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And yet again, I came upon a year where it was too hard to decide which films to feature, and it got narrowed down to two: a home invasion thriller that upends the premise of a classic chiller from the Sixties, and a zombie action drama unlike anything audiences had seen before.

If you’re old enough to remember (as I do) the Terence Young-directed thriller from 1967, WAIT UNTIL DARK, the best screen adaptation of Frederick Knott’s smash play there will ever be, you’ll recall Audrey Hepburn as the “champion blind lady”, who manages to get the goods on three crooks trying to outsmart her, including a terrifyingly good Alan Arkin.  FEDE ALVAREZ, who totally retooled Sam Raimi’s EVIL DEAD in a gore-drenched remake in 2013, got the brilliant idea of taking that scenario and flipping it around. The result? The cracklingly good ‘home invasion’ flick, DON’T BREATHE…which literally describes what you’ll find yourself doing through the second and third acts of his DEAD follow-up.

Once again tapping the talents of his muse/leading lady JANE LEVY, and adding DYLAN MINNETTE and DANIEL ZOVATO into the mix, the three of them play juvenile burglars out to make one last big score. Zovato’s “Money”, the wannabe-badass of the group hits upon a plan. Rumor has it that there’s an old, blind Iraq war vet who lives alone, and has a shitload of cash stashed somewhere in his house.

Old. Blind. Isolated. Rich. Easy pickins, right?

Except, of course, if the man in question happens to be STEPHEN LANG (AVATAR, BAND OF THE HAND, LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN), who usually plays ‘not-fuck-with-able’ sighted characters on his worst days. So is the man he plays here going to be an easy target? Not on your life.

I won’t disclose how they find out, but the three thieves soon learn they’ve got their hands full. And worst of all, they’re on the Blind Man’s turf. Where they know next to nothing about his house, he has that blind person’s super-heightened senses of everything that’s around him, especially sound. And that’s where the title comes in.  BREATHE is a mindfuck all the way around. The “bad guys” turn out to be so much less dangerous than their intended ‘victim’, and even though they were up to no good, you end up rooting for them to be able to get the hell out of the predicament they made for themselves.

But much like the script that Alvarez crafted with writing/producing partner RODO SAYAGUES, you never have any idea of what’s coming next, and the twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your sofa, all the way up to the gasp-inducing finale.  I didn’t care much for Alvarez’s take on the Raimi film, to be completely honest, but DON’T BREATHE won me over immediately. I don’t doubt that if you love a good, solid thriller, the same will happen for you with this one.

As for our other feature…

Like many people, I gave up on THE WALKING DEAD at about Season Six. Or was it Seven? No matter. By the time Negan was finally introduced after what seemed like a lifetime’s worth of speculation, I was pretty much “zombie’d-out”. With multiple TV series devoted to them (including FEAR THE WALKING DEAD), I just didn’t feel like anything new could be done with the sub-genre. Or at least, no one was trying very hard to.

And then, along comes TRAIN TO BUSAN.

This pulse-pounding thriller from Korean director SANG-HO YEON, took what appears to be a simple enough premise – transferring the scenario of Romero’s DAWN OF THE DEAD from a shopping mall to a commuter train – and, using the tried-and-true conceit of character investment by the audience, turns his film into a grueling, 90-minute terror ride that fans have taken again and again since its initial release. (It was one of the biggest box-office smashes in Korea that year, and for good reason!)

Work-obsessed businessman Seok-woo (YOO GONG) is taking his daughter, Soo-an (SU-AN KIM) to be with her mother, from whom he is estranged. But what seems like the beginning of a downer of a family drama, takes a sharp left turn, as father and daughter board the train leaving Seoul and bound for Busan, just as a mysterious zombie virus descends upon the city, transforming those affected by it into speedy, groveling flesh-munchers, infecting any and everyone who happens to get bitten.

The terror grows with the size of the undead hordes, and the chances for survival shrink faster than the Seoul skyline in the distance. As the struggle begins, a beefy laborer, Sang-hwa (the scene-stealing DONG-SEOK MA) who starts out having an antagonistic relationship with Seok-woo, soon joins forces with him as a badly-needed ally, as he tries to keep himself and his daughter alive, while also still trying to fulfill his promise to Soo-an to get her to Busan to see her mother.

 

As I often like to say, “Terror needs no translation”, and that definitely applies here. Director Yeon, working from the script he wrote with JOO-SUK PARK, knows his way around an action sequence, and manages to blow the audience away with several suspenseful setpieces, involving situations that have never been presented before the way they are here, even in top-notch zombie thrillers like 28 DAYS LATER and WORLD WAR Z (which TRAIN shares some similarities with.)

International filmmakers are ‘bringing it’ with their takes on the zombie genre, with everything from BUSAN, to the recent Chinese productions of ZOMBIOLOGY and LOST IN APOCALYPSE. I wish George Romero were still here to see this, and to remark on it in his own unique way…

POST-MORTEM SCRYPT: 2016 bounced crazily between sci-fi/horror, the supernatural and man-made monsters with such offerings as 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, THE CONJURING 2, SPLIT, THE WAILING, RAW, THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE, UNDER THE SHADOW and the excellent THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS.

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COMING SOON: Don’t Breathe (2016)

The Creators of Evil Dead Don’t Want You to Breathe

By Jonathan Patrick Hughes

Don't Breathe

As a devoted horror fanatic, I am always looking for new films as well as new filmmakers. Whenever I see a new movie, I check out the credits and then do research on some of the names I have never heard of before to see what else they may have made either previously or coming soon. When I first saw the remake of Evil Dead, I was blown away. The team did it smart and took a familiar story and made a very different approach and that was the way to go about it. The name Fede Alvarez is a name everyone should be checking up on. This guy is fresh, new, and on the horizon.

Don't Breathe - Fede AlvarezIn 2009 writer/director Fede Alvarez made a five minute short film entitled Panic Attack. The film was posted on YouTube and was eventually seen by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, who are the creators of the original Evil Dead (1981 ). Fede Alvarez was approached to write and direct the remake in 2013. Well, they are all back and about to unleash their next picture as a team entitled Don’t Breathe.

Don't Breathe - Stephen Lang and Dylan Minnette

Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment

The synopsis is this: Rocky, a teenage delinquent living with neglectful parents, promises her younger sister to move away with her. Rocky begins looking for the right amount of cash to run away with in order to escape. When her boyfriend, Money, finds out, he convinces her to break into the home of a blind man who supposedly has a safe in the basement. With her friend, Alex, Rocky breaks in in the middle of the night, and they soon discover the blind man is hardly the easy mark they has thought. He is, in fact, really a serial killer with heightened hearing who hunts intruders in his house. After the blind man kills Money, Rocky and Alex outsmart him, but now the two must navigate themselves out of the locked apartment while being quiet enough to avoid him.

Don't Breathe

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Don’t Breathe stars Dylan Minnette (Goosebumps, Let Me In, Prisoners), Jane Levy (Evil Dead (2013), Fun Size), and Stephen Lang (Avatar, The Men Who Stare at Goats). The film has made the rounds in festivals and is getting quite the buzz, scoring a 78 at Rotten Tomatoes based on nine reviews giving it an average of 6.8 out of 10.

Reports are calling this film “a dose of Hitchcock on crack”, as well as “a muscular exercise in brutal, relentless peril that should please genre fans from all over”.

Don't Breathe - Alvarez giving direction

That alone intrigues me. Hitchcock seems to be one of the top five influential filmmakers. Whenever I personally read something that mentions Hitchcock, I never fail to see the name Hitchcock in bold lettering.

Screen Gems and Ghost House Pictures will release Don’t Breathe in theaters on August 26, 2016, but you can watch the official trailer below and let House of Tortured Souls know what you think.

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