October and November is undoubtedly always my busiest months out of the year as it is Beyond Fest and AFI FEST! I had the honor of being chosen to be on the Jury for the San Diego Asian Film Festival so, I went to the Gala where I went on stage and helped present the winners! And of course, my ultimate favorite film festival, AFI FEST went down in the heart of Hollywood! I saw numerous spellbinding, heart-wrenching, and masterfully made films but my favorites were Sarah Adina Smith's Buster's Mal Heart starring Rami Malek, the absurdly comical Toni Erdmann, and Pedro Almodovar's sultry and deeply touching, Julieta. And how can I forget, The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (review)!
Director: André Øvredal
Writer: Ian B. Goldberg & Richard Naing
Cinematography: Roman Osin
Cast: Emile Hirsch, Brian Cox, Ophelia Lovibond
Country of Origin: UK
Sal from Crome Yellow and I had the privilege of attending Beyond Fest--LA's best and baddest genre film festival--where we got to watch the scariest film of this year, The Autopsy of Jane Doe. After the police find numerous gruesome murders in a house and a seemingly pristine corpse of a nude woman in a shallow grave, father and son coroners, Austin and Tommy Tilden must find out how she died. As their examination progresses and no closer to a conclusion than they started, they start to speculate that a supernatural element is at play.
Brought to you by the Filmmaker who brought us The Troll Hunter, Øvredal expertly crafts a minute by minute mystery thriller that creates a suffocating atmosphere that never lets up. This has got to be the scariest film I've seen this year along with South Korean film, The Wailing. I love it when the initial premise morphs into another theme that I would've never imagined! The film's incorporation of supernatural elements creates a chilling climax that you soon won't forget. So if you're a masochist like me, go watch this film when comes out December 21st so you'll be plagued with nightmares for the rest of your life!
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Friday, December 9, 2016