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Really good word of mouth on this one...apparently a slow burn(tm Adgy) that descends into madness. Have to be honest, I want to see it...but all I have seen/read leads me to believe this might be a bit more lowbudge/indy talktalktalkandaheavyending kind of groove. You have been warned.
As an escaped Catholic school student, I find this interesting...
Let me preface my review of The Catechism Cataclysm by saying that I love quirky genre films. Movies like the recently released Rubber or even a classic like Saturday the 14th Strikes Back make me giddy like an eight-year-old girl at a Jonas Brothers concert (or whatever it is those darned kids are listening to these days). So if youíre not down with weird and abstract horror, then you may want to move along because The Catechism Cataclysm is not for you. However, if youíre like me and feel Ďthe weirder, the betterí is horror you can dig on, then read on, my friend.
At the start of The Catechism Cataclysm, we meet Father Billy (Little), a socially awkward priest who regales his parishioners with inappropriate morality tales he learned growing up from the one man heís always idolized: his sisterís one-time rocker boyfriend, Robbie (Longstreet). After Billy is asked to go on a sabbatical from his church by fellow man of the cloth Father OíHerlihy (Dalton), Billy uses his newfound free time to locate his idol Robbie in an effort to get some answers from the man he reveres most (talk about worshipping false idols!).
Once the two reconnect, the ball begins awkwardly rolling. Billy gushes on about days gone by, and Robbie, now a failed musician and miserable shell of a man, struggles to even remember who Billy or his sister were since he apparently was somewhat of a man-whore back in his more rockiní days. For some reason, maybe out of pity or maybe out of the sheer amusement of hanging out with a fanboy for a day, Robbie agrees to go on a canoe trip with Father Billy. Once the two embark on a seemingly quiet and enjoyable day, things go downhill fast when the duo get lost in the woods. And thatís when everything really takes a turn for the worse for both Robbie and Father Billy, but the ride couldnít possibly be more awesome and enjoyable for the audience than what writer/director Todd Rohal cooks up for the third act.
When lost pals Robbie and Father Billy see two nameless Asian tourists (Maddox and Lanham, who are called Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn on the IMDB but arenít actually referenced with names in the film - which adds to the mystery and charm of the flick) who happen to float by on the very same river they got lost on. The men flag down the two strange girls and camp out with them for the night, even though the ladies donít speak a lick of English.
However, what our leads donít know is that Tom and Huck have some deadly ulterior motives, and to say anything from there would be a major disservice to anyone wanting to see the movie. What I can say is that from that point The Catechism Cataclysm goes in a very odd and violent direction which can be best described as Wicker Man meets Scanners meets Eraserhead. And Rohalís brilliant ending has a Demon Knight meets The Texas Chain Saw Massacre vibe that left me smiling for quite a while after the filmís conclusion.
The Catechism Cataclysm is one of those quirky little movies that defies true definition so I imagine it is something David Lynch would enthusiastically approve of. The buddy comedy turned bizarre nightmare caught me completely off guard and turned out to be one of the most refreshing films I had the opportunity to check out during the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival last month.
Even though thereís a very slow build to the epic insanity that occurs in The Catechism Cataclysmís third act, you never mind the ride, much to the credit of the chemistry between the two leads, Little and Longstreet, who deliver performances that masterfully range from awkward to heartbreaking to infuriating to hilarious.
Rohal, whose previous works are also exercises in oddity, once again delivers an oddball flick that works on many different levels and demonstrates his poise as a unique filmmaker. I imagine that if The Catechism Cataclysm can connect with its audience, it has the potential to be a midnight cult classic that fans will discover for years to come.
Relativity Acquires House at the End of the Street - ShockTillYouDrop.com
Relativity Media announced today that it has closed a deal to acquire US distribution rights to FilmNation Entertainment and A Bigger Boat's thriller House at the End of the Street, starring Jennifer Lawrence (upcoming X-Men: First Class, Winter's Bone), Elizabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas) and Max Theriot (My Soul to Take).
Directed by Mark Tonderai (Hush) and written by David Loucka (Dream House), the film is about a mother (Shue) and daughter (Lawrence) who move into a new community and find themselves next door to a house in which a psychotic young girl murdered her parents. While the locals insist the girl vanished after the brutal murders, the young newcomer befriends the surviving son (Theriot) and discovers the sinister story is far from over.
Everything I've heard about Red, White and Blue has made me want to see it almost as much as A Serbian Film.
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An interesting list. There's a number of films on it that I haven't seen, but heard were ****. Like the Psycho sequels and Exorcist III.
I would love to hear thoughts from those that have seen these. Big Lots has a a DVD of all 3 Psycho sequels for $6 and I almost buy it every time...
Exorcist 3 was actually quite good. One particular hallway scene Kingsqueen and I can never forget. I enjoyed the Psycho sequels...kinda spinning wheels, but not bad. Actually, one of them, where Norman is actually not doing the killing(others are doing it in his style, till he snaps) was kinda good. I am watching Rec2 right now, so I will let you know, but it does seem like an extension of the first flick. The rest of these are some of the best.
Except for Curse of the Cat People(which I have not seen) I figger I can answer your questions re:the rest.
Anybody seen this?
It got really bad reviews, but I am fascinated by the concept.
The thread is prolly gone, but, long story short, most of the opinions sounded like solid rental/kinda underacheived. A lot of what I read was consistent that Hopkins chews a little scenery, which...if you like him, might be worth the price of admission.
I think that Psycho 2 and 4 are pretty good. The thing about Norman Bates is that unlike most horror protagonists, it's easier to sympathize with him, and as such, getting more of a back story about him lead to good movies. In the second Psycho we get a view of his attempt to try to be normal. And in the fourth we get the story of his mother and how she mistreated him.
Just my personal opinion, but I think that the sequels are worth watching.