horror at cannes

Today it seems that notions of distinct national cinemas are becoming increasingly difficult to argue for. I do not mean to say that particular narratives and cultural contexts are disappearing nor are they ceasing to inform particular film cultures. Rather, I am thinking more along the lines of how certain cinematic techniques for conveying information to us are becoming less divergent across filmmaking communities. Over generalizing blanket statements? Absolutely.

Cannes started off with some controversy this year when horror flick "The Pack" was pulled by French censors from a free outdoor public screening because of its extreme content. It had to be rescheduled to an indoor venue where authorities could prevent underage viewers from seeing the movie. The film itself is a monster movie about a girl who picks up a hitchhiker and gets trapped in a truck-stop restaurant with a pack of hungry man-eating ghouls. Sounds an awful lot like a French version of "Feast", an unholy combination that makes no sense at all, but hey, it could work.