The plot wasn't bad. It would have been more interesting if they showed more of how the legend started, but they had a good idea to go with. What really didn't work for this movie was showing La Llorona too many times, to the point that she wasn't scary. What's always creepy in movies like this is not being able to see their face until the very end, which they had a perfect scene to show her, but by then it was too late.
If you like the Conjuring universe/horror movies, it's a fun watch, just don't expect anything special.
The animation and music were very typical of the 80s, something you can't really knock points off of for. The voice acting was pretty good, I liked all the different accents each character had, depending on where they came from. The design for the cat, Lily, was also very cute and realistic.
If you are a cat/animal lover, be warned: Lily the cat does die. She dies in a horribly gory and disturbing fashion. She's sucked into a wall and her body explodes into a mess of blood and gore. Once you see her owner crying and freaking out while facing a door, it's going to happen.
Everything that the original lacked, this remake more than made up for. There was great atmosphere, great acting, great camerawork, everything was great. There were a few changes to the story but for the most part it was faithful to the novel. They even included the wendigo, which I was very happy about.
It is a lot more intense than the original and has more scares and blood/gore. Some of the bloody violent scenes were hard for me to watch, but that's a good thing. It means they did it right.
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The original story saw the Creed's two year old son, Gage, getting killed and his older sister, Ellie, surviving. For this movie, it was switched up and had Gage surviving (but almost getting hit by the truck), and Ellie was instead the one who died. I would have been interested to see another version where Gage had been the one to pass, but the original 1989 film already exists. I liked the direction the movie was going and it was very disturbing to see a sweet girl turn into a monster like that. I had no problem with that aspect.
The part I did not like at all was the ending. In the book, Ellie was staying with her grandparents when her father brought Gage back to life, and the murdering happened. I was hoping that Gage in this movie would get the same outcome, but I did not like what they went with.
Rachel takes Gage back to the house, Ellie kills Rachel, Louis puts Gage in the locked car, then is killed by a resurrected Rachel, and then the three undead family members go up to Gage in the car, with weapons, and the movie ends. It is heavily implied that they are going to kill and bury the two year old boy to be part of the living dead family. I might be biased because I have an almost two year old son, but I would have much preferred if he had been rescued by firemen or his grandparents from the car, and had him be the only survivor.
I hope there will be an alternate ending, but who knows.
This is a good movie, just prepare to be a bit letdown by the ending if you loved the original story or don't like child death.
It should have been classified as a suspense movie, since there isn't much horror. The acting is good in most segments, but there are some parts where the actors were hamming it up. The cinematography is good, it looks very professional.
The first segment has a very interesting story, but it is a bit slow, and the mom's character seems very unlikable and unbelievable. I would have liked more closure to the end of the segment, rather than the ending they chose.
The second segment was very boring to me, and seemed to be more black comedy than horror.
The third segment was the most enjoyable, since it was actual horror. The story was too short, however, and more backstory on the monster would have been nice. I didn't much care for the characters.
The last segment was also interesting, but slow, and we don't get to see the big bad himself, which disappointed me.
It's not a terrible movie, but it does feel lacking and very slow at times. This is a movie to put on if you're multi-tasking since there will be times you will stop paying attention to it. They could have done a lot more with it, but it's not as bad as some movies I've seen.
Degeneration and Damnation were good on their own, but in my opinion, they felt a bit lacking. Vendetta more than made up for it. It has the creepy atmosphere of the original games, and the non-stop action of the newer games. The beginning of the movie was very reminiscent of the first game and they did the horror part extremely well. The rest of the movie keeps your attention with the story going forward and keeping interesting events on screen.
I'm also very glad to see new, but familiar faces, in the movie. It was cool seeing how Leon became the weathered hard-ass that he is now, but it was refreshing to see Chris, and especially Rebecca, who hasn't been seen for 15 years. I'm hoping next CGI movie will have Jill.
The CGI has also improved a ton since Degeneration. It looks extremely realistic and the character's faces are just amazing. Rebecca looks gorgeous. They put a lot of hard work and love into this movie and it shows.
If you're a die-hard fan of Resident Evil, or even just a casual fan, or horror movie fanatic, definitely check out this movie. It is the best Resident Evil movie I have seen yet.
Reviews online make it seem like the couple are terrorized for no reason whatsoever. In reality, the character, Steve, did too many things wrong. I kept shaking my head at his decisions and thinking that all of this could have been avoided if he had just done things differently.
Already the storyline wasn't great, but I decided to watch it further just to finish. What kept me from finishing the last 30 minutes, was the gore. I am usually okay with it, but this is the prime example of what I can't stand. Close ups of the injuries being made. If it had been quick, I could have finished, but the scenes were drawn out and made me uncomfortable.
This may be a movie that someone else would enjoy, but not for people, like me, who want a stronger story and less gross scenes.
The beginning was able to keep my attention. You see the couple go out on the scuba trip and see how they get left behind. The middle lost my interest, but the end caught it again. It wasn't the sharks coming, but the scuba staff realizing the couple was missing, along with the couple's lives coming to an end.
The sharks were not the main part. It was getting stranded, with no way back, in a realistic situation.
However, while the story was good, the time spent waiting to be rescued was boring and didn't seem too realistic. The couple spent way over seven hours, just floating and waiting. They saw a boat, but when waving didn't get their attention, they gave up. Then they fell asleep for about three hours and drifted apart, quickly finding each other again after waking up. If they were willing to swim to find each other, they could have tried to swim to the boat or wherever they thought land was. Most people stranded at sea would probably try getting to rescue. If not, then the long time spent waiting in the movie should have been shorter.
This is a unique movie. It's probably unlike any made before. People wanting a gore fest with lots of shark attacks and blood should not bother watching this.
I give it 3 stars for keeping my attention some of the time, but it's not enough to get a really good score.
Most people would think about how to get back on the boat before jumping off the (at least) twelve foot high deck. Not to mention that the ladder came down with a push of a button. How hard is it to remember the push a button? They should have done that as soon as they stopped in the water.
The mother leaving her baby onboard without anyone around was another mistake. At least one of them should have stayed to watch over her.
The movie put them in a situation that could have easily been worked through. They had six people. There are so many ways they could have worked their way back up onto the boat. Instead, we get two attempts to get back on. The rest of the time is being spent whining and crying about not being able to get back on, while possibly waiting for a ladder to magically appear. There is no sympathy to be felt for them. One of the characters tries to put a knife in the side of the boat so they can climb back up. The "owner" of the boat, flips out and refuses to let him do it, because it belongs to his boss, and ends up stabbing and killing his friend.
Everyone gave up way too quickly. One of the girls drowned herself. Another started swimming for shore, even though they were smack in the middle of the ocean. The rest didn't try anything, but float on their backs and stare at the sky.
At one point a cell phone rings and the coat it's in is hanging over the side of the boat, somehow in reach. When the call ends and the signal dies, the guy holding it throws it into the ocean. That was probably where I stopped feeling any despair for the characters.
In the end, this movie is stupid. You will be face-palming throughout the whole thing and wanting to choke the characters.
It starts out alright, but not too long after it goes down a spiraling hill to being a bad movie. There were parts I didn't think were at all appropriate for anyone under 17 and I doubt many of the adults watching it appreciated the stupid sex jokes that were made over and over again. I wanted to drag them out of there, but they didn't know what most of the innuendo meant, so I wasn't too worried about that.
The movie had no plot whatsoever. If there was a plot, then I could not understand it. As far as I knew, there were people stuck in a remote place making stupid jokes and finding themselves in trouble every 5 minutes.
Don't waste your time on this movie. It's one of the worst, if not THE worst, films I've ever seen.