” God why? I can’t reach my weed now. NOOOOOOOOOooooooooo!!!!!”
Here is another example of the film being great, but taking a serious turn. You wouldn’t think a movie of James Franco stuck under a rock would be that enjoyable, but his performance is staggering, and the growing sense of dread, that we know what he is going to do before even he does, is palpable through the whole film. But can we talk about that arm severing part for a bit?
I realize it was a short moment in a long film, and perhaps shouldn’t be focused on, but holy SHIT! The way he had to shatter the bones, and snap the nerves and tendons? Again, much like Passion of the Christ, you do not get horror that pronounced and clearly shot, even in horror films. And while I know it was the apex (and point) of the whole story, tell me one other movie where a guy severs his own arm with a pocket knife, and yet your whole family has seen it? It was okay because Danny Boyle is a magnificent director, and people knew the story was worth experiencing, but let me reiterate this again for anyone just skimming this article. HE CUTS OFF HIS OWN ARMS WITH A POCKET KNIFE. Then he Instagrams the rock, before walking off. Seriously, that is what I think when he takes the pic of the rock, just to make myself laugh a little after that scenes. Posts it with some funny “This very rock totes just tore off my arm while hiking. WTF!” and that shit would get a ton of “likes.” Hipsters are ironic like that.
Right At Your Door
You can tell by the poster that this is a family film, through and through.
How did I miss this when it came out? Somehow, I finally discovered this movie this year, and was truly floored by it. While it definitely had the grounds to fit into my “horror movies that are more like plays” article from a few weeks ago, it’s a horrifying movie, but by its own terms, it is a Thriller, and not a horror. But goodness me, try NOT to be horrified as the events unfold in this film.
Right at your door is about a dirty bomb that goes off in LA, and the quarantine that comes after. Thing is, for the movie, we follow Brad and Lexi, who are separated by a door to their home. You see, Lexi was on her way to work when the (unspecified) dirty bomb went off, and Brad was home. Well, the news and radio told all people who are home to quarantine themselves inside, and not let ANYONE in. And though he is tortured by it, he finally seals the house up, only to have Lexi come home ten minutes later, with Brad refusing her entry under the pretenses that she has become infected by whatever this is. That is but one aspect to the story, and as much as I have told you, you have no idea where this is going, but when it finally reaches its climax, you just feel shocked and beat down, much in the same way you would after a brutal horror film. While the closest to being a horror film as any on the list, it is also the most likely to come true at some point, which just makes it that much more terrifying.
A Few More Worth Noting
River’s Edge: A young Keanu Reeves’s best work, and a true story about a homicide among friends. Also, Crispin Glover as, well, Crispin Glover.
8MM: Hey, Nicolas Cage, are snuff films real? Yes, in some cases, they are. Introduced me to world I would have been better off never knowing about.
Straw Dogs: Inferring the female lead gets off during the rape scene in this film pretty much forever ruined me. Also, bear trap. I would say “bear trap for the win” but in that film, there were no winners.
Still a better love story than Warm Bodies. See what I did there?
Pi: You know how I solve math problems when they get stuck in my head? Spoiler Alert:
Yup, that usually does the trick.