Episode 385 - Ghostbusters



The Unseen (Fantasia Film Fest)

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It’s time for another addition of Book Vs Movie—and this time we are taking on the granddaddy of “true” horror fiction, The Amityville Horror. Both the book and the subsequent film marked a new turn in horror and both are remembered fondly for their impact to the haunted house genre. Without The Amityville Horror we most likely never would have Poltergeist and we certainly would not have The Conjuring or The Conjuring 2 which has racked up dumpster trucks of cash at the box office, or the seemingly impending universe of Warren films to come.

While the recently launched Pokémon GO is giving nerds a reason to get out and be active, at least one Canadian filmmaker is making a case for why you should never get out of bed. Well at least this one particular emporer sized bed with a cursed emblem carved from a tree that hung countless brutally murdered souls. Bed of the Dead is a stonedfaced approach at telling an inherently silly story, but with a gleefully violent backbone. 

Did you hate It Follows? Bored by The Witch? Then The Blackcoat's Daughter (originally titled February) is not the film for you. Oz Perkins' directorial debut is not some unholy combination of those two aforementioned indie films, but it follows suit with the trend of moody horror flicks that turned heads on the festival circuit. Similarly it may drive audiences to claw at its metaphorical throat.

Since the moment it was announced, the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, and everyone involved in the project  have been under intense scrutiny. In a world where the YouTube comments section--a generally unfriendly place full of people screaming into the void--and MRA trolls can be easily whipped into a frenzy, it is no wonder that movies featuring female characters that are even marginally competent face criticism.

David F. Sandberg has gone from director of an effective and passed around three minute short to potentially one of the hottest genre directors out there, seemingly overnight. Sandberg's 2013 short, Lights Out drew all the right attention landing him a plum gig adapting his own short into a full length 80 minute flick with the producing power of James Wan at his side. The question remains, how can a three minute short stretched to over 26 times its original length retain its effective chill.

“I let myself go,” confesses a stringy-haired, shabbily-dressed, and now human Gabriel (Christopher Walken) in The Prophecy 3: The Ascent. Appearances aside, it seems the ex-archangel has found quite a few upsides to becoming the thing he used to hate. While he’s mellowed on Earth, bedding prostitutes and learning to drive, the angelic war he started over humanity’s place in heaven has raged on. The evil angels' new plan? Enlist Pyriel (Scott Cleverdon), the Angel of Genocide, to destroy humanity, forever lock us out of heaven, and end the war.

Ghostbusters II. When you read that film title, what does it make you feel? Does it make you nostalgic? Does it bring to mind a funny joke or a particularly memorable scene? Does it make you angry? Disappointed? Sad? Like many a comedy sequel before it, Ghostbusters II lives and dies by its attempt to recreate the magic of its predecessor. And a viewer’s enjoyment is thus bound, inexorably, to whether or not the film succeeds in that mission.

When a family becomes trapped in their home, quarantined against a zombie plague that infects their neighborhood, a family is forced to fight for their survival, all while desperately trying to stay together. What We Become is a Danish language film that puts the emphasis on slow burn thriller first and zombie carnage second. It aspires to places the tension on the family dynamic and draw the audience into the drama that unfolds as they are torn to pieces both literally and metaphorically by the escalating annihilation outside.

Almost Mercy

Movies about cold-hearted killers--particularly young ones--are all but required to give an answer to the ‘nature vs nurture’ question. Everything that is insightful and original, as well as hackneyed and unbelievable, about Almost Mercy can be traced back to how it answers this question for its central pair, the violent misfits Jackson and Emily.

High Tension Review

If you like your horror bloody, tense, and visceral, but you haven’t seen High Tension, do yourself a favor. Stop reading, and watch it immediately.

But, wait. You say you hate twist endings? Well, you may want to read on.

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