Speak No Evil is now streaming on Shudder.
“There are only two things I can’t stand in this world: People who are intolerant of other people’s cultures, and the Dutch.” — Nigel Powers
Why start this review of Christian Tafdrup’s masochistically cruel Speak No Evil with a quote from Austin Powers in Goldmember? Well, maybe Nigel knew something we didn’t about the bloody Dutch. Speak No Evil is essentially last summer’s Hulu comedy Vacation Friends, except as an iconically twisted horror tale without sunshiny conclusions. It’s in a class of relentless bad-vibes filmmaking alongside Green Room, 2012’s Maniac remake, and other char-broiled tales of bleak inhumanity. Don’t think this is Barbarianwhere you can hoot and holler alongside pure mean-spirited horror entertainment — this is more Hounds of Love or Coming Home in the Dark, where there’s no softening salvation to alleviate stomach-churning villainy.