Queer Horror ‘I Saw the TV Glow’ Is Officially “Certified Fresh,” as Both Critics and Fans Praise the Movie

Queer Horror 'I Saw the TV Glow' Is Officially "Certified Fresh," as Critics Praise the Movie

Okay, we know that Cannes is the big thing at the moment and that everyone’s waiting for the premiere of Furiosa next week, but if you don’t know what to do in between, we might just have a very interesting proposal for all of you horror fans out there. The queer psychological horror I Saw the TV Glow was quietly released in theaters last Friday, after having its premiere at Sundance in January and after its limited release on May 3. Distributed by A24, the movie might not become a box office record-breaker, but it seems that the critics love it, and that might motivate people to go see the movie.

The movie is based on an original screenplay by Jane Schoenbrun, who also directed the movie. The non-binary filmmaker is best known for their earlier horror We’re All Going to the World’s Fair, which was also an indie hit that received a lot of praise from the critics.

As far as I Saw the TV Glow is concerned, the reception has been well. It is currently “Certified Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes, with 83% of positive reviews; the consensus is as follows: “With a distinctive visual aesthetic that enhances its emotionally resonant narrative, I Saw the TV Glow further establishes writer-director Jane Schoenbrun as a rising talent.” The movie also has a very high 84/100 rating on Metacritic, which confirms that the critics really love the movie.

But, unlike some recent cases where opinions were polarized, the general fan consensus is also very favorable on both platforms. Sure, the numbers are not as high as those of the critics (c. 60 compared to c. 80), but they indicate generally favorable reviews from fans as well. In case you want to know more about the movie, here is the official synopsis:

Teenager Owen is just trying to make it through life in the suburbs when his classmate introduces him to a mysterious late-night TV show — a vision of a supernatural world beneath their own. In the pale glow of the television, Owen’s view of reality begins to crack.

The movie stars Justice Smith as Owen (Ian Foreman plays a younger Owen in the movie), Brigette Lundy-Paine as Maddy, Helena Howard as Isabel, Fred Durst as Frank, Danielle Deadwyler as Brenda, Lindsey Jordan as Tara, Amber Benson as Johnny Link’s Mom, Conner O’Malley as Dave, Emma Portner as Mr. Melancholy/Marco/Amanda/Evil Clown, Michael C. Maronna as Neighbor #1, and Danny Tamberelli as Neighbor #2.

The movie is currently being shown in theaters, so if you want to check out an interesting and out-of-the-box psychological horror, we think you’ll have a lot of fun with this movie.

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