Midsommar – refreshing a subgenre

Ari Aster’s Midsommar (2019) masterfully adds a chapter to folk ritual horror with its exploration of the collective versus the individual. After losing her parents and sister, Dani (Florence Pugh) joins her boyfriend, Christian (Jack Raynor), and his friends on trip to Sweden to partake in the midsommar festivities. The precarious relationship between Dani and … Continue reading Midsommar – refreshing a subgenre

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The Oakley Court

Few old English manor homes have a reputation as engraved as the Oakley Court’s. The Gothic home, built in 1859, sits nestled outside of the London perimeter in Bray.   The home—more like castle—passed between several owners before falling into the hands of Hammer films, a production company that began churning out impressive and cheap … Continue reading The Oakley Court

The Perfection – An ironic title

From director Richard Shepard comes Netflix’s acquired tale of an elite cellist’s rivalry, with a dose of body horror: The Perfection (2019). There is a strong start, with a surprising and potent relationship between cellists Charlotte (Allison Williams) and Lizzie (Logan Browning). The two actresses successfully establish the palpable prestige of the cello world with … Continue reading The Perfection – An ironic title

Hawkins Lab

I'll tell you what's very unnerving: discovering that Hawkins Lab is less than a quarter mile from where I live. When viewing Stranger Things, I had this uncanny feeling of recognition about Hawkins laboratory. Turns out there was a reason. It’s literally behind my house. My dad taught me to drive in its parking lots. Nowadays … Continue reading Hawkins Lab

The Dead Don’t Die – But maybe they should

Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die (2019) tries to take zombie films in what would seem to be the only reasonable direction left. The film is meta, referential, and struts contemporary political direction—not to mention a zombie film dream cast. But each of these pieces never quite fit together in what was expected to be … Continue reading The Dead Don’t Die – But maybe they should