The Perfect Husband is Scary and Scary Isn’t Always Good

The Perfect Husband. 2014 (released 2016 in Canada & America). Directed by Lucas Pavetto. Screenplay by Pavetto & Massimo Vavassoria. Starring Gabriella Wright, Bret Roberts, Carl Wharton, Tania Bambaci, Daniel Vivan, & Philippe Reinhardt. Artsploitation Films/DEA Film/Cobra Film/Nedioga Film. Not Rated. 85 minutes. Drama/Horror/Thriller ★★ So first of all, I want to thank the fineContinue reading “The Perfect Husband is Scary and Scary Isn’t Always Good”

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The Childhood of a Leader is One Darkly Vivid View of the Birth of Dictatorship at the Family Level

The Childhood of a Leader. 2016. Directed by Brady Corbet. Screenplay by Corbet & Mona Fastvold. Starring Tom Sweet, Robert Pattinson, Liam Cunningham, Stacy Martin, Bérénice Bejo, Caroline Boulton, Sophie Lane Curtis, Rebecca Dayan, Luca Bercovici, Yolande Moreau, Scott Alexander Young, Michael Epp, Jeremy Wheeler, & Roderick Hill. FilmTeam/Bow and Arrow Entertainment/Bron Capital Partners. Not Rated.Continue reading “The Childhood of a Leader is One Darkly Vivid View of the Birth of Dictatorship at the Family Level”

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Schramm’s Visceral Psychological Terror

Schramm: Into the Mind of a Serial Killer. 1993. Directed by Jörg Buttgereit. Screenplay by Buttgereit & Franz Rodenkirchen. Starring Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Monika M., Micha Brendel, Carolina Harnisch, Xaver Schwarzenberger, Gerd Horvath, & Michael Brynntrup. Barrel Entertainment/Jelinski & Buttgereit. Not Rated. 65 minutes. Horror ★★★1/2  Really good or great serial killer films are fewContinue reading “Schramm’s Visceral Psychological Terror”

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Short Film Review: A Late Thaw is a Beautifully Dark Look at Grief

A Late Thaw. 2015. Directed & Written by Kim Barr. Starring Michelle Boback, Lucas Chartier-Dessert, Kathleen Fee, Helena Marie, & Ivan Peric. 14 minutes. Drama/Fantasy/Short ★★★★1/2  Over at ChicArt Productions they’re consistently putting out interesting little short independent films. Some are great subversions of genre, others are merely great examples of the genres in whichContinue reading “Short Film Review: A Late Thaw is a Beautifully Dark Look at Grief”

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David Lynch’s Eraserhead: Existential Terror at its Finest (and Most Elusive)

Eraserhead. 1977. Directed & Written by David Lynch. Starring Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, Jeanne Bates, Judith Roberts, Laurel Near, V. Phipps-Wilson, Jack Fisk, Jean Lange, Thomas Coulson, John Monez, Darwin Joston, T. Max Graham, Hal Landon Jr., & Jennifer Chambers Lynch. American Film Institute/Libra Films. Rated R. 89 minutes. Fantasy/Horror ★★★★1/2  One ofContinue reading “David Lynch’s Eraserhead: Existential Terror at its Finest (and Most Elusive)”

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The Descent: Female Driven Psychological Horror

The Descent. 2005. Directed & Written by Neil Marshall. Starring Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder, MyAnna Buring, Nora-Jane Noone, Oliver Milburn, Molly Kayll, Craig Conway, and Leslie Simpson. Celador Films/Northmen Productions/Pathé. Rated 18A. 99 minutes. Adventure/Horror ★★★★1/2 Personally I’ve enjoyed Neil Marshall from his debut, Dog Soldiers, and then he came on withContinue reading “The Descent: Female Driven Psychological Horror”

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Hannibal – Season 3, Episode 9: “…And the Woman Clothed with the Sun”

NBC’s Hannibal Season 3, Episode 9: “…And the Woman Clothed with the Sun” Directed by John Dahl (Rounders, Joy Ride, Breaking Bad, Dexter) Written by Bryan Fuller/Steve Lightfoot/Helen Shang/Jeff Vlaming * For a review of the previous episode, “The Great Red Dragon” – click here * For a review of the next episode, “…And the Woman Clothed inContinue reading “Hannibal – Season 3, Episode 9: “…And the Woman Clothed with the Sun””

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