Film 7 of 33 for Hooptober 2016.
Robin Redbreast is a tight and chilling watch, throwing out cheap and goofy acting or b movie plot in favor of subtle dread and naturalistic performances. This film is an early example of successful folk horror and manages to conjure up some effectively disturbing uneasiness through its very short running time, and like many other folk horror films, produces an unsettling plot twist/revelation that feels very earned. Very reminiscent of Robin Hardy's Wicker Man or Ben Wheatley's Kill List, but much more subdued, Robin Redbreast is a film that every folk horror enthusiast should check out.
Film 6 of 33 for Hooptober 2016.
My review is going to be kept short because that while there's nothing particularly extraordinary about this film, there's nothing really outright wrong either.
Cub is a tight little(by little I mean contained and succinct) horror film that wears its influences on its sleeve in the best way possible. While its homage-like nature prevents anything in the movie from being truly surprising, it is an admirable love letter to many different horror movies(the…
Film 3 of 33 for Hooptober 2016.
Right at the start, we're introduced to the film's supposed main character, 17 year old Mari Collingwood, as she prepares for a birthday concert outing with her friend. The film's opening shot is the young girl's nude body mosaic-ed by a shower door, hinting at themes that might explore a young woman's burgeoning sexuality or figure it somehow into the plot. This exploration never happens or fully materializes. Instead, her young, non-legal, age…
Film 2 of 33 for Hooptober 2016.
Given the movie's premise and poster, Magic could've easily divulged into something cheesy and stupid along the lines of Child's Play, a 'shocking' twist revealing that the dummy is some kind of supernatural psychopathic entity, and thankfully, it didn't.
If I had anything to nitpick, the acting is a bit too over the top, and there was a lack of insight into how Corky's split personality came to be(even if certain generic conclusions…