The Faculty (Robert Rodriguez, 1998)
Hilarious if seen with other people, craptacular seen on your own. It is like Invasions of the Body Snatchers, but with more CGI, and in high school… though I always assumed all teachers and students were zombies anyway, so, there really isn’t that much of a difference. It’s still pretty funny, and I mean, any movie that crystal meth saves the day isn’t that bad. Jon Stewart is the best part, and the funniest moment comes during the credits when he miraculously has survived his death with apparently serious pirat-y injuries. As I said, a fun, cheesy movie to see with friends but really not all that great.
Hatchet (Adam Greenl, 2006)
Again aiming for the funny but horrific thing, but it’s actually not as good as the Faculty. Though, it has it’s advantages nonethless. Set in New Orleans during spring break, some guy can’t get over his ex and all the boobs remind him of her, so he’s all sad and whiny. He’s like “You know what? I’m going on a swamp tour! THat’ll cheer me up!!!” Little does he know, there is a crazy fleshed out ghost on the loose hacking at people with a hatchet! THE HUMANITY! This film is extremely forgetteable, and not very funny or scary. It has some totallyl awesome kills though. So I recommend it about as much The Faculty for that.
[Rec] (Jaume Balagueró & Paco Plaza, 2007)
A divisive horror film, I can easily understand why someone would not like this film, but it was still probably my favourite of the night (though not saying that much). Filmed with a first person camera, and done in a hyper “realistic” style, it immediately turns off a lot of viewers (If I remember Blake, you generally don’t like these type of films, or at least something along those lines). It’s a fairly effective entry in the genre however, relying on slow build ups and using the obscured images to heighten the effects. Also, the fact that the film still delves into fantasy certainly helps distract from their attempt at gritty “zomfg this stuff is so fucking real”. Most of the film is pretty good, but the final few scenes are HUGE WTF/OMG I want to pee my pants horror. Seriously, it’s worth seeing the film for the end… though admittingly part of the blow is lessened by the incessant Quarantine trailers. Doesn’t soften the sheer creep factor of that scene though. Reminds me of Se7en and Silence of the Lambs if they were absolutely crazier, and out of this world. Like, seriously scary shit.
The Stepfather (Joseph Ruben, 1987)
Terrible 80s cheese, like, not even so bad it’s good cheese. It’s really boring and predictable. The deaths aren’t that cool, and they don’t even go all out with the bad. It’s almost as if they wrote the whole movie around a few lines that sounded cool, but they’re not even THAT cool. Just so bleh.
The Mist in b&w (Frank Darabont, 2007)
Doesn’t quite hold up to a second viewing,though part of this might be due to me watching it at 5 am. The black and white really does improve on the film’s look, the monsters especially looking a whole lot better when not purple. Though, even this was imperfect… I got really distracted as the gradient of sharpness and contrast shifted very often from shot to shot. It’s something I don’t really notice, but it stood out here. Though really well transferred from colour to black and white, it’s stilll pretty obvious it was shot in colour most of the film. Doesn’t quite capture the right look, though it’s better than most. The film itself is as bleak as ever, though the lack of unlikeable characters really wore on me this time. More difficult to get involved when everyone is an ***. The ending is as wonderful as ever. I love how the millitary becomes a much crueller and frightening monster than anything monstrous that cam from the Mist itself. Very well done. Again though, too bleak for the morning.