Synopsis: Desperate for some post-graduation cash, party girl Ana (Ona Casamiquela, Eva) answers a babysitting ad. She arrives for an interview at the elegant home of Diamantina (Luisa Gavasa, Flesh Memories), a former child prodigy pianist who is now an eccentric old woman who collects antique toys and dolls. Ana is disturbed by Diamantina’s odd behavior and horrified to discover that her child, Elisa (Ana Turpin, Bandolero), is not a child but rather a deranged woman her own age. Before Ana really understands what’s happening, she finds herself trapped in the house and made to serve as Elisa’s new toy – a toy that like many others before it may well be broken.
Well that’s just creepy, huh? Movies that feature a man- or in this case womanchild character have always tended to get under my skin and this one looks like it’s going to dig pretty deep. Directed by Juanra Fernandez and distributed by Dark Sky Films, Para Elisa has been making the rounds of the festival circuit since 2012 and is set for a release on DVD and VOD on September 1st. As always, enjoy the trailer below.
First-time director David Fincher disowned the film, citing constant studio interference and actually walked out of production before final editing began. He did preside over a rough cut that became the basis for the ‘Assembly Cut’, a longer version of the movie later released on DVD and Blu-ray.
To think that at one point in my life I had a strong dislike for this movie. I was young and stupid but have long mended my ways. I watch this movie every year and that will never cease.
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Synopsis: Set in New England circa 1630, ‘The Witch’ follows a farmer who gets cast out of his colonial plantation and is forced to move his family to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest rumored to be controlled by witches. Almost immediately, strange and unsettling things begin to happen-the animals turn violent, the crops fail, and one of the children disappears, only to return seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. As suspicion and paranoia mount, everyone begins to point the finger at teenage daughter Thomasin. They accuse her of witchcraft, which she adamantly denies…but as circumstances become more and more treacherous, each family member’s faith, loyalty, and love will be tested in shocking and unforgettable ways.
The VVitch stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, and Kate Dickie. It’s the debut feature film of writer-director Robert Eggers. It’s been on the festival circuit, henceforth the rating on IMDb.com. The trailer has been making it’s way around the internet for the past couple of days and, as impressed as I was and as eager as I am to see this movie, I figured why not join in. A friend and fellow blogger mentioned to me that it’s too bad that we have to wait until 2016 to see it. Enjoy the trailer and the poster below.
This is post number 1, 000 for me here at Written in Blood. No big speech; just a big thank you to everyone who helped me get this far by taking an interest in what I do. No names necessary; you know who you are. From the bottom of my heart I say thank you.*
When filming the scene with Newt in the duct, Carrie Henn kept deliberately blowing her scene so she could slide down the vent, which she later called a slide three stories tall. James Cameron finally dissuaded her by saying that if she completed the shot, she could play on it as much as she wanted. She did, and he kept his promise.
*This wasn’t supposed to be posted until Wednesday, August 19. I don’t know what happened but here is A-Z Trivia Wednesday a day early.
I said that I was done with reviews; I reckon they weren’t done with me. There may be more, there may not; who knows?
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin and Joely Richardson
Written by John Scott 3 and directed by Henry Hobson
Synopsis: After she is bitten, Wade Vogel (Schwarzenegger) takes his daughter Maggie (Breslin) home to protect her until her inevitable transition into one of the walking dead.
What I liked: I liked that Maggie is not your typical zombie movie and I challenge anyone to say that it is. With a body count of only four and virtually no gore to speak of Maggie is left with the opportunity to tell a human interest story that may or may not be metaphorical with how we engage and interact with those we love after the heartbreaking news of a terminal disease.
As unpalatable as it may seem Arnold Schwarzenegger gives one of the absolute best performances of his career. His Wade Vogel is a character torn by the initial safety of his immediate family and the inevitable reality that he is going to lose the final link to his deceased wife when his daughter Maggie is dead and gone. There have been few films where I was not reminded that Schwarzenegger was once a 7-time Mr. Olympia. The Terminator was one of those films; Maggie is another.
Abigail Breslin is a long way from Little Miss Sunshine and her range in Maggie proves that beyond a shadow of a doubt. At first glance we would be lead to believe that she doesn’t say much or even do much in her role as Marguerite “Maggie” Vogel. That would be an unfair assumption; what a character doesn’t say sometimes speaks louder than what they do say.
What I didn’t like: There’s a not lot for me to say here. Maggie moves a bit slow and a bit clumsy at times but not too much and I can forgive that.
Do I recommend it? Yeah, I do. Enough said.
Take care and stay scared, ya’ll.
Synopsis: Lake Charles in Louisiana is the idyllic spot to catch some sun and enjoy the tranquil miles of freshwater. When a group of 20-somethings meet up at their island lake house for a weekend of partying, one of the friends never shows up. As more lake visitors are yanked underwater by what seems to be some giant alligators, the screams bring the group out of the lake house. Frantically discovering their boat has drifted away, they have to watch helplessly as more of their friends are pulled under the water. Will anyone get off the island alive, in one piece? Something more sinister seems to be at play.
You know how a person might say, “I’m a sucker for this” or “I’m a sucker for that”? Well, when it comes to giant maneating crocodile or alligator movies that’s exactly what I am, a sucker. Alligator: loved it; Lake Placid: loved it, even the crappy sequels; Rogue: loved it. You may as well take a Sharpie and write “CROC/’GATOR MOVIE SUCKER” on my forehead.
Freshwater stars Zoë Bell, Joe Lando, Amy Paffrath, and John Bobek. The movie is written and directed by Brandeis Berry. The only thing I know about a release date is sometime in 2015. Until then enjoy the trailer below. I would say enjoy the poster also but it’s not very big. I did my best.