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Netflix Pick of the Week: ‘Darling’

Director Mickey Keating is a rising star in the indie horror arena, turning in fantastic films like Ritual, Pod, and the 2016 survival thriller Carnage Park. His most recent film Psychopaths has firmly cemented him in the arena of filmmakers to watch.

However, there has been little love and even less discussion of his Darling.

Shot in stark black and white, the film is Keating’s homage to the claustrophobic and paranoid Polanski film Repulsion. Nearly the entire film takes place in a single New York apartment, and the movie places the viewer inside the subjective viewpoint of the clearly troubled protagonist. The film teases what is real and unreal, going one step further than Repulsion by adding a possible supernatural wrinkle to the proceedings.

Lead actress Lauren Ashley Carter is in almost every frame of the movie, and she is more than up for the hairpin emotional turns this performance offers her. For such a young actress, she is a veteran of the genre, having appeared previously in The Woman, Jug Face, and The Mind’s Eye; she also worked with Keating a year earlier in Pod.

With a deliberate pace and some unanswered questions, Darling may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But for the horror fan who loves a good slow burn, some fantastic cinematography, and a sample of the great things to come from both actress Carter and director Keating, it’s well worth your time.



  • Matt Graupman

    I like “Darling” but it’s not a mind-blower. Mickey Keating is clearly a talented director but I’ve watched three of his films – “Pod,” “Darling,” and “Carnage Park” – and each one seems to be missing something intangible that prevents it from being a masterpiece. The good news is that Keating is very prolific and he likes to jump from genre to genre so I think he’ll learn quickly and we’re gonna see some truly incredible films from him.

    • Meisha’s Taint

      Yeah he’s missing something it’s called a budget!

    • JoeInTheBox

      That seems to be my issue with Keating movies. Excellent ideas, that aren’t fully explored. Just skims the surface and the film ends.

  • shawn lawson

    What was in that fuckin room?

  • Lady Bathory

    This is such a fantastic film! I enjoyed every second of it.

  • Meisha’s Taint

    Fantastic flick from a fantastic director. I’d put all my money of Mickey making the next great horror flick he has done some great work with next to nothing budgets i can’t wait to see what he’s got coming next

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