Julia Ducournau directs a disturbingly delicious feminist cannibal indie film
Barfing, fainting and disgusting are probably the words that people used to describe Raw when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. Although some might say it is, for the most parts, it’s not the disgusting gore fest you might have heard of. Not to say that it isn’t all those things but this French horror film works on a much deeper level. Raw challenges society’s views of female sexuality and fills its story with rich symbolism all while eating raw flesh.
It Comes At Night is eerie, emotional and an impressive sophomore film from director Trey Edward Schults
The horror genre has always been overlooked by critics. In the 1980s and 1990s, the preoccupation with entertaining teens took center stage instead of the craft and art that had made them so popular in the 1960s. The genre finally hit rock bottom in the 2000s seeming to never be touched ever again. Just when things weren’t looking good for horror, the genre went back to its roots and has now transcended beyond restrictions. It Comes At Night is the by-product of such experimentation. Its unconventional ways and its fearlessness to push boundaries would make Alfred Hitchcock proud. However, It Comes At Night also isn’t there to please its audience making it a daring, unpredictable and emotional ride.
The Mummy is a disaster on so many levels
Universal made big waves on social media when they announced their Dark Universe – for the second time. Universal has been wanting to get in the cinematic universe game for some time now with their monster movies. Dracula: Untold was supposed to be the first one but that didn’t work well. This time around, they have Tom Cruise. However, even with Cruise as the star, the Dark Universe will need some serious necromancing after The Mummy.
Ridley Scott continues to dazzle fans of the Alien franchise with a return to classic
The charm of the Alien franchise is that it can be anything. It follows suit with its beloved multifaceted creature – the Xenomorph. Alien was a suspenseful horror-sci-fi hybrid that was unlike anything before. Aliens was a full on action adventure movie that was loads of fun. Alien 3 was a shaky thriller that could have been better. Alien: Resurrection was a silly 80s-like action movie with too much on its sleeve. And Prometheus was a clear cerebral sci-fi with interesting questions. While shades of Prometheus are present, Alien: Covenant successfully merges Alien and Aliens to create an ambitious film that will please all sides of the equation.
Daniel Kaluuya’s strong performance shines in this racial horror-comedy
Everyone knows that racism is scary. But only people of color experience it first hand. When thinking about racism, slavery, and Hitler probably come to mind. Sadly, in this seemingly ‘post-racist’ world, there still subtle racism and Get Out forces it viewers to come face to face with it. This isn’t the kind of racism that existed during the time of slavery nor is it the kind of racism that black people face in the 1960s. This is the kind of awkward cringeworthy everyday racism. They are the “we voted for Obama, just to let you know” kind of racism.
Rings forgets to be scary but doesn’t forget to be boring
The Ring was and still is one of those rare horror remakes that turned out to be good. Now, 15 years later, we have Rings, a sequel for the modern age. With social media and Youtube, Rings can surely cook up a scary modern day sequel, right? No. The only thing scary in Rings is the fact that people still watch VHS tapes.
Split marks a welcome return for M. Night Shaymalan
In this day in age, the thought of an M. Night Shyamalan film may send shivers down your spine. Movies like The Lady In The Water or Avatar: The Last Airbender may still very much be engraved in your mind. Shyamalan did show some good signs with his found footage creep fest, The Visit, however, Split is the movie where he finally redeems himself.