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‘Housewife’ Director Can Evrenol’s 5 Favorite Horror Films Surrounding Nightmares

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Baskin director Can Evrenol returns when RLJE releases Housewife on VOD, Digital HD and DVD October 2, 2018.  Daniel Kurland reviewed the film for Bloody and wrote that Housewife is a dive off the deep end into unleashed dream logic.”

In the film, “Holly’s childhood was a nightmare—at age 7, she watched her mother kill her sister and father. Twenty years later, Holly’s dreams remain plagued by that painful memory. An unexpected reunion with an old friend further complicates matters, introducing Holly to a strange cult-like group that follows a celebrity psychic, one who takes a special liking to Holly. And because of him, her worst nightmares become shockingly real.

We caught up with Evrenol, who shared with us five of his favorite horror films that surround nightmares:

5. The Shining (1980): Because you’ve always been the caretaker…

4. Time Bandits (1981): Because this is the ultimate children’s dreamy journey Peter Pan-esque saga ever put on film! With a nightmarish twist too.

3. Heavenly Puss (1949): I am proudly scarred for life by This “Tom and Jerry” episode, at the age of 4. It’s about heaven and hell, and it’s one of the most suffocating nightmares condensed in 3 minutes. That scene when Tom looks at those cats (Tom’s?) boarding the heaven express like zombies in a dream… And that final wake up! Timeless.

2. Wild Strawberries (1957): When I watched this film for the first time at a later age, I was like “oooooooh, so this is where all that David Lynch nightmare narrative comes from!” It’s basically what “Harold & Maude” is to Wes Anderson, and “Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” is to Tim Burton. This is the deep end of the nightmare narrative of modern cinema.

1. Eraserhead (1977), Lost Highway (1997) & Mulholland Drive (2001): Any surreal narrative embodies the dream-like quality. But David Lynch films, in particular, seem to be based on that dream logic which is not possible to explain through words. Maybe at times too disjointed, but overall all they have a distinctly sharp and coherent effect on me. I can’t really explain, and I don’t want to try to explain either. I just want to see them again and again.


Co-founder of Bloody Disgusting. Producer on Southbound, Siren, V/H/S, V/H/S/2, V/H/S/3, Under the Bed, and Associate Producer on A Horrible Way to Die. Chicago-based. Horror, pizza and basketball connoisseur.


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