A minimum of since Michael Jackson turned into a werewolf for MTV viewers, horror motion pictures and music movies have been feeding on one another. Iconic darkwave duo Boy Harsher’s new quick movie The Runner, debuting on Shudder, extends the vanity out to 38 minutes, weaving spooky imagery to accompany their sultry synth throb and/or utilizing their ominous goth vibe as a background for a unfastened narrative of blood, starvation, and darkness.
The result’s amateurish indie horror with a really polished and evocative soundtrack. The ramshackle assortment of anticipated themes and tropes is extra charming than scary. However followers of the band received’t be upset. And much more, informal viewers ought to be capable of respect the love that’s gone into the mission.
The story, comparable to it’s, is minimal and acquainted. The film begins out with a girl (Kris Esfandiari), the titular runner, operating via the woods coated with blood. At first, it looks as if she’s a sufferer escaping an assailant.
However it shortly turns into clear that the operative style isn’t slasher however a tragic vampire. The runner hijacks a automobile and goes to a home. There she scares off a youngster performed by singer Cooper B. Helpful and watches a music video on tv starring sultry, PVC-clad singer Mariana Saldaña, aka Ms. BOan. Then the runner heads off to a bar tellingly named “Misplaced” the place she picks up a lonely lady (Sigrid Lauren) and…properly you’ll be able to most likely work out the remainder. Although the precise ugly how is genuinely startling, and simply the movie’s greatest second.
Intercut with the story are scenes of Boy Harsher—singer Jae Matthews and producer August Muller—working towards, performing, and discussing their music and the film. These interludes once more make the mission really feel extra like a music video than movie, as do the music titles and credit that seem within the nook initially of various tracks. It’s not clear whether or not the music was composed to attain the movie, or whether or not the movie was created to market and accompany the album The Runner OST.
It’s most likely a little bit of each—and so far as that report goes, the hybrid film method seems to have been a superb manner for the band to stretch themselves. Boy Harsher is greatest recognized for its icy dancefloor gloom and sway, as on the traditional 2014 single “Ache,” a masterpiece of menace during which Matthews sighs, yodels, and slides sado-masochistic insinuations round Muller’s darkish mechanical echo and thump.
The duo hasn’t deserted that sound—“Give Me a Purpose” brings the previous darkish magic to a goth membership close to you. However the soundtrack conceit additionally pushes them to attempt new approaches. “Tower” is breathily ambient Twilight Zone music, constructing as much as an industrial metallic shriek. The collaboration with Saldaña, “Machina,” is HI-NRG synth-pop—because the runner watches the dancer on the display screen, she begins to imitate her sensual actions, as if to affirm that even vampires could be seduced by disco if it’s catchy sufficient. And Cooper B. Helpful’s music “Autonomy” is New Wave indie pop, extra New Order than Pleasure Division. It closes out the film on a surprisingly cheerful word, as Kris Esfandiari, out of character and in a big cowboy hat, dances in a cornfield.
Matthews and Muller created the album throughout covid once they couldn’t tour, and when Matthews was identified with MS. You would possibly assume that that will lead to a downbeat, bleak imaginative and prescient. Positive sufficient, Matthews says at one level throughout an interview phase that she identifies with the runner’s evil, starvation, and desperation.
This isn’t actually an evil, hungry, determined, and even downbeat film although. As an alternative, it seems like a bunch of buddies messing round with horror tropes and music they love, working collectively to create some pleasure in a tough time. Outtakes on the finish of the forged guffawing and mugging amidst the bloody FX, like cheerful reanimated corpses, are nearly higher than the film itself. The final two years have been such a tough time to make music, or for that matter to reside. It’s exhilarating to see that eviscerated man within the chair (Cameron Findlay) take a look at the digicam and provides a thumb’s up. The Runner is probably not nice artwork. However typically making artwork in any respect is sufficient.
The Runner arrives on Shudder on January 16, 2022.
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The Runner is probably not nice artwork. However typically making artwork in any respect is sufficient.