“Try to speak plain. Saves time.” - Lefty Enright
Mostly horrorstuff, but otherstuff, too.
Ironic how a film based on a graphic novel can do such a good job of portraying real people.
I love its snooty disdain for all things mainstream. I love Seymour yelling in his car at the people to cross the street faster. I love its confident takedown of normies.
Even though this is all done with tongue firmly planted in cheek, I love how snobby it is.
Nails the quick ebb and flow of relationships, how sunny they can be one moment, and how fraught the next. O unpredictable life.
Everyone is imperfect here, and everyone loses a little bit.
Finally, a modern day mindfudger that actually feels deranged, subversive, and genuinely unsettling—something that seems to be lacking in today’s horror. An element of uncertainty or danger. No jump scares or music stabs, just images and ideas that unnerve and disturb.
Wasn’t the biggest fan of Cronenberg Jr’s POSSESSOR, but I was totally on board with this.
I don’t think the messaging is that deep, necessarily—rich people are bad; the easily influenced can be made to betray their morals; psychedelic…
The promoters got mad when Limp Bizkit played “Break Stuff” and the crowd starting breaking stuff? Get the fuck out of here with that shit. (I’m no Limp Bizkit fan, but what did you expect the audience to do?)
At best, it’s a bunch of wet blanket millennial narcs complaining about jock rock; at worst, it feels like revisionist history. (And I say this as an avid detractor of rap rock/jock rock.)
(One talking head is an emergency first responder…
Manages to be fascinating, terrifying, and heartbreaking all at once.
Besides the Nikes and that recognizable footage of Marshall Applewhite—shorn head and wide-eyed stare, against a purple backdrop—my knowledge of Heaven's Gate, especially who they were as people, was incredibly limited. Thankfully, this doc is very thorough and uses plenty of old footage to tell their story.
Plus, it uses some modern songs to unexpectedly great effect.
Cults are fucking scary, man.