A24 Produces Alex Garland’s New Horror Movie ‘Men’

Birthday to one of our favorite novelists and directors Alex Garland who celebrates his 52nd year around the sun today. Appearing on the cultural radar in the late 90s with The beachGarland has since been considered one of the key voices of Generation X.

Garland is a huge fan of the classics, and it’s something he has integrated seamlessly into his works. His film scripts 28 days later (2002), Sunshine (2007), Never let Me Go (2010), and Dred (2012) ensured that classics like the triffids, and the resident Evil Game series – which he credits gaming for revitalizing the vampire genre – are well and truly ingrained in our consciousness.

In 2014, Garland made his directorial debut with the film Incredibly Brilliant Ex-Machina, a sci-fi/thriller film that explores the relationship between humans and artificial intelligence; earning him an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

Men with Jessie Buckley Credit: A24

His latest movie Menproduced by our favorite production team A24, is classic folk horror in the making. Men follows the story of Harper Marlow (Jessie Buckley), a young widow – a nice nod to the classics – whofter the death of her husband decides to spend her holidays alone in the small village of Coston. Flashbacks show what their marriage was really like – giving the audience plenty of information and insight into Marlow’s current mood.

In classic thriller/horror style, Marlow spends a good chunk of the film, running and running through’Men‘ landmines of all kinds. This is where the story was called “contentious” in his account. Gender issues aren’t the easiest topic on any given day, but if anyone knows how to set the tone for a girl versus man horror, with the winning girl as Halloweenor not to win like Thomas Hardy’s unforgettable Tess it’s Garland.

Garland aims to provoke, bringing to light the underlying microaggressions of the male characters throughout Marlow’s journey. Ask yourself the question of where the fundamental imbalance between men and women is. It has already received mixed reviews, with critics calling it a failed attempt at feminism, says Christy Lemire. “There are moments in ‘Men’ that will make your breath race and your heart race. Yet others will leave you scratching your head and choking out laughter. Whatever your reaction to the screenwriter’s latest meticulously crafted mind-twist / director Alex Garland, it won’t be indifference.

Either way, Garland’s work certainly keeps the conversation going, whether or not he’s nailed the gender angle, I’ll leave that up to you.

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