In a weird way, I wonder if Lowe was listening to Embryodead while conceiving the story of Prevenge.
Most zombie films follow the same formula, with the main difference being whether they have fast zombies or slow ones. Colm McCarthy’s THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS, based on Mike Carey’s novel and screenplay, diverts from the formula.
How might a female writer-director envision a revenge-themed film? Andrea Arnold’s RED ROAD (2006) is one answer.
Ballard creates cold, sterile worlds that are driven by concepts instead of characters, but he’s strong enough a writer that his narratives thrive with intellectual possibility as a result.
Should filmmakers just leave certain books alone?
If you watched only half of Red White & Blue (2010), you would think it was a more coherent and serious version of Richard Linklater’s Slacker (1991 – see my review and its follow-up article). If you watched the entire film, you would see that the dramatic storyline builds to a violent finale that marks it as a contender in the extreme horror subgenre.
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The UK indie-film horror-comedy hit NINA FOREVER (2015) carries a heavy theme under its gruesome gags.
A loose adaptation of Michel Faber’s 2000 novel of the same name, Jonathan Glazer’s UNDER THE SKIN (2013) showcases some fascinating visuals, including special effects. It has an interesting sci-fi concept that includes horror elements. Its star, Scarlett Johansson, does a good job of portraying a voluptuous but deadly seductress whose humanity is only skin-deep. The film also has something to say about what humanity is and whether any human being really has achieved it. Unfortunately, there are long stretches (particularly in the second act) that are just plain boring. As a result, there is a significant likelihood that some cinephiles might not make it to the big reveal at the end unless they force themselves to persevere through the film.