Of all the subgenres in horror, few are as polarizing as the much maligned rape/revenge subgenre . Love it or hate it, it has it’s merits and some of these films are able to tackle an ugly and complex issue in new and thought provoking ways. Violation is one of those films.
A little over five years after Hannigram broke our hearts and left us wondering what became of our favorite Murder Husbands, CBS premiered Clarice. Clarice is a show that has been threatening to premiere for quite some time now and when it was finally coming to fruition, the Fannibal universe began having false hope that this must mean that a fourth season of Hannibal is possible. I say false hope because there is a very tricky and very real issue at play within the universe that Thomas Harris created...
Your stylist is there for job interview haircuts, wedding hair, family photo hair-do’s, funeral haircuts: they are always there for every major event in your life and they probably know things about you that you haven’t told your best friend, but ultimately, they are your employee and that is where things get tricky. Have you ever really thought about your stylist and how they receive all of this information?
As mental illness becomes a topic that is less taboo, more films seem to be willing to address the subject in a real way. First time feature writer/director Sabrina Mertens tackles this by sewing together fifty seven still life pictures of a family that is drowning in mental illness.
Whilst the best of 2020 seems like a really low bar and despite the complete and utter real life garbage that this year has continually given us, there were still bright spots in the horror genre and in truth it has been one of the better overall years for quality and consistency.
This is the kind of filmmaking that excites you and makes you want more. For the Sake of Vicious is a shining example of what good horror looks and feels like.
A shoestring budget used to put together a beautiful film with an exceptionally on point 70’s esthetic and vibe.