Sweet Taste of Souls Review

By: Amanda Guarragi

Sweet Taste of Souls has a really unique concept that flips the moving picture frame trope on its head. When four struggling band members stop at a small roadside cafe for a slice of cherry pie, they find themselves imprisoned in the owner’s framed art collection. The film was intriguing from the very beginning and had refreshing moments for the supernatural subgenre in Horror.

Ms. Ellinore (Honey Loren) was heartbroken and defeated when her husband left her. She harnessed these supernatural powers to create a picture perfect life within her art collection, a life that she could never have. The film dives into the psychology of trauma and abuse, while adding a supernatural element to it. It is one of the most refreshing concepts because of how this complex, emotional story ties in with a trope we’ve never fully explored on screen.

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The most impressive aspect of the film was the special effects and how they were used in certain scenes. There was a whole process in taking the souls of the characters and transferring into the frame, which was really interesting. It also felt really claustrophobic at times (which was a horrible feeling for me) which worked extremely well for the suspense of being locked inside of a frame.

Sweet Taste of Souls had great special effects, a really complex psychological story and sound design that elevated the story. It had great use of colour, especially the colour red, to pop against a faded background and make you remember that Ms. Ellinore was around the corner. It’s a very fun, original horror film, with a deep psychological exploration of trauma.

IT: Chapter Two

Welcome to the final chapter of the Losers club!

The one thing I will say about this film, is that Andy Muschietti has developed such a strong persona with both of these films. The first half of IT: Chapter Two had great camerawork and transitions, that made the story flow to and from each character introduction.

IT: Chapter Two, did not exceed my expectations like the first one but it somehow still left me content with where the characters ended up. It’s always impossible to adapt a Stephen King novel and I’m very happy that they incorporated that into the film. There were pieces of dialogue that mirrored the Kubrick “The Shining” discourse and naturally Muschietti also incorporated similar scenes.

The best part about both of these chapters are the actors and their counterparts. Every single child actor and adult actor, mirrored their character perfectly and THAT is what made IT: Chapter 2 so bloody entertaining. Yes, it was very long and it dragged out BUT the character interactions were the best part of this film. Bill Hader stole the show, playing Richie so perfectly AND James Ransone nailed the hypochondriac and fast talking Eddie! Both of them were standouts for me!

Unfortunately the story somehow got away from them because they attempted to do too much with the characters. They had developed Richie’s backstory, made implications about what he was hiding and then never explored that for him. The beginning makes sense, only if you make the connection to Richie Tozier, or else it was misplaced and beyond crude to open a film in that way.