Meets Paul Kersey.
It’s not often I watch horror films.
I had a bad experience once with the schlock of the genre.
I never really forgave Stephen King for that one.
But perhaps the story was just muffed in the inept hands of Mick Garris?
Well, whatever the case may be: Hard Candy is compelling cinema.
Yes, charge me with the crime of our age.
The worship of youth.
Ephebophilia is hammered into our heads by the nonstop spectacle.
It is chronophilia from 15-19. Age range.
You’re attracted to young people.
So many nuances.
There’s hebephilia. 11-14.
Perhaps it is this which is most germane to our film.
Ellen Page is a star.
Sure, it’s a bit trendy…after Monster in 2003.
But I’ve seen that one…and Hard Candy is more compelling.
Ellen Page is more compelling.
Page plays a 14-year-old named Hayley.
Such a quintessential name. Like Caitlyn (and its derivative spellings).
Top hit? [Sponsored content?] Hayley Williams of the band Paramore.
Hayley Williams. 27. Looks plenty young.
The worship of youth.
Red hair. Porcelain skin. Not a wrinkle in sight.
Hayley [sic]. Peak U.S. popularity in 1990s.
Et voila! Hayley Williams born 1988. That’s about right.
How about Haley? Also peaked in the 1990s. And about three times more common than the Hayley spelling.
[This is the honors-student logic of Hayley Stark in our film. Really a genius detail.]
Let’s try Hailey. Oooh! Most popular yet! And peaked in 2005 🙂
There’s also Haylee (trailer-trash rare…peak 2009), Hayleigh (a recent trend peaking in 2011…almost with a Cajun ring to it), and the ultra-rare Haylie (a dainty spelling which peaked in 2007).
These are the keys to the safe.
Yes, it’s a very bad day for Jeff Kohlver (Patrick Wilson).
Hell of a performance.
To wake up with your balls in your mouth.
Not just a figurative Quantum of Solace reference.
Sure, it’s a bit like Misery with Kathy Bates.
So, see: the Norma Bates wisecrack wasn’t so off in another way.
Let me clarify.
Hard Candy is not a great film, but it’s pretty damned good.
The direction is good.
Patrick Wilson is good.
The scenario/script is good.
Ellen Page is great.
She’s not perfect.
There’s a few moments when the tension is so ridiculous that she almost breaks character.
Not a relaxing movie.
My first “horror” review.
I love Psycho. It’s artful.
But chasing Hitchcock down that path can be a very treacherous exercise for auteurs.
David Slade does a fine job.
This film most certainly does not suck.
But again, Hulu: I just wanted to watch a fucking comedy.
And your dramas still blow.
Ended up in horror.
God damn, you people suck at your jobs.