Wildwomble asked Jeff VanderMeer:

Just finished 'Annihilation' and loved it! It was so beautiful and eerie. It reminded me a little bit of Tarkovsky's film 'Stalker'. Have you seen that film or are a fan of Tarkovsky? I just started on 'Authority' so I'm reluctant to ask you anything about the books that might reveal a spoiler :)

Jeff VanderMeer Thanks! I have to admit that even though I like a fair number of films that move slowly or in which not a lot happens that I've yet to become indoctrinated in Tarkovsky. I haven't found his work that compelling, but I'm sure this is a defect in me not in the filmmaker. It's also a difficult question because I was so focused on the personal aspects of the setting, based on areas of North Florida I know, that I wasn't aware of any real literary or movie influences on Annihilation. Authority's a different matter, in that the documentary about The Shining was very influential on it.

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