Halloween in December: “The House That Jack Built”

It’s the final day of my Halloween in December movie marathon and, in the theme of self-indulgence I decided to watch The House That Jack Built. From the controversial director Lars von Trier, this film follows the perspective of the serial killer Jack (played by Matt Dillon) as he explores the reasons behind his own cravings to kill. What the audience gets is a two and a half hour long journey into the ego of Lars von Trier- for better and for worse.

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Halloween in December: “Martyrs (2008)”

30 straight days of horror films is what it took to get to this point. And this particular horror film is a doozy- Martyrs (yes, the original one) is a twisted and utterly depraved bit of New French Extremity that retains much of the hallmarks of its contemporaries but then goes far beyond them, perhaps being one of the most metaphorically personal pieces of New French Extremity ever put out.

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Halloween in December: “Funny Games U.S.”

This movie marathon is sadly almost over, so to close out the month, I’m going with less risky ventures and staying with what is more in my wheelhouse. Funny Games U.S. certainly fits into that category, coming from one of my more favorite directors in Michael Haneke and being a shot-for-shot American remake of the original Austrian production. Despite sharing the same rating from me, its advancements keep up with its new flaws, in ways that make me rethink the understanding of the original.

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Halloween in December: “The Call (2020)”

Day 28 of the Halloween in December marathon and I finally got around to watching this film that was released on Netflix last month. However, based on the movie I watched, I really wish I had just kept going on about my life and watching things worth my time. This film certainly doesn’t respect your time, and it definitely isn’t anything of quality like so many reviews I’ve seen online praise it to be. It’s too bad I can’t make a phone call to warn past me to just watch something else and save myself two hours.

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Halloween in December: “Get Out”

It’s Christmas time in Halloween-town, and today I wanted to bring up a film I haven’t watched since the year it came out: Get Out, an unexpected commercial and critical darling from 2017. Not that anyone was doubting the comedic elements from writer-director Jordan Peele, who is supremely talented in that field alone, but unlike many comedy peers, he goes far beyond that to deliver a gem from that year. This movie resonates strongly even 3 years later in 2020, and likely into the beyond.

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Halloween in December: “The Lure (2015)”

It is officially day 23 of the Halloween in December movie marathon and I swear I did not intentionally do this, as I already reviewed Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, but I had ordered this film from the Criterion Collection completely not knowing that it was a horror musical. In fact, all I had known was that it was a Polish drama/horror about a pair of mermaids. I was genuinely not prepared for what this is, and what it turns into over the course of 92 minutes.

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Halloween in December: “Crimson Peak”

For day 20 of the Halloween in December movie marathon, I thought I would return to the world of del Toro for a film that, I feel, got a bit of a bad rap when it first released. Wanting to revisit it, I watched it again and there’s plenty more than a number of original impressions never gave me, leading me to think this film’s shortcomings are the result of too much focus on the wrong pieces of its marketing and development.

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