THE BET – written and directed by Joan Carr-Wiggin — SPOILERS
Isabel and Albert’s first encounter
While having lunch in a restaurant, Isabel (Natasha Little) makes a bet with her husband Cal (Colin Salmon) that she can get the next man who walks into the place to propose to her. And while she initially fails in this effort, she gets a second chance.
The next guy to walk into the restaurant is Albert (Douglas Hodge). He sits at the bar, and Isabel takes off her wedding ring and sits next to him, but Albert is having a really bad day and is (quite reasonably) suspicious of this strange person trying to chat him up. Isabel’s failure becomes Cal’s favourite joke and he makes a point of telling it to everyone. Continue reading →
Rose (Laura Vandervoort) begins the film as a timid fashion worker scarred by a car accident in her youth.
The Soska Sisters‘ re-imagining of the 1977 Cronenberg classic looks at the story from a very different perspective. Rather than focusing (as the original film did) on the response to the outbreak by government agencies and the general population, this movie concerns itself mainly with Rose’s transformation, both physical and mental, and tries to explain that transformation scientifically. Effects of the disease on the general population are mentioned only in passing. Also, the new film seems to be set in some unspecified American city. The original story took place in or near Montreal. Continue reading →
Jackie (Jess Salgueiro) spends much of the film tied to a bed. She seems swept along by events over which she has little control. .
William (Aidan Devine), who lives on a farm with his daughter Gloria (Ava Preston), has been pressed into service by warring gangs from a nearby city for the purpose of disposing of their dead. (He chops up the bodies and dissolves them in an acid bath.) Though his residence is rural, William has become an urban legend. “The Candy Butcher” they call him. Many believe him to be a cannibal, but this is apparently not true.
The family’s last name is Derrow, though it is never mentioned in the film. There is a very old sign outside the farmhouse with a picture of a cow on it that reads “Derrow Family Butcher”. Continue reading →