Guess who’s upped her film count in a matter of days? This person. You know how you make time to clean the house or plan your weekend. Well, I’ve made time for some film watching and it reminded me that it’s something I need. I need my film time. So I carved out some time to watch some great films.
Pre-Bahrain I spent a fair amount of my weekends in Summer at the cinema. Well, maybe not weekends, but certainly a lot of Friday nights. See, I’m a sucker for blockbuster films.
Sure we get them here. But as I’ve mentioned before, films can tend to be cut. But you’re left guessing as to which films and what’s been cut. The safest thing for a film fan like myself to do is just see the film on the small screen. So while I wait for summer blockbusters, I catch up on other films.
It’s been such a long time since I mentioned anything film related on this blog. I’ve been wondering whether it fits in anymore here. But I tend to over think things. So to tell with the wondering and here’s the last five films I’ve seen. That are mostly not even recent releases.
[REC] 4: Apocalypse was meant to be a return to what made the first one of the best found footage films I’ve seen. Confined spaces. Zombies. Ridiculous weapons to fight off said zombies.
Instead the mythology, set up in the first and second films, has gone a bit weird and off the rails. The film itself lacked any horror or scares. Action was pretty pitiful. The zombies weren’t even scary. Screaming, snarling messes. Everything you think will happen, does happen. The plot has officially been lost with the [REC] series.
The horror film genre is probably one of my favourites. Something about sitting in a dark room waiting for something to happen but not knowing exactly what will happen. Well, that’s what a good horror film should be. In my eyes. It’s funny. I don’t actually get scared when watching horror films. I very, very rarely jump. Things have to engross me a heck of a lot to get a jump out of me. And yet, I just get some sort of kick out of horror films.
For me it’s all about films like The Shining, Scream, The Blair Witch Project, The Devil’s Backbone, An American Werewolf in London, Event Horizon, The Thing, Alien, Jaws, The Orphanage, [REC], The Cabin in the Woods, Final Destination.
Sadly, the horror genre’s not exactly got a good reputation. Things can get real schlocky and way over the top gory. As what happened with the Saw genre. Or just plain boring, as with the Paranormal Activity series. Or just tired and predictable – Sinister, I’m looking at you.
Thankfully, my faith in the genre’s been put at ease with two films. One new. One fairly old. Let’s start with the old.
Tucker & Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are attacked by a group of preppy college kids.
It feels like it’s taken me forever to sit down to watch this film. Well, nearly three years according to the original release date which was back in 2010. Was it really that long ago?
A quiet Sunday afternoon seemed like a good time to sit and watch Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, with the family. After all, my dad had been saying he’d been wanting to watch a comedy for a while. Meanwhile my mum is a little sensitive to onscreen violence.
Well, we all laughed our guts out. Even my mum. Though, her laughter was definitely more of the “This is hilarious! But I shouldn’t be laughing at other people’s pain!”. I reassured her – those kids deserved it. I have never seen my mum hide her laughter as much as she did while watching this film.
A little bit like how The Cabin in the Woods disassembles the typical horror film, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil reverses it. With a bit of a sweet message behind it. Or was that just me seeing that?
The humor is perfect. Every single comedic moment had me either nearly busting a gut laughing, or actually busting a gut laughing. Hysterical laughter. Not seen a film that’s had that effect on me in a long time. A lot of that has to do with the hapless hillbilles – Tucker and Dale. Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk are the perfect pairing. I’ve always been a fan of Tudyk’s comedy roles. (Yes, even in A Knight’s Tale.) And yes, Wash from Firefly was a favourite of mine. He’s got great comedy timing and never misses a moment here. The chainsaw scene was probably my favourite – HILARIOUS! Oh and the college kids attempt at storming the cabin. Actual laugh out loud moments right there.
As horror comedies/parodies go, this is up there with Shaun of the Dead and The Cabin in the Woods. Hoping it’ll be the indie classic it deserves to be.
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (Viewed: 27/01/13 | Rating: 4/5)
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