Longlegs Review
You know that a movie is good when it sticks with you. Longlegs is one that is sure to stick with viewers for days, if not longer. It is deeply unsettling and one of the most terrifying films of the year. Audiences will be on the edge of their seats from the very first scene to the moment the credits start to roll.

Longlegs Synopsis: FBI Agent Lee Harker is a gifted new recruit assigned to the unsolved case of an elusive serial killer. As the case takes complex turns, unearthing evidence of the occult, Harker discovers a personal connection to the merciless killer and must race against time to stop him before he claims the lives of another innocent family.

It is not just the brilliant writing that makes this film what it is, but that is a large part of it. The way the story unravels is slow enough to keep viewers guessing and wondering, but not too slowly that they find themselves bored and checking their watch. The pacing is on point, allowing the full one hour and forty minutes to be captivating, terrifying, and intense.

A lot of that also has to do with the cinematography and direction. It is impossible not to wonder what is around each corner or lurking in the dark. So much so, that your eyes might play tricks on you, thinking you see something, when you do not. Throw in a suspenseful and eerie score, and this becomes one of the best horror films to grace the screen in a long while.

Blair Underwood as Agent Carter in Longlegs. Photo: Neon

On top of all of that, the cast of Longlegs does a phenomenal job. It goes without saying that Nicolas Cage is one of the most talented actors in all of Hollywood. What he does in this film, however, is unlike any role we have seen him in before. Nicolas has always done a great job of selecting roles that challenge him and are unique to him. Even when he plays something scary or creepy, there is often a humor element to his performance. Not this time. Not at all. In fact, Longlegs is easily his most terrifyingly haunting character. His face will be burned into brains for quite a while to come.

Maika Monroe, who plays Agent Lee Harker, is another big reason why this movie works as well as it does. The audience is going on this journey along with her, discovering things when she does, and trying to piece things together, just like she is. She is the eyes for the viewers, as she is just as in the dark as we are. The way she plays this role is perfect. She is quiet and a little strange, and because of that viewers never know what to expect.

Fans of horror movies will have a field day with Longlegs. It is not packed to the brim with jump scares but is rather an intense and terrifying story that plays out slowly over time. There are moments that will have viewers’ hearts beating out of their chest, which could lead to a jump when a sound hits or an image pops up, however that is not the main focus of the film. It is more psychological and eerie than anything else. 

Maika Monroe as Agent Lee Harker in Longlegs. Photo: Neon

When dealing with the occult, there are certainly things that might make some uneasy. The way Nicolas Cage dives himself into this character, and this character’s beliefs, is what is most unsettling about it all. Parents, be warned, part of the story involves children, which can certainly be triggering for some. At the same time, children in horror are always creepy, in the best way possible.

Longlegs can be described as a perfect storm. Many elements come together to create lightning in a bottle. Thanks to brilliant writing, incredible performances, and a score that heightens every shot, this movie is a must watch for horror lovers. More psychological than slasher, it’s a smart film that showcases pure evil in a way that will stick with even the bravest viewer for a long time to come.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Longlegs will be released in theaters July 12.

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Tessa Smith is a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer-approved Film and TV Critic. She owns Mama’s Geeky, but also is a freelance writer. Tessa has been in the Entertainment writing business for more than ten years and is a member of several Critics Associations including the Critics Choice Association. Her passion for film, television, video games, and comic books started when she was a little girl and has only continued to grow. 

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