Wondering what to see? Since it’s the unlucky Friday the 13th, why not throw some spooky oddities in your weekend streaming?
Modern horror maestro (and Stephen King fan) Mike Flanagan’s 2019 feature film doctor sleep is a candidate starting from the back foot with attachment to memory The glowbut finds plenty of bizarre horror himself.
The 1992 Buffy the vampire slayerthe feature film precursor to the long-running TV franchise (and comics), may not have the bite and finesse of its series counterpart, but it has a lot going for it, despite what its reputation might suggest.
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Even then, there are some campy laughs at his expense. Although it’s more of a horror in the sense of its examination of our relationships with corporate culture and how it makes monsters out of us (literally), the alternate Oakland of today is the macabre Sorry to bother you has plenty of weird existential terror to spare.
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Sorry to bother you (2018) – BBC iPlayer: Picks of the Week
Hip-hop artist and music video director Boots Riley’s debut film, I’m sorry to bother you The bizarre and often reminiscent of Charlie Kaufman debut work is many things at once, but above all incredibly bold.
Adapted from the directionless telemarketer Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield, Rise of Fame), Riley examines how corporate systems pit workers and marginalized races against each other to maintain power. Sounds simple and serious enough, though Sorry to bother you adds several absurd twists to his story as Cassius gets a taste of the sweet life due to his uncanny ability to imitate a white person’s voice (Arrested developerst in this case is David Cross) by phone to customers.
As he rises through the ranks towards the path of the elite, Cassius finds himself torn between the lure of wealth and solidarity with his less affluent peers and peers. It’s a film that, with its various nightmarish parodies of Amazon and the like, fits in very well with the ongoing labor movements as various workers for American corporate giants are unionizing for the first time ever.
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A sprawling mix of corporate satire and absurdist comedy sorry to bother you overcomes the clutter of his writing with sheer will and wildly deranged imagination, and an electrifying fury in his analysis of how capitalism and racism work hand in hand.
Also in iPlayer: In the forest (2014), mindhorn (2016)
Buffy the vampire slayer (1992) – Disney+
Perhaps a film mainly reserved for completers Buffy and angle Fans or just the outrageously curious, the cinematic not-quite-prequel to Joss Whedon’s hit series of the same name has some worthwhile surprises in store.
First and foremost, Kristy Swanson’s bold but steely performance as the eponymous Buffy sets the stage for Sarah Michelle Gellar’s iconic portrayal. Second is the adorable parade of ’90s sweethearts like Luke Perry and David Arquette.
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Directed by Fran Rubel Kuzui, the concept is vaguely the same as the subsequent TV show: Oddly-named cheerleader Buffy is popular and approachable, but her life is turned upside down when a mythical destiny is revealed – powers that Teenage girls in every generation are bestowed to protect the world from vampires.
Definitely rough around the edges as it hadn’t quite figured out its plot design, tinged with dialogue that oscillates between cheesy and dated. But at the same time, there’s also campy fun to be found, even if it’s growing pains to keep up with that odd first season.
Also on Disney+: Sneakerella (2022), Bruce Almighty, Tommy
doctor sleep (2019) – Netflix
To be honest, doctor sleep is anything but perfect. Mike Flanagan’s film adaptation of Stephen King The glow The eponymous sequel is in line with the so-called “legacy sequels” of the past decade, decades later remakes of beloved classics intended to push audiences’ nostalgia buttons.
This feels most evident in the final act, as it embarks on a Remember This?-style tour of film history, which is mostly a downside because the preceding material is actually so clear and compelling.
Flanagan’s decision to delve into Stanley Kubrick’s film (which King himself famously disliked) is somewhat inevitable, but much of what precedes this journey into a ghostly memory trail is genuinely chilling.
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It’s quite a wondrous achievement, not only in the face of such comparisons, but also considering that the narrative centers around Rebecca Ferguson’s antagonist, Rose the Hat (who resembles an evil Stevie Nicks), who vaporizes the souls of children. Unhinged as it sounds, under Flanagan’s direction such absurdity takes on a new state and morphs into something quite unsettling: the misery of a particular scene starring young actor Jacob Tremblay will be remembered by many.
doctor sleep is as bold in it as it leans into the corniness that King’s writing contains, and it’s better off. Ewan McGregor works hard to find the humanistic side of a tale of psychic children and top-hatted monsters.
It’s just solid, unpretentious genre work for a film that should be doomed by any means if it dares to be a sequel to The shininG. And yet it works almost entirely in that capacity, though only when vaguely evoked by the horrific memories clearly etched on Danny Torrance’s weary face.
Also on Netflix: hairspray (2007)