Posts Tagged ‘France’

I love a good horror film, or four.

May 12, 2009

I’ve blown up my Netflix queue recently with a load of horror films. The first wave was fantastic!

Eden Lake

It started with the British indie thriller Eden Lake by director James Watkins, starring Kelly Reilly and Michael Fassbender. The film is about a young couple off on a romantic holiday on a secluded lake (soon to be condos). While trying to relax and have a good time, the couple are disturbed by a gang of local youths. Things quickly turn terrifying after a confrontation leads to a fight for survival as the young couple tries to escape their callous tormentors.

From the moment this film started I was on edge. It didn’t take long before we were introduced to the characters and were left to worry about what’s going to happen. The film had me feeling very disturbed in some parts to see the how vicious the gang’s leader (Jack O’Connell) could be, a kid at that!. The ruthless chase through out the woods was terrifying and it leads to, what I believe, is a good ending. I definitely went to purchase this 5 minutes after the DVD player was shut off. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a good low-EW! high-AHHH! horror/thriller.

Dance of the Dead

The second film from my queue was the horror comedy Dance of the Dead by director Gregg Bishop and writer Joe Ballarini. “On the night of the big High-School Prom, the dead rise to eat the living, and the only people who can stop them are the losers who couldn’t get dates to the dance.” (from IMDB because it sounds funnier and better than I would have explained it). Take a look at the hilarious trailer for this scary, yet funny take on zombie mayhem.

Zombie horror films are among one of my favorites, so once my friend told me about this I had to add it to the queue. This film had great effects and stunts as well as a great cast of characters, for the most part. I particularly liked the Sci-fi club’s Steven, ok I had a little crush on him but still… solid character. His crush in the film was one of the downer points for me because I thought her acting was quite flat. The Sci-fi club’s president was getting on my nerves. Greyson Chadwick‘s Lindsey was really on the mark and that made up for most it. One of the best scenes (and one of my favorite zombie film scenes ever now) from Dance of the Dead is the great ZOMBIE LOVE SCENE, it was gross yet sweet yet omg they’re eating each other yet aww it’s love. (Sorry couldn’t find a clip). The good plot and funny dialogue make this film a 7 out of 10 for me, so I still recommend it, I’m just not going to run out and get a copy of my own, well.. maybe. Oh and Favorite line: “But I don’t know how to shoot a machete“.

Inside

The french film À l’intérieur (Inside) was a terrifying story about a pregnant woman alone after a car accident leaves her husband dead. It’s the night before she goes to the hospital to deliver and she is alone, that is until a crazed woman appear at her door and is hell bent on taking the baby from her (mind you the baby is in the womb!!!). A gruesome game of cat and mouse ensues as the night goes on… trailer anyone?

This a terrific film and the first French horror I’ve ever seen. Directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury did a amazing job crafting a shocking, disturbing, frightening film starring the very talented Béatrice Dalle and Alysson Paradis. The entire film had me on edge as I witnessed the horrific battle between the two women over the unborn child. Inside was perhaps one of the most scariest films I’ve seen. Never during a film have I been so terrified as to what is going to happen next and for that I’m am truly impressed because that is what a horror film is all about! Now the only thing that prevents me from going out to pick up my own copy was the amount of gore. Personally I really not a fan of gore, but I’m not letting that stand in the way of calling this an excellent film, because it did seem, to me, that the extreme gore wasn’t there to be like “ooh yeah look at that, thats soo cool/gross”, but more like this is the story and this is what would happenish, no sugar coating it. I almost did get a little sick near the end, but I stuck it out. I hope that bit made sense back there, haha. Seriously though, if you love a good scare and can put up with a reasonable amount of gore, then you find this is one of the best films the horror genre can offer.

From Within

Now finishing up the wave of horror films on my Netflix queue is From Within. This is one of After Dark Horrorfest III’s  8 Films To Die For. A small Christian community begins to have a series of suicide’s happening all over town. Soon the the community starts to point fingers and we learn that their is something dark behind all deaths. Elizabeth Rice and Thomas Dekker star in this film by director Phedon Papamichael.

From Within is easily the best film ever to come from any of the three Horrorfests. The story to quick to begin and to pull you in. It is an amazing how unfolds with it’s twists and turns as the tension and conflict intensifies. Elizabeth Rice did a great job as this film’s lead character. The terror isn’t terribly intense (the suicide scene’s are well done though and will have you like “she’s not going to do that is she? Oh no.”, but seeing the story play out is really what makes this inide horror worthwhile. The revelations and the ending are so close to perfect. Oh I don’t want to spoil anything, but take me my word for it: This film is a must see! 

So that’s it. I was pretty excited when I got one great horror film after another. I love the genre and I loved these films. You should go check them out, all are obviously on DVD. Let me know what you think.

Remitocoko, I Like You. I Like You Alot.

March 5, 2009

Your cute face, your lovely French accent, your great voice, the way you woo the pants off me, the way you never look directly at the camera when you play, etc..

But seriously tho. Your pretty talented and I really like your YouTube channel full of acoustic covers (w/ the accent) of hit singles from around the globe. My favorites: The Loving Kind, Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, You Found Me, When It All Falls Apart, I Predict A Riot (I giggle every time you say riot, it sounds silly, a good silly), Mr. Therapy Man, Wonderwall, Right Where You Want Me, Sweet Dreams My LA Ex, … 

And of course your cover of Rihanna’s ‘S.O.S.’…

Remitocoko on MySpace & Remitocoko on YouTube

Song of the Day: ‘À fleur de toi’

March 3, 2009

Artist: Vitaa

Country:  France

I love French music so much because it sounds so beautiful! ‘À fleur de toi’ is the 2007 debut single by R&B  and Soul singer Vitaa. This track is available via our iTunes US along with her great debut album (psst, I’ll take you there). I highly recommend you listen to her other songs, like the song ‘Confessions Nocturnes‘ which helped her gain fame before she got signed for a solo career, and while your at it you should also check out French R&B singer Shy’m. It’s all well good.