I wanted to curl up and die in this beautiful, horrible world.
Since Mickey Keating’s debut as a writer-director with Ultra Violence (2011), his films have become more stylized and postmodern. This trend is general and not a relentless march with each new release. Still, his most recent effort, Carnage Park (2016), is arguably his most self-conscious bricolage of genres and styles, combining elements of the Western (a la Peckinpah), unconventional storytelling (in the vein of Tarantino’s work), and horror tropes. But does it work (and if so, for whom)?
The function of the soundtrack in Mickey Keating’s RITUAL (2013) illustrates a “soft revolution” as it applies to horror filmmaking.
Keating chooses an interesting angle to tell his tale, to the point where we’re left wondering just what type of story this is. For a long stretch, the cult isn’t even (visually) present; and even when it finally appears, the members’ ultimate motive is left to speculation.
If “Darling” (2015) is any indication, there are exciting times ahead for women in film as well as for fans of independently-produced horror movies.
As part of an inaugural series here on Loud Green Bird, Jonny Numb examines the antecedents to writer-director Mickey Keating’s 2015 horror sleeper, Darling.