Posts Tagged ‘The Witch’

MV5BZmE0MGJhNmYtOWNjYi00Njc5LWE2YjEtMWMxZTVmODUwMmMxXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMTkxNjUyNQ@@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_First and foremost, I want to wish everyone a very happy and safe Halloween and here’s to another year in the books. Back in 2015, I gave Robert Eggers (The Tell-Tale Heart) a lot of crap for his film The Witch because I thought I was deceived about what to expect from the film. I however have since put that in the past and I opened my mind to the film and enjoyed it for what it was which was suspenseful and psychological. When I first heard that he had a new film, I knew what to expect in wanting to see The Lighthouse. The film stars Robert Pattinson (The Lost City Of Z) as Ephraim Winslow, a greenhorn (rookie) that accepts a job as a lighthouse attendant at a strange island in New England alongside the very strange Thomas Wake (Shadow Of The Vampire’s Wilem Dafoe) in this hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of what happens to two men that are trapped well past their time during a massive storm that strands them in the 1890’s. The film also stars Valeriia Karaman as a mermaid and Robert Eggers also wrote the screenplay alongside Max Eggers.

049_TheLighthouse_242Spoiler Alert: There may be details give in this paragraph on the film so proceed with caution. It was interesting to read that parts of the film were based on a true story called The Smalls Lighthouse Tragedy which two lighthouse keepers named Thomas died in 1801 and it was combined with the fictional works of H.P. Lovecraft, Herman Melville, and Robert Louis Stevenson. So with those elements combined, it made for an interesting viewing of this film that is just absolutely dark from beginning to end and I loved the fact that it was filmed in black and white because it added to the mysteriousness of the film. The film is definitely psychological as it’s a tale of two men who are driven absolutely mad by their situation, but here is where it gets interesting. Try to figure out what is an hallucination and what exactly is really happening. There are so many maddening points in the film that it makes you wonder like did Pattinson’s character really see a mermaid? How much of the film was he actually alive and not being pecked at by seagulls? I loved how Pattinson had a New England accent in the film while Dafoe who was an absolute stud in the film kept talking like a sailor. It made for an interesting contrast between the two and how they were from two different worlds. Robert Pattinson also does a terrific job in the film and it’s interesting to know that the two of them kept separate from each other threw out the film making process. My final word on the film is that it was definitely interesting, but it was a performance based movie with some great ominous sounds like that Foghorn that would drive anyone mad. So, I am going to give the film an B for a final grade.

maxresdefaultOne of my very favorite Netflix shows has been Stranger Things and even that show has become a fall and October tradition on the site. With that being said, one of the stars of the show is in the film that I chose to watch for today in Marrowbone (a.k.a. The Secret Of Marrowbone). When the matriarch (Nicola Harrison) of the family passes away, Jack (Peter Pan’s George MacKay) swears to protect his three siblings no matter the cost. Unfortunately as time rolls on in the house, they start to notice that things are deteriorating and the thing they have trapped in the attic may not be as dead as they thought it was. The film also stars Mia Goth (A Cure For Wellness) as Jane, Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) as Billy, Matthew Stagg (War & Peace) as Sam,  Anna Taylor-Joy (The Witch) as Allie, Kyle Soller (You, Me, and The Apocalypse) as Porter, Tom Fisher (The Mummy Returns) as Father, Robert Nairne (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as the Monster, Paul Jesson (The Tragedy of Coriolanus) as Doctor, and the film was written and directed by Sergio G. Sánchez (Palm Trees In The Snow),

Marrowbone_Filmpicture_13457-1200x520One thing is for sure and that is at first I was trying to find the horror in the film or even the thriller to be honest. When you get through a portion of the film you start to figure out that this one is definitely a slow burn of sorts and you can figure out where they are going with the horror. That is when the film starts getting really good especially as you are trying to figure out why they can’t look into the mirrors and then you are wondering well what the hell is in the attic that they are so worried about? Then it continues to get really good when they start introducing what the father had done that made them change their names and their location. If I am being 100% honest with all of you, it’s hard to pick an actor that did better than the rest because they all served a purpose and they all did great. Anna Taylor-Joy for the amount of screen time that she had was great and Kyle Soller was a very good antagonist. As far as the siblings, Mia Goth was great and Charlie Heaton was great in the film too. This film had a small cast, but It worked to their advantage because you didn’t need a huge cast for this picture. One of the other things I loved about this film was the cinematography and those great shots of the surrounding landscape and the house. Those were some amazing shots and the other great thing as well is the set itself. The house was old, falling apart, and it was creepy. This is a very story driven film that has a huge twist at the end that I did not see coming so check it out. I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.

For only our second movie trailers post, we are going horror style to help promote and observe the great holiday of Halloween. I have a few horror movie trailers for you guys to check out which means I have some that are coming out soon and some we can expect next year.

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension– I had always wondered where they were going to take this series next and they certainly found a way to make yet another sequel. A guy finds all the VHS tapes and wants to start investigating. He finds a camera that allows you to see the activity so for the first time ever we’ll actually see the ghosts and stuff. It looks pretty decent in my opinion and most likely I will end up seeing this in theaters when it comes out on October 23RD.

The Witch– Ever since I saw the poster for this film, I was instantly intrigued by it and I wanted to know more. It’s set in 1600’s New England as they are torn apart by witchcraft, black magic and other madness. It says 1630 as the year, so I don’t think it’s necessarily in Salem, but just from watching the trailer, this could be a contender for horror film of the year. Expect the film to be released on February 26, 2016.

The Forest– Apparently beneath Mount Fuji, there is a forest that people go to commit suicide so it’s safe to say that it’s a very haunted and messed up place. Natalie Dormer (The Hunger Games) sense that her twin sister is in trouble and finds out that she went to the forest. So, she basically goes after her and you can probably tell what happens next in this story. The film drops January 8, 2016.

Amityville: The Awakening– Most of Hollywood will do whatever it takes to continue to bleed a franchise especially one like The Amityville Horror franchise. A mother moves her kids into a house not knowing it’s haunted and so on and so forth. It’s expects to be released in April 2016.