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Eli Roth's Knock Knock Hits Sundance

26 January 2015 6:14 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Anticipation was high for the beginning of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, but it's been the Midnight strand, which last year launched The Babadook and The Guest, that's so far offered the most fun. Whether this year’s entries will match those film at the box office remains to be seen, but so far they have been wayward and strong, spearheaded by Eli Roth’s wickedly entertaining female revenge comedy Knock Knock, in which Keanu Reeves plays a middle-class dad whose life is turned upside down by the arrival of two mysterious young women on his doorstep one night. The film’s sexual politics are still being debated, but for those up for the ride this is a much-needed slice of modern-day exploitation, a sexy, scary (but mostly scary) mash-up of Play Misty For Me and Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!.Given that two of last year’s opening-weekend entries »

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The Price of Crazy: What Hollywood's 'stalker' genre says about mental health stigma

20 January 2015 3:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Is Hollywood progressive? There seems to be a pervasive gap between what is preached and what is portrayed, and that's perhaps no more true than in the industry's historically shoddy treatment of mental illness on the silver screen. When it comes to humanizing sufferers of mental illness in films and on television, Tinseltown has for the most part come up woefully short; indeed, for every "Silver Linings Playbook" there are 10 "Single White Females." One of the most persistent offending traditions is the "stalker" film, a sub-genre jumpstarted by Clint Eastwood's hit 1971 thriller "Play Misty for Me" that continues to go strong more than 40 years later. The most recent example of this ongoing trend is Universal's "The Boy Next Door," an upcoming thriller that stars Jennifer Lopez as a high school teacher targeted by a dangerously obsessive student (Ryan Guzman). Important note: I haven't seen "The Boy Next Door" and »

- Chris Eggertsen

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