I’ve been Sundancing for 7 years now and while this was a particularly strong year for the festival, it was not a strong year for genre films.
So what do you get when you take THE FRIGHTENERS, GHOSTBUSTERS, and contemporary irreverent humor and blend it together? You get DEADTECTIVES!
It’s never easy moving into a new apartment. Besides the hours of unpacking and settling in, there’s always the question of your neighbors. Will they be nice? Will they play music until four in the morning? Will they be sociopathic killers? Unfortunately, when the protagonist of Gnaw, Jennifer, moves into a new home, she finds that her new neighbors include both the best, and worst, of what you can experience.
Last night, the shocking news broke of the tragedies that befell affluent sections of the Los Angeles area. News has been spreading that this was not an isolated incident and that the same type of event has happened throughout the country. Details are still scarce, but it appears that individuals associated with a controversial program known as “The Invitation” held dinner parties where the attendees were comprised of their close friends and people special to them.
It was about three weeks ago when I first started watching my neighbor across the way. He looked like any other person in the neighborhood--maybe a little beardier than most--but a regular guy all the same. Normally, I wouldn’t have given him a second thought, only he crossed my sights more than the others.
As I got closer, I noticed he looked pretty rough. Greasy hair, dirty sweat-stained shirt, muddy work boots. His face was gaunt and ashen. His eyes were sunken but wild, like he hadn’t slept in days.
“What can’t get out?”
He said nothing, just put down the hose, walked up to his door and held it open.
This weekend is a very important weekend for genre film. Jordan Peele’s original Horror film GET OUT hits theaters nationwide. I was lucky enough to get into the surprise screening of it at Sundance and it delivers on so many levels. Beneath of all the tension and laughs lies some great subtext about liberal racism.
So, why is it important to see this film at the theater? Here’s a list