I actually didn’t even realize I had never seen Day of the Dead until the Scream Factory bluray came out a few weeks ago. I picked it up, because I pick up every single title Scream Factory releases (I may have to write an article about those guys at some point because man do they ever deserve it), put it to the side, and then it slowly dawned on me that I wasn’t sure if I had ever actually watched the movie. I’ve definitely seen Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, I was even positive I had watched the Day of the Dead remake from 2008 and had absolutely hated it.
So I fired this movie up to verify if I had seen it and sure enough, I have not! So it’s today’s movie! See how that worked?! Ahhhh!
How in the hell had I not yet seen Basket Case? I’d been hearing about this movie for at least a decade, everything about it sounded right up my alley, and yet I never actually sat down and partook in its glory until this morning. Yes sometimes I have to watch horror movies at 8 AM but my living room is dark as shit so don’t worry it all works out ok.
To start with, yes I have indeed read the novel this based on. I read it about two years ago now and yes it was awesome. The sequel, This Book is Full of Spiders is also absolutely worth checking out, though I prefer the first book overall. When I was reading the book I knew there was a movie planned but as I made my way through it, I couldn’t figure out just how in the hell this would translate to the screen. The book is very all over the place both in terms of the narrative and events, with essentially just a bunch of random shit happening constantly. In book form it worked ok, but I couldn’t see it as a movie. Unless maybe they were planning to sacrifice a lot of the randomness in favour of a more straight-forward narrative that would have a wider appeal?
Nope, they certainly did not do that.
Yeeeeeeeeeees! Now we’re really getting started here. This is one of the episodes I remember best in this series. This is the one that really fucked me as a kid and stayed with me. This viewing (I am writing this before watching the actual episode, I’m also drinking a pumpkin spice ale which yes, is fucking disgusting) will be my first in nearly a decade and I will be absolutely crushed it doesn’t hold up so the pressure is on you hardcore The Tale of the Super Specs.
Oh horror remakes, you continue to be such a strange beast. Although less prevalent then perhaps they were a few years ago, horror remakes still don’t seem to be going anywhere, though I suppose that also applies to remakes as a whole. Some of them manage to scrape by because they simply emulate their original counterpart (Friday the 13th), some fuck things up completely (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and some actually justify their existence by taking elements of the original and changing them. The Maniac remake from yesterday is a great example of this. It took the idea of following the killer, and took it all a step further by actually having it take place from his perspective the entire time.
Then you have the remakes who stick so close to the original that their existence is somewhat baffling. Carrie falls directly into that category.
Elijah Wood has had a very strange career. He started in typical kid’s fare like The Adventures of Huck Finn, North and Flipper. Then he eventually hit it huge with the Lord of the Rings trilogy. At that point you assume oh man, Elijah is going to be huge now and headlining all sorts of big movies. Instead, he has been taking roles in smaller movies, and also trying to ensure we are all terrified of him with roles like the one in Sin City.
If you weren’t terrified of him then, watch Maniac. You will never trust Elijah Wood again.
Japanese monster movies are fucking confusing. I don’t mean the movies themselves, I mean the entire genre as a whole. Seemingly every monster has their own series, and each of those series usually has at least one set of remakes. Then every monster that every monster fights spins off into another series and the whole thing is kind of baffling.
A Little more Hitchcock for that ass!
My original opening sentence was “The Birds doesn’t fuck around” in these sense of it promises birds and then delivers some birds. But I take that back as The Birds kind of does fuck around. The titular (I use this word a surprisingly large amount, has anyone else noticed that?) birds don’t do much attacking until about an hour in (the movie runs for two hours). Everything leading up to that point is a very slow build that feels as though it should be boring, but it actually works quite well at increasing the tension before all hell breaks loose.
You know I don’t think I truly appreciated until now just how amazing the filmography of John Carpenter really is. Seriously look at this list – Halloween, The Thing, They Live, Escape from New York, Big Trouble In Little China, Christine, In the Mouth of Madness, that’s a great list. Sure you also have ones like Ghosts of Mars and Village of the Damned, but the good far outweighs the bad.
Prince of Darkness was one of the last remaining Carpenter movies I hadn’t yet watched so…I…I watched it. I thought I had more to say there but apparently not. Onwards!
I’m pretty sure I’ve hit a strange place in my movie viewing decisions when I choose a movie because the main girl from Silent Hill Revelations is in it. Revelations wasn’t particularly good and I don’t even remember her being particularly good in it (Adelaine Clemens is her name in case you were curious) but when I saw her in the cast list I figured I would give this one a shot.
And what do you know, I don’t regret the decision!