Him Indoors (2012)

 

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Kesslerboy Productions – 11 minutes

I saw this at the Grimmfest film festival in Manchester in October 2012 . I remember looking through the listings and seeing this and it really just stuck out like the proverbial sore thumb .

Firstly it stars Reece Shearsmith ,who is an absolute idol in my eyes , from League of Gentlemen to Catterick to Shaun of the Dead to Psychoville – he just is a wonderful dark comic actor .

Secondly it also stars Pollyanna McIntosh who was just sublime in The Woman and the best thing in Burke & Hare .

So to the film (well short) – Reece Shearsmith plays Gregory Brewster an agoraphobic serial killer whose new next door neighbour Lizzie (Pollyanna McIntosh) turns up unannounced for a cup of tea (or a shag) . And what follows is 11 minutes of hilarious , dark and very British horror.

So much praise must go to director Paul Davis ( who I also saw starring in another great short – The Other Side) who catches this one perfectly from the great camera angles to the décor and collectables on show around the house .

him-indoors-1You will laugh and wince at the same time with the kooky Lizzie and also love the way that Reece Shearsmith just owns the character Gregory – he is polite , well mannered and socially awkward but also hides a dark side while seeming so normal .

And all this in 11 minutes .

A real hidden gem so if you can track this down or get a chance to see this at a festival please do so as you cannot be disappointed .

It is as if Ronnie Corbett in Sorry was crossed with Ted Bundy !

Insane – Inept – Indoors

Wonderful 9/10

 

Contagion (2011) Review

 

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Director – Steven Soderbergh

Warner Brothers – 108 minutes

Firstly watching this was a very last minute decision and the premise is not something I would be immediately drawn to .However I had a spare 2 hours free and had been online discussing some of the movie highlights of 2012 and this film was brought up (Cheers DL) , so I grabbed it and away I went .

I knew very little about the film before watching it , but the first thing you notice is a very strong cast made up of many of *household* names , including Jude Law , Matt Damon , Gwyneth Paltrow , Lawrence Fishbone , Kate Winslett and Elliott Gould to mention a few . Also there are a huge amount of unaccredited actors that are recognisable in many background scenes .

Its rather difficult reviewing this as there is so much going on worldwide , a large cast and I could give so many spoilers – so here is a short condensed summary and review .

The story starts with Beth (Paltrow) returning from a trip to Hong Kong , the following day she has flu like symptoms that result in her having seizures . Her husband Mitch (Damon) rushes her to hospital where she has another seizure and dies . Upon returning home Mitch finds that his step-son has also died .Mitch is then placed in isolation but seems to be immune to the disease .

Various montages show people with similar symptoms from cities around the world and we now have a race against time with members of the World Health Organisation and Centre for Disease Control desperately trying to find a cure while cases around the globe multiply and an alarming rate.

You get a real feeling of at first panic when you realise just how widespread and deadly the virus is becoming , and then despair and futility when society starts to break down and we see looting , crime and mass graves .

The film manages to link different stories that are all interwoven really well , we have the father surviving and trying to protect his daughter , the WHO and CDC desperately trying to find a cure , the blogger (Jude Law) who announces he has a cure but are there ulterior motives ? And also the small Chinese village that is just trying to survive .

This is almost filmed in an almost documentary fashion which gives you a feeling that this could be real and could be now .
I loved the slow pace and the lack of character development , but there are flaws aplenty however they do not take much away from what is a claustrophobic film about 7 billion people that could be on the verge on extinction .

For me the standout scene has to be after Beth has died she is on a gurney and two doctors take out the skull saw and proceed to remove the top of Beth’s skull . The flaps of scalp are peeled back to reveal the exposed brain . You don’t know how long I have waited or how many times I have wished to see this (not a Paltrow fan) . For me the film could have finished then and I would have been a very happy man J

A good watch but for me nothing special , with a cast and director like this I would have expected a little bit more .

6.5/10

Cassadaga (2011) Review

 

 

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Poiley Wood Entertainment – 108 mins

 

I only heard of this after a recommendation from a friend , and I really didn’t know what to expect .
Now if you were to decide to watch a film purely by the front cover of the DVD then I would not have watched this , as the cover portrays a young woman with hooks screwed into her hands and knees and being operated as a human marionette . It looks like a very low budget gorefest .
Now how wrong would I have been , this is a fantastic little ghost film , with a serial killer , romance and a twist by having a deaf lead character .
The film starts with Lily a deaf teacher (wonderfully played by Kelen Coleman ) who loses her younger sister to a traffic accident . After this event she leaves town and moves to the quiet town of Cassadaga (the psychic capital of America) to take up a scholarship and part-time art teaching role .
While there she falls for a students father (played by Kevin Alejandro) who is a paramedic and local football hero .
After a night out they decide to visit a local psychic and during a séance they try to connect with her dead sister .
Unfortunately for Lily she is connected to the spirit of a dead woman murdered by a serial killer who has a penchant for turning pretty young women into live marionettes (well a man needs a hobby) .
So from then on Lily has various visions and hauntings that could be leading her towards the killer . Plenty of twists and turns keep the film ticking along and enough bumps and scares to keep ghost film fans very happy .
So there we have it , a great film that weaves three different stories together with real accomplishment and by having a deaf main character it has some really good moments of total silence that add to the tension .
This is by no means perfect , there are plenty of flaws but they are easily forgiven and forgotten .
Well directed by Anthony DiBlasi (of Dread fame) and a great story by Bruce Wood , this really is a little gem of a film that offered litle but gave plenty .

Enjoy 7/10 .