Eli Roth directing a film for children was always set to become a fascinating choice, but even as someone who has never exactly been a fan of his overtly gory horror films I can’t help but find The House with a Clock in its Walls to already be an experiment that would already have been worth seeing out of pure interest. But perhaps this may be the turn that his career would have needed in order to truly make his career drive my interest once again – already having known him for directing nothing but overtly gory horror films. The very worst tendencies of Roth’s torture porn-esque horror films are childish in their own right, yet perhaps directing a film intended for children allows him to embrace that aspect about his work to a much more inviting degree at that, and oddly enough, it seems like the sort of growth that his films so desperately need.
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Quentin Tarantino’s movies always have had a delightful knack when it comes to their writing and callings towards older films but if Pulp Fiction were not proof enough that both can add perfectly to create something that feels so fresh, there comes Inglourious Basterds jumping at greater reach. Of the many films that Quentin Tarantino has made over the years, two films remain to be the ones that contain everything that show his own cinematic fascinations at their very most: Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds. A certain power under Tarantino’s eyes is exhibited at some of its fullest in Inglourious Basterds – the very most he’s managed to achieve since his sophomore feature.
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It’s not unfamiliar to run into absolutely unnecessary remakes of horror films, but the original source for this one is a case in which I’m especially skeptical. Unfortunately I don’t think I can say very much on the original film since surprisingly I have never seen it yet, but if there is something about myself that I should put out there, I’m not a fan of Eli Roth. My first assumption at least before coming into this remake of Cabin Fever was obviously not having seen the original, but on its own, this remake does very little in order to prove itself worthwhile. Eventually I’ll give the original Cabin Fever a shot, but the degree of laziness present in this remake is so blatant and glaring to the point that eye rolls are sure to come out. 2016 has proven itself an outstanding year for horror films, but this remake of Cabin Fever is quite evidently not an example of that. Continue reading →