"I'm going to love you for the rest of my life."
"Just love me for the rest of mine."
I've been an Alexandre Aja apologist since HIGH TENSION (which until the last 15 minutes is one of the strongest horror films of the new millennium), and while he often gives into his instincts for over the top gore in the home stretch when restraint might actually work better within the course of the narrative (except in PIRANHA 3D, which was…
The John Carpenter of the 1970s and 80s had an almost unparalleled ability to tap into the most primal fears of his audience and craft timeless, quintessential horror. In THE FOG, he tells the story of a crew of dead sailors who return to terrorize a small coastal town 100 years after their ship met a terrible fate on their rocky shores. Conjuring consistently eerie imagery, Carpenter makes nods to Hitchcock (casting Janet Leigh, making mention of THE BIRDS' Bodega Bay) while delivering a classic campfire ghost story with his trademark simplicity.
One of the most twisted holiday themed slashers of the 1980s is also one of the most psychologically astute. It actually takes the time to set up the central killer - in this case, a young man who witnessed the brutal murder of his family at the hands of an escaped mental patient dressed as Santa Claus. After growing up in a Catholic orphanage where ideas of guilt and punishment are constantly drilled into him, he grows up with a…
There is something about Alex Ross Perry's filmmaking style that recalls early Woody Allen. Yet Perry, in his third directorial effort (following up 2012's acclaimed THE COLOR WHEEL), has established and asserted his own unique voice in thrilling fashion. In LISTEN UP PHILIP he offers up a completely unlikable protagonist (portrayed by Jason Schwartzman) in the form of Philip, a young author on the rise whose ego knows no bounds. Arrogant, selfish, and ultimately self destructive, Philip's intense self absorption…