This review is part of the A Play of Light and Shadow: Horror in Silent Cinema Series Movie Review – Häxan (1922) Danish filmmaker Benjamin Christensen received rave reviews for his 1916 film Blind Justice when it toured in America. While showing the film to prisoners at Sing Sing in Ossining, New York, one convict knifed […]
In Episode 11 of The HorrorCast join Walshy, Marknado, HorrorGal Susan, and Revenant Vin as we discuss the 1922 silent classic, Häxan, and Robert Eggers’ 2016 New England Folktale, The Witch. We also talk briefly about recent theatrical releases that we’ve seen, including The Shallows, The Neon Demon, and Lights Out, and we attempt to take Marknado’s witch quiz!
Movie Review – Lights Out (2016) In 2013 David F. Sandberg made a name for himself for his award-winning short horror entitled Lights Out, which starred his wife, Lotta Losten. The viral hit caught the eyes of producers James Wan (Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring) and Lawrence Grey and soon Sandberg was given the opportunity to […]
I can remember my first shark film experience….Jaws. I was only about six years old and the local drive-in was showing a double feature with Jaws being the latter film. I can tell you that 37 years latter that film has stayed with me! The ocean to me is a terrifying place… miles and miles of black, deep water below you, filled with all kinds of beasts that would love to have you for dinner. Even though I have this fear, I love shark movies…well, well-done shark movies! (don’t let the name fool you) When The Shallows came out to the theaters, I knew I’d be there to wade in!
The premise is simple…a young woman named Nancy goes surfing at a remote beach and is terrorized by a rather large and persistent great white shark. There is some fleshing out of Nancy’s character, but not much. There are just a handful of other characters in the film, but mostly this is a one-woman Blake Lively show. Honestly, she has always impressed me as a very good actress and she carries this film on her back very well . The cinematography and scenery in this movie are tremendous thanks to Cinematographer Flavio Martinez Labiano who most recently worked on The Gunman and Non-Stop. The film was shot in part off of the beautiful Gold Coast of Australia and I recommend seeing this beautiful film in the theaters, because I felt like I was right there.
Director, Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, House of Wax) presents a surprisingly quiet film, leaving lots of room to build up tension and dread. I was worried that the shark effects were going to be cheesy and fake, but I was impressed with the realistic shark-related action scenes. I have one small bone to pick about the realism of one scene in particular, but I enjoyed myself so much I am willing to forgive it that!
With a budget of $17 million, The Shallows made its’ budget back in its’ opening weekend and is now nearing the $40 million mark. That’s impressive for this type of film. It won’t be at the theaters much longer, so get out there and see it!
8 out of 10 Skulls