Spiral is a new horror film streaming on Shudder that is on par to be one of the best horror films of 2020. In a time where LGBTQ lives are struggling for equality, Spiral juggles that aspect of horror rather well. I have seen a lot of complaints from horror fans for the recently released Antebellum which some called Trauma porn. Spiral I feel is the complete opposite while I rather enjoyed Antebellum myself, I believe Spiral will find its audience way sooner than Antebellum will.
As far as the characters go they’re really captivating to watch, the gay lead couple deals with the town almost like its a Lovecraftian affiar without monsters however, it deals with the town being involved in cult like rituals that will for sure give the casual horror fan goosebumps while watching this brillaint horror film. Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman gives an all-time performance as the lead character Malik, and Malik should become an iconic character in the near future amongst horror fans. Spiral almost does what the opposite of what A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 did so horribly wrong. In making us really care about its characters.
Ari Cohen as Aaron is also remarkable and their chemistry is astounding to watch develop on-screen at the same time it’s like you felt like they’ve been together all their lives acting together. It just works so naturally to the human eye when you watch this film noting feels forced. The directing from Kurtis David Harder does an excellent job at the pacing of this film as it never struggles to find its stride. In horror films that are often hard to do, especially with some having a slow first or second act to find its true legs. This one keeps on churning throughout with no hesitation.
Spiral is sure to have an excellent impact on the horror community over the years to come as we need more films like it that take its subject matter seriously.
Overall grade: 4/5 stars
Written by: AJ Friar