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Underrated Horror Movies That Define The Genre Part II

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Red White & Blue

 

Simon Rumley may be a little bit too creative for conventional horror, but there aren’t many better films in the genre in the last several years than Red White & Blue. The story of a young woman with AIDS whose hateful self-destruction impacts the lives of a local musician and an Iraq war veteran, the film is astonishing in its ability to render brutality in humanistic dimensions. There’s no part of it that feels fake or dramatized; rather, the three characters at its center all become not only clearly defined but deeply sympathetic as universal needs collide with individual emotional baggage, escalating into a tale of not one but three monsters who choose to inflict pain on others as a result of feeling it themselves. When the film was screened at SXSW people shouted down the filmmakers and decried its naked honesty, but personally – and in comparison to the misogyny or just casual cruelty of other films – I look at that polarizing reaction as a testament to its incredible power, and resonance. All of which is something the genre has the potential to create, if filmmakers are daring and thoughtful enough to attempt it at a level deeper than sheer viscera. — Todd Gilchrist

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Sean McClannahan

Sean McClannahan

Sean McClannahan is a freelance film journalist and is the founder of Movie Time And Beyond. His passion for movies and pop culture knows no limits.

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