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=t0T8C3JIJLA&t=22s Twitter Follow @DUHDNews Advertisement Latest Popular Videos News12 hours ago Grey Matter Presents Epic ‘The Exorcist’ Limited Edition Print by Artist Sara Deck News14 hours ago Nick Castle is More Than Happy to Play Michael Myers in Next ‘Halloween’ Sequel Blu-Ray & DVD5 days ago Sam Raimi’s Twisted Splatstick Sequel ‘Evil Dead 2’ is Getting a 4K Ultra HD (UK) Blu-Ray Blu-Ray & DVD5 days ago Scream Factory Shares Bonus Feature Details for ‘Willard’ Blu-Ray News5 days ago ‘Halloween’ Producer Ryan Turek “Would Love” to Work on Next ‘Friday the 13th’ Movie News2 weeks ago Michael Myers Watches Allyson as She Encounters a Hanging Dog in Haunting Deleted Scene Blu-Ray & DVD2 weeks ago Tom Holland’s ‘Fright Night’ Gets an Unlimited US Blu-Ray Release from Sony News3 weeks ago Deleted Scene from ‘Halloween’ Reveals What Happened to Cameron Blu-Ray & DVD6 days ago Pet Sematary Getting 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Steelbook 4K Ultra HD (UK) Blu-Ray News4 weeks ago New Line’s ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ Reimagining is Still Happening News6 days ago (Video) Breaking: ‘Ghostbusters 3’ Coming in (2020) Teases Return of the Classic Ecto-1 News7 days ago Horror Short ‘Knock Knock Knock Knock’ Homages Dario Argento, Mario Bava and Lucio Fulci News2 weeks ago Michael Myers Watches Allyson as She Encounters a Hanging Dog in Haunting Deleted Scene News3 weeks ago Jackson Robert Scott is Possessed by an Evil Entity in the New Trailer for ‘The Prodigy’ News3 weeks ago Official Trailer for ‘Blood Bound’ Plays With Dark Magic Advertisement Trending Horror Lists3 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! News2 years ago George A. Romero to Bring ‘Pint of the Living Dead’ to Ottawa ComicCon Blu-Ray & DVD2 years ago Arrow Video Bringing J.S. Cardone’s 1982 Slasher ‘The Slayer’ to Blu-Ray! 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!