Thursday, October 7, 2021

Fantastic Fest 2021: Baby Assassins, Eye of Fire & Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

 Some quick reviews from some of the other films we saw at Fantastic Fest 2021.
 Baby Assassins

-Wanted to love this one, loved the concept of two teenage Japanese girl assassins having to get part-time jobs...but it's slow and surreal. I can't tell if they really killed someone or it's in there heads. It be fine if the world was just a bit cartoony like the Yakuza game series, but when you can't tell it's frustrating, gave up after 15 minutes. The two assassins also didn't bring anything to the table that made them endearing to follow.

Eye of Fire

-A re-release of a folk tale horror movie about a group of people who were cast out of their village in pre-USA America. Made in 1983, it's a horror film that gets all kinds of weird, like fighting a witch in a tree, when your both made out of the same tree, weird. So, the group goes to an area not even Indians want to go, because it's cursed by a witch and she does some horrible things to this small band of heretics. Luckily, the group has an insane red-haired women who might be magical, but does eat mud. An out there horror film at moments, but something to watch with friends in the mood for some 80's horror movie fun.

Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

-A great long doc on the long history of folk horror movies to get lost in. People trying to combat the old ways, the old religions the old stories. Get scared from the beliefs of the past and the stories created long ago. It goes way back to The Witchfinder General and pre-Nicholas Cage The Wicker Man till we get to now with Midsommar. Good for any horror fan who wants to hear about a lot of titles you might have missed or should re-visit.