Andy is a contributing writer, occasional interviewer, surrogate Schnaars, and co-host of the Sophisticult podcast. He might not be as funny as Joe, rich as Jon, strong as Casey, adorable as Mark, or surly as Eric, but damn does he give great hugs.
Set in 1974 Oxford, “The Quiet Ones” follows documentarian Brian (Sam Clafin) who finds himself, along with two hot-to-trot students, under the employ of charismatic and philandering Prof. Joseph Coupland (Jared Harris). Coupland is determined to prove that the supernatural is in fact a scientifically explainable phenomena. Coupland’s latest patient, a veritable Jane Doe cleverly named Jane (Olivia Cooke), signs on to undergo some intense, experimental treatments designed to draw out and expel her telekinetic abilities.
The latest found footage horror feature The Houses October Built is a film negotiating the kitsch, near camp of many American Halloween traditions with the high realist aesthetics of found footage. Directed and co-written by Bobby Roe the film tells the story of a group of five friends who embark on a road trip to find the most extreme haunts “in the world” (or the American South). After the prerequisite raucous partying the group begins to hear rumors of an underground organization called “Blue Skull” that orchestrates the most terrifying haunt in the country.
Manny Marquez’s “Psychopath” documents the tumultuous period in which his uncle Victor set out to build an ambitious horror attraction in the small Oklahoma town of Sperry. The gloriously named “Psycho Path” springs from Victor’s interest in make-up effects and his stalled ambition to become a Hollywood effects person. After purchasing a parcel of land and beginning construction Victor is met with opposition from his neighbors and some mild family indifference. As the opening date draws near Victor finds himself struggling against political forces, racism, and egos.
Austrailian horror film "The Babdook" has been creating scores of gushing fans after screenings across the states. Appearences at The Stanley Film Festival and Sundance showed an appreciation for the film's genuine craft and generic roots. A few days ago Fantastic Fest showed the flick a substantial amount of love bestowing filmmaker Jennifer Kent with Best Horror Feature and Best Horror Screenplay awards.
If I’ve learned anything about living in Milwaukee its that the city loves movies, especially those weird, gross sort of flicks that get you riled up. A number of the city’s theaters have a storied history of running late night movies including the longest continuously running “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” screening. They’ve also got fantastic cheese, they love biking and “happy hour” is really called “after work until bed”. Don’t hassle me I’m local.
In Eugenio Mira’s “Grand Piano” renowned concert pianist Tom Selznick (Elijah Wood) reemerges from early retirement after he chokes during a concert attempting to play the “Unplayable Piece” by his mentor Patrick Godureaux. Following Patrick’s death, Tom is convinced by his star actress wife Emma (Kerry Bishé) to return to the stage playing Patrick’s piano in his remembrance. Hesitant to bring shame to his mentor, Tom experiences intense anxiety made more pressing by media inquires and some hazing from the orchestra. (They call him Failznick!
So there’s a “RoboCop” remake. That’s something I have to tell my unborn children as well as my unknown bastards. It’s also about to clear 150 million on a 100 million dollar budget. Though only 50 of them bones is domestic it’s still not out of the realm of possibility I’ll have to tell those tiny bearded boys and girls there’s a “Robocop 2” too. (As in ‘also’, not 2x2 which would be weird but not impossible.
The subjects of pregnancy, birth, and motherhood have proved to be one of the most fertile grounds (pardon the pun) in horror fiction in both longevity and richness. They are tropes that relishes in some of the most drastic of physical changes brought upon the human body while also confronting or affirming how our culture views women and regards the female body. These thematic and ideological questions become more complicated when translating these stories to the visual and auditory world of cinematic representations, including television.
10. Maniac & The Act of Killing
The only two films this year that nearly had me take a shower when they were over. One a remake of the 1980 cult classic the other a documentary that employs powerful reenactments of historical violent culls in the Philippines to reconcile the personal delusions of the perpetrators. Bonus points to Maniac for best opening horror sequence of the year.