In this episode of The Twilight Zone, the Earth has somehow gotten off of orbit is now being drawn closer and closer to the sun. With humanity on the verge of extinction, two women (Lois Nettleton and Betty Garde) struggle to survive as the heat keeps rising.
Full of haunting images of a deserted and sun-baked city, The Midnight Sun is one of the few episodes of The Twilight Zone that has ever given me nightmares. For some reason, the melting painting always gets to me.
This episode was written by Rod Serling and directed by Anton Leader. It was originally broadcast on November 17th, 1961.
There has always been an unwritten agreement that Hollywood films minimize the sort of violence inflicted on children on-screen. Something about children and pets being put into harm’s way that disturbs the majority of people going to see films. This hasn’t been the case with foreign cinema.
Films such as Battle Royale put children front and center when it comes to on-screen violence. Sometimes it’s to make a point and others it’s just a filmmaker channeling their inner exploitation bone.
One film which has been making the festival circuit is the Belgian horror film Cub (titled Welp in it’s home country) which brings the campfire spooky tale of yesteryear into a more modern setting.
From first-time director Jonas Govaerts, Cub tells the story of a group of young Cub scouts out camping and who end up becoming prey to a psychopathic woodman who has left devious and deadly traps in the very woods they’ve decided to camp in.
The trailer does a good job in not telling too much and also hinting at the sort of on-screen kid violence that makes people uncomfortable. For now, Cub has no release date in the US so for now here’s to hoping it at least hits the VOD market.
For today’s horror on the lens,we have a film from 1977. I recently watched this film very late at night and — OH MY GOD! Seriously, I had nightmares for two nights straight!
Full Circle opens with the horrifying death of Kate (Sophie Ward), the daughter of Julia (Mia Farrow) and Magnus (Keir Dullea). After Kate’s death, Julia and Magnus divorce and Julia moves into a new house. However, she is haunted by visions of a little girl who looks just like Kate. As well, the house is full of odd noises, creepy toys, and appliances that turn on by themselves. Is Julia seeing the ghost of her daughter or something far more dangerous?
Full Circle is a truly haunting and disturbing haunted house film. Mia Farrow gives a great performance as Julia and the entire film is dominated by a palpable atmosphere of dread. And that final scene — AGCK!