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Film Reviews: Antiviral (2012) & Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)
Antiviral (2012). Written and directed by Brandon Cronenberg. The film is set in the near future, where mankind has become obsessed with celebrities. The obsession is so great that celebrities sell their diseases, which clinics in turn buy and then sell on to their fans. Syd March (Caleb Landry Jones) sells the celebrity diseases on behalf of the Lucas Clinic, although he deliberately infects himself with the diseases, breaks the copyright of the disease on a stolen machine at his home, and then sells them on the black market. Antiviral certainly has an interesting premise, but the story doesn't really do enough with it, and ultimately it got boring. Jones is good in the main role, playing a complex character. For those who don't mind slow paced horrors, which are light on the gore. 2/5 (Poor)

Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010). Written and directed by Panos Cosmatos. The films is initially set in the 60s, with a promotional film for the Arboria Institute that promises to find happiness through a mix of technology and new age techniques. It then jumps forward to 1983, with scientist Dr. Nyle (Michael Rogers) repeatedly interviewing a near catatonic patient (Eva Allan). Beyond the Black Rainbow is a peculiar film. Although the main thrust of the story is fairly clear, there are many elements that are confusing or beyond understanding, presumably on purpose. The film is beautifully shot, with a mix of styles that frequently have an 80s feel, accompanied by an equally 80s soundtrack. There are some great performances, particularly from the spooky Rogers. Ultimately I was left with a fairly confused experience, that I didn't enjoy a great deal. Those who enjoy surreal and eerie retro horror might get something from it. 3/5 (Average)