Maud (Morphid Clarke) is a hospice nurse in a seaside British city, caring for Amanda (Jennifer Ehle), a dancer who died of lymphoma. As Amanda’s condition worsens, Maud’s new Christianity deepens, and she strives in holiness Save amanda’s soul. But as women’s relationships deteriorate, Maud transforms less as a caretaker and a terrible prophet into his own self-created church. Is Maud’s blissful vision from God? Or are they the product of the mind in free fall?
This feature debut by writer-director Rose Glass is one of my favorite horror character conventions: a religious true believer. for example “Carrie,” “Saint Maud” is a story about sexual passion for belief and terrifying effects with supernatural elements.
But the film also reminded me of a cult-themed thriller. “sacraments,” In Him, sometimes the most frightening thing about religious belief is not the Holy Spirit, it is holy certainty. The last 10 minutes of “Saint Maud” make it horrifically clear.
There is not much dialogue in this gloriously terrifying film about an entity that haunts the psyche of a family living deep in the wilderness of Northern California. But when you have a writer-director-cinematographer-editor-musician, who needs words, who are sure to get Bejesus out of you as Jordan Graham?
Adam (Gabriel Nicholson) is tormented by the stories of Sattor, a supernatural presence that communicates, or so he is told, with members of his family. Adam’s grandmother (June Peterson, Graham’s own grandmother) has a generous relationship with the soul. But her mother’s visits, as she records in written diaries, are more frightening. When adam starts crossing paths Unlucky creatures In the forest and in his house, it is clear that he has scenic spots next to the setter.
“Sator” is the subtle, slow-burning, creeping creepy horror that unfolds Scary atmosphere And hallucinatory storytelling. Graham’s use of saturated colors at night, especially in a stunning tableau that brightens Adam brightly against dangerous trees, is ambient and terrifying. The use of spectral black-and-white footage gives ‘bookie’ a disastrous documentary feel. So is the fact that Graham based his story on his stories interacting with his grandmother’s name, you guessed it, Sater.
It is a mystery as to why there are no more horror films about the Jewish tradition of Schömer, who watch an autopsy in the time between death and burial. A horror movie genre about sitting with a corpse? Sign me up.
This terrifying, fascinating feature debut of the writer-director comes to the rescue Keith Thomas. Yakov (Dave Davis) is an ex-Hasid who is struggling to live in a secular world. To help earn some cash, he agrees to take a job as a showmaker for a Holocaust survivor.
But it is revealed that Yakov and the deceased’s wife (Lynn Cohen, veteran stage and screen actress.) Who died Last year) are not the only ones to spend the night at the couple’s Brooklyn home. A mazik, a malicious spirit of Jewish folklore, is at home and has inter-traumatic shock in his mind.
In addition to being effectively scary, “The Vigil” Is a welcome addition to the rich but is not appreciated Jewish Horror Film Tradition. It was a treat to hear a lot of dialogue in Yiddish, a language that I have not come across much in a horror film. The film is set in the conservative community of Borough Park, Brooklyn, giving the story a powerful authentic and distinctly Jewish sensibility.
‘The Strange House’
I don’t have tweens or teenagers, but if I did, this would be a great choice for an Austrian chiller family horror movie night (your kids can handle mildly frightening situations).
Sabine (Julia Koschitz) and her two sons, Hendrik (Leon Orlandiani) and Eddie (Beno Rosskoff), move from Germany to rural Austria, and soon things begin to happen in their new home. Eddie writes on the wall while sleeping. A family photo is replaced by one of the former occupants.
The boys soon learn that the horrific events have something to do with a mother who poisoned her two sons in 1980. With the help of new friends, the brothers set out to solve the supernatural mystery, which keeps the inauspicious spirits on edge.
Daniel Prochaska’s film is actually more “stranger things” sweeter than horror, although there are plenty of intense chases, endangered children, and haunted house shenanigans to keep young people (and horror-averse parents) on edge. Orlandiani is particularly good as a protective older brother.
‘Benny Loves You’
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I am an ant like any fan of killer doll movies for new “Children’s play” series “ coming this fall. Until then, this low-budget British horror-comedy, directed by Carl Holt with breakneck pacing, was a giddy and great way to dodge me.
Jack (also Holt) is a 35-year-old toy designer who lives with his parents and has not yet left his childhood; He is the kind of man-child who investigates strange noises Carry a light. Determined to give up, Jack tosses his stuffed animals, including a cute boy named Benny, who looks like Elmo’s bubbly teen-delinquent brother.
But Benny is a jealous creature and knowledgeable of weapons, and hi to anyone who tries to steal Jack’s love. And by outcry, I mean beheading.
The joys of “Benny Loves You” are from watching Benny Giggle and cutting his way through a stampede that turns Jack’s home and office into fictional scenes of blood-soaked massacres. Holt, who also wrote the film, has a bitter, inane sense of humor that does not always go down. But when it does, it shines, especially when it is combined with horrific violence, such as death by the baguette.