Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)
Director: Christophe Gans
Main Stars: Samuel Le Bihan, Vincent Cassel, Emile Dequenne, Monica Bellucci
Storyline: in 18th century France a mysterious and murderous beast is haunting the lands.
Review (Spoils): Something is stalking the mountains of France and the king has hired some men to kill off the Beast of Gevauden. The beats attacks and kills women, children and nobody has had chance to take the beast down.
The film is beautifully done, the settings are original and perfect for the timeline of the film. The characters such as Gregoire de Fronsac (Samuel Le Bihan) and Jean Francois (Vincent Cassel) take the film but the main star is the special effects of the beast itself which we have no idea what is. The film tells the tale that it is a massive wolf but superstition changes that to a more dramatic beast. The movie relies more on storyline then fright and to be honest it more like a mystery then a horror film. But it is different and it involves a werewolf monster so here we are!
Rating: Vincent Cassel plays a great creepy villain and a memorable one. This film is different it is a mix of art, literature and a good shot of horror. This film might not be for all horror lovers but I actually enjoyed this film for what it is.
Black Swan (2010)
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Main Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder
Storyline: A ballet dancer who won the part in Swan Lake as the White Swan slowly loses her mind.
Review (Spoils): Nina (Natalie Portman) is a young and beautiful ballet dancer and she is also a perfectionist. She is granted the part to play Princess Odette the White Swan from the classic Swan Lake. She has lived a life under the shadow of her ex-ballet dancer mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) to be the perfect ballet dancer which gives it a semi Carrie type feel. In through the try outs Nina meets another new dancer named Lily (Mila Kunis) who represents the Black Swan. As their relationship expands and twists with sexual in your window hints Nina slowly starts to lean towards the Black Swan personality.
This film might not be viewed as a true horror film but the set and music set the tone for it to be a haunting experience. The film builds a great storyline and it twists it and unleashes it full tilt in the last 40mins or so. Both Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis steal the show for building up their characters and showing true emotion when doing it. Plus the sexual undertones help the viewer also.
Rating: Yes the film borderlines on art and thriller but to me this leans on horror. The finale of the film is one to remember and this film sits on a class of its own just because it is so different. Bring on blood, freakiness and dark hallucinations and women in tights what is there not to love?