Not many moviegoers would even think to make the connection between Josh Brolin and the horror genre. Having recently appeared in monumental films like, No Country for Old Men, W., Milk, True Grit and American Gangster, it’s no surprise that the link is all but nonexistent. But rest assured, Brolin is a man who likes to bring his mysterious gloom to the genre on occaon, and when he does, it’s a special ght to behold.
For those who’ve forgotten the man’s macabre offerings, I offer you a glimpse at some terrifically terror filled features to star the docile luminary.
Mimic: Released back in 1997, this Guillermo del Toro creature feature has gone largely ignored over the last few years. Why is beyond me, as this is a fantastic shocker that packs a superb script, magnificent special effects and a handful of award worthy performances. Just knowing that del Toro sat behind the wheel should give you the idea that this flick is likely head-and-shoulders above countless milar features.
For those who love a little science fiction incorporated into their horror, Mimic is a must-see. And, though still not completely comfortable in his onscreen persona, Brolin is a treasure to behold.
Note: Take note of Charles S. Dutton’s performance as well, as he’s the only performer on hand to rival Brolin’s performance.
Nightwatch: This creepy atmospheric flick relies heavily on the mood director Ole Bornedal manufactures. There’s a genuinely eerie element to this film that will leave you slightly unsettled long after viewing. Bornedal’s script is fine-tuned; the details are clean and precise, and between Brolin, Ewan McGregor and Patricia Arquette’s performances it’s a damn memorable piece of film.
While many conder this film more thriller than horror, put faith in your new buddy Matt: there’s plenty of frightening moments afforded by Nightwatch, despite the thick mystery surrounding this serial killer piece.
Hollow Man: Before Brolin had become a major marquee name, he was still taking supporting roles to the likes of, well, Kevin Bacon for example. Taking the backseat however doesn’t show in this gentleman’s execution, as proven by his work in Hollow Man, which amounts to a 2000 reboot of H.G. Wells’ world renowned novel The Invible Man. Brolin’s never central focus, but he attacks the character of Matthew Kenngton with an almost-giddy pason. It’s a ght to see for a man known for being so low-key on screen.
Who knows when we’ll see Brolin return to the horror genre. For me: the sooner the better. Given some of the amazing projects he’s been involved with lately (cough cough, sans Jonah Hexx), I expect his next trek into the nefarious to be one worth waiting for.