Horror

FREAKS (1932)

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A film by Tod Browning

Cast: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova

Love, sex, infidelity and vengeance at the Tartellini circus. Lover of the acrobat Cleopatra, Hans, the Lilliputian, abandons his fiancee, the microscopic rider Frieda. Cleopatra does a tour de force once she learn that Hans has this fortune that he inherited. But beware some serious shit could bite her in the ass.

I went yesterday at my favourite UCG movie theatre to see the film cult Freaks finally digitized. We had that manager of the place who is going to be transfer at the end of April I was not crazy about him I hope they put an other one better and friendlier this time I told us that he wanted to buy a copy of this film so we could get to see it on the big screen before he got transfer. The dude here the cinema historian that we have here in France was there to talk about the film. He is like the one Robert Osborne on TCM. So he tells us that the film came out and that the people did not like it at all they were repulse by it. Browning who got penalised for this film got to do 4 more after that and had to retire. He is from the silent film era he later died of throat cancer and he could not talk however he never did an interview until the end where he said that he had fun to direct all those films and that he knew that Freaks was the film who got him out of the business. Funny how that is that a film director from the silent era did of throat cancer and towards the end he could no longer talk how nostalgic. Anyway for this film he hired real people who are deformed some dwarf etc…. In France however this sort of circus where Freaks were on display was not allowed however in the U.S. well it was. A terrific film here that works but back then people were not comfortable with it. Years later 30 years later some film buffs remastered this film for people to see. And thank god foe that. What a master piece.

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GRAVE (2017)

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A film  Julia Ducournau

Cast: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Naït Oufella 

English title: Raw

In Justine’s family everyone is veterinarian and vegetarian. At 16, she is a gifted teenager about to join the vet school where her older sister is also a student. But, barely settled, the hazing begins for the first years. Justine is forced to eat raw meat. This is the first time in her life. The consequences are not long in coming. Justine discovers her true nature. And by true nature I will not be dating this woman not even her sister See the end of the film.

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Ok the name grave is the name of the vet school in Belgium it also mean serious but they translate by raw. Ok this  French  / Belgium film is awesome someone has written a totally great script here by the name of well the director herself Julia Ducournau. It is a crazy film with demented atmosphere ,a disconcerting architecture, in its deliquescent decor, an oppressive psychology, in its febrile approach of the youth … Julia Ducournau dissects the passage to the adulthood, with the frustration that goes with it with a mutation in an environment where perception and madness are going to collide with each other into a chilling atmosphere. Authentic mix of cinematography genres, and some underground  classic cinema here. The ritual goes like this you will see people dancing half-naked, consuming a large amount of alcohol and drugs, blood flying all over to welcome the newbies also you will have the usual suspect the nurse who is not concern about the newbies skin rash, and the teacher who tell them especially the smart one that he does not like the smart one to finish with a macabre orgies of some what half awake zombie, and a perfect ending. You will get out of the theatre loving it like the critics that say it is the best horror film of the year or you are going to hate it there is no in between. Cheers!

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SPLIT (2017)

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A film by M. Night Shyamalan

Cast: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson

After the visitors the come back film of Shyamalan thank god for that one, the man comes up with this film Split and let me tell you this with all due seriousness here toward three-quarter of the film I knew how he was going to end the film I even knew the scene in the diner and I was going to see that dude there. That is all I am going to say. It was the logical deduction.

Now Three girls are kidnap at a shopping mall by a man. When they wake up they are locked up in this room with a bathroom that is spotless. As they come to find out they were kidnap by a man who has 24 different personalities. Oh! boy that can’t be good. So you are going say ok I know where this is going no you don’t not at the least. We get flashback from the character Casey Cook (Anya Taylor-Joy) who is clearly living with the residue of a trauma to coincide with character motivation. Pay attention about the hesitation of leaving the car after seen a man in the driver seat. There is a reason there. McAvoy, here has been given a cold plate of personalities which he has done an outstanding job here. The story flows like blood in your veins here and Shyamalan shine as a director as well as a story-teller. His scenes are well constructed. Everything has its placed, even the little messages in the film. Of course it is human nature that the women are going to fight in order to get out. They are trying by any mean necessary to get out. In order to do that they have to find out which personalities they need to talk in oder to let them out , attached with humor behind of course. There I can’t say no more than that. Well I am glad he is back. Next film please.

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A CURE FOR WELLNESS (2017)

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A film by Gore Verbinski

Cast: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth

The film opens in a large financial services firm in New York City, a man named Morris works late when  he suffers a massive heart attack and drops dead. Well life ’s is a bitch in finance. Lockhart, an ambitious young executive takes over his position and is sent to retrieve the company’s CEO, Roland Pembroke, from a mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. Of course there is a catch to it you are going to watch the  film. The retrieval is crucial because Pembroke needs to sign papers for the merger.

Ok it is a simple retrieval but once you are in the Wellness center no one ever leaves. Why you say well because everyone love it here. Once lockhart is in they give him the run around nothing new there. They tell him to return later in the evening because visiting hours are past. This is going to be a tough review to do here because this film is not only dark, bold , beautiful but it has twist and turns with hidden  messages so I am going to see the film again to see what I missed, also the audience will interpret the film differently and for a film with a big budget my hot goes out to you to do such a bold film usually it is reserved for the independent film.The character of Lockhart is not a very likable person, yet we follow him throughout the entire film. An other character who is mysterious is Hanna played beautifully well by Mia Goth and her life is a total mystery here all we know she was raised at the center. Gore Verbinksi and Bojan Bazelli Director of Photography create  a beautiful looking film. A cure for Wellness is a rare film you won’t se that everyday. Well I am going to retreat myself in my own Cure for Wellness with cheese, bread and wine .

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RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER (2017)

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A film by Paul W.S. Anderson

Cast: Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen, Ali Larter

The Resident Evil film series has been around for a long time now, this is now the sixth film in the series and the last one it seems. You will see the ending. It is fun to watch it all anyway I still love the first one.

Director Paul W.S. Anderson has done well with this one, the film is entertaining, fun, action packed and fast paced and the visual with the special effects that contain the gore and the violence to go with it. The film start with the narrative of Alice played by Jovovich of what happened to her 10 years earlier and what she has to do now. Let’s go to the hive. It is a fun action film here with a stunning visual plus the fighting, gun blazing, slashing throat, cutting off fingers etc… It is a bit predictable especially at the end but I have seen about 8,000 movies in my life time so I know how Hollywood thinks. I would went the other way. It is a guilty pleasure at its best and some of you might think it is the best one yet. Maybe who knows, it is purely entertaining  just fasting you seat belts this film is going to go into high-octane. Have fun.

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BONE TOMAHAWK (2015)

 

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A film by S. Craig Zahler

Cast: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox

Here is an original idea for a western , well it is a western / horror genre film. Shot in 21 days 45 miles outside of L.A. Bone Tomahawk never feels like your typical western.
The story goes like this a female doctor, and Two others are taken from a jail. It looks like it is the Indians who has abducted them but is it really Indians ? And if so what kind of Indians are they?

 
This film is going too become a classic cult film. The dialogue is outstanding here is  some of the great dialogue plus there are the fluid boundaries between criminality, the law and savagery, sacrilege and faith. Here is 4 guys one with crushes who is on a the trail to find and rescue the others that has been taken. It is the wild that is going to be a challenge and then later a plan to get the others. Pay attention to the dialogue here. I think Hollywood needs to learn from independent film making here. This western surprised me here big time a little warning there some gore into it and  it is going to be unpleasant to watch. The film is at its purest raw form.  Kurt and the rest of the cast are fantastic in it their chemistry are flowing through their veins. I am going to get that one in my collection.

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DON’T BREATH (2016)

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A film by Fede Alvarez

Cast: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette

Rocky (Jane Levy), her boyfriend (Zovatto), and her friend Alex (Dylan Minnette), rob houses for petty cash. When they get a tip that a blind man living in a deserted street in Detroit there is no thinking about it. However, things are not what they seem in this lone house on the empty street, they soon realized they are in over their heads.

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Here is a cool film by Alvarez who also wrote it. A simple story which the focus here is to build tension and the film moves on. It will make you root for the criminal don’t matter what their attention are. The thing or even the point here is that this horror film has a couple of twist here so when you first watch it you are going to think ok I know where this is going. Now days you have to be real creative to tell the story. Of course you have a guy who is falling for the other guy’s girl nothing new here but later it is all about to save the blonde Jane Levy who here is doing a great job here. Also it is always the last job that is going to give them trouble (a cliché here I wish it was avoided) not that I am saying that it is not good yes it is but I prefer Green room here my second choice for this years would be Don’t breathe.The score, composed by Roque Baños which is used to build the tension. Don’t breath is a beast of a film and never let up as soon as they are in the house. A little bit of a Cujo scene almost at the end. The thing is it is best experience in the theater where the audience will immersed totally cool sound effects and great visuals.

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