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AMAD-Horror Edition: Mute Witness

18 Oct


cinemagrade b+What is it that makes a film ‘scary’?  I don’t mean simple jump thrills or a little bit of goose-pimples. What I’m talking about is that tight-chest,  metallic taste in the mouth, primal fear that gets a hold of you and doesn’t let go. It’s the kind of anxiety one starts to feel when the car breaks down late at night on the side of the highway, or that tension that mounts when you realize your child is no longer next to you in the grocery store. It’s based off a moment of panic, and let’s face it, film as a medium isn’t always capable of evoking the feelings it shows on screen. We can enjoy a romantic comedy but there aren’t many that can elicit a feeling at all similar to actually being in love. The same goes for fear and terror. They are hard to quantify and characterize on film in such a way that their essence is echoed in an audience’s reaction. Over the years, maybe a handful of horror pics have done that for me. Mute Witness is one of them. Continue reading

The Weekly Creepy: A hand-made case of ‘Parasomnia’

13 Jul

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Welcome to the Weekly Creepy. The goal is to help expose you the audience to newer horror/thriller films that might have slipped under your radar. Dedicated to obscure, foreign and indie fare (as well as the glorious world of DTV), The Weekly Creepy will tackle a different pic each week, with reasons why it is or isn’t worth your precious time or money.


Parasomnia (R) 103 min.

cinemagrade bI knew absolutely nothing about Parasomnia going into it, including the identity of any of the stars or the director.  I knew it was low budget and not a studio product, but apart from that I was clueless and the title and poster art didn’t exactly have my confidence up. But then it began and I was riveted during an opening sequence featuring Sean Young taking a cell phone call from a roof-top that she would minutes later jump off of. And when she climbs to the edge, teeters there long enough to spark our anticipation, and then jumps, the camera follows her descent all the way to the pavement where we are treated to a strangely eerie shot of a man standing over her broken body. Cue the impressionist art opening credits.

Just like that, I was drawn into the film’s world and what follows is a well-made, ambitious and inventive little horror movie that feels so much like a product of the 1980s that I imagine  people will seek it out just for the thrills of nostalgia it will give. Now, not everything is smooth sailing; the dialogue is often trite, the plot full of so many holes it could be a donut shop, and sometimes the film is overstylized to a fault. However, debuting in a frequently abused genre(dream-centered horror), Parasomnia turns out to be a refreshingly fun entry filled with imagination and energy.   Continue reading