9/13/11 11:26 pm
Over the last few weeks I've been catching up on some movies that I've missed along the way. They're mainly classed as 'horror movies'. Some are well-known, some just turned up on the list. Here's what's been on the screen lately:
Quarantine 2 : Terminal
A medium-sized planeload of passengers leave Los Angeles(?) about the same time as a disease breaks out there that causing people to turn violent. A teacher, who is one of the passengers, is carrying a transporter full of "hamsters" that are the pets of his class. During the flight one passenger turns violent, bites a stewardess and is restrained. The plane makes an emergency landing at 'some' airport only for the passengers to find out that they can't get out of their terminal and when the CDC turn up, they (the CDC) are only to eager to shoot the passengers dead.
An OK film with a reasonably credible story which suffers from being predictable at the points of delivery.
28 Days Later
You've probably seen this already. A rage virus infects the populace of the UK and everyone kills everyone else.
A good film in the post-apocalyptic genre. Christoper Ecclestone plays a rather not very nice army commander who has plans to repopulate the country and eventually ends up as zombie food. The zombies don't attack and eat each other (why not?) so they eventually starve (to death? They're already dead?)
28 Weeks Later
About 6 months after the initial outbreak all the zombies have starved to death (see '28 Days Later') and the Americans have put their army to work at repopulating the UK (no, not in that way!). So a "colony" is set up on Canary Wharf (after a zombie attack we repopulate by putting people in a place that's usually full of zombies?) and all is well. However the main character's wife, who was supposed to have been killed and eaten 6 months back, turns up again so is put into quarantine and ends up infecting the main character. So, another zombie outbreak and the "appropriate" military response is.. kill everybody! A couple of survivors of the military slaughter end up hitching a ride to Paris.. and sure enough, the virus breaks out there.
Now this was a weird and really interesting film. Christina Ricci as a stressed young professional living with her boyfried storms out of the restaurant just before her boyfriend proposes marriage to her, jumps into her car and is involved in an accident with a large truck. What happens next is were the story really gets interesting as while her body is left with a mortician you're not quite sure if she is dead or still alive and being conned into thinking she's dead by the mortician who exhibits slight overtones of necrophilia. The ending is pretty unexpected as well and it makes it a worthwhile watch.. and not just for the bits with Christina in the all-together.
A group of friends decide to make a documentary-style film in a disused psychiatric prison. So they camp out in its grounds. However the prison still seems to have one inhabitant who styles himself on Jason Vorjes/LeatherFace and he proceeds to kill the members of the group. The acting's wooden as is the dialogue and it's all a bit too predictable.
God decides he wants to wipe out humainty and instructs his angels to do his bidding. However he is aware of the "second coming" so has to stop that. Enter Archangel Michael to protect the mother of an unborn child who is working in a diner in the middle of nowhere. What follows is a battle against the 'legion' of possessed bodies intent on killing the soon-to-be mother which reaches a climax when the Archangel Gabriel appears, to carry out God's wishes. You'll find out that Archangels can die and they can pass on their powers to others. An OK film.
A group of workers are contracted to remove the asbestos from an old asylum with a bonus involved for a quick completion. While on a break one of the workers finds some audio recordings of psychiatric sessions with one of the (no longer present) patients, Mary Hobbs who suffered from a multple personality disorder and was commited for a gruesome murder.. He regularly listens to the tapes and starts mapping out the various personas mentioned by Mary. Another of the team finds a stash of all the old valuables of the previous residents. What follows is that the members of the group are killed off, one by one and you're left trying to work out who is doing the killings. A reasonably good film if you can keep track of all the bits of backstory that get dropped in.
Six astronauts bail out of a mission and return to earth. Unfortunately they're infected with an alien lifeforce which is aiming to invade earth. It lifts a lot from Alien/Aliens and even though it was made mid-90s it looks like a late-70s/early-80s movie. A B-Movie for a rainy Wednesday maybe.
Renee Zellweigger plays a social case worker looking after families with children who are having problems. When she visits the family of Case 39, she is met with an atmosphere of antagonism and agression from the parents to their child, a young girl. Renee's character notices heavy locks on the parent's bedroom door and feels sympathy for the daughter. So she leaves her phone number with the daughter telling her to ring if she ever feels she's in danger. The phone call comes and Renee dashes around to the house to find the parents have stuck the daughter in the oven and turned up the gas. The daughter ends up being 'fostered' by Renee's character at which point bad things start to happen to her friends. This is a good story which, while it telegraphs a lot of the storyline, is genuinely creepy. Unfortunately the ending seems rushed and just tacked on the end.
Dead & Buried
A town sheriff tries to work out why people are disappearing or ending up dead in his town. His main line of enquiry is the town's mortician. Various people die in fairly gruesome ways and all of them end up being prepared by the mortician. The story evolves to being about how the mortician is not really there to preserve the image of the dead& and memory after the fact more than he's there to stop them from ever having to worry about death again. An odd, stumbling, at time confusing Wednesday afternoon B-Movie.
One word - boring. Third-person camcorder/documentary style with too much screaming and panic. Would you really keep a camcorder recording what was happening while trying to run for cover to avoid getting yourself killed? If you really want to see an entertaining monster-attacks-city movie watch the original Godzilla movies. At least they don't have as much forced panicky screaming.