Smitty Mittenz

Smitty Mittenz

I'm fairly certain that I don't watch enough movies, and I probably don't watch enough of a variety of genres. Horror is law.

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  • Possessor

    Possessor

    ★★★★½

    Dark dystopian sci-fi horror in the Cronenberg fashion. I will digest this and revisit later.

  • The Ruins

    The Ruins

    ★★★½

    I enjoy the idea of morbid vegetation. Day of the Triffids was a favourite growing up, and Later discovered Clark Ashton Smith.

    This movie is based on a book of the same name, and that which I have not read (yet). The Ruins does suffer from some of it's era's horror tropes which date the film, but in the end, it is successful in turning some foliage into something profoundly creepy, and sometimes even disturbing. Thumbs up.

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  • Black Robe

    Black Robe

    ★★★★

    Another Canadian film, shot entirely in the province of Quebec (I think there was some Australian involvement here too). A Jesuit priest gets tied up in a culture and place he does not understand. This is an honest film about colonialism, and it's cold as hell. I'm reminded of McCarthy's Blood Meridian, mainly because of the emotional separation from the protagonist. Morality is in question at all angles, life is cheap, survival is absolute, God becomes an afterthought if thought of at all.

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★½

    Excellent. A much tidier movie than The Witch, two characters with compelling dialogue, and a story line where no one's history or intention is certain. This movie is often quite darkly funny, I could be wrong but there are some Stuart Gordon influences here throughout.

    Eggers, again shapes this movie in a mythology/fairytale fashion with the addition of a huge Lovecraftian influence . He expertly maintains the tension required to push the story along and keep you on the edge…