Hills is something we haven't seen in a long time:
A bloodbath with a good script. A damn good script. I'm serious.
1st act has your usual mood setting but also some good characterization.
It's incredibly violent, of course. And has your usual "scare" moments when the soundtrack suddenly spikes. But it isn't as bad as with other movies (The Grudge, etc.)
Here's where it gets interesting. I actually started to care about the characters. I was actually rooting for someone. I can honestly count the number of times this has happened to me with a movie on one hand.
So go see this movie. If you've got kids, bring them too. They need to be desensitized at some point.
Seriously? A good script? that's the last thing i thought as i watched the preview. But if it's this highly recommended, i suppose i must take a gander. It's not just the usual "wow, look at the freak chase that guy/girl around with some kind of farming tool" that the Texas Chainsaw Masacre was? (I now feel hypocritical, because i love that movie)but you've now got me intrigued.
Damn, am I the only man on the planet who enjoyed the remake of the TCM? Oh well, i'm use to being the outcast. Anyway, you've definitely got me intrigued about this movie, and i'll probably see it tomorrow. Now, i'm putting faith in you and in the Nation on this; if it sucks, i will have to think of something evil and mean-spirited to do to someone else, since i can't really do it to you.
You're not alone. I liked it as well. I didn't like it as much as I liked Dawn of The Dead (which is possibly my favorite of any of the newer horror movie and remakes), but it was a decent attempt. I think people are quick to mouth off how much a movie sucks when the truth is, very few "horror movies" are actually going to scare anyone as if it were 1979-1981.
I purchased the original last week, in anticipation of the new one just released. I watched them both within days of eachother. This was a very well made remake. The script in parts is identical to the original, but there are some minor changes. The new one did a lot better of a job at explaining what was going on, and portraying the mutants as mutants. The original mutants didn't look that different from people I see at a late night trip to Wal-Mart. I can't say that either of these were great movies. But, take them for what they are- a blood and guts horror film, and it gets pretty good marks in my book.
By the way, I remember reading about a Scottish clan in the 1600s. The clan was outcast from society and sent to live in the hills. They made their keep through banditry and cannibalism. I have to wonder if this true story was the inspiration of these movies.
What about saw and saw 2? Although they could have picked better actors... they're recent, REALLY FUCKED UP, pretty scary, and IMO a great plot. I cant wait for the 3rd to come out.
Other movies out by Rob Zombie are House of 1000 Corpses, and the sequel The Devils Rejects. Both are more disturbing and fucked up than scary, but I guess when you get a "disturbing and fucked up" vibe, you get a "scary" one too.
I personally hated the ring. Didnt see the second, maybe I'll give them a/another shot one day when I'm bored.
28 days later, forgot about that one. This one I liked as well, reminded me of an independant film sort of and I liked the whole idea of survival. Was that an independant film?
Saw 2 was a pretty good movie with a poor ending. Saw 2 definitely bit off more than it could chew with all that was going on during it. Saw 1 almost worked because, even with all the plot twists, it was still pretty simple. And if such a simply movie can still pull a surprise ending like that, that's pretty cool.
Nothing I disagree with, however, I personally would put Dawn of The Dead before 28 Days Later. The script and dialogue was just written better. Through most of the movie, they weren't just acting like stupid "horror movie victims" and more like people might act in that situation. After seeing Batman Begins and Redeye, I like the lead of 28 Days though. He's a good actor and plays the hell out of every role he's in.
I hope the sequel to The Grudge at least matches the original.
My friend who saw it with me said the new version is way better than the original.
Oh yeah, someone mentioned waiting for the DVD for the extra footage. Keep in mind you're sacrificing the atmosphere of seeing the movie on the big screen. Unless you don't like that, missing the 2 minutes shouldn't be a problem. There's plenty of gore.
The original was better, but I found neither to be the least bit frightening or memorable. "The Audition" is the only horror movie I've seen in a very long time that had any lasting effect on me. That is one disturbing movie. I really need to see more of Takashi Miike's work. "Ichi the Killer" is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen.