June 18, 2008

We’ve Sensed It. We’ve Seen The Signs. Now… It’s Happening.

Posted in Drama, Horror, Movies, Sci-Fi, Suspense, Thriller at 5:37 am by inflickted

M. Knight. Shyamalan has been touted as the next Alfred Hitchcock of movies because of his subtlety in translating horror, thrill and suspense into the big screen. A great example of this is his widely successful and absolutely spine chilling horror, “Sixth Sense.” Ever since then, Shyamalan has been praised for his great attention to character development, creepy moments and twist endings.

Unfortunately, the promising director has been losing his touch with his other offerings. “Unbreakable” was only mildly successful, “Signs” was the same, “The Village” was not as good as hoped and “Lady in the Water” was unimpressive, to say the least. One thing I do notice is that there are certain aspects of the movie which are really good, but in the whole, it cannot be saved by these few gems.

For his latest offering Shyamalan brings back to us his idea of making something so innocuous, be so frightening. Hopefully his downward spiral ends here. This is the review for “The Happening.”

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March 21, 2008

Never Forget. Never Forgive.

Posted in Fantasy, Horror, Movies, Musical, Suspense, Thriller at 8:25 am by inflickted

STWith the many mediums for entertainment today, one piece of work can be interpreted in so many ways. From a book, to a song, to a stage play, to a movie; there will always be some debate whether this version is better than the other. The same can be said when a Broadway musical is interpreted into a film or vice versa. The problem is, what applies in a stage musical, doesn’t always apply to a film studio or the other way around.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street is an award winning musical and is already considered a masterpiece. The play starred the wonderful and brilliant Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Lovett and Len Cariou as Sweeney Todd. The original musical won almost every major award during its time and has been constantly revived in Broadway. For its first film adaptation, audiences will witness the piece in a different light, a different version all together.

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March 17, 2008

Something Has Found Us

Posted in Action, Horror, Monster, Movies, Sci-Fi at 5:22 pm by inflickted

cloverfieldViral Marketing – as I’ve learned through my Business Management course – any form of advertising that is so compelling that you can’t help yourself but tell other people about it. It is a marketing phenomenon more commonly known as word-of-mouth. This variety of promotion has been used in advertising movies which can lead to an overwhelming hype for the film. It can create great curiosity and demand for the movie but can also leave it to be a disappointing mess (remember Snakes On A Plane? What suckfest that turned out to be!)

“Cloverfield” is a motion picture that employed the same strategy. A trailer that had no title for the movie and had little information and the rolling head of the Statue of Liberty, it created a massive buzz. But, did the film live up to its hype? Or come crashing down like other movies that have done the same marketing decisions?

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February 2, 2008

What Hides In Life Is Found In Death

Posted in Horror, Movies, Sci-Fi, Thriller at 7:47 am by inflickted

Deaths of Ian StoneI admire film makers who have great ambition and take the risk of creating a piece of work which embodies their ideas despite having a small budget. Many have succeeded but still many fail to realize their target. But still you can’t help but give them props for trying and working hard in achieving a great movie.

This review shall also be about an ambitious idea that had a small budget. It has been considered as one of the most anticipated movies in the last year’s “8 films to die for” at the After Dark Horrorfest. The title of the movie itself holds so much promise, but can the movie itself hold up to the public’s expectations? This is the review for The Deaths Of Ian Stone.

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January 25, 2008

The Last Man On Earth Is Not Alone

Posted in Drama, Horror, Movies, Sci-Fi, Thriller at 10:50 pm by inflickted

I Am Legend Richard Matheson’s sci-fi novel about the last man left alive on earth has been adapted to film twice, both allegedly with disappointing results. Once again, Matheson’s story is brought to the big screen with the hopes that with a huge production budget and state of the art CGI effects, the post apocalyptic work of fiction shall be given justice.

This is the latest offering from the charismatic actor, Will Smith. What will you do if you were the last person on earth? If you ask me, I would fulfill my every material desire then just kill myself before I go crazy. Anyway, the film is… I AM LEGEND.

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September 22, 2007

No One Lasts More Than An Hour

Posted in Horror, Movies, Suspense at 6:19 pm by inflickted

1408One might argue in the technicality of the differences of a gothic movie, a ghost story and a horror flick. But for me, if it tackles and exploits human fear…It’s a horror… So, in a long string of gore and bloody terror, let us gently lay down our chainsaws, butcher’s knives and blow torches for just a moment and bear witness to a truly scary movie.

“1408” is one of my most anticipated horror films for this year. The old-gothic feel of the movie was just appealing to me because of it was a great change in the steady phase of Hostel, Severance, Vacancy, and The Hills Have Eyes. And so, my review, like the song, that eerie song that keeps being played by the old clock radio…”We’ve only just begun…”

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August 19, 2007

Innocence Has A Power Evil Cannot Imagine

Posted in Fantasy, Foreign Language, Horror, Movies, Suspense at 8:15 pm by inflickted

Pan’s LabyrinthI shouldn’t even be reviewing this movie. It would be too easy. I should just give it a perfect score right here, right now and just save you guys the time and effort you’ll have to put in to read the review. But I loved this movie so much, to not give it a proper review would be a complete insult to the movie, the director and my overall love for Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno). The best film for 2006!

If you think about it, fairy tales have always been pretty brutal. Many of the original stories such as Red Riding Hood (the woodsman cutting open the wolf), Hansel and Gretel (cooking the witch), and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (jealousy and death by poison) were terrifying and gory tales. They were meant not to advise children of how to behave, but scare them into behaving as prescribed. The film is a dark and violent homage to those stories of old. However, this moral is reversed instead warning adults to avoid the pitfalls of greed, malice and vengeance. What is remarkable about the movie is how effortlessly it captures a feeling of youthful innocence without relinquishing one ounce of horror.

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