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Fantasia 09 Review: Whose Watching ‘The Children’?

27 Jul

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The Children (R) 84 min. Directed by: Tom Shankman. Written by: Paul Andrew Williams. Starring: Hannah Tointon, Eva Birthistle, Stephen Campbell Moore, Jeremy Sheffield, Rachel Shelly. Cinematography: Nanu Segal. Original Music by: Stephen Hilton.

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I’m a little conflicted about Tom Shankman’s  Brit thriller, The Children. Running only 84 minutes, the first 20 minutes are a little too sedate and clunky, and the last 20 too overtly shock-centered. Those 40-some odd minutes in the middle though, after the film has revved itself up, are nothing short of terrifying. It isn’t very often I’m unsettled by a movie, and even less often that one actually manages to scare me. But like it’s older cousin, Descent, this nasty bit of creepy kid horror intensifies to the point that even ominously structured glimpses of day-to-day life become anxiety-inducing. Forget Orphan, Joshua, The Good Son, or any of those recent milque-toast dramas about bad seed progeny chasing their unwitting parents. The Children reaches all the way back to the The Bad Seed and Ray Bradbury’s short story, The Small Assassin and draws on a deeply-buried fear of those small versions of ourselves we give our lives to trying to raise. Continue reading

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The Weekly Creepy: Wait, why do ‘All the Boys Love Mandy Lane’?

26 Jun

 weekly creepy 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.

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June 25th, 2009–

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The odd history of Jonathan Levine’s All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is a far more  horrifying story than the one within the movie.  After being completed in 2006 and playing various film festivals, the movie sat in limbo for a year or so and then never got theatrical distrubition here in the U.S. Over in Britain and other parts of the world it’s available on dvd, and if you have a region free dvd player you can get it on Amazon. Then, this summer,  a release date of June 18th was announced only to have the distributors pull it again. Amber Heard, who played the titular character, has gone on to become something of a scream queen even though Mandy Lane has yet to officially play over here.  In the time since making ATBLML, director Levine has finished and released another movie, The Wackness, and has about three more in production. If he’s lucky Mandy Lane will stay hidden until he’s got a few more finished pics under his belt and can safely chalk this one up to youthful excess. Continue reading