This weekend, two new releases which can be headed to theaters and streaming providers are available flavors of horror dramedies and romance dramas.
In “Jakob’s Spouse,” a subservient spouse all of the sudden feels empowered and liberated after she encounters the undead, starring Barbara Crampton within the titular position, alongside Larry Fessenden as her husband, Jakob, a small-town minister.
Within the romance-drama “Monday,” Sebastian Stan and Denise Gough play an unlikely pair of affection birds who unwittingly meet in Athens one summertime.
Here is what to see/stream and what to skip this weekend:
“Jakob’s Spouse” — Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden; directed by Travis Stevens
The ’80s “scream queen” ingenue Barbara Crampton star because the titular spouse of small-town pastor Jakob (Larry Fessenden) in Travis Stevens’ observational horror-dramedy about marriage, empowerment and sense of id.
The film introduces Anne (Crampton) as a devoted spouse all the time standing by her man. However deep inside, she feels trapped, longing to flee her lengthy poisonous marriage with the insufferably controlling minister. No surprise she exudes attraction and charisma when she casually meets up along with her outdated flame Tom (Robert Rusler) for lunch. Their tête-à-tête has an air of nonchalance — that’s, till the outdated love birds reminisce about their previous. Because the temper turns flirtatious, Anne and Tom encounter the undead, rendering each shocked past perception.
Nevertheless, it will not be lengthy earlier than Anne, surprisingly, begins feeling liberated, taking management of her life and the reins of her fractured marriage. Instantly, Jakob is at his wits’ finish, as he cannot actually decipher her subservient spouse’s puzzling transformation to somebody adventurously daring and exquisite.
Poor Jakob! Unbeknownst to him, his spouse is now a vampire lusting for all times and recent human blood. In addition to, the couple’s codependent relationship is now entrance and heart greater than ever.
Will Jakob lastly uncover the reality? However wait! What actually occurred to Tom?
See/Display it. A disgustingly good gore fest, “Jakob’s Spouse” well propounds vampirism as a metaphor for untangling a twisted marriage. Plus, the leads’ superb performances buoy a considerably foolish script.
“Monday” — Sebastian Stan, Denise Gough; directed by Argyris Papadimitropoulos
What if two misplaced souls met on a Friday and determined to spend the weekend collectively, replete with sizzling kisses, scorching lovemaking and soiled dancing till wee hours — after which got here Monday, a day of reckoning with the inevitable? That is the premise of Argyris Papadimitropoulos’ newest romance drama.
Enter Mickey (Sebastian Stan) and Chloe (Denise Gough), two 30-something American ex-pats who, on a fateful Friday, meet in Athens one summertime at a dance get together. Their attraction is prompt and palpable, rendering them wildly smitten in one another’s arms. Because it seems, Mickey has been in Greece doing a DJ gig for the previous seven years, whereas Chloe is an immigration lawyer about to return to the U.S. after an 18-month stint.
The narrative is interwoven in a sequence of Fridays, marking the passage of time and depicting the vicissitude of feelings. Their unlikely relationship by some means thrives; nonetheless, Monday — the day once they need to face the cruel realities of their relationship — merely looms forward.
Will their relationship survive ultimately?
Skip it. Because the love story unfolds, it merely loses its oomph alongside the way in which, however the leads’ compelling performances.