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Horrorfest was an amazing event. And Unrest was an amazing movie. The
huge draw for me in Horrorfest was the movie Gravedancers. After seeing
the previews for it I was a goner. I was prepared to spend even money I
didn't have to try and go see ALL of the Horrorfest entries.
Unfortunately, that's not the way it worked out, and I only got to see
three, which I selected as carefully as I could, although I'm sure I
missed out on some really good ones. I ultimately went to see Dark
Ride, Gravedancers and Unrest, in that order.
Let me tell you, after seeing Gravedancers, I thought nothing at Horrorfest would beat it. But strangely enough, I found Unrest to be even better. I know a lot of you may not agree with me on that, but there was something about Unrest, a "je ne sais quoi" that I can't pinpoint, that had me thinking, "Wow, this is what a horror movie is all about!" Maybe it was the the new faces who also knew how to act, maybe it was the plot, or the fact that they used real cadavers (by the way, guys, is this confirmed or just a merchandising gimmick?), maybe it was the non-gratuitous gore or the gut-wrenching surprise moments, I really don't know. The entire package that is Unrest just works for me, and I hope it will work for you, too! See it and continue to support R-RATED (and for that matter, UNRATED) HORROR MOVIES! I know they'll never be able to make enough good ones for me! Keep 'em coming, loves!
Dark Ride looked like it would be a good one, but don't expect dark,
creepy horror when you go see it. There are too many hilarious moments
for it to be anything other than yet another movie in the horror-comedy
genre, although the execution was right on, which ultimately made it
not only tolerable but enjoyable for me, usually a straight-horror type
Ms. Bogart completely stole the show, in my opinion, as the happening hitchhiker who is about the wackiest, funnest character I've ever seen in a movie of ANY genre, period. She should really look into getting herself more comedic roles, since it seems like she was born to be a comedy star! What great talent and excellent delivery! Her monologue when her character was first introduced in the plot had me in stitches. I was afraid somebody in the theater would throw their popcorn or soda on me, since I couldn't stop laughing even after she had finished that first passage.
Great entertainment, and a refreshing addition to the amazing "2006 Horrorfest - 8 Movies 2 Die 4" event! Watch out for the DVD releases of all the entries, and be sure to purchase them before they're all gone! You won't be sorry AND you'll be supporting R-RATED AND UNRATED HORROR MOVIES. HIP-HIP-HURRAH!
It was unbelievable how much I enjoyed this movie! As the plot summary
already reveals, it's basically about ghosts, but those ghosts are
about the scariest looking things I've ever seen! Too bad they aren't
shown for longer. That's my one major gripe about this film: the ghosts
needed more scream... oops, sorry... screen time! Another small gripe
is that the filmmakers kind of dropped the ball there at the end with
some sloppy special effects, but the entertainment factor for
Gravedancers is off the charts, which totally made up for that! Don't
miss it! I saw this one at Horrorfest and am already drooling over the
possibilities of being able to purchase a complete 2006 Horrorfest DVD
box set. I don't know how they're planning to market the DVDs, but
anything less than a box set would not do all the awesome entries to
this great event justice, plus I'm sure a lot of us didn't get the
chance to see all of them at our local theaters.
And please keep supporting R-RATED HORROR MOVIES with your patronage! It actually looks like the movie producers and directors out there are listening to us. The year 2006 was a great year for ADULT horror, and I'm sure that this year it'll just keep getting better!
Don't get me wrong. This move is not slow or boring, despite an overall
lack of what we've come to know as action (basically brawls,
cat-fights, chase scenes, people doling out and receiving violence,
etc.). The plot is entertaining, the glimpses of the world of the
magician are interesting, albeit not very detailed, and the love story
that basically holds it all together is believable and well-acted by
the protagonists, Edward Norton and Jessica Biel. Edward's role is
understated and, at first glance, might seem wooden, but overall he is
able to gain our empathy with his character, Eisenheim, and Eisenheim's
dilemma and self-appointed mission.
It is beautifully filmed and keeps you so well entertained that the surprises along the way become that much more enjoyable, given the fact that you're so distracted. It certainly lives up to its title. The Illusionist is not only about a magician, but it weaves a magical spell all it's own. Although not perfect in it's execution, I'd still recommend it as a movie not to be missed and an awesome example of how fiction movies should depict their subject-matter, which usually involves molding pieces of reality and fantasy to aptly tell a story, anyway.
I should probably clarify right off the bat that I am not a person who
is into movies that have sports-related themes at all. I hated Rocky,
Young Blood and all of those other flicks that focus on a hero/heroine
battling it out in one sports arena or another. But maybe that's one of
the reasons why I loved this movie. It doesn't really follow a sport
per se, but goes more into the intricacies of sports betting. Yes, you
do see football being played and people watching it and cheering the
teams on, but as an important part of a much deeper plot.
Al Pacino's performance alone makes this movie worth seeing; his character probably has more twists and turns than even the plot itself, and that's saying a lot. Matthew and Rene are also great in their roles as the people who love him and want to do the right thing by him, even when it means being "cruel to be kind." It's a movie I've enjoyed watching over and over again, which makes you laugh, makes you cry, and, if you've ever bet on sports or called the betting hot lines, will have you cracking jokes about certain well-known personalities in the racket.
A very solid 9 out of 10.
I went to see "Devil's Rejects" because I absolutely loved "House of a
1000 Corpses", but I found it disappointing. Yes, there is gore and
violence, yes the bad guys are scary, and yes, it has atmosphere, but
not a creepy one; to me it played more like a shoot-em-up action movie
than a horror film. It's as different from HoaTC as could be and, for
me, that took a lot of the magic out of the movie. I'd even go so far
as to say that sometimes it had a decidedly Western feel to it, and no,
I don't like Westerns! I guess if you watch it without the idea that
it's a horror movie it might be fairly entertaining, but don't expect
too much if you're a lover of the genre.
I'd recommend maybe renting it, but just to help support the WE WANT MORE R-RATED HORROR MOVIES campaign.
...the plot goes nowhere! I found this movie to be extremely confusing,
jumping from scene to scene and from one point in time to another and
back again without having anything coherent holding it together.
However, having said that, Jim Carrey is great. He looks absolutely
adorable with his 5 o'clock shadow and longish hair and does none of
the crazy antics that he's known for in his comedies. I thoroughly
enjoyed him in a serious role and would like to see him do more, but in
a movie that also has a well-told story that is understandable and more
engaging for the audience.
See it if you're a Jim Carrey fan or if you're not but would like to watch something that might change your mind about him. At least this movie goes to show that he has genuine talent and is amazingly multifaceted!
First of all, let me start by saying that the only reason I didn't give
this movie a 1 is because the acting was good. However, without an
engaging plot and with the overextended monologues and dialogues, as
well as the dreary sets and general lack of beauty except for some very
brief scenes, this movie is not in the least bit entertaining. I
watched all the way through waiting for something to happen, but
nothing really did. To be honest, it's very boring, and not even the
very fine Johnny Depp or the touted importance of the subject-matter
could save it.
Watch it only if you're an insomniac. It might work better for you than Lunesta.
The Descent is a horror movie that develops a plot that's original,
harrowing and not for the claustrophobic or faint-of-heart. I had never
seen the actresses who play members of a hiking group embarking on a
misadventure in an unexplored cave, but I was duly impressed. Natalie
Jackson (Juno) is beautiful almost to a fault and very gifted. It would
be nice to see her in prominent roles in the future.
The psychological aspect of the horror in this movie keeps building tension and is intelligently handled, where a lot of things are hinted at but not spelled out for the audience, and the caves and the things that happen inside them are unexpected and disturbing.
No doubt about it, this movie does justice to its genre and I daresay that even the seasoned horror fan will be affected by it in some way. It is not a movie that leaves you indifferent to the fate of the characters, and the ending is unapologetic and uncompromising (European version).
Support the WE WANT MORE R-RATED HORROR MOVIES campaign! Buy it, rent it or see it at the theatres.
The Da Vinci Code, directed by Ron Howard, is an excellent adaptation
of Brown's novel that leaves you with an odd mixture of quizzicality,
wonder and contentment by the time the movie is over.
All the actors put in an excellent performance, but Audrey Tautou, the actress who plays Sophie Neveu, is exactly how I imagined her when I was reading the book and practically steals the show with the interpretation of her character.
As those who have read the book know, the plot goes into very controversial subject-matter, and that atmosphere of intrigue, mystery, religious zeal and hermeticism that keeps you in its grip from the first page to the last is expertly conveyed in the film. Lavish production, beautiful sets and locations (the Louvre!) and an ending that pretty much left me in a daze (I enjoyed the ending more watching the movie than when I read the book) make for a truly magical movie-going experience.
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