Perhaps it’s by providence that I loved Women’s Prison Massacre, wherein atrocity, milked for full exploitation value, is inserted into the narrative and thematic DNA like a fast-dissolving cyanide capsule.
Although BORDERLAND is an entertaining movie, it’s not one of the better examples in our Loud Green Bird series on cults in horror. Its refusal to develop its story’s occult themes (by taking them seriously) removes a powerful source of horror.
As far as the plot goes, House on Sorority Row did it first, and with a more endearing bizarro spirit.
Written and directed by: Wong Kar Wai Starring: Brigitte Lin, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Faye Wong Background If you want to know something about Hong Kong (HK) cinema,… Read more “Throwback Thursday: Wong Kar Wai’s Classic “Chungking Express” (1994)”
The dark comedy and crime drama aspects of FAULTS (2014) get a lot of play in reviews. This focus is understandable because the film is excellent in these areas. Yet some reviewers overlook or miss its horror features. In fact, it is a horror movie in subtle disguise. Writer-director Riley Stearns uses psychological and supernatural horror tropes to good effect in the film. Both types of horror come from the beliefs and practices of Faults, a religious cult from which deprogrammer Ansel (Leland Orser) attempts to rescue Claire (Mary Elizabeth Winstead).
The atmosphere of dread in Green Room is established from its first scene, wherein a tour van wiped out in a cornfield leads to a quick dissection of First World maladies: in particular, an empty gas tank.
A highly entertaining, well-done Japanese action thriller that is well worth a watch.
Another Heaven and Suicide Club both focus on late 1990s Tokyo detectives. One detective is young and single. The other is middle-aged and has a wife and kids. Cases involving suspicious deaths that turn out to be far from run-of-the-mill confront both of them. Both soon realize that there’s more going on than meets the eye. At first, none of their colleagues will believe them. How will they deal with these cases?
Troubling for all the wrong reasons, Regression aims for Exorcist territory in its quest for answers in the ageless battle of Man versus Satan versus Spirituality, but instead of… Read more “REGRESSION (2015): Deliver Us from Cliches”
At first glance, Owen Harris‘ Kill Your Friends (2015, released in USA in 2016) bears a striking resemblance to Mary Harron‘s American Psycho (2000). Both films are based on… Read more ““Kill Your Friends” (2016): Not a UK Music Industry Version of “American Psycho” (2000)”