Horror movies and beer - the only two viable options for entertainment in the wastelands of Nebraska as far as he's concerned. When he's not in the theater he's probably drinking away the sorrows of being a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan.
Between The Witch and another movie that shall not be named (ya know...spoilers), 2016 was good to witch lovers. 2017 on the other hand, not off to a great start. It's not that Caradog James' Don't Knock Twice doesn't have its moments, but it sort of feels like some annoying kid at the public pool who keeps splashing you while you're trying to relax and get a sick tan.
There is certainly no shortage of misguided misogyny within the horror genre and on first glance Pet could easily be tossed to the side as just another in a long line of offensive setups of a potentially disturbed man attempting to "save" his female obsession--and what better way to do so than kidnapping her and keeping her in a cage? In fact, for the first act, the film and Dominic Monaghan aspires for little else than a troubling male fantasy.
There's just something about a filmmaker named Christopher that--when they've got a new movie out--I get weak in the knees. It's not likely that Nolan will be trampling deep within the horror genre anytime soon, but there is one Chris that has spent most of his career dabbling within it. Christopher Smith isn't nearly a household name as of yet and it's a travesty. With the exception of Get Santa (his children's holiday flick that I can't bring myself to watch) Smith's filmography has nary a blemish.
You should never judge a book by its cover. The same courtesy should be extended to movies and their poster art and let's just say Bornless Ones really earns the shady glares invited in both title and artwork. First and foremost being that the cabin featured on its poster isn't even close to the house that's actually in the the movie. Architecture criticisms aside the peculiarly titled Bornless Ones does offer an interesting cabin in the woods twist even if it is riffing heavily from a certain Sam Raimi favorite.
Netflix enjoyed a pretty impressive run of original releases throughout 2016 with titles like Hush, Mercy, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House and Spectral. They've wasted no time in jumping back into the pool with their latest release, Clinical, which sees the world's largest streaming platform stumbling out of the gate at the start of 2017.
Anyone approaching Andre Ovredal's followup to Trollhunter would be well within their rights to be a little bummed that the film does not contain a single troll or bearded mountain man screaming "TROOLLL!" at the top of their lungs. That disappointment will be short lived however once you realize that the Norwegian director's first English feature brings some of that adventurous spirit to the atmospheric and spooky frames of The Autopsy of Jane Doe.
Director Vincenzo Natali has a knack for sci-fi weirdness, but it's always intriguing when a quirky director tackles something a little more straightforward--like a ghost story. It then comes as no surprise that Natali isn't interested in your typical things-go-bump-in-the-night shenanigans. Haunter is what you get when an ambitious filmmaker takes a simple concept and reconstructs it with fresh eyes.
It is a damn shame that Sophia Takal's witty, female lead psychological thriller, Always Shine, seemed to fly stealthily under many genre lover's radars--myself included. Lawrence Michael Levine's script and Takal's trippy style harmoniously peels back the rotten layers of a deteriorating female friendship housed amongst the perilous and volatile Hollywood acting landscape. The picture the pair paints is not a pretty one, but it's impossible to look away from.
If you ever take the time to peruse the keywords on the ol' IMDb you get a pretty on the nose overview of whatever movie it is you've typed in. Okay, so maybe not for every single movie--maybe some don't even scratch the surface. For The Eyes of the Mother keywords won't even come close to painting a full picture of Nicolas Pesce's debut feature.
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