Finally got around to watching The Witch: A New England Folktale on DVD. I had high hopes as the trailer was pretty spooky with the girl playing peek-a-boo with the baby that suddenly disappears. The trailer was good. However that scene happens about three minutes into the movie and that's part of the problem. For all the great camera work, the mostly solid acting, the wonderful locations, judicious special effects and the general grimness of the situation, the horror is paced really evenly throughout the length of the film leading to a general flatness. The story doesn't have an arc so much as a straight line. That straight line has a spirit level on it to boot. There are no twists or surprises along the way. No great deviations. No rise and fall. It's really quite odd. the scenes of horror are well done, but don't really mean anything or lead anywhere. If you took any of the outrageous tableaux and transplanted them into any other horror film you might have actaully shocked someone. All I want is rising tension and resolution. Is that too much to ask for! Well most horror films lack resolution, and this one at least had everything else going for it. It's not awful, just flat.
I enjoyed it as much as It Follows in that texturally it was pleasing to look at and it had moments of interest throughout, but neither were particulary frightening and neither linger in the memory much despite a couple of good scenes in both. If there is any subtext in either, then it's pretty close to the surface.
I think I can say, without fear of contradiction, that making modern abstract art looks easy. Here's an example of how easy it looks. Looks, as we all know, can be deceptive. Although, if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, well, you know the rest. I'm not making any judgements here. I'm just finding an artist and giving you an example of their work. An example that I happen to like. That is all.
Two more from the archives. These are two left overs from a series I did earlier in the year. I've updated those old posts as I've added a texture in to give them a kick up the arse! Ten in all - collect the set why don't 'cha?