Sunday, September 22, 2013

¡Qué horror! 2013
Candidate #20

(March 2013)

“So. I have many surprises in store for us tonight. Enjoy the festivities.”

Director Dennis Iliadis storms back into ¡Q horror! territory with +1, where David (Rhys Wakefield) and his friends find themselves at the strangest party ever.
Bill Gullo pens the screenplay here, from a story by Iliadis, and it isn’t really spoiling much to say that the film takes an intriguing angle on the idea of the doppelgänger (you’ll gather as much from both the trailer and the blurb--courtesy of Evan Dickson of the one sheet).
Layered and disturbing like a particularly excellent Twilight Zone tale, +1 is another solid title from Iliadis.

“May your good health be twofold.”

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

¡Qué horror! 2013
Candidate #19

(April 2012)

Michael (Peter Cilella) and Chris (Vinny Curran) are the best of friends. The thing is, Chris is a junkie caught in a downward spiral who’s been given up on by virtually everyone he knows, so Michael makes a last ditch effort to save him by forcibly making him go cold turkey in an isolated, ramshackle shack.
Things do not go according to plan.

Co-directors Justin Benson (who also wrote the screenplay) and Aaron Scott Moorhead (who also shot the film) bring us this excellent piece of ambiguous, oblique horror.
If you’re the type that needs to have the whys and wherefores of your cinematic horror underlined neatly by running time’s end, then this may not be the film for you.
If however, you appreciate tone and character, Resolution* is definitely something to watch out for.

* Brilliant title, that, given what the film is ultimately about…

(Resolution OS’ courtesy of and

¡Qué horror! 2013
Candidate #18

(September 2012)

“My story can never be told. I write it over and over, wherever we find shelter. I write of what I cannot speak… The truth.”

So, my Neil Jordan Top Three (The Company of Wolves, The Crying Game, and The Butcher Boy) is now officially Four.
Welcome, Byzantium.
Based on Moira Buffini’s play A Vampire Story (Buffini ably adapts her own work for the screen), Byzantium follows the apparently sixteen-year-old Eleanor Webb (Saoirse Ronan) and her “legal guardian,” Clara (Gemma Arterton), both long-lived immortals who subsist on human blood, and who are both on the run from some looming threat whose exact nature Clara refuses to divulge to Eleanor.

Jordan scores here with an excellent cast (which includes Caleb Landry Jones, Sam Riley, and Jonny Lee Miller), some elegant Gothicism, and some brief, yet powerful phantasmagorical moments.
There’s also some noteworthy cinematography by Sean Bobbitt, as well as a score by Javier Navarrete (who also scored Guillermo del Toro’s El Espinazo del Diablo and El Laberinto del Fauno, the latter of which garnered him a whole slew of award noms, including the Oscar).

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