Rabid – 1977 Cronenberg

Cronenberg’s 2nd film The editing is pretty rough draft and sloppy joe in spots- but Cronenberg’s ideas- specifically his obsession with body horror is in full bloom here piggybacking on the horror genre and the zombie sub-genre The film is cold and filled with scenes of graphic violence/horror/gore- he’s already establishing this in 1977 There’s a Da Vinci poster and character reading from the Freud book (which he would later do in a dangerous method of course It borrows heavily from George Romero and certainly there isn’t the profound social statement there is here like there is in night

Rabid – 1977 Cronenberg2020-07-03T10:31:44+00:00

They Live – 1988 Carpenter

Stars wrestler Roddy Piper and Keith David- who I love Carpenter’s score here might be the real star- it’s fantastic Carpenter is clearly influenced by Romero (which he mentions in the film) 50’s sci-fi (he loves 50’s movies in general if you look at the influence of hawks’ rio bravo on assault on precinct 13. There’s a lot of invasion of body snatchers here Very anti-yuppie and anti-reagan. “I came here to kick ass and chew bubblegum… and I’m all out of bubblegum” The entire film has achieved cult status but the overly long (purposefully) fight between the two

They Live – 1988 Carpenter2017-02-28T18:07:36+00:00

Get Out – 2017 Peele

First archiveable film from 2017 for me- I saw I don’t feel at home in this world anymore as well and it missed the archives- it’s an entertaining miss but a miss nonetheless It’s the debut from Peele (who also wrote it) There are past cinema influences galore here- rosemary’s baby (which peele admits is an influence) is visible in the success at which Peele achieves true paranoia. There are also some touches of being john Malkovich, guess who’s coming to dinner, carpenter’s they live, and invasion of body snatchers- it’s almost always a good sign when a film

Get Out – 2017 Peele2022-02-22T22:26:18+00:00
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