Film Reviews: “Jacob’s Wife” and “Monday”

This weekend, two new releases heading to theaters and streaming services come in flavors of horror drama and romantic drama.

In “Jakob’s Wife”, a submissive wife suddenly feels empowered and liberated after meeting the living dead. The film stars Barbara Crampton in the lead role, alongside Larry Fessenden as her husband, Jakob, a minister from a small town.

In the romantic drama “Monday”, Sebastian Stan and Denise Gough play an unlikely couple of love birds who unwittingly meet in Athens one summer.


Here’s what to see / stream and what to ignore this weekend:

“Jacob’s Wife” – Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden; directed by Travis Stevens

Barbara Crampton, the ingenious ‘Cry Queen’ of the ’80s, plays the titular wife of small town pastor Jakob (Larry Fessenden) in Travis Stevens’ horror-comedy-drama of marriage, The empowerment and sense of identity.

The film presents Anne (Crampton) as a devoted wife always alongside her man. But deep inside, she feels trapped, eager to escape her long, toxic marriage to the unbearably controlled minister. No wonder she exudes charm and charisma when she casually meets her former flame Tom (Robert Rusler) for lunch. Their tete-a-tete has an air of nonchalance – that is, until the old lovebirds remember their past. As the mood turns flirtatious, Anne and Tom encounter the walking dead, making them both shocked beyond belief.

However, it won’t be long before Anne, surprisingly, begins to feel liberated, taking control of her life and the reins of her broken marriage. Suddenly, Jakob is at his wit’s end, as he can’t really decipher the puzzling transformation of his submissive wife into someone daring and handsome.

Poor Jacob! Unbeknownst to him, his wife is now a vampire hungry for life and fresh human blood. In addition, the couple’s codependent relationship is now more than ever in the foreground.

Will Jakob finally find out the truth? But wait! What really happened to Tom?

View / Create. A disgusting festival of gore, “Jakob’s Wife” cleverly offers vampirism as a metaphor for unraveling a twisted marriage. In addition, the astonishing performances of the main actors support a somewhat silly script.

Watch the trailer:

“Monday” – Sebastian Stan, Denise Gough; directed by Argyris Papadimitropoulos

What if two lost souls met on a Friday and decided to spend the weekend together, filled with scorching kisses, scorching loves and dirty dancing until the wee hours of the morning – and then came Monday, settlement day with the inevitable? This is the premise of Argyris Papadimitropoulos’ latest romantic drama.

Enter Mickey (Sebastian Stan) and Chloe (Denise Gough), two American expats in their thirties who one fateful Friday meet in Athens one summer at a dance party. Their attraction is instantaneous and palpable, making them madly enamored in each other’s arms. It turns out that Mickey has been in Greece doing a DJ gig for seven years, while Chloe is an immigration lawyer about to return to the United States after an 18-month stay.

The story is interwoven in a series of Fridays, marking the passage of time and describing the vicissitude of emotions. Their unlikely relationship will prosper in one way or another; However, Monday – the day they must face the harsh realities of their relationship – is simply looming.

Will their relationship survive in the end?

To jump. As the love story unfolds, it just loses some of its vibrancy along the way, despite the convincing performances of the main cast.

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