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'Personal Shopper' Talks To Dead Brother And 'Sickhouse' Was Born On Snapchat: A Tale Of Two Horror Flicks

By Jodi Smith | Industry | June 15, 2016 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | June 15, 2016 |

Two trailers enter and only one trailer makes you less likely you watch it, because they can’t leave. They’re trailers.

First up is Personal Shopper, which you may have heard of without really hearing about it. This just happens to be the Kristen Stewart vehicle that was booed at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Interestingly enough, different people like different things and the film received a 4 1/2 minute standing ovation after its official premiere.

In the film, written and directed by Olivier Assayas (Clouds of Sils Maria), Maureen (Stewart) works as a personal shopper, a job she loathes. Her twin brother Lewis was living in Paris when he died from a heart condition shared by the siblings. The two had made a pact that whichever twin shuffled off their mortal coil first would send a sign to the remaining twin. Lucky Maureen gets to look for the signs from Lewis while living in the Paris home where he died.

Oh, Maureen is kind of a medium. Like that kid in The Sixth Sense. (SPOILERS FOR THE SIXTH SENSE)

Personal Shopper will release in France, Belgium, and Netherlands in October of this year. IFC will distribute the film in America, but I was unable to find a release date.

Sickhouse is a movie I may not ever “get”, as the main hook of it appears to be the way it was filmed. It began as a series of Snapchats on YouTube star (oh god) Andrea Russett’s Snapchat account before garnering enough attention to become a full-length (well, 68 minute) film.

Yes, Snapchat. The one with the face-swaps, the writing or drawing on the snaps, and the ability to record video. That one.

The movie has kept its Snapchat origins and becomes a sort of The Blair Witch Project for the current generation. Although The Blair Witch Project didn’t hold their camera in the wrong orientation.

You can rent Sickhouse now on Vimeo. I wouldn’t, but you could if you wanted.

Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.

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