Damn, this is one of the bleakest films I have seen in a while. Schrader creates a layered and complex drama that keeps unraveling in unexpected ways. Often times, hack actors resort to pointless shouting to “act”, but in Affliction all the actors do a masterful work, and every time someone raises his voice in an argument it feels truly menacing and suspenseful. The central mystery plot of the film, full of red herrings, servers to mask a deep character…
I do admire Duplass and Brice for making a semi-decent horror movie with such a small budget, but this is nothing more than an extended V/H/S segment. At this point I don’t know if the lazy jump scares and found footage gimmick is an ironic reappropriation, or if making a crappy horror movie for a few quick bucks is just too tempting. Is the magic of something like Baghead irretrievable?
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.
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,…