Watch: The Stylist 2020 123movies, Full Movie Online – A lonely hair stylist becomes obsessed with the lives of her clients and descends into murderous madness..
Plot: Claire is a lonely hairstylist who secretly murders and scalps her clients. When Olivia makes the well-intentioned mistake of asking Claire to style her hair for her wedding, she becomes dangerously obsessed, and her sanity starts to slip away with bloody consequences.
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Slow Burn With Style
Borrowing from some of the best character study horror films from the 60’s and 70’s, The Stylist seamlessly updates these tropes for the new age with lots of style and higher production values than expected for such a low budget film.
A lonely hairstylist takes to drugging some of her clients, scalping them, and storing said scalps in a creepy shrine underneath her house where she can put them on and pretend to be different people. She tries to shape up and stop doing this when a bride-to-be client books her for her wedding and the stylist believes this might be a true friendship in the making.
For most of its runtime, The Stylist plays like a modern mashup of Maniac, Repulsion, and May and it’s anchored by a lovely performance by Najarra Townsend, who wisely underplays her character’s mania. Most actresses would swing from the rafters and chew the scenery with a character like this, but she keeps her very grounded and true to life.
Townsend’s performance helps fill in a lot of the script’s flaws, because, as much as The Stylist seems to want us to relate for its lead character, it doesn’t do an awful lot to endear her to us. We never figure out what made her start killing and collecting scalps and we never find out why she’s so fixated on this particular bride-to-be. This does weaken the film and throw things off balance, because Townsend is playing the character as if she’s in a nuanced character drama, but the film gives her even less development and motivation than some of the Friday the 13th sequels gave Jason.
At least The Stylist knows how to end a movie as it offers up one of the most memorable final horror film images of the past decade and the film itself is beautifully directed by Jill Gevargizian who has an excellent eye.
Really interesting movie, but just lacking that special ingredient…
I happened to stumble upon the 2020 horror drama “The Stylist” by sheer random luck in 2021. And I was immediately intrigued by the movie’s cover. And reading the synopsis definitely made me more interested in watching the movie, as it sounded like this could potentially be something in the likes of the 2002 horror movie “May” starring Angela Bettis.
So of course I sat down to watch “The Stylist” given my fascination for all things horror, and also because it was a movie that I hadn’t already seen.
“The Stylist” definitely was watchable and it was an interesting storyline. However, there was just something profound missing from the formula that was cooked up by writers Jill Gevargizian, Eric Havens and Eric Stolze. I can’t really put my finger on it and say this is what was missing, but I just feel that the movie was missing a certain ingredient to make it an outstanding movie.
Now don’t get me wrong here, because I am not saying that “The Stylist” is a bad movie or anything, because this was an entertaining movie and a watchable movie. It just failed to go that extra mile and become an extraordinary movie.
The storyline was pretty interesting, albeit it was suffering from being overly predictable. And that was something that definitely was holding the movie back a notch. But there are some pretty nice aspects to the storyline, and I really enjoyed the character gallery in the movie. Especially the movie’s main character – the stylist Claire (played by Najarra Townsend). That character was really fleshed out nice, no pun intended.
“The Stylist” had a good ensemble of actresses and actors to portray the various characters and roles in the movie. And I was really impressed with the performance put on by lead actress Najarra Townsend in the role of Claire. Her performance was just right on the dot, and she really gave life to her character and made it a very realistic and believable character. In fact, her performance alone, makes it more than well worth sitting down to watching the movie.
However, the pacing of the storyline was serving as a cumbersome weight around the movie, holding it back. Why? Well, because it was rather monotonous and slow paced. Too little happened to make me feel fully engorged in the movie at all times. And it was a shame, because the storyline had so much potential, and Najarra Townsend really blew me away with her performance.
I will say that “The Stylist” is worth taking the time to sit down and watch if you have the time.
My rating of director Jill Gevargizian’s 2020 movie “The Stylist” lands on a mediocre five out of ten stars. The movie would have rated much higher, if it had been better paced and more contents added to the storyline.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 45 min (105 min)
Genre Drama, Horror
Director Jill Gevargizian
Writer Jill Gevargizian, Eric Havens, Eric Stolze
Actors Najarra Townsend, Brea Grant, Jennifer Seward
Country United States
Awards 4 wins & 5 nominations
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Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 2.39:1
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Printed Film Format N/A