Posts Tagged ‘slasher’

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#8: Saw

January 14, 2011

Yeah, so somehow I managed to see the third one, but never saw the movie that started it all!

So what’s it about?: Two strangers wake up on opposite sides a room, padlocked to pipes, and a dead guy in the middle of the floor.   As the two set out to play the game they’ve been forced into by an unknown outside party known only as the Jigsaw killer, chaos ensues.

The Good: Okay, so this film is actually not horrible.  The idea of such a creative serial killer who gives his victims a chance to fight for an escape is actually kind of cool.

The Bad: Well, sure, the acting is over-the-top, but that’s to be expected.  My biggest qualm was that the coolest things about this franchise are the traps, and there really aren’t many in this film!  Though that does give the movie a plot instead, which is definitely better in the long run.  Ah well, the price we pay for a story.

The Verdict: As far as slasher films go, this is actually okay.  It’s not scary, it won’t stick with you, but it will entertain you with enough blood and gore and thrills for a whole 90 minutes without you groaning over how intensely bad the production is.

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#41: Scream

November 1, 2009

screamContinuing on with my Halloween scare-athon, I decided I needed a good ol’ slasher, and since I didn’t have immediate access to the classics, why not an homage to the classics?

So what’s it about?: A masked killer runs around a country town killing off its teens and ensuing chaos.

The Good: Before watching the movie, I had no idea about how self-aware this film is.  The whole script is very clever, referencing the classic horror films as it’s story unfolds to be one in its own right.  Brilliant!  And unlike the horror remakes of today, this movie is able to take used ideas and make something somewhat original.  Another surprising addition is the acting is actually watchable.  Easily the weakest point of most slasher films, the actors in Scream are actually somewhat believable and that makes them actually likable.

The Bad: Well, it’s a slasher flick, which get kind of ridiculous after a while.  But, hey, it’s still a lot of fun!

The Verdict: Any fan of movies where teenagers are getting slaughtered should see this film.  And it’s not very scary or even as gory as some of today’s films, so even the faint at heart can see it!

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#1: A Perfect Getaway

August 21, 2009

a_perfect_getawayTo start off the project I headed to the obvious place to start: a movie theater!  And seeing as how A Perfect Getaway is the only film I haven’t seen no longer playing at my local theater tomorrow, I figured what better film to start off a triple feature than that one.

So what’s it about?: Basically a newlywed couple is on their honeymoon in Hawaii, run into another couple of couples, hear about a fourth couple who was recently murdered on their honeymoon by yet another couple (confused yet?).  Chaos ensues.

The Good: It takes place in nature in Hawaii, so it’s beautiful!  And for a thriller (well, I guess it’s a thriller… more on that later) the acting was, well, watchable.

The Bad: Okay, so this movie was confused from the previews!  I mean a conglomerate of trailers for horror films and chick flicks when this film was maybe a thriller, but without the thrills.  But that can be forgiven.  What can’t be forgiven is the fact that this entire movie was one glorified build-up with no pay off!  Lots of talk, not a lot of action.  And just before the “big climax” where they actually give you a little (albeit very little) thrills, they have to spoon feed an entire backstory to you in a dramatic almost black-and-white sequence that would maybe be surprising if it wasn’t so predictable!  As it turns out, movies like this that rely on a twist are a dime a dozen nowadays, so when you see one you are suspecting a twist, and in this case it was easy to figure out.  In fact, if they had gone with the most obvious outcome it would have surprising.  Go figure!

The Verdict: Wait for the DVD… if you really must see it, but at least watch it on an HD tv so you can take in the full effect of the scenery, because it really was the best part of the film.