Without question one of the year’s most talked about genre releases, The Love Witch, a years-long labour of love from writer, director, producer and costume and set designer Anna Biller, is fully deserving of the hype it has been steadily amassing since it first began turning heads on the festival circuit last year. Unflinching and totally convincing in its commitment to its atmosphere and retro visual flair, this is a hugely entertaining piece of work that is both an effective homage to sixties and seventies horror and a smartly observed riff on long-standing genre gender politics.
Best known for his work as one half of cult comedy duo Key and Peele, Jordan Peele makes an unexpected gear-shift into horror for his directorial debut. As it turns out, the outcome is better than anyone could have expected: Get Out is a slickly executed, expertly paced and remarkably well written thriller that succeeds all at once at being chillingly relevant, deeply scary and hugely entertaining.
Cat Davies has proven herself to have a pretty steady hand when it comes to fusing comedy and horror. Her last two shorts, Keen-Wah and Connie both debuted to deserved acclaim on the festival circuit, and we were impressed enough with Connie to be genuinely interested in what was to come next. As it turns out, she’s teamed up with James Moran (writer of Tower Block, Severance, Doctor Who and Torchwood) for new short Blood Shed. You can find out more about the film’s Kickstarter campaign here, but in the meantime, they stopped by to get the 20 Questions treatment…
A Cure For Wellness is an achievement in one way, at least: made on a budget of $40 million, it’s genuinely remarkable to see a film with such a notable lack of mainstream commercial appeal being made on such a grand scale in 2017.
Whatever else there is to say about it, Julia Ducournau’s Raw is a beast unto itself. Fusing elements of the New French Extremity movement with a more pronounced indie-drama sensibility, the result is a visceral, gritty and surprisingly tender offering that stakes a convincing early claim for the best genre film of 2017.