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Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007)
Much better then I thought it would be!
Most 'direct to video' films are hardly worth watching, let alone sequels that are direct to video. However this film did something few films do for me anymore, and that's make me jump. The opening scene is fantastic and includes a kill which is both unexpected and unlike many other, unoriginal death scenes. The movie does drag abit, but is almost nonstop action. Wrong Turn 1,and 2 are both worth watching, and a third should be out within a year or so (at least I hope it is)This franchise deserves a trilogy ending, and I will look forward to it, as much if not more then I looked forward to this one!
If Saw can still be going strong after 4,5, or even 6 films. Wrong end can keep us interested for at least a third!
Stands apart from the others, and could restart franchise.
I was very excited about seeing this film, and nervous at the same time. If your going to see this film, it's best to expect a different type of Michael Myers, and also a very different impression of the eyes behind the mask. I found it hard to take it in, as it was happening. For me Michael Myers was a body of evil, without reason, or soul, and if that's what you want in this Michael, then don't see this movie. This Michael doesn't hide, and wait. This Michael is angry, and could care less what time it is, or who you are. His kills are understandable, and all the victims have a great deal in common with people from his childhood. Rob Zombie delivered a fantastic movie, and managed to explain many of the little questions many may have been left with in the original. I was very glad that the whole explaining the childhood, and seeing post Judith's death didn't hurt the character of Michael. He is very different then 1978 Michael, but Zombie has found a new way of keeping Michael mysterious. Instead of why is he killing, I was left with the question why isn't he killing. That question is almost as scary as a masked man killing without rhyme or reason. Daeg was a great choice, as was Malcolm McDowell, but the only character that was over the top, in my opinion was William Forsythe's Ronnie. They could have toned him down a few levels. This is a great movie for younger horror fans, but we all know that those that feel they "know' Michael, may hate it (many haters are on this board already) If your open minded to a reinvention, then you'll enjoy this. If you want old Michael Myers, then stay home. This one is equally scary, but this one is a sort of victim himself.
Kids in America (2005)
Much better then I thought it would be!
I started watching this film out of pure boredom, and got what I expected in the first 30 minutes or so. (a typical high school flick) However it turned into a real funny, and moving film after that. I liked the political message, and the way they brought up the fact that the Untied States have given up many civil liberty's due to the Patriot Act signed into law after 9/11. The film also had some really funny parts to it as well. Nicole Ritchie wasn't really in the film, so her acting abilities are still unknown, but she managed to play her part well. The only real complaint I have was the acting of the films villain, the principal. In any good student vs school movie, the principal is played by a memorable person. (Ferris Bullers day off etc) This womens parts were very annoying, and her angry bitchy behavior was just plain annoying, and should have been done much better. Although a good film, the principal part made this a one alittle less then it could have been. Still worth having a look!
Satan's Playground (2006)
I don't know what to say?
I don't know if I should have added a warning about spoilers, but that's because I couldn't find a point to this movie at all! Seriously,I don't know what I'd be spoiling? The characters must have had some point, but I couldn't find it, and I will not subject myself to watching this train wreck ever again! Maybe you need to be part of a satanic order of sorts? The most shocking thing is this movie found distribution! If 0 was a score, I would have given this pearl a minus 10! Im sure anyone not associated with the film, that have seen it will agree! But if you don't please let me know what the hell this film was about! This film is one for the Twilight Zone!
Not a bad movie, a better low budget then some studios pearls
Over the past couple months I have been a real horror junkie, and have watched 30 to 40 films. You quickly run out of studio productions in this genre, and get into those films with a small budget, and those with a hand held 1980's camera, that just sound and look like bad highschool productions. Scarred however is a very low budget movie, but was done much much better then some. The guys in the movie all played there parts well, and except for alittle over dramatic whining, the lead character played by Jonny Mack, far out did the rest of the cast! The women in the movie seemed like they'd be better suited to a psychic alliance phone line then to a Hollywood stage. The movie did right by the lead, and as I said he did a great job, but the 'hook up' with the friend, didn't suit him (if you catch my drift) Most of the time, with low budget films the cover art on the DVD is the best part, and has nothing to do with the actual movie, but this film did the cover justice, and was a real gem compared to most other films I've sat thru in the last 10 or 15 horrors I've seen. I guess the best test for a movie is if the viewer would see it again for a second time, and with this film I would!
Had a movie, but lost it!
I started watching this film, and did what I was suppose to, develop a like or dislike for characters. The story appeared to begin with the bully's, and the bullied. The final twist was predictable, but the characters didn't develop the way they were suppose to. In the end there was one character I wanted to root for, but then they killed him. The line between good and evil was no existent, and the film didn't have the 'all is well in the end' ending. The movie was about justice, but the film served none! It had a lot of potential, and usually, when I watch a movie from the UK Im not disappointed, but this movie left me wanting to re shoot the film myself. Which says, that it was interesting enough to spend time on, but wasn't shot properly, and without that bond that exists between the goer, and a character. To bad it was released in this state! Could have been fantastic!
The Washingtonians .
If there is one thing that freaks me out, even at the age of 28, it's southern old people! I felt shot back to being a small child, watching Poltergeist 2 with Jullian Beck and Zelda Rubeinstien. The lawyer is as close as I have come to feeling that creeped out, since the 80's. I got over Freddy, and Jason, still alittle fear when a Halloween sequel pops up, but to this day, the vision of Jullian Beck playing Kane still spooks me out, and I must do a scan of the room I am in! The Washingtonians seems to have that effect on me, and it really took me back to that time. The Masters of Horror series has some real gems, and this episode has left that impression on me.
I think this is one of the best I've seen in awhile!
Although Elijah Woods is as likely a hooligan as Mother Teresa, it did manage to be a really great film! I had seen a few pathetic reviews, and would have most likely stayed away from this one, had I not been bored. I did find it kept my attention till the very end. It is more then worth a trip to the video store, and would have even been worth seeing in the theater. The 'buddy' films in the past were full of cheesy plots, but this is one that will offer a North American viewer, a good look at the English version of a tailgate party is done. I am not one to rewatch many movies, but I would sit and watch this again in a heart beat. A lot of great movies, and comedy come out of the UK, and I would say without hesitation, that this film is one of those great things! Well worth $5 to rent, or $20 to buy.
Why create a story when the real thing is much more gruesome?
I was interested in seeing this film, because I was hoping to see a reenactment of the actual story that inspired so many of the all time classic horror movies, but what we got was a low budget spin on the acts of Ed Gein, not the story of Ed Gein. Kane is a large presence, but Ed wasn't. He flew bellow the radar because he was quiet, slow, and unnoticed, yet this movie shows him as a bully? I also wanted to know why they stuck Michael Berryman's character in the movie? Ed Gein didn't have help digging up body's, and the truth would have been much more twisted then the fictional situation. It may be a silly observation, but we know that the Gein house was basically a rats nest, and only the room his mother lived in was clean, yet there's an early scene where Ed's in the hall, and the carpet looked like it had never been left longer then an hour, without cleaning. I didn't hate the movie, but it was just another spin on a true serial killer, yet somehow they decided the truth wasn't as good as the fiction? It's worth a watch, but not if you want a true account of the gruesome truth of Ed Geins rampage.
Better then most, but was missing something
The movie was better then I expected it to be. It showed why it's worth turning some cartoons into live action films. I thought it was a nice touch that they used the same voice for Optimus Prime, as I remember when I was a kid. I can't put my finger on it, but it was missing something? The fx were fantastic, and the pace was fast, but it was alittle thick on the jokes made by human reaction, to seeing the Transformers for the first time. It was like watching the reaction Godzilla would get, but one to many times. The relationship between the lead character and his car was alittle less caring then it should have been. The movie was however, a great way to set up a second film etc. I think Transformers will be a great franchise, now that the introductions to humanity are out of the way, and we can get to the actual stories. The battle scene between Prime, and Megatron didn't lack any action, but it did lack the emotion, there battles showed on the cartoon. All that said, it is worth a view. Maybe not waiting in line, but surly worth the 140 odd minutes.