The Quarantine Stream: ‘Wounds’ is Nasty and Frustrating and Doesn’t Care About Satisfying You in the Slightest and I Love It
Posted on Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 by Jacob Hall
(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: Wounds
Where You Can Stream It: Hulu
The Pitch: Armie Hammer is an underachieving New Orleans bartender who finds an abandoned phone in the aftermath of a barroom brawl. His curiosity gets the better of him, he manages to get access to the images stored on it, and…well, that turns out to be a major mistake since it invites him into a world of horror that proves increasingly impossible to define. The more he realizes he’s in danger, the less he understands what’s happening to him. It’s a terrifying film. And it doesn’t care about supplying you with a single damn answer.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: H.P Lovecraft has become a catchphrase, a word we throw around to refer to slimy tentacled monsters from beyond the cosmos. But if you return to Lovecraft’s (admittedly dated and often socially reprehensible!) original work, you find a vital cornerstone of classic “weird fiction.” Lovecraft (and Arthur Machen and Robert Bloch and everyone else in that extended family) didn’t write tales of terror about slimy tentacled monsters from beyond the cosmos – they wrote stories about the sheer terror of learning you shared an existence with slimy tentacled monsters from beyond the cosmos. While Wounds is not based on an old weird tale, it is based on a Nathan Ballingrud novella that owes its structure to the classics. Wounds is about the horror of knowing too much and being powerless to do anything about it.