Today, I’m at Revfest in Smyrna and hope some of you can drop by and say hi. For those of you keeping up with my monthly roundup of horrors, I offer you a German film from the silent era.
Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages was made to be an actual documentary, but in all honesty, it is a really fun watch for horror fans and history buffs. It is a psuedo-documentary at best and is a lot of fun. Silent film acting is normally large and over the top, but some of the things that they show are almost comical by today’s standards. Still, Haxan is a fun watch and any horror fan should give it a view. Click on the cover below and read on for the synopsis.
Synopsis: This silent docu-horror masterpiece is a study of how superstition and the misunderstanding of diseases and mental illness led to the hysteria of witch-hunts.
I don’t often do reviews of movies on here, but I loved this movie and wanted to share that with the world.
Synopsis: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS chronicles the adventures of four vampire roommates trying to get by in a modern world that’s not always hospitable to the undead. Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, creators of the HBO hit series “Flight of the Conchords,” co-wrote, co-directed, and co-star in this hilarious send-up in which an endearingly unhip quartet of friends reveal to us or, rather, to the documentary crew that’s filming them, the details of their daily-make that nightly-routine. Ranging in age from 183 to 8,000, and in appearance from adorably youthful to Nosferatu-crusty, they squabble over household chores, struggle to keep up with the latest trends in technology and fashion, antagonize the local werewolves, cruise clubs for lovely ladies, and deal with the rigors of living on a very, very strict diet.
Review: Hilarious and shot like a true documentary, What We Do in the Shadows follows four vampires. At no point does the story deny what they feed on or how they get their sustenance, but what the film does really well is let you see that they are more than their appetites. Each of the characters has their own quirks and personalities that are very different, and this is what adds to the fun. At the heart of the story, it’s about roommates. Another thing that I really love about this film are the small nuances that the filmmakers added, which make it a little more believable. In the first encounter with the werewolves of New Zealand, you see the men’s eyes begin to reflect the light (like a wolf’s) as they get agitated. It vanishes as soon as they calm down, and that is just one example of the many subtle touches that have been added to this movie that make it a lot of fun to watch.
Click on the cover below to go to the Amazon page for this movie.
Below is the trailer.
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