Romina, an overworked nurse and single mother, returns home from her late shift on Halloween night to find Chris, a forlorn maniac, hiding out with Alan, a bruised and beaten hostage within her home. Her home becomes the stage for Chris to enact brutal justice up Alan whom he blames for an alleged act of horrendous inexcusable violence against a close family member. Romina finds herself plunged into a personal hell as she struggles to side with either party. The worst is yet to come. An unexpected wave of violent intruders descend upon the neighbourhood and lay siege to her home.
A home invasion at Christmas is what I expected when I first heard about this film, but what I watched was different… The home invasion elements are there, and as it’s based during Christmas, it reminded me of Home Alone; the trip-wire outside being an obvious reference. But Better Watch Out is even more disturbing than I imagined; a story about a child obsessed with his babysitter who is planning to leave town after Christmas. Levi Miller as 12-year-old Luke is the star of the film and flips between a range of emotions at ease. This makes him Luke more unnerving than if he was pure evil.
“You might be home but you’re not alone.”
Supposedly based on Limp Bizkit front man Fred Durst’s encounter with an obsessive fan, The Fanatic manages to offend every trope in the human spectrum. I try not to pan movies, no matter how much they deserve it, but The Fanatic welcomes, yes even begs the audience to do just that. Where to begin? Why not with the film’s star, John Travolta. Travolta has had a career downturn of late with Gotti roundly recognized as his worst performance, but here he plunges into a deep, bottomless ravine. The Fanatic makes Battlefield Earth look like Blade Runner by comparison.
“Moose didn’t just cross the line. He fucking nuked it!”
In this twisted home invasion horror, Hunter’s Moon follows three young women who throw a party in their new country home when their parents leave town. After a group of dangerous local boys with bad intentions show up, the women are forced to defend themselves from a predator, as well as a mysterious evil lurking in the orchard outside.
Starring Thomas Jane, Sean Patrick Flanery and Katrina Bowden, Hunter’s Moon is a creepy tale of terror from rising writer/director Michael Caissie.
“Something evil lurks within…”
Screen legend John Travolta stars as Moose, a celebrity obsessed fan who feels slighted by his favourite movie star at an autograph convention. He quickly embarks on an unhinged quest to get a response, leading to a home invasion and a very long night that changes both men irreparably.
Written and directed by Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, and co-starring Devon Sawa and Ana Golja, The Fanatic is a tense and suspenseful thriller which boasts a commanding central performance from Travolta.
“When the Hollywood dream becomes a nightmare.”
Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, has acquired worldwide rights to the multi-award-winning Nefarious from Ash Mountain Films following an award-winning festival run. The film will be released March 17, 2020. The home invasion horror/thriller focuses on a robbery that goes horribly wrong. The film stars Toby Wynn-Davies, Nadia Lamin, and newcomer Buck Braithwaite. Nefarious is directed by Richard Rowntree from a script he co-wrote with Matthew Davies.
“Sometimes you have to turn to crime, sometimes, it turns on you…”
Two couples, each working through relationship issues, rent a gorgeous house in the desert for a sex and drug-fuelled escape from reality. As tensions escalate over the course of a debauched night, things take an unexpected turn when a woman claiming to be a neighbour with car trouble shows up at the door. She seems harmless enough… or so, they think. As the twists and turns pile up so does the body count!
“I am so sorry… My car broke down…and…I was wondering if I could just use the phone really quick?”
The most gratuitous violence we witness is at the hands of those positioned in the role of victim. Clem leaves Lucas to look for a way out and is chased by one of the assailants through an unfinished room containing a number of hanging plastic sheets, another metaphor for the social divisions and obstacles that exist between the couple and the youngsters. This culminates in her being pursued through an attic space; so far, no physical violence has been directed from the youngsters towards the couple.
“They wouldn’t play with us…”
For Clem and Lucas, their house represents not only their success and status in society but it functions as a place where they can relax and feel assured that they are protected. The home they have chosen reveals a lot about how they perceive themselves and perhaps most importantly, how they’d like to be perceived by others. Originating from France, a country widely known for upholding its values and traditions, it’s telling that their house is the embodiment of these things. Grand and spacious, it reflects the opulence of eighteenth-century France with its vast corridors and period detail.
“This can’t be happening…”
Stradling the sub genres of the new French extremity, home invasion and the controversial, oftentimes topical subject of the young and alienated working classes, Ils offers up a set of complex questions that are juxtaposed with its very simple and fast paced framework. We can all recall a time when we have been alone in our homes at night and felt under threat for some reason, even if that threat transpires to be nothing more than a creaking door or a loose floor board…
“You’ll never feel safe in your home again.”
I corpi presentano tracce di violenza carnale; literally translated as The Bodies Bear Traces of Carnal Violence, is an Italian giallo directed by Sergio Martino. Released in the United States as Torso in 1973, Martino’s artistic direction combined feverish sexuality and visually striking violence into a film that predates the American slasher subgenre. Perhaps then, the slasher owes a lot more to the Italian giallo than it is usually given credit for?