Thursday, February 26, 2015

Digging up the Marrow

In the past you could be surprised by a movie, hard to believe I know.  There are whole websites devoted to nothing but movie spoilers now.  Even if you don't look at those sites the information filters down to you through Facebook or other social media sites. 

I went into "Digging Up The Marrow" knowing as little as possible.  Writer/director Adam Green has kept most of the details about the movie secret, and that's a good thing.  I could have dug around on the net and found out more, but I chose not to. It was the right choice.

The absolute best way to see this movie is to go in blind.  Just start watching and slowly get dragged into the world. 

I'm not going to give any more details here, just watch it. 

Ray Wise really knocks it out of the park in this movie.  He's always an actor you can count on to deliver a great performance, and he's at he top of his game here. 

I only have one real complaint about the movie.  The weird jazzy soundtrack at the beginning seemed out of place. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

 I went to a convention this weekend and they had a very interesting panel.  They got the cast of "A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge" together and let them reflect on the movie.  It was very cool to see the whole cast and hear their stories about the film. 

The whole cast, the venue was pretty small too.  Easy to get seats. 

Clu Gulager and Robert Englund

Director Jack Sholder, who also directed "The Hidden"

Robert Englund

Sunday, February 01, 2015

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)

This is how you do a remake.

This is one of the best examples I've ever seen of how to remake a movie. Inside of doing a standard remake, this movie took a different route.  It acknowledges the events of the first movie and even that there was a movie made about the events. It builds on the events of the original and makes its own mythology. 

The movie has an interesting style where it cuts in shots from the original film, and it's very different from the standard slasher fare. The actors all look age appropriate too. One of my biggest pet peeves about horror movies is when they have a 35 year old playing a teenager. 

Congratulations to diretor Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and writers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, & Earl E. Smith for delivering a great horror film.