Take Shelter was one of my favorite films of 2011. It was not only the first to introduce me to director Jeff Nichols but it was also the first time that I ever watched Michael Shannon act and thought to myself, “Hmmm….so, yeah, he’s a really good actor.”
The film was usually described as being either a “psychological thriller” or “a character study” but that’s just because critics were trying to justify how good the film was by ignoring the fact that it was totally a horror film. Shannon plays a man who is haunted by disturbing nightmares of the end of the world. The film perfectly integrates the nightmares into the narrative, so that you’re never quite sure when one of them is going to pop up. It’s always raining in the nightmares but sometimes, it’s cloudy while Shannon’s awake as well and you’re just like, “Oh no….”
Anyway, this is one of the nightmares and I remember it totally freaked me out when I saw Take Shelter in the theaters. I was like, “Uhmmm….did anyone else just notice a shadow walk by the window?”
Take Shelter‘s a really good movie so you need to see it if you haven’t already.