Ah, April. While the 2011 Summer Movie Season is not OFFICIALLY underway yet, April is always known as the month that gets moviegoers geared for the summer to come, as it sees the release of many of the year’s most anticipated films. Which brings me to my review for today (and my first official film review since the Oscars), Scream 4, directed by Wes Craven, and starring Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courtney Cox, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, and Rory Culkin. Does Scream 4 live up to the hype? Does it even live up to the legacy of the original Scream trilogy? Find out, AFTER THE JUMP!
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Happy New Year, everyone! Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays – I know I did. But now it’s time to get back down to business. With that being said, let’s kick 2011 off right – with a movie review! This week – Darren Aronofsky’s “ballet-thriller” Black Swan.
Apparently your generation doesn’t want to see vampire killers anymore, nor vampires either. All they want to see slashers running around in ski masks, hacking up young virgins.
Your prayers have been answered! Movie reviews are back! Well, for now at least…and I’m starting with the most recent film that I’ve seen…Paranormal Activity 2….
Basic Non-Spoiler Plot Summary: Reverend Cotton Marcus, a disillusioned evangelical minister, is “quitting the exorcism business.” To commemorate the event, he decides to participate in a documentary chronicling his last exorcism (hence the title). Choosing a letter (from the hundreds sent in to him) at random, he ends up at the farmhouse of Louis Sweetzer, who believes that his daughter, Nell, is possessed. However, Reverend Marcus isn’t quite prepared for what he discovers…
Let The Right One In
I’m twelve. But I’ve been twelve for a long time.
The Director: Tomas Alfredson
The Cast: Kare Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson
The Release Date: 2008
The Runtime: 115 Minutes
Oskar is a friendless little boy that is constantly bullied at school. One day he meets a strange little girl, and the two develop a sweet friendship. The twist: She’s a vampire.
O.K. Let me just take the official Superfriends Universe stance right now: FUCK TWILIGHT! Ah. There. That feels so much better.
Seriously, though. Remember when vampires were awesome? They were bad ass monsters that you were glad weren’t real. They were bloody, they had fangs, they could rip your throat out and, most importantly, they did NOT glitter in the sunlight. They fucking exploded. The vampires found in the Blade, From Dusk Till Dawn, Dracula and Buffy… REAL VAMPIRES. Robert Pattinson? LAME ASS VAMPIRE.
Now. With that rant out of the way, I present to you today’s DVD of the Day. Let The Right One In is a Swedish vampire movie that goes back the basics. Vampires are dangerous, and bloody, and violent. Yeah, this is a story of a little girl and a little boy and their friendship. But it’s also a story of this little girl going out killing people and sucking their blood.
The story revolves around Oskar, who is essentially the little weird kid that was in everyone’s 4th grade class. This kid is constantly beat up and bullied. Nobody likes him. He meets Eli… who seems to like him back. The two form a cute little friendship, but in the mean time she’s getting her vampire on behind his back. And this movie pulls no punches. It is BLOODY as hell. Once Oskar figures out her secret, will he reject her or will their friendship last? I won’t spoil it, but let’s just say the climactic scene is satisfying for anyone in the audience who has ever been bullied.
You gotta watch this film soon, though, because Hollywood is so damn unoriginal that they remade this film with an American cast and is set to be released in theatres this fall. And as we all know, remakes are never as good as the originals.