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Grinchmas 2023: Gaspar Noe’s ‘Climax’ Is the Winter Holiday Party From Hell

It’s the closing of winter season for a French dance troupe, having their end-of-year party in the repurposed old school where they’ve been living. But before the fête properly even begins the dancers start tripping, and not consensually. Somebody has spiked the punch with LSD and one by one those who partook start losing their minds.

Gaspar Noë’s ‘Climax’ is just that, as the audience experiences a terrifying 96-minute apex of horror. From start to finish, this film doesn’t quit. And as the acid-induced psychoses deepen, the once group of friends and colleagues turn on each other in the most unimaginable ways.

It took me three hours to watch this movie — twice the length of the actual screen time — because I kept having to pause to catch my breath, trying not to throw up. This is a tough watch, and the Christmas/end-of-year holiday party setting makes it particularly painful. Especially since there are children at the event, to boot.

✨Eyedrops/5 stars. Only recommend for people already familiar with Gaspar Noë’s work. Everyone else, this is not for you.✨

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Zuzu Zombie’s #Horrorthon365 project is a collection of eclectic genre watchlists with accompanying microreviews to suit the changing seasons. Horrorthon365 was sparked by a gnarly hand injury and carpal tunnel surgery gone awry, hence the flash-style reviews. After a wicked fall at home and brutal elbow fracture that required surgery, posts will be sporadic until I’m healed. In the meantime, browse the entire collection here