Bill Oberst, Jr.
Directed/Written by:Gregory Blair
Synopsis: A horror writer wakes up from a coma, only to discover that a good chunk of his memory is missing. Through the help of hypnosis, he starts remembering things, but maybe the things he remembers aren't all they seem to be. Is he simply going mad, or something else?
I recently got to watch this psychological horror-thriller, and I was not disappointed at all. It was, for me, a fun, edge-of-the seat kind of movie, from beginning to end.
It stars Indie-horror favorite Bill Oberst, Jr, as Grafton Torn, the aforementioned horror author. Like other of his movies I've watched(and some even reviewed ;) ) Mr. Oberst knocks the role out of the park AGAIN, portraying someone who feels as if he's absolutely losing his mind, and the angst and fear and doubt just roll off of the screen. By half-way through, all I wanted to do was go, "hey, Grafton, you're okay, man, we'll get through this together." It was just that kind of feeling.
If you love thrillers, and Independent movies, I cannot recommend this one enough. It has a wonderful twist ending, and it's also chilling. It left me in goosebumps and not wanting it to end just yet.
This movie was well written and directed, with good pacing and a fabulous cast. I had no complaints with the acting(or, well, I think possibly Mr. Blokh seemed a little over-act-y sometimes, but then maybe that was just part of the plan...? he was okay other than that. I don't want to spoil anything with this review, so I'll leave it there.)
The cinematography was crisp and clear; the sound quality was really good. I LOVED the location--that cabin was gorgeous.
With this review, I'm changing up my rating system(see sidebar) so I give this movie a 9 out of 10 stars(for minor things that really don't detract, but kind made me twitch a little,and are not worth mentioning o_O )
ALSO- I should mention that with the new review system, it in NO way negates earlier ratings. I wanted to be clear on that. The old ratings still hold(E.G, 5 stars still means excellent by the old system), but I wanted to try a new rating system. I hope that helps!
Bill Oberst, Jr.
Directed by: Trevor Juenger
Synopsis- A look into the mind of a man as his self-imposed insomnia drives him to hallucinations and, ultimately, an utter raging madness.
Last month, I was the lucky recipient of this movie, by way of a Re-Tweet contest sponsored by @filmbizarro- see here:
http://t.co/mFWV0XdzYA gave me the news: @DystopiaGrrl is the winner of COYOTE. PM me address, or mail firstname.lastname@example.org
— Ronny Carlsson (@filmbizarro) July 20, 2014
And let me tell you, there was much rejoicing. I'd been wanting to see this film for awhile, so when it was shipped to me, and I could hold it in my hands, I felt like the luckiest fangirl in the world, right then.
The next day, I popped it into my computer and was mesmerized. It starts out innocuously enough, but you can tell right away that something just isn't "right". I'm going to try and refrain from spoiling this movie, because it's just something you have to see for yourself, and giving anything away would ruin it. Truly.
Okay, 'cept for maybe this:
|I'm just your friendly neighborhood crazy man.|
Trevor Juenger's movie leaves you unsettled and thinking about it days after you watch, and that's a definite sign of a good movie. You almost feel as you yourself are experiencing what Bill experiences, and it just doesn't want to let go. The acting is outstanding; from Bill's descent into madness, to Jesse's trying to deal with his behavior(after being attracted to him, she learns all isn't what it seems). Victoria Mullen gets props for being his much abused lady-friend. And Bill Oberst, Jr. again brings the weird;his performance is stellar. His 'normalcy' is as reassuring as his later violence is shocking.
The cinematography is beautifully done, going from well-lit to darker and "off". The story(written also by Juenger) is well done, and does an excellent job of drawing the viewer in, and you will absolutely not find one slow moment. It keeps you on your toes until the very end. It is a tenebrously splendid, disturbing film, but it is one you must watch, if you are a fan of Art-House films. Is is definitely a not for the faint of heart(it was banned from a few film festivals, I mean, for good reason-some of the scenes are just, holy crap), but if you love horror, this is your cup of tea.
And, if you watch the trailer, it's only a small taste of what to expect:
Anyway, I give this 5 out of 5 stars. :)
Thanks for reading!
(yeah and sorry about the long hiatus. `:| )
Army of Darkness(1992)
(aka, Evil Dead 3: Army of Darkness)
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Written by: Sam Raimi,Ivan Raimi
Synopsis-Ash is sucked into the past into Medieval England via a time portal, where he is then captured by Lord Arthur, who believes he is one of Duke Henry's men, a local rival, with whom Arthur is warring with. The Wise Man is convinced that Ash is the the one foretold to be their savior, but Arthur captures him. Ash wins his freedom and demands help to be returned to his own time. Only by finding the Necronomicon,can Ash have the means to return.
While I have watched, and enjoyed all the Evil Dead movies(with the exception of the remake; I have not seen it yet. Not sure if I actually want to see it, but anyway), I feel that Army of Darkness is the best of the three. It's creepy, but a fun creepy. The first Evil Dead creeped me out,...and the tree rape scene? Um. Yeah, I'll remember next time I'm in the woods not to read evil books..thanks, Movie!
|PRETTY MUCH MY REACTION TO EVIL DEAD 1.|
The second one was some what better, and a little funnier, but Army of Darkness was the right blend of humor and horror, and I'm apt to watch it more often than the other two.
The costumes, sets and cinematography were all great; as someone who loves anything to do with Medieval England, this was a joy(even if California stood in for England ;) ). Bruce Campbell was, as always, terrific and so was Embeth Davidtz(who was also in another favorite movie of mine, 'Bicentennial Man'). Also loved the stop motion stuff. Okay, it was 1992. Some of the effects were, definitely by today's standards of CGI, a little cheesy. But it was overlook-able, for all that. The storyline was good, and full of great quotes("First you wanted to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow")
If you're looking for a fun, and spooky movie, and you haven't yet seen Army of Darkness, I highly recommend it(though you should, you know, start with the first two-makes more sense that way.). Actually, I would recommend you get the Director's cut of the movie(with the original "Apocalypse" ending-that one is MUCH better, IMHO).
So, what are you waiting for? Get on it! :D
And... "Give me some sugar, baby" er, in the form of comments? ❥ ;D
Children of Sorrow(2014)
Distributed by Lion's Gate Films
Runtime: 88 Min.
Directed by: Jourdan McClure
Written by: Ryan Finnerty, Jourdan McClure
Bill Oberst, Jr.
Spoilers Ahoy! I'll try not to spoil too much,in this review, but at least you have the option of not reading any further, just in case. More after the jump!