Made just before Zack Snyder took up permanent residence on the slo-mo button in his edit suite. Lots of people with limited imagination consider the original Dawn' to be untouchable in the world of horror films, personally I've grown to much prefer this one. Yeah, it's pretty much a music video with blood visually, but it's fast paced, exciting and fun.
The original is ponderous old bollocks where some people in in terrible make-up shuffle around suffering from terrible editing and utterly gonad music. Also, Romero himself has admitted that the mall location came about by chance as an island was his first choice and the 'satire on consumerism' angle was attached by critics after the event. The original is fun, but not the fucking grail some bumwits would have you believe.
Little known mini-budget film about a chap whose girlfriend has been taken off to hell so he uses an ancient book to summon a demon who he instructs to go and find her. However, before it does, the demon demands to be told the story of how they met and why he would risk stepping on the cusp of hell to summon a demon to assist him.
It's a curious film, with some artsy visual touches, but it was shot in three days, is nicely original, has a very funny script and the acting is good, especially Jeremiah Birkett who plays Lo, the demon. Unlike so many films, it ends well, too.
Breaking into song in a film is pretty unforgivable though.
Bloody cheekbones on Viggo Mortensen, I'm sure the man must have some form of Lego brick DNA. I'm only really pointing that out as I have the kind of pliable, doughy facial features that never appear to settle on their intended form, a bit like a duvet gently rolling down an incline.
Anyway, I remember when this film came out, lots of reviewers (real ones, not this old bilge) wanked on about what a powerful anti-violence message this film has. Well, that's a load of drooping tits.
To briefly summarise this film:
Man has problems, solves them with violence. Ends.
The only anti-violence scenes are when some people briefly cry a bit 'cos it's all so, er, violent.
Student takes a job monitoring a forest for fires which involves being isolated in a hut in the woods for 30 days. The plan was she would use the time writing her thesis but she soon gets distracted by spooky goings on and it's unclear whether it's her active imagination. The film itself is nothing out of the ordinary but the twist is something a bit different.
Better than the average film of its type (ie I am about 20 years older than its target audience) and embarrassingly enjoyable in parts. A college kid spans Europe with 3 friends to track down his pen friend. Keep a look out for several cameos including Matt Damon, Joanna Lumley, Vinnie Jones and Lucy Lawless in arguably her finest performance.
Vinnie Jones' swearing 10/10
Madam Vandersexx 10/10
An undercover private plod infiltrates a bunch of anti-corporate activists and can't decide whose side she's on. Good effort although it could've done with being a little more ballsy in its depiction of the profit-over-people practises of big business, plenty of examples in the real world to draw influence from.
A lady psychologist in 1880's California puts on a wig and goes to a house. Other people turn up and talk about things they're afraid of. Turns out there might be a vampire or something. When she's wearing the wig, she really, really looks like Christopher Walken.