The highest non-English language movie on Netflix final week was The Convention—a Swedish horror film that’s little doubt drawing viewers in with its thumbnail of a ghoulishly grinning, dirt-stained masks. Those that click on on it is going to be rewarded with a mix of company satire and campground slasher, crammed with a few of the most inventive gore in latest reminiscence.
Within the nondescript Swedish countryside, a gaggle of municipal staff collect for a compulsory team-building retreat forward of the groundbreaking for a shopping center they helped develop, however no person in the local people supported. Amongst their numbers are Lina (Katia Winter), not too long ago again on the job after excessive stress made medical go away vital, and her workplace nemesis, the smarmy Jonas (Adam Lundgren)—however The Convention is an ensemble movie, and it manages to infuse every of its characters with distinctive, interesting and/or comedically terrible traits. The group doesn’t actually see eye to eye on the venture they’re ostensibly engaged on collectively, and Lina’s beginning to have some doubts that the entire mall deal, engineered largely by Jonas, is even on the extent.
However to the wilderness they go, staying at a no-frills resort that’s one in every of few companies within the space in assist of the mall’s arrival. That truth turns into vital when a ruthless, well-armed killer with a critical vendetta seems and begins choosing off the resort’s employees earlier than shifting on to the visiting workplace staff.
Whereas the story construction of The Convention is totally acquainted, with components of Agatha Christie and Friday the thirteenth baked into its escalating physique rely, the underlying themes about corruption and (metaphorical) back-stabbing, in addition to the well-written characters, elevate it significantly. However the primary motive to Netflix and chill with this one, particularly for horror followers, is to understand the applause-worthy array of weapons—kitchen instruments, backyard instruments, energy instruments, a paper cutter, a chainsaw, an outboard motor, pointy sticks, steel animal traps, a ceremonial golden shovel, and extra—deployed in its many brutal combat scenes. It’s all stuff you might conceivably discover at a campground resort, and it’s all put to imaginative use in essentially the most splat-tastic methods conceivable.
Props to director Patrik Eklund and author Thomas Moldestad, who greater than earn the precise to rework “teamwork makes the dream work”—a glib slogan that units the tone for the retreat—right into a metaphor about battling a masked maniac alongside your co-workers.
The Convention is now streaming on Netflix.
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