Believe the Hype:
Raw has been talked about glowingly by many people. I just watched it and I have to say that I’m pretty impressed. This film has an oddly realistic feel that I found far more disturbing than I expected going in. The few negative reviews that I read saw the film as exploitative, relying on shock value. I disagree. This film has a dirty low-budget look with convincing gore effects and performances. Strangely enough, I got feelings of another indie classic from a few years back while watching this. Many readers of this site know of the film Teeth. There is something raw about these two films. While I’m not usually all about films involving body horror, these will stand out as must owns for me. Teeth, like Raw, is also available on Netflix, in case you are in for an unsettling double feature.
Don’t Believe the Hype:
The Babysitter is McG at his finest…which still isn’t good. This is a horror comedy with hot girls and loud noises. As far as camera work goes, be prepared to get dizzy. It’s definitely his style, it’s just annoying as hell. I put him right up there with Zack Snyder when it comes to overused “tricks”. It isn’t even that they’re overused, it’s just that they only have one trick. So in the end, a film that could have been Deathgasm, ended up being a long episode of Scream Queens. There are two awesome kills though, so just fast forward to those and save time.
I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore is one of the best movies I’ve seen in quite awhile. Although it has received a decent amount of attention, being the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner and all, it still hasn’t got the attention that I think it deserves. I’m not sure if I haven’t been paying enough attention to the internet or this movie just hit me at a very agreeable stage in my life. Either way, I loved this freaking movie. It isn’t neccessarily a horror film. It is a crime based dark comedy that could be described as Falling Down meets Grosse Pointe Blank. It definitely has bits and pieces of horror, but nothing like the rest of the films on this list.
It was written and directed by Macon Blair. He has written a few things, but this is his directorial debut. He is more widely recognized as an actor in horror films like Green Room. Aside from those pictures, he has started appearing in bigger and bigger mainstream films like Gold, The Florida Project, and Logan Lucky. I think he is a talent that is soon to become very well known. Without counting his growing resume, this film alone does great things for the independent film world. It encompasses numerous satirical statements about the evil world in which we live. It also manages to raises awareness about crime, revenge, drug addiction, mental illness, and familial relationships. Oh yeah, it’s also funny as hell. Stars Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood provide incredibly memorable performances in his little movie. It is funny because they are both underrated in their own way. While Lynskey gave a weak performance in XX, she was awesome in this. She is a smaller star that we should definitely be watching. Elijah Wood is a big star, that still never gets the credit he deserves. Even the smaller cast members are good in this film. I’m just really impressed. I can’t say enough about this movie. So if you want to see how missing silverware can become a glaring statement about the evils of the world, check this one out