Welcome to the 2nd edition of Horror Down Under, a column series in which I review horror films from my home country of Australia. The purpose of this column will be that it will act as a showcase for various horror related film projects that have been made Australia in hopes that it will get you interested in checking […]
Lately, the best aspect about being a movie fan for me is throwing myself into a film I have zero knowledge of. A lot of what’s pushed at the multiplexes rely so much on name recognition, it’s becoming difficult to be surprised by a movie. That’s why, when it comes to an original film, especially one in the indie circles, I prefer to go into it knowing nothing about it. I avoid trailers, synopsis, etc. It’s truly reinvigorated that sensation of discovering movies, and the latest case for me is THE TRANSFIGURATION.
If you asked any Australian what their favourite Aussie horror film would be, I guarantee you that the first answer would be WOLF CREEK. If you have seen the film, it’s not hard to understand why that is. Before the film was released in 2015, Australian horror films were basically dead at the cinema. Sure there were some still being made but they were few and far between and they sadly a lot of them didn’t do well either critically or commercially. When WOLF CREEK was finally released in Australia after being played at both the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals, it became an instant box office hit that was praised from both Aussie critics and audiences. Although when he film was released in the rest of the world, the reaction was definitely mixed to negative (legendary critic Roger Ebert gave the film a ZERO star rating in his review and it’s one of the only few films to receive a F rating from Cinema Score). While I definitely understood the negative reaction that he film has received but for me personally, I think it’s one of the best horror films made in this century so far. When I first saw the film back in 2005, it absolutely floored me. Seriously while I was watching it, my heart was pounding in my chest the entire time over how terrifying it was. I’ve seen the film many times over the years and it’s still just as intense today as it was when it came out 12 years ago. There’s a lot of reasons why I think the film works as well as it does overall and I believe it’s all due to one man: writer/director Greg McLean, who made his directional debut with this film.
I live for horror films. It doesn’t matter if they are great, mediocre, bad, goofy, or inventive, I’m always on board. I’ve always said watching a terrible horror film is always easier than watching a terrible drama or comedy. This day and age it’s getting a little easier to make and distribute a film. Just […]
While Meth Storm: Arkansas USA sounds like some direct-to-video sequel of a Nick Cage movie, I can assure you that’s not at all what this is. Meth Storm is a documentary that premiered at SXSW about users, DTF/DEA, and the Mexican Cartel. The cameras roll as DTF agents bust down doors and users that are […]
‘Get Out,’ directed by Jordan Peele of the Key & Peele show, utilized the creative space of the horror-comedy genre as a vessel for social commentary regarding the complexities of race relations and commodification of nonwhite bodies in contemporary American society. The film also comments on the sociopolitical-theological paradigm of both liberal and conservative ideologies while dealing in race relations between the white and black binary.
As a kid watching films you normally didn’t analyze anything while sitting there. If you did read into it, you didn’t over analyze it. Re-watching some of these films as an adult, you can see their flaws or how ridiculous they may be. Of course you can give your suspension of disbelief but that can only go so far. The biggest thing that I look for is logic and if it doesn’t have that, it’s hard to give me suspension of disbelief.