Cabinet of Curiosities Review: Episode 4 – The Outside

Next up in Guillermo del Toro’s horror anthology, Cabinet of Curiosities is episode 4, The Outside

Del Toro has chosen Ana Lily Amirpour to bring his next segment to life. Amirpour burst onto the horror scene with a fantastically unique spin on the vampire genre with the Iranian vampire flick, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. She then went on to direct The Bad Batch, a film set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by cannibals. She managed to pull together a phenomenal all-star cast for the Bad Batch including Jason Momoa, Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves. I don’t think the film got the love it really deserved.

So, again, I was overcome with excitement to learn that the next story was from Amirpour. Not only have we Amirpour in the director’s chair, but Hayley Z. Boston serves as the writer. She was responsible for one of the most surreal series’ to date which was called Brand New Cherry Flavor.

A woman tries her best to fit in with the local neighbourhood bitches; she dreams to be like them when in fact they’re ugly stains of human beings who look down on you in every possible inhumane way. After a disastrous Christmas party, she becomes obsessed and paranoid about how she looks. She becomes obsessed with a skin lotion channel that put her into a trance-like state and a horrible rash has broken out all over her body. She is slowly transforming into her new self.

Another fabulous body horror. When this one gets going, it’s quite the icky one. And what a performance from Kate Micucci. She effortlessly went from someone you’d have great sympathy for to someone you would run a fkn mile from if you saw her in the street. This character is someone that needs to be explored more, mainly because of her love for skin lotion and taxidermy. I was a little upset as I wanted a high kill count but trust me…this one will satisfy any gorehound.

Starring Kate Micucci, Martin Starr, Kylee Evans

As always, thanks for reading.


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