And we’re back after a brief respite for the goings-on at PoetCon last week. And where better to pick things up than The Naro?
If you can’t find me in the Cult section, the next place to look would be Foreign Horror. That’s where I found Fabrice Du Welz’s Calvaire.
I don’t even know where to start. Just to give you the vaguest frame of reference if you haven’t seen it, imagine fusing the backwoods elements of Deliverance, a little Hitchcock, a little Almodóvar, and Eraserhead.
I’m not kidding.
It’s not an easy film to watch. It shouldn’t be.
The English title, after all, is The Ordeal. But that’s not the only meaning. It also refers directly to Calvary, and there is more than enough unnerving religious imagery to warrant this connection.
I started reading horror by the time I was ten or so. For anyone who knows me, this probably explains much. I stumbled across my first Lovecraft story, “The Shadow Over Innsmouth,” by the time I was twelve, maybe thirteen. I’ve been a fan of weird fiction and cosmic horror, Lovecraft and others, ever since.
This is why TheLovecraft eZinefast became one of my all-time favorite websites. It made perfect sense, then, that my first ever interview for Blogferatu should be with the eZine’s editor, Mike Davis.
To say I love Hitchcock would be a nearly criminal understatement. My fascination with and admiration for his films and his directing skill border on worshipful awe.
I even have a tattoo to prove it.
Naturally, when Hitchcock/Truffaut hit Naro Expanded Cinema, I ran to see it. It’s the film of Truffaut’s book, Hitchcock, nearly 370 art book sized pages covering the 50 hours of interviews Truffaut did with Hitchcock. After the film, I ordered a copy.
Required reading, class.
Seriously. If you’re interested in Hitchcock, filmmaking, cinema, or just the creation of suspense and fear on screen, drop everything right now and order a copy.