From Monday the 15th of November until Monday the 13th of December this thread is going to be dedicated to discussing this year’s special selection of four outstanding genre films that make up our Just Before Dawn slate.
The entire program is listed in this ICM-checklist:
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/icmf ... am/beavis/
The Main festival hub is this thread:
Please rate the films you've seen on a scale from 1-10 to help contribute to this year's Audience Award.
Horror films are often said to reflect the fears and anxieties of time in which they are made. Although the genre films on offer in this year's Just Before Dawn slate were made prior to the pandemic, they somehow tap into the pervading fears of isolation, loneliness and being trapped that have been a constant battle for many of us during the pandemic and its lockdown restrictions.
4x4 is an inventive Argentinian thriller about a criminal trapped inside a vehicle he is trying to steal that takes place almost entirely within the enclosed space of the vehicle. Anything for Jackson is the creepiest film of the slate, focusing on a pregnant woman who is kidnapped by a satanic couple who have evil designs on her baby. Rent-A-Pal is a twisted, psychological horror about a troubled man whose life is consumed by loneliness whilst caring for his sick mother. Why Don't You Just Die? is a Russian black comedy that has been described as Quentin Tarantino meets Jean-Pierre Jeunet and is the bloodiest and most violent film on offer in the slate, taking place in the confines of an apartment block where a young man attempts to kill his girlfriend's father.
All four films in this slate offer sublime genre escapism and showcase the rich diversity of the darker side of cinema. If you are bold enough to take the plunge and experience all four then we hope you survive in one piece...'