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‘Delusion’ Takes a Slow-and-Steady Approach to Horror

Delusion (2016)

Written and Directed by Christopher Di Nunzio

Synopsis: Courtesy of Christopher Di Nunzio

Three years after the death of Frank’s wife a mysterious woman appears. As their attraction grows Frank struggles with reality and his loss. He tries to start over not knowing his choices could lead him to his own downfall.

Delusion starts incredibly slow. The only “action” to occur in the beginning is the discussion between Frank and his nephew, first on an isolated green hill which moves to a bar afterward, where the characters do nothing  but stand holding their pool sticks (not actually playing pool) and talking. I found myself being distracted from the actual plot of the film by the mural behind them in the bar, which was more complex and interesting in its portrayal of rock and roll imagery and album art.

The film labors in its literal telling of backstory where the characters stand still and talk about the background information to set the scene for the actual movie to take place rather than showing the events in a flashback or other cut-scene. I found the beginning of the movie difficult to plod through waiting for the story to gain momentum. The dialogue itself feels forced and unnatural, making me feel very aware that I was watching a stiff performance rather than being caught up in the illusion of experiencing the world and story created by the film.

Green Hill Still

Afterwards, the majority of the action comes from knowing that everything is a delusion, which is not only directly stated by the characters telling Frank that he has schizophrenia but also given to us in the title itself. Being told that the entire plot of the film is only a dream or only a delusion brought on by not taking medication for a mental illness tears the folds of the illusion and wakes us from the dreamworld crafted by the film.

I found the majority of Delusion to be somewhat tediously drawn out and predictable, but those who enjoy to have suspense and mystery slowed down and drawn out to extend and intensify the emotion of the film may still be exhilarated by Delusion. The plot is one that has to be carefully tracked with patience to reach fruition, but in the mean time the viewer can take simple pleasures in the natural scenery and peaceful, sauntering atmosphere the film sets as it takes its time to detail its tale and carry the viewer slowly toward their destination.

5 out of 10 Splats of Blood