Latent sexuality and vampires are two very symbiotic tropes in horror films, especially teenage ones. Luckily in the capable hands of an experienced director, even ‘starter horror’ can be well executed and intriguing. Fortunately, The Moth Diaries, is a film that is able to elegantly straddle that line, especially in the hands of director and screenplay writer, Mary Harron (American Psycho.)
The second installment of Drafthouse/Magnet’s anthology filmABCs of Death continues with the established format as it’s predecessor and delivers the gore and demise. It is well understood that with any compilation, you get the good with the bad, and ABCs of Death 2 is no different. Luckily for the film, the duration of each segment clocks in around 10 minutes and spares you too much of the agony you’re witnessing on screen.
Adapatations of Steven King’s work is nothing new to film and its reception is often hit or miss. Director Peter Askin’s effort at A Good Marriage, based on a King novella from "Full Dark No Stars," seems to land in the miss category.
Tricia (Courtney Bell- Oculus), finally coming to terms that her husband who has been missing for 7 years is probably not coming back, decides to pursue the paperwork to make her husband’s death in absentia official. With the help of her sister Callie (Katie Parker –Oculus), a former drug addict, the women work to rebuilt Tricia’s life in time for the arrival of her baby. The closer the date to confirm the death certificate draws near; Tricia begins to experience horrific nightmares about her husband, Daniel (Morgan Peter Brown – Ouija).
In leiu of a "Best of 2014" list, I thought it beneficial a list of upcoming 2015 movies/television and books are similar in vein or the books the film/series is based on to either hold you over until the release or fulfill that need for more of the same.
13 Sins, follows soft spoken, mild mannered salesmen, Elliot, (Mark Weber, Jessabelle, Scott Pilgrim) as he tries to reestablish his life and support those he loves after he loses his job. While sulking in his car, he receives a phone call from a mysterious voice offering him $1000 dollars to kill the fly buzzing around in his car. Elliot does so and his bank account is credited the money. Intrigued, the caller explains that Elliot will be given a series of 13 challenges, each carrying a greater reward and thus solving his monetary issues.