Woodlands Dark & Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror – SXSW Review

by Jordan King The first feature from festival programmer, author, and Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies founder Kier-La Janisse, Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror represents a mammoth undertaking for a debut filmmaker. Drawing on a history as deep as the Earth that claws back those in pursuit of progress, and boldly (rightly) claiming its status as the definitive article on … Continue reading Woodlands Dark & Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror – SXSW Review

Sound of Violence – SXSW Review

by Anton Bitel Slashers and other kinds of psychodrama typically feature a sequence which, in a phrase borrowed from Sigmund Freud, gets called the ‘primal scene‘ – often opening the film, or shown in flashback, and capturing the formative psychosexual moment of childhood trauma that leads a confused young innocent to become a profoundly disturbed individual in adulthood. In keeping with its title, Sound of … Continue reading Sound of Violence – SXSW Review

Song to Song – Review

What unspools is two hours and nine minutes of unbridled boredom, in which the viewer is invited to reflect, ‘why am I here? Why do I watch movies? Is this a movie? Why can’t Malick make films with real people who are closer to the characters instead of stars? Is it because he needs finance? But what do the actors get out of it? Where’s the exit? Continue reading Song to Song – Review