Darkness Visible, a new horror film from director Neil Biswas, takes place at the intersection of two cultures.
Ronnie (Jez Deol) was raised in London by his mother and seems to have everything going for him. A talented artist with a beautiful rockstar girlfriend (Salóme Gunnarsdóttir), he really couldn’t ask for more.
On his 28th birthday, he is overcome by sudden inspiration and creates a gorgeous, enigmatic painting. When he shows it to his mother, she is visibly shaken and disappears.
Hours later, he’s woken from a deep sleep by a phone call informing him that his mother has been hit by a car in Kolkata, India, and he heads to the airport traveling to a homeland he’s never visited.
Soon, Ronnie finds himself surrounded by unfamiliar relatives, a string of seemingly serial murders, and a mysterious witch named Rakhee (Seema Biswas) who haunts his dreams and stalks his footsteps in the historic city.
Biswas and his co-writer Ben Hervey have created a film that is both terrifying and visually stunning presenting Western audiences with unfamiliar territory. The culture is a mystery, and the spirits do not play by the same rules as the ones we know.
And that’s where Ronnie comes into play. He is just as unfamiliar as the rest of us, and thus he is our Everyman. Deol is very good in the role projecting his unease in his new environment with and open and honest performance.
Biswas and cinematographer Robby Baumgartner immerse us in the streets of Kolkata amid the colors and sounds of the city, building tension slowly a they introduce each element of Ronnie’s backstory of which even he was not aware.
Prolific composer, Nainita Desai enhances this immersion with her stunning score, blending elements of Western and Eastern to create a unique sound for Ronnie’s exploration.
Darkness Visible is not the kind of film to rely on jump scares, though there are a couple of rather well-placed ones within the film. Biswas, Deol, and the rest of the highly capable cast are far more interested in telling the audience a story about ghosts, demons, and promises that can never be broken, no matter how far you run.
Check out the trailer for Darkness Visible below and look for it in select theaters and video on demand services beginning February 8, 2019.
Watch Deleted Predator Tree Chase Scene From ‘Prey’
To celebrate the 4K UHD, Blu-ray™ and DVD release of last year’s movie Prey, 20th Century Studios has made available a deleted animated storyboard scene. In this clip, we see our heroine Naru in a foot chase with the Predator through the tree tops of the forest canopy.
The movie is already loaded with beautiful chase scenes and suspenseful set-ups but it is a shame we never got to see this one incorporated into the movie.
Prey came out on Hulu in 2022. It was a critical hit and fans seemed to love the unique stand-alone storyline. People did fall in love with Naru’s canine companion Sarii, whose real name is Coco. She had no previous film experience and was trained specifically for the movie.
The first video is the scene without commentary. The second one includes commentary from director Dan Trachtenberg.
‘Courtney Gets Possessed’ Looks Like The Satanic BFF Comedy of 2023
So your ex is the Devil himself and you’ve moved on to someone new. In fact, you are about to marry that person. But Satan is the jealous type and isn’t giving his blessing to this new arrangement. What to do? That is the premise of the new horror comedy Courtney Gets Possessed.
Just by watching the trailer, we get a sense this is a comedy about girl power and we love that. Last year My Best Friend’s Exorcism focused on one friend trying to eject a demon from her girlfriend’s soul, but in this movie, it looks like a whole wedding party gets involved.
With her nuptials on the line and the Prince of Darkness lurking close by, Courtney does her best to protect her childhood home on the eve of the wedding. But when her ne’er-do-well sister accidentally invites Satan inside (known more casually as Dave), he possesses Courtney – throwing a demonic wrench into her happily-ever-after plans. Courtney’s ragtag team of reluctant heroes including her sister, perfectionist best friend, and skeptical future sister-in-law must find a way to exorcise Dave, reclaim Courtney’s soul, and get her down the aisle with as little bloodshed as possible.
“In Sickness and in Hell” takes on a whole new meaning in this diabolically fun and thrilling romp. Audiences will be left pondering the line between love and possession and what it means to give ourselves to others. Will Courtney’s wedding bells ring or will they be drowned out by the screams of the damned?
Courtney Gets Possessed is written and directed by Jono Mitchell and Madison Hatfield. Produced by Hatfield and Jordan Blair Brown. Executive Produced by Stephen Beehler, Jegor Jersov, and Jono Mitchell. Cinematography by Brett A. Frager. Composed by Jordan Bennett. A Peach Jam Pictures production.
Courtney Gets Possessed will be available on digital and on Demand, Friday, November 3.
Vomit Bags Handed Out in Theaters as ‘Saw X’ is Called Worse Than ‘Terrifier 2’
Remember all the puking folks were doing when Terrifier 2 was released in theaters? It was an incredible amount of social media showing folks tossing their cookies in theaters at the time. For good reason too. If you have seen the film and know what Art the Clown does to a girl in a yellow room, you know that Terrifier 2 wasn’t messing around. But it appears that Saw X is being seen a challenger.
One of the scenes that is apparently bothering folks this time is the one in which a guy has to perform brain surgery on himself in order to hack out a chunk of grey matter that weighs enough for the challenge. The scene is pretty brutal.
The synopsis for Saw X goes like this:
Hoping for a miraculous cure, John Kramer travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure, only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, the infamous serial killer uses deranged and ingenious traps to turn the tables on the con artists.
For me personally, I still think that Terrifier 2 owns this crown though. It is gnarly throughout and Art is brutal and doesn’t have a code or anything. He just loves killin’. While Jigsaw deals in revenge or in ethics. Also, we see the vomit bags, but I haven’t seen anyone using em just yet. So, I’ll remain skeptical.
All in all, I gotta say I like both films since both are sticking with practical effects instead of going the cheapy computer graphics way.
Have you seen Saw X yet? Do you think that it rivals Terrifier 2? Let us know in the comments section.