Housewife / Gorilla Glue #4 (GG4)

What in the hell did I just watch? No, seriously... can anyone help me wrap my head around this movie? Okay, sorry. I'm sure that's probably not the best way to begin a movie review. Allow me to back up to the beginning. As per usual, it was Friday and I had nowhere to go so I flicked on my TV a started browsing through my Prime Video catalogue. As I was scrolling through the "Recommended" section, one thumbnail in particular popped out and grabbed my attention - Housewife. I hadn't heard anything about it, but the imagery was very reminiscent of the Mandy. Both have a dreamy vibe washed through a filter of deep reds and contrasting blues. And if you've read my review of Mandy, you'll know it was one of my favorite horror movies I watched last year.

I clicked the thumbnail and pulled up the details page for Housewife and read its summary: "After Holly meets with cult leader Bruce O'Hara, she is led on a twisted journey of waking dreams that will begin to unravel the fabric of reality." I was sold. The next decision I had to make was what strain I was going to pair with this movie. The logical choice would've been Banana OG, the same strain I smoked before watching Mandy. Instead, I decided to polish off the Gorilla Glue #4 I had in my stash. I ground up that last nug and packed my bowl.

Gorilla Glue #4 is a sativa that’s crossed between Chem’s Sister and Chocolate Diesel. I specifically chose this strain because of the highly euphoric effects that paralyze your body into a warm floating feeling of ecstasy. And since the movie's summary described itself as "a twisted journey of waking dreams," I was banking on GG4 to elevate the journey even further.

Housewife is the second feature film from director Can Evrenol (Baskin) and stars Clémentine Poidatz (Marie Antoinette) in the title role as Holly. The film begins with a flashback of Holly witnessing her mother murder father and sister. We then jump in time twenty years later. Holly is now a housewife married to Timucin, a famous artist played by Ali Aksöz. Both live a relatively uneventful life until an old friend, Valery (Alicia Kapudag), from Holly's past unexpectedly shows up. Memories of her childhood start to resurface and Valery encourages her and her husband to attend a seminar that may be able to help address her childhood trauma. That's when things quickly go sideways and take a turn toward the twisted. Coincidentally, this is when Gorilla Glue #4 really begins to take hold.
It isn't long before you get the impression that ULM is more Charles Manson and less Tony Robbins.
The seminar is for an organization called the Umbrella of Love (ULM) and it isn't long before you get the impression that ULM is more Charles Manson and less Tony Robbins. Holly and her husband attend the meeting and become indoctrinated into the cult after their leader Bruce O’Hara (David Sakurai, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald) positions Holly as their savior.

At this point, Bruce somehow manipulates Holly's repressed memories to materialize and her reality completely shatters. This in and of itself is a mind-bender. But stoned out of my brain on cannabis, I started questioning what was real too. I couldn't comprehend what I was watching on screen and it felt as if I wasn't watching a movie anymore. It was as if I was in an in-between state of wake and sleep. My eyes were open, but my brain was processing the movie like it was a dream I was creating in real time. In fact, I'm still not 100% positive that everything I saw on the screen was in the movie, or if parts were mild visual and auditory hallucinations brought on by the excessive amount of Gorilla Glue #4 I had consumed only about 30 minutes prior. I couldn't feel my body anymore and I was floating in space.

By the time the third act came around, I was trapped in a living nightmare. I'm talking things get batshit crazy. I don't even think I'd be able to accurately describe what I watched that would accurately illustrate just how unhinged things get. It's pure insanity. Making matters worse (better?), I started experiencing multiple instances of deja vu like I had already watched the movie before even though this was my first viewing. I'm sure a byproduct of GG4. The movie plays tricks with your mind and you're constantly trying to figure out if what's happening is real or imagined. Not only was Holly questioning her reality in the movie, I was also questioning my own reality. Which brings me to my opening sentence. What in the hell did I just watch? Truthfully, that's a real question. I still have no idea. But I LOVED the shit out of it! Housewife delivered a unique high movie experience not unlike Mandy or Bandersnatch. Admittedly, I don't think this movie is for everyone. It's weird... to say the least. But if this sounds at all intriguing, I highly suggest seeking it out.

How about you? Have you watched Housewife or tried Gorilla Glue #4? What are your thoughts? Did you have a similar experience? Please leave a comment and let me know. And of course, don't forget to follow Bloody High on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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