films seen
7
average score
3.21*
nationality
USA - 53 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Solid pieces

In the Tall Grass

by Vincenzo Natali
Specifics
2019 / 90m - Canada
Genre
Horror, Mystery
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
In the Tall Grass poster

Stephen King is hot, so everybody is looking for material to turn into a film. In the Tall Grass is based on King and Hill's short novella and it shows. Stretching the simple concept to a 100-minute film is somewhat of a struggle, but Natali's talent prevails as he delivers a fun, mysterious and creepy horror flick. It's nice to see Natali still has his trademark touch.

ABCs of Death 2

by Rodney Ascher, Julian Barratt, Robert Boocheck, Alejandro Brugués, Kristina Buozyte, Alexandre Bustillo, Larry Fessenden, Julian Gilbey, Jim Hosking, Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen, E.L. Katz, Aharon Keshales, Steven Kostanski, Marvin Kren, Juan Martínez Moreno, Erik Matti, Wolfgang Matzl, Julien Maury, Robert Morgan, Chris Nash, Vincenzo Natali, Hajime Ohata, Navot Papushado, Bill Plympton, Dennison Ramalho, Todd Rohal, Jerome Sable, Bruno Samper, Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska, Soichi Umezawa
Specifics
2014 / 125m - USA
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
ABCs of Death 2 poster

Haunter

by Vincenzo Natali
Specifics
2013 / 97m - Canada
Genre
Fantasy, Mystery
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Haunter poster

Vincenzo Natali is the guy behind the first Cube film, a somewhat troubled but fun movie that got by on a strong and enigmatic concept. I lost track of him ever since (though I did see his entry in Paris, Je t'Aime), but when I came across Haunter I was more than eager to give him a second chance. While still not a film that lives up to its true potential, Haunter is a pretty atmospheric trip down Natali's eerie visions and more than confirms Natali's talent.

Haunter is a pretty tough sell though. While it has many characteristics of a horror film (and thanks to its marketing it will undoubtedly draw large horror crowds), it's actually a dark, moody mystery that isn't really out to scare. Instead Natali unravels a tight and morbid secret that involves hauntings and serial killers embedded in a Groundhog Day-like loop. Little by little he drops hints and unveils smaller mysteries that all lead up to the big revelation.

Natali's Haunter is a visually pleasing film. While clearly not a big budget affair, he makes the most of his money with moody lighting, smart play of shadows and strong use of color. The soundtrack too is aptly used to further enhance the atmosphere. It sets the perfect mood for the story to unravel. Sadly the lead actress takes away from that. Abigail Breslin never really seems to get the hang of her character and comes off as a weak lead. McHattie shines as the film's villain, but he simply lacks screen time to make up for the lead's poor performance.

It's a shame because Natali does a great job setting everything up. The atmosphere is there, the plot is tight enough and opens itself up at the right times. Look past the lead actress and you have a neat little mystery.

Cube

by Vincenzo Natali
Specifics
1997 / 90m - Canada
Genre
Horror, Mystery
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Cube poster

The inoffensive

Paris, I Love You

by Olivier Assayas, Frédéric Auburtin, Emmanuel Benbihy, Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Isabel Coixet, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Gérard Depardieu, Christopher Doyle, Richard LaGravenese, Vincenzo Natali, Alexander Payne, Bruno Podalydès, Walter Salles, Oliver Schmitz, Nobuhiro Suwa, Daniela Thomas, Tom Tykwer, Gus Van Sant
Also known as
Paris, Je T'Aime
Specifics
2006 / 120m - France
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Romance
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Paris, I Love You poster

Cypher

by Vincenzo Natali
Specifics
2002 / 95m - USA
Genre
Sci-fi, Mystery, Thriller
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Cypher poster

Worthy but flawed

Splice

by Vincenzo Natali
Specifics
2009 / 104m - Canada
Genre
Sci-fi, Horror
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Splice poster