March Films

Posted by Kelly Gardner on March 06, 2013 in News, Uncategorized tagged with , , , ,

February was a stellar month for horror movies fans. The month of love saw romance outnumbered by its darker cousin and while there are fewer gothic releases in March, one or two of the listed films should be enough to see you through the month.

The Bay

Directed by Barry Levinson (Good Morning, Vietnam, Diner, Sleepers and Rain Man) and written by Michael Wallach, The Bay is a documentary styled ecological horror that sees chaos ensue after the water of a small Maryland town is found to contain a high level of toxicity. This toxicity is a mutant breed of the parasite Cymothoa exigua (tongue-eating louse). The parasite itself is one of nature’s own horrors but as it mutates and develops a taste for human hosts we see an escalation of widespread panic and gruesome scenes captured by a montage of audiovisual data.

The Bay Trailer

Stoker

This psychological thriller is directed by Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy, Thirst and The Vengeance Trilogy) and written by Wentworth Miller (Yes, the same Wentworth Miller that starred in Prison Break). Stoker is an American Gothic tale that ticks all the necessary boxes: crumbling mansion in the woods, incestuous overtones, the mysterious uncle and a gothic Lolita. A quasi-remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1943 thriller Shadow of a Doubt, Stoker is loaded with literary references and scenes that pay homage to classic thriller and horror movies.

Stoker Trailer

Babeldom

Babeldom is the debut feature film of award winning British experimental animator and filmmaker Paul Bush and is an elegy to urban life. Babeldom is a city growing at such an unimaginable speed that soon “light itself will not escape its gravitational pull.” Narrated by two lovers, one an inhabitant of the city and the other an outsider, the film seems is compiled entirely of existing images from present day architecture, science and technology.
As an aside, I clicked off the trailer after a few seconds as I thought I was mistakenly watching a “fan made” trailer but this menagerie of collected images is indeed the actual trailer.

Babeldom Trailer


Maniac

Maniac is an exciting addition to the repertoire of Elijah Wood, he has shed his hobbit cloak and we see a darker side as first exhibited in his role in Sin City. French director Franck Khalfouns’s remake of William Lustig’s low budget original is told from the point of view of the killer, Frank (Wood), a mentally disturbed young man who restores vintage mannequins. Following the death of his over-protective mother, Frank turns to murder as a means to appease his distress. He meets a young artist, Anna (Nora Arnezeder), and finds himself having to choose between love and murder.

Maniac Trailer

The Host
Stephenie Meyer strikes again with another “epic love story.” The Host is directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, S1mOne and In Time) and stars Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, The Lovely Bones, Hanna) and Diane Kruger (Troy, Wicker Park, Inglourious Basterds), which all suggests something promising. A parasitic alien race called “Souls” has invaded Earth and has taken possession of nearly every human mind. Melanie Stryder’s (Ronan) body fights against total possession by her parasite, Wanderer, and the two form a bond, working together to reunite Melanie with her loved ones.

The Host Trailer

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