Clown (2014)

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A young boy named Jack is thrown a birthday party by his parents Kent and Meg. The party was to feature a clown but he became a no show. His father Kent decides to take his place and puts on an old clown outfit that he found in a trunk at a home his real estate company is trying to sell. After the party Kent tries to take his costume off but finds he’s having trouble. He struggles to pull his rubber nose off, the clown wig won’t budge and it’s as if it’s fastened with super glue, and last but not least his clown outfit becomes stuck to his body. He makes many attempts to take it off but it won’t budge. He has to continue living his life in a clown costume which offers up many comedic situations while he goes to work and runs errands. After a while he starts to feel the physical changes within him and realizes that he’s starting to crave the taste of children. Not only must he avoid children, but he also needs answers for the sake of the safety of his own son and wife.

He tries to pinpoint where the costume came from and meets a man named Herbert Karlsson, a costume shop owner who has knowledge about the costumes origins.  Herbert tells him that it’s not a costume at all. It’s the actual skin of an ancient demon cloyne that eats children and there’s no way to remove it. He avoids his family and tries to isolate himself but the transformation continues and so do his cravings.

This movie was frightening and funny as hell. I’m a huge fan of folklore and this film was able to conjure up a new and creative twisted tale that you can frighten your kids with, just kidding. It was more enjoyable and humorous than I thought it would be. With odd situational humour and one mans lonely journey/transformation into the depths of literal hell and madness.

 

 

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It all goes south in the must see trailer for Southbound

We’ll no doubt see our fair share of anthologies this year—seeing that they’ve been on the rise lately—but there’s one that made quite a bit of noise last year during its festival run and that film is the open road thriller Southbound. To say there’s a lot of buzz surrounding this one would be an understatement, and you’ll quickly see why after watching its fantastic first trailer. What stood out to me the most about this trailer—even more than its unmistakably eerie atmosphere and striking visuals—was that every segment looks amazing, each teasing their own wicked brand of horror.

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The Harvest (2013)

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The Harvest stars Michael Shannon and Samantha Morton playing Katherine and Richard , a troubled couple with an ill son they’re struggling to take care of. Katherine is a doctor and very neurotic about her son Andy and the type of care he receives at home. His father Richard makes frequent trips to pick up certain medications that are supposed to aid Andy. He is confined to a wheel chair, has no friends, and doesn’t attend school so he’s never experienced friendship with a child his own age until he meets Maryann. She’s an outgoing inquisitive girl who lost her parents in an accident and is sent to live with her grandparents.

While walking around her neighborhood she comes across Andy’s home, and notices him in his bedroom window. She gets his attention and starts visiting him often without his parents knowledge. Andy actually starts enjoying life a bit more playing with his new friend. When his mother finally finds out about Maryann’s visits she bans her from seeing Andy, and nails his windows shut. That doesn’t scare Maryann and she continues seeing him.

She decides to visit him again while his parents are away but gets so distracted she loses track of time. Andy’s parents get back before she has the chance to leave, and she tries to sneak out through his window but discovers they’re nailed shut. She attempts to find another way out but finds she’s trapped, and runs downstairs to the basement where she discovers a disturbing secret about her new friend and his family. Samantha Morton’s performance was reminiscent of Kathy Bates as Annie Wilkes in Misery. In the beginning of the story I found her caring, nurturing, sweet, and over-protective like any mother would be with a sick child. As the film progressed I realized how cold, cruel, and abusive she really was. Her husband Richard was the polar opposite, being more sensitive towards their son and less strict about him having a playmate. Michael Shannon gave a strong supportive performance as a caring father and a man trapped in a loveless marriage. This story has a phenomenal twist and an impressive cast of young actors. I appreciated not being able to figure out where the story was going,  yet still found myself engaged until all was revealed. If you’re a Michael Shannon fan I suggest you see this movie and I believe you’ll enjoy it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kirazu (Killers) 2014

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In Killers you’ll be met with a kick to the face with the introduction of one of our main characters Nomura, a classy, charming, intelligent, and affluent Japanese business man. The film begins with a look at one of Nomura’s murder victims. You see her strapped to a chair in a room with a sophisticated setup of cameras and video recording equipment. She has a plastic bag taped over her head. She’s sobbing and shaking with panic and fear. Nomura’s wearing a white mask to hide his identity from his recordings while with sarcasm tries to calm his victim down. He turns around and walks towards a table which holds an array of his killing tools of choice, and decides on the hammer. He walks back to his victim and gives her a blow to the head leaving her shaking and in shock. Blood starts pouring down her face when Nomura strikes another fatal blow and the cameras catch his killing ritual from the beginning to his victims last breath.

Nomura is meticulous in cleaning up and uploading his video to a dark web site where members share videos of their killings. This leads us to Bayu, a struggling journalist in Indonesia who shares custody of his daughter with his estranged wife. We learn that he unsuccessfully tried to investigate and expose a corrupt politician named Mr. Dharma. He is eventually drawn and introduced to Nomura through videos he’s watched on the same dark web site that Nomura is a member of. Bayu gets attacked one night by two men in a taxi cab, but manages to kill them both and catch it on camera. He decides to upload it to the site, and Nomura contacts him. This begins their relationship and Nomura’s grooming of Bayu in the joys of killing and keeping discreet.

Nomura and Bayu communicate and share their videos, but we quickly start to realize that Nomura is the killer with no remorse or conscience for that matter. Bayu is the type who tries to kill and stop only the corrupt. Nomura is the more experienced killer who has an extensive history of violence. Bayu is inexperienced, sloppy, and still manages to hold on to his humanity. He is a family man who wants to try to reunite his family. Nomura has no family and lives in a fog of loneliness. I thoroughly enjoyed the Killers film and the juxtaposition of the two main characters. I liked the writing and the way the story flows and weaves the characters lives together. There is much gore so those sensitive to limbs being ripped off torsos, and violence against women may want to pass. Over all, this was a good one for foreign horror lovers and I’ll be looking out for more films from the Mo Brothers.