Horror and Suspense at the Deauville American Film Festival: From Vampires to "Sin City"

September 18, 2014 11:24 AM

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Horror and Suspense at the Deauville American Film Festival: From Vampires to "Sin City"

Over a third of the 14 films in competition at the Deauville American Film Festival this year were genre pieces--thriller or suspense or horror--from Ana Lily Amirpour's vampire flick A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night to the political thriller A Most Wanted Man featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman. "That's because to get a film produced in the US, you have to make a genre film these days," one independent director commented. Yet it is equally true that American cinema is world-renowned for the strength of its genre pieces: the more obvious reason that Bruno Barde, the director of the festival, opted for such an unusually genre-rich selection. The fortieth year of the festival closed, in fact, with an American genre piece par excellence: the action comic-book 3-D extravaganza Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, a film as exciting in its mythic turns of plot as it is laden with classic Hollywood stereotypes of powerful macho men and sexy seductress women.

The storyline is so absurd, the director must be brilliant to have made it terrifying: a "being" follows anyone who has recently had sex with someone who was previously followed by this "being." As in an early Cronenberg film, sexual intercourse means contagion. The plot: a pretty teenage girl, who ...

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