Anyone who’s a fan of J-Horror and/or Sion Sono’s filmmaking style and nihilistic worldview should check it out.
Mike Flanagan’s BEFORE I WAKE has the feel of a modern fairytale along with horror and an undercurrent of sadness.
Not unlike I Spit on Your Grave and Ms. 45, M.F.A. contains scattered kernels of revelation.
On one level, this “Netflix original” flick seems like that proverbial “film we’ve seen before” — several times, in fact. It’s a coming-of-age-through-trial-by-fire story that’s fittingly described by cliches. On another level, but related to this one, it’s a semi-clever horror comedy. How much you’ll enjoy it depends on at what level you receive it.
In a low-down and perverse way, it’s still fun to watch.
When contrasted against last year’s similarly-themed (but far more original) Pet, Berlin Syndrome seems especially disappointing.
Distanced from Astron-6’s darkly funny aesthetic, it becomes just another genre flick defined by its borrowed parts.
It is no mistake that a great deal of the horror genre revolves around the victimization, rebellion and eventual liberation of women.
Felt is a captivating journey that forces the viewer to consider the perspective of a challenging character.
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.