The CW made a found footage horror movie! Well, not really, but it sure feels like it. Too perfect kids. Too beautiful actors. Too perfectly clean footage and technology. Replete with a rag tag group of Scooby Doo-esque paranormal researchers!
But the real horror lies in newly discovered footage that reveals that something in this cave attacked the boys. The paranormal theory involves the spirits of Indigenous people seeking revenge on the white people who massacred them. This is where the narrative stumbles as it relies on dated tropes about Indigenous people to shape its horror. These three stories all come together to tell a, well, horror story about a haunted cave and the people who think they can conquer it.
This film is sort of a hybrid found footage film of some missing teens mixed with the story of a group of \"paranormal investigators\" trying to determine if their disappearance was related to something supernatural.
The only thing shocking about Malibu Horror Story is that it features the stereotypical \"cursed Native American burial ground\" trope without a shred of irony as the main source of horror in the year 2022.
Admirably, it took ten years to get Malibu Horror Story made, which is a major accomplishment in itself. Any film crossing the finish line from inception to reality deserves to be commended, but a decade-long production is worthy of a standing ovation. Perhaps the fact that the lights in my apartment flickered while watching this may have contributed to how freaked out I was by the time it ended. Whatever the case, Malibu Horror Story is a glossy, effectively-made horror flick that mixes filmmaking techniques. It feels like a bold step forward for a subgenre that too often falls into the same cycles of repetition. Carrying the specificity of Native American folklore, Malibu Horror Story is too devilishly effective to resist.
Starring Rainey Qualley, George Finn and Timothy V. Murphy. Written and directed by Nika Agiashvili, filmed in black and white in downtown Los Angeles, this gritty and visceral story follows Delilah, like a hero out of Albert Camus novel, as she tells us how she 'can't feel anything' after the murder of her younger brother as she has spent the last three years plotting her revenge with the help of the newly released convict, Gecko.
The devil pays a visit to Los Angeles in this horror anthology of twisted tales that follows the paths of several serial killers on their nights of terror and destruction. The story begins with B-Actor Jonathan Jones (Shane Woodson), a Hollywood based method actor who auditions for casting director Alex Fillmore (Eric Roberts). Jonathan loses himself in his role, committing murder, then crosses paths with a dangerous female serial killer (Tori London). Later in the film, a troubled artist named Matt, finds a book of magic that changes the course of his life. By the time we near the end of our eight intertwining tales of terror, we are left with a gambler playing for his soul and wondering who or what is the greatest killer of them all
First conceived in the heyday of found-footage genre, inspired by the release of Paranormal Activity, writer/director Scott Slone (Retreat!) spent nearly ten years honing and reshaping his hybrid horror Malibu Horror Story. Using various techniques, including thermal cameras, CCTV footage, and straightforward filmmaking, the audiences at the Panic Festival 2022 got to see a film that pulls out all the tricks.
With a community in mourning, the news became a national story. But when a camera was found deep within the woods, revealing excessive drug use, partying, and delinquent behavior, the town stopped trying to find the missing group, and the case went cold.
Welcome to The Optionist! As always, thanks for reading. The big story at the Oscars this year was the success of Everything Everywhere All at Once which won seven awards out of its 11 nominations. But it was the showing of All Quiet on the Western Front that caught my attention. It won four Oscars (out of seven noms), making it the second most-decorated film of the night.
An unsettling con story about grifter-gurus who infiltrated the life of a bipolar doctor to steal his $60 million fortune and directed him to take drugs which ultimately contributed to his death.
All Quiet's success and del Toro's plans reminded me of two classic novels now in the public domain that we\\u2019ve highlighted in previous newsletters that are ripe for adaptation. Both were hits in their day, yet somewhat overlooked today. One's an early 20th-century action adventure story with relevance to modern times; the other's a horror gem we featured in our very first newsletter.
If she came here otherwise, say on a tourist or student visa, and did not return to her home country, then she is in danger of a knock on the door, handcuffs and the horror of deportation. And if she is arrested for a crime, no matter what, she is closer to the door.
I also wonder about the Mexican family that detailed my old car so well in the July heat. Cash work without a paper trail tells part of their story. Did they walk across the border from Mexico together or separately The women speak English, but not the men. Were they a family before or after coming here Are some of them here legally; will children lose their fathers, wives their husbands, if there are deportations 59ce067264