The Overlook Film Festival just concluded its 2023 event, and it really flexed its influence this year. By my count there were two ★★★★★ movies and at least five ★★★★ movies, meaning that we will see several of them back at the best of awards this year. There are several films here that will be influential for years to come, I am certain. Overlook has once again treated us to some of the best curated films in the genre, and from this festival I can assure our fans that there is much to look forward to coming soon to a theater near you. Listen to Eric and Liz discuss the best (and worst) of the event.
★★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★
🩸🩸🩸🩸 out of 🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸 for copious amounts of bloodshed, dismemberments, beheadings, exploding bodies, the use of severed limbs as weapons, and eviscerations.
The Dracula tale has never been more fun to watch than in Chris McKay's Renfield. Nicholas Hoult is the remorseful and downtrodden manservant Renfield who struggles with how to escape servitude from his vile master. Nic Cage is perfectly cast as the dapper and ferocious Count Dracula, mixing a looming malevolence with goofy charm. Universal has found its footing again with its legendary roster of monster films. Renfield mixes full-theater belly laughs with spectacular gory action to create a movie destined to get repeat viewings. Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee would be proud.