His House (Weekes 2020)
We return to haunting and possession films because this film is such an extraordinary new entry into this sub-genre. Bol and Rial flee South Sudan and find their way to England. The film expertly uses symbolic and real struggles to to reveal the complexity and difficulty of what these characters face. A wonderful step forward in the vein of The Babadook (Kent 2014) and Relic (James 2020).
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SPOILERS IN THIS EPISODE
TOPIC INDEX – TOPIC INDEX – His House (Weekes 2020) (times are approximate)
0:30 – Introductions
2:00 – Returning to haunting films
2:45 – spoilers
4:15 – Movie discussion begins
4:15 – overall impressions and context
12:00 – spoiler discussion begins
13:00 – personal demons and Apeth
25:15 – fundamentals
29:00 -Apeth and pregnancy
32:30 – killing the Apeth
36:00 – guilt and nuance
40:00 – into the weeds we go
48:00 – the ending of the film
53:00 – diegetic reality
57:15 – deft of craft
1:00:00 – embodied emotional trauma sub-genre
1:02:00 – diversity in filmmaking
1:02:30 – grading the film using the Collective Nightmares Evolving Rubric of Social Responsibility
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