Before I’ll talk about The House that Jack Built I want to share two anecdotes. The first about a viewing of Good Manners. This film was promoted as a social critique, a story about a mother’s love, a touch of musical and maybe, just maybe also horror but! but! not to worry, a super sweet… Read More The House that Jack Built (2018), about meta meta horror
Last year a new translation of James Baldwin came out in the Netherlands. There was a disagreement between the translator and the publisher. The publisher wanted to use the now politically most correct words black and white in the translation, even though those were not the words James Baldwin used. The translator argued those words… Read More This Magnificent Cake! / Ce Magnifique Gâteau! (2018), or Can you Portray Colonialism in Surreal Fabric?
Rahi Anil Barve’s Tumbbad is one beautiful movie; the natural lighting and the wide vista’s (even the closed spaces seem endless) are stunning. The story is about greed and the heritage hidden in your blood. In an Indian setting, which – seeing this for the first time – I really enjoyed. Tumbbad is set over… Read More Tumbbad (2018) and a Discussion about Defining Horror
If you haven’t watched this movie yet but intend to do so, don’t read further! It is best to go in blind. Horror and fantasy are genres that transgress our usual cultural or scientific categories, so they could potentially show radically different portrayals of women. Guadagnino intended to use the horror genre to make a… Read More Gräns / Border (2018), Trolling Feminism
A remake of an iconic film as Argento’s Suspira (1977) needs to have a different take. This is exactly what Guadagnino has done. Narrative and style are wildly different and only the basic story elements are kept: an American girl goes to a famous German dance school, where something strange is going on… Witches! In… Read More Suspiria (2018) vs. Suspiria (1977), which is more feminist?
The latest movie of Panos Cosmatos, a companion piece (both set in 1983) to his earlier Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010). And it scores as many 1’s (“the actors are not even attractive!”) as 10’s (“cinematographic masterpiece!”) on IMDb. The opening credits and music had me instantly. The font, the color red, the flickering and… Read More Mandy (2018) and its Play on the Role of Evil and the Supernatural in Horror
Incident in a Ghostland is a story of two teenage sisters. The younger one, Beth, loves to write and read horror stories, the other one, Vera, is mostly annoyed with everything and especially them moving with their mom to a house of a deceased aunt in the middle of nowhere. We see them first in… Read More Incident in a Ghostland (2018) and Defining Horror pt.3/3