If Evil Dead isn't your idea of fun, then may I suggest a film about evil-in-the-making that also opens on Friday? It's called Simon Killer, and it stars charismatic Brady Corbet as a young American up to no good in Paris. Simon appears to have traveled to the City of Lights to recover from a bad break-up, but, as this tense, visually striking film uncoils, it becomes apparent that he's suffering a breakdown that will have lethal consequences. more »
The Martha Marcy May Marlene camp notches another chilling character study in the AFI Fest selection Simon Killer, an unsettling look at a young American's dark descent in Paris directed by Borderline Films' Antonio Campos (Afterschool). Glimpse what lies in store with the film's hauntingly gorgeous, Kubrickian poster design, exclusively on Movieline.
The most polarizing films are often those that dare to push the envelope farther than is expected or comfortable, whether audiences are ready for them or not, and for this reason I tend to find the divisive films more interesting than those with universal praise or derision. Simon Killer, from Afterschool director/Martha Marcy May Marlene producer Antonio Campos, reminded me of this rule when it debuted Friday at Sundance and left critics and bloggers somewhat split.