As a working actor, Tamara Lindeman faced down various professional challenges. The most problematic, CGI ridden of these had to be the soil bound creatures that she beat back as a tough army officer in the 2009 creature-feature Sand Serpents.
Thankfully, Lindeman has found much more autonomy and a firmer grasp on the beauties and complexities of Mother Earth as the front person-founder of the jazzy modern rock band Weather Station. In fact, her latest release, Ignorance, has already received Best of the Year predictions from distinguished sites like Pitchfork. One of the best numbers included on that soft, often surprisingly subtle work of art is Wear.
As the seasons unfold, be sure to dress yourself up in other sonic beauties Lindeman offers at www.theweatherstation.net, as well.
Until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan
What a pleasant surprise to discover that maverick multi-hyphenate Larry Fessenden did a nature gone amuck teen film called Beneath in 2013. I guess that is one reason – maybe?!? – to be grateful for Amazon Prime.
A nihilist look at class warfare featuring a cool creature design from Fessenden (that alternates between being tautly realistic and hysterically fake…sometimes within the same sequence), this feature also contains a majestic closing credit song from the amazingly named Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers.
A striking live performer, whose pedigree floats in close proximity to acclaimed Screaming Females’ front woman Marissa Paternoster, Ray’s latest solo release Door Girlhas been given much rightful acclaim, as well.
Rachel Melvin’s tenure on the soap opera Days of Our Livesis put to good use in the indie horror film The Rake. As much of a monster flick as an exploration of the emotional fallout of damaged childhoods, this horror exercise doesn’t overstay its welcome and emerges as a nice addition to the creature feature genre.
Clocking in under 80 minutes and featuring smart direction from Tony Wash, the primary running time of the film is focused around a weekend get together hosted by Nicole (Melvin) and her husband Andrew (Joey Bicicchi). As past hurts are examined and new hopes emerge, it appears that someone (or something) is hunting the couple and their family and friends. Soon reconciliation and redemption are replaced by grievous bloodshed…and death.
The script by Wash and Jeremy Silva doesn’t necessarily explain everything. One doesn’t totally grasp what the rake of the title is or gather all the details of how Nicole is connected with the others, but the final 30 minutes of the film is a beyond enjoyable stalk n slash. Melvin and her co-stars also deliver the dramatic goods, a testament to their impressive talents and Wash’s keen ability to work with them.