For the last few years, A24 has critically dominated the horror genre with films such as Robert Eggerss The Witch (2015) and Ari Aster's Hereditary (2018). Both directors follow-up films (Eggerss The Lighthouse and Asters Midsommar, both from 2019) concretized the studios reputation for horror films with a penchant for hyper-formalist attention to detail, broader social commentary, and references to folklore, witchcraft, psychedelia, and the supernatural.
Beyond ethnic and racial representation on screens, failure to acknowledge critically appraised films raises the issues of dominant narratives in creative industries. Overlooking The Gravediggers Wife is yet another missed opportunity for the Oscars, which could have made history by offering a stage to new, crucial voices.
Oliver “Oli” Randall’s semi-fictitious universe, or Tunnel-verse, is an experimental and collaborative narrative sustained through social media platforms.