Happiest of new years to everyone who believes the Gregorian calendar is the bestest calender ever. If you’re not “with” the Gregorian, you are out of it.
This episode of The Horror Movie Show is a densely packed cluster of reviews, all lovingly discussed & dissected by those jolly holiday elves, Mark & Jerry. And the boys have quite a collection of flicks to round out the year.
Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent‘s debut feature, The Babadook, is fresh & interesting, occasionally hard to take but ultimately a fine tale of haunting, loss & finally hope. Everyone involved does a great job, including Essie Davis as the mum & young Noah Wiseman as her somewhat hysterical son. This is one for the Top 10 list, for sure.
Next up is Kevin Smith‘s most insane little movie to date: Tusk. Is it really about a madman who lures young fellows to his country home so he can turn them into walruses? Uh, yeah, pretty much. Tusk is funny, outrageous, horrific & great fun.
Four independent flicks are next discussed, including the devil-worshiping Starry Eyes. Co-starring our horror pal Maria Olsen, this one has been getting some good reviews. Extraterrestrial is about a group of friends who run into some hostile ETs; keep your eyes open for veteran actor Michael Ironside, entertaining as ever. President Wolfman is a hilariously goofy found-footage movie made up of bits from out-of-copyright & cutting-room-floor leftovers. Nobody Can Cool, written & directed by Dpyx, is a standard couple-cabin-trouble story, but Nick Principe turns in a strong performance.
Finally, Jerry opines on a couple of mainstream movies: Gone Girl & The Theory of Everything. Both excellent, both recommended. Cheers!