Reviews Review: Black Mirror: Metalhead is Reminiscent of Psycho and Texas Chainsaw Massacre Published 10 months 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! Continue Reading Advertisement You may like Click to comment Facebook Advertisement Dark Universe Presents https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0T8C3JIJLA&t=22s Twitter Follow @DUHDNews Advertisement Latest Popular Videos News8 mins ago New Trailer for Indie Horror Flick ‘The Farm’ Feasts This November Blu-Ray & DVD1 day ago Peter Jackson Confirms that ‘Bad Taste’, ‘Braindead’, and ‘Meet the Feebles’ Will Get 4K Restorations on Blu-Ray Blu-Ray & DVD2 days ago ‘Halloween’ 2018 is Now Available to Pre-Order on 4K Ultra HD (UK) Blu-Ray! News2 days ago Watch Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger in First Teaser Clip from “The Goldbergs” Reviews3 days ago Review: ‘Halloween’ (2018) Delivers on its Promise to Make Michael Myers Scary Again! Blu-Ray & DVD1 day ago Peter Jackson Confirms that ‘Bad Taste’, ‘Braindead’, and ‘Meet the Feebles’ Will Get 4K Restorations on Blu-Ray News3 weeks ago ‘Halloween’ Writer Danny McBride Has Ideas for Potential Sequel News2 weeks ago Rob Zombie Shares New Photo of Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding in ‘Three From Hell’ News3 weeks ago New Video Takes You Behind-the-Scenes of David Gordon Green’s ‘Halloween’ News3 weeks ago Church is Resurrected in First Photos from the ‘Pet Sematary’ Remake! Advertisement Trending Horror Lists3 years ago The Many Different Michael Myers Masks Used In Halloween: H20 News1 year ago Todd McFarlane Makes An Announcement on His ‘Spawn’ Script News1 year ago Photo of Doug Bradley Back in Pinhead Makeup for First Time in 12 Years! Blu-Ray & DVD1 year ago Arrow Video Bringing J.S. Cardone’s 1982 Slasher ‘The Slayer’ to Blu-Ray! News1 year 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! News1 year ago New Photos From Adam Ripp’s Demonic Horror Flick ‘Devil’s Whisper’ News1 year ago Spike’s “The Mist” New Series Trailer Features Gore and Scares!