Rest in Peace, Wes Craven
I just heard not very long ago about the passing of Wes Craven, arguably one of the most influential horror directors of all time. I didn’t have time to prepare anything substantial and I can assure all of you that this is not a way for me to earn extra likes or comments for this post; you either like it or you don’t, that is your choice. I would like to take the time to express my condolences and the hope that Mr. Craven rest in peace. Thank you.
From one of the (in my opinion) oddest movies I’ve had the pleasure of seeing.
ALT-POSTR-MONDAY: FIGHT CLUB
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.
ALT-POSTR-MONDAY: THE GODFATHER
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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 can’t begin to tell you how many times I have watched this movie. Like John Carpenter’s The Thing I never grow tired of it.
I hope you enjoy the posters.
ALT-POSTR-MONDAY: PULP FICTION
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