Alright, I am writing this review as I watch Rosa Leigh, so bear with me. Apparently, Rosa Leigh was a troubled child who lied about her teacher putting his hands on her. The teacher found her near the stairs and pushed her down the stairs. The school janitor saw everything and tried to intervene, only to fall over the railing with the teacher. All three died, and the school closed down.
What to make of the directorial debut of rocker Glen Danzig? The Mother singer has made a movie that is either one of hell of a comic troll job or an Ed Wood level, earnest abomination. Verotika is a three part anthology movie featuring three stories loosely tied together by a nonsensical interstitial storyteller who may be a vampire or a demon or The Devil? That’s where the bizarre, confounding journey of Verotika begins.
The Corona Virus has had a dramatic impact on our society in recent weeks, I had recently started a new job but, like many others, found myself laid off due to the business having to close during the pandemic. I have turned to my movie collection and am using them to pass the time. While watching them I decided to watch ones that would get my mind off the current pandemic, but this only led me to wonder what movies would represent the pandemic best.
Brief synopsis: When Marina (Daniella Pineda) is reluctantly discharged from a psychiatric hospital after fifteens years, she goes to stay with her sister, Alice (Elle LaMont) and her family; partner, Will (Austin Amelio) and young son, Bryce (Miles Emmons).
During this time of global pandemic and nationwide lock down life seems to be becoming more like a horror movie with every passing day. Parents especially may be feeling frightful with the knowledge that they somehow have to entertain their little monsters without the help of school to burn some energy and impart some knowledge.
Based on a novella by Stephen King and Joe Hill, Netflix’s “In the Tall Grass” is a fascinating push and pull between a visually striking director and a sometimes-leaden screenwriter, who just happen to be the same person. Vincenzo Natali (“Splice”) wrote and directed this adaptation, and he brings a striking sense of space and visual poetry that feels influenced by his excellent work on shows like “Hannibal” and “American Gods,” but the characters and dialogue often betray the overall mood of the piece. This should be a haunting, claustrophobic nightmare, but Natali over-complicates the source material—just like his characters, our reasons for investing in what happens next get lost in the fields.
Beneath Us is about a very timely subject: immigration. More specifically, it’s about undocumented immigrants and their inherent struggles. Two brothers, Alejandro (Rigo Sanchez) and Memo (Josue Aguirre), have come to America looking to make some money to support their families back in Mexico. They, along with some other undocumented workers (Roberto “Sanz” Sanchez, Thomas Chavira, Nicholas Gonzalez), are hired by an affluent white couple, Liz and Ben Rhodes (Lynn Collins, James Tupper), to do some work on their house. But Liz and Ben decide to use this opportunity to indulge in their more sadistic tendencies, and they demean and torture the poor workers. Knowing that they can’t contact law enforcement, Alejandro, Memo, and the rest must figure out a way to survive and escape.
I ended up watching this because a friend recommended it after I surprisingly enjoyed Color Out Of Space (2019). The 2010's brought us a huge uptick in seriously quality Lovecraftian horror, many of which made it on to my 'All Time Top Horror' list.
David Lynch's Blue Velvet is a largely acclaimed film, and deservedly so. It's one of those films that's not so easy to characterize — perhaps even more so than Lynch's other films. It's definitely on the weird side, but not so overpoweringly weird that it's ultra-artsy. It may not be an outright horror movie yet it definitely has creepy moments throughout. Plus, who would say Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper) wouldn't fit in somewhere in horror's mad villain pantheon? He definitely is not a good guy, and says and does some things that are downright freaky. So, even though Wikipedia brands this a "neo-noir mystery film," there's enough disturbing stuff going on which make Blue Velvet disturbing.
'Swallow' follows Hunter, a newly pregnant housewife who spends her days playing games on her phone, cleaning, redecorating her very chic first home, and ingesting a series of harmful objects. It's not what you would call a typical daily routine, but it's one which shines a light on an underlying trauma which is only exacerbated by Hunter's increasingly controlling in laws and husband.
From longtime horror film producer, but first time director, Ant Timpson, Come to Daddy is the classic tale of a son, Norval (Elijah Wood), attempting to reconnect with his estranged father (Stephen McHattie), who abandoned him and his mother when Norval was little. However, Norval’s dad is extremely competitive and macho, and in an effort to gain his respect, Norval keeps trying to impress him. But their pissing contest goes horribly awry, and it leads down a dark and twisted rabbit hole.