I’m not super into traditional horror, but I enjoy horror comedy — like Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil and Cabin in the Woods, for example. Director Marjane Satrapi’s The Voices isn’t quite horror, but it’s dark, it’s bloody, and there are some laughs. Did I mention it was dark? I caught the movie earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival where it received mostly positive reviews. I was hoping to embrace this film, but it was mainly just disturbing, unsettling, and sad — despite its colorful displays of whimsy. It also felt much longer than its 1hr. 47 min. run time. Much, much longer.
Empire has released two new images from The Voices featuring Ryan Reynolds and Gemma Arterton. Reynolds stars as Jerry Hickfang, “a lovable but disturbed factory worker who yearns for attention from a woman in accounting (Arterton). When their relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn, Jerry's evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog lead him down a fantastical path where he ultimately finds salvation.”
GeekTyrant Editor Joey Paur seemed to have gotten more of a kick out of the film than me, but he also strongly cautioned in his review, “The movie is extremely entertaining, but it is also so wrong on so many levels. If you think you can enjoy watching an insanely black comedy full of bloody scenes that a normal person might not want to see, them I'm sure you'll like the movie!”
I will say that Reynolds gives one of his best performances, I just wish it was in a better film. The movie is being touted as a “genre-bending tale,” which for me translated to “all over the place.” The Voices also stars Anna Kendrick and Jacki Weaver.
There’s no release planned for the US yet, but for all of our UK readers, the film will be showing at Sundance London on April 26th.