The Appointment – The Film Newspaper

supernatural horror movie The appointment From 1982 it was virtually untraceable for a long time. Now the Lindsey C. Vickers movie is finally out on Blu-ray, with plenty of extras.

A step in the wrong direction. This was the title that Lindsey C. Vickers created for a series of horror films including The appointment It must be the first. But she stayed with this one movie. Not only did the series fail, The appointment It will also remain the only feature film directed by the now 82-year-old Vickers.

After a scary premise, the film enters the civilian life of Ian (Edward Woodward), who must disappoint his daughter Joan (Samantha Wissum) because an unexpected business trip prevents him from attending her violin concert. It harms the teen, who adores her father, to the point that he unleashes supernatural powers.

What follows is a night of sinister dreams as time creeps forward slowly and painfully and three mysterious Rottweilers sneak around the house. Hours in that strange twilight zone between sleeping and waking, from the closed curtains that suspect something is behind them and the doors that open on their own to let the darkness in. Vickers captures exactly that sticky, uncomfortable feeling at night that seems to stretch to infinity.

Then suddenly the morning comes again, which seems to neutralize everything. Fears, obsessions. So, Ian, in good spirits, got into the beige borrowed car in which he saw himself wrecked in his dreams. A black bag in the back seat, a jacket on a hanger. The everyday elements of an ordinary existence in which everything seems to be under control.

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The appointment He has objective similarities to Nicholas Roges Don’t look now (1973). Like Jon in that movie, Ian is a rational man, who shrugs off ominous omens and continues to believe until the bitter end that he is in control. Just as he thought he had mastered parenthood. And just like in Roeg, the editing is funky. Vickers suggests lines of sight that may not exist at all and uses confusing close-ups.

Ian’s long drive by car, meandering through the Welsh hills, is a meticulously composed series of trivial moments, always elicited by visual and auditory echoes of Ian’s nightmare (or is it his inevitable fate?). Everything with a slow-paced semi-cinematic structure, where the horror is not in horror or gory, but in an apple dancing across the dashboard against all the laws of nature or a jacket flapping on the ground in a wrinkled fashion.


The appointment Available on DVD Import (Distribution: BFI).

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