Not much to say other than enjoy Part Four of Horror’s Not Dead’s 2008 Retrospective. Wasn’t a bad year, but now that all the major titles are in it, it wasn’t, as I like to say, good sex.
Hopefully as Gregg Bishop’s big break whether he continues with the genre or not. We’ve all seen more than our share of horror-comedy hybrids, but few strike the delicate balance DANCE OF THE DEAD does. While the budget may show in the casting department, it never limits Bishop’s winning ambitious style. It’s not silly, but it’s not super serious. It’s just right all around.
I gather the impression “DEAD SET” was a success in the UK in so much as it wasn’t a failure, likely condemning it to no loud trumpeting whenever it crosses the pond, leaving behind its cultural relevance. Very few horror sites buzzed about it, but for my gambling money this is the one project most over looked by the AICN/TWITCH/BD/AITH/CHUD consortium.
Oh well, all that means is “DEAD SET” will remain a gory, brutal oddity that could never and will never exist outside of British Television. It tales the birth of a zombie apocalypse as it orbits the cast and crew of Brit hit show “BIG BROTHER”. The usage of the set and stars gives the whole production an otherwise unachievable sense of tangibility. Plus the whole thing is brain craving coolness.
As far as zombies go, “DEAD SET” is 2008’s best.
Who Made it: Electronic Arts
As the reboot of a gaming niche grown lethargic. DEAD SPACE, released on PC, 360 and Ps3, was a swift kick of innovation to the action/survival horror arena. More important than how clever and fun the game is, is the fact that Electronic Arts, factory of sequels, went out on a limb and created DEAD SPACE as an all new property.
In addition to the game, Anchor Bay released an animated DEAD SPACE movie in addition to a comic series. That’s a lot of content for a hopeful tent pole.
Due to its very limited release I haven’t seen EDEN LAKE despite it being recommened on multiple fronts. All the same, I’ve heard good things, which I cannot say for the unrelated WICKED LAKE. Also not to be confused with EDEN LOG.
Overdue and underwhelming. Then again, does Bruce Campbell dissapoint even when he is dissapointing? The Chin is kind of like a wizard, arriving how and when he intends to, not how other people expect him to. He has slid into this crack where he is shielded from greatness, but immune from failure.
With wrath by anyone who has seen [REC]. History will remember QUARANTINE as one of the most unnecessary remakes ever. Not because [REC] didn’t need a remake (though, for the record, it didn’t), but because the American stab at Spain’s huge hit is a pathetic, creatively bankrupt, decision free frivolity. The thing is a shot-for-shot remake.
I refuse to say that it is a bad movie as I can admit there is no way in which I can be objective regarding it, but it is a fruitless one. There is no reason to recommend it over [REC].
As a number in a growing series of number. Fans may remember it as, chronologically, the first in the series in which Tobin Bell’s Jigsaw was dead throughout (though, of course, not absent), but those who have gotten over clamoring for SAW sequels will find no motive to think any different of the once potent franchise. SAW V is a mess. The messiest of all the SAW messes, by all eyes.
Don’t know, haven’t seen it. Buzz was mixed, so at most SPLINTER will be a footnote. Given that it is the end of ’08 and Top 10 lists are blossoming, its truancy from almost all lists I’ve seen is a good indicator of what that footnote will indicate.
As a PG-13 MTV horror movie whether MTV films had anything to do with the movie or not. I made a promise that, barring obstacles, I would see every horror movie that came my way from now on. There was no obstacle holding me back from THE HAUNTING OF MOLLY HARTLEY, I just refused to see it.
FEAST II is a piece of shit as sloppy as the name implies.
Dave Payne’s REEKER series is an unsung hero in the Straight to DVD world. It is an original property with an interesting after-life antagonist. The premise is predictable (after nearly avoiding an accident a crowd are stalked in the desert by an unknown force), but the casting department keeps things fresh and Payne throws in plenty of pleasing moments. I liked the first REEKER well enough and NO MAN’S LAND is just as good if not better.
With ease LET THE RIGHT ONE IN will be remembered as the best horror film of 2008. I’ve gushed about the film in the above linked review and I’m sure everyone has read equal praise around the tubes, so I don’t need to sing it here as well.
Who Made It: Valve Corporation
The most fun anyone can have playing a horror themed game in 2008. If Valve maintains their proven track record of releasing new content, LEFT 4 DEAD may will carry on as the most fun anyone can have playing a horror themed game in 2009. I’ve poured several hours a week into this game since its release, even if that slows down slightly, it’ll perk right back up when Valve opens up new levels.
As a reminder why pet projects are called pet projects. No one loves a pet the same way their owner does.
TWILIGHT is not a horror movie, but because of the vampires it was intrinsically intertwined with our neighborhood and thus would have looked strange were it not remembered in a year long look back. I suppose that isn’t a bad thing, considering Catherine Hardwicke set a world record for highest box office take by a female director. If at this point you don’t know what TWILIGHT is, who it and the young-adult book series it was based on are intended for, well, you need to crawl forth from your pop culture cave.
I cannot remember a more missed opportunity with an amazing title than THE GIRLS REBEL FORCE OF COMPETITIVE SWIMMERS.
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