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Cloverfield (2008)

Posted: July 1, 2009 in Creature features

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Set in New York, this film follows a group of twenty-somethings gathered together for a night of fun, drinks, and dancing as they bid farewell to a dear friend set to depart for Japan to work. The soiree is in full swing when an unexpected power-outage and what seems to be an earthquake rattles the guests, drawing them to the windows of the apartment highrise. They soon realize, this is no earthquake, but an attack on the city of Manhattan by a strange and terrifying force. Cloverfield is a story of survival, through the eyes of a young man with a camera, documentary-style.
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For those familiar with the work of director Matt Reeves (Let the Right One In), Cloverfield’s pre-production was met with curious anticipation and high expectations. Clever marketing and Reeves’ insistent hush hush on the project created quite a buzz for this upcoming flick. Though upon it’s release, it was met with mixed reviews. I’ve heard both sides of the story, some didn’t like it because they were weary of other documentary-style films. It was compared to The Blair Witch Project because of it’s shaky camera shots, as well as Quarantine, for it’s night-vision sequences, however I find it strange to compare the three based on these attributes. They did not distract from what I believe to be a fantastic story.
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Movies like Godzilla and King Kong have fascinated audiences for decades…This was the perfect time for a modern take on the concept. Who doesn’t love a movie about unknown beings, monsters, aliens or what have you, wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting citizens of a major city? No one, I should hope, or that may just be my sick pleasure. I appreciated the candid nature of the film, watching the increasingly perplexing and horrid events unfold as a small group of friends struggle to stay together and alive amidst the widespread panic and destruction of their environment. There was no warning, no explanation, just a sudden series of unfortunate events of which they were powerless to stop.
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I viewed this film knowing essentially nothing about it. I had not been in any particular hurry to watch it, as one of my downfalls happens to be taking too much into account the word-of-mouth reactions of people I come across when it comes to films. I need to break this idiotic habit, because I really enjoyed this film. In contrast, while the style of filming didn’t bug me, the man with the camera did. Comedian T.J. Miller plays “Hud”, a friend of the party’s guest of honor. His ceaseless commentary meant to make light of the shitty situation grated on me throughout the movie and I have to say that I wasn’t terribly concerned when he bit the dust.
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What I most appreciated about this flick was the abrupt ending. So much was left up to interpretation which for me is the pinocle of decent filmmaking. Was this city-wide attack a retaliation? Who was this creature and why did it freak the fuck out and kill everyone? Watch, and you decide for yourself. This film is exciting with good effects, and several “OMG WUT” moments, and yes, even a love-story. Totally awesome, I give it a 4.5 out of 5 thumbs upz, a real nail-biter.

The Thing (1982)

Posted: December 7, 2008 in Creature features

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Set in the Antarctic, a bunch of scientists are posted up doing research and whatnot. They are just hangin out and everything is great until this dog shows up and messes up everything. The group becomes confronted with some sort of lifeform that can assume the identity of whatever it kills.

Now, if you’ve never seen this classic I would highly reccommend doing so as soon as possible. I would say this is one of the better horror flicks of all time. The special effects were groundbreaking in the 80s, and they still hold up as being pretty out of this world. There are some things in this film that really make you wonder what kind of depraved weirdoes came up with this shit. Examples:

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Here is a clip from the movie. This scene is FUCKED UP: