Reading THE HOBBSBURG HORROR, I hear Thomas Flowers’ voice. I can see his influences, mostly because they are mine too, but I hear HIM. Underneath the supernatural in this story collection are real ghosts and demons.
Fear and anxiety have a way of unsettling us: sometimes bringing out our worse natures, and sometimes forcing us to find our better selves. Writer/director Babak Anvari explores this in his Iranian horror, UNDER THE SHADOW. He also shows how fear, anxiety, and war can unearth darker powers in Nature. The look of the film is simple but with a growing oppression, a sometimes claustrophobic feel. The main characters are at the mercy not only of the external unrest but also of what is lurking in their minds.
After watching THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT, not only was my aversion to clowns solidified, but I felt the need to watch something else before going to bed.
The strength of PET is in how it takes a predictable story in an unexpected and disturbing direction.
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It is tempting to compare NEON DEMON to STARRY EYES, but I think that would sell both films short. Both films deal with the predatory nature of fame and are strong visually, but they each have their focus. The lead in STARRY EYES, Sarah, understands what she has to sacrifice and does it willingly. But there is, at least in the beginning, a genuine naïveté and original drive about her.
It is the imagery that makes THE IRON ROSE stand out – more than a story about a couple getting lost in a cemetery, it’s Rollin’s fever-dream version of the Garden of Eden.
There is no disputing James Wan is one of the top architects of the mainstream horror movement. He has written, directed, produced, or done a combination of all three on many of the big name horror films that have come out since 2000. Being the creator of the SAW franchise is enough to cement his legacy, but one look at his IMDB shows he has many irons in the fire. He has a formula, and he works it well.
There are some movies that will never make complete sense no matter how many times you watch them. It doesn’t stop you from liking them. For me, BASKIN is one of those films.
Rob Zombie gets horror. He understands the genre the way only a die-hard fan does. Yet his movies always seem to provoke strong reactions of love and hate. THE LORDS OF SALEM is such a film. Kim McDonald explains why she loves this movie.