So, as no surprise to no one I am a Horror Junkie – hence I decided to check out what many are calling ‘The Best Horror Movie of 2017’. To me this title is in no way premature or undeserved, it’s one of the few movies that have made me flinch and yup, this film contains a lot of flesh eating…
But, aside from it’s reputation as the film that made audiences at it’s Cannes debut faint, it’s also incredibly stylish. The obvious inspiration of the French extreme horror movies of the 21st Century are framed by a visceral beauty the former never achieved, with cinematography that is more Lynchian than straight-up slasher.
I could never decide if I want to turn away in horror or stare at the framing of these shots. but look aside the plot is brilliant and the ending genuinely left me shocked. So yeah, just go see this, I promise you’re in for a thrill ride that bites.
Okay so I got bored on SkyGo again and after draining the horror section dry I decided to look at the bottom of the barrel. It was at this bottom I found the B-movie classic that is Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The plot is what we now know as classic sci-fi movie: creatures invade, and are thwarted by a brisk young man and his companions. But here’s the bit that took me by surprise: it’s actually really fucking good, seriously, even the cinematography is far more masterful then I was expecting, and the tension so much more extreme. So for your viewing pleasure I’ve compiled my favourite shots:
Now one thing I have a deep love for is horror movies. I grew up watching every single one I could get my hands on and forcing my mother to let me pick up 5 for a fiver at blockbuster every Friday (yes I’m that old). Recently my love of horror has came back with a vengeance and I’ve been making up for lost time, so during this horror Renaissance of mine and one movie I began with is Ana Lily Amirpour’s Persian language flick ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’.
The plot is fairly simple, it’s a romance set in an Iranian ghost town that involves all the typical tropes of a ‘will they won’t they’ romance. Oh and the chick’s a vampire. For all it’s simplicity the strongest draw of this movie is it’s sheer beauty, the female characters are lit up like old movie stars and the whole thing has a western/film noir feel (no doubt aided by the choice to shoot in black and white). The overall effect is less hammer horror and more ‘Double Indemnity’, just with added fangs.
When so much of our conversation about the contemporary Middle East is dominated by topics of war and extremism, to see a movie that tackles this on a sheer allegorical level is a thing of artistic merit and rarity. Having said that, this is a grisly film, with references to domestic violence and terrorism (how else would it be a ghost town?). But it’s one that also features a skateboarding vampire and I’m sorry but if that doesn’t entertain you I can be of no help.