Hey there, fellow horror geeks and monsterphiles! Prometheus here, signing on for the first time on behalf of Scare Magazine! Some of you may know me from Aint It Cool News. Those who do, know that horror is my passion, so it’s an honor to discuss it here with you all!
Let’s talk about “The Platform,” a Netflix film written by David Desola and Pedro Rivero. Directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia, and starring Ivan Massagué, Zorion Eguileor, along with Antonia San Juan, this is not your average horror film. I’ll give you a brief rundown. Slight spoilers to follow.
A man wakes up in a prison-like building, nicknamed “The Pit.”. This prison has floors stacked upon floors, each one with two inmates to a room, or cell. In the middle of each room, is a square hole. A decadent feast of food is sent down on a platform once a day, from top to bottom, and only stops at each floor for a few minutes. There’d be plenty of food if only people would ration, but of course, by the time the platform reaches the lower floors, there’s nothing left. As you can imagine, this causes the people on the lower floors to starve or make some tough decisions, including betrayal and cannibalism in order to survive, while the people on the floors above engorge themselves.
If this at all sounds familiar, it should. It’s an analogy for human greed, selfishness, and corporate capitalism. It’s a painful, brutal analysis of humanity. While the people on the upper floors chowed down, fully aware of the hungry people on the floors below, I couldn’t help but think of our current toilette paper crisis. Things get a little hairy, and people leave nothing for others. That’s us, humans, for you. We suck, and this film throws it in our face.
Ivan Massagué gives a brilliant performance as Goreng, our main protagonist, backed by a supporting cast that all hold their own. The story isn’t entirely unique, but it’s well-paced and does a good job keeping you invested. I wouldn’t call “The Platform” scary, but it’s disturbing as Hell. There are some pretty graphic scenes, and the special effects are damn realistic. Those with weak stomachs, be warned.
I’ve seen a few reviews calling this film one of the best horrors of 2020, and while I think that might be a bit of a stretch, it’s definitely worth a watch! Just try not to feel too bad about yourself after, and the next time you hit the store, maybe you leave some TP for the rest of us!
“The Platform” is out now on Netflix!