"Noir from the Twilight Zone"
Director Jonathan Glazer. Written by Walter Campbell and Jonathan Glazer. Based on the novel by Michel Faber. Cinematography by Daniel Landin and effectively eerie Music by Mica Levi
This is based on a novel by Michel Faber. I haven't read it, but the local of Northern Scotland is kept and the general premise. An alien female attracts human men for consumption. From comments I've read the aliens in the book, live secretly hidden underground on earth to process humans and then send their meat to their home planet as delicacies. The aliens in the novel are fur covered and look somewhat like lemurs. The alien female "lure" is altered surgically to look human.
The film tells us the story visually. Space the final frontier. We see what may be a sun. It's eclipsed by a sphere with a hole through it. A dark doughnut. This is accompanied by incoherent babbling. The doughnut morphs into an eyeball. The babbling is punctuated by recognizable words.
We see a motorcyclist zipping through the darkness on a ribbon of road. He stops near a white van. He gets of the bike and drops off the shoulder of the road, disappearing into the darkness.
A moment later he reappears with the body of a woman over his shoulder. He carries her back to the van.
We cut to a brilliant white space. I interpret it as another dimension. The "white" dimension. David Lynch would call it "The White Room". Is this the inside of the van? We don't know. In this brilliant white space we see two figures, the body of the woman just retrieved and a naked woman standing over her.
The White Dimension
The naked woman proceeds to methodically strip the clothing off the dead woman. Skirt. Heels. Jacket. Top. Bra. Pantyhose. Panties.
|An Earth Creature|
|The Tower and The Lights|
|Wanna get lucky?|
|Lookin' for a good time, honey?|
That conclusion takes place in a "Black Room" or the "Black" Dimension. The outward appearance is an abandoned house or a deserted building. The John thinks it's just a convenient "fuck pad."
|An abandoned house|
|The entrance to the Black Dimension|
However, once inside the "john" is beguiled under a hypnotic trance by The Female who is doing in effect an ersatz "mating dance" by slowly taking off her clothing, in a slow striptease as she draws him further into the black mirror dimension.
The Black Dimension
|The first John|
|The Female ignores the baby and drags the man in the wet suit to the van|
|Come on honey lets go shopping for penis|
|She strips and walks backward watching the male approach|
|Once naked he begins to sink out of site|
The films cinematography and soundtrack beautifully conveys a bizarre alien view of the world. Films like this that combine a Noir Style and a non Crime genre (SciFi) are never enthusiastically embraced by the Genre fans (Think Star Wars, Star Trek, galactic battels, it doesn't fit their preconceived notions, lol), especially when the Noir Style of Films Noir in general are unknown to most of them. I, on the other hand see it as a Noir first that just happens to be about aliens rather than humans. 8/10