Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Horror Fail!

So the horror movie challenge is totally off the rails now. The movies seem to be drifting further away from horror all of the time. I'm mostly just chasing my own interests, which often lead to oddities that can easily be classified as horror, but I'm not feeling well and have become too weak to resist the charms of Tom Hardy and Gael Garcia Bernal. Actually traditional horror films hold very little interest, but I greatly enjoy psychological horror and thrillers so I couldn't stay away from Dot the I once it was described as an erotic thriller. Erotic + Gael Garcia Bernal + Tom Hardy + flamenco dancing; oh my.

Well, it was romantic and a little twisted and a bit sexy, but sadly, not horrific and mildly disappointing. And I don't care! The love triangle that develops at the first of Dot the I is hot and when the triangle is revealed to be a fraud, created as part of an emotional snuff film that Carmen has unknowingly found herself at the center of, the film suffers from implausibility, but remains sexy and fun with a little dash of evil.

And since my boyfriend, Tom Hardy, was just barely in Dot the I, I had to watch Bronson, based on Brittan's "most violent prisoner". And again, I don't think it could be called horror, even with all of the promise of excessive violence. And it delivers plenty of bare-knuckle fist fights, orchestrated by Bronson, who never has a fighting chance against multiple prison guards in riot gear, armed with clubs. Bronson is a captivating character study about a flamboyantly and gleefully violent man who appears to thrive in the theater of correctional institutionalization.

Bronson also emphasizes why there is so much enthusiasm over Tom Hardy. Sure, he was incredibly hot in Inception, but in Bronson, he shows such charisma and brings a completely implausible character to life and even makes Bronson's violent episodes seem logical and not a symptom of madness. This is a fascinating piece of work that while being highly stylized is based on documented facts. Now I would like to see another film, a documentary about this Charlie Bronson exploring how the British legal system can explain keeping him locked up indefinitely, in complete isolation, when he has only been sentenced to 7 years.

So the horror challenge has been derailed by too many fascinating films that are peripheral to the horror genre. But I'm doing my best to get back in there with the frights, splatter, and gore.

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