I originally heard about this from Zoë over at Zobo With a Shotgun who listed it as her favourite horror movie of 2014. I was obviously intrigued but I didn’t get around to watching it for quite a while and then I kind of forgot about it. Then one day as I was perusing Netflix I saw it and said to myself, “Hey! That’s that movie that’s supposed to be great!” So I turned it on and… this is one of the most shocking movies I have ever seen. I loved it and I think you will too.
Proxy is the kind of movie that you can’t really say much about in regards to the plot or you give away really crucial plot points that start happening right off the bat. With that said, the first five minutes of this movie are completely shocking; I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Instead of going into too much detail, I’ll say that it is a psychological thriller with elements of horror as well as intense emotional drama. This movie focuses on two women who are going through group counselling together. They slowly get to know each other and both discover that the other is not exactly who they claim to be.
The main actresses here are Alexia Rasmussen as Esther and Alexa Havins as Melanie. The movie relies on their strong performances and they truly deliver. There is so much going on with these women that is left unsaid, so many things cooking below the surface. They are able to initially garner our sympathy and then our incredulous disgust. We know that there is something that’s not quite right, especially with Esther, but we don’t know what it is and we can’t imagine the truth. Rasmussen and Havins carry the film with their performances, very well done all around.
Written and directed by Zack Parker, Proxy took some cues from Hitchcock’s Psycho which was very effective. To explain exactly where in the movie I saw this would be yet another spoiler so if you felt the same way, let’s talk about it in the comments. In general though, the way Parker built tension throughout and created an uneasiness in the viewer was a perfect lead up to the twists and turns that took place during the film. Also, the score was a great support to these moments of unease and suspense. The composers, the Newton Brothers did a wonderful job, most notably during an incredible slow motion scene halfway through the film which is still shocking to think about in terms of it’s content and how visually striking it is.
I’m sure there will be many spoilers in the comments so please don’t read them unless you’ve seen the movie or you don’t mind knowing more details about it. The only reason I’m remaining so tight lipped about it is because a lot of the great moments are created by the shock value. The twists and turns are not what you expect at all. It takes our assumptions and turns them on their heads. That’s what I like most about Proxy and why I don’t want to ruin that for you. Trust me though, if you like horror and suspense, this isn’t one that you should pass up.