May: A movie about making friends

When I first saw advertisements for the movie May, I didn’t know what to make of it. I decided to check it out since I always enjoy a good movie where the main character loses their sanity.  After I watched it I found myself having a great time.  I enjoyed the overall creepiness of the movie and how much I was able to relate to the main character.

The plot is about a woman named May (played by Angela Bettis) who was traumatized as a child due to the fact she had a lazy eye and was unable to make any friends.  Her only friend was a doll her mother gave her as a birthday gift.  The focus is on her during present times as she now works as a veterinarian and still has a difficult time making friends.  The feeling of loneliness starts to weigh in on May as she fails with each person she comes in contact with.  It pushes her to a point where she finally begins to snap.

This movie does a great job of handling such a relatable subject as you find yourself sympathizing with May.  I also liked how innocent they made her from the beginning of the movie to the climax where she is portrayed more as a victim rather than a murderer.  She acts weird and does weird things, but there isn’t any real malice behind it.

Even at the climax where she starts to kill people, you still feel sorry for her.  Behind it all, May just wants someone that understands her and would want to be her friend, which is something we can all relate to. What I also like about the movie is how the more violent scenes have little to no music in the background which, as I mentioned in previous posts, is a good way to raise tension.

The movie also reminded me of the movie Carrie.  It had a similar plot of a weird girl trying to make friends, but doesn’t and kills people at the end.  Only instead of telekinesis, knives are used.

For Director Lucky McKee, part of the inspiration behind the film came from the times he felt loneliness and that it is a topic that everyone can relate to.  It was also heavily influenced by the works of Italian Director Dario Argento.  In an interview with Bettis, the making of May involved becoming familiar with the character and being able to map out the arc.  This was also the first time Bettis was able to work with someone her own age.

I can understand why this movie can be a hit or miss with some people since the ending can be hard to understand.  Personally, I find that it fits with the movie’s theme as it shows the completed circle of the main character’s insanity.  Overall, the movie is a fun ride into madness that can bring up emotion.  It is also a good portrayal of how the feeling of loneliness can push a person to do the most unspeakable things imaginable.

Starry Eyes and What I think of it

When I first heard about the movie “Starry Eyes” it made me curious so I decided to check it out.  Aside from the climax it seemed less like a horror movie and more like a drama about trying to make it big in Hollywood.

The plot revolves around Sarah Walker (played by Alex Essoe) a young woman who strives to become an actress.  In the movie you feel Sarah’s struggle as she fails to find any work along with her isolation as she tries to do it alone.  Sarah then discovers an opportunity in the new movie “The Silver Scream” by the production company Astareus Pictures.  Though with each audition it becomes clear that something is amiss.

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In an interview Directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsh explained the movie is based on the hardship they went through trying to make it big. We do see that as more and more stress is built on Sarah though it focuses more on that instead of the actual horror. The climax also seemed random as a supernatural element is added in. If you like to watch Hollywood drama then this movie is just for you. However, for the horror fans out there I wouldn’t recommend it.

The Loved Ones: A Promdate from Hell

Since I reviewed a famous classic I figured why not balance things out with a cult classic with The Loved Ones, not the most well-known film out there it still brings its own brand of entertainment.  From tortured teenagers to implied incest, this is one movie you will not forget.

The plot revolves around Brent (played by Xavier Samuel) who drove with his Dad one day and got into an accident when he tried to avoid a bloody figure on the road.  Six months later still mourning for the loss of his father, Brent plans to take his girlfriend Holly to Prom.  On his way he gets kidnapped by a girl he rejected named Lola (played by Robin McLeavy).  As Brent is held hostage, Lola and her father (played by John Brumpton) make this a night he will never forget.

The Director Sean Bryne said in an interview that he was inspired by movies such as “Carrie” and “The Evil Dead” and wanted to use aspects from both when creating this film. If you’re a fan of torture films then this is the film for you as you get to see Brent tortured in the most creative of ways.

It does a good job being a black comedy as the comedic parts are put at the right moments and knows when to get back to the horror. There’s also this feeling of uneasiness that grows throughout the film as you see exactly how messed up this family really is.  Overall it is a good combination of scares and laughs that you won’t want to miss.

 

Top 5 Horror Movie Monsters

A list of the most memorable/terrifying monsters in the horror movie history:

  1. Crawlers from the movie “The Descent (2006)”: Nothing says claustrophobia than being stuck in a small cave with no lights and monsters all around you. These creatures live underground  completely adapted to the dark and driven by instinct which doesn’t sit well with these group of friends as they are trapped during a cave expedition.  The crawlers add to the tension as they hide in the darkness ready to make their move.
  1. Alien queen from the movie “Aliens (1986)”: This is one mom you do not want to mess with as she is 100 feet tall, has acid blood, and an army of alien monsters ready to kill anything that moves. When watching the movie “Aliens” you see Ripley and the gang try to escape the colony based on the planet from the first movie as it is infested with aliens or Xenomorphs.  The whole time it makes you think where all these aliens came from that question is answered at the climax as the Alien queen makes her appearance.  This creature demonstrates the darkside of motherhood as the mother will do whatever it takes to protect her children.
  1. The Thing from the movie “The Thing (1982)”: Known simply as the Thing, this alien shape shifter serves as the antagonist to R.J. MacReady and his crew throughout the movie. With the ability to copy any living being it comes in contact with it gives a whole the new meaning to the word paranoid as each crew member is left questioning who’s who.  It also puts time at risk as the crew must find and destroy the creature quickly before the creature can escape affect the rest of the world.
  1. The Babadook from the movie “The Babadook (2014)”: A recent addition to the list we have the Babadook.  Although it has a funny name this monster is one you should not underestimate. It uses a children’s book to make it’s appearance and will never leave once it does.  It hides in the darkness and makes you question your own reality as it did for Amelia and her son.   It will haunt you for the rest of your life as the movie quotes, “If it’s in a word, if it’s in a book you can’t get rid of the Babadook.”
  1. Brundle Fly from the movie “The Fly (1986)”: The horrors of science come alive as the Brundle fly takes the top of the list.  Seth Brundle was a brilliant inventor who created teleport pods to revolutionize travel.  An accident happens when a fly lands in one of the pods with Brundle and its DNA fuses with him. This creates a hybrid monstrosity as you witness Brundle’s hideous transformation from man to fly as well as his mental breakdown as he try to find a cure.  From the horrifying appearance to the tragedy that follows you’ll never look at flies the same way again.

Maniac: A look into the mind of a killer

What makes Maniac so unique is that the entire film you see what the protagonist sees.  This is a technique in the filming called point of view (POV) where the film is shown through the first person perspective of the main character.  This type of filming can be seen in movies such as documentaries, mockumentaries, and found footage films.  The movie uses this technique in a more cryptic sense as it uses it to watch through the eyes of a killer of a horror movie.  The killer ,played by Elijah Wood, is a man named Frank who runs his mother’s mannequin shop.  At first he gives the appearance of being a nice guy.  It is when we get more in to the movie that we see this is not the case as his true nature is revealed as you witness first hand him murdering his victims.  What makes this movie more creepy is the type of person the character portrays.  We all have seen lonely people that we want to feel sympathy for, but can’t help to feel cautious around.

In an interview the movie’s director Franck Khalfoun talks about how he wanted to take the “nice guy” image of Wood and use it as to make a more fearful killer.  He explains that Wood’s character can draw people in and make them feel safe until it’s too late. There is a scene near the end of the movie that gives the best example as Frank (Wood’s character) talks to a woman name Anna (played by Nora Arnezeder) who he befriends earlier in the movie and comforts her after finding out her friend is missing.  The entire scene we see the change in Frank’s character and the atmosphere of the scene as Anna starts to realize that he is not what he seems.

In the movie Frank uses online dating to find new victims which is more realistic compared to other films where the killer usually finds it victims in some random forest or abandon hospital.  Which makes the situation more unsettling toward the viewer as it hits a little too close to home. Elijah Wood explained that he felt excited to play this role, and the fact that it is filmed in POV was more interesting and creative as the whole movie is seen through the killer.  He was fascinated by how it can make the audience feel uncomfortable while watching it.  The movie is a remake of the 1980 Maniac directed by William Lustig.  The remake is set closer to present time, and unlike the original which was set in New York the remake is set in Los Angeles. Although this movie is a remake of a classic, it adds its’ own frightening spin as it dives inside the mind of a sick man.  All and all it definitely deserves a look at.