The Purge has a pretty interesting central concept going for it. The idea is that the USA has commissioned “The Purge” a 12-hour period of time once a year where crime and murder are completely legal and the cops will turn a blind eye. The idea is that this allows people to unleash all of the anger and rage they’re keeping bottled up inside of them. As a result of the purge, crime and unemployment are down to like 1% or something ridiculous. It’s an idea that has a lot of potential for stories to tell.
It’s too bad they decided to tell one of the least interesting stories they probably could.
Here’s how well the Hatchet series has stuck in my head. Before watching the third movie, I spent a good while trying to remember if I had ever seen the second movie. When I finally concluded that I had indeed watched the movie, I went and read a full plot synopsis of the movie online, and even then the whole thing didn’t ring a bell at all. I remembered literally nothing about that movie.
After having watched the third movie, I expect the exact same thing to happen again in a few years should a Hatchet IV be released.
Well, I already covered the found footage sub-genre, so hey why not tackle the other sub-genre everyone says they are tired of – zombies. I remember as early as 2004 when the remake of Dawn of the Dead was released, people were saying they were completely done with zombie movies. Nearly a decade later I can’t even imagine how frustrated those people must be that these movies refuse to go away. I feel similar about zombie movies as I do about found footage movies in that so long as they continue to find unique spins on the formula, I will continue to watch. Zombie movies tend to bust out the creativity far less overall, which is why today’s movie is a breath of fresh air.
Let’s talk Cockneys vs. Zombies.
Here’s a movie I blind bought on blu ray based purely on the concept and the tag line. The concept is a cheesy monster movie, made in the eighties and taking place in New York, starring actors like David Carradine and Richard Roundtree. Now that for me is already enough, but let me lay the tagline out for you. “Its name is Quetzalcoatl. Just it call Q…that’s all you’ll have time for before it tears you apart!” That’s good shit right there. Oh and it was written and directed by Larry Cohen, who also did the movie “The Stuff” which is about a killer ice cream product. I haven’t reviewed that movie for one of these since I try to watch movies I haven’t seen, but I will take this moment to say it’s a movie that everyone should definitely check out.
Anyway, this was clearly a movie that I needed to watch immediately.
Hey guys, they found more footage of weird shit!
This time they have found the footage belonging to a group of Russian soldiers near the end of World War II. They are on, I believe, a rescue mission to retrieve some of their fellow soldiers. Things don’t go as planned however and before long they have stumbled upon a Nazi laboratory where a host of mutant human hybrid creature things are patrolling the halls. These things start picking the soldiers off one by one, although that is still not enough to keep them from filming everything that’s happening.
I know the found footage horror sub-genre is considered tired and most people are done with it. I’m actually still cool with it since they seem to keep finding new things to find footage of. Haunted houses, giant monster attacks, viral outbreaks, dumb things happening in space, all sorts of ideas have been attempted and in my eyes, that’s what has kept the whole thing from getting stale.
This one brings something new to the table as this time they totally find dinosaur footage!
A couple of years ago I made the bizarre and sudden decision at 11:00 PM to head to the nearest Best Buy to attend the midnight launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. I don’t really know what possessed me to do it, but it was certainly the last midnight launch I’ll be attending. By the time I rolled back home at 1:30 AM, I played for a half hour, fell asleep and then woke up when stores were open and I could buy the game anywhere.
There is a point to this I swear, stick with me here.
My main memory of The Nest is seeing the cover at my local video store way back when local video stores existed. I’m writing this before I’ve gone and looked for movie images so hopefully I found it (edit: I totally didn;t), but the cover is just a giant cockroach grabbing on to a half-naked woman. I prided myself on being able to handle a variety of goopy gore in my horror movies even back then, but killer cockroaches sounded way too disgusting for my young mind to handle. Grown-up mind however is completely ready, though that cover is still pretty god damn gross.
I am overall very unfamiliar with the works of David Cronenberg. I’ve seen his remake of The Fly, which is great, and I know he must be awesome as a person because had a cameo in Jason X. That’s about where my knowledge ends. So when I had an opportunity to pick-up the Criterion collection of Videodrome on bluray for a reasonable price, it was an easy sell. I was ready to expand my Cronenberg knowledge since all I really knew beyond The Fly is that his other movies are apparently way more fucked up.
Turns out the people saying those words were spot on.
Ugh, this perhaps wasn’t the best way to kick off my second go of the horror movie a day thing. If you remember (and if you don’t here’s a link so you no longer have an excuse - http://www.totalactionadventure.com/content/octobers-daily-horror-dose-3...), I reviewed the first Human Centipede last October and was a little surprised to find out that I didn’t completely hate it. I certainly wasn’t a fan and have absolutely no desire to see the movie again, but it wasn’t the complete waste of time I was expecting. The sequel on the other hand…