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La Casa Muda (The Silent House) (2010)
This one reportedly IS, in fact, based on real events (I’m looking at YOU Them). The trailer doesn’t give much away, but it’s Spanish so I’m willing to give it a shot – those Spaniards sure know how to frighten the fur off a girl!
Not yet released on DVD, Amazon will email you when is.
Directed by Mike Flanagan. Starring Katie Parker, Courtney Bell and Dave Levine
From the official website: “Tricia’s husband has been missing for seven years. Her younger sister Callie comes to live with her as the pressure mounts to finally declare him ‘dead in absentia.’ As Tricia sifts through the wreckage and tries to move on with her life, Callie finds herself drawn to an ominous tunnel near the house. As she begins to link it to other mysterious disappearances, it becomes clear that his presumed death might be anything but ‘natural.’ Soon it becomes clear that the ancient force at work in the tunnel might have set its sights on Callie and Tricia … and that Tricia’s husband might be suffering a fate far worse than death in its grasp.”
The plot sounds so intriguing – I’m pretty excited to see this, my whiskers are all a-quiver :3
No news on a UK DVD release yet; it’s doing the festival rounds as we speak in the US, so watch this space!
The Room (2010)
Directed by Giles Doust. Starring Pascal Duquenne, Caroline Veyt, Philippe Résimont, Françoise Mignon
From the official website: “Alex (Duquenne) is a trisomic [Downs syndrome] man, has been stuck in a wheelchair since a mysterious fall down the stairs.
Alex is traumatised by his parents: Max (Résimont), a frustrated composer turned completely mad and violent; and Marie (Mignon), a cold and hysteric woman. Alex’s only friend is his sister Melinda, who’s been taking care of him for years, but she is 9-months pregnant and unwilling to name the father, so is also maltreated by her parents. She is about to leave the family home to start a new life, leaving Alex behind.
Just then, at the peak of the family crisis, a mysterious DOOR appears in the house, at a place where there was nothing before. And everyone who enters it disappears in a terrifying scream. The members of the family discover they’re trapped in the house – every exit seems unnaturally locked – and they start disappearing in THE ROOM one after the other.”
Sound interesting – and look at the runes all over the door. Puts me in mind of my favourite book, House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski! Also looks like what I have done to the sofas at home!
No news of a UK DVD release of this – the lovely people at Play-Asia did have it, but it’s sold out as of this writing.
Directed by Adrian O’Connell. Starring Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Sam Sarpong, Charles Porter, Samantha Mumba (remember her?!)
From the official website: “Nailed is a psycho-thriller about two criminals, fleeing from a drug sting, who break into a dilapidated home. Within the apparently empty home they find instead a man lying on a bed, covered in bandages, whose caretaker may have intentions that are less than honorable. All is not as it seems as things begin to go wrong for the thieves, bringing the supernatural and the horrific into play.”
Strangely the version Amazon has is an import – can we support our own film industry here fellow-Brits?!
Sounds like a Seven-esque type horror-thriller, but it pricked up my ears, so I’ll see it when I can – besides, as Nonna has just pointed out – there are some good looking guys in this (shallow human!).
Klopka (The Trap) (2007)
Directed by Srdan Golubovic. Starring Anica Dobra, Miki Manojlovic, Dejan Cukic.
A Serbian film about a man struggling to raise the money for the heart operation his son desperately needs. A good samaritan offers to cover the costs in their entirely, but the worried father soon discovers that nothing comes for free in the post-Milosevic regime.
A Hitchcockian noir thriller, this looks gritty, and you know the ending is going to be unexpected – this is not Hollywood people! I have been after this one for a while, but it’s not cheap on Amazon – perhaps for my birthday (and no, I don’t know when that is, I’m a cat!).
El Día de la bestia (The Day of the Beast) (1995)
Directed by Álex de la Iglesia. Starring Álex Angulo, Santiago Segura, Armando De Razza.
Through studying an obscure passage of the Bible, Catholic priest Father Ángel Berriartúa (Angulo) believes that the child of Satan is soon to be born. He decides that in order to be able to find the exact time and place, he must debase himself and commit as many sins as possible to be closer to Satan; but the ways in which he does this are hilarious; petty theft, pushing people over. He soon meets Heavy Metal fan José María (Segura) and believes “the devil’s music” will help him, so the two team up and, together with ‘Professor’ Cavan (De Razza), a sleazy TV host, start their quest in earnest.
I have actually seen this, but only on the internet, so I’m looking forward to getting a nice, crisp DVD copy. It’s great fun and is actually scary in some places. The little priest is brilliantly played, and everyone looks like they had lots of fun making it. Plus, look at the goat – any film with an animal in it goes up in my feline estimation!
“Currently unavailable” on Amazon, you may be able to track down a VHS through Ebay. This film is ripe for a nice, re-mastered DVD release!
Directed by Lars von Trier. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, Alexander Skarsgaard, Stellan Skarsgard, Udo Kier, and John Hurt.
A giant planet, three times the size on Earth, emerges from behind the sun and looks set on a collision course with out planet.
Using some of the über-slow-motion effects ultilised to such huge effect in his previous masterpiece, Antichrist, the Danish director looks set to take us on an apocalyptic journey like none ever seen before.
Now look at that picture – that’s a reference to John Everett Millais’s painting Ophelia, based upon the tragic heroine of Hamlet; one of my favourite works of art based on one of my favourite Shakespeare plays – how excited am I?!!
and breathe …