Directed by Lenny Heller
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
Struwwellerror (Germany, 2020) is a horror satire taking a decidedly darkish dig at “children in the present day” and the outrageous issues they do to get consideration on social media. It’s one of many sharpest fright-fare movies in latest reminiscence to sort out the topic. Teenage sisters Luca (Caroline Hartig) and Maxine (Flora Thiemann) and their tweenage brother Theo (Jannis Wetzel) are left to their very own gadgets when their dad and mom go away on a visit and take the household router with them. Luca desires to make herself prettier, Maxine is manipulated by a boy in whom she is (David Hugo Schmitz) in making a video he hopes to go viral, and Theo desires to cease the teasing he will get in school a few bodily drawback he’s experiencing. All three get their alternatives to achieve for his or her targets, with chilling, brutal penalties. The younger solid members are all unbelievable, giving performances that really feel actual regardless of the outrageousness of their characters’ concepts and actions. At solely 45 minutes operating time, director Lenny Heller retains issues operating at a brisk clip and hundreds on loads of stress. Equally disturbing as the fictional proceedings are in-credits precise video clips of individuals doing dangerously silly issues that impressed among the occasions in Struwwellerror.
Directed by Kate Whitbread
★★★ out of ★★★★★
Australian people horror outing The Unlit (AKA Witches of Blackwood, 2020) finds police officer Claire Nash (Cassandra Magrath of Wolf Creek in a stable efficiency) returning to her titular hometown after her Uncle Cliff (John Voce) calls her with information of a demise. She is presently on suspension due to her dealing with of an incident of a younger man who dedicated suicide in entrance of her. Issues appear fairly off in Blackwood, and letters from her late father solely make issues extra mysterious. The shortage of males and kids within the space is one other puzzle. Flashbacks of Claire’s previous trace as to why she is being handled so oddly by the locals. Director Kate Whitbread eschews shocks and bounce scares in favor of intrigue and eerie, brooding ambiance. She paces the proceedings effectively and although the finale won’t be a shocking one to witchcraft cinema aficionados (the movie’s alternate title offers that a lot away), Whitbread, working from a screenplay by Darren Markey, retains issues intriguing. Folks horror followers ought to discover The Unlit effectively value a watch.
Opinions by Joseph Perry
Struwwellerror screens as a part of Australia’s A Evening of Horror Worldwide Movie Competition , which runs on-line from October 18–31, 2021.
The Unlit is an official A Evening of Horror Worldwide Movie Competition choice however not included within the digital occasion. It is going to be launched in Australia subsequent 12 months and has been launched within the U.S. as Witches of Blackwood.
For extra data on A Evening of Horror Worldwide Movie Competition, go to http://www.anightofhorror.com/.