In another fiercely divided episode, Les Chappell of the AV Club sits in en lieu of host Ricky D for a knotted discussion of Nacho Vigalondo’s hybrid sci-fi-drama-whatsit Colossal. Two of us hated it, one loved it, and yet no one quite sees eye to eye. Somehow this curious little movie causes us to talk about alcoholism, toxic masculinity, the definition of abuse, xenophobia, and plenty more delightfully light-hearted subject matter. *Warning: tharr be spoilers.*
This week we invite Sordid Cinema’s very own Victor Stiff to help us discuss two new genre films floating around on VOD. It’s been eight years since Australian writer-director Sean Byrne won us over with his debut feature The Loved Ones, an instant classic and now he’s back with belated follow-up The Devil’s Candy. But before we discuss his sophomore effort we review The Void, a nostalgic rush for fans of low-budget 1980s horror from directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski (Father’s Day). Does The Void mark a new, more serious direction for Canadian genre filmmaking collective Astron-6? Is The Devil’s Candy a sophomore slump or a solid follow up to his first time feature? We’ll let you know what we think. All this and more!
This week we sit down to discuss the debut film from Macon Blair, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore – a messy piece of neo-noir and dark comedy that stars Melanie Lynskey has Ruth, a modern-day Travis Bickle and Elijah Wood, an oddball, heavy-metal-loving martial arts enthusiast. The odd pair of heroes cast themselves in a Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys detective story that swerves out of control into a blood-spattered nightmare. After that, we end the show with a review of Jeremy Saulnier’s third feature film, Green Room, a horror thriller that has all the makings of a cult classic. All this and more!
Pregnancy horror may not be as popular in the mainstream as say slasher films or backwoods horror but it has given birth to a slew of great films including the recent Prevenge, a pitch-black, blood-soaked thriller and phenomenal first feature by Alice Lowe, who also stars as Ruth, the pregnant heroine. To help us review the low-budget British horror film, we invited Matt Donato from We Got This Covered. In addition, we set aside some time to also discuss whether or not Ghost in Shell’s disappointing box office results is the nail in the coffin of Hollywood whitewashing? All this and more.