Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Trouble Every Day

(2001) ****



Pardon the pun, but I'm still "digesting" this French cannibalistic art house shocker. I feel the need to review it before it fades into distant memory amidst the sea of October depravity. Trouble Every Day is the first and only movie this year (thus far) that has made me genuinely sick to my stomach. Thanks again, France!

The story is sparse, open to interpretation and it contains precious little dialog. Early on we’re introduced to Coré, a beautiful woman who gets violent, cannibalistic urges when she's aroused. She preys upon truckers, horny teenagers and anyone else she sink her teeth into. Her bad habit is enabled and encouraged by her husband, a disgraced scientist who cleans up after her messes.  

Vincent Gallo brings his typically creepy energy to the film. His face alone takes me out of my comfort zone so it’s only fitting that he’s involved in this kind of a horror movie. He plays a newlywed with an ulterior motive for choosing France as his honeymoon destination. He has similar urges to Coré and seeks help from the scientist before he does something he’ll regret. You just know that he and Coré will cross paths, and when they do it ain’t gonna be pretty.

While it is unique, there is more than enough nudity and blood spattered bodies to file this one comfortably alongside Martyrs and the others in the recent wave of gritty, brutal French films. Lord knows I’ve seen my share of flesh eating movies, but I have never seen anything quite as gross as the scene where Coré starts feasting on her first victim. It’s nearly excruciating to watch this poor man’s expression go from arousal to surprise to sheer terror.  His screams are (eventually) reduced to whimpering until he stops breathing altogether.

I’m giving it **** for the barf factor alone but enter at your own risk.

10 comments:

JPX said...

Wow, this sounds great (and gross)! Excellent discovery . Who would have thought that the French would be producing these terrifying films? If JSP is grossed out by something, be afraid!

Trevor said...

It's good to know that cannibal flicks are moving away from the hillbilly community and into more upscale French settings.

Catfreeek said...

Haha Trevor!

JSP you sold me at French cannibalistic art house shocker.

Crystal Math said...

Bummer now I wish I could've watched this! I'd review it along with "In My Skin" (which was reviewed by Whirlygirl but for some reason the Monster List links to her review of Drive Thur. Get on that, JSP!)

AC said...

no
thank
you!

Octopunk said...

This sounds interesting. There are a number of flicks out there that I don't know if I'll like but I know I'm honor bound (or horror bound) to watch someday. But the French ones strike a good balance, for me, between watchable and balls-out crazy.

I fixed the In My Skin link, Crystal.

Octopunk said...

I forgot to say, I love the poignant title of this.

Johnny Sweatpants said...

Thanks for fixing the link Octo! Yeah, I too love the title. It implies that even if you manage to make it through today without dying, tomorrow you're still in grave danger. And the day after that and the day after that etc.

DCD said...

Bleh. I'll be skipping it, thank you.

Abduscias said...

Ohhh, la la!