April 21st, 2013, 06:26 PM #121
Ok...so I got out to see this today. I have been critical in the past and all that I have heard about this movie made me expect the same thing. A disjointed story more concerned with b-movie cameos, and weak acting anchored by one Sherrie Moon Zombie. Just as I expected...
NOPE, not this time. What a goddamned great flick. Mr. Zombie...welcome. You have finally made a narrative-cohesive MOVIE, with hardly any of the usual distractions. That being said...this is not a movie for anyone under 40 years old. It is a callback to older British influenced atmospheric flicks of the 70's. So much so that it is a damned shame Oliver Reed was not alive to be in this. As far as being groundbreaking or hiding inevitable conclusions well, it's not going to win any awards. But for sheer creeping dread, great cinematography/design, sound/soundtrack, it's a 5 star winner. I was watching and waiting for the inevitable point where the movie dropped the ball. AND IT NEVER CAME. Mz. Zombie was actually fine in the part. It requires her to be confused/stoned and almost catatonic, and without sounding mean, it plays to her strengths. She did that trademark fake giggle 2 times and Kingsqueen and I both agreed that it almost was a dealbreaker. There is a very sympathetic and well drawn relationship between her character and another that also shows Mr. Zombie growing up. And, while it wasn't gross or overly scary, the satanic elements were done with such conviction that it bothered me as a lapsed Catholic. Things do suffer a very stylized psychotic break for about 3 minutes towards the conclusion, but it's buffeted enough that you can look the other way. I actually found it pretty groovy. A few images will tempt you to laugh at the absurdity that's all I am saying...but for the most part this is a VERY very good movie that I cannot wait to see again. Orpheus...this is a movie made for folks like me and you. You would dig this one son. Check it out.
April 22nd, 2013, 12:16 AM #122
I caught it this afternoon, and have to say that I LOVED it. Its the movie that he has been capable of making all along. I say this as a big fan if The Devils Rejects as well.
My view was a little different than yours, JD. I thought that the narrative aspect was thin, thinner than Rejects, and used as a framework for some truly disturbing satanic imagery that hasn't really been seen in a movie with such strong art direction before. I found this to be more of a consistently ominous mood piece that worked from start to finish.
I would have liked to see a couple of changes, like less of a morning zoo style aspect to the radio show, and I think Zombie had the chance to have a much, much more erotic and violent conception scene. Other than that, I loved it and can't wait to see it again before it is out of theaters next weekend.
April 22nd, 2013, 01:04 AM #123
Honestly I was glad the conception scene was as vague as it was. You could argue that it actually worked better that way. This wasn't an overly graphic flick and it might have seemed excessive. And SPOILER
as an animal lover, it was nice to see a beautiful pet not die for once. I hate that in most horror movies violence to animals occurs more often than not. I can watch humans being killed all day long, but when it's an animal I just lose it...so thanks for that.
April 22nd, 2013, 01:52 AM #124
sounds like it's gonna be a release day purchase for me!
April 22nd, 2013, 08:53 AM #125
as it should be!
Originally Posted by Luc SkyBomba
April 22nd, 2013, 12:13 PM #126
Well, damn. I just did not think too highly of it.
April 23rd, 2013, 09:15 AM #127
April 24th, 2013, 02:31 PM #128
Alright, jd and bland have convinced me to see this. I'll weigh in on it later.
April 24th, 2013, 07:18 PM #129
Now, I am tempted. Maybe.
April 30th, 2013, 01:28 PM #130