Posted on October 10th, 2010 in Uncategorized by Brick Prior

Dark meat.  White meat.  There is no discrimination whatsoever.

There is only FRIED CHICKEN.

THIS.  IS.  TRORROR.

Today’s choice should have been obvious after yesterday’s choice.  Just saying.

THE TRAILER

THE SKINNY

This is a case of a remake done correctly, in my opinion.  The story’s the same- small town + virus = crazy shit, but this version is a bit more intimate and personal.  There’s not a big focus on things happening outside of the town; we’re with these townsfolk until the very end, and the movie is strengthened due to this choice.  It’s simple and it works- there’s no attempt to really jazz thing up with more elements than it needs, Basil Exposition doesn’t show up to explain everything away- the story just moves and chugs as we follow these characters through their journey.

I’M TRYING NOT TO SPOIL THINGS!  WATCH THE TRAILER!  DRAW YOUR CONCLUSIONS FROM THAT AND THIS AND MAYBE SOME OF THESE AND THOSE

Let it be said that I am a fan of the “slow build”- I don’t need a bunch of crazy shit happening all at once in order for me to know that stakes are high.  What makes me care are the little character moments before the shit hits the fan- the comforting moment between husband and wife, the questions for the doctor about that particular family member that seems “off”, or finding someone staring off into space for no particular reason. 

BUT HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM THE ORIGINAL MOVIE?

Like I said, there’s a much smaller focus during this one- we’re watching the denizens of the town rather than hopping back and forth to the military and science people and all that shit.  It makes for a much more intimate experience.

LIGHT SOME CANDLES, WHY DON’T YOU

Hey, shut up- I’d rather get to know characters before they die than watch a bunch of cannon fodder be trotted out on screen just to become worm food- and it’s the characters in this particular film that make me like this rendition of “The Crazies” a lot more than I do the original movie.  There’s more of a focal point with this movie- we’re actually invested in the main characters and we’re not bopping back and forth between them and a military effort.  There’s more than a wonderful hint that something else is going on concerning the virus, but we don’t see the full extent of that- all we see are these characters and what they’re dealing with.  Sometimes, keeping things simple works.

THINGS I LIKED

Rahda Mitchell- I’ve been a fan of hers since “Pitch Black”, so to see her on screen for something like this (“Silent Hill” will be discussed later) was quite refreshing.  Also, Timothy Olyphant- his performance here has birthed a new term in my personal lexicon:  HORROR SWAGGER~! 

I.E.

“He got that horror swagger on- he gonna fuck shit up!”

OR

"Don’t fuck with that guy- he’s dealing with something about horror … and there’s a swagger?”

FAIL

I know.

BACK TO WHAT I LIKED

The car wash kill! Radha Mitchell!  Outrunning  a nuke!  The fact that the government is behind everything!

WHAT I DISLIKED

The fact that no one saw it.  Oh, and… things.

THE VERDICT

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SAMUS IS BACK… AND SHE HAS TEARS!

…but not for this film.  Good stuff here.  Until next time!

Brick Prior will never be tired of Emo Samus.