I expected The Mist to be a bit cheesy. Well, not the whole movie, but the sci fi back-story. I was glad it didn't turn out that way, tho. The movie was pretty good. It reminded me of Feast -- except for the fact that this one wasn't written by horny teenagers. The best thing about the movie is how it did a good job of bringing you into it. The movie was also mildly emotional. I say mildly because, while I felt involved, I guess it wasn't enough to really move me the way I thought it should've. Aside from that, there was definitely a dramatic ending. I was half expecting the movie to end [spoiler level="medium-high"] with the group driving off into the mist. [/spoiler] I'm not sure if that would have been a better ending or not. I guess I'd have complained because I would've wanted more. The way it went down was definitely an interesting twist. I kind of saw it coming, but wouldn't say it was horribly obvious. The only other thing I'd say is that I wouldn't have done the same thing.
30 Days of Night isn't your typical vampire movie. There seemed to be some hidden back-story behind the vampires, but it never came out. Maybe it's just me, but I'd like to have had that delved into more. There is room for a sequel, but I don't think the movie was so good it justified a one. [spoiler level="medium"] Perhaps if the sheriff wouldn't have died a sequel would've had a greater possibility. I'd was hoping he'd fight to stay alive. That would've introduced an interesting dynamic for a sequel, too. [/spoiler] Either way, I thought the movie was pretty good. If you like vampire or horror movies, you should check it out.
What the...? For some reason, I walked out of Saw 4
wondering what I was missing. The movie was great, but I'm not sure what happened when and where the heck the body in the beginning was from. I like how creative the writers have been in ensuring each sequel smoothly fits into the previous line, but this one seemed a bit complicated. Looks like we'll see another one, tho, so perhaps that will help clear it up. Nonetheless, if you liked the previous ones, you'll like this one. Just to prepare you, the second scene is almost over-the-top gory. Not the type of violent gore you've come to expect, tho. I didn't really have a problem with it, I just questioned why we were even seeing it; it eventually made sense, tho.
When I first saw the trailer for Feast
, I was pretty excited about it. The tailer made the movie look like it would be quite horrific and suspenseful. Let me just say I found the movie lacking. I liked the general idea, but there seemed to be a few too many shortcomings. The worst of these was how horny the creatures were. I'm not sure where this came from, but it should've been left out. These scenes were not only useless, but somewhat grotesque... and not in the way you might expect with a horror film. If you're a die-hard horror fan, give this one a shot; otherwise, skip it. If you're even so-so, you'll probably feel the movie's a waste.
The Hills Have Eyes 2 wasn't as good as the first one , but it was still decent. I questioned the beginning a lot, but it picked up in the end. If you liked the first, but feel like walking out on this one after 30 minutes, try to stick it out. The acting is poor and they're trying to recreate something that will probably never be successful at, but at least it gets better. And, as we have all come to expect in sequels, we have the obligatory more-to-come last scene. I have no idea if they'll make a third, but they like having the opportunity. I doubt they will. I think it was more for effect.
The story behind this one wasn't as good, which is part of why I didn't like it as much. One thing I thought was interesting was how these two movies are all about making the nerdy guy the hero. I question the word "hero" in this sense, but at least he's the protagonist. I could probably comment on a lot of the personalities, but I'll leave that out so not to give anything away.
The bottom line is, if you watched the first and enjoyed it, check this one out. Force yourself to stick around past the first half, tho, because it takes a while to get into.
If you liked The Hills Have Eyes 2, I'd recommend Hostel and Turistas . Hell, there are probably half a dozen or more other horror movies I'd recommend, too.
1408 was an interesting movie. The ending wasn't quite what I expected, tho. I'm not quite sure what to make of it, but I guess that's a good thing. If you're into horror/thriller movies, you should definitely give this one a chance. It's not your everyday horror, tho; I'd say it's more of a thriller than anything. Either way, it was good.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning was ok, but nothing all that special. If you're into blood and guts movies, this is most definitely one of them. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for one of these movies, but I don't think I'd really suggest anyone run out and grab it. If you liked any of the previous movies on the subject and/or liked Hostel or The Hills Have Eyes , you'll probably want to see this one. Either way, I'd say borrow it from a friend instead of going out of your way to rent it.
If you liked Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, I'd suggest The Hills Have Eyes.
Three years before Premonition came out, Yogen was released in Japan. After I saw Premonition, I figured I'd check out the original movie. While the premise is the same, the story is a lot different. Usually, re-makes are just that -- a veritable do-over. That's not the case here. If you liked Premonition and can stand reading thru a movie, I highly suggest you check out Yogen. The movie is a bit slower, but that's somewhat typical of Japanese movies, from what I've seen. One other note is that this movie had horror undertones, but I wouldn't really say it was a horror movie. Yogen was also a bit more supernatural than Premonition. Perhaps that's why I liked it more -- I tend to like sci-fi and horror movies a lot. Either way, the scifi/horror spin is minimal, so don't let that push you away.
I'm not sure what I rented to recommend Rest Stop , but I wouldn't suggest it to anyone. Not that the movie's horribly bad, but it's not good. It's one of those movies that just kind of sits there in the middle. I had high hopes, but I'm not really sure why. In a sense, the movie was similar to Wolf Creek ; but Wolf Creek was probably 10x's better. By the end of the movie, I questioned everything. I'm not sure if I missed something, but I couldn't discern what actually happened. Maybe it's just me.
If you liked Rest Stop [or expected more], I'd suggest Wolf Creek.