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Mayhem (SXSW 2017)

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Mayhem

Mayhem

Starring Steven Yeun, Samara Weaving, Steven Brand, Caroline Chikezie, Kerry Fox, Irene Smythe, Dallas Roberts

Directed by Joe Lynch

Screened at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival


Corporate life is hell, I think we can all agree on that. Unless you’re in the higher levels of the company, there really isn’t much to look forward to with your job. Long hours, no respect, a serious lack of appreciation, political bullshit, and almost certainly the worst kinds of snacks offered in the lounge. Seriously, who wants those granola bars that crumble apart into a gritty pile that gets everywhere.

That’s where Joe Lynch’s Mayhem comes in. Putting a bullseye right on that kind of work environment, the film asks the simple question, “What if all the people who worked in that kind of place suddenly didn’t give one single flying fuck about consequences?” If you’ve watched any of Joe’s other films, like Everly or Wrong Turn 2, then you’ll know the answer to that is blood, gore, violence, and then second helpings of each of those.

The story is rather simple and very easy to follow. Steven Yeun plays Derek Cho, a lawyer in a law firm who happens to be fired (wrongly, I might add) on the day that a virus, which completely removes people’s inhibitions, gets let loose and begins infecting everyone. Determined to go to the top floor and make his case to the board members as to why his termination was unjust, Derek teams up with Melanie (Samara Weaving), a woman who is trying to get an extension on the foreclosure of her home. The duo fight their way tooth and nail to gain access to the elite. All that stands in their way is HR, upper management, and a horde of interns desperate to get a promotion…

So, this isn’t about zombies, and it’s not some new spin on the rage virus from 28 Days Later. What happens here is that the virus simply removes all filters and inhibitions that a person needs on a daily basis. Someone said something offensive and you hold back from punching them in the face? Not today. You wanna say hello to your nether regions in public but you obviously don’t want to land on the sex offender registry? Pfft, the world is going to see you in your birthday suit doing unspeakable things. That’s what the virus does to people. They’re still very much human and capable of reason, logic, and normal conversation; they just have the potential to explode at any moment in a burst of what should be normally repressed emotion. Anger becomes rage, horniness becomes lust, irritation becomes violence, and so on and so forth.

Yeun and Weaving are both magnificent in their respective roles, although I found myself more charmed by the latter’s performance. Weaving commands the screen at nearly every moment, her character full of energy and oozing with dark humor. Steven Brand, Caroline Chikezie, Kerry Fox, and Dallas Roberts play unique villains, almost like four different bosses from a Streets of Rage-esque video game. They have their own quirks and traits that make them distinctly unlikable; yet, they each represent different evils within the corporate structure. Anyone who has worked in a similar place will think of their own experiences and immediately relate.

As for the film itself, it’s fast-paced, energetic, and wastes no time in getting the story going. Even in the first act when it’s setting up the film, it’s shot in a way so as to be constantly exciting and engaging, making sure that the viewer is a participant in this frantic nature. And once the virus is loose amongst all the inmates of this law firm asylum, that’s when the blood starts flowing, which Lynch doesn’t hesitate to splatter the screen with!

What Joe Lynch has done is craft one of the most entertaining and exciting films I’ve seen in a long time. Taking elements of The Raid and mixing it with a healthy dose of Office Space, Mayhem deftly blends action, horror, thriller, and comedy into a movie that will become a mainstay at any movie party. In summation, Mayhem is pure fun, with a capital “F” for “Fuck you!”

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Poster Debut: Nicolas Pesce’s Piercing Starring Mia Wasikowska and Christopher Abbott

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One of the films that I’m most interested in hearing the feedback about during this year’s Sundance film festival is director Nicolas Pesce’s psychological horror-comedy Piercing.

Not only did Pesce’s last flick The Eyes of My Mother impress the hell out of me but his new film boasts a killer premise and cast including Mia Wasikowska (Stoker) and Christopher Abbott (It Comes at Night).

The movie will be premiering at Sundance this weekend and today we have the film’s poster to share with you guys. You can click on the poster to the right for a higher-res version.

After checking it out let us know what you think!

Piercing is based on the critically acclaimed cult novel by Ryu Murakami and directed by Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother) and stars Mia Wasikowska (Stoker) and Christopher Abbott (It Comes at Night).

The film hosts its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival Saturday, January 20th.

Synopsis:

Reed (Christopher Abbott) is going on a business trip. He kisses his wife and infant son goodbye, but in lieu of a suitcase filled with clothes, he’s packed a toothbrush and a murder kit. Everything is meticulously planned: check into a hotel and kill an unsuspecting victim. Only then will he rid himself of his devious impulses and continue to be a good husband and father. But Reed gets more than he bargained for with Jackie (Mia Wasikowska), an alluring call girl who arrives at his room. First, they relax and get in the mood, but when there’s an unexpected disruption, the balance of control begins to sway back and forth between the two. Is he seeing things? Who’s playing whom? Before the night is over, a feverish nightmare will unfold, and Reed and Jackie will seal their bond in blood.

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First Details on Eduardo Sanchez-Directed Supernatural Episode 13.13 – Devil’s Bargain

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The upcoming 13th episode of the 13th season of “Supernatural,” titled “Devil’s Bargain,” is notable for two reasons: (1) it’s directed by none other than Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project, Lovely Molly), and (2) it features a guest appearance by series star Jensen Ackles’ wife, Danneel Ackles (“One Tree Hill,” The Roommate).

The CW has released the official synopsis for the ep, which you’ll find below.

Are you still a fan of the show after all these years? Looking forward to seeing how Sanchez leaves his mark on the Winchesters? Sound off in the comments section or on social media!

“Supernatural” Episode 13.13 – “Devil’s Bargain” (airs 2/8/18)
Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles), and Castiel (Misha Collins) search for Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino), who, meanwhile, strikes an unlikely deal with a local faith healer named Sister Jo (guest star Danneel Ackles). Asmodeus (guest star Jeffrey Vincent Parise) inches closer to finding Jack (Alexander Calvert). Eduardo Sanchez directed the episode written by Eugenie Ross-Leming & Brad Buckner.

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George A. Romero’s Daughter, Tina, Wrote a Script For Queens of the Dead

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The loss last year of director George A. Romero was a huge blow to the horror community, as well as the filmmaking community at large. The passing of the man responsible for creating the modern day zombie and whose work influenced “The Walking Dead”, Dead Alive, 28 Days Later, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out was felt far and wide but we take solace knowing that his work and legacy will live on forever.

Something that brings a smile to my face is hearing that his daughter, Tina, who DJ’s under the name DJ TRx, has written a screenplay for a zombie film that is called Queens of the Dead. And yes, it’s very gay! Romero has not only written the script but also plans on directing the film herself.

Romero tells The Saunder Blog about the film, saying, “Queens of the Dead is a fusion of two huge parts of my world: zombies and Gay nightlife. It’s a tribute to my father as well as my entrée into the genre he grandfathered. I can’t say too much yet, but what I can tell you is that this film will have all the hallmarks of a George A. Romero classic: farce, politics, heroes, assholes, and most importantly, herds of silly and slow moving walkers that you can’t help but love. But I’m doing it Tina-style, and bringing the glitter, choreography, queers & queens.

Romero’s father always brought some sort of social message into his work, so to hear that she will continue that tradition is inspiring, especially since it comes on a topic that is so discussed and topical.

If you want to read more about Romero and her DJ career, click on the link above.

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