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28 Days and counting [Jul. 9th, 2003|09:45 pm]
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I used to be very deeply affected by things that happened in the movies. The first time I tried to watch The Terminator, I fled the room because of the murder of the other Sarah Connors. The second time we watched it I had an hysterical crying jag because of the inhumanity of the death of innocence.

Man, have things changed since then.

We went to see 28 Days Later tonight, and when the zombies tore Sandra Bullock to shreds I didn't even flinch.

Kidding aside, I have to say that a movie rife with blood, guts, chase scenes, and zombies really ought to be scarier than this. There was only one really suspenseful scene, about midway through the movie. After that, the movie makes a dramatically wrong turn and stops being a zombie movie. It turns instead into a Mad Military Commander movie in which zombies are a clever plot device.

This in not what zombie movies are supposed to be about.

Zombie movies are desperation stands against time, dusk, and detection. They should be sneaky until they can no longer be sneaky and then they should be Final Stands. Is it formulaic? Yes. They're zombie movies. Formula is the key.

This movie proves that abandoning the formula doesn't work. And, like The Blair Witch Project, doesn't manage to stand up to its reputation for scariness. There were a few suspenseful scenes, but again they were fairly early on, and the end wasn't scary at all.

A horror movie who doesn't make me scream (and I am the queen of screaming) doesn't qualify as a horror movie. I screamed during The Ring. I screamed during What Lies Beneath. On the Scream-o-Meter, this movie was a zero.

Go see T3 instead. That was fun.

From: (Anonymous)
2003-07-09 08:30 pm (UTC)
Then again, 28 Days Later isn't technically a zombie movie. I didn't think it was bad, just the shift from a sciene fiction movie to some kind of humanity drama was odd. Not bad, just unforeseen.
I liked Pirates of the Caribbean better. :) Sad, I know.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-07-10 03:30 am (UTC)
1) If a movie promises to be scary, I want to be scared.

2) The "humanity drama" was beyond trite. The moment we saw the major, we knew he was an Evil Madman. And the whole "dress you up so we can rape you" bit was phenomenally contrived.

And when did the bike messenger learn to be Rambo?

The early parts were very cool. It lost focus, though, and that was unfortunate.

On the whole, I found it dull and silly. Silly I'll forgive if you make me jump and scream. Dull, no.
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[User Picture]From: lyssabard
2003-07-09 08:30 pm (UTC)


Bugger. Dammit.

(I need to see "The Ring", too.)

Maybe Rob Zombie's was better...there's a man who knows his shit, after all! (was it Night of a 1000 Corpses or some shit like that? I just saw it listed today!)

*kicks the ground, pouting*

Maybe LXG and Pirates then...
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[User Picture]From: shawnj
2003-07-10 05:05 am (UTC)
Bleah. I hated both The Ring and What Lies Beneath. I'll refrain from ranting about either one for thousands of words ;)

But yeah, you're right about zombie films. They need to have a similar formula. The only exception to that where it worked outside of the formula was a movie called I, Zombie: A Chronicle of Pain. It isn't really a horror movie, but instead a very interesting drama.
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[User Picture]From: blairwitchgreen
2003-07-10 07:04 am (UTC)

The Ring

The Ring is a great example of a damn SCARY <\i> movie! I went to see it one weekday afternoon after it had been out for a few weeks, and I was the only person in the theater. At first I thought this was cool-creepy, but by the end of the movie I was thoroughly freaked out and being all alone in that dark theater was positively UNCOOL-creepy. I was chilled to the bone and as soon as the credits rolled I fled the place at a near trot.

I agree with you on 28 days, I posted my comments over on Ferrett's thread.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-07-10 07:40 am (UTC)

Re: The Ring

We saw The Ring on opening night in a packed theatre, which was great fun because people kept "squeaking" and then giggling at themselves, so there was a great feeling of cameraderie.

We had the advantage of having already seen and loved the original Japanese version of the movie, so had a good idea what was coming, but it still made us ALL scream.

I know some people disliked it, but I thought it was great. They did a decent job of following the Japanese version, which is really good, too.
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[User Picture]From: law_witch
2003-07-10 11:23 am (UTC)

Re: The Ring

Ok, I'm gonna have to re-rent The Ring - see, I FELL ASLEEP trying to watch it. I don't know, maybe it's just me, but I didn't find it scary at all (but then my real life has been scary enough lately, so maybe that's the reason???)

I WILL be seeing Pirates tomorrow with my daughter - woohooo!

so skip 28 days or wait for it to come on cable??
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-07-10 04:36 pm (UTC)

Re: The Ring

Intersting. then again, I found nothing scary about The Blair Witch Project and other peole say it scared them to pieces.

Many mixed reviews here on 28 Days. I'd say cable - at least the first half is good.
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[User Picture]From: shawnj
2003-07-11 01:37 pm (UTC)

Re: The Ring

I'm glad I'm not the only one that didn't like The Ring. For me it just fell flat and relied too heavily on "cat jumping out of a closet"-type scares for it's own good.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-07-10 03:38 pm (UTC)

Re: Grrr

You see, I agree with your review. The first part was definitely great, but the wrong turn wrecked it for me. If it had continued on the original vein, I would be giving it much thumbs-up. The switch to Bad Army Mans fucked it up.

I'm just not as forgiving of fucking up as you are, and may I remind you that you were complaining on the way home, too.
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[User Picture]From: envyu
2003-07-11 09:22 am (UTC)
sandra bullock is in the movie?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-07-11 10:05 am (UTC)


Uh, no.

It's a joke.

A number of people initially believed that "28 Days Later" was the sequel to "28 Days."

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[User Picture]From: law_witch
2003-07-12 01:11 pm (UTC)

Oh . . . holding my sides and gasping for breath . . . that's perfect!!!

Go WAY back in time - the Exorcist has just come out - my friend thought it was a sequel to Exodus!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-07-12 07:52 pm (UTC)
Well, in a way....

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