Posts Tagged ‘Cannibal’

mediaOne of the things that I always try to do for Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween is that I always try to watch some foreign horror because they get it. The film I chose for today had a lot of hype surrounding it for just how different of a horror film that it was. The film that I am talking about is the French/Belgian co-production known as Raw (original title was Grave). Justine (Garance Marillier) is your typical teenage girl who is about to go to a prestigious veterinarian school , but the only problem is that she is a vegetarian. During the school’s rush week, she is forced to taste some raw meat and something happens to her that she can’t explain. Her body is going through some changes and she just starts to crave more meat and this could pose a problem for others at her school. The film also stars Ella Rumpf (The Divine Order) as Alexia, Rabah Nait Oufella (The Class) as Adrien, Laurent Lucas (With A Friend Like Harry…) as Le père, Joana Preiss (Paris, je t’aime) as La mère, Bouli Lanners (Rust And Bone) as Le routier, Marion Vernoux (Bright Days Ahead) as L’Infirmière, Jean-Louis Sbille (This Is Our Land) as Professeur évaluations, and the film was written and directed by Julia Ducournau (Mange).

Raw-Movie-2016.jpgFirst things first and I have to say that this is visually a very beautiful film even though there are some real graphic images in the film. The colors and the way she sets up certain shots, it’s just visually stunning of a film even though it can be a little uncomfortable at times. I have to give Julia Ducournau a lot of credit considering this was her first feature film that she directed and it came out looking amazing. Did I mention that she also wrote the screenplay for the film making her a true auteur of cinema. We have heard of coming of age films and what not, but this is a coming of cannibal as one reviewer mentioned on IMDB and he is absolutely right. We are literally watching her turn into a cannibal right before our very eyes as the film moves on and we notice that she isn’t the only one in the family either. There is a big reveal at the end of the film as to why they are vegetarians to begin with and I just thought that was an awesome touch to end the film. You’re sitting there wondering why this girl is turning into one because it can’t simply be just because she tasted meat for the first time. Hell, I love eating meat, but I have no desire to eat humans. The cinematography is amazing, the story is amazing, and you won’t be able to stop watching this so check it out for yourselves. I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade. I also want to remind you that the film is entirely in French with English subtitles.

 

green infernoHorror fans all over the world literally waited almost two years for Eli Roth’s tribute to 80’s Italian cannibal horror films in The Green Inferno. The film was originally shown at TIFF back in September of 2013 and was scheduled for release in 2014, but money issues cause Open Road to pull the plug. We are however reviewing it for our first day of Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween 2015 as it was released in September of 2015. The film is about a bunch of kids from college who want to save the Amazon rain forest from land developers. Alejandro (Ariel Levy) is a very charismatic man who convinces Justine (Lorenza Izzo) a young freshman at the school to join him and his group on a trip to the Amazon to fight the cause. What they don’t expect on this trip is that their plane is going to crash and they run into the indigenous people of the Peru section of the Amazon who happen to be cannibals. They are in the fight for their lives in this film as one by one they are eaten alive. The film also stars Aaron Burns (Grindhouse) as Jonah, Kirby Bliss Blanton (Project X) as Amy, Magda Apanowicz (The Butterfly Effect) as Samantha, Ignacia Allamand (Knock Knock) as Kara, Daryl Sabara (Spy Kids) as Lars, Nicolás Martínez (Aftershock) as Daniel, Sky Ferreira (Vampire Academy) as Kaycee, Ramón Llao (Aftershock) as The Bald Headhunter, Antonieta Pari (NN) as The Elder, Richard Burgi (Hostel: Part II) as Charles, and the film was directed by Eli Roth.

Green-Inferno-620-04The first thing that I am going to say about this film is that the first half of the film sort of bothers me and it has to do with the dialogue. I’m not sure if it was done on purpose because every Roth film is actually pretty superb in that department, but the dialogue in the film is just awkward. The dialogue just seems forced and not natural in my opinion, but the film gets better with time. Once the plane crash happens in the film that is when things get very interesting and very gruesome like the way we love Roth films.  They were showing a early preview of the film that just featured the camera showing the crowds watching the film and their reactions and those videos do not lie because I was reacting just like the audience to the gruesome nature of the film. This is not a film I would take your child to unless you want him to have nightmares and afraid of the Amazon. As far as the film goes, there a lot of odes to all the Italian Cannibal films in this movie that pay tribute like Justine being covered in white (Mountain Of The Cannibal God), the impaled bodies (Cannibal Holocaust), etc. This is film gets very fierce and it’s actually more than just a cannibal film as there are twists and turns in this film. One question that I do have is how many of the indigenous people did they use for the film or were they all actors? One thing you’ll notice is an all grown up Daryl Sabara who made his start on all of the Spy Kids films and for being the kid bashed to death in Rob Zombie’s Halloween. Anyways, I think it’s worth seeing just for that last half of the film and that is why I am giving it a B+ for a final grade.

imagesBlack Mass was a thing last week and while it may still carry some juice in it while people who have waited to see it will go, but we have some new films that could steal the attention away. The first film, I am looking at is a highly anticipated horror release from the sick mind of Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever) in The Green Inferno. Fans have had to wait for this film to be released for quite some time as it sat in limbo for a little while, but never fear cause Roth’s ode to the late 70’s/80’s cannibal films is now out. The film is about a group of college kids who happen to be activists who set out to stop  corporation from destroying the Amazon near Peru. What they don’t expect is that while on this trip they are going to end up being lunch for the whole entire indigenous tribe of that section of the Amazon. It will literally take everything they’ve got if they hope to survive this gory nightmare. The film stars Lorenza Izzo (Knock Knock), Ariel Levy (Aftershock), Sky Ferreira (Vampire Academy), and so many more. Watch it if you dare and expect a full review for Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween coming very soon.

internThe last film that I am going to touch upon only because Hotel Transylvania 2 was not available for me to watch is the new Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway film The Intern. De Niro stars as Ben Whitaker, a 70 year old man living in a time that no longer belongs to his generation. He is retired, old, and he has absolutely nothing to do. One day he sees an ad for a senior internship program and he jumps on the chance. He eventually gets hired where he meets his reluctant boss played by Anne Hathaway. While De Niro’s character may be old and out of touch with the millennials, he soon starts to change the way everyone feels at this company and he basically saves the day for everyone. While I don’t think it’s the greatest movie ever made, I have to give it to them because they make funny and enjoyable as it has it’s moments where it shines. I was pleasantly surprised with the film as to how it came out, the overall feel of it, and De Niro’s brilliant interaction with some of today’s newbies. The film also stars Rene Russo (Ransom), Andrew Rannells (The New Normal), Adam DeVine (Pitch Perfect), Zack Pearlman (Staten Island Summer), and so many more. I am going to give this film a B for a final grade.

wolf creek 2 titleWe all remember just how awesome Wolf Creek was when it was first released in 2005 with my only argument being that there wasn’t enough of Mick Taylor (played by John Jarratt), the backpack traveller killer. Well, it took eight years for a sequel and now we have it and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Some people complained that movie was way too graphic with Australian film critic David Stratton calling the film, “incredibly sadistic,” “foul” and “thoroughly nasty.” Mr. Stratton, you haven’t seen anything yet my friend. The film sees pig shooter Mick Taylor return to Wolfe Creek where he is at it again stalking some backpackers and even an unsuspecting Brit. The film also stars Ryan Corr (Where The Wild Things Are) as Paul Hammersmith, Shannon Ashlyn (Inside) as Katarina Schmidt, Philippe Klaus (Devil’s Dust) as Rutger Enqvist, Shane Connor (Moby Dick) as Snr. Sergeant Gary Bulmer Jnr, Ben Gerrard (Outland) as Constable Brian O’Connor, and the film was once again directed by Greg Mclean. This film is definitely not suitable for children, I just want to throw that out there before you read on.

wolf creekThis film is so graphic that it borders on the idea of torture porn and there were scenes that grossed me out. Mclean definitely did his job very well if that was what he was going for. There’s a scene in the film where he has the German tourist girl tied up and he is cutting her boyfriend into pieces literally on the screen as if he were a pig being gutted for food. I could not believe me eyes when they showed that scene because all of the other scenes I could definitely handle, but that was a little much. The film isn’t scary in my opinion, but it is definitely a thrill ride because the film borrows elements of other films in history. The film gets intense when an unsuspecting Brit named Paul Hammersmith (Corr) stops and picks up an injured Schmidt (Ashlyn). What Hammersmith doesn’t realize is that Mick Taylor is on the hunt and he begins to put on the chase that will remind you of the film Duel. One of the other elements that will be sure to scare you is the fact that the films are all based off of real stories. The films borrow elements from the serial backpacker murderer Ivan Milat of the 90’s and the Peter Falconio murder case. If you want to read how brutal those stories are, check out this article. It’ll blow your mind and definitely make you afraid of travelling to Australia much like how Jaws made me afraid of oceans. The only thing is that nothing new is brought to the table meaning we still don’t find out what makes him tick besides the fact that he feels that he is cleaning up Australia from pesky tourists. I can’t give away the ending, but it won’t make sense as it pertains to his ideals in the first film. If you’re a fan of gruesome horror, then you should definitely check this film out. I am giving it a B for a final grade.