When “Twin Peaks” aired in 1990 no one thought it would have much of a chance as a TV show and even today one must wonder why or how it did become such a phenomenon. Was it because of the cherry pie and the fine cuppa Jo? Was it because the mystery of Laura Palmer’s murder kept people coming back to “Twin Peaks” each week? Was it Dale Cooper’s (Kyle MacLachlan) messages to Diane on his Dictaphone? And who the hell is Bob?
“Twin Peaks” was and still is full of mysteries, mysteries that will never be answered. Some of them should have better remained unanswered but such is life, you seek the answer until you finally get it and then you move on. And what about Laura Palmer’s murderer? You really needed to know, didn’t you? I won’t spoil it for you here, so read on!
Yes they do, no matter what version you are watching, however if you choose to watch the 2007 one, you may fall asleep anyhow and it would be for the better if you did. Watching Philip Kaufman’s version of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” you won’t fall asleep, you cannot. I promise you that much.
For those unfamiliar with the “Body Snatcher” theme, the gist of the matter is that somewhere in outer space there are spores on a devastated planet orbiting a dying sun. The spores are driven by their impulse to survive to leave their doomed planet, drifting through space trying to conquer new planets.
Someone once said that horror movies are always a bit cheesy. True or not, “1408” (2007), directed by Mikael Håfström, is about a book author and skeptic, Mike Enslin (John Cusack), who writes about paranormal occurrences. Sounds cheesy enough so far. The film is based on Stephen King’s short story of the same name and this is where things start getting interesting.
For his latest book, Mike Enslin wants to check out room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel in New York. The manager of the hotel, Mr. Olin (Jackson), tries to convince Enslin not to stay in that room and warns him in fact not to enter. No one ever lasted more than one hour in that room. This only prompts Enslin to check into 1408 no matter what.
Fallout, mutants and fresh meat, put all that somewhere in the middle of the desert of New Mexico where “The Hills Have Eyes” (2006) and you have your classic horror scenario. Wes Craven did that with a budget of approximately 5,000 dollars back in 1977 and we now get a visual upgrade to that 70s classic.
This movie is not for the faint of heart as it contains explicit scenes of extreme graphic violence. If these things cannot shock you then you will not feel the urge to cover your eyes when the axe splits the skull or the head gets shot off with a shotgun. The tagline states it already, “the lucky ones die first” and if they are really lucky it happens quickly. If you love birds, be warned, mutants bite off bird heads, squeeze their bodies and drink their blood for fun, it’s a known fact and if there are mothers with babies around they not only drink bird blood…
“The Exorcism of Emily Rose” is based on a true story and is not really about the exorcism of Emily Rose but rather about the trial of a priest (Wilkinson) who got charged for negligent homicide not because of the performed exorcism but because he advised a young girl Emily Rose (Jennifer Carpenter) to stop taking a medicine she didn’t want to take in the first place.
OK, so there is an exorcism happening somewhere along the lines but it doesn’t make the movie, most of the time is spent in the court room listening to prosecutor Ethan Thomas (Campbell Scott), a man of faith and fact and his monotonous and lackluster speeches.
The whole argumentation of both sides leaves much to be desired and is nothing but circumstantial and in the defender’s case not even that but solely based on faith and that with the defendant being an agnostic; an odd concept inside a courtroom. Hence the verdict in the end is just as odd and basically the only possible one.