April 13, 2015
The Innocents (1961): Based on Henry James’ “The Turn of the Screw” (1898), the story follows an inexperienced governess who arrives at a desolate mansion to take care of the wealthy household's two children, only to soon discover that the house is haunted by ghosts (sic) and the two children are possessed by wicked spirits. Gorgeous cinematography and music (strange electronic, haunting sounds), and on top of that, Deborah Kerr. It is considered as one of the best psychological thrillers of all time, for a reason.
Housebound (2014): Kylie is sentenced to house arrest and forced to move back to the family house (already sounds horrific enough) where mom, convinced that the house is haunted, pushes her daughter to doubt her own sanity. Funny and sinister at the same time. Very entertaining with several twists and turns on the way. I loved the ending;-)
What We Do In The Shadows (2014): Mockumentary on the life of a vampire household. I think I enjoyed more the first half of the movie. It was slightly funnier; with Peter (my favourite of the vamp gang) effortlessly stealing every scene he was in. The introduction to the vamp familiars was hilarious. Next time somebody calls you in Viago’s voice asking for sugar, it’s going to be me.
Nightcrawler (2014): “What if I were to say that it's not that I don't understand people, but that I don't like them?” I’d believe you. Lou is desperate for work and, inspired by a freelance film crew he sees working the scene of a car crash, he soon dives into nightcrawling (crime journalism). To get better footage (and more money for it), he starts to modify crime scenes and soon crosses the line between observer and participant in his violent recordings. Well-acted, well-shot; finally a realistic approach on how things work. The bad guy does get away with it – thank you for that ending.