The Killing of a Sacred Deer - Film Club Review


From the director of The Lobster comes this new psychological horror/drama. Based on an ancient Greek play The Killing of a Sacred Deer explores the idea of being faced with the consequences of a mistake you're not willing to admit to and a decision that you ultimately must make...

Title: The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Genre: Drama
Classification: MA15+
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.


In general, did people enjoy this film?

Everyone seemed to really enjoy this movie! Once you accept the reality that it's created, it's quite a straight forward film. The good points don't necessarily come from the story line (although intriguing in and of itself), but from the obscure dialogue and interactions within a  world that has been created and presented to you. There is a dark and deadpan comedy here that might not be for everyone, but certainly appealed to us!

What did they like / not like about it?

I enjoyed the deadpan and oddly-normal normality of the dialogue and characters. It continued to grow in its tension of the story and was compelling. Although I really enjoyed it, I tend to think it could have been around 20 minutes shorter in run time. - Lukas

I like that it does something different, encourages you to put aside everything you already know and to not assume that it will follow the rules. There is no need for it to be realistic, but at the same time it feels very much so; such is the reality that Lanthimos has created. It also speaks to my aesthetic and comedic taste. - Mali

It was really entertaining and funny with the right amount of suspense to carry you through to the end. This movie made me think about my own sense of humour and why I actually found this film entertaining while others I watched it with didn’t! - Shawn

Loved the premise and the absurd universe it creates, the deadpan line delivery and hilarious dialogue. Barry Keoghan was fantastic! - Liam

Keywords used to describe this movie:

Tense. Oddly satisfying. Quirky. Intriguing. Obscure. Thought-provoking. Confronting. Dark comedy. Well-crafted. Creepy. Absurd. Gripping. Unique.

Would people recommend it to a friend?

Yes! As long as that friend enjoys a bit of the obscure.



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And the next film is…

Title: The Disaster Artist
Genre: Comedy
Classification: M
Director: James Franco

Based on Greg Sestero's non-fiction book of the same name, the film depicts the early friendship of Sestero and Tommy Wiseau, the filmmaker behind the 2003 cult film The Room, and the making of the film itself.

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