The second World War was a time of darkness and blood, where forces of authoritarian madmen committed atrocities that still seem unbelievable even in the light of the modern day. Legends were born on those battlefields. Some were shining beacons of hope and heroism in the shadow of evil, and others were grim harbingers of destruction born from the womb of war.
Cannibalism is one of the most universal taboos. Frowned upon in nearly every culture around the world (even if there isn't always a law on the books to punish this very specific act), cannibals populate the worst of our ghost stories and horror movies. From Sawney Bean and his clan in the hills of Scotland, to Hannibal Lecter in Silence of The Lambs, cannibals are everywhere.
The gods work in mysterious ways, and perhaps none are more mysterious than those who are both blessed and cursed by the whims of the divine. Outcast as often as they are held in awe, these agents of deific power are given no choice in whether or not they wished to wield it. Some rail against the gods that cursed them, longing for the normal life they were denied. Others seek to understand the power they have been given, whether or not they wished for it.
When I first saw The Purge, I thought pretty much what everyone else thought at the time. The premise put forth in this low-budget home invasion movie was way too good to be wasted on something so forgettable. Carnivale, but with machetes... man, now that would have been something worth watching.
There are all kinds of rumors about Tyler Durden. They say no one knows what he looks like, because he's always having plastic surgery to change his face. Some people say he was born in a mental institution, and that he only sleeps a few hours a night. Some call him a madman, while others think he's a genius. The father of Fight Club, and the visionary behind Project Mayhem has many mouths, and seems to be everywhere at once.
The Ritual is one of the best horror movies to hit Netflix in some time. Following the tale of four old college friends who take a hiking trip to Sweden, and who quickly find something strange stalking them through the ancient forests, this film combines elements of human drama, existential dread, and a creature that is utterly unlike anything we've seen in a long time.