M.L. Miller here! Because you and I love the horror so much, I’ve decided to post a “Worth Noting” pick along with each of my Horror Countdown choices each day through October. The same rules apply. The film must have been released before September 30th, 2019 to the masses (no festival picks). This means that is available to view in theaters, On Demand, DVD/BluRay, or digital download. I’ve tried to indicate in the reviews how you can watch and enjoy these films.
How did I compile this list? Horror is such a broad and varied genre that sometimes, while these choices may not represent the best—something about the film is worth taking notice. Some of these films have similar themes to their counterparts in the main countdown. Some just missed the countdown by an inch or two. Others were just squozed in because there’s nothing like them out there. Others because they have been made available for the first time. One way or another, it’s more horror to enjoy!
I hope you’ll join me daily and don’t forget to like and share my picks with your pals across the web. Chime in after the review and let me know what you think of the film, how on the nose or mind-numbingly wrong I am, or most importantly, come up with your own darn list…let’s go!
Worth Noting – HOUSEWIFE!
I’m not sure if this film is so weird it’s good or too weird to be good. Either way, HOUSEWIFE is something far, far outside of the norm. From the makers of BASKIN, HOUSEWIFE is something you have to see to believe. Not for the squeamish and released in October of last year, here’s my review of HOUSEWIFE! Available on BluRay/DVD, digital download, & On Demand!
Directed by Can Evrenol
Written by Can Evrenol, Cem Özüduru
Starring Clémentine Poidatz, David Sakurai, Alicia Kapudag, Ali Aksöz, Defne Halman, Zuri Sen, Elif Gülalp, Müge Büyüktalas, Resit Berker Enhos, Gunes Galava
HOUSEWIFE is a weird petunia from the creators behind last year’s stunner BASKIN. I won’t say it’s particularly great, but it is extremely odd and bizarre, which is going to be enough of a recommendation for some people who simply like to see things they haven’t seen before. Others who like a more linear and sensible tale might want to avoid this one.
When she was a child, Holly (Clémentine Poidatz) witnessed the brutal murder of her sister and father at the hands of her mother. Now an adult, Holly is the trophy wife of a wealthy man, bored with everything and distracted by her own suppressed memories of a tragic youth. When Holly attends a group seminar called the Umbrella of Love and Mind, led by a charismatic guru (David Sakurai), she is “awakened” to a new view of life. Unbeknownst to her, though, the Umbrella of Love and Mind see something much more special in Holly that gives way to elder gods, gore, and all kinds of twisted imagery.
I don’t want to deny that HOUSEWIFE has some scenes that will sear their way into your psyche. Like BASKIN before it, there are some sequences seemingly torn from the most depraved of nightmares and images that straddle the line between beautiful and grotesque. As a visionary film, HOUSEWIFE is a winner as it really is full of sights, sounds, and sensations that you just don’t see in most films.
That said, there is an otherworldly feeling to HOUSEWIFE that feels somewhat disconnected to
normal human emotions and reality. I think this has a lot to do with the fact that this is an English-speaking film made by a Turkish director. Because of this territorial disconnect, there is somewhat of a disconnect between the story Evrenol wants to tell and the one that shows up on screen. The acting is quite stiff, again most likely because the Turkish actors are speaking a language they may not fully understand. And the actions of everyone has an inhuman quality to them that really made me tune out as it was hard to connect or empathize with anyone involved in this movie.
Evrenol keeps the momentum moving at a brisk pace all the way through HOUSEWIFE—beginning with a horrific murder, then peppering nightmares and hallucinations throughout before doing the ice bucket challenge with the gore and intergalactic trippery in the final act. It makes for a film with a relentless pace and it will keep those visually stimulated all the way through. Evrenol’s eye is unique and he definitely is a voice in horror that I will always follow. But without any type of human angle to connect with makes HOUSEWIFE a tough pill to swallow and it made me check out by the time the ballistic ending blasted off.
WORTH NOTING SO FAR…
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