Genre : Fantasy–Horror
Country : United States
Director: Fritz Böhm
One of my favorite things about horror movies is the chance to see major stars appear in a scary movie before their big break. Who would have thought that Jennifer Aniston would be one of the highest paid actresses on television after Leprechaun? Or that the third sequel to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre would feature not just one but two Academy Award winners in Renée Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey? Far less common is when a major star to become more known for their work in horror as they get older. It just doesn’t seem to happen. And while actors like Ben Kingsley and Jeremy Irons have dabbled in genre film few have embraced it like Brad Dourif.
After an extensive career on the stage Dourif gained notoriety in his very first film as Billy Bibbit in cinematic classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Nominated for an Academy Award and winning a Golden Globe he would have roles in cult classics like Dune and Blue Velvet. While he would become known as a supporting player and a respected character actors his life would change when he was cast as Chucky in Child’s Play. Since then he has become an icon of horror with memorable performances in Body Parts, The Exorcist III and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Still going strong with Cult of Chucky and Ready Player One his latest role is in the dark fairy tale, Wildling.
Raised in isolation, teenager Anna has only known “Daddy” her entire life. A man who has done everything he could to keep her from the outside world. When she is suddenly thrust into the rest of the world she comes to live with the woman who found her, Sheriff Ellen Cooper. Struggling with her place in the world, Ana soon learns that the truth behind the stories Daddy would tell her.
For an independent production, Wildling has quite the impressive cast. A horror veteran Brad Dourif is perfectly cast as Daddy. Despite a lack of screen time he makes the most of it telling a young Anna about the Wildlings, creatures with razor sharp teeth and claws that are searching for her. Part cryptkeeper and part loving father his simple yet creepy storytelling goes a long way in setting the tone for this fantasy-horror film. But as good as he and c0-star Liv Tyler are in their roles this movie truly belongs to Bel Powley.
Bel Powley is put in a tough spot as Anna. For most of the film she is silent, saying little more than a few words on screen. She has to go from unknowing prisoner to a sheltered girl being introduced to the world saying few words. Luckily for Wildling, Powley is more than up to the task. Originally presented as your classic fish out of water story you can practically see the cogs move behind Anna’s big, blue eyes in every scene. Thrust into a world she doesn’t quite understand the fear and confusion at how the world works is evident. At the same time, she never lets you forget about how menacing she can be. Throughout the film she displays quick and sudden movements showing off a more animalistic side hinted at throughout the film. A side that builds more and more as the Wildling goes on. It’s the kind of performance that sticks with you days after you finish watching.
I was equally impressed by writer-director Fritz Böhm. His first feature film he does a great job crafting a creature feature reminiscent of classics like 2000’s Ginger Snaps. He was able to find the perfect balance of fantasy, drama and horror, particularly during the first two acts. Böhm also isn’t afraid to let loose when it comes to the gore. Never feeling excessive, he is still more than willing to showcase some killer effects. Sadly, it starts to fall apart during the final act. While the first few acts are more about Anna discovering the truth about her ancestry and adjusting to a normal life the last half hour or so feels off. It’s as if Böhm felt the need to add a typical werewolf film ending but didn’t have enough time to build up to it. It’s the rare case where the film would have benefited from a good 15 or 20 minutes more.
Of all the monsters werewolves are perhaps the most versatile when it comes to storytelling. Due to their nature they can be either straight up monster movie or metaphors ranging from puberty to lost innocence. Wildling tries to do both to mixed results. The components are certainly there with stellar cast and a versatile debuting director. Even the story, while perhaps too familiar, is unique enough to stand out on its own. Unfortunately, a rushed third act leaves what could have been an engrossing dark fairy tale missing its happily ever after.
Links : IMDB
Wildling is available on VOD on April 13th, 2018
Monster Hunter | Exclusive Official Trailer
A portal transports Lt. Artemis and an elite unit of soldiers to a strange world where powerful monsters rule with deadly ferocity. Faced with relentless danger, the team encounters a mysterious hunter who may be their only hope to find a way home.
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
December 30, 2020
Paul W.S. Anderson
Milla Jovovich, Tony Jaa, T.I., Meagan Good, Diego Boneta, Josh Helman, Ron Perlman
When Lt. Artemis and her loyal soldiers are transported to a new world, they engage in a desperate battle for survival against enormous enemies with incredible powers. Feature film based on the video game by Capcom.
Could Howie Mandel Return For A Sequel To The 80’s Comedy, ‘Little Monsters..’
When I was growing up, 80’s actor Fred Savage was one of the biggest child stars around. With films such as, ‘The Princess Bride,’ ‘The Wizard,’ and of course ‘The Wonder Years,’ a television series which ran from 1988-1993. All of these projects made Savage one of the most recognized faces in Hollywood. Yet, after all these years, my all-time favorite is ‘Little Monsters.’
‘Little Monsters,’ hit theaters in 1989. And has grossed more than $790 mill (USD) worldwide. It tells the story of Brian Stevenson (Fred Savage) who finds out, there is a world of monsters living underneath his bed. He in turn, befriends one of the monsters named Maurice, played by Howie Mandel. Throughout the film, the pair become best friends and embark on a journey to save Brian’s kidnapped little brother Eric, played by Ben Savage.
GameSpot recently reported on some blu-ray extras where the America’s Got Talent judge Howie Mandel talks about his experience on set.
“Physically, it almost killed me. And I wouldn’t have done that. It’s not good to spend a summer in the Carolinas wrapped in latex.”
Mandel says he enjoyed the cast and crew but he probably wouldn’t have taken the role if he knew exactly what it entailed.
“Do not try this at home. Don’t wrap yourself. I mean it’s a wonderful–Maurice is a wonderful character. It was a fun time; everybody was great. And there were funny scenes, but I was wrapped in latex. Do you know what humidity and latex does? After I did that movie. I wouldn’t even put a condom on. I was so anti-latex. I know that doesn’t sound safe, but I was married and happy but I would not, I don’t even want to say the word latex anymore. But now I feel like I wouldn’t do that again.”
Mandel says, till this day, he has a hard time with the word latex. One could only imagine, as Mandel has been very open about his OCD (Obsessive–compulsive disorder) and ADHD(Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.) On set, Mandel was required to spend long hours in a makeup chair with people touching and applying prosthetics all over him. This had to have been very difficult for a person with the above mentioned disorders.
“I don’t have a GED because I can’t sit in class. I can’t sit. But you have to sit. Not only was it four hours of sitting, but four hours of–I don’t want to be touched. And four hours of [being touched], I thought I was going to snap. And once I was finished, I had to be this happy and joyful Maurice. I really wasn’t that happy and joyful. I didn’t know what I had gotten myself into. They cut like, ‘Oh my god. I’m gonna die.’ At night, it’s an hour to get it off; it was glued on me and my skin.”
Howie mentioned he would be open to playing Maurice again. Considering the modern advancements in cinema technology since 1989, production could possibly remove some of the tediousness from the process of applying prosthetics. It would definitely be fun to see Fred Savage, Howie Mandel and others return to the big screen for a sequel to the 80’s comedy.
What do you think, would you like to see ‘Little Monsters’ return for a sequel?
Final Fantasy XVI | Official Reveal Trailer – HD | PS5
Check out the debut trailer for FF16 (Final Fantasy XVI), revealed during the PS5 showcase in September 2020.
“The legacy of the crystals has shaped our history for long enough,”