La semana del asesino, translated as The Cannibal Man despite not depicting any actual cannibalism, it’s one of the darkest early 70’s thriller I have seen, along with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Last House on the Left. The film’s gory and sexual scenes really challenged Spain’s censors, and it almost prevented the film from ever seen the light of day. Ultimately some cuts were made and the movie had a mandatory “morally correct” ending, but it’s still a pretty…
Just one year after the release of the epic –yet strangely intimate- biopic of Joan of Arc Rivette returned to cinema with something completely different, a light-hearted musical called Up, Down, Fragile. The film works as an homage to the classic Hollywood musicals of the 50’s, especially as far as tone and colors go, but it also diverges for them deliberately. Rivette abandons the fancy choreography approach that had characterized Demy’s previous french take on the genre and goes for…
Stanley Kubrick covered various and different genres through all his career, from film-noirs like The Killing and Killer’s Kiss, to big epic spectacles like the historical Spartacus and the futuristic 2001 and A Clockwork Orange, and also covering the horror and psychological thriller genres, among others. Although I’d say that one of his bigger inputs was in War Films, going back to this genre multiple times, firstly with the amateur Fear and Desire, then with Paths of Glory and ultimately,…
I love how you can clearly see that she's wearing a shitty "wasp" costume, it adds a whole new level of unintentional depth into the movie: what if she never really transforms into a wasp, what if she's just a serial killer that puts on a costume because she's a bipolar sociopath or something?
Corman might be a genius after all.