The Wind (2018) Review


My History With the Film:
I’m arguably as a big of a fan of Westerns as I am of horror films, so when a horror/western comes along that isn’t a comedy I tend to take notice. I remember seeing The Wind trailer when it was released in 2019 and I loved it. It was atmospheric, beautifully shot, and looked intriguing.

Sadly, the film had a very small release and I forgot all about it once it hit VOD. During the COVID-19 outbreak, I decided to take Showtime up on their free one month trial and that’s when I saw that The Wind was streaming. I turned the movie on and really enjoyed it.

What The Film Is About (Non-Spoiler):
A young pioneer woman struggles with living in isolation and her new neighbors.

What I Liked About It:

-I’m not the biggest fan of slow paced horror films, but I really enjoyed The Wind’s pacing. It was brisk enough to keep me interested and the slow times were beautiful or tense enough to keep me wanting more.


-The acting was well done by all five actors involved. Julia Goldani Telles was the one true standout in her role as Emma.


-The environment is arguably the scariest part about The Wind. It feels so isolated and there is no help a phone call away. Heck, there are no phones! I think a lot of time in horror you just know someone will happen upon our characters or help will eventually make it, but in The Wind you truly feel that all hope for help is lost.


-The film does a great job weaving plot threads of mental illness and the hardship of pioneer women without becoming preachy or even feminist. I’ve grown frustrated seeing The Wind listed as a feminist horror film, when outside of featuring a female protagonist there seems to be no basis for such a label. Then again, maybe it was the studio attempting to cash in on the popularity of feminist branded movies.

What I Didn't Like About It:

-N/A

Additional Notes:
-A short game based on the movie was developed by independent video game maker Airdorf. You can play it here.

-For some reason, they decided to brand this movie The Wind Demons on the Prairie for the blu-ray. To make matters worse, they printed that horrific subtitle over the top of the gorgeous poster and totally ruined it for me. I cannot express how frustrated I am with this, considering that I planned on buying the blu-ray.


Rating:
The Wind is not a ground breaking film, but it’s a good film. I liked it a lot better than The VVitch, which due to the pacing I’ve seen it compared to a few times. The filmmakers used the environment well and the set design was fantastic.

The Wind actually unsettled me in a couple of spots which rarely happens, which made me enjoy it even more. I’d rate The Wind as a four out of five and say it’s a high priority rental.

The Horror Films of Alexandra Daddario

Tomorrow, Alexandra Daddario has a new horror film coming out called We Summon the Darkness. It looks like a fun horror comedy that also co-stars Johnny Knoxville. In celebration for the release of We Summon the Darkness, I thought I’d take a look at Alexadra Daddario’s previous contributions to the horror world. She’s one of my favorite actresses and I’m glad she hasn’t moved on from horror like how so many actors and actresses seemingly do.

Honorable Mentions: True Detective – Season One (2014), Night Hunter (2018)

Both the HBO series True Detective and the Night Hunter film are dark, crime dramas and one might could argue they are horror, but for the sake of this article I’m going to put them in an honorable mentions category. I haven’t seen Night Hunter, but I can highly recommend season one of True Detective. It may be one of the greatest seasons of television ever.


The Attic (2007)

In 2007, Mary Lambert (director of Pet Sematary) helmed a direct to DVD movie entitled: The Attic. In this film, a family moves into a house and a young woman discovers someone in the attic that looks exactly like her. The film also stars Elizabeth Moss (Us, The Invisible Man).





Bereavement/Malevolence II (2010)

This film served as a prequel to Malevolence and tells the story of the serial killer from the first film. Alexandra portrays Allison Miller, a recently orphaned teenager who goes to live with her uncle. Unfortunately for her, she crosses paths with a serial killer and we get to see Alexandra in her first final girl role.





Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D (2013)
In 2013,  Alexandra Daddario found herself in the critically panned Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D. The film chose to ignore all the previous sequels (a good idea) and served as a direct sequel to the original 1974 film. 


Alexandra portrays Heather, a young woman who learns she was adopted after finding out that she had an inheritance from a long-lost grandmother. She and her boyfriend go on a road trip to pick up the money and that’s when she realizes who her real family truly was.


TCM 3D has been on my list of movies to watch for quite some time, but I’ve never heard a good word about it, so I just haven’t watched it yet. I’m sure that day will come, since I stumble upon it streaming all the time.



Burying the Ex (2014)
This is the film that made me an Alexandra Daddario fan. Directed by Joe Dante, this horror/comedy stars the late Anton Yelchin as a horror fanatic who is dating a total bitch. When he goes to break up with her, she dies in an accident and comes back as a zombie. Alexandra plays Olivia, the new love interest of Yelchin’s character, who is caught in the middle of this zombie love triangle.


This is a sweet movie, with some legit laughs, and some interesting commentary on relationships. It’s one of those movies that didn’t get near enough press when it came out and one I highly recommend you seek out.




American Horror Story: Hotel (2015)
In American Horror Story: Hotel, Alexandra played Natacha Rambova, the wife of Rudolph Valentino.




We Summon the Darkness (2020)
And most recently, Alexandra portrayed Alexis, a member of a trio of girls who meet some boys in a parking lot following a heavy metal concert. They decide to throw an after party, but soon things go sideways and they are all fighting for their lives.


I'm hoping to check out We Summon The Darkness soon and I'll post a review as soon as I watch it.

Brandon’s Coronavirus Horror Watch List – Part II

The other day I posted my Coronavirus Horror Watch List. A couple days after I published this article, a few additional movies came to mind and I thought I’d go ahead and highlight those as well. So, here is my Coronavirus Horror Watch list – Part II.



Dawn of the Dead (2004)

I prefer the original Dawn of the Dead and it was a defining movie in my horror development as a teenager, but the 2004 edition of Dawn of the Dead is what comes to mind when I think about the current crisis. While the original film is an excellent commentary on consumerism, it lacks the effects and modern setting to really feel as relevant in 2020 as the 2004 version does.


I’m sure the mall portion of the film could be related to the current lockdown situation we are all in, but it’s the opening scenes that really speaks to me. The hospital , the empty streets, the eerily tension that exists where something doesn’t feel right, but you just don’t know what it is. Then there is the explosion of violence and chaos and the world falling down. Here in North Carolina, we are all waiting for that sudden explosion of death and chaos to begin, so I feel like we are Sarah Polley in those first few moments of Dawn of the Dead, just waiting and trying to figure out what type of hell is going to come upon us as we look off into this distance.



The Fog

The Fog is one of my favorite John Carpenter films and the isolation of the town of Antonio Bay gives me the same vibes as the world right now. In The Fog, a creepy fog rolls off the ocean onto this small town and plunges it into darkness. No one can escape the fog, and no matter where they hide, the fog eventually finds them and encompasses them, thus giving into a feeling of being powerless and at the mercy of The Fog.


I feel like The Fog is a great metaphor for the current pandemic. For a while, we thought we would escape it in the United States. Then we thought our individual states would escape, then our counties, cities, towns, etc., but slowly the virus spread until eventually there was nowhere to hide. Now we are at its mercy, and while the infections/death/job losses are more random than a bunch of pissed off ghost pirates, it’s still a terrifying situation to incur especially when it seems like no one of us will be spared.




The Thing

Isolation seems to be a big deal during this pandemic and can be approached from a variety of angles. We are isolated from our jobs, our friends, our family, our hobbies, our shopping, and our general daily activities. Being asked to stay inside prevent most people from living the life they usually live and this creates friction and stress. Then when you add the idea that your neighbor might be the one carrying a disease that will kill you, all of a sudden some decorum starts being forgotten. People stop making eye contact and start distancing themselves. We've had instances of people knocking people down (and even killing one person) because they got too close. Paranoia creeps in with isolation and our safe spaces suddenly become unsafe. Distrust runs rampant and fear begins to dominate our decisions and attitudes.


And when I think of this, I think of The Thing. The Thing is the story of a small camp in Antarctica that is infiltrated by a creature from another world. The creature as the ability to mimic any shape and once the isolated team members of this camp realize this they realize they can't trust anyone. The camp workers are forced to deal with their fears that anyone or everyone (including themselves) could be out to destroy them and this creatures a psychological trauma that implodes methodically.


The Thing is arguably the greatest science fiction horror movie ever made with brilliant performances, an excellent score, and masterfully created tension. As I watch the happy people around me slowly become bitter and distrusting, I think about The Thing. I just hope we have enough fortitude not to destroy each other as this thing progresses.



The horror movie genre was born out of The Great Depression when people were looking for an escape. Right now, Shudder is doing record business and people are requesting pandemic/apocalypse movies. While I personally don’t feel inclined to watch movies that mimic our situation directly, I understand their therapeutic properties I’m glad that people are finding ways to self-soothe during all this madness.


"Horror films don't create fear. They release it. I like to address the fears of my culture. I believe it's good to face the enemy, for the enemy is fear." - Wes Craven

If you are watching horror movies during this pandemic I highly recommend reading Mike Flanagan's (Doctor Sleep, The Haunting of Hill House) essay Facing Fear During Times of Uncertainty

The Future and a New Name

90s Horror Review launched in September 2017. 



I originally envisioned the site as a book with a beginning and an end. I wanted to focus mainly on teen horror from the 90’s, watch all the films that I could get my hands on, and then end the site. It would remain online as a virtual book/database of sorts.

But I began branching out into other sub genres of 90’s horror and then I started reviewing some newer horror films as they came along. I tried to space out the new films with the 90’s films, but depending on my life and how much time I had, that didn’t always work out. Eventually, the site began to have just as many reviews for more current films as it did 90’s films and it started to lose its niche. 


One of my inspirations for 90’s Horror Review was a website called House of Horrors. It’s still online but looks to have been bought by someone overseas who has attempted to monetize the website without adding new content. In fact, some of the new content that was posted last year was actually form the 90’s! So, basically, I don’t advise you to check out this site because it isn’t what it used to be. But back in the 90’s, it was my source for horror films. It contained a Vault of Horror that listed the web designer’s favorite films, some trivia, and a review. (I wrote a tribute to House of Horrors a few years back.)

I loved this site and I credit it with opening my eyes to horror movies I had never heard of before. It gave me a baseline of horror knowledge and really helped kindle my love for the genre. I guess, in a way, I’ve just been trying to create my own version of House of Horrors online so that maybe some other impressionable teenager will stumble upon it and find the satisfaction from horror movies that I do thanks to a little website.

I’m telling you all of this because I’ve decided to rebrand 90’s Horror Review. The site needs new title that better represents the material that is actually on the site and opens it up for growth. I spent sometimes trying to come up with something clever, but nothing really came to mind. So, I’ve decided to call it Brandon’s Horror Review. It stays true to my original title and just eliminates the 90’s branding.

90’s horror will always be close to my heart and I don’t see my 90’s reviews slowing down any. There are still hundreds of movies that I want to watch and review from the 1990’s, but I do want this site to have a branding that represents it better as a whole. So please update your bookmarks to BrandonsHorror.com so that you don’t miss any of the horror goodness that is to come.

And while I got you here, you may have noticed some construction around the site. I actually redesigned the site and put it on a different server and then came back my original design. I like the way the site looks and functions and while it’s not the most modern 2.0 design, its way more in line with what I actually like websites to look like and how they work. It’s less about the imagery and more about the content which was always a goal of mine.

I appreciate your patience with all the changes that have been going on the past few weeks, but I think you’ll see it’s all been worth it. I’ve gone through and re-categorized all the posts and have been adding images and updates to every single past post. I also have enough pre-written material to get us through the end of the year, with two-three posts per month. This way there is no more downtime like there was in the fall of 2019 when I posted sporadically.

For you longtime readers, thank you so much for sticking around. For any new readers, welcome and I hope you enjoy the site!