A family locked up in a deserted hotel, plagued by lead shot… No wonder that images of this classic of psychological horror have been blooming on social networks for a few days. Kubrick's black diamond exacerbates all the fears of the moment: terror of the void, evil invisible, boredom that borders on alienation … Without forgetting the treacherous scanner that the filmmaker inflicts on the family, this human aggregate of which he feels solidarity. To see in addition, "Room 237", fascinating documentary dedicated to the exegetes dingos of "Shining", as prisoners of the images of their favorite film.
By Stanley Kubrick (1980, USA), 1:59. Available on DVD-BR (Warner), VOD (2.99 euros)
2 "The Crazies"
Radha Mitchell in "The Crazies" by Breck Eisner. (Rogue Pictures)
We could have advised you on the original (signed George Romero) on which this excellent survival is based, in which the inhabitants of a small American town are fading a bacteriological virus released by mistake by the army. But we prefer this Breck Eisner remake released thirty years later, for at least two reasons. First, because the bleak commercial career of this semi-blockbuster made him plunge very quickly into a particularly unfair indifference, while he crushes the small fry of the competition. And because with its epic but tense action scenes, this sense of detail that transcends the imposed figures of the genre (such as this zombie, stashed in the vastness of a highway, observing the actress Radha Mitchell without a sound, "The Crazies" stands out as an ideal complement to Romero's version, of which he shares the same political message: revealing the fascist temptation that dozes in the mysteries of democracy.
De Breck Eisner (2010, United States), 1h41. Available on DVD-BR (M6), VOD (2.99 euros)
Spleen, loneliness of big cities, intangible propagation: Kiyoshi Kurosawa signs with “Kaïro” a reference film. (Condor)
"Don't be alone," warned the catchphrase of this fantastic masterpiece by Kiyoshi Kurosawa released in 2001. The story of an invasion of Tokyo ghosts raging over booming Internet connections. The fear that exudes from these appearances of specters is as much white terror as languid spleen: the victims dematerialize in a cloud of soot, fade in the half-opening of a door or in the shadow of a wall . There is Antonioni in this poetic B series on the incommunicability at the dawn of digital, which also delivers the most creepy images seen in the last twenty years.
De Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Japon, 2001), 1h57. Available on DVD (Condor), VOD (Universciné, 2.99 euros)
4 "Phase IV"
Lynne Frederick in "Phase IV" by Saul Bass. (Swashbuckler Films)
Two scientists study (or rather tickle) a colony of killer ants in a metal igloo planted in the Arizona desert. The only feature film directed by the genius Saul Bass (the man in the credits of "Psychosis" or "Casino"), "Phase IV" is a little marvel of horrifying fable from the seventies; a sort of agricultural and psychedelic prelude to the future "Alien" by Ridley Scott. Insects erect angular monoliths that could appear on a Pink Floyd pouch, they are fought with a chick yellow pesticide (the Vietnam War is raging) which does not however prevent the ingenious vermin from adapting – by seizing the machines or by crunching the skin.
De Saul Bass (United States, 1973), 1h27. Available on VOD (Orange, 3.99 euros), on DVD-BR from April 6 (Carlotta).
5 "Nobody knows"
At a time when telework redefines the place given to the home and the time spent with family, it is interesting to review this chronicle of a siblings of four children abandoned by their mother and living in isolation in a small apartment. Refusing moral lessons and putass suspense, Kore Eda sets out to show the osmosis that binds over time this group left to itself: games, small rituals, household disorder that sign less the outline of chaos than the fragile establishment of a mini civilization.
De Kore Eda (Japon, 2004), 2h21. Available on DVD-BR (ARP), VOD (2.99 euros)
6 "The night of the living dead"
"Night of the Living Dead" by George Romero, major work in the contagion film. (Films without Borders)
The master stallion of the zombie film perfectly resonates with our suddenly bunkerized world. We quickly pass on the symbolism of the living dead never as valid as today (the other, the infected victim, the creeping threat etc …) to praise the astonishing prophecy of the opening. It shows a sister and a brother visiting a cemetery. The first is worried about rumors of contamination when the second, perfectly incredulous neglects this guy who approaches to chew him. Alarm cries of indifference from our Italian neighbors, popular rallies in public gardens on the day of the first containment announcements: George Romero had seen it all.
By George Romero (United States, 1968), 1h36. Available on DVD-BR (Filmedia), VOD (2.99 euros)
A simulated "Infernal Tower" of Montreal, infected in 1975 by the young David Cronenberg, with a mischief of dirty kid perfectly assumed. The future director of "La Mouche" has fun subverting this biotope of petty bourgeois narrow-minded by a rain of Vachard provocations and regressive spurts of gores. The result is a crazy balance between cathartic laughter and primary disgust, Toto's joke and Hitchcockian suspense – the face of the trouble-making microbe, a mixture of turd and slug, sums up the whole affair. After that, difficult to respect the presidential confinement order – your neighbors, you will go to visit.
By David Cronenberg (Canada, 1975), 1:30. Available on DVD-BR (ESC)
8 "Only Two"
Ramzy Bedia, in "Only Two". (Warner)
To see joggers or other baguette buyers roaming the streets of Paris in numbers, our confined routine is still far from the post-apocalyptic picture proposed by Eric and Ramzy’s first production. Still, this chase led by the famous duo in a city completely cleansed of its population – and suddenly transformed into a gigantic playground privatized by the two accomplices – obviously has a special flavor today. "Only Two" can be tasted like the symmetry of "Shining": the isolation produced in the two zozos a way of enjoyment, of dream realized.
From Eric Judor and Ramzy Bedia (France, 2007), 1h34. Available on DVD BR (Warner), VOD (2.99 euros)
9 "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers"
The BA BA of the viral film, reworked many times, adored by the best (this is the bedside film by Joe Dante, director of "Gremlins"), copied everywhere and by everyone – in particular by our national Jean Girault in "The Gendarme and the aliens". Certainly, the physical symptoms developed by the people of Mina, a small suburban town in California, have little to do with the cough and fever of "our" pandemic. Except that the film by Don Siegel shows a society under surveillance which reminds in every point the France of the coronavirus, its staging reproducing the mechanisms of a paranoia which seems familiar to us today: distrust of the quidam around the corner street, bearer of a possible invisible evil, reassessment (or repression) of a host of harmless gestures – handshake, sneeze, living space.
From Don Siegel (United States, 1956), 1h20. Available on DVD (Montparnasse)
10 "Last train to Busan"
Four years before the Coronavirus crisis, Sang-Ho Yeon imagined a lightning pandemic in Korea in "Last train for Busan". (ARP)
While the exodus of a certain number of Parisians to their second home develops the risks of spreading the disease, it is not useless to review this amazing film of Korean zombies, in which a financier and his daughter try to to escape a sinister pandemic infecting the northern part of the country. With these deer contaminated in place of the Wuhan pangolin, and this railway odyssey hampered by a fierce class struggle, this political blockbuster describes on the menu a nightmare of zealous ultra-capitalism.
De Sang-Ho Yeon (South Korea, 2016), 1h58. Available on DVD BR (ARP), VOD (2.99 euros)
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