It’s often a debate between Stephen King fans on the quality of adaptations of his work and unfortunately, there is often very little time between these developments or re-visions. Big Driver is one of the more recent productions of a novella from King’s grim collection, "Full Dark No Stars."
In the current state of things, it seems that horror films have started to shift their focus less on the aftermath of devastation in post apocalyptic scenarios and more towards the very tangible and gripping terror of the road that leads there. Set in a fictional representation of Detroit, Lost River revolves around the struggle of one lower class, single parent family and their fight for survival against very real and dangerous adversaries.
Disenfranchised and precocious youths were a popular character study of horror films in the 90s. When done right – they were fun little jaunts through the horrors of high school and adolescence. Unfortunately, there were a lot of films that thought that following that formula would always produce a winner, and Disturbing Behavior is a perfect example of that kind of failure.
As a horror fan, you often find yourself feeling obligated to give the smaller, unknown films a chance – not only to support all aspects of the genre, but usually hoping to find that hidden gem of a film to share excitedly among brethren...it is true that you take the good with the bad, and Eat is really really bad.
Avenged opens as Zoe (Amanda Adrienne) is packing her belongings into her late father’s muscle car to move across country and in with her loving boyfriend. As Zoe happens to be deaf, she has lead a rather sheltered life and both her sister and her boyfriend, Dane, (Marc Anthony Samuel, are both hesitant for her to make the long drive along, as she would have trouble calling for help in an emergency. However, Zoe heads out and sends Dane picture texts of her location to check in.
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.