Black Sabbath (1963)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) 2 classic tales of horror. The kind of stories we hear as kids around a campfire.
2) “The Wurdalak” offers a gothic folk-tale of a vampire without any plot-twists. However, the Technicolor cinematography, makeup, and music will give audiences enough jump scares. The scene where the dead child appears outside in the cold and begs to be invited in, is a textbook folktale sequence.
3) “The Drop of Water” is a Twilight Zone kind of story where the jinxed ring transfers the curse to the bearer.
4) Boris Karloff’s prologue and epilogue are funny and frightful at the same time. The final scene where his character breaks the 4th wall and unveils the tricks behind the camera is equally bizarre.

 

CONS –
1) “The Telephone” is neither supernatural nor horror. It doesn’t fit with the other two tales of horror.

 
QUOTE –
“Ivan: Mama, I’m cold. Let me in.”

Love, Death & Robots (Season 1)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 4/4

 
PROS –
1) I’ll rate LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS better than Black Mirror and Electric Dreams. The core of any sci-fi story can be explained in a few minutes and we don’t a 90 minutes episode for character development. The short duration of each episode is the biggest asset of the show.
2) Stories from various genres including Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Fantasy, Post-Apocalypse, Absurdism, Cyberpunk, etc.
3) Exceptional animation quality from various studios around the world. Every next episode is a surprise.
4) “Good Hunting” – Exploring the Huli jing mythology in Cyberpunk Hong-Kong
5) “Suits” – Who is the real invader?
6) “Zima Blue” – Absurdist robot.
7) “When the Yogurt Took Over” – A warning for the inevitable economic collapse.
8) Matthew Perryman Jones – Living in the Shadows

 

 
CONS –
1) “Sucker of Souls” – a plain storyline
2) “The Witness” – a mind-fuck story told for a zillionth time now.
3) “Helping Hand” – 127 Hrs in space
4) “Fish Night” – Great animation with a mediocre story

 

 
QUOTE –
“Zima: My search for truth is finished at last.I’m going home.”

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Meal Ticket – Liam Neeson as the cold-hearted impresario and Harry Melling as the limbless artist stole the show in this wintry tale.
2) The Gal Who Got Rattled – The sorrowful end of a budding love story.
3) All Gold Canyon – An uplifting climax of a Gold Miner.

 

CONS –
1) Anthology movies are destined to be doomed. Coen Bros being great writers themselves used a small collection of their short-stories and developed this project for Netflix. Interestingly, the story of a dybbuk which was already used in a prologue of their 2009 released A Serious Man belongs to this project.
2) Buster Scruggs – The most lifeless story.

 
QUOTE –
Trapper: Well, I’m not an enemy of betterment, but I’m kept very busy with my traps.