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I have only seen bits of REC. and from what I saw, it was a good movie. I liked Quarantine better though, even though it is a remake. I liked some of the added scenes and how "in your face" the movie was. Some scenes don't even give you time to breath! My theater was packed, and everyone was screaming, particularly in the last 1/2 hour! This movie is full-on horror with some really good acting, and the actors effectively portrayed these people who are fearing for their lives. This is definitely the best horror movie of the year so far, purely because of its creepy camera technique and the ability to scare the hell out of you! I highly recommend this movie over any crappy Saw film, and if you want a terrifying movie to see this Halloween... Quarantine is it!
The Happening (2008)
Absolutely Terrible (from a huge M. Night fan)
I won't go in depth, and I'm not going to say "Boycott This Film" because thats up to you, but hear me when I say that The Happening is a truly awful movie. Like everyone else, I was intrigued after I saw the rather creepy trailers for the movie. Besides Lady In The Water, I have loved and understood M Night's films. I think he is a wonderful director, who has incredible ideas. The idea part is where The Happening messes up completely. I read someplace that M Night thought of the idea on his way home from work and thought "What if nature suddenly turned on us?" A very disturbing and interesting premise that did not gel as a movie. It's like he had this original idea, but added lame characters instead of any explanation and believability to back up what could have been a terrifying movie.
The acting here is the worst part of the film. Rumors say that the lead role was written with Mark Wahlberg in mind, which I find hard to believe since he is wooden and totally wrong for the part just like the annoying Zooey Deschanel and a little girl that cannot act or cry. The script is mostly to blame as the dialogue doesn't flow and seems strained. There are unintentional funny moments, and the lines that are supposed to be humorous, just turn out pointless. The wind effect to make the plants look menacing, was stupid and added laughter instead of terror. I really like the themes in The Happening, but the characters ruin every ounce of suspense we could have felt.
Overall, The Happening scores points for another incredible James Newton Howard score and some (just a few) genuinely spooky scenes, like the opening scene in Central Park. But besides that I highly suggest that you don't see this movie and wait for a movie where the main character doesn't talk to houseplants and tells it that he isn't a threat. As for the R rating, some blood here and there just to add shocks to this dull and lifeless disappointment!
Prom Night (2008)
A Night To Die For (very tiny spoiler)
I had the feeling that the movie wouldn't be that great, but I still wanted to see it anyway, though I hate PG-13 horror. So I went into this with an open mind and really was blown away. The performances are pretty decent and no-one is a bad actor, a little blood would have been nice when they died though. Knowing who the killer is right away, and having him as Donna's teacher, makes him that little more scary than a Michael or a Jason. It was refreshing to watch a horror movie without guts, unnecessary nudity, or the F-word in every sentence. Overall the movie felt sort of 80's in a way. Yes it is occasionally old-school, yes it is predictable, and yes it is sometimes cheesy, but that's what I liked. I highly recommend this movie for a fun time, but leave your mind at the door otherwise you won't have fun. I look forward to the Extended DVD for more.