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Day of the Dead (2008)
life is just too short
I had to stop watching this in its entirety, did some chapter-skipping, but in the end just stopped watching this altogether. I cannot think of a single reason to make this movie except that somebody hoped to make a quick, cheap buck by taking a ridiculous script and slapping the well known title Day of The Dead on it in hope that enough people will buy or rent the DVD, giving it a chance that it ultimately doesn't deserve. some people like to point out the low-budget, but many talented people have made incredible films with less or even next to nothing, so it is no excuse what so ever. I am willing to admit that i might be biased in the sense that i really love Romero's originals and that i don't really like running zombies at all, but that is in the end a matter of taste, and while Dawn of the Dead (2004) was a competent remake, this is, first of all, not even a remake, and it is a really terrible film. The actors do a terrible job although they don't have much of a choice with the even worse dialog. I don't know what went on in the editing room, i'm not sure i want to know, but whoever cut this thing did a worse job than most cheap exploitation flicks from the 70's. The fast running zombies (that are sometimes able to climb on the ceiling and jump 10 meters into the air, and for some reason, sometimes aren't) seem to have been made by pushing the forward button (seriously, check out the hospital scenes, they literally just fast-forwarded). This might have created a nightmarish effect had any mood been established at all, but alas, no this is utter s**t, and not worth watching at all, life is just too short.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
A truly disturbing classic
I finally re-watched this gem today and what a disturbing piece of rock it is. This is truly a classic within cinema, and a testimony to why these old low-budget horror-flicks beats any of the Hollywood-horror movies of today.
the story itself is not so amazing. five young friends go for a summer-drive that lands them in hells-ville. and of course like any horror movie it plays on your imagination and fears and prejudice, in this case, inbred, demented, small Texas towns. this is not what makes it great. what makes it great, and a movie that is still scary and very very disturbing, is that the director understood that the less you see, the more is left to the imagination. This means that there is very little gore in the movie, and instead some very effective camera work and truly bizarre occurrences. its like a long nightmare.
the acting is of course, below average, although compared to todays teenage slashers, it's great. the only actor that really stands out is Gunnar Hansen, who plays Leatherface, who gives so much life to an unforgettable character in the history of horror cinema.
this movie is not for everyone though. if you are into Hollywood, CGI, and well, doesn't like horror-movies, don't watch this gem. But if you are among us geeks who enjoy Deadbeat 'till Dawn, Combat Shock, respect the original Halloween for what it is and thinks that Night of the Living Dead is still a good movie, you will be able to watch this again and again.