Saturday, August 14, 2021
Z . . . I really enjoyed this effective little horror film. Smart, tight script, beautifully filmed and directed, with solid performances by an excellent cast. It's about a little boy - creative, imaginative but troubled - who has a monster for an imaginary friend. Or is Z imaginary? This film had me wondering if it was a psychological drama, a supernatural horror or a straight-up monster flick. Atmospheric and suspenseful, and with a few neat twists involving the boy's mother. The film offers no easy answers until the climax and the final scene, when all is made clear. This is another film I missed when it first appeared, and I decided to watch it, thinking I was going to see some schlocky "monster in the closet" knock-off. How wrong I was!
DON'T BOTHER WITH THIS ONE
I've seen many cinematic travesties of and insults to the works of HP Lovecraft, but this one is THE WORST! It's really bad - and not in that good, fun way. Just terrible. It's like some drunken teenagers got their hands on a camera, hired some porn queens and some ham actors from Central Casting and made a movie while stoned out of their minds. You know it's bad when the director cites Robert Altman and Rosemary's Baby as influences on this piece of celluloid crap, but says Lovecraft experts will enjoy it. Then the leading lady says, "But what do experts know?" This flick has about as much to do with HP Lovecraft as Shakespeare had with space travel. They had no more business making a movie than I do performing brain surgery. I have nothing good to say about this one. Definitely NOT recommended. Go watch Re-Animator and Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn, instead. THE DEEP ONES TRAILER
I am a huge fan of Jordan Peele's US. He brings something new to the horror genre, from a different perspective, and really knows how to weave the threads of plot and character into an interesting, creepy and suspenseful tapestry. He makes intelligent films. Last night I finally got to see his earlier film, GET OUT, and it had me spellbound. All the clues are in the film, and I sat there wondering, "WTF is going on?" It's another very creepy and suspenseful film, well-acted, well-written and well-directed. Act three is the pay-off, and the finale answers questions and pulls off some nice surprises. Like US, GET OUT is a horror film without monsters - supernatural monsters, that is. The monsters are all too human. Highly recommended. Another film of his that, for me, is worth owning. Get Out Trailer