Movie Reviews: ‘Everyone Will Burn’, ‘Missing’ and ‘A Life on the Farm’ (Fantastic Fest)

Everyone will burn

spanish shock Everyone will burn (Y todos arderan; 2021) is a sleek and captivating effort from director David Hebrero, who co-wrote the screenplay with Javier Kiran. Macarena Gómez gives a stunning performance as María José, a woman whose son was driven to suicide by other boys because townspeople are generally superstitious and hateful. As she is about to kill herself, she is interrupted by a young girl named Lucia (Sofía García in a terrific debut performance) who emerges from a nearby place in the wilderness, covered in mud. As the pair head to town so that María José can drop the girl off with the authorities, they are stopped by two police officers who soon learn—as does María José—that the girl is gifted with supernatural abilities. As the townspeople turn more against María José and also aim to persecute Lucia, dark secrets from the past come to light, creating a story that goes crazy in all the best ways. Gorgeous visuals, stellar performances, and splendid settings featuring a variety of well-rendered kills are just a few reasons to seek out this winner. Everyone will burn is a must-have for fans of Eurohorror and supernatural horror. Be sure to catch the mid-credits sequence.

Faded away

Japanese horror/mystery thriller Faded away (sagasu; 2021) is an engrossing roller coaster ride that offers so many clever surprises that its occasional reliance on coincidence can be forgiven. Middle schooler Kaede (Aoi Itō) seems much more mature than her widowed father Satoshi Harada (Jirō Satō). When the unlucky father proclaims to his precocious daughter that he has spotted the wanted serial killer Terumi Yamauchi (Hiroya Shimizu) and plans to pursue him for the reward money, then disappears, she receives no help from her teachers or the authorities, who tell her that her father has abandoned her and that she should live in a convent. Plucky Kaede decides to go the Nancy Drew Street route instead, and that’s all you need to know about the plot going into this multi-layered installment of puzzle cinema. Director Shinzô Katayama’s debut at the helm – working from a script he co-wrote with Kazuhisa Kotero and Ryo Takada – is excellent. The characters are all well-written and intriguingly portrayed, and the existential sense of dread is palpable. Expect the unexpected Faded away and you always risk coming away surprised.

Dark Star and Bloody Disgusting are planning a US theatrical release for MISSING on November 4, 2022, an on-demand release on November 18, 2022, and the Blu Ray release of the film to follow on December 6, 2022.

A life on the farm

Aficionados of documentaries on offbeat subjects should check out director Oscar Harding’s British film A life on the farm (2022) at the top of their must-see lists. Harding’s late grandfather’s neighbor was a Somerset farmer named Charles Carson who used to film his rather eccentric daily escapades and make home movies for his neighbors and other locals. Harding remembered his father turning off one of these tapes when the director was a boy, and now a decade later that tape has found its way back into his life, and he could see why his father had taken this step. Carson’s tapes contain cat graves, makeshift skeletons driving farm equipment, and the bodies of his deceased parents, to begin with. But lest you think this is the stuff of a potential serial killer or some other mean guy, it’s fair to let potential viewers know that A life on the farm is a life-affirming work that puts lumps in your throat as much as jaws on the floor. Carson’s work has become an internet sensation, and this documentary ultimately seeks to provide the often touching life story of a man who documented his existence in sometimes bizarre or misunderstood ways, but created outsider art. without perhaps even realizing it.

Everyone will burn, miss and A life on the farm screen as part of Fantastic Fest, which takes place September 22-29, 2022 in Austin, Texas, with a [email protected] virtual version available for US residents from September 29 to October 4. For more information, visit and[email protected].

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