Okay, the title is a little misleading, *cough* a lie *cough*, but I only thought of the idea yesterday, so I was late before I even started. The plan is to watch one horror movie a night, for each night of October up to and including Halloween and give my thoughts on them. Not so much as a review, but just describe how the films made me feel, what they made me think, did I enjoy them, would I recommend them… okay, I guess maybe they are reviews.
My brother and I used to watch tons of scary movies when we were younger. He wanted to be a movie makeup and effects person, I just loved horror and the supernatural. Given all the films we’ve seen over the years though, I didn’t want to re-watch things that I already had an opinion on, so I’m going to watch ones I’ve never seen before.
Since I’m behind schedule, I watched two movies last night. Wes Cravens first movie and Sam Raimis latest terror flick.
It’s a tradition for me that once the kids stop showing up for candy, the decorations are put away and the lights are turned off, I watch scary movies while eating nachos with a dip made of cream cheese, salsa and cheddar. Okay, as traditions go it’s not the most imaginative, but I like it.
There are a lot of zombie movies out there but Pontypool is different. No guns, no machetes, axes, swords or chainsaws. The gore is minimal and most of the violence happens in the viewers imagination.
I first heard about the movie from an article on films that take place in only one room, this one is set in a small town radio station in the basement of an old church. Since everything happens in just this one location it really places the viewer in the shoes of the main characters. We, like them, can’t see what is going on in the world. The reports about the outbreaks of violence are something we only hear via the calls from the stations traffic corespondent and interviews with the police. The atmosphere builds as we try and build a picture of what’s happening in the world outside of the station.
I liked Pontypool, it’s a refreshing take on the Zombie genre, even going a different route with the method of infection (which I won’t spoil) and I loved the emphasis on suspense over brutality, but it wasn’t perfect. I think it would have benefitted from a few more script revisions. Instead of building the clues to the mystery into the conversations with people on the outside, they rely on an info dump in the third act from a character who literally comes out of nowhere. In addition, their version of the zombies themselves is a cool idea, but really high concept. It probably works great written, but is difficult to try and convey on screen.
Overall, the acting is great and it’s a movie worth watching, but I also would not mind watching a re-make that tweeks things a little to allow the viewer to figure things out and maybe fleshes out the infection better so that it makes more sense when you discuss it after the movie is over.
I had a handful of good Halloween songs in my library, three to be exact, Dragula and Living Dead Girl by Rob Zombie and Micheal Jackson’s Thriller. I wanted more to play for the people out trick or treating tonight and had been in search of Kill of the Night by Gin Wigmore for a while. They finally added it to the Canadian iTunes store just in time.
This sent me on a quick search of the Internet for Halloween songs and got me downloading classics I already knew, but did not have, like Stevie Wonders Superstition , Bad Moon Rising by CCR, Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Öyster Cultand a couple of Chris de Burg songs (well, truth be told, I bought an entire Chris de Burg album because I had lost my CD) Don’t Pay the Ferryman and Spanish Train.
Then I bought a couple I knew less well, but really liked when I heard the samples like The Devil Went Down to Georgia by the Charlie Daniels Band. I had heard the name before, but never the actual song, or if I did, It didn’t stick in my head. I also bought Bad Things by Jace Everett. Most people probably know it as the theme song from True Blood, but I had only heard small pieces because I usually skip forward through the opening credits (sorry above the line production people, no offense intended).
Hopefully that’s the end for today, I did just get paid, but still, shouldn’t be buying so much music when people are already asking me what I wan’t for Christmas.