Review from Siuquxe Movies: SYNCHRONICITY ( 2016 )

Source: SYNCHRONICITY ( 2016 )

Siuquxe movies notes some good films coming up in 2016, so I thought I would repost a few of these over the next few days.  This is more sci-fi/thriller than horror, but it still looks intriguing.

Synopsis from the review:  “In this mind-bending ‘Sci-Fi Noir’ a daring physicist folds time to travel into the past, trying to stop a mysterious woman from stealing his invention. But once there, he uncovers a surprising truth about the machine, the woman, and his own fractured reality.

Review of Guillermo Amoedo’s Film “The Stranger”

“The Stranger” is a 2014 Chilean film directed by Guillermo Amoedo and produced by Eli Roth and Nicolas Lopez.

Writing at Hasting's Hardback Café, October, 2015

Writing at Hasting’s Hardback Café, October, 2015

Although most critics gave this low ratings in spite of citing some good aspects, I found this movie to be much better than average because of its thoughtful, understated style which is a relief from so many vampire films in which the violence hides the subtler qualities.   This film does have its violent moments (I thought the death of Caleb was one of the more interesting ways I have seen one vampire kill another), but they support the storyline instead of overwhelming it.

The best quality I found in “The Stranger” was its way of continually maintaining a haunting, eerie suspense without letting it flag.  I never knew exactly what was going to happen next or to where the film was leading me, although this is easier to see in hindsight of course.  I also thought its minimalist approach to the portrayal of vampires as average people afflicted with a horrific, contagious disease was a refreshing relief from the clichéd motif of vampires as hyper-erotic, ultraviolent superhumans.  The vampires here are average people tormented by an ailment that forces them to kill for blood while constantly threatened by incineration by the sun.  The vampires here do not revel in evil and, other than being able to heal very quickly from mortal wounds, do not have supernatural abilities.   This allows the viewer to become more sympathetic to their plight and to root for them when threatened by the antagonists.

The plot is not overly innovative, but it manages to be a decent vehicle for the suspense.

I give this 3.75 out of five stars.

Thoughts?  Comments?

 

The Hallow (2015)

Source: The Hallow (2015)  Check out David Sharp’s review of the The Hallow at Beneaththeunderground.  Here’s a quick summary of the movie from the review:

The Hallow (2015)

IFC Midnight

Director: Corin Hardy

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In this British and Irish co-production, a British conservationist moves his family to a small town in Ireland, a town that borders a forest that the man is tasked with surveying for land prospectors. In a very Straw Dogs or Wicker Man sort of way, after ignoring the warnings of locals, the family finds themselves in a battle of survival with a group of ancient creatures that reside in the old forest.