Welcome back, everyone.
We have three new ones this weekend, and two of those are solidly in the horror genre. It seems this Fall in really gearing itself toward the horror fan. But, then again, we are entering the month of October.
So, let’s take a look and see what is creeping up in the dark this week…
“The Social Network”
Synopsis: “The Social Network” explores the moment at which Facebook, the most revolutionary social phenomena of the new century, was invented — through the warring perspectives of the super-smart young men who each claimed to be there at its inception. The result is a drama rife with both creation and destruction; one that audaciously avoids a singular POV, but instead, by tracking dueling narratives, mirrors the clashing truths and constantly morphing social relationships that define our time. Drawn from multiple sources, the film captures the visceral thrill of the heady early days of a culture-changing phenomenon in the making — and the way it both pulled a group of young revolutionaries together and then split them apart.
MovieDruid’s Comments: I admit, I am a Facebook user. The site allows me to keep up with friends and family that are all over the country at this point. And, like any major cultural phenomenon, there is bound to be an intriguing tale of how it came to be the huge influence it is from humble beginnings. Thus, this could certainly be a very interesting examination of one of the more pervasive elements of current culture. The film has a better than normal chance to be engaging, as well. The selection of David Fincher (“Seven” & “The Strange Case of Benjamin Button”) as director gives the film some immediate credibility. I also like the casting of Jesse Eisenberg (“Zombieland” & “The Emperor’s Club”) as Mark Zuckerberg. This one definitely has potential to be good, but it could easily slide into shrillness and pettiness if not handled properly.
“Let Me In”
Synopsis: Twelve-year old Owen is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his days plotting revenge on his middle school tormentors and his evenings spying on the other inhabitants of his apartment complex. His only friend is his new neighbor Abby, an eerily self-possessed young girl who lives next door with her silent father. A frail, troubled child about Owens’s age, Recognizing a fellow outcast, Owen opens up to her and before long, the two form a unique bond. When Abby’s father disappears, the terrified girl is left to fend for herself. Still, she rebuffs Owen’s efforts to help her, leading the imaginative Owen to suspect she’s hiding an unthinkable secret.
MovieDruid’s Comments: This looks like an interesting horror/thriller. The cast seems pretty solid with Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Road”) and Chloe Moretz (“Kick Ass”) in the two young roles supported by Elias Koteas (“Fallen” & “Shooter”) and Richard Jenkins (“The Kingdom” & “North Country”). Overall, the film looks pretty solid, but I do have concerns in the director, Matt Reeves, whose sole feature directing credit prior to this one was “Cloverfield.” I would consider this one definitely worth a look, but go in without over-hyped expectations.
“Case 39″ – MovieDruid Pick of the Week
Synopsis: Devoted family services specialist Emily Jenkins has seen it all – lies, neglect, abuse – domestic horrors of every type. That is, until she takes on Case 39: the case of 10-year-old Lillith Sullivan, whose eerie, secretive family leaves Emily shaken and disturbed. When Lillith’s parents attempt to harm their only child in a late-night ritual, Emily intervenes. Heartbroken by Lillith’s loneliness and innocence, Emily decides to do something she has never allowed herself to do in the past: get personally involved. Hoping to do the right thing for the withdrawn girl, Emily offers Lillith a caring, happy home until she can find an adoptive family. That’s when the real terror begins.
MovieDruid’s Comments: This one snagged my attention from the first I heard of it. The premise, while not entirely unique, gives some new twists to some old school horror staples. That, combined with a visual style that appears to be well imagined and frenetically paced, should make for a solid horror film. The director, Christian Alvart (“Pandorum”) has a resume that is a little thin to really get a good grip on. Whether he’s up to the difficult task of making a horror film that genuinely entertains without becoming derivative or resorting to the cheap scares is yet to be seen for sure. He does have a solid leading lady in Renee Zellweger (“Chicago” & “Bridget Jones’ Diary”) and a young star in Jodelle Ferland (“Eclipse” & “Silent Hill”) who is no stranger to working on a horror project.