“Spyder”… A pretty decent god-vs-demon tale,with a solid hero and a spectacular villain

Posted on September 27, 2017

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Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/spyder-movie-review

The pre-interval stretch of Spyder may be the best thing AR Murugadoss wrote and directed. It has the resonance of myth. We witness the birth of the villain, the birth of Evil, in a graveyard — a cut whisks us from the wails of mourners to the infant’s ear. This single editing choice fills us in on the character’s psychology: he grows up around grief, he celebrates grief, and when there’s a lull in the death rate, he will kill, cause fresh bouts of grief and get off on it. As an adult, he wears an axe pendant, though he prefers a knife. Salivating over a prospective victim, he coos, “Ippo vettina raththam sooda varum.” (If I cut him up now, hot blood will bubble up.) He’s a glorious madman.

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