The mood is consistently striking as Leon explores the old house, finding more odd things the more he looks around. He learns that his mother has purchased everything he has ever created. He finds that she was deeply involved in something bizarre, some kind of cult of angels. Some kind of “sick animal” scratches at a locked door that has no key. Things are slowly revealed to be not what they
Leon’s mind seems to be slowly unraveling.
The use of sound is effective and jarring throughout the film, particularly a sequence near the middle of the film where Leon follows the deliberate trail left to him, enabling him to communicate with the dead. As he (and the audience) listen to a hypnotic voice-over via cassette tape, urging us to clear our minds and let go of everything, to tune to the right frequencies, the film shifts into an even more uneasy tone where we are not sure what is real anymore.
The feelings of uneasiness and isolation delicately explode during the film’s third act, which poses more questions than it answers. The creep factor is amped up to nearly unbearable levels in the films climactic scenes, which feature some genuinely disturbing images that are sure to stick with you long after seeing the film.