The new comedy/thriller The Carnivores follows Alice (Tallie Medel) and Bret (Lindsay Burdge) as their dog, Harvie, is dying and is ruining everything, as there’s a sense for Alice that Bret cares more about the dog than her. These clouds of self-doubt start to cloud this dynamic, in a strange dark comedy where words won’t adequately describe the experience of the film. And of course, there’s a lot of ground beef… I was able to speak with the writer and director of the film, Caleb Michael Johnson, through an e-mail exchange.
I’m doing something a bit different today and hosting a DVD giveaway for The Honeymoon Phase, which is a sci-fi thriller about a newlywed couple who are offered $50,000 to stay in a house together for 30 days. Obviously, it goes terribly wrong, as the film blends science fiction, thriller, and a bit of horror. It’s directed by Phillip G. Carroll Jr. in his directorial debut, and stars Chloe Carroll, Jim Schubin, and François Chau. The special features on the DVD include bloopers, deleted scenes, a making of and featurettes, too.
I interview actress Brenna Coates for her role in the new film "The Sinners," about a group of A-list high school girls who start a cult where they all represent the seven deadly sins. Now streaming On Demand. As well, in the conversation we discuss the sins in the film, the experience of being on set with another actress named Brenna, as well as some of her stage work in the play "The Wolves."
On this new episode of The Filmcraziest Show, I was able to chat with some talent behind the new drama thriller The Sinners. I had two different interviews, one talking with two of the actresses in the film, Kaitlyn Bernard and Brenna Llewellyn; as well as one conversation with the writer and director of the film, Courtney Paige.
The film is about a group of seven A-List Girls who form a cult at their high school where each girl embodies one of the seven deadly sins. Soon, after a disagreement within the group, they start to go missing one by one.
In the latest social media satire, the Shudder Original, Shook, it features fitting use of the title. After a social media influencer, Genelle (played by real-life influencer Genelle Seldon) is murdered in the opening scene by a serial killer, our main character Mia (Daisye Tutor), in reaction to the news says, deadpan to her livestream, “I’m shook.”
She then monologues that this is a time for selfless acts, so she’s going to babysit Chico, a dog owned by her sister Nicole (Emily Goss), instead of going to a livestream with her friends. These bits of satire are solid, and some are funny – especially the opening scene when Mia and Genelle are being photographed on the red carpet for their followers, only for it to be revealed they’re on a makeshift red carpet against a plain building in an empty parking lot.
In a great story with The Mauritanian, Tahar Rahim plays Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a man who was kept at Guantanamo Bay without charge for years by the U.S. government because he was accused for being one of the major recruiters of the 9/11 attacks.
The film opens with Slahi at a gathering in Mauritania in November 2001, where he gets picked up by the U.S. government in the middle of the night, promising his mother he would be right back. Instead, his family had no idea where he was for years; until they found out in 2005 that he was being held in Guantanamo Bay.
This is when his case lands on the desk of lawyer Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster). She tries to get him out of Guantanamo (referred to as Gitmo throughout) using Habeas Corpus, since he’s never been charged with anything. On the other side is military lawyer Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch) for the prosecution who seeks out the death penalty.
The film’s very much in the “slow-burn” thriller vein like many of A24’s films – Robert Eggers’ The Witch or Trey Edward Shults’ It Comes At Night are direct comps – but, even despite the simplistic story, there seems to be always something happening. Graham’s direction makes this forest feel alive throughout the film, and its immersive cinematography and sound design really sets the tone. One of the film’s most horrifying sounds is made by Adam in the form of what looks like a “deer whistle” but the sound is made by a “death whistle.” If there’s one thing you don’t want to hear in the middle of the night, it’s this sound.
Directed by: Nora Unkel. Starring: Alix Wilton Regan, Giullian Yao Gioiello, Phillippe Bowgen. Runtime: 1h 30 min. In Nora Unkel’s debut feature, she takes on one of horror’s most famous stories in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Blending the content and themes of the narrative from the novel itself and combining it with factual aspects of Mary [...]