Friday, May 11, 2012

28 Weeks Later

Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo 

Rated: R  100minutes

Fox Atomic/DNA Films (11 May 2007)

From IMDb: Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes to plan.

I have to admit, that zombie movies have never been my favourite. I can't explain it. I think my first exposure to zombies was watching Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' when I was a kid. Since then, I've been asked many times "have you seen that Zombie move?" and I always answer "no". 

While surfing the satellite one night for something to watch, I stumbled across this movie. I read the guide's description of the movie and figured, hmm, why not check it out. I have to say, within the first 15 minutes I was hooked. It was one of those movies, that you just couldn't turn away, you had to keep watching to see what happened.

The jist of the movie, as the description says was how a quarantined city tries to survive this virus. Easily spread, by just spitting on people, the people soon start turning into zombies. A father and his kids are reunited, while their father holds a terrible secret about what happened to their mother. 

I found the movie quick paced, fill with action. There were not many parts, where you are sitting and watching and thinking hurry up already,something happen. I thought the special effects, makeup effects quite good as well. 

I'm sure, all the zombie enthusiasts out there, would have a better movie than this to recommend to someone just starting out with zombie based movies, but I was pleasantly impressed with this movie. It sure turned me on to zombies and made a fan out of this horror movie addict. 

Overall, I'm going to give this movie 4/5.

Bidding you bloody nightmares,

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Grave Encounters

Director: The Viscous Brothers

Rated: Not Rated

New Video Group: October 18, 2011

93 Minutes
From Amazon: Ghost Hunters meets Paranormal Activity in this horror film about a team of paranormal investigators spending the night locked inside an abandoned asylum.

When I first heard about Grave Encounters and saw the previews I expected it to be a complete pile of dog crap. I thought it was going to be corny as hell and a complete waste of time. When I watch a movie I can usually tell within the first 5 minutes if I'm going to like it or not and what type of movie it will be. I didn't get that with Grave Encounters. I think that maybe because my expectations were so low for it that it seemed WAY better than I imagined. At first it comes off as a little corny and, I won't lie, I was a little annoyed that they so blatantly ripped off Ghost Adventures but took Aaron out (BOO!). I mean, there are a TON of similarities. It's in total GA style so, chances are if you like GA then you just might like Grave Encounters.

The movie starts off with this guy who is talking about this show Grave Encounters and that these films haven't been edited in any way except to cut out some time so they could fit 76 hours of footage into a movie. Then the movie starts with this guy (who looks like Zak Bagans) who does an intro for the show and how they are going to do a lock down inside this haunted mental institute for 8 hours. Then they do some interviews and a walk through complete with duct tapes (GA style). They set up cameras around the facility and set up an area for their "tech guy" to work from monitoring things. Then they get locked in and begin their investigation and things just get better from there on out...pretty much.

I won't lie, there are some corny parts in there but the film quickly picks up and by the end, you'll love it. The corny bits in the beginning won't even matter. The only reason I am bringing that up so much is because most people will see the corny stuff at the beginning and think "This movie sucks already!" and shut it off, well don't! It actually gets good by the end with a few good scares and some decent effects in there. Definitely check out Grave Encounters, I'm sure you'll like it and if not, at least you probably jumped a couple times.

My Rating: 4/5