‘Ava’s Possessions’ is smart, funny, and occasionally creepy indie fare.
It’s easy to be disillusioned by bland, scare-free horror films like The Lazarus Effect. Of course, not every horror film makes Ouija look like The Exorcist, but perhaps we can use this as a learning exercise. Rather than cursing the darkness, let’s light a little candle and look at “Three Things We Can Learn from The Lazarus Effect.”
The focus on families other than that of the Winchesters, particularly the appearance of Crowley’s mother Rowena, has been an interesting turn to the season, as has the exploration of the continuing effects of the Mark of Cain. However, other storylines with potential have wrapped themselves up too quickly, getting unfairly shortchanged in the process.
The gateway movie to my full-blown film addiction was Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko (2001). Kelly has yet to create a film that matches the mood or magnitude of his first success. This supernatural thriller has sparked a cult following behind its intense narrative and themes. Countless arguments have played out discussing it’s a representation of madness. Made in only 28 days it utilised a low budget of 4.5 million. This made it a poster-child for indie films.