Reviews Review: Black Mirror: Metalhead is Reminiscent of Psycho and Texas Chainsaw Massacre Published 1 year ago on January 6, 2018 By Gareth Paterson Share Tweet In an episode of Black Mirror the true horror usually lies in the ideas behind the story. In “Metalhead” the source of terror is more simple and upfront: A woman is being chased through the wilderness by a killer robot. With the shortest runtime in this series we are dropped into the third act of a Romero-esque apocalypse. A group of survivors go out on a supply run which goes awry, leaving Bella (Maxine Peake) alone on the British moors pursued by a four legged metal “dog”. So begins a relentless, tense chase which borrows stylistic elements from greats like Terminator, Jaws and even Tremors (without the lighthearted tone.) Shot in black and white the atmosphere is grim and nightmarish. The lack of colour also helps disguise any naff CGI and on occasion give it better texture than it would in colour. This style choice also gives the unstoppable robot a much more menacing and cold presence. The clanging, creepy orchestral soundtrack evokes classic horror films and is reminiscent of Psycho and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It does a great job of filling the viewer with dread. Without colour the gory violence is deeply unsettling. The images look more realistic and sickening, like a real life crime scene photo. There is an overwhelming sense of futility and hopelessness in Bella’s attempts at escape. It is made clear than human flesh is weak, slow and fragile – that metal will always win over it. It feels throughout like Bella will never escape, just delay the inevitable. She is completely alone and without hope. Overall the episode is a fantastic piece of modern television horror, perhaps a better example of horror than any film released in the last year. The most disturbing aspect of the episode is how recognisable this world is. It doesn’t feel like the distant future. It is a modern Britain overrun by a technology that already exists. The robot design is based on a popular video of one already in development in our real world. Relatability has been missing from horror today but Charlie Brooker has done a great job of bringing it back in grisly fashion. Related Topics: Up Next Kiernan Shipka Joins Netflix Series ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ as Lead Don't Miss Netflix Officially Announces the Continuation of “Stranger Things” With Season 3! Advertisement You may like Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Facebook Advertisement Dark Universe Presents https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNZEMdODcq4 Twitter Follow @DUHDNews Advertisement Latest Popular Videos News20 hours ago ‘The Young Cannibals’ Trailer and Poster Summons an Unrelenting Supernatural Creature News2 days ago Chucky Plays a Game With Andy in New ‘Child’s Play’ Image News2 days ago NECA Shares Photo Gallery for Their New Roy Burns Action Figure from ‘A New Beginning’ News3 days ago Chucky Carves Up the Easter Bunny in New ‘Child’s Play’ Teaser Art Editorials3 days ago 10 Goriest Horror Movies You Need to See From the Last Three Decades News3 weeks ago Halloween Movies Digs Deep and Finds the Long Lost “Dr. Death” Opening to ‘Halloween 5’! News3 weeks ago Jamie Lee Curtis Might Be Ready for Another ‘Halloween’ and Wants Micheal Myers to Return News4 weeks ago Blumhouse Productions is Producing ‘The Craft’ Reboot, Shooting This July! News3 weeks ago [Photo] ‘Jason Lives’ Icon CJ Graham Returns in Fan Film ‘Friday the 13th: Vengeance’ News4 weeks ago David Howard Thornton Says ‘Terrifier 2’ is Going to Be “Bigger and Crazier” News20 hours ago ‘The Young Cannibals’ Trailer and Poster Summons an Unrelenting Supernatural Creature News6 days ago [Trailer] Hear Chucky Speak in Lars Klevberg’s ‘Child’s Play’ Remake Video Games1 week ago [Video] We Play and Review Indie Horror Game ‘The Padre’ from Shotgun With Glitters News1 week ago [Trailer] Memorial Documentary on Jason Voorhees Actor Steve Dash to Debut on YouTube News2 weeks ago [Trailer] ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Documentary Explores Alvin Schwartz’ Book Series Advertisement Trending Editorials3 years ago The Many Different Michael Myers Masks Used In Halloween: H20 News2 years ago Todd McFarlane Makes An Announcement on His ‘Spawn’ Script News2 years ago Photo of Doug Bradley Back in Pinhead Makeup for First Time in 12 Years! Blu-Ray & DVD2 years ago Arrow Video Bringing J.S. Cardone’s 1982 Slasher ‘The Slayer’ to Blu-Ray! News2 years ago George A. Romero to Bring ‘Pint of the Living Dead’ to Ottawa ComicCon News2 years ago Official “Friday the 13th: The Game” Release Date Finally Announced! News2 years ago New Photos From Adam Ripp’s Demonic Horror Flick ‘Devil’s Whisper’ News2 years ago Spike’s “The Mist” New Series Trailer Features Gore and Scares!