Tale of Tales ~ Yuri Norstein
EVIL DEAD (2013)
The movie tonight was Rob Zombie’s latest attempt to upset your mom, “The Lords of Salem”. Honestly, having seen two of his other films, “House of 1000 Corpses” and “The Devil’s Rejects”, I knew that I probably wasn’t going to like this movie. I decided to give it a chance, and wasn’t rewarded for my open-mindedness. While it’s certainly more subtle then his other films, a trait that would have worked in the movie’s favor, it eventually devolves into empty, “ooky spooky” imagery that really isn’t effective unless you are a home-schooled 14 year old with strict Christian parents. It’s seriously like Rob Zombie has a notebook filled with horror movie cliches and lists of things that are “edgy” and “dark” and just rambles them together with a high-school understanding of symbolism, plot structure and character development. I kinda liked the SATANIC RECORD OF DOOM and the evil Golden Girls coven. If these elements were presented with more of a comedic edge, it would have helped the movie greatly. But the film takes itself so seriously, and that is it’s biggest downfall. Maybe it’s just because I’m not the demographic this filmed is aimed at, whatever that demographic may be, but this movie was not scary. And it wasn’t a “so bad, it’s good” situation, either. It simply exists.
Just watched Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Rebellion. LOVED IT. Lots of extended artsy witch worlds, lots of little clues and symbols to help you piece together the wonderfully convoluted plot, which can only be described as TRAPS WITHIN TRAPS WITHIN TRAPS. The ending is a little vague, but is an apt conclusion while still leaving room for possible sequels. Which I will watch because Meduka Megucas is definitely my favorite anime series to come out in probably the last 10 years.