Bird Box Early Buzz: Critics Mixed on Sandra Bullock Netflix Horror
Netflix recently made the unprecedented decision to release three of its Oscar contender films in theaters before they hit streaming. Two of which were expected – Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar frontrunner Roma, the Coen Brothers’ anthology Western The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – but the third was something of a question mark: Bird Box starring Sandra Bullock and directed by Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier. Right off the bat, Bird Box doesn’t seem like an Oscar movie, but the theatrical release of the film kind of makes sense: it stars an Oscar winner, is directed by a foreign film Oscar winner, and is a apocalyptic horror film that recalls this year’s smash hit, A Quiet Place. Heisserer’s script endeavors to give Bullock a rich psychological backstory to play – something to do with her reluctance to accept motherhood and the redemption she experiences in accepting that role – and the wonderfully self-reliant actress plays that arc earnestly enough. Often, a dystopian drama uses its despairing setting to explore something elemental about existence – usually exploring the bonds of family or community – but Bird Box is surprisingly simplistic in its thematic undercurrents.
Outside of its admiration for mothers, Bier’s film seems to only vaguely hint at other ephemeral ideas, and as a result Bird Box is a curiously hollow experience. For her part, Bullock seems to have placed a foot in each camp, as she has done on occasion in the past, but she’s rather underserved by a writer and director perhaps uncertain about how to maximize the piece’s genre potential while simultaneously keeping it smart. We’re all fumbling into this new parenthood blindly, hoping that we’re raising smart and strong kids while also allowing them to experience the joys of childhood, and it’s that innate understanding of parenthood that makes Bullock’s performance feel real. All of the reviews were effusive in their praise of Bullock, who unsurprisingly delivers another gripping performance as a mother struggling to raise her children in a world beset upon by unseen monsters. They were divided on whether Bird Box’s slow pace was sluggish or atmospheric.
For now, it seems like Bird Box may not be as a strong Oscar contender as Roma or even The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, which also met a lukewarm reception. Bird Box is set to hit select U.S. theaters a week before its worldwide premiere on Netflix on December 21, 2018.
Knoxville Horror Film Fest promises zombies, gore and more in 10th year
If you’re looking for somewhere to watch family-friendly Halloween movies with the kids, Knoxville Horror Film Fest definitely is not the place to be. The 10th annual festival will be held Oct. 18-21 with more than 50 films that promise blood, violence and a fair share of frights just in time for Halloween. ‘A pretty strong horror community’Mahaffey created a few horror films of his own after leaving school at UT, he said, earning him slots at some festivals around the country. These thoughts led to the creation of the first Knoxville Horror Film Fest in 2009, which only featured shorts and was held at the Pilot Light. The festival has grown exponentially over the past decade, drawing close to 200 attendees on average in recent years. The film is a horror musical about a zombie apocalypse set during Christmas.
In addition to these full-length movies, more than 50 shorts will be on display at the festival’s two venues – Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 and Central Cinema. Mahaffey, along with Nick Huinker and Logan Myers, worked to open Central Cinema a few months back following years of success with the festival. The theater will be home to two after-parties happening during the festival. How to attend and what to expectMahaffey said he anticipates about 200 people to participate in the festival throughout the weekend. 25 – Friday Pass.$35 – Saturday Pass.$55 – Centerpiece Pass for all Friday and Saturday screenings at Regal Downtown West Cinema 8.$100 – Full festival pass with access to all events at both venues. 200 – R.I.P. Package with festival pass, shirt, poster and admission to Oct.
horror movies at Central.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Horror Movie References
When it was first announced that Sabrina the Teenage Witch would be getting a reboot on Netflix, few were likely prepared for just how dark the new take on the classic story – which is based on a series of gritty graphic novels – would be. In the first season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina alone there are tons of references to horror movies, scary TV shows, a chilling painting, and even a particularly creepy music video.
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