Archive for November, 2009

Birth Control 2.0 (Review of Grace)

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , on November 30, 2009 by Julianne

Blood: it does a body good

Grace is one of those films that I knew I had to check out as soon as I saw the trailer for it.  I’m sure it’s pretty clear from my other postings that I’m not a big fan of the blood guts and gore = OMGSOSCARED films that seem to have become the new definition of horror in our generation (seriously, CGI is ruining cinema…but that’s another story…and it’s called Avatar…).  I like subtlety.  I like films that have some depth.  Maybe the horror won’t make you jump out of your seat or be looking over your shoulder for monsters, but it will make you think, make you realize the horror in a situation and brood on it.  At it’s very best, it will make you subconsciously terrified as hell (like, in my opinion, a film like Rosemary’s Baby does, or even, in more modern blockbusters, The Ring did on many levels, once you scraped away the external elements of Naomi Watt’s blank stare and the CGI girl walking out of the TV).  Grace looked to be one of those films.  From the preview, you can’t quite tell what’s going on – is it real?  Did this stillborn child really reincarnate through some sacred (or, more aptly, unholy) magic?  Or did a woman on the verge of desperation retreat into insanity when faced with inconceivable tragedy?  Plays on psychosis and supernatural evil are delicious to me; they toy with your mind until every instant in the film becomes suspicious and unnerving. Continue reading

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Merry Satanmas! (Review of House of the Devil)

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , on November 23, 2009 by Julianne

While I may have been shirking my writing duties as the Mistress, I have not been shirking my watching duties.  I actually have three films I’ve been wanting to write on, not to mention another sitting at home from Netflix and another next in my Netflix queue.  Might as well start with the best of this bunch: The House of the Devil. Continue reading

The Week in Previews – 11/23/2009

Posted in Upcoming Films with tags , , on November 23, 2009 by Julianne

Before I begin in on this round of previews, I would like to heartily apologize for having been MIA of late.  Unfortunately, there are two problems with being a mistress.  1) It’s not my entire life.  Sometimes real life stuff gets in the way of my wonderful world of horror consumption.  A whole effing bomb of real life exploded this month.  2) Being the Mistress of Horror is not actually a full-time job.  Shocking, I know.  While I would gladly accept a competitive salary to do this full-time (if anyone wants to offer), in the meantime, I must make money to subsidize my horror habits.  Sometimes, that money-making job takes up a fair bit of time.  All that being said, I will try not to be so remiss in the future and will carry on with your regularly scheduled horror snarking. Continue reading

The Week in Previews – 11/02/09

Posted in Upcoming Films with tags , , , , , on November 2, 2009 by Julianne

So, given that the Mistress actually has to have a job (lame, I know) sometimes watching tons of horror all the time doesn’t work out.  However, luckily, God created these beautiful little things called previews.  Basically, they’re 2 minute movies that we can watch and then instantly judge what the real 120 minute movie will be like.  Brilliant.  It’s like watching a real movie except quicker and possible to do on lunch break. Continue reading