Yet Another Month of Horror 2015 – Chapter 5

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Wrapping up the month with: The Serpent And The Rainbow, The Majorettes, The Flesh Eaters and The Ghoul.

 

The Serpent And The Rainbow (1988 – Wes Craven)
Thanks in part to Matt Price and his podcast “Let’s Scare Matthew Price To Death”, I’ve finally closed a huge gap in my horror knowledge by seeing – on screen no less – Craven’s enormously entertaining film. This past week Matt helped present Craven’s The Serpent And The Rainbow at The Royal cinema here in Toronto and then did a live on stage podcast directly after the film (inviting several other local podcasters to join him). I had started watching the film years ago, got 10 minutes in, tuned out and promised I’d get back to it one day – and thank goodness I did. I must’ve been in some weird zombi-fied state lo-those-many-years-ago not to have jumped head first into this movie. Granted, Bill Pullman is Bill Pullman in it and occasionally distracts from the more serious moments, but fortunately the film allows itself to play in that surreal middle ground between reality and dream and have a ball with it (that coffin scene is one for the ages). There’s also a wider view of how Haiti itself woke from their own political slumber (which is done surprisingly subtly) and a couple of proper jump scares – build-up, payoff and well-deserved audience reaction. That voodoo is gonna get ya!

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Public Enemies Trailer Redux

I‘ll be the first to admit that when Jonathan posted the first full length trailer for Michael Mann’s Public Enemies, I wasn’t all that impressed. Something about the trailer didn’t work for me. But then I saw it on the big screen and something changed. Not only did it look amazing but the music added a great heartbeat that pushes the trailer along and once I’d see it, I couldn’t get it out of my head for hours. And it’s not just the music that I can’t let go of but also the images.

The boys at Rope of Silicon have a second trailer for the film which features a lot of the same footage cut a little differently. It’s doesn’t have as much punch as the first trailer but the opening sequence is gorgeous even in this little version. It’s a trailer designed to target the dramatic film fans whereas the first was all about the energy.

Seriously though, we don’t need any more sales pitches; we’re already sold. Public Enemies opens on July 1st.

Period Romcom Fun: Easy Virtue Trailer

Easy Virtue Movie StillIn 1994, writer director Stephan Elliott hit the ground running with the release of the cult favourite The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Though I saw it years after its release, it was my first introduction to two very talented actors: Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce not to mention that it was a gorgeous and fun film.

Ellilot’s film career never skyrocketed but the director did make a few other films, none of which I’ve seen, but he jumped back on the radar when it was announced that he would be stepping behind the camera to direct Colin Firth and Kristin Scott Thomas in Easy Virtue. A period drama about an Englishman (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian’s Ben Barnes) who marries a glamorous but scandalous American woman (Jessica Biel), the project instantly had my attention but I never realized it would be the riot the trailer suggests.

Though Firth and Thomas were and remain my main attraction to the project, this looks to be Biel’s opportunity to be more than just the pretty face and the trailer suggest she may have struck gold. It’s a familiar story (essentially a period romcom) but with this much talent behind and in front of the camera (not to mention that it looks beautiful), it’s one to keep an eye on.

Easy Virtue has been making the festival rounds since it premiered at TIFF last; it will open in limited release across the US and Canada on May 22nd.