The metamorphosis in Bloodthirsty goes beyond what we see in other werewolf horror movies. In addition to her inner and outer being, singer Gray is also radically changing her eating habits…
Horror films clothe human tendencies in grotesque images. Werewolf cinema turns the impulsive side of our nature to the outside, the suppressed animal desires. In “Bloodthirsty,” a young singer named Gray (Lauren Beatty) is desperate to transform, artistically. Their debut album was a hit and now – with the traditionally much heavier second record – a new approach is to be found.
Gray wants to work with notorious music producer Vaughn Daniels (Greg Bryk). She and her friend Charlie (Katharine King So) move into Vaughn’s mansion in the woods, where Gray, who is actually a vegan, soon develops cravings for flesh and blood. “Bloodthirsty” was well-received by its critics, but you should expect a horror film that takes its time, rather than fast-paced carnage.
Also new: a western with Brad Pitt
The American bandit Jesse James became the hero of the Western genre in dime novels and Hollywood also worked diligently to build on this status, see for example “A Bandit of Honor” (1927). In “The Murder of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”, however, despite the title, there is not much left of the hero status.
The young bandit Robert (Casey Affleck) wants to pull off a big coup with his brother Charley (Sam Rockwell) and Jesse James (Brad Pitt) but ends up shooting Jesse from behind. In the film, we see what led to this act. Based on the novel by Ron Hansen, we don’t see Jesse James as a heroic crook, but as a person. This approach and the strong cast are good reasons to see the film, as Christoph Petersen states in his old 3-star review.