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Nicolas Cage's repulsive new horror movie dubbed 'scariest film of the decade'


Hollywood’s busiest actor Nicolas Cage has delighted and shocked critics with his latest film (Picture: Neon)

Nicolas Cage appears to have scored another doozy with his upcoming horror film Longlegs thrilling critics and being dubbed ‘repulsive’, ‘a masterpiece’ and ‘terrifying’.

The new movie has also scored a rare 100% on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, having impressed (and scared) every one of its on-record viewers so far.

In the horror flick, 60-year-old star Cage takes on the chilling role of a serial killer being pursued by FBI agent Lee Harker (Maika Monroe), who leaves letters by the bodies at his crimes scenes signed ‘Longlegs’.

As the investigation becomes more complicated, with occult evidence uncovered, Harker discovers a personal link to the killer and must act quickly end his terrifying killing spree.

Written and directed by Osgood Perkins, with Renfield actor Cage also producing, Longlegs also features Alicia Witt and Blair Underwood, as well as Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’s Kiernan Shipka as Longlegs’ only known survivor.

The film will be released in the US in July, perfect for a summer scarefest, but UK viewers will have to be a bit more patient as we await a UK release announcement for the Neon horror over here.

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Cage is kept largely in the shadows as titular serial killer Longlegs (Picture: Neon)

However, it sounds like fans who like to be frightened out of their minds will not be disappointed.

Among its rave reviews, Slashfilm gushed of Longlegs: ‘It’s the most terrifying horror movie of 2024, a film that gets under your skin and may never get out.’

Meanwhile Bloody Disgusting observed that the movie immerses viewers ‘so thoroughly in the repulsive, discomforting nature of evil through terrifying imagery and a tactile atmosphere that it’s unshakable’.

Flickering Myth also praised it as ‘easily the scariest film of the decade’, while other critics dubbed it ‘the most terrifying horror movie of 2024’ and ‘an unholy, horrifying confluence of high art and anxiety’.

The film follows FBI agent Lee Harker on his trail (Picture: Neon)
Critics called the film a ‘freak-fest’, a ‘masterpiece’ and the scariest film of the year, if not the decade (Picture: Neon)

‘It’s as if Oz Perkins’ cinematic freak-fest was forged in Hell by Satan, who brought it as an artifact into our world as a gift,’ suggested critic Courtney Howard for Fresh Fiction.

So – you have been warned.

Longlegs is also careful to keep Cage’s murderer very much in the shadows in the film’s trailer, only offering the briefest of glimpses at him where he looks completely altered with long unkempt hair.

It also uses his creepy narration to underscore the teaser, with Cage’s Longlegs initially heard softly telling Harker: ‘I know that you’re not afraid of a little bit of dark – because you are the dark.’

Agent Harker uncovers a terrifying personal link to Cage’s killer (Picture: Neon)
The star with writer and director Osgood Perkins (L) (Picture: Getty)

He also chastises her for not ‘playing nice with him’ promising, rather threateningly: ‘I’ll be waiting.’

Oscar-winner Cage’s long and varied career has included several very well received horror movies already, such as The Wicker Man, Vampire’s Kiss and Mandy.

Co-incidentally, Perkins also offers excellent horror pedigree as the son of actor Anthony Perkins, who played Norman Bates in Psycho for Alfred Hitchcock.

Perkins Jr’s first acting role was in 1983’s Psycho II, where he played the 12-year-old version of Bates. He has since acted in Legally Blonde and Secretary and Alias as well as writing and directing horror movies The Blackcoat’s Daughter, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House and helming Gretel & Hansel.

Longlegs is out in the US on July 12. A UK release date is yet to be announced.

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