I know this trailer has been online for a couple weeks via Yahoo! Movies, but it’s so good I had to post it here. A lot of horror movies recently have been trying to make their mark either with the most twisted and jacked up imagery possible, an overload of jump scares or trying to more of a dark comedy than a horror film. Fortunately, films like Insidious and House of the Devil have been raising the bar for horror by doing what makes for a truly effective fright flick: You build the tension continually, have legitimate scares (jump scares or otherwise) and don’t let the audience off the hook with much humor. I get the exact same feeling when watching the trailer for Don’t Be Afraid Of the Dark. If you like horror but haven’t given this a chance, you really owe it to yourself to check this out. It’s not too often that a trailer can freak me out, but this one does it perfectly.
Directed by Joe Cornish
Nick Frost, Jodie Whittaker and John Boyega
It’s just another night in South London, when a nurse named Sam (Jodie Whittaker) is mugged by a teen gang, lead by the imposing Moses (John Boyega). As if things weren’t bad enough for Sam already, an alien invasion takes place just moments later, just outside of her apartment. Suddenly, everyone must work together to overcome a vicious attack from creatures whose mission isn’t initially clear.
While fan boys may note that this is from the producer of Shaun of the Dead, it isn’t a comedy. In fact, it’s kind of like An American Werewolf in London, which was also a horror film that just happened to be wildly funny. Writer/director Joe Cornish, who wrote the screenplay to Steven Spielberg’s upcoming The Adventures of Tin Tin, is a talent on the rise; this sleeper mixes genuine scares, pulse pounding excitement, social commentary, laugh out loud moments and really inventive monsters in a way I haven’t seen since Tremors.
Directed by Joe Cornish
Starring Nick Frost, Jodie Whittaker and John Boyega
Looking at the poster and trailer for Attack the Block, I don’t blame people for not being more excited about this movie. When the buzz around it started building (especially the audience award at SXSW), I didn’t understand it. Obviously I was missing something, so I was more curious than anything when I got the invitation to catch a preview screening last night. What I couldn’t have possibly expected was a film that is a direct descendant of films from John Carpenter, Wes Craven and even Cliver Barker from mostly the 70’s and 80’s. If you’re not sure if that’s a good thing or not, believe me, it’s a VERY good thing. When the opening shot of the movie was a static shot of a starry night and a synth score that John Carpenter could have easily written in the 80’s started up as a meteor fell to earth, I immediately got an idea of what I was in for, and this movie met every single one of my expectations.
high school. How else can you explain the film’s delirious action sequences, moments where both actors and cars zoom across the screen as if untethered by gravity?
The film’s signature chase (mild spoiler alert!) involves two cars dragging a massive safe across the highway. You don’t need an abacus to realize they probably wouldn’t get very far doing that in real life, let alone out-race a squadron of cop cars in hot pursuit.
As much as we wish Barry could talk about Tree of Life, he can’t. With all the buzz about the film, though, it just made sense to do an episode about his other films to help prepare us for what’s coming our when when the film opens wide.