Mother! (2017)

Director: Darren Aronofsky
Writer: Darren Aronofsky
Cast: Jennifer LawrenceJavier BardemEd HarrisMichelle PfeifferBrian GleesonDomhnall GleesonStephen McHattieKristen Wiig
Seen on: 13.9.2017

A couple (Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem) has just moved into a new house. He dreams of finding the inspiration to write there, while she painstakingly renovates the house. One night their routine is interrupted by a man (Ed Harris) who knocks on their door, thinking they are running a bed and breakfast. The writer is overjoyed at the change in routine and invites the man to stay the night, while she is more cautious. Things take a turn for the worse, when the man’s wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) arrives the next day.

I expected bad things of Mother! and was pretty happy when things weren’t as bad as I expected them to be. But that’s not the same as saying that I was happy with the film: despite his strengths, I wasn’t too taken with it.

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Haunter (2013)

Director: Vincenzo Natali
Writer: Brian King
Cast: Abigail Breslin, Stephen McHattie, David Hewlett, Michelle Nolden, Peter Outerbridge, Peter DaCunha, Eleanor Zichy
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

On the surface Lisa (Abigail Breslin) has a normal life with her parents (Peter Outerbridge, Michelle Nolden) and her brother (Peter DaCunha). But actually they all died years ago and have been reliving the same Sunday ever since. Only Lisa finally woke up and noticed the repetition. And with that, shadows start to appear, voices can be heard and things become more and more off. And through all that, Lisa finds a connection to other girls.

Haunter wasn’t always perfectly logical but I thought that the concept was interesting, the movie atmospheric and I was generally entertained.


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The Tall Man (2012)

The Tall Man
Director: Pascal Laugier
Writer: Pascal Laugier
Cast: Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, Stephen McHattie, William B. Davis, Samantha Ferris, Colleen Wheeler, Eve Harlow
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Julia (Jessica Biel) is the nurse in a small mining town that is slowly dying. There is barely any work and the continuous disappearance of children is also eroding the moral and social structure. According to town legend, it’s the Tall Man who takes the kids. Julia seems doubtful about that legend – but then her own child is taken. But Julia won’t give up and starts the slow unraveling of the events in the town.

The movie starts off absolutely great: it’s tense and scary and woah. But then the plot twists start and as soon as that happens, the tension goes out of the film and I just wanted to roll my eyes.

[Full-on SPOILERS]

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A Little Bit Zombie (2012)

A Little Bit Zombie
Director: Casey Walker
Writer: Trevor Martin, Christopher Bond
Cast: Kristopher Turner, Crystal Lowe, Shawn Roberts, Kristen Hager, Emilie Ullerup, Stephen McHattie
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Steve (Kristopher Turner) is about to get married to Tina (Crystal Lowe). Unfortunately Tina and Steve’s sister Sarah (Kristen Hager) don’t get along at all – which Steve tries to remedy by taking them, including Sarah’s husband and Steve’s best friend Craig (Shawn Roberts) to the family cabin. But things go from bad to worse when Steve is bitten by a zombie mosquito and slowly starts craving brains and transforming in general.

A Little Bit Zombie has its moments, but mostly it has a rather shallow and cheap sense of humor. But worse than that, the direction was really, really bad. And I mean fucking abysmal.

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Exit Humanity (2011)

Exit Humanity
Director: John Geddes
Writer: John Geddes
Cast: Mark Gibson, Brian Cox, Dee Wallace, Bill Moseley, Stephen McHattie, Jordan Hayes, Adam Seybold
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Towards the end of the Civil War, the dead start to rise and throw the US into ruin. Edward Young (Mark Gibson) returns home to find his wife (un)dead and his son missing. He searches for his son, but in the end, can only save him from being a zombie. Otherwise at a complete loss, he decides to take the ashes of his son to the other end of the US, to a place they talked about before. Of course, a cross-country teck through a zombie-infested area is not easily done.

I had high hopes for this film – I just love the concept of historical zombies. Unfortunately, the movie really is boring beyond compare. It is astonishing how boring a movie can be, really.

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