Kill List (2011) | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central
Marvelously acted across the board (especially Smiley as Gal), Kill List is an impeccably crafted thriller that takes a sharp, and startling, detour into horror territory. Wheatley’s pacing is spot on, and he deftly shifts styles from early social realist drama to threatening mystery through to violent thriller and a final metamorphosis to survival horror. His direction is tight and confident, generating some very proficient scares during the claustrophobic shriek-fest of a climax. Kill List also contains some of the most vicious and brutal violence seen in a film this year. When Jay begins meting justice out to those involved in the uncovered child abuse, the results can be very nasty. One particular scene involving an incapacitated man and a claw hammer will stay with you for a very long time.
Where Kill List fails, however, is the script. While the old friend relationship dynamic between Jay and Gal is instantly believable and delivered with precision by the players, Jay’s tendency for violence and intimidating behaviour seems a little too selective. He’s drawn as an extremely volatile individual, handled by Gal like one might handle a glass of nitroglycerin, and yet we’re supposed to believe that in the midst of his many, many destructive rows at home (and undoubtedly further afield), he has never lashed out to strike the worst choice of person, including his wife and child.
Similarly, while the film is steeped in mystery and thus highly engaging, it’s catastrophically disappointing that literally zero answers as to the machinations of Jay’s forced journey are given. Of course, as intelligent audiences we don’t need every single thing explained for us, but when characters are secretly scrawling arcane symbols in hidden corners of Jay’s home and the entire affair reeks of some clandestine predetermination, it’s criminal not to offer even surreptitious clues as to the point behind it all.
Still, Kill List remains a strikingly violent success. As thrilling as it is horrifying, and absorbing as it can be frustrating, it’s dramatic, weighty and gripping stuff. Keep your expectations in check, don’t expect too many answers and you should find Jay’s journey to hell a suitably impressive one.
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Devil's Business, The (2011) | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central
The Devil’s Business drips an “old dark house” atmosphere from the screen, with simple everyday environments turned eerie through efficient use of shadow and light. The film's constant rewards, be they in terms of lighting, visuals, performances or sound design, ensure that the slow pacing and lengthy scenes of dialogue never feel like an encumbrance on a simple story well told. At 75 minutes in length, it doesn’t hang around long enough to do itself a disservice, and while some slightly ropey and over-shown creature effects during the final scenes clash harshly with the less-is-more approach of what precedes them, The Devil’s Business remains a proudly old-school slice of horror. Pervasively creepy and genuinely chilling, Hogan’s film immediately plants itself amongst the cream of the British indie crop. In terms of delivery, think Ti West’s The House of the Devil meets the best "Twilight Zone" episode never made. If that sounds up your street, make sure to keep an eye out for The Devil’s Business when it eventually sees the light of a general release.
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Kidnapped (2011) | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central
Kidnapped is best approached with as little knowledge of what actually unfolds as possible so this will be kept brief. While, in terms of narrative developments, the Jaime-focused sections of the final act almost exactly mirror the events in Darren Lynn Bousman’s more-than-capable Mother’s Day, the events elsewhere will have audiences gasping with shock. Make no bones about it -- this seemingly simple robbery descends into a cacophony of feral madness and a one-way trip to the extremities of human horror. Vivas isn’t out to take any prisoners, and the final twenty minutes of Kidnapped will leave you feeling shaken, battered and abused. This is the most genuinely horrific film of the year: It’s cruel, savage and pitiless – but never particularly dishonest, featuring some horrendously authentic violence (and a face-smashing scene to rival Irreversible), and while the final scene may feel a little too manufactured for shock value, the impact cannot be denied. When the credits begin, you’re apt to feel like you’ve just been hit with a sledgehammer so if you’re running on a schedule, factor in an extra five minutes for the stunned silence while your faculties restore. You’ll need it.
Bloody Disgusting Horror - "The Skin I Live In (La Piel que Habito) (limited)" Movie Info, Review, Headlines, Gallery
Sounds like this may be a little more 'horror' than previously thought.While it’s safe to call The Skin I Live In a romantic thriller, the horror elements are buried deep within and begin to claw their way out by the third act. The scope of the film and cinematography add so much to this demented tale, building Banderes into a Dr. Frankenstein that’s far superior in strength to the twisted minds of The Human Centipede (although much more composed). While a film like Human Centipede is designed to shock, The Skin I Live In is specifically meant to purely define each character and engage the viewer by pulling on their empathetic strings. It’s so in depth that sometimes the viewer will find his/herself completely confused as to who’s good and who’s bad. It’s a wicked genre dance that literally has to be seen to believe.
The Skin I Live In is overly complex, yet Almodovar somehow finds a way to wrangle the beast in. It isn’t the kind of genre film anyone will expect and it will catch many off guard. The best way to describe it is as a romanticized, modern day adaptation of “Frankenstein” that ends with bite. Don’t attempt to solve the puzzle, wait until it’s complete. Almodovar puts it on display for you and the full work of art is stunning
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I had only even heard of Creature, thanks to scanning the movies playing at the theater last week. Can someone explain to me how a movie like this gets wide theatrical release instead of going direct to DVD when so many great movies can't even get THAT?
Creature was banged really hard in Fango as a return to rubber suit monster flicks...the reviews I read were all pretty much the same, no gore, bad acting, not even good old American t&a. Pretty much direct-to-dvd fodder that got a release. No harm no foul. I don't think they were planning on making too much money on that. As to why it got a release...who knows.
We already got a Creature movie and it was swell!
Or whatever movie company it came from... I dunno...