Wondering what to watch? This week brings a more traditional seasonal line-up of October movies, more in tune with the spooky season.
Obviously, what Halloween movie line-up would be complete without at least one movie from the Halloween franchise – so this week brings Halloween (2019), David Gordon Green’s soft reboot of John Carpenter’s iconic horror film.
It is the beginning of a new trilogy, with the return of much of the original cast, which has continued Halloween killssoon to be concluded with Halloween ends (although, as Michael Myers’ repeated returns from the dead have indicated, that could actually end seems unlikely).
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Other works by masters of horror emerge, in the form of Dark glassesa new film by Italian director Dario Argento, best known for his seminal crime film Suspiria.
Meanwhile on MUBI, with their addition of his love story The handmaidthe site lays the groundwork for the upcoming release of the latest film from acclaimed Korean director Park Chan-wook Decision to leave.
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Halloween (2018) – BBC iPlayer (Pick of the Week)
The term legacyquel has become increasingly useful in its usefulness over the past decade, referring to a specific type of franchise film that reboots and simultaneously creates a belated sequel to a beloved series as it desperately tries to recapture what made it so popular. the first episode.
It has become so frequent as Hollywood studios come harshly close to public familiarity, as they try to compete with the devouring monolith of superhero movies, trying to use nostalgia as a weapon but also trying to eliminate the complications or contradictions that develop. of course in any franchise with a long life.
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Halloween (2018) could be a perfect example of this, as once-beloved American indie David Gordon Green launches several decades of insane (and sometimes tenderly silly) plots to get to “real” Halloween, winking at the first few hits of scene through character speculation about what happened to Laurie Strode in Haddonfield in 1978.
Watch a trailer for Halloween
Although it is a shame that the film thinks above the silly carnage of years past, focusing the story on that one event, this one. Halloween The sequel is a solid take on throwback – though it hardly reinvents the wheel, its cathartic clash between Laurie (a Jamie Lee Curtis return), the original film survivor, and her lifelong tormentor Michael Myers, it is quite exciting to watch.
Gordon-Green and McBride’s script infuses the proceedings with a bit of comedy, often in the hatred or alarm of Myers victims, the former among them being podcasters smug in true crimes, attached to the bloody tragedy of Laurie’s past and Michael.
Grinning comedy may not be for everyone, but for those simply looking for bloodthirsty, slasher entertainment, Green definitely delivers. And if you want to find out how this arc ends, Halloween ends is in the cinema now.
Also on iPlayer: Poltergeist (1982), Most wanted of the Muppets (2014)
The handmaid (2016) – MUBI
Park Chan-wook’s films are perhaps best known for their dark comedy and petty ironies, to the point that they could be mistaken for nihilism. But in recent years the director’s films have become more romantic, especially his most recent feature film The handmaid.
An adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith, now relocated to the Japanese occupation of Korea before World War II, Park’s film takes her dizzying and lurid film into a more serious story of hidden love and emancipation that seems a long way off the mark. punitive tales of his past work. Not that it’s any less exciting to watch, less complicated or less explicit.
The story follows a multi-layered plot, as Park constantly keeps the audience alert in each chapter of the film. The handmaid it may be the finest example of his trademark dexterity of hand, as the second act goes against everything we knew about the first, the third act does it once again.
It starts with a scammer who plans to steal an heiress’ heart, earning her fortune through an ambiguous marriage. But things quickly go astray when the handmaid she hires as part of her plans falls in love with their goal and the film’s various schemes begin in earnest. Each new twist brings with it an entertaining perverted theater of the upper class, as power turns into boredom, which turns into perversion, which turns into violence.
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But, unlike many of his early works, The handmaid remains on the more sincere side, even if the truth of the relationships between each character is questioned. But even then, that emotion all feels incredibly real.
Watch a trailer for The handmaid
Also on MUBI: Darkness (1982)
Dark glasses (2022) – Thrill
The master of Italian horror Dario Argento, king of the thriller and supplier of sumptuous, sensual and scary images returns to the fold with Dark glasses. It’s a weird and moody mix of late style with classic formal elements of filmmakers’ work like heavy soundtracks up to eleven on hallucinating and macabre images.
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A young escort named Diana crashes her car during a chase, as she runs away from a man who tries to kill her, and loses her sight, while accidentally killing the family of a boy named Chin (Andrea Zhang). Chin survives the incident and begins to act like hers in her eyes, helping her in her fight against the obsessive killer.
The classic elements of Argento’s work are very present but filtered through a softer approach, partly through the genuinely touching character drama between Diana and Chin, and her (relatively) reserved style.
An imperfect return, but exciting to see.
Also on Shudder: She will do it (2022)