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: “It Comes at Night”

Day 3 of Halloween in December is here, and this film is not quite what most would describe as a “horror” film, but it definitely has some of its elements. It Comes at Night isn’t quite what one would expect, especially if you’ve only seen its promotional material. No, this film really is something different from the pack, even among other psychological thrillers.

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Thoughts on “The Lodge (2019)”

Billed as an “arthouse horror” film, The Lodge (2019) certainly puts forth the effort of Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz. However, while the film has its merits, it certainly falls short of doing anything spectacular, even though it still has its moments and redeeming qualities. Why did this film fall short in comparison to instant classics like Ari Aster’s Hereditary and Midsommar, or Robert Egger’s The Witch? Let’s explore.

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