Red Pill Review: Dull Aftertaste – Moviehole

ByDonald L. Leech

Dec 3, 2021


With current events involving race and class hot on the lips, red pill use this chance to delve into the strange world of the horror genre.

red pill has been described as a backing piece to the critically acclaimed film Get out, director Tonya Pinkins attempts to use the horror genre to explore topics about race and the racist institutions that litter not only America, but the world. red pill really tries to be weird and as scary as possible, as it seeks to create an odd atmosphere (we even get a tasty little glimpse of what might be in store during the pre-credit opening scene), but I couldn’t help but think about the fact that he was trying a little too much to be eccentric and unusual, just for some sort of mysticism. It does not have the authentic fluidity of this cult similar to that of films such as Get out Where Environment a – which is hard to do, I know.

red pill taking place on the eve of the 2020 election, a group of six progressive adults are heading to the Red Country for a weekend retreat, with a carefree demeanor and childish naivety the group will soon experience a very warm and strange welcome from the share of the inhabitants. Even with the constant red flags appearing one after another (the color red is really magnified as a signifier for Republican control throughout), the group has no idea what is about to hit them.

The film attempts to be incredibly current, making sure to structure around current social and racial events, though it does feel incredibly strong talking about such issues, almost aggressively making you realize it’s happening, and if you don’t hear them the first time around, don’t worry because they’re sure to mention it over and over again throughout the movie. red pill differs from similar horror movies in that it features a group of middle-aged people, from different ethnic backgrounds, instead of the unlucky screaming teenagers. Problem is, these adults try so deliberately, thinking they’re cool and trendy, that it just gets a little too… disgusting.

One of the biggest issues I’ve had with red pill Did her insistence on being too weird and experimental, and way too dramatic in general – did she feel it had to be that way for it to be effective? Trying to copy the aura and clichés of the more successful movies of the past – I know it was created on a low budget, but it wasn’t half cheesy at times. The movie incorporated lucid dreaming sequences in another attempt to be super weird, they just looked like film school, and I should know that because I went to film school.

Looking at the cast, you’d assume the performances would be at least strong, a plethora of acting talent with hit show credits like ounce and Fear the living dead is a sure-fire way to give the movie a boost, isn’t it? Well it wasn’t, but I’m sure the cast wasn’t helped by a storyline full of pretentious and at times ridiculous dialogue. The chemistry seemed a bit forced too, and when they weren’t complaining about the tyrannical white race, they were screaming bloody murder and doing stupid stuff – I could’ve sworn they were the stupid, fanciful teens of the norm. ‘horror.

red pill was a bit of a disappointment to put it mildly, a film filled with truthful messages and topics, and using the cult neighborhood as a depiction of the disturbing social circles that litter our world, and yet it felt very aggressive with those views. It wasn’t even shot so cleanly; too dependent on the shaking of the camera which tries to help its suspense and this “strange” feeling. There was just too much going wrong and not much, I understand the messages that are explored (and these are messages to listen to) but the way they were presented was a bit too much, the subtlety in the horror movies can be much more effective than a slap in the face.