We're now in the final leg of this three-part review series, and it's been quite the bumpy ride. While the expedition has unearthed a few diamonds in the rough, there's been just as many duds found along the way. Now, having gone through Andrea Ricca's monster movies and alien flicks, it's time to delve into the last category of this review saga: supernatural horrors. Will the paranormal realm and Andrea Ricca be a winning combination and finish this trilogy on a high note? Let's find out!
A cold war based horror thriller in this day and age had better hope an audience is educated enough to understand the tropes at play. Perhaps in Russia the trope of a government capable of murdering astronauts to protect a secret new weapon might seem noteworthy and plausible. In America, the trope exists but it’s aged. The audience for a horror movie in this day and age is unlikely to be old enough to remember the intensity of the cold war and the dangers it posed, especially inside the Iron Curtain.
In recent years we've seen an increase in horror films and from this rising tide of new 'horror' films there are those select few that slip through the cracks as; 'Scariest' movie of (insert year here) or more often 'best' horror movie of the year. Now it's important to note that I'm not necessarily these are bad movies, if I believe them to be bad movies I will just flat out say it. All I'm saying is that these movies are overpraised.
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is one of those movies that is outwardly deceiving. At first glance, one would assume that this is little more than a low-budget '80s B-Movie slasher, with little substance or purpose other than to shock. However, as you move deeper into the film this misconception melts away into one of absorbed horror; almost like watching a train crash. It's a brutal, uneasy watch but one with truly frightening implications. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, despite its mediocre production value, does the very best with what it has at hand.
In my first journey into the wacky world of Andrea Ricca, I explored nine short films of his that centered around monsters and other big and deadly creatures wreaking havoc on humans. Now, we'll be focusing on a smaller set of his films which center on a different breed of creature: aliens. Ironic that I would be covering a series of alien horror films, after doing a pair of reviews about alien documentaries that (at least partially) tried to dispel the common belief that aliens are inherently dangerous. Nevertheless, I'm sure I'll be able to keep an objective mind when approaching these four films. So without further ado, let's dig in!
I used to hate horror flicks. I could never get my head around what enjoyment people receive from being so scared they have to watch the entire film through their fingers or from behind a pillow. I remember my daughter once hiring The Strangers with her friends for a sleepover only to fast forward parts and watch others with the sound down before spending the rest of the night scared that someone was in the house trying to get them. Money well spent or what?
Upon being introduced to Andrea Ricca's work via Twitter, I did a little digging and found myself more and more intrigued. Having already been a fan of short horror films, seeing Ricca's website and the eye-catching posters for his works (which are reminiscent of the silly but fun-to-watch science fiction horror movies you see on SyFy or Comet) had my interest piqued. So, for the beginning of this 3-part review series, let's dive into Ricca's colorful filmography and see what his monster flicks have to offer!
This marvelous example of cinematic mastery is not some simple return to the golden age of silver screen classics. Oh no, it has raised the bar for Hollywood and the movie industry as a whole! Hobo With a Shotgun challenges our very concepts of society, culture, philosophy, and dare I say, even God.
What we're provided with is not some mere excuse for entertainment, but rather a deep internal reflection on the soul of our humanity. Hobo With A Shotgun pulls back the scabs, renders the flesh, and digs deep into the marrow of what it means to be human.
When Robin Rivera (Maddie Nichols) first set off on a camping trip with her husband Javier (Kevin Rodriguez) for their anniversary, she never imagined it would end with Javier dead and her in a police station with a stranger. That stranger is one Sam Turner (T.C. Matherne), who tells Sheriff Watkins (Leslie Hendrix) that he met Robin and Javier while hunting and that Javier was accidentally killed when his rifle went off. At first glance, it appears to be an open-and-shut case.
She Dies Tomorrow is the latest film from writer/director/actress Amy Seimetz. It is her second feature film in the director’s chair, but she has directed a fair amount of TV including some episodes of Atlanta (the best show currently on TV). Having not seen her directorial debut, Sun Don’t Shine, this was my introduction to Seimetz as a feature film director and since she directed two great episodes of Atlanta, including one of the most interesting episodes of the show, I was curious to see this film. I am happy to report that She Dies Tomorrow is quite good and timely.
Malayalam Horror Movies, well the title should have been-
Imagine The Ring, or The Grudge or some other supernatural horror movie minus some goofy, black and white, glitchy, villain covered in goo. That’s kind of what you get with the new horror movie She Dies Tomorrow. Actress turned writer-director, Amy Seimetz, has crafted a horror movie without a villain. She Dies Tomorrow has blood and death and an eerie supernatural atmosphere but none of the other traditional trappings of a horror movie and it feels fresher for that reason.