The end is coming! No, don’t worry, I’m only talking about the end of 2017, which is quickly approaching and… there are still so many horror flicks to check out and review!
Therefore, I decided to give you my brief take on three films that were recently released and might seem appealing to you. Bear in mind, these titles are all non-American (but only for Resurrection you will need to read subtitles), which is what has driven me to watch them in the first place.
The ugliest of the litter. Bunnyman: Vengeance. Third chapter of a very amateur slasher franchise, this British flick tells the story of Michael (the titular Bunnyman), who returns home from ripping to find his family, a couple of low-life brothers operating a haunted house attraction as a front for other more illegal activities. Mute, and suffering from some serious social grievances, Mike seems to have quenched his blood thirst, until a group of naïve teenagers (for a change) knock on the haunted house door. The only newer addition to the franchise is that Bunnyman is backed-up by his twisted brothers. Other than that, same old sh… movie. The cinematography is poor, as well as the very amateur editing and camera-work. Characters and story are paper-thin, whereas the killings (supposedly, the movie show-stealers) are quite hard to watch, due to the overuse of shaky-cam and sombre colours. All in all, Bunnyman: Vengeance is a bad movie, with a few amusing sequences and one or two good killings. You can skip this one.
Before Jack The Reaper, there was a dark Victorian East End melodrama. The Limehouse Golem. We stay in England, where we follow Scotland Yard detective John Kildare (Bill Nighy, always pleasant to watch) on the traces of the mysterious Limehouse Golem, a killer that nobody is able to catch. The cat-and-mouse type of game that killer and detective play throughout the long movie (more than 2 hours) gets progressively more convoluted and, towards the end, it’s rather hard to put the pieces together. Which is why I believe The Limehouse Golem could be appreciated upon multiple viewings: however, the pace is slow and the dull scenes overtake the more active ones, which makes hard for me to sit through this British gothic drama again. The acting and set design are fantastic though and that does make the movie less boring. Plot and mystery are, indeed, interesting, but they get unnecessarily convoluted, thus less impactful. Overall, The Limehouse Golem has an unnerving, unsettling atmosphere during most of the scenes which, combined with well-rounded characters, make up for the lack of ‘actual horror’. In conclusion, give it a chance if you don’t mind slow-burners, but don’t expect a masterpiece.
A Gothic horror that winks at Guillermo Del Toro’s atmosphere. Resurrecciòn (Resurrection). This time around, we fly from Europe to Argentina (hope you don’t mind subtitles), to take a look at the story of a young priest who travels to Buenos Aires in order to help sick people during the 1871 yellow fever epidemic. There, he finds his brother dying for a disease… but is it really an illness or, perhaps, a sort of curse? Benefitting from a solid cast of South American actors (who I’m not familiar with, but I believe they’re quite famous locally), Resurrection is a rather unsettling and creepy film. It takes a while for the action to start, but, when it does, it gets pretty intense. Atmosphere and cinematography seem inspired by Guillermo Del Toro’s style and The Witch (2016): as you might have guessed by now, Resurrection isn’t your formulaic horror flick; instead, it represents a step forward in Argentinian cinema. Despite its unconventional execution, Resurrection is a horror film in the conventional sense of the word: it lacks jump-scares (mostly), but it also uses horror tropes in an innovative way to create freaky scenes. If it wasn’t for the dull first act and some technical inconsistence (especially in regards to editing and camera-work), this film might have been one of the best surprises of the year. However, it deserves a watch: you won’t be disappointed!