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Tue 14/10/03 at 09:39
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Some thoughts.

* That dead dog at the start looked really fake.
* What’s with the Kung fu kid?
* Liquid latex, lots of fake blood and one (admittedly) cool mask do not a gory film make.
* It takes an age to get started.
* That “party guy” cop was seriously irritating.
* What’s with the different times the disease takes to manifest? Some people seem to rot in hours, some longer
* the dead body in the reservoir was nasty (when the kind falls on it. Predictable, but still nasty)
* the leg shaving scene was naff. Liquid latex again.
* the kid “I’ve made it!” then getting shot, was ripped straight out of Dawn of the dead
* why did it degenerate into a cheap rip off of “The Thing”. Hell, it even lifts a line “We should prepare our own meals”
* choppy editing made the film distracting
* why the voyeur scene when he goes for help? Why did he not mention the house and occupants to the other members of the group when he returned?
* the harmonica down the throat was really, really stupid.
* those rednecks decided to kill the group *really* quickly
* The “whats that rifle for?”, “that’s for the [email protected]@ers” play on words was really funny.
* the two lads go for help. The girl turns up in a house, silence. Then the skater kid jumps out on her. Cheap “spring loaded cat” scares are very poor, and were old after the first film that used them (Alien)

Still, kudos for trying, and the sooner the self aware style of Scream type horrors are buried, the better. I like my serious horror serious, and comedy horror like “Brain Dead” or “Bad Taste” but above all, gory. Cabin Fever was entertaining enough regardless of the points listed above (I love ALL film) but this is not the saviour of modern horror like some websites and reviews have claimed.

Hurry up “Undead”. Hopefully this, although tongue in cheek, will be a better film. With Pete Jackson doing his long hoped for remake of King Kong (whe script is available on www.simplyscripts.com. It sucks) the torch has to be passed on.
Tue 14/10/03 at 16:46
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what do you mean by that ?
Tue 14/10/03 at 16:44
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Hence the use of parentheses.

"ideot"
Tue 14/10/03 at 16:41
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Possum wrote:
> lol, underworld. . . a horror ?
>
> What an ideot.


I wasn't calling you an ideot, just the guy that thought it was a horror.
I think it was intended to be a horror movie but there was nothing scary about it, just some class action sequences. I would class it as action.

And as someone else wrote in a review I read, there is not many wearwolfey and vampirey things about it, as in like they don't go round drinking blood from people or anything like that, all they do is jump from great hights and land. And only like 2 sequenses where the 2 species are fighting, the rest of it was with guns. It woulda been so much better if the last scene where they're all fighting in the base was if they were all fighting as the mutated creatures they are.
Tue 14/10/03 at 13:19
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Yep.
The ice-bath, the party, the "hospital".
Ack, it's making my skin crawl just thinking about it.

*shivers*
Tue 14/10/03 at 13:14
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Goatboy wrote:
> I think the last time I watched a horror movie that even slightly got
> to me in anyway was Jacobs Ladder.
> I can't put my finger on it, but that haunted me for days, still
> does.

Fully agreed. Jacobs Ladder freaked me out for days after I saw it at the cinema when it was first released. Horrible, dirty, grimy film.

The screenplay is worth tracking down. It describes in more detail what the platoon do to each other under the influence of the drugs they are subjected to. Very, very nasty.

Best shot. When his squad member reaches down for the coin (or is it car keys?) and then zip off screen. the resignation on his face is haunting.....

Oh, and the ice bath sequence. Awful.
Tue 14/10/03 at 12:57
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28 Days later left an impression, but that's faded.

Beyond that, I find very few things disturbing.
Tue 14/10/03 at 12:55
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I think the last time I watched a horror movie that even slightly got to me in anyway was Jacobs Ladder.
I can't put my finger on it, but that haunted me for days, still does.
Tue 14/10/03 at 12:52
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Few horrors can compare with Jeepers Creepers. That movie is one of a kind. A unique, unsurpassable masterpiece.




No, wait... it's the biggest pile of $hit I've ever seen.
Tue 14/10/03 at 12:47
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Possum wrote:
> lol, underworld. . . a horror ?

What exactly would you class it as then? A coming of age drama? An exploration of the human condition?
Werewolves and Vampires like it or not, I would class it as a horror / thriller, although the only horror apparently, it the film itself. Oh, a quick look on IMDB lists it as an Action / Fantasy / Horror / Thriller. Seems a fair enough classification.

> What an ideot.
>
> And I thought the bit at the beginning of Cabin fever where it's
> saying who's in the film and it has the white blank screen which is
> slowly turning into the virus . . . I thought that was cool.

Aye, I must admit, that was nice. The main actor in it "Rider Strong" sounds a little too much like a porn actors name for me though ;)

> With a few tiny alterations, that could have been a sequel or
> prequel to 28 days later.

Don't quite where you are going with that. Like what? The disease? If that was changed, then the whole Infected aspect would have totaly changed the nature of infection. Slow flesh eating disease causing paranoia and mistrust v something that causes the victim to tear people up after 30 seconds. A slight change in pacing methinks.

> And I also thought it would of been more of a horror film if the
> first guy that had the virus that turned up at their cabin didn't die
> when he ran off into the woods and he was chasing them through the
> movie cos he was scary as hell I thought. I didn't think he was dead
> when he ran off on fire because just before it cut to a black screen,
> it started to rain.

One of the aspect of choppy editing I was talking about. He is set on fire, and starts running into the woods. Before he's even out of sight WHAM. Different shot in another location.
Tue 14/10/03 at 12:36
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lol, underworld. . . a horror ?

What an ideot.

And I thought the bit at the beginning of Cabin fever where it's saying who's in the film and it has the white blank screen which is slowly turning into the virus . . . I thought that was cool.

With a few tiny alterations, that could have been a sequel or prequel to 28 days later.

And I also thought it would of been more of a horror film if the first guy that had the virus that turned up at their cabin didn't die when he ran off into the woods and he was chasing them through the movie cos he was scary as hell I thought. I didn't think he was dead when he ran off on fire because just before it cut to a black screen, it started to rain.

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