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Film Noir Friday: Fourteen Hours

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Richard Basehart and Paul Douglas in Fourteen Hours

Fourteen Hours, is a lesser known Film Noir from 1951, directed by Henry Hathaway and Written by John Paxton. Based on an article by Joel Sayre in The New Yorker describing the 1938 suicide of John William Warden. The film was shot in New York and is the film debut of Grace Kelly in a small role.

The film follows a cop as he attempts to coerce a suicidal man off the ledge of a building. Onlookers and family discord make the situation worse as the Officer attempts to gain the unstable man’s trust. Over the course of fourteen hours he succeeds in winning him over only to have his efforts continually messed up due to those around him.

My happiest surprise while watching this film was the treatment of mental illness and the reality the stigma towards it. People on the streets are seen as being both sympathetic and horrible towards the situation. Below the man on the ledge, taxi drivers are placing bets and kids are mocking him. While this is a harsh view it is a true one and a view we still live with today. Far too often people forget that those suffering from a mental illness and those on the brink of suicide are ill and they need help. However we don’t view it in the same vein as physical illnesses like cancer so we have a distorted view of the harsh reality.

On the streets and in the buildings of New York, life continued. People went to work, found their ways back to each other and managed to find love. It is a Hollywood movie after all. You could’t expect them to make a movie with at least a little romance did you? Fourteen Hours breaks up the drama that exist on the ledge by showing us his affect on those below him and how they react to the situation. While this film may not be as well known as Noir classics  Laura and Double Indemnity, it still works with a great script and superb acting by the films star, Robert Cosick.

Two endings to the film exist. The original and preferred ending by the Director has Robert falling to his death but due to the suicide of Fox President, Spyros Skouras daughter on the day of the films preview the ending was changed to have Robert survive.

Netflix Pick of the Week: The Lost Boys

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Release Date: 1987

Genre: Teen Horror/Comedy

Director: Joel Schumaher

Screenplay: Janice Fischer, James Jeremias, Jeffrey Boam

Vampires were just beginning to mesh with the teen genre and with that came The Lost Boys. A teen horror and comedy film staring many eighties favorites and, up and coming talent. Sutherland is the bad guy once again as he leads a group of vampires along the boardwalk and a group of teenagers get to play hero.

Eighties teen horror, comedy The Lost Boys stars Jason Patric and Corey Haim as teen boys from Arizona that move with their mother played by Diane West to a California coastal town. They move in with their eccentric grandfather played by Bernard Hughes. While hanging out at the Boardwalk Michael (Patric) sees Lucy (Jami Gertz), the girlfriend of David, played by Keifer Sutherland. Sam (Haim) meets the Frog brothers played by Gorey Feldman and Jamison Newlander, self proclaimed vampire hunters. After an initiation into the group led by David, Michael begins to have a thirst for blood. His behavior begins to worry not only himself but his brother as well. With the help of the Frog brothers Sam begins to investigate.

The Lost Boys is a fun adventure probably not suitable for kids below ten, obviously depending on your own rules about what is too scary or too gory. With a perfect villain and an ending you may or may not have scene coming The Lost Boys is an entertaining film for a Friday night  and a perfect introduction into the horror genre. If you are trying to get some one into horror but are unsure where to start it is best to start small and a film that also happens to be a teen comedy will do just fine.

The first film featuring both Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, they would go on to appear in many more films together creating a partnership as teen heartthrobs covering the walls of many teenage girls. A stellar cast including Billy Wirth and Bill and Teds Alex Winter The Lost Boys is now available to stream on Netflix.

Netflix Pick of the Week: We Are What We Are

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We Are What We Are (American Remake

Director: Jim Mickle

Starring: Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner, Kelly McGillis, and Odeya Rush

Note: I have not seen the 2010 Mexican film of which this film is a remake of. I am judging this film completely on its own.

Last weeks Netflix pick of the week was the 2013 American adaptation of Mexican horror film We Are What We Are. This week I finally decided to sit down with a cup of tea and write down what I thought about the film. Since I have yet to see the original there will be no comparison. I am judging this film on its own.

WARNING: There may be a few spoilers. If you want to be 100% surprised don’t go past this point. 

We Are What We Are is not your typical horror film. As a matter of fact I don’t see it as horror at all. I look at this film as more of a study on family and the way individual members cope with the death in the family

What happens when the matriarch of a family living in mere seclusion dies?  Her oldest daughter must take on the greatest responsibility she must prepare the family meals. Now for your everyday family that wouldn’t seem like such a problem but this isn’t your normal family. We Are What We Are  explores one of the last taboos in modern film culture by giving us a family whose tradition is cannibalism. The oldest daughter played by Ambry Childers must take on the most difficult job in the family. She must kill and cook the victims. Through out the film we are taken through three kids journeys. Specifically to the two teenage daughters. We watch as there father deteriorates and how they begin to question their way of life. Through out the film the middle child and youngest daughter reads through a book like some read through a bible. It is used as some type of guide for the girls while serving as a back story to answer any question as to why this is a old family tradition in the first place.

We Are What We Are is a slow burn family drama. It also acts as a coming of age tale of two teenage girls that begin to question their family’s tradition. I was drawn to the film through the trailer. It has a dark and all consuming atmosphere that pulls you in. A modern day story set in a small mountain town We Are What We Are will leave you with questions and that is how it should be. I am sure you will still find yourself with questions. If you enjoy slow burn horror films with a thought provoking story line this is a film for you. Check it out on Netflix.