Thursday, April 9, 2015

Show and Tell: It Follows and Wolfcop

I had myself a good week as far as horror is concerned.  I saw two movies that I loved for very different reasons.  The first one, It Follows, is the new horror darling that everyone is talking about.  In fact, I've been hearing such great things that I went to see it in the theater, which I realize I haven't done for a horror movie in several years.  I know that sounds kind of ridiculous coming from a self-proclaimed horror fan, but I've always been more of a 70s and 80s horror guy.  Plus I don't have many friends who are into horror.  It's a lonely existence (teardrop).

Anyway, It Follows is a movie directed by David Robert Mitchell, and the buzz I heard was that it was a throwback to simple horror of the 80s a la John Carpenter.  So I gave in and went out to catch it, and man did I pick a great movie for my return to horror in the theater.  The premise is quite simple.  A curse passed by sexual intercourse marks you for death by a shape-shifting creature.  The catch is that the creature can only travel at walking speed.  If that sounds stupid, trust me it works much better in execution.  If you like movies that keep you in a constant state of dread, see this movie.  Plus, it's got one of the best soundtracks that I've heard in a long, long time.

My other foray into horror this week was 2014's Wolfcop from Canadian director Lowell Dean.  If you're looking for a thoughtful, well-paced movie that delves into what the real-world consequences of becoming a lycanthrope would be...don't watch this movie.  This movie is about eighty minutes of absolute bananas.  Some features of the film include:
  • A town whose biggest annual event is the "Drink 'n' Shoot."
  • A scene that answers the question "How does a man's penis transform when he becomes a werewolf?"
  • Several shootouts in which the wolf is one of the shooters.  Oh and you're 100% rooting for him.
  • An 80s style sex scene, complete with cheesy romantic music, candles...and a werewolf.
This move is tasteless, it's idiotic, and it has absolutely no cultural value.  I fucking loved it.  Loved it, loved it, loved it.  And there's already going to be a part II.  I cannot wait.

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