Mike Flanagan’s BEFORE I WAKE has the feel of a modern fairytale along with horror and an undercurrent of sadness.
The source of evil in this film is as interesting as its personification in demonic form.
The fourth installment of the “Insidious” series opened in US theaters today. For Loud Green Bird, it’s an opportunity to take a look back at the first three movies before seeing the fourth one.
AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING falls into the category of films that really didn’t need to be a sequel. Certain movies seem as if they would have been better received if released on their own.
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.
It is no mistake that a great deal of the horror genre revolves around the victimization, rebellion and eventual liberation of women.
In a way, the addicts of Toad Road are not unlike the religious types who seek redemption and release via unquestioning faith in an omniscient, all-powerful creator.
I give this movie the highest praise by saying I hope they make a sequel. Hell, I really hope they make a prequel AND an origin story. And I usually hate origin stories.
We get some ghost-vomit, sure, but it’s contextual ghost-vomit.
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.