We’re All Going to the World’s Fair
For a film that shows so little, World’s Fair speaks volumes as the most disturbing horror film of the year. The film follows Casey (Anna Cobb), a lonely teenager, as she takes the viral “World’s Fair Challenge,” which leads to her slowly changing physically and psychologically. The film isn’t graphic or bloody, but its creeping mood and intense performance by Anna Cobb burrow under your skin. It’s heartbreaking to see Casey’s mental state get corrupted ever-so-subtly, as she slowly becomes more disconnected and alone, to the point where she barely recognizes herself and her own actions. I’m confident many people who got sucked into depressive doomscrolling will relate to the film. World’s Fair proves you don’t need to be graphic to be truly disturbing.