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Killer's Moon was part of what was later to be referred to as 'New Wave' British horror a collective of flicks made in the Seventies that were seen as a reaction to the strict censorship of the time relocating the horror to a more contemporary setting rather than the Hammer Films of old.
With murders, rape and other such violations Killer's Moon certainly pushed against the breed of horror it superseded however in its framing and generally trashy aesthetic and unintentional laughs it's casual portrayal of events gets under the skin and disturbs.
It is such a mix that has given Killer's Moon a substantial cult following and life beyond its low budget origins. It's tasteless, vulgar and irresponsible in its portrayal of rape – even more so given that the victims here are young schoolgirls – and yet somehow it manages to engage if occasionally enrage. Its eclectic casting and aimless direction makes it seem like everyone is acting in a different movie to everyone else.
I'm a big fan of director Peter Weir. During his career to date, Weir has created some of the more atmospheric and haunting movies of the past thirty years. His Dead Poets Society positively ached with the repressed passions of the schoolboys at its centre, his Gallipoli sucker-punched you with an emotional wallop that remains with you for ages after and his Picnic at Hanging Rock remains with me still and it's a good twenty years since I last saw it.
Weir even managed to make a credible lead out of Harrison Ford with both Witness and more impressively in The Mosquito Coast. He even made Andie MacDowell look award-worthy in the touching Green Card.So what went wrong with his feature film debut The Cars That Ate Paris?
Have you seen Disturbia? Chances are that you have and that you've forgotten it. It wasn't that great even when buoyed up with the presence of the dependable David Morse as the bad guy. In director Paul Solet's film we have an equally unappealing young male lead under house arrest but rather than be tormented Rear Window-style by a dodgy murdering neighbour, our lead is being haunted following a suicide.
Unlikeable seventeen-year-old Daniel (Keir Gilchrist) is fitted with an ankle bracelet by grizzly growling police officer Stokes (Peter Stormare - in another genre appearance following Bad Milo!) Weasel-like Daniel has been a bad boy. He has been cyber stalking a classmate and has been told NOT to communicate with her again. There is no details given about the cyber stalking. That's as much as we get.
The Device is essentially a three-hander involving two sisters, estranged, and one's fiancé. Abby and Rebecca Powell (Angela DiMarco and Kate Alden) haven't seen each other for over a decade, reuniting for a road trip to spread their mother's ashes at a secluded lake. They stay at a nearby family cabin, a cabin they were warned not to venture. A traumatic event in the girls' past is alluded to involving the younger Rebecca. As they spend more time together we find out more about it especially when a strange ball-like object is found and they attempt to fathom out its purpose. It is then that Abby becomes troubled by dreams involving an alien. Everything is spelt out for the viewer but alas appears to allude our protagonists as they struggle to make sense of it all.
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