Movie Review – The Golem (2019)

The Golem. 2019.

Directed by Doron Paz and Yoav Paz.

Starring Hani Furstenberg, Ishai Golan, and Brynie Furstenberg.

Synopsis:

During an outbreak of a deadly plague, a mystical woman must save her tight-knit Jewish community from foreign invaders, but the entity she conjures to protect them is a far greater evil.

Israel’s burgeoning horror scene – most recently popularized by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado’s Big Bad Wolves/Rabies along with the Paz brothers’ JeruZalem – takes another, culturally representative step forward thanks to Doron and Yoav Paz’s The Golem. Undeterred by outsider marketability, faithfully adaptive to religious lore rooted in forefront Judaism. To those raised in Israeli households, whose relatives whispered ancient fables, the Pazs stay true to “Israeli Horror” by telling the most Israel-specific story possible. One of villagers, plague outbreaks, and gender oppression that leads to devastation in bygone times.

Filmmakers can merely repurpose general horror blueprints with overseas flavors,
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