Today sees the release of the Blu-ray/DVD of one of the highest rated films of 2017, the horror/thriller GET OUT from director Jordan Peele. There's something to say about the current political climate when one watches GET OUT and finds themselves shifting in their seats. Watching this movie is like when you get together with your extended family for the holidays and you're scared the racist uncle of yours might say something when someone with the lightest of dark skin walks by. There's an overall sense of dread as the uncertainty of what direction this movie will go haunts throughout its entire running time. Even when the audience gets their explanation of what's going on, there's still an uneasiness of what you read in the headlines might end up playing out on screen. With GET OUT, writer/director Jordan Peele, who's known for his comedy roots, steers clear and embraces the horror genre, bringing a fresh voice fans have been craving.
Before I go to sleep each night, I can usually be found in bed reading articles on Buzzfeed and Cracked as a way to relax. Most of these times, I'm taking mindless quizzes to see what food best describes me as a person based on my zodiac sign, but every so often, an article pops up that captures my attention. Last year, an article such as this came across my screen about a daughter who had her mother murdered and the dark and disturbing secret life they led. From the moment I read that article, I became transfixed about the story of Gypsy Rose and her mother Dee Dee, and it became quite apparent I wasn't the only one.
One of the most anticipated thriller to come out next month has one of the best trailers I've seen this year. The trailer for IT COMES AT NIGHT promises viewers an intense experience set in a remote location during an unnatural threat that has terrorized the world. With a trailer that was as strong as this one, horror fans across the board were excited for the hopeful promise of something truly terrifying. But would this film live up to the hype that it was creating?
Being a fan of films pertaining to surviving in the wild, I was very intrigued to check this film out. Upon closer inspection, I became even more interested once I found that this was an apocalyptic movie containing absolutely no zombies (not the biggest modern zombie fan). With that being said, THE SURVIVALIST caught my attention with those aspects, along with its high ratings. I was eager to jump right in and see for myself.
One thing I miss most about 80s movies, especially in horror, is all the not so subtle homoerotic imagery. Most of these restored 80s movies that I'm discovering on Blu-ray for the first-time feature plenty of shirtless hot guys who confide in their male friends and the plot often works as a metaphor of some form of repression. One of the most famous examples is A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY'S REVENGE, with the infamous monster taking over the body of a teenager in order to kill off his friends. This involves scenarios such as visiting a leather bar, butt whipping towels, and emotional confessions to his hot shirtless friend when they're alone in the bedroom. We even get a musical moment when he dances in his tighty whities while getting ready in the morning. Movies like these were the early versions of the bro-horror subgenre that modern filmmakers like Eli Roth utilize to an extent, but I don't see too much of the gay subtext lately. If I'm missing out on this from anything in the last ten years, then definitely point me in that direction.
What would you do with your last weeks... days... hours if you knew that it was destiny for the world to end and it was completely out of your control? Would you dance the night away? Would you laugh, get high, drink, make love and run away from the reality of the sky above and the world below? Would you find that someone who you wanted to take that chance with or has been the love of your life and be near them? Would you deceive the masses, perhaps not to hurt them, but to make the world around them easier to face in those final moments? What would you do with the time you have left as the pendulum swung from one side to the other with nothing to stop it except time?
I am not going to lie when I say that I never heard of sleep paralysis until the last couple years. With THE NIGHTMARE documentary and, now, DEAD AWAKE, the phenomenon is going public and utilizing it for storytelling is coming full force. For those still hidden in the dark, sleep paralysis is when an individual is typically in transition of falling asleep or waking up, but is conscious of their surroundings without the physical ability to react. While it initially sounds simple, people who experience this usually have their eyes open and have frightening hallucinations that they simply have to endure. What makes this so fascinating is that people all over the world not only experience this, but tend to have the same visions. These visions include the shadow people, which can be interpreted as paranormal entities, and the Old Hag, which is when you see or feel a being sitting on your chest, typically causing the person to not breathe for a period of time. This Old Hag experience is what ends up driving the plot for DEAD AWAKE.