The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men gang aft agley, as the poet said. I went to the theater this past weekend intent on seeing, in addition to a second helping of GODZILLA VS. KONG, the new Horror flick THE UNHOLY. Instead I ended up seeing NOBODY for the second time. Which was fine, considering how great that latter film is. (Read my review for it here, courtesy of our sister site darkness.com.)
Viewing a movie for the second time (or third or fourth or however many) allows you to catch little things you might not have noticed during your first, principal viewing. That proved the case with me and NOBODY this time around. I caught a line that the hero’s father, played by Christopher Lloyd, spoke early in the film being repeated by the protagonist a little later on. I totally missed that the first time. But the thing that really stuck out upon my second viewing was the poster of the Wolfman that the hero had hanging on his wall, a poster that is shown for just an instant, maybe a second at most, in close-up when the hero is—SPOILER ALERT!—torching his own house to get rid of all the bodies of the would-be assassins he’s killed after they broke into his house. Given that the hero is himself a monster, one who has slipped on the veneer of a civilized everyman but whose internal nature remains that of a killer, the choice to use the image of the Wolfman is perfectly apt.