The script and direction lean so heavily on wanting to appease a built-in audience that it never tries very hard, despite the exasperating visuals.
On one level, this “Netflix original” flick seems like that proverbial “film we’ve seen before” — several times, in fact. It’s a coming-of-age-through-trial-by-fire story that’s fittingly described by cliches. On another level, but related to this one, it’s a semi-clever horror comedy. How much you’ll enjoy it depends on at what level you receive it.
SHEITAN (Kim Chapiron, 2006) is a French take on the classic American hillbilly horror film, seasoned with themes and tropes from the New French Extremity.
Going back eight years is not much of a throwback in time. Yet writer-director Travis Betz’ “Lo” (2009) is worthy of a Throwback Thursday shout-out anyway. It’s an overlooked and undervalued film that deserves a wider audience. A genre-blending horror comedy musical with romantic drama elements, this indie picture takes a lot of chances and still succeeds.
The strong negative reaction to Walter Hill’s most recent directorial effort has more to do with disappointed expectations than controversial material.
In a weird way, I wonder if Lowe was listening to Embryodead while conceiving the story of Prevenge.
While the inevitable comparisons between Blair’s directorial debut and the Saulnier pictures in which he appears might find Blair’s film lacking, it’s really a case of ‘apples and oranges.’
Innocuously tragicomic at first, this indie film escalates first to the darkly comic and finally to the abjectly horrific.
The implication of its title is that the movie SCHERZO DIABOLICO is a diabolical prank. But who is its devil and what is the joke?