“You wake up. You’re stuck in a pipe.” That’s all this trailer for Mathieu Turi’s French horror film Meander had to say to chill my bones and make me what to turn off the trailer in visceral loathing. Comparatively, telling me the pipe is “filled with deadly traps” doesn’t bother me in the slightest.
I can’t stand scenes in movies and TV shows where characters are buried alive, as it triggers my claustrophobia badly, to the point where I’ve actually had to close my eyes. It turns out seeing someone get stuck in a very small vent does the trick as well, which makes Meander’s premise — a young woman is abducted and, as stated, wakes up in a pipe — so terrifying to me, even in the trailer alone:
In the film, Lisa (Gaia Weiss) has to crawl through this giant pipe, section-by-section, within eight minutes to stay alive before the section becomes deadly. “Traps” seems like an oversimplification, though, because while the pipe contains various mechanisms that, for instance, fill it with fire or make the floor rise to crush Lisa (shudder), it also contains things like monsters that are also possibly aliens and, somehow, her dead daughter (according to the film’s official description). It’s much like a much tinier version of the 1997 horror movie Cube, or a tiny, horrific Infinity Train.
Give me aliens and dead children any day of the week, just keep me out of confined spaces. Hell, I don’t even like looking at the movie poster:
Meander will have a limited release internationally on July 9. There’s no Australian release date just yet.