Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, and Frank Zappa... You can't tell me this isn't pure gold! I have seen this underrated Vincent Price masterpiece 1,000 times. As a kid, I was absolutely enchanted by it, and regrettably played the VHS to its death. There is a particular ghoul juggling scene that plays with special effects in a way that made me fascinated with film-making. This is not a slasher film, but rather a superstitious horror comedy, skillfully crafted by the masters…
The most unnerving thing about this film is how easily I could see people *actually* doing this to the elderly. Rosamund Pike really showed her acting chops in this (no surprise after Gone Girl) and left me impressed. Also, anything with the great Peter Dinklage automatically gets three stars or higher, those are just the rules.
Sundance 2021. This film is a sort of "love letter" to storytelling, and not the type of prison movie we have become complacent with. From the first few minutes, the movie has soul.
Set in a prison on the Ivory Coast, a new inmate is chosen to be the "storyteller" - an entertainer in these dire times. It is an important position - if the storyteller fails, the punishment is death. There are some dark moments, but it also has a lot of heart. (A bit heavy on the CGI in one scene, but not a deal breaker.)
This film gets so much hate, but I'm going to take the hate and admit I enjoy it. I am aware it's an acquired taste, but the imagery is stunning, the FX makeup was an Oscar nominee, and the premise/writing is brilliant. (A therapist working with the FBI becomes trapped in the mind of a serial killer during an unusual session.)
The execution of the film? Hit and miss. A tad cheesy at times? Absolutely. To it's credit, though, the…