Friday, October 12, 2012

Jason and Shawn review The Fields and The Selling

The Selling

Jason: Finally, a horror comedy that's actually funny. Kudos to screenwriter/star Gabriel Diani for that. He wrote some funny shit here AND he performed the majority of it to a T. Kudos also to co-stars Jonathan Klein, Janet Varney, Etta Devine and company too. It's the acting and interactions that make this movie. Did I mention Barry (Some Guy Who Kills People) Bostwick is in this? Well he is. And his small part owns!

Not all the humour comes off. The big set pieces – like the sales montage shown in the trailer – aren't that funny. It's the dialogue – “Does that feel like dream boob to you?” – that make the movie

This is a lighthearted flick that hits more than it misses. And it's one more people need to see. It's a fun way to kill 90 minutes. Good! And yes, Varney is one hot real estate agent.

Shawn: Originally, I thought this movie would be too goofy to be in our Month of Hell reviews. But … it was not. Funny? Hell yes! And still maintained enough creepiness to honour hell. Or something like that.

This was pretty refreshing, and for a bunch of people I’ve never seen before, they were really good in the movie. The humor was good, well timed, and smart-ish. I dug this movie as a change of pace. Hell, I even watched it twice. I guess that means it’s a Good.

But it sticks out more in my mind as being something original. That mostly always warrants a Good. But don’t quote me. Ha ha.

The Fields

Jason: If this really happened to screenwriter Harrison Smith, then congrats man. I'm glad you got past it. Some seriously scary shit! This is the stuff child's nightmares are made of, with some powerful sequences and images. Ringmaster hiding under the bed? That made me jump!

The Fields captures that moment in a child's life when he or she learns the world isn't always a happy place. The discovery of coloured people, weird relatives and yes, the predators out there. I remember moments like this when I was a kid – although not to the same degree – and those old feelings are still there.

I liked the cast. Cloris Leachman's foul-mouthed grandmother stole the show. The kid, Joshua Ormond, was decent too. The less said about Tara Reid the better.

I'm gonna give this a Bad. As much as I dug a lot of it, I won't see it again. But it's a solid one-off.

Shawn: By far the most disturbing movie I’ve watched in a long time. Only because the monsters were in this kids head. Mostly. If this was based on real-life events, then I feel bad for him.

This wasn’t a story about monsters. It was a story about people, and they are far worse monsters than any hairy beast living under your bed or in your closet. Fairly original too.

I’m going to give it a Good, even though it is barely interesting enough to watch a second time. It's strung together, and changes from abuse, to actual bad guys, and all the things that go between.

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