Koko-Di Koko-Da(Sweden/Denmark 2019)[Foreign Friday]
Have you ever had a bad dream that seemed to just keep repeating? This movie takes the premise of a time-loop in horror and runs it for everything it's worth. It's a funny, dark little film that takes its time to punish its characters and the audience.
A few years after a family tragedy, husband and wife Tobias & Elin try to overcome their most recent and painful vacation by going once more. They are arguing over where to go but Tobias insists on camping. When Elin wakes up the next morning to pee, three strangers show up and terrorize them. The trio is led by a weird, sinister old man in a carnival cronie's attire (who reminded me an awful lot of Ray Wise), a tall woman with large hair and a brute-of-a-man who carries a dead dog. And once the terror has run its course, the camera slowly pans out and away as they reawake the next morning to do it all over again.
The premise does shift itself over though so it's not just a repetitious outting, the characters wake up with more knowledge every time so they approach the scenario differently and end up with mixed results.
The tragedy at the heart of the film comes out of nowhere in the beginning and it sets up a foundation where you have no real idea what to expect. The film has some puppet shows, some shadow dancing, and then fades back and forth with this surreal, beautiful cinematography.
Our main characters have rabbit face paint and bunny ears in the start of the film, so I suppose you could consider this an Easter Horror film?
The main title comes from a haunting lullaby-type of song that the main serial killer sings repetitively. It will be burned into your nightmares for atleast a week. I find myself humming it when I'm doing the dishes now.
The whole thing was written and directed by Johannes Nyholm, and it is one of the most fun blind-watches I've experienced all year.
'One of a kind' is the only real way to explain this one. I hope you check it out and enjoy it, because they don't get much darker and simultaneously more fun than this one.
'Koko-Di Koko-Da" is currently streaming on Shudder.
'Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra