Though it is relentlessly grim and terrifying, The House That Jack Built is still an important work of art, since neither grimness nor terror disqualifies a movie from being art. It is a well-made horror movie by Lars von Trier about a serial killer and, ultimately, a morality tale. Von Trier depicts the murders the killer commits in clinical, detached detail and they are chilling to watch. Hitler and Mussolini are the killer’s icons, so be prepared to be unsettled. Think American Psycho without the satire.
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Zombie Maelstrom, the first book in Zombie Apocalypse: The Chad Halverson Series is a hair-raising audiobook available at Audible.com.
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We just wrapped on the production of the audiobook version of The Bus Stops Here and Other Zombie Tales. It was submitted to quality control and should be available in the near future at Amazon. These are terrifying stories from the apocalypse, sure to send tingles down your spine.
I have mixed feelings about Steven Soderbergh’s latest thriller Unsane. I liked the way he worked his trademark indictment of the health insurance industry into the film’s story, which made it seem more realistic. On the other hand, the whole movie was shot on an iPhone, and the results are a blurry, dreary movie, especially when the scenes are shot inside the insane asylum. Everything seems to fade into the background. I found the movie suspenseful, but not scary.
It turns out to be an unpleasant movie about an unpleasant woman who is being stalked, or is she losing her mind? Whatever’s happening to her, she isn’t sympathetic thanks to her offensive personality.
Maybe if Soderbergh uses a newer-model iPhone next time, his movie won’t look so blurry.
Soderbergh is a good match for horror movies, because he has a realistic approach to them, which makes them more believable.
I’ll recommend Unsane, but with reservations.
Bryan Cassiday’s new collection of horror short stories Unhinged: Tales of Madness and Horror is now available on Kindle. Buy it now.