Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (2020)

Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears
Director: Tony Tilse
Writer: Deb Cox
Sequel to: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
Cast: Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Rupert Penry-Jones, Miriam Margolyes, Daniel Lapaine, Jacqueline McKenzie, Izabella Yena, Kal Naga, John Waters, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Ashleigh Cummings, Travis McMahon
Seen on: 21.7.2020

As usual, Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis) is on a mission. This time, her path brought her to Jerusalem where she frees Shirin (Izabella Yena) from prison. Shirin had been locked up because she claims that the British murdered her family and her entire village when she was a child. But things go a little badly and Phryne is claimed to be dead. The news even reaches Australia, where Jack Robinson (Nathan Page) leaves everything to say his goodbye to Phryne in the UK. When Phryne crashes her own funeral, obviously alive, and ready to solve the mystery around Shirin, Jack is both relieved and angry, and lets himself get roped in with the case.

Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears is, basically, the series finale for Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, a fantastic TV show that was cut off too soon and with a not very satisfying ending. This would have been their chance to bring things to a round close, but unfortunately, Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears is not up to snuff and simply not worthy of the show it is supposed to finish.

The film poster showing Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis) holding a gun.
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Female Trouble (1974)

Female Trouble
Director: John Waters
Writer: John Waters
Cast: DivineMary Vivian PearceDavid LocharyMink StoleEdith MasseyCookie MuellerPaul SwiftSusan WalshMichael PotterEd PeranioGeorge FiggsSusan Lowe
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 30.9.2017

Dawn (Divine) wants nothing but cha-cha heels for Christmas. But when she doesn’t get them, she runs away from home. From then on, her life spirals out of control. She gets pregnant while hitch-hiking and turns to a life of crime. When she is approached by Donald (David Lochary) and Donna Dasher (Mary Vivian Pearce) for an art project – they want to photograph her while she’s committing crimes – Dawn’s life takes yet another turn.

Female Trouble was a fascinating film that I found intriguing in quite a few ways, although it was again not the easiest film to watch.

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Pink Flamingos (1972)

Pink Flamingos
Director: John Waters
Writer: John Waters
Cast: DivineMary Vivian PearceDavid LocharyMink StoleDanny MillsEdith MasseyChanning WilroyCookie MuellerPaul Swift
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 29.9.2017

Divine (Divine) has been decreed the filthiest person alive and had to go into hiding with her mother Edie (Edith Massey), her partner Cotten (Mary Vivian Pearce) and her son Crackers (Danny Mills). But Connie (Mink Stole) and Raymond Marble (David Lochary) aren’t happy with Divine having that title. They want it for themselves, so they set out to make sure that Divine – now Babs Johnson – can’t get up to any more filthiness.

Pink Flamingos has an undeniable force, but it was also a little exhausting to watch. Be that as it may, it’s quite a film.

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Seed of Chucky (2004)

Seed of Chucky
Director: Don Mancini
Writer: Don Mancini
Sequel to: Child’s Play, Child’s Play 2, Child’s Play 3, Bride of Chucky
Cast: Brad DourifJennifer TillyBilly BoydRedmanHannah SpearrittJohn Waters
Seen on: 21.9.2017

Before Chucky (Brad Dourif) and Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) were vanquished, they had a son, Glen (Billy Boyd). Glen is everything his parents aren’t: gentle, kind and completely murder-free. He’s curious to meet his parents, and so he resurrects them, hoping for a family reunion. The reunion does happen, but takes on a very different form of what Glen expected, as they first hit Hollywood where Chucky and Tiffany’s story is currently turned into a film starring Jennifer Tilly (Jennifer Tilly).

Seed of Chucky suddenly turns very meta and that’s a thing I always enjoy. Especially since it really proves that Jennifer Tilly is the best thing that has happened to the series. Despite some of the same issues as with the other films of the series, this is definitely my favorite part so far (together with the first).

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Suburban Gothic (2014)

Suburban Gothic
Director: Richard Bates Jr.
Writer: Richard Bates Jr., Mark Bruner
Cast: Matthew Gray GublerKat DenningsRay WiseBarbara NivenMuse WatsonSally KirklandMel RodriguezJeffrey CombsJohn WatersJack Plotnick
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard Morrissey.]

Raymond (Matthew Gray Gubler) has a business degree, but he can’t find a job. His situation is so dire that he has to move back in with his parents. Trapped in Suburbia with a father (Ray Wise) who hates him (and vice versa) and a mother (Barbara Niven) who still treats him like a child, is not really his dream situation. When he starts to see ghosts again, like he used to do when he was a kid, at least he has something to drink about with bartender Becca (Kat Dennings).

Suburban Gothic is a weird animal with a very strange sense of humor that borders on the surreal but doesn’t quite go there. If you find your way into that humor zone, you’ll love the film. But if you expect to see a film like Excision, you’ll be disappointed.

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Excision (2012)

Director: Richard Bates Jr.
Writer: Richard Bates Jr.
Cast: AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords, Ariel Winter, Roger Bart, Jeremy Sumpter, John Waters, Malcolm McDowell, Marlee Matlin, Matthew Gray Gubler, Ray Wise
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Pauline (AnnyLynne McCord) lives with her parents (Tracie Lords, Roger Bart) and her little sister Grace (Ariel Winter) who has Cystic Fibrosis and needs a lung transplant. So Pauline dreams of a career in medicine. But she has issues. She has vivid deams full of blood and sex, that she would like to enact in real life by sleeping with a guy for the first time while on her period. Her mother sees that she’s struggling but believes that with a little strictness and the support of her church they can work through the problems.

Excision is absolutely incredible and amazing. AnnaLynne McCord is perfect, the whole movie is atmospheric and just plain wonderful.

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Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore (2010)

Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore
Director: Frank Henenlotter, Jimmy Maslon
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

The Godfather of Gore is a documentary about Herschell Gordon Lewis, chronicling his start with the nudies and his development of gore through interviews with Lewis himself, John Waters, David F. Friedman, Frank Henenlotter and many more.

The Godfather of Gore shows an interesting piece of cinema history but it’s a little unfocused and lengthy.

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