Return to Sender

Return to Sender Title“Return to Sender is a harsh and unforgiving tale. From the very visceral experience of Miranda’s rape, to the end result of someone as disturbed as her finding a way to “cope”. Coupled with the disintegration of a father-daughter relationship and the callous and calculated brutality towards Benny (the dog) and William, it all adds up to a rather horrifying story. And it does so with such a sense of calm throughout that just how unsettling it is doesn’t sink in until sometime much later” – 3.6/5 (general) Continue reading

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Hellions

Hellions Title“Hellions is quite often serenely eerie due in no small part to the perfectly timed and abrupt musical changes, and the visually stunning contrast of black and white against pastel colors. Combine this with children in masks who speak a lot like the Borg and I imagine this is the kind of intensity Children of the Corn should have evoked were it not boring me to death instead.” -3.6/5 (genre)
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American Mary

“if you do decide that you can handle it you will be greatly rewarded with an outstanding tale; the metamorphosis of a brilliant but unremarkable girl into a powerful and tormented woman. Mary finds power in her skill and her brilliance as well as her unflinching willingness to do what must be done.” – 4/5
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Anna (Mindscape)

“I’m not a sociopaMindscape.jpgth. Just smart enough to think like one.” – Anna Greene

Anna is a psychological thriller/mystery/science fiction (sort of) movie that unfortunately never quite remembers it’s supposed to be any of these things. It takes us along for a decent ride that ultimately never quite goes anywhere.

Anna takes place in a world (near future/alternate timeline) where there are people who are “viewers”. These people such as John Washington (Mark Strong) can enter into other people’s memories and “view” them as they occur. Continue reading

Para Elisa

Para ElisaLet’s get the obvious out of the way up front: Some (probably most) viewers will find Para Elisa to be extremely disturbing, perhaps more than they’re willing to deal with to make it all the way through to the end. And while it did border on disturbing I never quite found it pushing over that edge, but managing to stay just to the left of it squarely in creepy and sadistic.
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Kristy (redux)

To get started, my post from last week on FB, hence the brevity. Some additions.

Kristy 2014 poster.pngI’ll be a little more brief about the movie Kristy than I have been about others. For the most part it’s pretty typical fare for it’s genre. Think The Strangers. There are some deeper (for horror) elements to the movie that can’t really be explored due to the rather rigid adherence to the horror/thriller mold. Continue reading