Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Swallowed’ Highlights Queer Body Horror

What was once seen as a subversion within the horror community has become one of its strongest aspects. During the 1980s, many films within the genre were outwardly homophobic or transphobic. For decades this continued to be the case, but in 2022, queer-coded characters have become a staple of the genre. In the case of … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Swallowed’ Highlights Queer Body Horror

Review: ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Struggles With Its Uninspired Story

Riddled in behind-the-scenes controversies and news-grabbing headlines and serving as her sophomore follow-up to the well-received Booksmart, Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling was one of the hotly anticipated movies of the year. With a stacked cast, solid director, and the (unfulfilled) promise of a timely thriller with something to say, there was a lot to be excited for. However, … Continue reading Review: ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Struggles With Its Uninspired Story

Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Missing’ Anoints a New Star Director Through a Dark Mystery

There are few filmmakers capable of changing their careers overnight. However, the arrival of Missing at Fantastic Fest 2022 may do just that for Shinzô Katayama. Missing lands at the festival as an explosive breakthrough. After working with Bong Joon Ho on a pair of films as his assistant director, Katayama made his own debut … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Missing’ Anoints a New Star Director Through a Dark Mystery

Review: ‘Into the Deep’ Struggles to Hold Your Attention

While trauma can certainly change a person, Hollywood continues to make it the motivation de jour. When the industry overuses a concept, it becomes much easier to spot the films that struggle to tell authentic stories. The latest Lionsgate film, Into the Deep, truly believes in its story. However, with poorly written exchanges, questionable performances, … Continue reading Review: ‘Into the Deep’ Struggles to Hold Your Attention