There’s really no way to describe the feeling of uncertainty you will experience while watching Sator. It is one of those movies that sets you in events that are already unfolding, and leaves you with more questions than answers.
The plot is about a family who believes they are being preyed upon by a malevolent spirit Sator. As you witness their descent into madness, you wonder if it is actually the work of a demonic spirit or is it mental illness that is tearing them apart.
The debut work of director Jordan Graham, the film started out as something else, but his grandmother who originally had a cameo in the movie kept talking about a spirit named Sator. He rewrote the movie and gave her more of a starring role in the film as Nani. The audio recordings of her talking about Sator are absolutely chilling. If that isn’t bad enough, you have her daughter creeping about, and as she talks to the protagonist of the movie, all of a sudden her voice will change. The sound design is enough to put you on edge as you wait for bad things to happen.
The set designs are absolutely breathtaking to look at as you follow the son who is the main character we are following around. From the woods he hunts in to the dark interior of his cabin, everything is wonderful to look at. Even when he is just staring off at something, you can’t help just taking in the visuals of what’s around him. Wait, did you just see something out of the corner of your eye? Must be only your imagination. Yeah, that must be it.
The most frustrating aspect, and something that may turn off the average viewer is this is one of those slow burn horrors. It will seem like it will take forever for something to happen even though there are things happening without you knowing it. When the sucker punch ending happens, it will have you questioning if a spirit is responsible for the events or is this the design of madness left unchecked. This is a movie that will take multiple viewings to understand, and even then, you will still be left with questions. A challenge that the average horror fan may be up for.
I am definitely interested to see what else this director does as he showed much potential with this one. I say it’s worth watching even if you may not understand it. Just stick with it and you may find a rewarding experience. It is currently streaming on Tubi and Amazon Prime if you want to see it for yourself. If you already seen Sator, leave your thoughts below!
Till next time, stay scared!
-Tha Thrilla –