We get some ghost-vomit, sure, but it’s contextual ghost-vomit.
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.’
The Monster never goes far enough in its themes and character arcs to land with any real impact.
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.
An alien presence turns wives into husband-killing monsters in writer-director Leigh Janiak’s feature debut, the indie science-fiction horror film Honeymoon (2014). In their native urban environment (likely New York City), newlyweds Bea (Rose Leslie) and Paul (Harry Treadaway) seem like an average (including their quirks) yuppie couple. When they go from city to country (crossing the border into Canada in the process), the ties that bind — along with the gender roles defined by contemporary heterosexual marriage — go out the window when an eerie light shines into it, focusing on new wife Bea.
Remember those creepy PSAs for radon that aired in the late ’80s? That’s what I Am Not a Serial Killer most resembles.
Innocuously tragicomic at first, this indie film escalates first to the darkly comic and finally to the abjectly horrific.
The strength of PET is in how it takes a predictable story in an unexpected and disturbing direction.
THEY LOOK LIKE PEOPLE (2015, dir. Perry Blackshear) focuses on the social alienation of young urban professionals. All of them “look like people”. All of them are also “aliens” — they’re all alienated from each other. But only one of them can say that this situation is beyond his/her control.
It obliviously flails for hipster-cult, Tim and Eric Awesome Show status throughout its 88-minute run time.