I’m not going to tag this with “All The Haunts Be Ours” because it’s not covered nor referenced in that compendium (to the best of my knowledge). Just the same, I recommend this visually stunning Czech New Wave version of Beauty and the Beast (The Virgin and the Monster here) to anyone delving into that boxed set. This is unquestionably folk horror with dire warnings about the Black Wood long before we get to meet the titular menace turned love…
I feel like just trying to describe the plot of this will give me a stroke, but here goes nothing… Jonathon Ratcliff (Joseph Bottoms) is a Madison Avenue ad man relocated to Greece supposedly for a more relaxed pace, but probably to stalk his ex-girlfriend. He’s a peeper, for the most part, and his peeping results in a chase through the woods from a Lovers’ Lane type deal where he runs headlong into a tree, giving him massive head trauma…
Japanuary # 6 of 31
Takashi Miike is incredibly hit or miss for me. Unfortunately, this is another miss. After a hyperkinetic opening montage, Dead or Alive grinds to a near-halt as it slowly develops a cat-and-mouse game between a detective and a gangster amidst Sino-Japanese conflict in the criminal underworld. It’s not that I’m disinterested in these things, quite the contrary. The film, however, doesn’t really seem invested itself, instead opting to spend time on bestiality video shoots, forced…
Some characters function like a litmus test. The First Rule of any club should be to beware and avoid anyone who aspires to be:
Any of the cast of Jersey Shore
There, I think that about covers it. Any I missed?
EDIT - Yes, add Travis Bickle and Walter White.