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Far better than its critical reception suggests, and way, WAY, more competently made than any of those James Wan films in "The Conjuring" movies. I don't know why SONY felt the need to sweep this under the rug after it was completed back in 2017 — only to drop it in theaters in January 2020, presumably because SONY thought it would be a box office bomb. Pretty unfortunate.
If Aja's 2019 water-soaked survival film, "Crawl," was any indicator of what mainstream audiences want in these sort of movies, then "Underwater" should be high on every single one of my fellow genre fan's watchlist. Enjoy.
Nicolas Cage, LSD spiked cocaine, giant chainsaw sword fights, decapitation fu, violence against religious nutjob fu, & color grating fu.
What else do you want in a film? Because if this doesn't do anything for you, I'm afraid you have no taste and I don't want to know you.
I'm not quite sure if I love it as much as Antiviral (2012) – but man – POSSESSOR is a tour de force by the phenom, Brandon Cronenberg. If you thought Antiviral was just a fluke of a writing/directing debut by a legendary director's young son, think again. POSSESSOR will seep into your subconscious and linger for days.
This younger Cronenberg still delivers some downright disturbing body horror imagery, much like his pops did for several decades...however, Brandon Cronenberg's far more subtle when it comes to letting his stories provide a not-so-flattering social commentary on the status of modern civilization. With his film, he leans towards a more Lynchian style while never once losing control of his own original vision. Absolutely essential viewing for any self-proclaimed fan of cinema.
Easily the best film of 2020 (so far).
There isn't anything new or unique I could say about this movie that you haven't read or heard already; the writing, directing, editing, cinematography, and acting are all PHENOMENAL.
While Jude Law is always an enticing watch, this performance in particular feels like his magnum opus – his "Daniel Day-Lewis echelon of perfection" apex that is his career's finest. It should also be noted that while Jude Law might be what you hear everyone talking about, Carrie Coon is every bit his equal – if not better – in every frame she's in. She's never been better, either, and that's saying something considering her own career's gaudy list of scene-stealing performances.
Seriously, watch this film.
A pleasant surprise made available last week via Shudder (for U.S. customers, at least); "SCARE ME" is an extremely rare type of Horror film in that the whole production is extremely cheap with only about 4 - maybe 5 - total cast members(!), that had to somehow find a way to re-tell a handful of the most well-trodden campfire stories with a couple of random actors, and oh by the way — this movie not only had to re-visit the most tired genre lore, (ex: werewolves & creepy stalkers), but it had to do so in a way that felt fresh, immersive, and genuinely entertaining, to boot...and I found the vast majority of this film to be extremely charming, and utterly curious to see what it would dare try next, (especially given the constraints this project was working with).
Turns out that you can get a lot of rather creepy viewing mileage out of the whole super-understated-approach & "SCARE ME" gets a lot further than you can imagine on just great sound design & some extremely modest VFX. (9 times out of 10, the director opts for using CGI-shadows rather than any sort of actual costumes of beasties, ghouls, and the like; the effectiveness of this minimalism launches into overdrive as your mind will be more than happy to fill in the blanks — creating something far scarier than the likes of James Wan & his "scary movies" tend to feature.
Do yourself a favor and embrace the extremely stripped down style of this film. It's refreshing it it's form, even if the stories it has to tell are ones you've heard a million times already.