Director: Catherine Breillat
Starring: Amira Casar, Rocco Siffredi. France 1h 17m
Based on: Pornocratie by Catherine Breillat
This slightly strangely off putting art house erotica drama see the plights of man vs woman and slowly discovers what we always knew, and that the sexes really are planets apart.
This taboo sequel to the equally taboo shocker Romance X (1999) see Catherine Breillat boldly challenge many more darker crevices within the sexual psyche of a woman who, in Romance was shunned by her lover, seeking love and affection then sex and kink elsewhere, while in the Anatomy of Hell, we discover more about the boyfriend, adoringly known as Man and played by porn star Rocco Siffredi, we see his reasoning behind his unusual character.
A lonely and dejected woman, whose only known as The Woman (Casar) throughout the film stalks the streets at night looking for company, stumbling into a gay bar she drinks, bumps into all the gay guys and seemly out of it, hits a new low, her suicide attempt in the clubs toilets is thwarted by a concerned stud, after rescuing her she makes him a proposition, she invites him to visit her and watch her silently for four nights while she’s “unwatchable”. Begrudgingly he agrees to continue to help and the two being a strange journey. Continue reading Anatomie de l’enfer /Anatomy of Hell (2004)
Director: Jeff Lieberman
Starring: Alexander Brickel, Kateryn Winnick, Stephen Graham, Amanda Plummer, Wass Stevens, Joshua Annex. USA. 1h 40m.
I found this lesser known gem in the bargain bucket, it came as one of those double sided discs with an equally bizarre b movie, Killer X (1999), it stayed on my shelf for years until I had a particularly shitty break up and I decided to settle down with a tub of ice cream and sob into it with a terrible movie to remind myself just how shit my life was at the time but this stunning movie really uplifted my evening.
Directed by Jeff Lieberman, a meistro who lives to live life on the edge with psychedelic and wayward classics such as Blue Sunshine (1977), Just Before Dawn (1981) and Squirm (1976) under his belt, but with this modern approach to horror, he seemed to not take any aspect of this movie all that serious but it still manages to be a creepy comedy horror with some very dark undertones, totally different from this retro classics but so brilliant in it’s own quirky rights. Continue reading Satan’s Little Helper (2004)
Director: Olivier Marchal .
Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Gérard Depardieu, André Dussollier, Francis Renaud . France. 1h 51m.
I‘ve not covered a lot of French Cinema on my blog to date and I find this distressing and I’ll have to break this pattern as I watch a lot of French films, but for me some of the outstanding works of modern times are these slick and intelligent crime thrillers. For me this film is an excellent example of how to pay homage to a great director and film without pissing away the energy of a superb story and idea. Continue reading 36 Quai des Orfèvres (2004)
Day 4 of 31
Director: Gabriel Bartalos
Starring: Les Pollack Aaron Sims Kurt Carley Linda Weinrib Forrest J Ackerman Eric Bennett Warwick Davis. USA. 1h 34m
I’m not quite sure where this year’s 31 days of Horror is going but things are going to get strange. You have been warned! I found this hidden gem in the bargain basket for 50p in a drastic closing down sale due to the Dr Satan’s henchmen looking character on the cover and the awesome title, this method of picking a movie is somewhat dodgy but in this particular case it paid off.
It defines the term off the wall, it seems to have inspired brash films like Dear God No! (2011) and has no excuses for its behaviour what-so-ever, and I adore it’s disregard for the rules. Continue reading Skinned Deep (2004)
Director : Shane Curruth
Starring : Shane Curruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden.USA.1h 17m
This was a film that I took out of a DVD cover put it in the player watched the movie intently smiled politely put the DVD back in the cover went to the local university, completed a 9 year course and physics just understand the basics of the plot. I jest I simply looked things up on the wiki after watching the film about 15 times. Continue reading Primer (2004)
When I first watched this I didn’t know what to fully expect, I knew it was going to be a British drama with some grisly scenes, but what I didn’t see coming was the full force of dark tormented film making with a stark and dangerous edge.
Paddy Constantine stars as Richard, a troubled veteran who’s returned to seek out the truth about his mentally vulnerable brother Anthony (Toby Kebbell) death, upon a little bit of investigating he soon realises that a group of low lives were befriending him in order to torment him and he soon lavishes them with his own brand of deep psychological torture and a icy revenge. Continue reading Dead Man’s Shoes (2004)
A bloody and thrilling slasher flick, Creep, as the name suggests tries to play on a lot of those fears that we have very little control over and through some amazing method acting it picks at the psyche to creep us out.
A wannabe fashionista, Kate (Franka Potente) who’s out to make a name for herself discovers some local knowledge and head out to meet George Clooney at a party in London, she drops off in the underground, when she awakes, in this new world where homeless and serial killer infest the tunnels, Kate is soon running and fighting for her life as she attempts to escape. Somewhere down in the old archives and miles of unused tunnels below London there is a lot more going on which revolves around a peculiar malformed creature known as Craig. a forgotten left over from a secret science project. Continue reading Creep (2004)
I found this movie in Blockbusters (oh the memories) and my then other half refused to watch it cos “YOU HAVE TO WATCH FILMS IN THE CORRECT ORDER” woah.. anyway I watched and loved it and then watched part one and guess what, you can watch them in any fucking order cos they are independent films (like i read on the IMDb.. shhh). *ahem* The Crimson Rivers II is a dark thrilling action mystery starring Jean Reno and Beniot Magimel as a pair of dysfunctional cops on the search for a bizarre criminal gang, this is a sequel to Les Rivières pourpres – The Crimson Rivers (2000) both written by Jean-Christophe Grangé. Continue reading Les Rivières pourpres II: Les anges de l’apocalypse – Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse (2004)
(Horror, Thriller 2004) (18) D/W : Sheldon Wilson S: Timothy Murphy 1h 37m. USA
TAGLINE : Fear your past… it will find you.
A naked teenage boy covered in blood appears at a remote sheriffs station one year after the brutal unsolved murder of a local girl.
Another low budget; or at least TV grade easy to guess the end flashing photography poor excuse for a horror movie. OK I’m being callous but as much as this movie tells an out of the ordinary supernatural story it also sucks. Maybe this could have made a better Tales of the Unexpected or Outer Limits episode rather than dragging out a pretty obvious story. I did like the first half of the movie a story starts to form and progress but then it hits a brick wall and a series of lame dream sequences take over and left me begging for the end despite the uber appealing Timothy Murphy.