Whew! If not for Drea’s timely reminder, I may have forgotten yet another blog entry – and been forced to post a double entry tomorrow!
Why Don’t You Just Die (2018)
Andrei, a detective and the world’s worst horrible dad, brings together a terrible group of people: his resentful actress daughter, an angry thug, and a cheated cop. Each of them seeks revenge..
My thoughts: Hyper-stylized action and over-the-top score mark this Tarantino-inspired Russian thriller that manages to be darkly humorous, gratuitously gore, and immensely entertaining.
We Are All Going to the World’s Fair (2021)
Alone in her attic bedroom, teenager Casey becomes immersed in an online role-playing horror game, wherein she begins to document the changes that may or may not be happening to her.
My thoughts: Avant-garde and experimental, slow and nonsensical, this movie offers potential in its exploration of teen identity, mental health, and online horror culture, but the promise of more never really materializes. Frustratingly obtuse.
The Dark and the Wicked (2020)
On a secluded farm in a nondescript rural town, a man is slowly dying. His family gathers to mourn, and soon a darkness grows, marked by waking nightmares and a growing sense that something evil is taking ove.
My thoughts: While the scares do, at times, feel a little too familiar, this meditation on loss, guilt, and familial obligations does deliver the grisly goods.
We Are What We Are (2010)
When the patriarch of the family passes away, the teenage children must take responsibility for the family chores: the preparation of the rituals, the hunting and putting the all-important meat on the table.
My thoughts: Stark social allegory with an engaging premise but a plodding execution.
Satan’s Slaves (2017)
After dying from a strange illness that she suffered for 3 years, a mother returns home to pick up her children.
My thoughts: Terrific twists and some memorable scares in this well-plotted, character-driven Indonesian horror entry.
Today’s horrific Yes/No…
Parker House Rolls w/ Salted Buttercream Ice Cream? Yes/No https://t.co/yLe4DR61CC
— Joseph Mallozzi 🏴☠️ (@BaronDestructo) November 7, 2022