Horror movies are all rage this year, specifically with the release of “Last Night in Soho”, a horror movie to open from October 27, 2021 in France.
After the great action movie “Baby Driver” (a sequel is planned soon), director Edgar Wright reconnects to horror movie with “Last Night in Soho”. But this time, “Last Night in Soho” is a psychological thriller as Wright’s previous movies in the horror genre were horror comedies such as “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” staging zombies.
To write “Last Night in Soho”, Edgar Wright has partnered with Krysty Wilson-Cairns – cowriter of “1917” with Sam Mendes. In this horror movie, the director stages Anya Taylor-Joy (“Glass”, “The New Mutants”, “The Queen’s Gambit”, “Peaky Blinders”…), Thomasin McKenzie (“The King” on Netflix, “True History of the Kelly Gang” and “Old” by M. Night Shyamalan…), Diana Rigg (“Game of Thrones”) and Matt Smith (the Doctor in “Doctor Who”, “The Crown”…).
A young woman, fascinated by fashion and design, mysteriously makes it to travel back to the 1960’s where she meets her idol, a dazzling young rising star. But the London of the 60’s is not what it seems and time seems to breaks down leading to dark consequences.
After a musical documentary, “The Sparks Brothers”, a horror movie… This year, Edgar Wright does a split.
With “Last Night in Soho”, he shines a light on Soho neon lights.
The beginning and even the very first scene of the movie reminds us of “In Fabric”, a horrific comedy by Peter Strickland, out in 2018. And this is not the only cinematographic reference that we have noticed. “Thunderball” starring Sean Connery is clearly around. A dance scene also reminds us of “Grease”.
What is pleasant in “Last Night in Soho” is first the ambiance created by the moviemaker. Very much in the sound ambiance – the music being major like in “The Sparks Brothers” and with Petula Clark’s “Downtown” song – and the visual ambiance. Wright has fun using multiple visual effects. On the screen, he shows Ellie (Thomasin McKenzie) today and Sandy (Anya Taylor-Joy) from the 60’s, but at the same time. It is one of the fantastic features of the movie. Because we must say the movie is more fantastic than into horror. As a matter of fact, it is over an hour in that blood finally makes it to Soho. The interesting actions take a lot of time to start. This is the very flaw of “Last Night in Soho”. For over one hour, we wondered how this could be a horror movie. It is a shame because the vibe created by Wright is very entertaining.