First segment is an intriguing Twilight Zone-style mystery that frustrates with its indecisive final. Second segment is a marvel of design & colour but literal to the point of tedium (thought it was going to be a metaphor for anxiety). Third segment is an effective Hills Have Eyes-style shocker with Native American undertones). Fourth segment is an intriguing occult thriller with subtle, apocalyptic imagery. Not bad.
Despite its routine nature, Kusama's last segment is the only one that uses common womanly fears in this female-centric horror anthology. The Box, a Twilight-Zoneish, Jack Ketchum adaptation is the most unique, but succumbs to its low-key nature. The other two entries are underwhelming; a bad kind of silly (in the Birthday Party) or just very cliche (with Don't Fall.)
I guess it's hard to make good horror shorts, let alone anthologies, as they're even halfway decent so seldom. The idea here is good and 3 of the 4 stories deal with motherhood, but with lackluster results. The first one has good moments but the endings is weak, Clarke's one is basically a one-idea sketch and the third one is plain bad and uninspired. Only Kusama's one has some kind of emancipatory juice to it.
Horror anthology film containing 4 segments all made by directors with the title chromosomes. Best in show is 'Her Only Living Son' from Kusama with its well scripted take on whatever happened to Rosemary's baby. Annie Clark shows promise with 'The Birthday Party' featuring another great turn by Melanie Lynskey. The other two entries are a little more horror generic but both have their moments. Worth a look.
Bad filmmaking is bad filmmaking. As much as I wanted to support this film, I hated just about every botched attempt at it. Only the final short was anything worthwhile, but that didn't make up for all the aggravating attempt at horror which amounted to less than irritating when "auteurs" like these meander in dogshit psychosis.
The quality of this anthology ranges from all right to unwatchable: The Box: An interesting premise that didn’t have enough ideas to last twenty minutes. The Birthday Party: Didn’t take the time to set up or convey character motivations so everything became nonsensical. Don’t Fall: Nothing too original but a solid entry and best of the four by far. Her Only Living Son: Same problem as the first short.
Quattro episodi, di cui solamente il primo e il quarto risultano minimamente interessanti. Gli altri hanno qualche spunto, ma sono abbastanza scadenti. Sceneggiature inconcludenti, con partenze carine e conclusioni tirate via. Buone la curiosità creata nel primo episodio e alcune sequenze ben fatte. Lato tecnico mediocre che non resta impresso. Nel complesso un lavoro mediocre che non valorizza gli spunti narrativi.
The problem is there is a wild inconsistency in tone even between only four tales - a jarring jump from the (worst) 3rd section which is straight monster genre to the 4th which is more politically undertoned... without a guiding creed it falls flat, hopefully a concept to be salvaged in the future with more purpose.
Not quite what I expected. Some of the segments are totally regular: not that good, not that bad. But, St. Vincent's segment - The Birthday Cake - worked really well. It looked like a contemporary rereading of Alfred Hitchcock's Rope. If it was a single short movie, I would give it 4 stars.
The fourth was unquestionably the most competent. Otherwise, potential scares or tension were generally killed by over reliance on overly synthesized 'scary' sounds and music cues. I'd say 'The Box' was the second most interesting, as far as having the potential to say something but not really amounting to much as far as messages go. Also, the stop-motion stuff was pretty nifty.
The stories told here were so uneven and weak. It sure had style but it wasn't enough to camouflage all its flaws. A shame since I adore the concept of reuniting female directors to create horror but this anthology chose the wrong direction, which was underlined by the fact that the between sequences were far more creepier and superior than all of the stories combined.