Film Freak - 522 Film Ratings
Member Since: Jan 8, 2018
Location: CA, USA
Bio: i don't watch film
|75 69%||I Saw the Devil (2010) - Oct 15, 2019
"The Korean revenge flick is such a saturated genre that perhaps the only way to do anything fresh with it is drop all pretense of mystery, thrill, pathos, and moral greyness and reduce the entire genre to its base elements. For most of its runtime it's pretty exhilirating to see the genre completely Yeezused into a clash of archetypes so base they may as well be animals, although there's a bit of subversion about the cost of revenge toward the end that I found unnecessary."
|70 55%||Possum (2018) - Oct 14, 2019
"The detachedness largely makes it feel more like a contemplative character drama than a horror piece. The protagonist is constantly in terror, sure, but the viewer assumes a more voyeuristic role than sharing in the terror. The uncle character and murder events almost feel a little extraneous when the best scenes are between just the protagonist and his repressed emotions, as represented by the possum."
|30 11%||The Innkeepers (2011) - Oct 13, 2019
"I get the idea of making your protagonists horror fans to showcase a descent into madness not based in nonbelieving but more of a "be careful what you wish for" sentiment, but in doing so you also lose the ability to lure your audience into a false sense of security before laying on the scares. It also doesn't help when the scares themselves feel so lazy the creepypasta fan protagonists might as well have thought up of them."
|70 55%||Videodrome (1983) - Oct 12, 2019
"There's really no one more appropriate than Cronenberg for tackling a commentary on media violence. The B-movie vibe works wonders with the decidedly vintage VHS conceit, and as the protagonist starts to lose the boundary between television and reality, so too does the viewer become utterly engrossed in the hallucinations to the point where the aesthetic consumes any semblance of plot. A brilliantly confident ending too, leaving just enough crumbs as food for thought for the viewer."
|75 69%||The Dead Zone (1983) - Oct 12, 2019
"In this clash of two auteurs, Cronenberg largely yields the floor to King, a testament to his adaptability and technical skill as a filmmaker. King's story has the interesting structure of using several independent episodes to explore the Lynchian small-town setting instead of deeply diving into the protagonist's psyche - certainly works, but takes a bit to get used to."
|70 55%||Ganja & Hess (1973) - Oct 10, 2019
"A distinctly black horror arthouse film unlike anything I've ever seen. Long contemplative nature shots and chaotic bloody sex scenes, set to equally chaotic mixes of funk and classical music. Whole scenes that are both filmed and written as one-sided monologues coming from one character, even when they're allegedly in a conversation or talking to others. Strange stuff, I'm stumped yet intrigued."
|65 41%||Scanners (1981) - Oct 09, 2019
"It's evident that this isn't quite full-fledged Cronenberg yet, the story is a little underwritten and the atmosphere leans a bit more toward the campy b-movie end of things. Still very endearingly dated (my main man makes a warehouse-sized computer blow up with his mind) and the final showdown had a couple bits of imagery that made me legitimately terrified of what could be coming next."
|70 55%||Nosferatu (1922) - Oct 07, 2019
"Despite its status as an expressionist classic, I actually found this to be Murnau at his more subdued. Most of the horror here is derived not from striking shots that sear themselves into your memory but from a more subtle atmosphere that pervades the film - even the unassuming establishing shots of horses on a field or waves crashing on the beach hint at the darkness ahead."
|80 80%||Beyond the Black Rainbow (2011) - Oct 06, 2019
"Cosmatos wears his influences on his sleeve, channeling Suspiria, 2001, and Irreversible to create a kaleidoscope of pure atmosphere."
|80 80%||Goodfellas (1990) - Oct 05, 2019
"Goodfellas and Wolf of Wall Street are brothers in hedonism. 20 years and still the cycle of capitalism continues."