4 items from 2015
Grace: The Possession, 2014.
Directed by Jeff Chan.
A virginal Catholic teenager leaves her religious grandmother’s house to go to college and soon finds that drink and drugs are the least of her worries.
The trouble with making a possession film in the 21st century is that it has been done quite definitively already. The Exorcist pretty much covered all the bases back in 1973, and although there have been some entertaining knock-offs since then – Amityville II: The Possession basically re-told the same story but with the touch of Dino De Laurentiis adding some unintentional quasi-comic hilarity – and a bit of a re-invention with the likes of The Last Exorcism adding a found footage spin on things, you’ve really got to work hard these days to make a movie about possession stand out. »
- Gary Collinson
AMC has given us our best look yet at Better Call Saul with an extended trailer for the upcoming Breaking Bad spin-off ahead of its premiere next month. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
Set six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White. When we meet him, the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, and, often, against Jimmy, is “fixer” Mike Ehrmantraut, a beloved character introduced in ‘Breaking Bad.’ The series will track Jimmy’s transformation into Saul Goodman, the man who puts “criminal” in “Criminal lawyer.” The series’ tone is dramatic, wove with dark humor.
- Gary Collinson
(still from It Follows)
2014 came and went and I’m now looking ahead towards the horror of 2015. A quick google search popped up Crimson Peak, Poltergeist, The Final Girls, What We Do In The Shadows, It Follows, Amityville: The Awakening, Phantasam V, Scouts Vs. Zombies, Kitchen Sink, and a slew of other titles. With the exception of One character in The Vatican Tapes, this year’s major horror releases look like nothing more than a bunch of stories about white people problems. Horror is one of the most profitable genres, but it also produces a much higher quantity of films a year compared to others. Considering how tiresome remakes and reboots have become over the last few years, original horror has been craved and praised by fans, but it seems like horror is still more or less the exact same formula being regurgitated for a different era. As far as »
- BJ Colangelo
As Deliver Us From Evil lands on disc in the UK, we look back at key lessons the movies teach us about possession...
The idea of demonic possession goes back thousands of years, to before we had film. Most religions carry their own interpretation of what it means for a person to be 'possessed' by a demon or a spirit and it's a complicated, arcane subject shrouded in mystery and ritual.
The Sumerians, thousands of years before Christ, believed all diseases were caused by 'sickness demons' and had their sorcerers attempt early exorcisms as cures. The Quran talks extensively of Jinn (demons) that can drive people to insanity and may only be expelled via worship. In the Bible, Satan and his demons are very much at large using human beings as vessels for devilish deeds. Jesus casts a whole bunch of them out before he's accused of being demon-possessed himself »
4 items from 2015
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