For fans of the original and for the younger generation horror fans, I am here to give my approval for Fede Alvarez’s new take on The Evil Dead. He has a clear understanding of what the “spirit” of The Evil Dead is and crafts a stellar and worthy upgrade. The marketing campaign claims that this will be “the most terrifying film you will ever experience,” which is not too far from the truth. Each horror fan will have their all-time fave but what you expect horror films to do Evil Dead does superbly. You will jump, your heart will race, you’ll cover your mouth and your eyes, and your brain will twist and twist. Maybe it won’t be the hands down most terrifying film you will have ever seen but it will definitely be one of them especially in the past five to ten years.
Knowing that [REC] is the movie that Quarantine was based on, you may be hesitant to go see this movie. I’ve already gone over the difference between the two and reviewed the sequel which continues right from where this movie left off so it’s about time I finally reviewed the original.
I consider myself a horror movie connoisseur as I’ve been watching horror movies since I was a kid. I understand that the standard for judging horror movies generally have to be lower than other movie categories and that really good horror movies are few and far between. Then you have those guilty pleasures where you know it’s an enjoyable movie because of the killings and horror scenes even though the story itself is really nothing special. I just love that roller-coaster ride of fear and panic that a good horror movie can send you on.
All that being said, I really have to admit that in my opinion [REC] is the scariest movie I’ve ever seen. Once everything started spinning out of control my heart was racing and by the end of the movie I was literally up off my couch freaking out.
The Descent caught me off guard on how scary it is. Good horror movies are so hard to come by. What I most especially appreciated about this movie is how primal it is. The characters recognize what they have to do and take a stand against impossible odds. This is survival of the fittest. Hunt or be hunted. I compare this movie to the original Predator. Lost in uncharted territory and dealing with an unknown creature or creatures. The Descent forces its characters to enter a savage kill or be killed mentality ‘descending’ them towards madness.
Finally, a fresh take in the “found footage” horror genre. This movie is “bugged” out in the literal sense of the word. If an infestation of bugs is on your list of worst fears then this movie will freak you out!
The Bay takes you for a ride of widespread panic as we watch an unexplained and fast-spreading outbreak takeover the unsuspecting town of Claridge. The community members try to enjoy their annual Fourth of July Festival. Unfortunately for them, deadly microscopic parasites infest the bay that hosts their festival and caters their drinking water.
First off, I recognize I never actually reviewed the original REC even though I already compared it with Quarantine and now I have this review posted. I intend to go back to it but I already had this review ready to go so I decided to post it ahead of my review for the original REC. (Update: Finally posted my [REC] review!)
***SPOILERS FOLLOW. READ ONLY AFTER WATCHING REC AND REC 2…***