Dead 2, The: India Review - Dread Central
So with The Dead 2: India we get a distressingly poor story delivered with superlative visuals, but also important and not yet touched on are the zombies themselves. How does the approach of the brothers Ford to their shambling undead work out? Well, put it this way: If zombies happen to push your particular fear buttons, this film will scare you half to death. Like the original, the zombies are a magnificent mix of Romero and Fulci's approach to the living dead, realised with some excellent prosthetic and makeup effects. They're slow as molasses and easily outpaced, but quicker than expected to swarm and inescapably determined once prey has been noticed. Scenes of Javed and Nicholas driving through darkened outback roads as each passing walking corpse slowly makes a grab for the windows of the vehicle are toe-curlingly effective and testament to how well realised the persistent threat is. Every moment is fraught with peril -- every closed door or darkened room could be housing a member of the undead ranks, and going to sleep is a genuinely terrifying proposition (the fatal consequences of which are explored more viscerally in the first film).
The zombie attack scenes are, for the most part, well executed and tense; and these, combined with one particularly horrific setup which forces Nicholas into making a devastating moral decision, give glimpses of the nerve-shattering survival horror that our directing duo strive hard to perfect. It's a shame, then, that we find a complete package that more often tests the patience than it does the nerves and could regretfully thus only be recommended for ardent zombie fans and those confident that the woeful plot and performances are unlikely to impede their enjoyment of some of the scariest zombies seen on-screen in years.
The MPAA Say Eli Roth's Green Inferno Is Aberrant, Roth Fills Me In On What It's Really About - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors
I like this point from Eli Roth...Ahead of Eli Roth‘s cannibal movie The Green Inferno premiering at The Toronto International Film Festival next week, the MPAA have – coincidentally, I assume, as they have no jurisdiction North of the border – awarded the film an R rating and explained why.
Rated R for aberrant violence and torture, grisly disturbing images, brief graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use
TIFF’s Midnight Madness Blog makes a pretty good gag about this rating:
Check out Roth’s past MPAA scorecards. His violence started as “strong,” then went to “brutal,” then “sadistic,” and finally to The Green Inferno‘s particularly evocative “aberrant.” That’s called “growing as a filmmaker.”
I don’t want to analyse it too much but I always, in my own writing, feel very strongly about certain things. The Green Inferno, in the main, is about the main character, the daughter of a lawyer at the UN. He does everything by policy, and he tells her you can’t just run in with your phone and be a cowboy and change things over night. She thinks that because she can stream and tweet and blog… it’s like Kony 2012, that’s what the movie is about.
Everybody bought these T-shirts and said “it’s terrible, it’s terrible” but do you think Joseph Kony’s tweets made a ****ing bit of difference? You can make all the YouTube videos you want but it doesn’t mean anything. It’s not the way to get things done. In The Green Inferno, these kids have this fantasy that they can fix everything with their phones but they get their asses kicked.
Why it Took 7 Years for U.S. Audiences to See Horror Movie 'Mandy Lane,' Starring Amber Heard - WSJ.com
I'm shocked that the Weinsteins had a hand in this taking so long to get released. Shocked, I tell you.
I liked You're Next, but yeah, nothing new at all. Decently entertaining slasher, though.
And yeah, JD, Ti West as an "underground documentarian"?? Hilarious. The Innkeepers was one of the most overrated horror movies of the past few years, IMO. But I liked House of the Devil.