Showing posts with label Antichrist. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Antichrist. Show all posts

Friday, February 22, 2013

WiHM: Our Favorite Female Roles In Horror, Day 6

Today we offer not our usual two, but three actresses who got our attention in three memorable and controversial films. These women put it all out there, holding nothing back for the beauty of the performance. Thanks to Marie for spotlighting these three remarkable roles in horror, portrayed by a trio of impressive actresses.


Pollyanna McIntosh - The Woman

Director Lucky McKee is known for his explicit and controversial filmmaking, and he did not disappoint with his 2011 film The Woman

Although it stars one of his favorite recurring actresses, Angela Bettis, I’m going to highlight another female performance in the movie.

The film is centered around the Cleek family, consisted of mother Belle (Angela Bettis), daughters Peggy and Darlin’, son Brian, and father Chris (Sean Bridgers). The well-off family live in a somewhat secluded area with surrounding woodlands that Chris often goes hunting in. On one of these hunts, he finds some unexpected game, a woman. That woman is played by Scottish actress Pollyanna McIntosh.

McIntosh takes on the hefty role of a feral woman who Chris decides to capture and chain up in his basement. Instead of keeping it a secret, he fully involves his family in “civilizing” her. This woman could not be at the hands of a more psychotic family.

The subject matter of this movie is as dark as it gets, and it takes guts to take on a role like this. Pollyanna’s character may endure a rape scene and plenty of gruesome torture at the hands of her captors but it is not in vain. She gets her share of revenge.

Even though Pollyanna has not a single coherent line, she still nails this role and takes all the criticism it gets with stride.


Yum Jung Ah (Yeom Jeong Ah)- A Tale of Two Sisters

Before Jee-woon Kim made I Saw the Devil, he made a film based on a Korean folktale called A Tale of Two Sisters.

The two sisters in question are Soo-mi and Soo-yeon, who are moving back into their childhood home with their father and a new mother. Stepmother Eun-joo (Yeom Jeong Ah) is cruel and controlling, and becomes jealous at any affections the girls have towards their own father. As tensions rise between the sisters and stepmother, it is hard to tell which is a more trying problem—Eun-joo, or the ghost that is haunting their house.

Yeom Jeong Ah plays this complex, multi-demensional role with grace. Her performance is apt and on-target, and boy, is she easy to hate.
 For further reading on this film see my article on it here.

 Charlotte Gainsbourg - Antichrist

I’m not sure if I could call this a “favorite” female role, as it is downright disturbing, but I must give it to Ms. Gainsbourg for taking it on.
I, for one, will never look at her quite the same again.

In Lars von Trier’s Antichrist, Charlotte Gainsbourg plays an emotionally disturbed woman distraught by the accidental death of her son, who she blames herself for since she was having sex with her husband when he died.

Gainsbourg clearly isn’t worried about getting nude for a film, as she bares everything—I mean everything in this one. It even seems like she is one of those rare actresses who truly has no limits, as we watch her mutilate herself on screen.

Although the film was very well-received in Europe, von Trier has been accused of being a misogynist. That you can debate for yourselves, but one thing you cannot deny is that Charlotte Gainsbourg is one dedicated actress.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Kinky Sex And Horror. You KNOW You Wanna Read This Post ~ So Just Do It...

By Marie & Christine

I  (Marie here) attended a screening of director Park Chan-wook's (Old Boy, Thirst) new film, "Stoker" the other day and boy did I love it. If you are familiar with his work, you have an idea of the mastery of this powerhouse filmmaker.

Although he doesn't write the original stories for the films he directs, he seems to have a specific taste, and one of the recurring subjects he deals with is unconventional sexuality.

Stoker stars Mia Wasikowska as India Stoker, an 18-year-old girl whose father has died suddenly in an accident. An uncle (Matthew Goode) she never previously new to exist comes to live with her and her cold, caustic mother (Nicole Kidman). He is an unpredictable and mysterious character who India soon becomes infatuated with.

Without spoiling anything, I will just say that there are many examples of strange sex in this film, some that will make you cringe or say, "Ew", but is undeniably interesting.
What gets some people off may seem strange and we often feel the need to search for roots and reasons to explain such, but when it comes down to it these are our most primal thoughts and feelings.

Let's take this opportunity to explore some (mostly) horror films that deal with taboo sex. Christine has helped me out with a few additions as well.

ANTICHRIST (2009)  LARS VON TRIER
Lars von Trier's controversial film deals with a couple whose life is shattered when their baby boy dies while they are having sex. The wife, billed only as "She", reveals to her husband on a secluded getaway that she has been working on a thesis on how women are the Antichrist. This movie is definitely worth a watch if you like to challenge yourself and watch really fucked up movies. I must warn you that this movie is extremely graphic, and you will never look at Charlotte Gainsbourg the same way again./MR

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DEADGIRL (2008)   MARCEL SARMIENTO
Two adolescent boys get much more than they bargained for when they act out their necrophilic urges on a corpse they find in an abandoned mental hospital. I remember picking up this movie at Blockbuster and this stranger dude standing next to me was like, "That's a good movie." And then I ran away./MR


KISSED (1996)   LYNNE STOPKEWICH
This isn't technically a horror movie but I'm putting it on here. Sandra (Molly Parker) has always been fascinated with death, but her fascination becomes an infatuation when she gets a job as a mortician and finds a passion for necrophilia. It's a romance about fucking dead people, sounds weird, right? It is, and there are some really strange scenes.../MR

EXCISION (2012)   RICHARD BATES JR.
Pauline (Annalynne McCord) aspires to be a surgeon and has a special kink. She gets off on blood and gore. This film was extremely well received despite what some might consider icky subject matter./MR

VIDEODROME (1983)   DAVID CRONENBERG
Cronenberg's cult classic is about a man (James Woods) who is looking for the next extreme in television programming and brings the boob tube to a whole new level./MR

CRASH (1996)    DAVID CRONENBERG
Also not horror but totally perverse nonetheless, another weird one from Cronenberg focuses on people who get off sexually on car accidents.  If it sounds too strange for words that's because it is. This film is so bizarre that James Spader has sex with Rosanna Arquette by using an open wound on her leg as a substitute for her vagina.  Very out there, even for Cronenberg./CH


 
AFTERMATH (1994)   NACHO CERDA
I doubt you'll find a more disturbing film than this quick, thirty-minute stunner.  It is the dialogue-free short in which a mortician does the worst thing possible with a corpse, and I think you know where I'm going here. Really does give necrophilia a whole new meaning.  It is grotesque, disturbing, and just plain vile.  And you cannot take your eyes off it.
But be warned, it is not for the horror novice.
(And to be clear, the DVD cover above is from the third part of Cerdà's trilogy (!).  I couldn't bring myself to show the actual cover of Aftermath. And that's saying a lot.) /CH


EYES WIDE SHUT (1994)    STANLEY KUBRICK
Not a horror movie, but still quite bizarre just the same.  Tom Cruise and then-wife Nicole Kidman decide to explore their sexuality. Just not with each other.  Indecent rituals, secret societies in which masks and passwords are the norm, and orgies galore are alive and well here in this Kubrick sextravaganza./CH


SALO or THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM (1975 )   PIER PAOLO PASOLINI
I'm really can't even go there.  You shouldn't either.  Seriously one of the most foul films of sexual depravity and graphic and disturbing violence you will ever see.  Or not see, which really should be the case.  If you look up the word 'controversial' in the dictionary there needs to be a picture of this movie poster beside the word.
Enough said. /CH
There are so many other films that are sexually distressing and entirely interesting - such as Lost Highway, A Serbian Film, Blue Velvet, Teeth, and Cat People(1982)  to name a few...Perhaps a Part 2 will be forthcoming...