Friday, November 28, 2008
Everything about this film seemed to somehow be simultaneously better and worse than I expected. The characters are ridiculous, but I didn't find any of the actors performances unbearable. The movie seems to try to be a clever mockery of 50's sci-fi, ends up mostly failing at that and doing bad slapstick instead, but then somehow works on a different level as a sort of weird meta-mockery of itself.
Be sure to watch for the Vespa explosion. It's the finest usage of special effects in a vehicle crash, ever.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
In all of the movies, there are social issues addressed, usually involving feminism. The film goes out of its way to put women in classically-male roles. Keep an eye on the construction crews, the telephone repairman, etc... All sorts of little touches like that can be seen througout the series.
And the paint only extends to their faces. Their hands are usually still fleshtone.
As if that wasn't bad enough, the zombie attacks are even worse. The victims scream half-heartedly for a few seconds, then just look bored and look around absent-mindedly while they're being chewed on by the zombies.
At one point, a man's explanation of the lake and how it came to be filled with nazi zombies lasts about 1/3 of the movie.
This one is just painful to sit through on all levels.
The sorority house is supposed to be a place where a man killed his family, and this is illustrated by stitching the death scenes and most of the end of Slumber Party Massacre into a completely different storyline in which 2 or 3 of the girls and their coach are the killer's wife and daughters.
When you get to the shower scene, listen for the weird squeaking sound effect added every time the soap touches her. Unfortunately, funny little things like that are the high points of the movie.
Be forewarned, there is basically no dialog in this film. This isn't a problem for me, but with American audiences today that won't even deal with subtitles... I'm aware not everyone might not be up for an hour of silence.
You do however get to see some great dinosaur/etc stop-motion effects, Harryhausen-quality stuff. There's also the best use of an iguana to simulate a dinosaur that I've ever seen, an effect that I never expected to see done successfully.
This is also the film that this much-used clip of a claymation t-rex fighting a tricerotops comes from. Very good, classic stuff.