Posted by: Peter Hall
There is an implacable aura to COLD PREY other modern slashers may not find relief in purely because it is Norwegian. Not that Roar Uthaug’s film (top that name, by the way; I feel manlier just saying it out loud) gains any particular insight by its residence that would have gone undreamed written in any other tongue, but it’s stale first third is ventilated from a Yank perspective by a country of origin not known for its slasher pictures. Once the co-ed band of skiers are established within the setting of an abandoned lodge atop a snow cap, the cultural barrier dissipates and what remains is an above average game of mouse and masked colossus with a pick axe.
If you ever wondered what a slasher from Norway would be like, and I can’t imagine why one wouldn’t concern themselves with such important matters, turns out it is exactly like an American slasher. FRITT VILT is eating at a Subway in Europe. It’s familiar, you know what’s on the menu, but the people behind the counter speak a different language. Okay, so maybe that part is none too different. They serve beer, though, so that’s cool, right? Either way it’s the same and not the same and that latter not grants an inexplicably fresh air to the proceedings.
Posted by: Peter Hall
The first week of January boasts the best title of the month, EDEN LAKE. Finally had a chance to see it thanks to this DVD and I loved it. Expect a review in a bit. Not for the faint of heart.
Don’t know much about the other three, except that Eliza Dushku drops her top in THE ALPHABET KILLER for WRONG TURN director Rob Schmidt.
The Man Eater series breaks into 2009 with YETI. I’ve seen almost all of this series and none are good, but a few watchable in the best drunken way. Cough, CROC, cough. I love me some cryptozoology, though, so I’m bound to be an eventual victim of YETI.
In anticipation of the remake, which I think looks like a blast and I’m bummed I’ll likely miss in theaters, the original MY BLOODY VALENTINE gets a special edition DVD that seems not to skimp on the materials. Haven’t heard of HIT AND RUN.
MIRRORS (review) may prove to be the make or break point of Alexandre Aja’s career. I’m a fan of HIGH TENSION and in love with THE HILLS HAVE EYES, but his remake of INTO THE MIRRORS is as much a mess as the Korean original. Not worth picking up.
No one asked for BOOGEYMAN 2, so the Universe delivers a BOOGEYMAN 3. SAW V (review) is the new low-point for the once pioneering franchise. I haven’t seen REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA, Darren Lynn Bousman’s ‘rock opera’ musical, nor have I heard too high praise for it, but I will eventually get to it. I’m a big fan of Anthony Stewart Head, so I’ll stomach Bousman’s grungy style to see Giles once again.
Perhaps, though likely not, better known by its native Norwegian title FRITT VILT, COLD PREY is a slasher title I’ve heard good things about for a while now.
I liked the first VACANCY. Don’t think its great by any account, but I like it just fine. VACANCY 2, of course, was not necessary, but I’ll give it a shot because I have a crush on THE WOODS’ Agnes Bruckner.
If I recall correctly, reader Sean almost a year ago mentioned how awful GUTTERBALLS was and I’ve yet to see or hear anything that contradicts his assessment.
SHARKS IN VENICE (review) is one of the most disappointing, misleading Sci-Fi channel movies ever made.
Die hards can grab their collector’s edition of REDNECK ZOMBIES.
Closing out the month is the oh-so-cleverly titled SINGLE BLACK FEMALE.
Netflix’ing the Month:
- EDEN LAKE
- COLD PREY
- MY BLOODY VALENTINE
- REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA
- VACANCY 2
- THE ALPHABET KILLER