Unsane…hums along with an aggressively engaging energy that hooked me from the start.
I wanted to curl up and die in this beautiful, horrible world.
Del Toro gorges his artistic appetite from all possible angles, but makes the strongest, most human elements secondary to all the visual candy.
Living Among Us (2018) is the second feature-length horror movie by indie writer/director/producer Brian A. Metcalf (The Lost Tree, 2016). It’s a competent production. The film boasts a cast that includes Esmé Bianco (Game of Thrones, 2011-3), James Russo (Donnie Brasco, 1997), William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption, 1994), and the late John Heard (Home Alone, 1990). Yet, its story is familiar and weak, as is its POV video aesthetic. Its production design and acting also could have been better, even given the limitations of its low budget. The film’s negative aspects outweigh the positives, especially for the seasoned horror fan.
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.
Not unlike I Spit on Your Grave and Ms. 45, M.F.A. contains scattered kernels of revelation.
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.
Difficult art doesn’t exist to be accepted and loved. It exists to exist.
I’m not sure what circumstances prompted the Twisted Pictures folks to revive their mascot…but I can’t say Jigsaw’s return isn’t timely.