After a long festival run and who knows what else, I saw some buzzing around Meat. Lucky us, Artsploitation picked this wild little film up and it’s streaming on Vimeo as we speak. It’s not often that I fail to ‘get’ a movie. That’s not a bad thing. Remember the first time you watched Memento or Irreversible? That feeling (more so with Noé) of what the hell did I just watch coupled with questioning morality on top of having been visually dazzled and seduced into wanting to see it all over again right away? Well, perhaps I’m speaking entirely for myself but that is where I am with Meat. It’s not safe for work, and hell it may not be safe for your home. Not a horror film by any means, it does have a lot of sex and sexual situations and is very dark indeed. Enjoyed this one very much, and will enjoy it all over again as soon as possible.
Blair Witch (2016)
After making a joke of wanting a screening pass in trade for the spammish ‘viral’ campaign attempted for this film, I entered a Rue Morgue contest on a whim and ended up with two passes. It was a lovely way to see the film, though I was surrounded by not-horror film fans who won their passes from radio stations and the like. The gentleman seated next to my guest was terrified from the middle of the film on. Every jump scare got him, nervous laughter not making a bit of difference as his hands floated up to his face to shield himself from the next tense sequence. A tiny bit of gore, a lot of screaming, and enough lore to push through had me just entertained enough. The last fifth or so was grand, though for the time spent up to then I found the cameras a little too kinetic. Not one to complain of shakiness or screen-vertigo my wish is to be able to tell who is holding the camera based on style and quality. Every actor held the camera like it was a scrap piece of duct tape they were trying to shake loose so the style wore thin fast. By the end, there were a handful of great scenes that did bring the gruesome artistry of horror film that I do love to found footage.
Cronos – 1993
What a debut! This Guillermo Del Toro gentleman is going to go places. Or, that is the sort of thinking I’d have had watching it when it came out. So many years later, and I’m likely just as impressed as I would be then. Not sure why it is so hard to find these films for a reasonable price locally and they are ghosts on digital rental sites. Considering how much love Del Toro pours onto Canada, you’d think Netflix and similar sites would push to host these for viewing. Either way, I’d have to thank Chris of BindTortureKast and Turning Point for facilitating my viewing of his older films – Devil’s Backbone and Cronos respectively. This was one of those wonderful vampire films that I adore. Far away from mainstream and Dracula, there is an element of alchemy that butts against this being placed in the very real world that I really like. From the first five minutes onward, I was captivated.