A Bloody Weekend (Theatrically Speaking)

It was a bloody weekend.

Theatrically speaking, anyway.

I (rather wisely it turns out) procured two films from Netflix during the prior week. I knew little about either, other than their trailers looked quite interesting and one had made a bit of a splash at Sundance.

First, the Sundance hit. “Bellflower.”

I’m no gearhead, but the “Medusa” is an insane and awesome piece of machinery.

It’s like everything in this film — overblown, oppressive and single-minded.

At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of “Bellflower.” It was awesome and a bit annoying at the same time. I couldn’t quite buy, for example, that two people who didn’t know each other would go on a long road trip.

But I was eventually won over, and since watching it I’ve come to like it even more. It’s as if my brain were not quite prepared for what it had consumed, but then came to find the fruit of the material upon digestion.

The look of the film gives it an apocalyptic feel though it is really a love story, or rather the story of love lost. We all know that the end of a relationship can feel quite apocalyptic, so in a way it’s appropriate.

The fact that you have the Medusa shooting flames into the air, as well as a homemade flamethrower in the movie, only adds to that atmosphere.

“Bellflower” is an excellent film, and I can’t wait to see what this group of filmmakers does in the future.

The second film was “Stake Land.” It’s about humans in a world where many have been turned into vampire/zombie creatures. Called “vamps,” they are quite creepy.

The film follows a vamp hunter and a boy he has saved as they venture to a northern climate where it is supposedly too cold for the reptilian systems of the vamps.

Admittedly, I found myself reminded of “The Road.” A man and boy traveling in an apocalyptic (there is that word again) world looking for refuge, how could I not?

I went in expecting a B-movie, but got a well-made and emotionally-engaging genre film that made me feel quite invigorated. I enjoyed it enough that I shunned my usual bedtime by an hour.

It’s quite possibly the best horror film I’ve seen this year.

I also had the pleasure of stumbling upon a disturbing music video that I somehow missed when it was released in August.

This dark gem provides visuals for “First of the Year (Equinox)” by Skrillex.

I was immediately reminded of the iconic video that Chris Cunningham did for Aphex Twin’s “Come To Daddy.” It is one of my favorite videos of all time.

They share creepy children doing nasty things to adults. They also have similar looks. I’d be surprised if Tony Truand didn’t get some inspiration from Chris Cunningham. However, the video is his own. I am happy to have found it.

Finally, I’m looking forward to viewing this little gem later this week.

Anyone up for some Santa Claus claws?


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