"A harrowing exploration of mental illness and its treatment circa WWII, let down by poor pacing and confusing narrative."
When we talk about horror, we tend to imagine something or someone out to get us. We envisage hideous mutants, the undead, or masked boogeymen with a penchant for teenage couples and butchery. But when you stop to think about it, far scarier than any of those things is the human mind itself. After all, our own imaginations often scare us the most, tricking us into seeing figures in the corner of the room after one too many nights spent wandering Silent Hill’s corridors or hiding in Alien: Isolation’s air vents. Our brains, with their primitive survival instincts always lurking just beneath the surface, dictate how we perceive the world around us. When things are scary, it’s because our minds tell us they are.
But what if we couldn’t trust our minds, even in the daylight? What if the thoughts, feelings and memories that we were once so sure of turned out to be completely untrue? There are surely few things scarier than being unable to distinguish between reality and that which your own mind has created.
Freelance review by Philip Kendall (June 06, 2017)
Writer & video game junkie based in York, England. Read my game-related ramblings and ill-advised political rants on Twitter @otokonomiyaki.
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