World-ending, Demon-possessed, Pink-flavoured Goth Lesbians…
What’s not to like?!
I know I keep beating the drum, but it is no secret that I love Horror. It is my absolute favourite Genre! Now take that and add in Gays, take the extra mile and make them the main characters and you know I am gonna salivate while I worship such masterpieces!
Add in a very rare dose of the movie actually being good and well, I have found my answer to life! Mostly South Korea is the one that delivers this combination which is why it is my top source! I mean yeah, Japan makes great Horror movies too but with lesbian characters? Good luck finding one that isn’t a kind of soft parody!
From time to time though, other markets do bring out some gems and ‘Murica stroke yet again last year when they brought out a gem in, WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING!
Oh yeah, in case you are feeling a sense of deja vu, let me assure you that you are not alone! It doesn’t help that the movie came out right after, and I mean right after that weird sequel that isn’t really a sequel to AMERICAN HORROR STORIES!
I mean hell, Scarlett there is almost the same character as Mel here! I can totally see Mel going off and turning into a revenge killer after the trauma she has gone through here and then there is Amy, who is almost as chaotic Ruby in AMERICAN HORROR STORIES, but you know, more complex!
Seriously, it would be a difficult pick between Amy or Ruby if only I didn’t have a major thirst for Gothic Girls! And one that practices Black Magic at that, like real world ending type of dark magic! Like, I think I soiled myself a little!
WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING is not a concept that hasn’t been done before but no one has done it quite like this before! For starters Mel is the main character, so much so that she is the only one whose backstory we are shown throughout the whole movie! Add in the fact that she is a lesbian and most of all her backstory had to do with the time she was with Amy, her girlfriend, and like, what did we do to deserve this?!
And remember those rare moments I talked about, well, this one is one of those moments because this is actually a really good movie! The skeleton of it is already great material. You know; a closed space, the un-known happening outside this closed space, frikkin great sound design, soundtrack and cinematography, like, I don’t know why this movie wasn’t being talked about more! Maybe I just missed the conversations?
Shout out to one of my long time Readers Nilya – I finally got to this movie and once again I am shocked how so well you know my tastes, but then again, I shouldn’t be surprised, really!
The make the story short, the story is about a family that takes shelter after a storm warning, and they get stuck when a tree blocks the entrance. Time passes but no help is coming, where are the neighbours? What are the weird sounds outside? A snake joins the family? What do? Is it the end of the world?
Literally, a movie set in a bathroom with the family of four and a rattle snake as the only character and I can already see some rolling their eyes already assuming it one of those boring ones. Yeah sure, it takes patience, but those types of movies are usually the ones you remember for their payoffs and this one is one of those!
But I’m not here to talk about that, even if it was a great movie and I loved how funny it was sometimes, though not enough to label it as black comedy, but seriously, this is a such a small nice gem of a movie.
What I and my Readers are interested in is the other story, the story of Mel and her potentially world-ending-demon-witch girlfriend Amy!
As you probably guessed, their story is through flashbacks (since the main story is about Mel’s family) or should I say Mel’s dreams? Yes dreams, since their scenes were mostly shot with the dream lenses anyway.
But while it is not the main story it actually ties into the main story and actually their story is the birth of the main story and as such, even if the writers do a good job even stating from the moment Mel and Amy meet, we only see glimpses of their relationship.
These include, like I said, Mel and Amy’s meeting when Mel can’t help stealing glances Amy’s way but it is Amy who approaches her first, who thinks that Mel was checking out her wrists (Amy is a cutter, like, can she get anymore perfect?) but dear Amy, Mel checking out the whole package, but don’t tell her I told you that!
Un-fortunately we are not shown the moment where their relationship turns into girlfriends as the next time we see them they are already kissing, which is where the threads of the future begin when Amy’s stalker is caught filming them kissing and in order to make sure he didn’t say anything, Amy performs a spell to make sure that were he to say something, the cummerpens would actually fall back on him.
But how many magical spells have we seen in horror movies and went well? Zero that’s how many! Amy’s spell adds another zero to that count when her Stalker is found dead because he chalked on his tongue in his sleep (People don’t die that way but he did)!
Speaking of that spell, a lot of people probably caught it but the way Amy ripped out their dead dog’s tongue to perform the spell was exactly like the way she ripped out that fake dog monster thing’s tongue in the future when she and her family were stuck! That dog spoke, which really makes you wonder again, exactly what the fuck is happening in the outside world after the storm? What the heck was that? Wait, what if it had a connection to Dick to died when he chalked on his own tongue? But then his tongue definitely wouldn’t be that fresh but was he still human though?
Ah so many questions!!!
And speaking of that spell, when Amy was casting it, it is when we heard them acknowledge their feelings with words and I guess that was the writers’ way of making up for them not showing us the confession. When Amy was starting to say the spell Mel suddenly tells her that she loves her and while Amy shushes her because she was in the middle of casting a spell damn it Mel, she does tell her that she loves her too when she is done, and with a lovely smile too!
Basically these two are actually honest to goodness lesbian couple and even the little friction they might have had lasted for like a second before Mel put out the smoke! That happened when they realised that the target of their spell died, which was not supposed to happen and Amy was saying that it was their fault but Mel asked ‘We?’, which as you can guess didn’t go down well.
Bu like I said, they worked through it in a snap because, fuckin finally, someone knows that we are passed the point of pointless drama and we deserve some goodness to god feel-good romantic lesbians in main media!
And of course, once you know you fucked up with a spell, you have only one choice – to un-do the mess you did, which brings us to another moment of the two where I believe that it was the source of the end of the world. Thy try to do a spell which would kill this something that was awoken in Amy with the first spell, something wicked, but me thinks that two things might have happened as a result!
First, either the first spell was actually just a jolt that woke up this thing in Amy and in thinking that she was getting rid of it, it was actually the suggestion of the entity and the goal was to actually fully release it, which happened with the second spell.
Another possibility is that, while they might have managed to remove that entity from Amy, it actually transferred into Mel, which would explain the vision she sometimes saw of Amy, especially that ending scene where she thought she saw Amy but we did not see any physical evidence.
I myself would rather go for the Amy’s inner demons were fully awoken and she turned out to actually be the world ender, and her condition of cutting herself because she thought she was dead, she was actually dead and just wearing a human vessel but in actuality she was some Devil and these spells released her and in the end she brought hell on earth!
But if we go that route that it begs the question, what does that make Mel? Is she just another human love interest for the Devil/Beast/Creature as we have seen countless times of already before or is she something more?
Of course them movie doesn’t elaborate on that and we don’t even know if Mel and her Mom survive but if Mel belonged to the Devil then I don’t see how she would let Mel be killed!
Interestingly, if you don’t count Mel seeing Amy at the end as her losing her marbles, she was the only family member who was still thinking straight and when they decided to eat that dog-thing’s tongue, while her family all couldn’t handle it and had to throw up, she did not! She ate the whole disgusting thing!
As for Amy and Mel, we don’t know what their fates were? Some can argue that Amy had the same fate as the other people in the neighbourhood but that is if she was just human and Mel was on a trip!
Though their fates are unknown I actually really love this movie and it’s definitely going into my collection, like, duh! And I really love Amy and Mel! They are just such a feel good couple, no bullshit, just love!
Check it out if you haven’t already!
January 28, 2022 at 07:46
This movie is not truly appreciated.
I also think it’s a shame that the L community often moans about this kind of movie for inane reasons.
I prefer this sort of representation 1000 times more, rather than having an umpteenth time a period drama or teenage relationships with a lot of drama, or a love triangle with a guy, or cheats, even stories that are dated and boring (hello the disillusion “Am I OK?” <– this movie is released 10-15 years too late).
We Need to Do Something is one of my best movies of the last year. Like Seance (Ella-Rae Smith is gay in it, and in the days of Into the Badlands, I loved her doomed character, Nix… It's a small victory here).
Anyway, I digress. Thanks again!!
PS: I stumbled on the trailer for the new Netflix series "In from the Cold". I recognized Anastasia Martin there (Alisa von Vamalia in "Heirs of the Night"). I did a bit of research since her scene in the trailer piqued my interest somewhat. And I found this in a review: "We see how she got her reputation as an assassin called The Whisperer, and the forbidden relationship she had with another young woman named Faina (Anastasia Martin)—a facet that the story treats with care and time."
I'll see what happens, even if Netflix has been exasperating me lately (like HBO).
January 29, 2022 at 01:25
What’s this ‘Am I OK’ that you speak of?
I watched Seance already but once again…just a huge backlog. I am working on it!
I haven’t seen this Into The Badlands but I know of it. Will try it out and see what the crack is.
I see this ‘In From The Cold’ is actually out already. I will check that out too! In addition to All Of Us Are Dead and three other new shows I have to watch this weekend alone (You can do it B.G)
Alisa as a Lesbian you say?!! Okay, it’s going up on the queue!
January 29, 2022 at 05:39
“Am I OK?” (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11225626/) is a movie to forget (for me).
For “Into the Badlands”, Nix only appears in the final season. The series is excellent, especially from season 2 (Tilda, Odessa…).
Don’t have too much hope for “In From the Cold”. The “interesting” scenes take place in the past, with a tragic ending.
There might be a movie that might interest you (it’s not my thing at all): Girl Picture (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13328800/). The movie will be released later in the year.
Good luck for this weekend! As for me, I have to finish “Yellowjackets” and try the small budget movie “Dracula: The Original Living Vampire”. Van Helsing is a woman and it seems that Mina is her girlfriend…
January 29, 2022 at 07:19
Ha! I beat you to Dracula!!! I have already watched that!
As for disappointments, I guess we can’t win them all. Still, this is a good year so far…