Saturday, August 14, 2021

THIS ZOMBIE FLICK IS WORTH SEEING

 BLOOD QUANTUM



This is by far one of the best and most original zombie flicks I've seen in years. Character-driven, with plenty of human drama, it is filled with action, blood and violence, and one horrendous scene I've never seen in any movie about the living dead. Great script and direction, the film is set on the Red Crow Reservation in Montana, and there is some dialog spoken in the actual Apsáalooke language. The superb cast is made up of mostly Native American actors, and they deliver. The movie takes place in 1981, when an old man gutting dead salmon notices that the fish are coming back to life, as does a dead dog. Six months later, well, it's apocalypse time; within the first 10 minutes the film starts kicking ass. For some reason the Native Americans are immune to this strange necro-virus, (which is, of course, never explained), although if bitten they can turn. One group of Red Crow tribesmen is trying to save uninfected white folks, while another group is using them as bait to destroy the zombies. Yes, one character uses a samurai sword (because "A sword doesn't have to be reloaded."), but no one uses a bow of any kind, which might have been a cliché, considering that we're dealing with Native Americans. There is a lot of family drama herein, too, as well as a love story. The living dead shamble about until they smell "food," and then they attack quickly and savagely. I was very surprised by the special FX, the zombie kills and such. There are also a few very cool, old-school animated scenes that illustrate what appears to be future Red Crow legends of this zombie pandemic. I think this movie stands out above so many others and is a superb example of what a little creativity and imagination can accomplish in bring something a little new and different to the genre. If you enjoy George Romero's films and The Walking Dead, you're sure to like this one.






A REWARDING SURPRISE

z

Z . . . I really enjoyed this effective little horror film. Smart, tight script, beautifully filmed and directed, with solid performances by an excellent cast. It's about a little boy - creative, imaginative but troubled - who has a monster for an imaginary friend. Or is Z imaginary? This film had me wondering if it was a psychological drama, a supernatural horror or a straight-up monster flick. Atmospheric and suspenseful, and with a few neat twists involving the boy's mother. The film offers no easy answers until the climax and the final scene, when all is made clear. This is another film I missed when it first appeared, and I decided to watch it, thinking I was going to see some schlocky "monster in the closet" knock-off. How wrong I was!



 

THE DEEP ONES

 DON'T BOTHER WITH THIS ONE

I've seen many cinematic travesties of and insults to the works of HP Lovecraft, but this one is THE WORST! It's really bad - and not in that good, fun way. Just terrible. It's like some drunken teenagers got their hands on a camera, hired some porn queens and some ham actors from Central Casting and made a movie while stoned out of their minds. You know it's bad when the director cites Robert Altman and Rosemary's Baby as influences on this piece of celluloid crap, but says Lovecraft experts will enjoy it. Then the leading lady says, "But what do experts know?" This flick has about as much to do with HP Lovecraft as Shakespeare had with space travel. They had no more business making a movie than I do performing brain surgery. I have nothing good to say about this one. Definitely NOT recommended. Go watch Re-Animator and Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn, instead. THE DEEP ONES TRAILER


HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

 GET OUT!


I am a huge fan of Jordan Peele's US. He brings something new to the horror genre, from a different perspective, and really knows how to weave the threads of plot and character into an interesting, creepy and suspenseful tapestry. He makes intelligent films. Last night I finally got to see his earlier film, GET OUT, and it had me spellbound. All the clues are in the film, and I sat there wondering, "WTF is going on?" It's another very creepy and suspenseful film, well-acted, well-written and well-directed. Act three is the pay-off, and the finale answers questions and pulls off some nice surprises. Like US, GET OUT is a horror film without monsters - supernatural monsters, that is. The monsters are all too human. Highly recommended. Another film of his that, for me, is worth owning. Get Out Trailer



Friday, June 18, 2021

HAIKU FRIDAY

Alien Infestation


Delta Variant
Mutation and Replication
This virus is smart.




Friday, June 11, 2021

TOMORROW IS NOT GUARANTEED

 Haiku Uncertainty

Dystopian angst
No fate but the one we make
Future jeopardy.



Wednesday, June 9, 2021