Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The Fly (1986) Review

 (Review by Cayla)

The Fly (1986) is a classic body horror movie, that revolves around a science fiction concept. The main character, Seth Brundle, played by Jeff Goldblum is a very passionate scientist with an invention that “will change the world” according to him in the opening scene. After I got past his weird looking mullet, the movie moves quickly into some very quality character development. Seth meets Veronica Quaife (Gina Davis) a journalist, at a convention, and comes off as socially awkward immediately. We learn about Seth’s childhood, that he puked from riding a tricycle, which helps foreshadow his desire to invent a teleporting machine, and gives depth to his character, making the climax more sad. When he brings Veronica to his lab, he shows her the “Telepods” and it’s exactly what a teleporting device would look like in the 80s. Gina Davis wastes no time getting sexy by slipping off her nylon stocking for Seth’s experiment, because she “doesn’t wear jewelry”. Early in the movie it seems both of these characters are bound to be together. Seth is clearly desperate for more human interaction and somehow forgets that Veronica is a journalist. He shares his invention, and Veronica runs off in hopes of bringing the invention to the public. The movie itself moves very fast as we learn that Veronica’s ex boyfriend, Stathis Borans, happens to be her boss as well. There’s obviously a juicy past between them that isn’t talked about much but the tension can be felt. Jealousy quickly becomes the main theme as the ex turns out to be a petty schmuck.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

The Banshee Chapter Review

Review by Randomflashbang
The Banshee Chapter is a 2013 independent film and the directorial debut of Blair Erickson.

I first watched this movie about four years ago at around 1 in the morning, clicking the square on my tv because the name was kooky, and sleep is for failure. And, throughout the entire film, I kept telling myself that this was complete low budget trash, that I’m barely keeping my eyes open and there was a warm bed in the next room. But I was stuck. Banshee Chapter had me hooked in it’s hypnotic and weird modern pulp science horror gaze.

On the surface. Banshee Chapter doesn’t really do anything new, but it effectively combines a lot of common ideas and tropes that swirl around our collective horror landscape that in a way I’m not sure I’ve seen before.

Extraterrestrial Culture Day 2021