Shelley (2016) Review

If you want to be left staring at the credits scrolling by with your brows furrowed and feeling confused and a little mad, then this is the movie for you!

Shelley is a Dramatic Horror film directed by Ali Abbasi.

It stars three main characters, a couple and their maid, living in the wilderness in a small cabin style house. While assisting with their simple-but-not-so-simple lives, Elena (the maid) and Louise become friends. Finally it comes out that Louise cannot have children due to a history of miscarriages.

Louise asks Elena if she would consider being the surrogate for Louise and her husband, and after some deliberation she agrees.

Shelley felt similar to the style of Antichrist: not really letting you know what’s reality and what isn’t; what is connected to mental illness and what isn’t; and having multiple pleasantly framed shots to illustrate mood (or possibly just a filler).


While it also felt experimental, it still had a little more of a plot/story than Antichrist did before it devolved into bizarre and shocking violence.

Shelley was interesting, but not the best foreign film I’ve seen.

I honestly felt a little upset when it was over. Way too many questions that could have bee answered in a much more beautifully cryptic way (such as in Antichrist) instead of just ignored. I was bored, then confused, then shocked! And shocked some more! And then down right disappointed. The ending was so predictable and it just became an actual demon baby trope. maxresdefault

Shelley had a lot of untapped potential that I wish the director and writers tapped into. A little more development of the story, maybe? Or even just a better ending. Something.


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