There's a good movie in the ideas Simien is exploring here, but it is not this movie and it's probably not a horror movie. That being said, Elle Lorraine is the real deal and I appreciated all that Simien gave her to do here. Her performance was more than enough to keep me engaged through the generic scares and impenetrable lore.
There’s a chaotic energy to this thing that I really dug - a savage kind of mayhem that felt genuinely dangerous in a way that mainstream American animation rarely does. And I liked that it was used not just for the sake or comedy or adrenaline’s sake. It felt reflective of both the time and place that’s being depicted - and to the inner turmoil that Meriden is experiencing.
Imaging a Brave/Frozen shared universe where Meriden crosses the North Sea and wreaks some havoc in Arendelle.