1st Halloween Special – horror guilty pleasures

As you might now, I’m very fond of the ‘so bad it’s good’ type of movies. This list, however, will focus on five titles that I consider to be highly entertaining, rather than plain awful ones.

The films I’m talking about can’t be considered good motion pictures on many levels (storyline, characters, production values and so on), but they aren’t pure rubbish either. Other than one, probably.

I hope you’ll like at least some of these titles and find a few mindless, dumb entertainment to celebrate your Halloween with! Continue reading “1st Halloween Special – horror guilty pleasures”

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Forget about Freddy and Jason, a new slasher will haunt your nights. Lake Alice – movie review

Yes, it will. Lake Alice – a crowdfunded slasher flick directed by Ben Milliken – won’t let you catch sleep anymore.

Why? No, not because it’s scary or unsettling or disturbing. Instead, Lake Alice will keep you wide awake wondering how on earth it got made.

lake alice pic1Recently released straight on Amazon and Netflix, this ‘thing’ tells the story of a Californian family – mom, dad, young daughter and her boyfriend/fiancé – that ends up having Christmas holidays in the mountains being hunted down by two masked killers. As if it really matters…

In fact, the film is so horrendous that doesn’t even deserve a regular review, instead I tried to imagine the making-process behind Lake Alice by creating a hypothetic conversation between the director and the screenwriter (Stevie Jane Miller).

Milliken: Stevie, this material looks awesome! I can’t wait to start filming the movie!

Miller: I know, I put a lot of effort in it. It took me an overall of four hours to write the script… although I played Clash of Clans while writing it.

Milliken: Oh, that’s why there are so few scenes to film. I could fill the gaps and make for a feature-length movie?

Miller: Mmmm… that’s why I wrote 10 out of 12 pages on character development, where nothing else happens of any interest.

Milliken: If you want to call it ‘character development’… it’s just a series of random encounters between the main characters and other people living in the town. Which, by the way, don’t carry the plot along whatsoever.

Miller: Whatever. At least we can use those moments as fillers.

Milliken: Not really. Even when the action kicks off, I haven’t got enough material to work with.

Miller: Oh, well, then just take some amazing landscape shots.

Milliken: I don’t know how to do it.

Miller: What? Are you not supposed to be a director?

Milliken: Well, I filmed a wedding once, so I figured I would be able to film a horror movie.

Miller: Sounds like quite a good CV to me. Okay, what do we do then?

Milliken: I’ll just take absurdly elongated shots of car lights, basements, curtains and woods. To be fair, my strength is the action scenes!

Miller: Alright! How are you going to film them?

Milliken: Okay, listen. I am going to film the killer from behind his victims while he stabs them slowly and with no sense of urgency.

Miller: Sounds good. I don’t know how to write about brutal killings, so I might just as well let you do your stuff.

lake-alice-2017Milliken: I know what I am doing. Also, get ready for this, the killers will be revealed to be the guy who was in love with the main girl, backed up by his insane mother!

Miller: It seems like a predictable plot twist to me, though.

Milliken: No no no! Because I will fake the guy’s death and, only at the end, I will reveal that he wasn’t a victim but one of the fillers all along!

Miller: That’s pure genius!

Milliken: Wait, wait! The last shot, after the serial killers will be murdered by the main girl’s mother out of the blue and with no rational explanation whatsoever, will show another serial killer hiding in the bushes… to hint for a sequel!

Miller: God Ben! This will make us rich and famous! Let’s give a look to the final product before telling the production company we are ready to release the movie.

1 HOUR AND 12 MINUTES LATER

Miller: Sorry Ben, I fell asleep. How was the film?

Milliken: Crap, Stevie! I’ve done the same! Well, it must have been good, let’s release it!

 

Needless to say, Lake Alice turned out to be a train wreck, one of the worst slasher ever made. Do not watch it guys. Cheers!

The latest 80’s creature-feature exploitation is… a bloody mess! The Void – movie review

The Void is a Canadian low-budget horror movie directed by Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie. Kostantski has lately made a name for himself due to Astron-6, a small company known for producing 80’s-centric, independent movies that often combine horror with comedy and feature monsters and supernatural creatures.

The Void instead, is a departure from the usual comedic tone, being a straight-up horror film where gore and blood are utilised to scare more than for pure entertainment’s sake.

void_4guide__large-e1474646262477.jpgThe plot revolves around a police officer who, backed up by a group of random people, has been trapped in a hospital by a gathering of hooded cultists after rescuing a severely wounded dude who survived a bloody massacre. The group soon discovers that the hospital has been inhabited by grotesque creatures, which the mysterious cult has something to do with.

I had to re-watch it twice in order to write this review, the reason being the fact that The Void has received a quite good critics consensus, despite making me rather disappointed and indifferent. After a second view, I stick to my opinion, here’s why.

Although the movie presents itself as nothing more than an 80’s practical monster movie exploitation, it reminds me of a rip off from Event Horizon (1997) and John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982). Unfortunately, The Void hasn’t got the same claustrophobic atmosphere of the Paul W. S. Anderson’s movie nor the impact or the amazements of Carpenter’s masterpiece.

Even though I can’t help but respect the effort put into the practical effects of this flick, the use of colours, lighting and camera work make them displeasing, not to say frustrating. Indeed, the stroboscopic lights and the shaky-cam make for a nauseous experience, where the viewers can’t enjoy the scenes as they should. After all, gore and violent killings are what this movie is all about.

images.jpgYet, the characters don’t help the script – which, by the way, is quite dull and nonsense as well – by providing over-the-top, unreliable performances, also affected by poor cast choices. Therefore, an already bad writing is worsened by characters that are everything but compelling, especially in regards to the lead actor played by Aaron Poole.

Despite being slightly off-putting and even scary at times, The Void overly relies on gore for the sake of being gory and gruesomeness for the sake of being gruesome. All in all, it’s a bloody mess where even the good sequences get ruined by the poor direction and cinematography.

In addition, everything looks generic and bland, from the photography to the acting, from the look and feel to the score. In general, this is a big missed opportunity; much more could be done with a claustrophobic location, a creepy cult and a terrorising creature that develops from human bodies.

Although I’m not going to spoil the ending, I must say it looks dumb and unnecessarily open to interpretations. Such a cheap movie, with no room for deeper meanings and further evaluations, should have ended with a blast, in an over-the-top, amazingly exaggerated way – à la Braindead (1992), for example.

I sincerely suggest not to see this flick, it’s not worth your time and money. Nevertheless, if you want to give it a chance because nearly everybody seems to enjoy it, go ahead, it can’t harm. Cheers!

 

28 Days Later meets Let Me In. The Girl with All the Gifts – review

The Girl with All the Gifts (2017) is an English horror-drama directed by the Scottish filmmaker Colm McCarthy and starring Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close and Sennia Nanua in the leading role of Melanie.

The young Melanie is part of an experiment which consists of testing the various skills of a small group of new-generation ‘hungries’, meanwhile they are being used as human guinea pigs to discover a cure for a disease which has caused the humanity to come close to extinction.

At the same time, the remaining military forces are trying to survive to the hungries – zombie-like creatures – and protect the scientists who are working on the vaccine.

the-girl-with-all-the-gifts-film-set-in-birminghamAs a consequence, tons of ethical issues are raised, since the guinea pigs are semi-human children who prove themselves intelligent and capable of feelings. Especially Melanie, who creates a strong connection with Gemma Arterton character, Helen Justineau. Nevertheless, Dr. Caroline Caldwell (Glenn Close) and Sgt. Eddie Parks (Paddy Considine) are deaf to all the moral issues and, with different motivations, ruthlessly treat the kids as if they were monsters.

However, when a horde of zombies breaks into their stronghold, in the middle of the English countryside, the four main characters – and a couple of supporting soldiers – have to team up to survive.

locarno-festival_the_girl_with_all_the_gifts_publicity_still_h_2016Let’s talk about the pros of this movie. The characters are well-portrayed and developed throughout the runtime, their arc is explored in a compelling way and the two ‘villains’ – Caldwell and Parks – are driven by understandable motivations. In fact, every character is set into a grey area, which makes them interesting. Probably Sennia Nanua is the weakest part of the movie in regards to acting and sometimes she doesn’t keep up with the other stars, although I shouldn’t be too harsh to her, since she is only 14 years old young.

Also, the cinematography, the locations and the practical effects are well-crafted, even though they took a bit too much inspiration from 28 Days Later. Above all, the sequences filmed in the ‘abandoned London’ are placed into a successfully realised cinematic environment.

Yet, the fast-paced hungries are quite scary – even though zombie movies are little frightening by definition, at least to me – and their makeup is pretty convincing.

The problems, though, come towards the ending. In all fairness, the concept behind it, is provocative and self-conscious, which is an absolute merit. However, the execution turns out to be silly and unconvincing, especially because a couple of cathartic scenes are clearly made solely to complete the arcs of the characters.

All in all, The Girl with All the Gifts is an unconventional horror film, filled with the latest British cinema features – and this is a compliment – but it doesn’t reach the same level of 28 Days Later, which it clearly tried to imitate. And the ending, while being interesting due to the social commentary, is mostly disappointing and cheesy. Still worth checking out. Cheers!

 

It finally came to an end. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – review

 

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) is directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, stars his wife Milla Jovovich and is the last instalment of the long-lasting franchise inspired by the videogames of the same name.

 

Now, notoriously movies from videogames are not good and Anderson’s direction is worth shit. We also know that, for some – to me inexplicable – reason, all of the six films (yes, we have six of these!) of the Resident Evil saga made a huge profit, despite being panned by critics and hated by mature audiences.

 

However, people keep going to watch them, increasing the bad reputation of horror cinema as a source for cheap entertainment, while this genre should be treated and respected with the same dignity as the others.

 

I apologise, I went out of track for a while, but I figured it was necessary to remind you what the Resident Evil movies are about, before tackling the Final Chapter (thanks God!).

 

Nicolas%20Cage%20Laugh.gifThis movie starts as it was a TV series that came out in the middle 90s, with a seven-minute recap of what happened in the previous instalments, in case we missed them. I wish I did, though. Then, there are tons of fight scenes between Alice – Jovovich – and many zombie-like creatures, a zombie dragon (yes, it’s in the movie), her main antagonist played by Iain Gland.

 

trailer68374Seriously, there’s nothing else to say about this… thing. The best part of The Final Chapter is by far Milla Jovovich as Alice and this is saying something.

 

Other than that, shaky cam, horrible CGI effects 90s-like and meaningless dialogues between paper-like characters are the only features the viewer should expect from this atrocity.

 

f1cb3213249c849827956a72442401f6Let me just jump right into the final act of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. As you might guess – in fact everyone sees it coming – at the end of the flick there is the big, final face-off between Jovovich and Gland. And you know what happens? Their fight, beyond being realised with one of the most chopped editing I have seen in a movie, is continuously interrupted by flash-forwards, which show on screen (!!) the percentages of success the fighters may have if they do this move or this other trick.

 

I have no words to describe Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. So far, it’s the worst movie of 2017, there is nothing interesting or worth mentioning about it. Also, the action/fight scenes that could have made this movie an average Sci-fi flick to watch at 3am with friends and some boost are washed out and poorly executed.

 

Don’t see this movie guys, save your money for other stuff; don’t allow Anderson to make further profit; don’t underwhelm the horror cinema by watching this cash-grabbing awful thing. Cheers!

 

My most anticipated horror movies of 2017

 

Whether it’s for the cast or the director, the making-process or the story, as per usual, also in 2017 I have a few titles I’m really looking forward to seeing. You might find your most anticipated horror films on this list, you might not. In fact, this is based on my personal opinion and I hope we can still be friends even if you don’t agree with me. Cheers!

 

World War Z 2 (?) – First of all, I didn’t like the first movie and I wouldn’t be excited to see the sequel, unless the rumours claiming David Fincher to be directing it turn out to be real. For the uncertainty surrounding the direction of this movie, I decided to play it safe and not to put it in the list. Let’s see what happens.

 

insidious-chapter-4-watch-free-online-full-hd-movie-download10. Insidious: Chapter 4 (October 20, 2017 (2017-10-20)) – Despite considering the first instalment of the franchise as one of the best cliché horror flick in the 2000s, the fact that James Wan is not directing the fourth chapter makes me a bit sceptical. I still hope that Adam Robitel won’t ruin this good franchise.

 

9. The Girl with All the Gifts (20 January, 2017) – it’s the latest 28 Days Later sort of deal. In addition, this British movie tells the story of a young girl living in a post-apocalyptic world who, despite having a normal appearance, has a disease which turns her into a crazy human-eating machine. A horror-zombie background, combined with a coming-of-age story and a drama. I’m really curious to see what direction it takes. girl-with-the-gifts

 

cure-for-wellness-18. A cure for wellness (February 17, 2017) – directed by Gregor Verbinski (I don’t know if it’s a good sign) and starring talented actors such as Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth and Jason Isaacs, the film’s synopsis looks incredibly interesting and, if the concept is handled well, we might end up dealing with a great claustrophobic and realistic horror movie.

 

saw-jigsaw7. Saw: Legacy (November, 2017?) – let’s get it straight: I loved the first Saw movie as much as I hated all the cash-grabbing, nothingness-filled sequels. What makes me want to watch the 7th instalment of the franchise, then? It’s directed by the Aussie Spierig brothers, who brought on screen Daybreakers (one of my all-time favourite horror films), Undead (a brilliant post-apocalyptic horror comedy about zombies) and the amazing, mesmerising Predestination. If someone can revitalise this tiresome franchise, it’s Michael and Peter Spierig.

 

la-et-hc-get-out-horror-peele-20161004-snap6. Get Out (February 24, 2017) – a small modern town where black people passing by go missing, Jordan Peele – the comedian – at his debut as director and a mysterious, creepy trailer. Yes, I’m excited to see if something good follows up the interesting premises.

 

split-1.gif5. Split (January 20, 2017) – the great M. Night Shyamalan’s comeback… or maybe not? To be honest, I’ve seen this movie already (review coming soon) and… well, it’s directed by M. Night; it stars James McAvoy as the psycho with 23 personalities within his mind and Anya Taylor-Joy from The Witch who, hands down, is the greatest young actress working today alongside with Maika Monroe (It Follows); it features Mike Gioulakis from It Follows as the director of photography. Do you need any further reason to watch Split?

 

it-movie-poster4. It (September 8, 2017 (2017-09-08)) – I am both excited and scared about this movie. The reboot of one of the greatest horror films ever made is doomed to be either a great motion picture or a total failure. Will Pennywise be back?

 

3. God Particle (October 27, 2017) – it’s the third instalment in the Cloverfield franchise. I loved the first found-footage movie, I loved even more 10 Cloverfield Lane. Apparently, the plot revolves around a team of astronauts aboard a space station who find themselves alone after a scientific experiment causes Earth to disappear. Sounds promising? I already have goosebumps thinking about the pattern this story could take.  

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alien-prometheus2. Alien: Covenant (May 19, 2017 (2017-05-19)) – sequel of Prometheus and prequel to the Alien saga, Covenant is a must on a ‘most anticipated movies’ list. To be frank with you guys, I don’t know if it’s going to be an actual horror or a Sci-fi film. Either ways, I’m excited to see what Ridley Scott can accomplish with this movie.

 

And my number one pick is…

 

landscape-1449749280-dark-tower1. The Dark Tower (July 28, 2017) – a Sci-fi western horror film directed and co-written by Nikolaj Arcel, based on the series of novels by Stephen King and starring the one and only Matthew McConaughey, beyond the shadow of a doubt the best actor working today. Oh man, this movie is going to be twisted, weird and blooded. I would like to be in the summer time already to go watch it straight away.

 

Top underrated horror ‘gems’ – #10 Daybreakers

*Check out the general premise to the list in my previous posts*

Daybreakers (2009) is directed by Michael and Peter Spierig, and stars Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill – who made the list for the second time, after Event Horizon. You average viewer have no consideration for this guy!

This is a very original movie set in a futuristic word largely dominated by vampires, where the human race – reduced to few survivors – is force to hide. As a consequence of the lack of human blood, the vampires are struggling to find enough nourishment to survive and also to fight the ‘subsiders’, former vampires who turned into bat-like monstrous creatures when they started to eat other members of their own race.

First of all, the ‘new world’ everything took place in is designed masterfully. The technology is advanced but believable, the dark world where the vampires are forced to live is astonishing atmosphere-wise, the innovations made to adapt facilities and architecture to the night-based cycle is spot on.

In such a landscape, the pivotal character and protagonist Edward Dalton – the head hematologist for the pharmaceutical company Bromley ran by Charles Bromley (Sam Neill) – is played by Ethan Hawke, who gave the best performance of his career alongside with Regression, in my opinion. He has the duty to research a synthetic blood substitute to satisfy vampires’ blood hunger world-wide.

However, when he randomly helps a bunch of humans to escape the vampires who are chasing them, he starts being involved with the survivors’ project to find a cure for the vampirism.

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Hawke character’s development is made so well; he is so likable that’ impossible not to root for him. The guy nailed it, he did a fantastic job in this film.

Nevertheless, the protagonists’ characterization is a trade-mark of Daybreakers. All the characters are compelling: Sam Neill is a great villain, who’s lacerated by doubts – he wants to convince his daughter to become a vampire but he doesn’t want to hurt her; he wants to find a way not to die out the last humans but at the same time he tries to make money out of the human market.

Audrey (Claudia Karvan) and Lionel “Elvis” Cormac (Willem Dafoe) are perfect sidekicks to the movie ‘hero’, being well acted, fairly developed and by delivering meaningful lines.

Frankie (Michael Dorman), Edward’s brother, has an incredibly interesting arc examined throughout the movie and his role is fundamental in the storytelling.

Not just great characters, though. This movie has much more to offer. From a visual point of view, Daybreakers is flawless – the colors are perfectly balanced, the camera work is managed fantastically, the editing has no weak spots.

Yet, the practical effects are marvelous – the fight scene between the Daltons and the subsider who breaks into their house proves that – as well as the CGI, which is utilized just where needed and it’s also hard to spot.

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Daybreakers is also scary and gory. It’s one of the few movies that’s able to make the best out of the jump-scares technique, being able to mix them with a deeply unsettling tone. On the other hand, the film contains tons of gruesome sequences, where body parts and blood are spread all over the set. It’s a violence ‘to your face’, instead of being hidden by the shaky cam.

All of these elements should make for a great movie, but there is more Daybreakers is going for.

The social commentary behind this movie is strong, inspiring and impressive. The symbolism many scenes are built on helps to deliver the message in a very profound way. In a world spit into light and darkness, the characters are constantly dealing with a grey area where it’s hard to decide what is wrong and what is right to do.

You guessed it know. I’m a fan of Daybreakers. It’s one of my all times favorite movie. It has everything a horror fanatic – and also a cinema fan – looks for. It’s action packed, it has drama, entertainment, thrilling scenes, comedic moments – provided by Willem Dafoe’s character – horror elements, original plot, unseen development, compelling protagonists, great look and feel, social commentary and so on and so forth.

The only nitpicky I have with this masterpiece – because that’s what Daybreakers is – is the fact that it’s too short. I would have loved to see more than just 97 minutes of all this stuff.

In conclusion, Daybreakers is a rare gem you don’t want to miss out. I don’t recommend you to watch this movie – I commend you to do so, you won’t regret it. Cheers.

Top underrated horror ‘gems’ – #9 Cube

*Read my previous articles of the list to check out the general premise*

Cube (1997) is directed by Vincenzo Natali, a Canadian director with a clear Italian background. Cube was his debut feature movie, which conquered the general appreciation of critics and public.

Nevertheless, the film has been quickly forgotten by the viewers, even though it’s probably the inspiration for the famous Saw franchise. Or probably because Saw itself stole the stage.

Either ways, the plot consists of a small group of people locked up into an absurd structure with apparently no purpose whatsoever. Their goal is that to find a way out from that gigantic framework composed by smaller cubes of different colours, everyone consisting of different traps.

With a runtime of less than 90 minutes, this movie is a fast ride through tension, paranoia and arguments between the characters.

About them, what is immediately clear to the viewer is that their chemistry works perfectly throughout the film. In particular, the performances of David Hewlett – Worth – and Andrew Miller – the autistic guy named Kazan – definitely steal the show. The other guys, honestly, do just fine, but as I said their interaction is able to elevate the single, individual acting.

The only character I didn’t buy – not even for a minute – was Holloway, whose reactions are exaggerated by Nicky Guadagni, who didn’t keep up with the other cast members.

Beyond the protagonists’ interaction, what I do love about this movie is the sense of uncertainty developed step by step, cube by cube. The dark and paranoiac atmosphere surrounds every moment of Cube giving strength and solid base to all the theories the characters are raising to explain – first to themselves – what the hell is going on.

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Moreover, both the camera work and the photography are awesome and fully spot on. They are able to exploit all the anxiety and tension of the characters, even without being ground-breaking, but utilising the colours in a very mature and compelling way.

Another thing I really like about the Cube is the mathematical aspect of it. According to Wikipedia and other – more reliable – sources, “the fictional Cube device in the film was conceived by David W. Pravica, a notable mathematician. It consists of an outer cubical shell (the sarcophagus) and the inner cube”. All the digits mentioned in the movie are so indubitably correct.

Furthermore, only one cube, measuring 14 by 14 by 14 feet, was actually built, with only one working door that could actually support the weight of the actors. The colour of the room was changed by sliding panels.

Not being a mathematician myself – and actually hating math – I still appreciate all the effort and the precision that the director and his crew put in the making process of the film. To me, the practical effects and the accuracy behind Cube make it hold up quite well 20 years after it first came out.

On the contrary, the two or three scenes built on the special effects look kind of lame and unbelievable nowadays.

For all these reasons, and also for the open ending, for all the mystery and the thrilling sequences I think Cube should have a better consideration among the horror fans.

I mean, I like the first installment of the Saw franchise. As much as I hate all the money-grabbing sequels. It is genuinely unsettling and the plot twist is totally unexpected. Still, since Cube is basically the Saw of the 90s, I think it should be watched as the cult movie it is indeed.

All in all, I’m a fan of Cube. As many times as I re-watch it, it’s always the same good movie as it was the first time I’ve seen it. If you guys are fan of psychological, claustrophobic thrillers, this film is strongly recommended. If you like the first Saw movie, go watch the film that gave James Wan the inspiration. Cheers.

Top underrated horror ‘gems’ – #5 The Lords of Salem

*Skip the premise to jump directly to the post if you’ve read my previous articles*

Premise – Horror movies have always been divisive towards the audience. From the 80s, the cult franchises have created a trend particularly appreciated by the viewers. The Nightmare movies, the Halloween franchise as well as the Hellraiser flicks have marked the path that walked us, the audience, to an overwhelming cinema market filled with non-original movies, remake, reboots, sequels and prequels.

The formula is basically this: a director makes a successful movie with a little budget and a big return at the box office. So that the Hollywood major labels exploit said success to make tons of sequels and prequels that hit the box office without telling anything new or original to the viewer (ehm ehm… Saw, Hostel… ehm ehm). Sometimes, even the first installment is disappointing by every means but the economical profit (ehm ehm… Paranormal Activity, Wrong Turn… ehm ehm).

All these franchises have something in common, i.e. poor writing, bland characters, jump scares, unoriginal villains, flawed cinematography. Why are they successful? Because the horror audience is now used to go to the movie expecting to have ‘a good time’ instead of being shocked and disturbed by an original, unsettling and brave script filled with good performances, relatable characters and true fear.

What are the consequences? Not just new masterpieces such as It Follows and The Babadook, among the others, are considered as boring movies. Not just the milestones of horror cinema are now considered worthless. But also quite good movies that came out in the last 20-25 years have been underestimated by both audience and reviewers. Here a list for you, hoping you guys can have some fun and meditation on something a bit more original and ‘out there’. Enjoy.

NOTE: some movie franchises are actually worth watching, please do not dismiss the first Saw movie as well as the well-directed Insidious movies. Both from the talent of James Wan. The guy brings it right home.

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The Lords of Salem (2012) is an independent horror movie written, produced and directed by the controversial Rob Zombie.

It’s fair to say that Rob Zombie is one of the most divisive directors working today, not only in the horror industry. To be honest, he’s one of my favourites, even though he’s not immune to criticism, since his previous movies weren’t perfect at all. Still, to me they are way better than a lot of people seem to think.

Unfortunately, the negative opinion surrounding the guy and his works is shared by the Hollywood majors, which decided not to release both The Lords of Salem and 31 (2016), the latest Zombie’s Flick.

Enough with the general contest. The Lords of Salem, starring Sheri Moon Zombie – Rob’s wife, who appears in every single movie of her hubby – tells the story of an alternative radio host who comes across a coursed disc, which has the power to give people visions and blow their mind apart – metaphorically. Of course, Heidi – Sheri Moon – decides to play it during her program and weird things start to happen in and around Salem, Massachusetts.

The premise sounds kind of corny, I know. But it is original enough and the tone set from the very beginning makes quite easy for the audience to empathise with the situation and Heidi, who is probably the most successful character portrayed by Sheri Moon in her career. Hey, I ain’t complaining watching her on screen, but she had to prove herself as a decent actress beyond a smoking hot chick. And she eventually did in this movie.

The majority of Zombie’s critics have argued that he doesn’t realize movies, but feature length musical videos. To me, that’s not even a criticism per se. Zombie pays detailed attention to the visual aspect of his movies and that is what elevates his stories to an higher level. The Lords of Salem is no exception. On the contrary, it’s probably his best visual work. And I’m not exaggerating by saying The Lords of Salem has the same cinematographic and photographic intensity of Nicolas Winding Refn’s movies.

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I know what you guys are wondering right now. Is it a scary movie? In my humble opinion, the answer is yes. It’s scary, filled with a dreadful atmosphere and a couple of inevitable – but also well-executed – jump-scares. As per usual, the problem with this movie lies on the score. Do you like heavy metal? You’ll probably love the movie’s soundtrack. Do you hate that genre? You’ll probably hate the score. Simple as that.

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All in all, The Lords of Salem is probably the best Zombie’s film (alongside with the remake of Halloween… guess what’s the next movie on the list?) but at the same time it’s vastly underrated because it wasn’t promoted by Hollywood. And, once again, Mr. Zombie is a fifty-fifty director, whose movies aren’t easy to sell.

I recommend you guys to see The Lords of Salem. It’s a tough experience that requires loads of attention and patience – yes, the pace is not Fury Road-like – but I assure you it’s worth your time. Cheers.