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Body Count Podcast #40 – The Invitation

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017

Subscribe to the Podcast: iTunes | Android | RSS Danny, Philip, and Scott discuss the 2015 thriller “The Invitation.” An interesting discussion ensues concerning the...

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reviewed by Philip directed by Gene Wilder, 1986 ___________________________________ I love this movie. Yes, it was nearly universally panned by critics and fans alike and...

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Body Count Podcast #1601

Body Count Podcast #1601

Jul 28, 2016

Subscribe to the Podcast:  iTunes | Android | RSS

Philip and Scott list their top 3 horror anthologies and discuss their favorite scenes from each.

The Invitation – Review

The Invitation – Review

Jul 26, 2016

reviewed by Scott
directed by Karyn Kusama, 2015
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You are invited to witness this angsty psychological thriller that’ll rip your heart out.  The Invitation is directed by Karyn Kusama who also helmed Girlfight and the horror comedy, Jennifer’s Body.  Brilliantly written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, The Invitation premiered at the 2015 SXSW film festival.

Most of us have been to parties where we felt out-of-place.  And some of us have been in social settings where things are going fine until the train stops unexpectedly at crazy town.  If you can relate and even if you can’t, The Invitation will put you there.

Will, the lead character, is played by Logan Marshall-Green.  It’s an emotionally complex role that he pulls off expertly.  He is summoned with his new girlfriend, Kira, to the home of his ex-wife, Eden, who is hosting a dinner party with her new husband.  Right off the bat, Will and Kira experience a disturbing mishap on the way which is the first indication that this picture is about some seriously damaged people.  Once there, they are met by a group of Will and Eden’s old friends whom they haven’t seen in ages, along with some mysterious new faces.  The film unsettles us with clues and misdirections, which it neutralizes with intermittent normalness.  Every dire signal has a sensible explanation.  When you hear hoofbeats, don’t immediately think of zebras.  Think of horses.  Yeah, but…

Will is in no mood for a party at the house he used to share with his ex and their son.  Will and Eden, we learn, divorced in the aftermath of their young son’s tragic death and both of them have had trouble moving on.  Eden claims to have found a way to be free from all negative emotions, but Will is skeptical . . . about everything.  Why is Eden acting so spacey?  Where is their missing friend?  Why is the door locked?  Who are these new people?  As Will’s paranoia grows to epic proportions, certain things fail to add up for the viewer too.  Someone at this party is clearly bonkers; it’s just not clear who.

The dinner-party-from-hell micro-subgenre is only as good as the supporting cast.  In this case, The Invitation is pure perfection.  Everyone seems so normal except for the little things.  Like a slightly tilted painting over the fireplace, there is just something off.  Like Hitchcock’s Rope, this creepy delight would work well as a stage play too.  Avoid the trailer.  The less you know, the better.

Some critics of the film will say that it just moves too slowly, but the pace is perfect in my estimation.  It is a slow burn but with just enough suppressed violence and emotion to keep you on edge.  Be assured there is plenty of pay off before it’s done.  Fans of unexpected chills and bizarreness will be rewarded.  If you need wall-to-wall action, you’ll probably find your mind wandering until, well, just until.  But if you like your chillers marinated slowly and packing a hidden punch to the gut, this is one film not to miss.

Body Count Podcast #1501

Body Count Podcast #1501

Sep 8, 2015

It’s getting that time of the year where the team here at TheBlackestEyes.com feels giddy with excitement. Since Halloween is just around the corner, we are going to be reviewing some films we have seen recently and podcasting. We hope you enjoy some new material and we would love to hear from you.

In this new podcast, Philip and Scott discuss the American horror film, Jug Face directed by Chad Crawford Kinkle. Enjoy!

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Body Count Podcast #1403

Body Count Podcast #1403

Nov 6, 2014

Scott and Philip discuss the origins of Halloween and the original 1978 classic by John Carpenter.

Body Count Podcast #1402

Body Count Podcast #1402

Oct 13, 2014

Philip and Scott discuss a few foreign horror films that are worth your time. Join the conversation and let us know what we got right and what we got wrong.

Body Count Podcast #1401

Body Count Podcast #1401

Oct 6, 2014

Due to the haunting month of October, Philip, Scott, and Danny return to the Body Count podcast to discuss horror movies that might be appealing to people who do not like horror movies. Leave us a comment with a movie we left out.