M.L. Miller here! As I go into my tenth year of reviewing horror films, I wanted to go back to the beginning and repost some of the films I loved. Moving on to Year Seven of my year-long Retro-Best in Horror I’m recapping the Countdown beginning officially on October 1, 2017 and going through September 30, 2018. I have posted Best of lists in the past, but a lot of those old reviews haven’t seen the light of day since they were first posted many moons ago. Being the OCD person that I am, I have also worked and reworked the list, looking back at my own choices and shifting them around, and even adding a few that I might have missed or looked over from the year in question. So, if you think you know how these lists are going to turn out, you don’t! Don’t forget to like and share my picks with your pals across the web on your own personal social media. 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!
Released on June 22, 2018. Available on Blu-ray/DVD, On Demand, and digital download! Also streaming on SHUDDER!
INCIDENT IN A GHOSTLAND (2018)
Directed by Pascal Laugier
Written by Pascal Laugier
Starring Crystal Reed, Mylène Farmer, Anastasia Phillips, Emilia Jones, Taylor Hickson, Kevin Power, Rob Archer, Mariam Bernstein, Alicia Johnston, Ernesto Griffith, Adam Hurtig, Denis Cozzi, Sharon Bajer, & Paul Titley as H.P. Lovecraft!
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INCIDENT IN A GHOSTLAND aka GHOSTLAND is a film you’re not going to forget after viewing. Like MARTYRS before it, Pascal Laugier’s cinematic vision is again a twisty, turny, squishy, and squirmy masterpiece that pulls no punches and aims them right at your gut and lower.
Pauline (Mylène Farmer) and her two teenage daughters Beth (Emilia Jones) and Vera (Taylor Hickson) move to an antique filled house in the country. On the first night in the home, they are invaded by a trio of monsters in human form driving a candy truck. This shocking attack leaves the entire family scarred, but Beth (now an adult played by Crystal Reed) manages to leave the home and become the famous writer she has always dreamed of becoming. Meanwhile, Vera (played by Anastasia Phillips as an adult) is left a reclusive basket case after the incident. When Beth is called home, she finds that the horrors of that night have yet to end.
MARTYRS was a film that seared itself into my mind. I found the film to be absolutely riveting from beginning to end, specifically from a storytelling standpoint, as it begins as one kind of film and evolves or devolves into something completely different. The way that film pulls you in with one kind of reality and then deftly upends everything is a cinematic treat I love to share with those bold enough to endure its nightmares and horrors. With INCIDENT IN A GHOSTLAND, Laugier has done the same type of story, but one completely different. I’m keeping things purposefully vague but go in with as little knowledge as possible here and you’re bound to be as devilishly surprised as I was. This film simply never lets up in its intensity all the way until the end, as Laugier refuses to hold back on the terror these three women experience and can never forget.
The five lead characters who play the mother and the two sisters (both as children and adults) are simply amazing. This isn’t a film for the faint of heart and if you’re the type who get offended easily; steer clear from this film. But the way all of these actresses play different personalities at different points in their life intertwine so well. It is because Emilia Jones, Taylor Hickson, Mylene Farmer, Crystal Reed, and Anastasia Phillips are all so brilliant in their roles that we as the viewer are pulled in and able to follow this rollercoaster of a film.
I am sorry this review is so vague, but as with MARTYRS, the less you know about this film the better. It’s bloody. It’s violent. It’s surprising. It’s sometimes so engaging. It’s also so harrowing and unforgettable. INCIDENT IN A GHOSTLAND is a skosh lesser of a film than the soul-searing MARTYRS, but it is proof that Laugier is a master at his craft and a force in horror that turns the genre on edge. This one had my undivided attention from beginning to end and if you’re a fan of horror, I think it’ll have the same effect on you. Highly, highly recommended.
THE 2017-2018 COUNTDOWN!
#6 – INCIDENT IN A GHOSTLAND
#7 – GET MY GUN
#8 – CREEP 2
#9 – GHOST STORIES
#10 – ANNIHILATION
#11 – FAKE BLOOD
#12 – MON MON MON MONSTERS
#13 – THE ENDLESS
#14 – THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER
#15 – LET HER OUT
#16 – FOUND FOOTAGE 3D
#17 – DOWNRANGE
#18 – BLACK HOLLOW CAGE
#19 – HAPPY DEATH DAY
#20 – MOM & DAD
#21 – THE LANDING
#22 – TONIGHT SHE COMES
#23 – THE RITUAL
#24 – THE BABYSITTER
#25 – MARROWBONE
#26 – BETTER WATCH OUT
#27 – THE NIGHT EATS THE WORLD
#28 – BE MY CAT: A FILM FOR ANNE
#29 – PYEWACKET
#30 – TERRIFIER
#31 – MAYHEM
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