italian zealots).
The Girl in the Fog is a real blast.
It also reminds me of The Usual Suspects, The Silence of the Lambs, and Along Came a Spider...and that's rarified air, for sure.
Do check it out and lemme know what you think!
Next up we're checking out Into the Labyrinth, a more recent movie (starring Dustin Hoffman) based on another Donato Carrisi novel.
We shall see then if Carrisi's a one-hit wonder or someone who's really got the goods.