Kittens, can we have a big hand for Acadia Einstein, who was such a dear to fill in for me the last few days? Another performance like that and I may have to officially let him out of the basement. How long does Stockholm Syndrome usually take, anyway?
While you ponder that, why not chew on this as well: Halloween is a mere 212 days away, my dears. Oh, I know that seems like a while, but I assure you, the wheel will once again turn and we will be sinking into the cool, dreamy days of autumn again soon. In the meantime, I suppose we could talk about the generally sorry state of horror in the cineplex these days. However, there are some interesting looking picks on the near horizon, so let’s just take a look at five films opening or going into expanded release in the next few weeks. Although these trailers seem like an admittedly mixed bag, there is always the Room 237 Kubrick Documentary and the new Evil Dead to look forward to if nothing here floats your particular boat, darlings. Let me know in the comments what films you’re particularly looking forward to in the next few months!
1. My Amityville Horror
First up is My Amityville Horror, a documentary featuring Daniel Lutz, one of the family members involved in the “true story” behind the Amityville horror legend. In very limited release since March 15, the film is now available on VOD and iTunes. Reviews have been mixed, but it could be decent for fans of true crime or paranormal documentaries.
For the first time in 35 years, Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975. Documentary filmmaker Eric Walter has combined years of independent research into the Amityville case along with the perspectives of past investigative reporters and eyewitnesses, giving way to the most personal testimony of the subject to date.
2. You’re Next (2011)
Next up is the aptly named You’re Next, via our friends over at Backwoods Horror. Directed by Adam Wingard, most recently responsible for segments of V/H/S and The ABCs of Death, the trailer smacks of 2008’s The Strangers, but the description hints at a twist to the “inexplicable home invasion/brutal terror” storyline.
When a gang of masked, ax-wielding murderers descend upon the Davison family reunion, the hapless victims seem trapped… until an unlikely guest of the family proves to be the most talented killer of all.
3. American Mary (2012)
What can I say about American Mary? From Jen and Slyvia Soska, the twin sisters behind Twisted Twins Productions, this one seems to be angling for an “intellectual” torture porn angle. Personally, I find the whole sub-genre (intellectual or not) often overlooks story in favor of shock and gore, but the film is certainly creating some buzz in the indie community. Released in the UK earlier this year, American Mary is planned for limited US release on May 31.
The story follows medical student, Mary Mason, as she becomes increasingly broke and disenchanted with the surgical world she once admired. The allure of easy money sends Mary into the world of underground surgeries which ends up leaving more marks on her than her so called ‘freakish’ clientele.
4. Fresh Meat (2012)
Fresh Meat, a 2012 New Zealand horror-comedy featuring a gang of criminals who accidentally take a modern-day family of Māori cannibals hostage, is planned for wide release on VOD and iTunes on April 16.
When the Tan gang’s prison breakout goes violently wrong, they need a hideout in a hurry. Picking the McMansion of a middle class Maori family probably seemed like a safe bet. But how were the Tans to know that this particular family have reintroduced some very old-fashioned cuisine to their dining table?
5. Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal (2012)
Released internationally last year, Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal made a splash on the festival circuit and looks like it could be the most interesting of the batch to me. Available April 5, this film introduces us to “A once-famous painter rediscovers inspiration when he befriends a sleepwalking cannibal.” You can find out more details on their Facebook page, or check out the summary and trailer below.
Lars Olaafsen , once a young celebrity in the art world is slipping away fast into the land of has-beens. His creativity comes at too high a cost. His inspiration is carnage – blood, guts and limbs – and he’s vowed to never go down that dark road again. An overly eager art dealer arranges a job for Lars teaching art in a small town. It’s a “therapeutic measure” – a means to conquer his need to paint while in the “safety” of a country retreat…That is, until he meets 30-year-old Eddie, a brawny mute who attends the school and harbours a dark and sordid secret of his own…