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Marathon Movie Reviews: 10,000 BC, The Strangers, and Night of the Living Dead 3D

Diary of the Dead

This latest George Romero zombie flick is another of the many fictional documentary style films that dot the horror genre. The style is becoming a genre unto itself which is fine by me. I love the gritty simplicity of this style. It’s nice to see them getting back to basics.

I was initially suspicious about this film when I first heard about it before I knew Romero was behind it. I’d just seen the Zombie Diaries which is also a combination of the two genres as well but still the two are quite different. Where the Zombie Diaries is primaries focused on scaring the crap out of the viewer, Romero’s Diary seeks to make a statement about violence, greed, racism, and humanity in general. Don’t worry, it’s still pretty frightening and a welcome recovery from Land of the Dead which I felt was a little too over the top for me.

I don’t know if it was just me but I was getting this vibe from watching Diary that Romero had read the Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” which is a comic book series that I can’t say enough good things about. The RV in Diary was very similar to the RV in the Walking Dead. Both stories share the idea that loved ones of the deceased (now zombie) may try to keep the zombie close in a kind of denial of what their loved one has become or in hopes that there might be a cure. Either way I thought it was just awesome.

In short, I loved this movie.

Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem

I’m still not sure why they used the term Requiem in the title of this movie. I’ve even checked the definition and the wiki and nothing really hits me. Maybe I’m just an idiot tonight.

The Good
I’m a bit of an Aliens fanboy here to mind my bias. The action sequences in this movie are great. The violence and gore also make this movie worth watching. It is very very violent by the way.
This movie brings the Aliens to Earth but unlike the last movie, this isn’t somewhere in the middle of nowhere North Pole. It’s a medium sized town in what looks like Colorado. It reminded me a little of the town that that Rambo: First Blood was set in.

The Bad
The underlying storyline involving the human “cannon fodder” is terribly predictable and pretty much pointless. The obvious attempts at paying tribute to Aliens didn’t help much either.
AVP:R is a very very dark movie, literally. I had to adjust the tint on my TV just to figure out what was going on a lot of the time. Maybe that’s just my ghetto TV telling me it’s time to put it out to pasture.
There was just too many liberties taken towards the Aliens and the the way the creatures worked. Granted there’s no easy way to slap a queen alien into this movie, changing the whole way these creatures reproduce is going a little far. (Aliens fanboy ranting here)

The Verdict
If you’re a fan of either Aliens or Predator then watch this one. Specially if you’re a fan of Predator cause those guys were awesome in this. Other than that, you can probably skip this one.

Cloverfield

The Good:
Great giant monster movie. A little silly how invulnerable the giant monster was but that’s giant monsters for ya.

The Bad:
If I watch it again, I’m fast-forwarding through the obligatory sequence where they try to make you care about the characters cause all it did for me was make me think every one of them was a douche bag in one form or another.

I haven’t looked at the rest of the DVD but I’d say rent this one.

The Mist

The MistI love stories where all shit is breaking loose everywhere and everyone’s dieing yet the real monsters are the few savage humans left alive who fuck up what ever bit of civilization is left. Combine that with Half-Life (minus Gordon) and you’ve got The Mist in a nutshell without spoilers.

Besides I’m a sucker for Stephen King stories. It runs in the family, I think.

Black Water

It’s too bad Steve Irwin is dead cause this would have been a much better movie had he at least made a cameo appearance.

The premise is three tourists and their tour guide go fishing in the outback. A sinister crocodile flips the boat, eats the tour guide, and plucks the tourists off one by one as they remain stuck in a tree for an hour and a half. The audience is left with one exciting action sequence every half hour. It’s a little better than that but not much.

I did enjoy the sound of one of the victim’s bones crushing as Mr Croc ate him for dinner. Great sequence.

It’s one of those movies that you can get away with fast forwarding to the good parts and know that you aren’t missing anything in between.

Verdict Pass

I Am Legend

I Am The Last Omega Man On Earth

Another remake. This time, a remake of a remake an adaptation of a novel. Anyway…
“I Am Legend” with will smith is more like the original “The Last Man On Earth” with Vincent Price but with some of the religious undertones of “The Omega Man” with Charlton Heston.

When I was a kid, I used fantasize about how cool it’d be to be the only person left alive on the planet. The theme’s been used a number of times on TV shows in the 80s though I can’t recall which ones. It was always something to do with the hydrogen bomb. You get to drive whatever you want and do whatever you want and eat whatever you want. It’s pretty awesome really.

Poor old Will Smith’s problem as with all version of Legend is all the damn zombies. Zombies are pretty cool too though. These zombies were more like the ones from 28 Days/Weeks later. Really fast and noisy and crazy. The great part of Legend is that our survivor in question didn’t seem to be having that much of a hard time with being all by himself either. I couldn’t handle this movie if all he did was cry about being so lonely and so all alone for two hours. Besides, he had a K9 companion to talk to, and mannequins! I find mannequins to be more creepy than zombies but that’s just me.

Verdict: A Rent

Update: My wife insists that the crazies in the film are not zombies. I disagree. What do you think?

The Walking Dead

It’s 5am and I’m about to read the Walking Dead #46. I’m almost afraid to. It’s a story I’ve followed closely since the very first issue. It’s the best comic I’ve read in ages. All I know about this one is that it’s a devastating issue. For anyone who hasn’t read this story, I strongly suggest reading it from issue #1. In short, zombies are backdrop to a survival story where the real horror is in the survivors themselves.

I go read now.

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Finished reading.
The suspense is so high right now. I’ll die if I have to wait another four weeks for until the next issue.