Netflix has rolled out a number of horror titles over the past month or so, due to the Halloween holiday, and while there was a lot of new content to go through, some titles from this year may have gotten buried a bit under the mass.
One of those titles is ‘Delirium’, starring Topher Grace, Genesis Rodriguez, and Patricia Clarkson, and arrived this year on the streaming platform, telling the story of “A man recently released from a mental institute inherits a mansion after his wealthy parents die. After a series of disturbing events, he comes to believe it is haunted.”
The movie toes the line between mental illness, paranoia, and the paranormal and consistently puts the viewer in the position of determining whether what Tom (Topher Grace) is experiencing in the house is real, or simply a mental break.
When Tom’s brother Alex (Callan Mulvey) shows up to search the house for their deceased dad’s money, things take a terrible turn. Tom forges a relationship with a local grocery deliver girl Lynn (Rodriguez) who feels a connection with Tom due to her own mental issues.
Under the watch of officer Brody (Clarkson) who seems to find Tom both disturbing and sexually appealing, Tom struggles to deal with what is going on in the house as the events get progressively worse and his paranoia kicks into another gear.
Delirium won’t be the most unforgettable horror/thriller you will see in 2018, but it quietly makes it’s way into one of the more memorable flicks of the 2018 year. While it gets lost within itself a few times, it steers towards an intriguingly deeper plot that will certainly keep you on your toes, and delivers and ending out of left field.
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Last week, Netflix’s long-awaited film that centered on infamous serial killer Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his long-time girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, premiered and it was met with mixed reviews.
According to the synopsis: “A courtroom frenzy ensues and sweeps 1970s America when a young single mother reluctantly tips the attention of a widespread manhunt toward her longtime boyfriend, Ted Bundy.”
Zac Efron dazzles in his role of Bundy, creating a magnetic like-ability that made the real-life Bundy so appealing in the media. Efron, from angles, even looked eerily similar to Bundy, making his performance that much more powerful.
However, despite the performances of Efron, and Lily Collins (Kloepfer) this film seems “off”, muddying itself into a controversial arena that almost invokes sympathy for Bundy, one of the most evil and brutal killers in America history.
While it’s fair to argue that portraying Bundy this way accurately tells the story, as that is what made him so fascinating and captivating, the film spends too much time on certain events while brushing past others, creating a very odd and confused dynamic..
Directory Joe Berlinger seems to want to do so much in so little time, and although this was told from a certain perspective, it still deviates from that perspective to tell other details and stories, losing grip and direction of the film’s intent in the process.
While it falls flat in certain areas, and it certainly does, it is still a solid movie. But, I cannot help but feel as though Efron, Collins, and performances from Jim Parsons and John Malkovich were cheated out of something that could have been so much bigger, and so much better.
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A brand new trailer for Jon Knautz’s ‘The Cleaning Lady‘ has arrived ahead of it’s release from RLJE Films on June 4th.
According to the synopsis:
“On the surface, Alice seems like a woman who has it all: a gorgeous apartment, a booming career, a stunning physique, and a handsome boyfriend. The only problem is he’s married to someone else. Looking for a way to simplify her life, Alice hires Shelly to cleanher house. As Alice begins to confide in Shelly about her illicit affair, their friendship grows… and so does Shelly’s twisted obsession with her new employer. It soon becomes clear that Shelly has motives that reach further than a normal cleaning lady. Shelly wants to cleanse Alice’s entire life and will stop at nothing until she’s done.“
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