Archive for March, 2010

Zombies are Scarier than the Government (Review of the Crazies [2010])

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , on March 18, 2010 by Julianne

I don’t exactly hide the fact that I’m not the biggest fan of remakes.  It’s mostly a personal thing.  I say “mostly” because it does disappoint me that, especially in the realm of horror films, filmmakers today (or the studios feeding them money) seem unable or unwilling to try to come up with original and exciting directions to take the genre.  Considering that horror is SO incredibly grounded in the sociocultural fears of not only a certain culture but a certain time, it often upsets me that people are choosing to remake films that have much less relevance today than to find current social scare points and exploit those to the fullest.  But, on the personal side of things, it’s rare I like a remake better.  They’re usually not as good and I find myself just wanting to watch the original…so there 😛 Continue reading

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The Government is Scarier than Zombies (Review of “The Crazies” [1973 version])

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , on March 12, 2010 by Julianne

Let me start this off by saying I love George A. Romero…love him.  Is he ridiculously over the top?  Yes.  Should someone perhaps print out a definition of the word “subtlety” and tape it over his desk? Probably.  Can anyone really be that insanely explicit and ham handed and still make me love every minute of it? Not really.  He’s just awesome to me.  Night of the Living Dead is brilliant and classic (if anyone else, like me, had the misfortune of one time grabbing a copy where he did those bizarro added scenes years later, please ignore those scenes and find yourself a copy of the *actual* original movie).  Dawn of the Dead is hysterical and creepy and delicious.  Oft overlooked, and even by me in this instance, is 1973’s The Crazies, which, contrary to popular belief, is NOT a zombie film. Continue reading

Mini-Rant: Horror and the Oscars

Posted in Random Rants with tags , , , , , on March 8, 2010 by Julianne

Before I get underway on this mini-rant, let me make something perfectly clear.  Twilight is NOT, I repeat NOT a horror film.  I’m frankly not convinced that Edward is in fact a vampire and not just suffering from the disease called “horrible-douchy-emoism”.  Regardless, when people sparkle in a movie and nothing actually scary happens, it is absolutely NOT a horror film. Continue reading

Kruegermort, the Return

Posted in Reviews, Upcoming Films with tags , , , , on March 2, 2010 by Julianne

New Line has decided, only a few short weeks before the new A Nightmare on  Elm Street hits the big screen, to post a longer, more comprehensive trailer to those of us anxiously waiting  for the film’s release.  Yes, I am one of those who really cannot wait for this film to come out.  I’ll admit that I was super skeptical about the film after the first trailer.  I’ll admit that I’m frankly STILL super skeptical about the film after the second trailer…but now I’m also, beyond a doubt, super excited. Continue reading