Beverly Sutphin has incredibly high standards for herself and those around her. If you neglect to rewind your videotapes, piss off her children, or make the ill-fated decision not to recycle she will kill you. Not only will she kill you, she will take an inordinate amount of glee in it. Her other interests include: harassment, obscene phone calls, and baking.
In the past, people have suggested that Serial Mom is not a horror film. If you are one of those people, you are wrong and Beverly will make you pay. It may be satirical, over-the-top, and extremely campy, but Serial Mom is most certainly a horror film – more accurately, it is a horror-infused black comedy, but it’s not necessary to split hairs. The film loosely follows certain standards of the slasher formula, while injecting a healthy amount of signature John Waters humor.
Mary Mason is a promising medical student consumed by her debt. Tempted by the promise of quick money, she finds herself becoming more and more involved with the body modification counter culture. But the more intertwined she becomes, the more danger she begins to encounter.
American Mary is helmed by identical twin sister writer/directors Jen and Sylvia Soska. With their sophomore effort, the pair show considerable growth over their debut feature Dead Hooker in a Trunk. The film’s dark tone and eery cinematography make for a harrowing yet simultaneously enjoyable viewing experience.
Steven C. Miller’s Under the Bed tells the familiar story of children fighting against the monster living under their bed but through a much darker lens than what we’ve seen in the past. Brothers Neil and Paulie Hausman fight for their lives and the lives of their loved ones in this visceral tale of man vs. monster.
Under the Bed conjures memories of movies like Little Monsters, The Gate, and other kid-friendly fright films. But movies like Little Monsters were geared primarily towards youngsters and steered clear of any real violence or inappropriate language. Under the Bed differentiates itself from more juvenile fare by appealing to older children and adults. And the film is undeniably appealing. It really kicks in to high gear in the final act and actually surprised me with just how brutal it got.