When it comes to witches and their representation in film, things have for the most part ventured into becoming pretty stale. With the exception of films like The Witch, The Lords of Salem, and Cherry Tree, genre films dealing with witchcraft, covens, and so on tend to fall into the stereotypical silliness that pop culture has put on the idea of witches and similar themes and figures. It takes something special to change that, to offer viewers a fresh look and approach, and thankfully, that’s exactly what we get with the Keith Thomas-helmed short film, Arkane.
I was seven years old when Angel Heart was released. I had absolutely no business whatsoever seeing the film at that age, but my stepdad at the time was obsessed with all things film-related, so he would drag me to just about every single movie that hit our local theater, and it just happened to be that 1987 was the year I spent hanging out in theaters the most.
As a film critic and journalist, I try to find at least a couple of redeeming qualities in any film I take a look at. It takes a village to make a movie, so to just discount one in a brutal fashion isn't my style whatsoever. When it comes to Red Eye, the new film currently making its festival run and co-written by Deranged Minds Entertainment (Destinie Orndoff and Tristan Clay, who also directed), what the film definitely has going for it is obvious: a great deal of passion.