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Rambo (2008)
2 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Rambo: A War Film 20 Years Later, 25 March 2008

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No other movie in the Rambo Series displays the intensity and cruelty of war as does Stallone's new adventure. This new Rambo film is violent, crude, dark and serious. Stallone captured the essence of war in this epic film; its fatalities and all elements that surround it.

Also, he got into the development of his character. Many years have passed and we see an older, angrier, bitter and disappointed Rambo who is haunted by the demons of the past and the traumas of war. In the end, leading Rambo to find closure and to heal coming back home.

The action in the film is constant and Rambo's courage and heroism is present through the whole film. The scenery is amazing and the camera work is awesome in the battle scenes. There are more characters helping Rambo this time, so it gives more credibility to the story being that he is older and does not have the stamina and muscles he had more than 20 years ago.

This is a must see film for all of us who grew up in the 80's and Rambo or Rocky were our childhood heroes…. or just for anyone that wants to watch a great action film.

2 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
A Brilliant and Stylish Horror Film, 19 February 2008

In a few short and simple words, El Orfanato is a disturbing, frightening and very eerie film... It's a simple movie with strong character development, excellent acting, a very creepy atmosphere and a very well executed story with an intelligent script. All the actors in the film give outstanding performances and every scene is done magnificently.

There are many horror films in the world being made nowadays, not sure how many, but it must be a number somewhere in the thousands per year, but a very high percentage of those films are garbage. Bad scripts, bad acting, bad ideas, movies stealing from other movies and the worst… Japanese remakes.

Where any other movie fails, El Orfanato emerges victoriously. I have stated this before in some of my other reviews: "Horror is a genre that needs to be handled with care" because If it is overdone, then it falls into ridicule. If it is too light, then it is not scary. If it is too gory then, it is too graphic and most critics kill it, and this list goes on and on…

El Orfanato does none of the above; it stays loyal to the genre and does it with elegance and style. There are no monsters, no creatures, no gore, no torture, and no grotesque scenes. No need for any of these, with such a brilliant script, musical score and direction. The film grabs the audience from start to finish.

Highly recommended. A+

Halloween (2007)
2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Rob Zombie is the Master of the Macabre, 17 December 2007

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It is true what many reviewers on IMDb have posted about the new Halloween film: plot holes, exaggerated language, a confusing 70s, 80s or 90s time line, and so many other negative comments. Despite all these negative vibe, the new Halloween by Rob Zombie still delivers and it sets a standard in modern horror today.

The first half of the film focuses on the early years of Michael Myers and in my opinion, this is the best part of the film. As Italian screenwriter Bernardino Zapponi (a friend of Dario Argento) once said: "Children are always scary in horror films." This works because focusing on Myers' early years and watching his first murder and his metamorphosis into pure evil and full insanity was done masterfully. It adds very much to the story and it causes quite an impact on the audience. The mother and son relationship makes it even more dramatic.

Rob Zombie knows how to create very thick atmospheres combining silence, slow motion, a mixture of different noises and colors, flashbacks, close-ups, camera movement... He did it in House of 1000 and he's done it in Halloween.

After watching this film, all I could think is that Rob Zombie is way up there with the maestros of terror. He's different than the Italian masters Argento or Fulci... or than American horror icons such as Craven or Romero. But let's admit that Zombie has developed his own style, his own trademark in all of his films. It might be too explicit, crude or exaggerated for many, but still... it is his style and after all, it is horror, the beautiful genre where anything is possible.

Rob Zombie is one of the few visionaries that still have respect for the genre... for that, I applaud his ideas and creativity and put him up there with the best directors in horror today.

2 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
30 Days of Night: A Film Review, 5 November 2007

30 Days of Night is a film that delivers a few scary moments, creepy looking predator-vampires and nothing else more. There is no story or no answers as to Who are the vampires? Where do they come from? What do they want? besides the obvious... Who is the creepy looking man in the opening scene of the movie who later gets thrown in jail?

These and much more questions are left unexplained through the movie. Perhaps one needs to read the comics first to understand the film? My opinion is that they could have done so much better, being that idea of filming in Alaska in darkness is great... the filmmakers could have done more character development and a decent story.

Gore, creepiness and violence were up to level for today's horror standards; as well as make up and costumes... Like I said the setting and idea were great, but if a story would have been developed, this film could have become a vampire favorite, not just one of many attempts to make modern horror movies.

Too bad...

Apocalypto (2006)
8 out of 12 people found the following review useful:
Simply Brilliant… Mel Gibson should now try doing a horror film, 3 October 2007

Apocalypto is one of those films that captures the audience since the very first minutes of the film. It is a great story taken to the screen from the mind of a revolutionary director. Mel Gibson captured the essence of the Maya Civilization, the language, the costumes… it gave a different perspective of what the Mayas were and that there were others in the jungle that did not follow or believe the Maya beliefs. Personally, I found this gratifying and open minded since I never really thought about it. As passionate as I am about ancient civilizations, the focus always is in their religion and culture and not so much in their surroundings.

Anyhow, everything in Apocalypto was done masterfully. It is clear that the people involved in this film spent lots of time researching the Mayas to make this epic film. As it is also clear that Gibson, is not afraid to show blood and violence in his movies. We have seen it in Braveheart and The Passion of the Christ and now Apocalypto. What's next?

I think he should definitely make a horror film since he clearly has a taste for showing blood and difficult situations in his films and succeeds at it... transmitting his vision no matter what.

Hot Fuzz (2007)
0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Hot Fuzz: A film review, 28 September 2007

Hot Fuzz explores the sides of dark comedies like no other film. It is a combination of wit, action, horror, violence and blood. It is a simple movie, but executed in a way that no other has been done. It captures the essence of the English country side and the performances by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are excellent, as usual.

Many compare this to Shaun of the Dead and say that this is even a better film, but I disagree. I think both are excellent films and cannot be compared because they are different genres. Shaun combines comedy with horror, but horror is its main genre. Fuzz combines comedy with action and violence, but action is its main genre. Anyways, both films are awesome.

The action scenes in Hof Fuzz are very enjoyable to watch. The script is smart and witty. The little tones of horror are great and unexpected! Let's hope that these trio continues to make awesome films such as the Shaun "odyssey" and Hot Fuzz.

1408 (2007)
13 out of 27 people found the following review useful:
1408 lacks horror, suspense, creepiness... and by no means should be compared to The Shining!!!, 10 July 2007

There are way too many positive comments about this movie. Hundreds of users praise this movie as being true horror and there are some that have the indecency to compare it to Kubrick's masterpiece The Shining. This is all wrong... 1408 is just another Stephen King story, there is nothing special about it... no horror, no suspense, not one single moment of creepiness. Cusak gives an OK performance, but the director does not manage to create an unsettling atmosphere for the story. 1408 is not a horror movie and the PG-13 rating does not help at all.

It is difficult to create an effective horror story nowadays, especially to a generation that either gets scared on teen slasher films or the opposite, grizzly violence and torture films. 1408 does none of the above, but tries to explore supernatural phenomena failing undoubtedly. It takes more than computer generated ghostly images and a sense of madness to develop an effective horror film. For example, Dario Argento, captured the essence of the supernatural in his films Suspirira and Inferno. But one does not have to go back to the 70s or 80s to find good horror movies... some recent great horror: House of 1000 Corpses, Dog Soldiers, Cabin Fever, Hostel, May, 28 Days Later.

1408 delivers nothing special for the passionate horror connoisseur.

Dark Ride (2006)
6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
This is an INSULT to the horror genre, 29 May 2007

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Many people might be under the concept that to make a good horror film there has to be lots of killing, lots of gore and torture. This is not true and a perfect example is Dark Ride.

Dark Ride has the gore, the violence and killings, but this does not make it a good horror film. It seems that they tried to give it a campy look "a la Texas Chainsaw" putting a group of young kids driving in an old Van, then picking up a hitchhiker... only to be slaughtered as the movie goes into its "dark ride".

The plot lacks originality, the acting is the worst I have seen, the characters have no personality or screen presence whatsoever. There is no connection between the characters and the audience. The dialogue is pathetic and in occasions falls in the ridicule.

I was truly disappointed about this movie as it only tries to copy other horror gems and lacks all the elements to make it a worthy or viewable film.


Vacancy (2007)
6 out of 11 people found the following review useful:
Vacancy: A typical Hollywood film, 29 April 2007

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There are only two positive points that can be rescued from this movie. One,the beauty of Kate Beckinsale. Two, the great performance by Frank Whaley. Beside this, everything else in the movie is not worth the time.

The story is not that bad, but it could have been executed differently to make it a truly horrifying movie... I suppose it is an OK movie for those who like commercial movies or the typical Hollywood Horror, but not for the real Horror buff out there.

The dialogue between Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson is absurd... too simple and Wilson's performance is very weak. The killings are simple and leave much to the imagination. The movie itself is predictable and the ending is the WORST there can be...

I did not like that the opening and ending credits had a score that somewhat resemble the music from Psycho... as if somehow this was similar to the late 60s masterpiece. There will never be another Norman Bates... and the Pinewood Motel will never resemble Bates Motel.

4 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
Fantastic, 24 January 2007

El Laberinto del Fauno is a true tale of fantasy and imagery. It mixes the fantasy world of a small girl and the cruelty of the war in a very subtle manner. This film captures all the magical elements in a fairy tale and it is presented in an exquisite and elegant manner by Guillermo del Toro, which I might add is the greatest Mexican filmmaker today.

I do not recall any other Mexican films that deal with the fantasy/horror genre like this one does. As a matter of fact, most Mexican films are always trying to be controversial by using sexual scenes and bad language and also by showing us the corruption, politics and poverty of Mexico.

El Laberinto del Fauno does none of the above. This film is just pure pleasure to the eyesight and the rest of the senses. It is a magical tale for adults and it is a delight to see the imagination and originality of the best Mexican filmmaker.

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