Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Movies That Were So Much More Than I Expected

My last post was about movies I thought were good, but could have done a whole lot more.  This one on the other hand is about movies I didn't expect much from and ended up really enjoying.  I got some good feedback on the last one so I hope this will spark some debate also.

One night I was watching TV and a trailer for this appeared on my screen.  I thought, ''meh.''  Assuming this would be a mainstream intended, cheap fright, found footage movie about possession... let's just say it wasn't high on my radar.  But one night I decided to give it a go as part of a ''horrorthon'', in which I attempted to watch as much horror as possible within the month of October. Anyway, the subject of exorcism peaked my interest and after reading mixed reviews, I took the plunge and gave this a shot...

I became engrossed right away, with the documentary style concept and interesting lead character.  It done a good job of being documentary-like and sometimes I forgot I was watching a piece of fiction, until My atheism and disbelief in the supernatural reminded me.  Anyway, this one really kept me guessing until the end.... And that ending.... HOLY SHIT!!! (or should I say ''UNHOLY SHIT?'')  I won't spoil the ending, it really is a love or hate it ending among many horror fans.  I loved it though and honestly didn't see it coming (although maybe I should have).  Anyway, it was twisted, creepy and really caught me off guard.  I loved every minute of it.

Overall, this was a great movie for me and one of my personal favorites of the past couple years.  If you have assumptions that this is just a run of the mill, some girl is possessed by a demon-type of film then think again and give it a chance.

Sunday night and it was on TV... why not?  The original wasn't really the classic I expected it to be and just being new to film obsession at the age of 16, I was anti-remake because I felt I was expected to be.  Anyway, this opened my eyes and gave me a more open mind.  It was everything I wanted to the original to be - fast paced, fun and Ving Rhames.

This surpasses the Romero classic by miles for my taste (I feel the need to inform you that I don't find every classic overrated).  Zack Snyder is a great director who makes movies that can satisfy the mainstream audiences, but retain enough genre aspects for us geeks.  I really dig his style, and although he may lack substance, his movies are just easy to watch and cool (even Sucker Punch).

So what did I love about this?  It was fun.  Furthermore, unlike some remakes it was respectful to the original but at the same time a significant improvement.  Sorry horror fans.

I just watched this because of the glowing reviews I was reading all over the internet.  Before watching this movie I didn't watch a lot of slow burn horror (I love it now).  Anyway, I had no idea what this was going to be like going in and thought it would be just a girl being terrorised in a big empty house.  But the start caught my attention when the mention of Satanic cults arose.  I've always been fascinated by real life fanatics and the mention of a cult made this much more appealing.

As the movie progressed not much happened, and that was what I loved about it.  The character was so cute, endearing and developed.  I felt I was getting to know a character I could semi-relate to being a student myself (I'm a boy though).  However, despite getting to know the character in her day to day life, there was always that feeling that something bad was going to happen - and when it did it really caught me off guard.

Wow is all I can say about this one,  This enhanced my appreciation of cinema as a whole, especially horror.  A perfect example of a less is more type of film.  I urge you to watch this if you haven't already seen it.

Any movie with Bruce Campbell is going to be added to my collection if I can get a hold of it.  However, I started watching this with disappointment when I realised that Bruce wasn't a lead star as falsely advertised.  The rest of the cast and those involved in the making brought me back to unbiased rationality though (Lawrence Bender, Scott Spiegel, the Raimi's, a greaser).  So, I was on board eventually but not expecting much but what did I get in return?  I'll tell you what - the greatest slasher of all time in my opinion.  I love it.  The kills are awesome, the characters are funny and the twist is predictable but great nonetheless.  The ultimate fun slasher.

I'm not the type who watches movies simply because of the reputation they've gained about being messed up.  A film really needs to appeal to me.  I'm picky over what I watch and that's why I rarely leave a movie experience angry or disappointed.  I have no intention of watching a movie like Fetus or Slaughtered Vomit Dolls just because they're fucked up.  I know I won't like them (not because of moral fibre or a weak stomach - I love offense and gore, movies like this just don't appeal to me though).  A Serbian Film really pissed people off though.  After hearing it being called everything from a ''perversion'' to an ''extreme masterpiece with a message'' then curiosity got the better of me.

So, would I recommend this to you?  No.  It's not for everyone.  I can see why it would cause offense.  For me though, I laughed so hard because I felt it carried out such taboo themes with a dark comedic sense of humor, but at the same time promoting a political message.  It's also a very well made film with an engaging character to focus on.  This is a very good movie, but not one I'll watch over and over.

I didn't expect much from this at all.  I didn't even like the first one that much until like 2 years ago, but when I watched this I didn't like the first one at all.  I've always loved the mythology of the Blair Witch though and thought this was worth a watch on TV.  It surpassed my low expectations and turned out to be quite an enjoyable movie.  Perfect by no means, but a fun watch that deserves to be given a chance.  I would really like a third movie in this series.  I remember reading years ago that they were interested in exploring the myths origins and going back to the witch trials that condemned the poor old hag.  I would LOVE that.  Anyway, recent sequel reports have suggested they won't go down this route if it ever happens.

I LOVE John Carpenter, but reviews were't kind to this one were they?  Nor were they too kind towards any of his post 80's movies and they were all great so screw critics.  This one really took a panning though and even I thought that maybe this would let me down.  Well, it turns out it didn't.  This isn't one of his best movies by any means, but it's still a lot of fun and I'll defend it to the death.

I've always had faith in Clive Barker, but when this got given away for free with a newspaper and had a starring role for Vinnie Jones (whom I love but he's not the best actor ever), I expected a basic slasher.  I always meant to check it out but just never rushed to.  Anyway, last year I decided to finally watch it and it blew my freaking mind.  Vinnie Jones was flat out creepy and Bradley Cooper played a character I rooted for.  This is a dark film and I recommend watching at 3am with all the lights out like I did when no one was awake.  I don't ever get scared at movies, but this one had me on the edge of my seat with tension.  Bravo.

This one had me pumped up like a shot of straight adrenalin to the heart.  It really is an edge of your seat, nail biting, screaming at the characters classic.  Going in to this, I was just devouring any movies about cults and wasn't expecting anything this freaking awesome.  Trust no one watching this, don't ever drink and drive when pursued by Satanists and basically just keep your mouth shut because the whole world is out to get you.

I went in to this expecting a typical, run of the mill alien invasion blockbuster that would underwhelm me.  How wrong was I?  This is one of the best movies I've seen in years, yeah it's a massive blockbuster, but it has so much heart and all of those child actors were amazing.  Watching this, I got the same feeling I got when I was a kid watching The Goonies and Monster Squad.  This is a classic and deserves to be regarded as one.

There's many more I could have listed, but I'm getting brain fried.  What movies would you include?

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