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Never have I screamed at a film like this before....
I have literally just turned it off and all I can say it.... WOW! After a string of really cheap and bad ghost movies, my faith in the ghost genre was fading. Then I watch this and it scared the living day lights out of me. Never have I jumped or screamed at a movie before but this did it and did it well.
I thought it was incredibly original and I like how people always say, 'if your in a haunted house and things go bad, move!' well they did and this I liked because it was original and shied away from the usual haunted house tales (although, its not technically a hunted house). For this reason I loved it more.
The acting was solid and brought a great atmosphere to the eerie film. The score was amazing and the set rounded it all off nicely. This doesn't rely on gore to bring a shock, it does it all on its own with great directing, acting and a brilliant storyline.
The only problem I had was two of the children just disappeared and It could have been explained!
Seriously, get this movie as soon as you can, you will not be disappointed. This movie restored my faith in the ghost genre.
Roll on sequel!!!! ****1/2 out of *****
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The best thriller there is
Silence of the lambs is by far one of the best thrillers there is. Agreed there isn't much violence on this movie, that makes it better. That's what separates it from other thrillers. This film focuses more on the psychological side of human behavior and how an event in ones past ripple through the rest of their lives.
Jodie Foster and Antony Hopkins deliver outstanding performances. How one can't like this film is beyond me. Antony Hopkins is the scariest man in a straight jacket and his on screen relationship with Jodie Foster is so deep, that you can almost imagine being in the room with them.
The music is brilliant, same as cast, location story and the entire film is one that, if you are a true film fan, will have on their shelves. Also it is as good as the book. And I don't say that often!
I Spit on Your Grave (2010)
I saw this movie at the weekend and after watching the original, didn't expect much from it.
I was wrong!!!
This is SO much better than the 1978 original. The original is laughable; the rape scenes aren't even disturbing. The remake didn't show that much nudity, so it left it to your imagination which made it even more disturbing to see. The gore is better and the camera work is much more steady. The chase through the woods had more atmosphere. But the most important part is that the revenge is realistic. In the original, when she castrates one of the rapists in the bath tub, he didn't even feel it! Sorry but if someone took a knife to your 'precious' part you are gonna feel it.
And also the remake brought a new character which was a good idea and added to the 'scare' of the film, because if the sheriff turns out to be a sadistic rapist; you know you cant trust no-one. The story line isn't plain, it is about a young writer who is terrorized and raped in her cabin by 5 strangers. So in return, she takes her revenge by killing them in ways in which they contributed to the rape.
The Sheriff: Gets a shotgun shoved up his rectum and shot, he said earlier he was and 'ass man'.
Johnny: castrated, although he didn't actually rape her, he was forcing her to act oral sex on a bottle.
Andy: Burned with acid, he uses his looks to get what he wants not any more.
Stanley: Eyes pecked out by crows, he records the whole rape sequence and called it 'Stanley Vision' now he hasn't got the vision.
so there you go. If you like cat and mouse films watch this film
***** out of *****
The Last House on the Left (2009)
Best remake ever made!
Wow!!! Never have I loved a remake more than the original. The last house on the Left is fantastic. It is gory, dark, tense and has really really good music to it.
For me the original was too cheesy and long and boring and I know it's a classic. but come on! it is boring. What the new one does is bring the scenario to a time where it is more applicable to teenagers, where as in 1970, or when ever it was made, it didn't fit.
The film is sharp, you know, straight to the point. Wes Carven (Bes horror director next to Hitchcock) has done a marvelous job of re- creating his OWN film. Which is rare for a director to do.
Many other re-makes like: Psycho, Disturbia (Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window), Quarantine (Rec remake!) Dawn of the dead, A nightmare on elm street, Friday 13th and Halloween 2 (1st one was very good i thought), failed in bringing the original atmosphere back, I mean Psycho (1999) was just an embarrassment to the classic original. But LHOTL, re-images what was originally a Porno with gore, let's be fare. This one doesn't spend almost the whole film on raping the main character. It builds tension and it works.
I seriously recommend this, but only to people who have a strong stomach and can handle distressing scenes. I loved it.