Thursday, October 27, 2016

Raw (2016) Is A Frenetic & Carefully Intense Coming-Of-Age Cannibal Tale

A first year veterinary student and staunch vegetarian awakes a particular hunger after one of her school's hazing practices.

Written and directed by Julia Ducournau

The first thing that struck me about Raw was how the meek protagonist Justine (Garance Marillier) reacts in two pertinent scenes; one demonstrating a deep aversion to meat while dining with her parents and the other, a disorienting hazing practice inflicted on all the vet school newcomers that are just settling into their dorms. Seeing the latter educational enclave through Justine's lens is stifling and unpleasant, while those who surround her are fervently enthusiastic and arguably numb. Justine begins smothered, an outsider, challenged, without much support from her indoctrinated older sister Alexia (Ella Rumpf) who has already passed this school's Stepford test.


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

GSS Best Of Fantastic Fest: The Bad Batch (2016)

A young woman new to a desert town finds herself consumed by revenge and the charm of her surroundings.

Written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour

The Bad Batch is a trippy study of a dystopia with exiled, criminal outcasts, cannibals, an ever-shirtless Jason Mamoa and a charismatic yet cryptic Keanu Reeves, who is labeled as The Dream who, no surprise, surrounds himself with plenty of beautiful women. As far as a story, we follow Arlen's (Suki Waterhouse) unintentional path to finding a little girl who happens to be Miami Man's (Jason Mamoa) daughter. He's a guy of few words, almost despondent but Honey (Jayda Fink) seems to be his sunshine despite the bright, desert sun and misery that ensues on the surface.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Buster's Mal Heart (2016) Will Both Break Your Heart & Rejuvenate It

A hard working family man finds himself distracted by paranoia and a dream which leads to tragedy, infamy, and solitude in the remote forest. 

Written and directed by Sarah Adina Smith

Buster's Mal Heart was completed long before its star Rami Malek skyrocketed to fame as the complicated Elliot Alderson on USA's Mr. Robot. What is pure and evident from this sad yet endearing narrative is that Malek himself is in this acting game to take on some of the most challenging and fascinating roles we'll ever get to witness. This is what makes the comparisons between Buster's Mal Heart and Mr. Robot so much fun without ruining the film. These are two different characters yet when filmmaker Smith was asked at the Fantastic Fest filmmaker Q&A about the sort-of Mr. Robot nod, she responded, 'Where Mr. Robot is Man vs. The System, Buster's Mal Heart is Man vs. The Universe.'


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Dearest Sister (2016) Beautifully Captures Class Conflict In A Ghost Story

A young woman slowly losing her sight receives assistance from a distant relative who discovers that this impairment brings fortune and a connection with the dead.

Written by Christopher Larsen
Directed by Mattie Do

One of the first lines in Dearest Sister is an exchange between our protagonist Nok (Amphaiphun Phommapunya) and her boyfriend in regards to dating someone white, European, in their case, Other. Spoken in their native language yet with that barrier between myself and the players, there was a disdain in that line, a fear. A fear of how whiteness can equal wealth and also a separation from culture and roots and the people who work in Laos everyday to maintain. Dearest Sister uses this as a setup for a story that takes an emotional and ghostly foundation in how values entangle into a mess that class bears.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Void (2016) Is All Those Creature, Gore, & Cult Scary Movies You Love

A small town patrol officer finds a mysterious man wounded on the road at night and gets him to the local hospital. What follows that man leads to a night of carnage and the unfolding of a bigger mystery.

Written and directed by Jeremy Gillespie & Steven Kostanski

When I say small town, I mean so small that when Officer Daniel (Aaron Poole) finds the bloody and scared James (Even Stern) on the side of the road, it's much more of a time saver just put him in the car and take him to the hospital himself where maybe only four people seem to work. It's all very Halloween 2 in that dreaded sense so when the shit hits the proverbial fan, it is notably scary yet for horror fans, an additional delight full of nods to horror cinema with monstrosities of the past while still feeling like a fresh story.


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Belief: The Possession Of Janet Moses (2015)

A tight knit Maori family in New Zealand tragically kills one of their own during an exorcism gone awry. Based on true events.

Written and directed by David Stubbs

On December 10, 2007, Janet Moses, a 22 year old woman lost her life in an exorcism gone wrong. Being distant and showing signs of being a danger to herself and others triggered an assessment by those close to Janet that an evil spirit had taken over her body. Aggressive steps were taken to rid Janet of this malevolence to no avail. A young mother lost her life. To simple negligence or a insidious, unseen force is likely why the title of this mostly reenactment of the events is, Belief.


Saturday, October 8, 2016

Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch DVD Giveaway!

It's almost time, kids...!

Graveyard Shift Sisters is having its own big, Halloween giveaway in the form of the still underrated Halloween III: Season Of The Witch (1982).

Wanna win?

I'm one half of a little horror podcast called Girls Will Be Ghouls along with filmmaker and blogger Zena Sade Dixon ( Each month, we bring our vibrant personalities to horror criticism with a look at films and themes that make the genre we love so impressionable.

We're still the new kids looking for feedback and listener engagement. In order to get your hands on this DVD just in time for the Halloween holiday, pull out your smartphone and audio record your spookiest, most creative bumper for Girls Will Be Ghouls that will be played periodically in future episodes.


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Better Watch Out (2016) Is A Darkly Hilarious Holiday Horror Gift

A babysitting gig that becomes a home invasion battle turns even more disastrous.

Written by Zack Kahn & Chris Peckover
Directed by Chris Peckover

Horror loves turning the most sacred and cherished of holidays into something that can also connote terror. Better Watch Out, with all the ambiance of a holly jolly Christmas is interrupted in ways you may not see coming. And above its much more sinister intentions, you're either giggling at the intentional dark humor or laughing your ass off.


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Girl with All The Gifts (2016) Puts The Power Of The World In The Hands Of A Black Girl

A militarized base housing children is home to one particular girl who may hold the key to stopping a deadly outbreak.

Original novel & screen play by Mike Carey
Directed by Colm McCarthy

Many zombie narratives have its origins in an imagined science. Z Nation, 28 Days Later, even going back to Day Of The Dead take on the why factor of undead outbreaks without taking away the allure of what makes the story scary or compelling. This is an effective approach The Girl With All The Gifts takes. The idea of what we have or haven't discovered yet that can turn alarmingly deadly to everyone is cause for panic. It's almost brilliant cinematically for our times where some are purchasing overpriced zombie survival kits in jest while you can watch others on NatGeo as if someone pitched 'Survivalists Cribs' to an executive. The Girl With All The Gifts pricks you with this fear by breaking it down to the ultimatums each character faces.

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