Critic Review - Eclipse Magazine

This movie borrows elements from several genres, throws the concoction into a blender and what comes out is a dish that is edible, but too soggy to enjoy. Too hipster and meta for its own good.

April 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Eclipse Magazine | Comments (53)
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Comments

Lauryn Marie

Lauryn Marie

This can also be read as: "I didn't understand it so it must be pretentious garbage."

Sorry lady but original and intelligent do not equate to "hipster".

Apr 14 - 10:46 AM

Afotey Annum

Afotey Annum

Co-signing Lauryn's comment.

The reviewer missed the entire point.

Apr 14 - 12:35 PM

Jack Jaffee

Jack Jaffee

Yes Hipster aren't intelligent they are just over dressed. Your so right to say "I didn't understand it so it must be pretentious garbage." Most of the bad reviews are just Horror hater that don't like a fun intelligent horror flick to be considered a good film.

Apr 15 - 08:12 AM

David Petty

David Petty

I second that... only 'meta-hipster' losers use words like 'meta' & 'hipster' in a professional review.

Apr 15 - 12:18 PM

Zach Wisz

Zach Wisz

You guys are all dumb. This is totally unoriginal, it's a ripoff of Hunger Games and Adjustment Bureau, two WAY BETTER movies BY FAR.

Oct 7 - 07:37 PM

Robert Long

Robert Long

Lauryn is right. The reviewer is wrong.

Apr 14 - 12:02 PM

Steven Millett

Steven Millett

You are incorrect. Sorry.

This movie is the best thing to happen to the movie industry in a looong time.

Apr 14 - 12:35 PM

Jordan Laesch

Jordan Laesch

Lost me on the Hipster part, any movie where the jock is smart is not hipster. lol

Apr 14 - 01:02 PM

Anna-Louise Heckles

Anna-Louise Heckles

I am sorry but I agree with the review.
I went to see this today and wish I had not wasted my money !! This movie tries too hard to be funny and forgets that it is a horror. The "twist" is so utterly stupid and we do not have a chance to connect to any of the actors.
But I guess at the end of the day if we all liked the same things the world would be a boring place.

Apr 14 - 02:14 PM

Zac Chrysan

Zac Chrysan

It's not a horror movie, my god... Why do you think it's "forgetting" it is... It's fucking not, you clearly do not understand the movie.

Apr 14 - 07:20 PM

Anna-Louise Heckles

Anna-Louise Heckles

In that I am not a complete idiot I did understand the movie however felt it was not my taste. I said at the end of my comment that if we all liked the same things the world would be a boring place. Just because you like something I dont does not make me wrong - now calm down !! You dont need to fucking swear in every comment you write !!

Apr 15 - 06:29 AM

Lois K.

Lois K

I always like to remind people that everyone has different tastes. But when people write things such as (paraphrasing)"they forgot they were making a horror" it makes me wish you wouldn't post your opinion. Though you help prove that the people who said they didn't like it seem to be the ones that were REALLY looking forward to seeing yet another slasher film/torture porn, and severely disappointed when you had to start thinking so early into the film.

Apr 15 - 02:19 PM

Chris P.

Chris Perkins

You saying that " it forgets its a horror movie" is exactly why hollywood is so afraid to branch out and try new things.

Apr 15 - 12:45 AM

Dmitri Pejakovich

Dmitri Pejakovich

So Anna (If I may call you that), your telling me that during no point in the movie....you werent laughing your ass off?

Apr 15 - 08:37 PM

Drew Clouse

Drew Clouse

The fact that you actually used the phrase too hipster in your review shows you shouldn't be reviewing anything.

Apr 14 - 03:44 PM

Elizabeth Katherine

Elizabeth Katherine

I agree with this review. This was not a real Horror film. The remake of Halloween by Rob Zombie. Thats a horror film. OR any of the Oringal Halloween Movies. IT,Psycho, Texas Chain Saw Massacre, People under the stairs, Hills have eyes (77)and remake for that matter, or The Amityville Horror? This movie is more of a high scale spoof then anything else. The first Three Saw Movies are much better then this.

Apr 14 - 05:16 PM

David Warren

David Warren

Not a very good horror movie and even worse comedy. Once it is revealed that it is a game of sorts then it's not very scary. I didn't think the movie was hip or intelligent.

Apr 14 - 05:52 PM

Ethan Wynsma

Ethan Wynsma

YOU ARE MISSING THE POINT OH SO MUCH.

Apr 14 - 06:53 PM

Zac Chrysan

Zac Chrysan

OMG SERIOUSLY? IT'S NOT A FUCKING HORROR MOVIE. Why are you people so stupid? It's never suppose to be scary in the first place. It's making fun of horror cliches. It's making fun of torture porn, which is EXACTLY what Saw is. You clearly don't get the point of it.

Apr 14 - 07:21 PM

Kerry Cortez

Kerry Cortez

Then why the hell is it under horror genre? The whole freaking trailer makes it a horror movie.

Apr 16 - 11:13 AM

Eric Huston

Eric Huston

I'm sorry, but as a horror movie super-nut.. I was lead to believe that this would be a horror movie, y'know with the fact that it's listed under the horror genre and the fact that reviewers are calling it a "Horror Classic" and a "Horror Gamechanger". Once I saw the movie, I didn't miss the point.. I knew exactly what it was trying to be, a pretentious slap in the face to the horror genre.. and the humor was pathetic, no more than a chuckle left my mouth during the film.

Apr 17 - 12:25 AM

Charlott Grummel

Charlott Grummel

Very right. THIS is the best comment I read about this movie. Even seeing the Meta "tongue-in-cheek" aspect of it, the film does not fail entirely, but to a huge degree - in my view. If I view this thinking it's trash, it's okay. But as a "satire", sorry, it doesn't work for me.

And don't come with those stupid "Oooh, you didn't understand it! Blah Blah" - If you liked this, hey, great for you. But for heaven's sake, please stop ranting at other people because they don't like the movie you liked. That's nonsense and amazingly childish too. I get the feeling some people feel like they have the omnipotent knowledge and their opinion must be the truth. That annoys the hell out of others. If you feel like you have to DEFEND this film...sorry, I think there are better things to do.

Aug 22 - 02:34 AM

Zane B

Chum Chum

Do you need a tissue for your issue? fucking cry baby

Apr 21 - 01:48 PM

Danny Mette

Danny Mette

Do you need a tampon with that comment?

May 1 - 02:45 PM

Alyson Furr

Alyson Furr

Wow. Sounds like Michelle offended a lot of people by giving her opinion on something so important as a movie. Simmer down, Joven and Zac. I didn't see your name in credits. No need to be hostile because of a difference of taste and opinion. It's nonsense and juvenile.

Apr 14 - 09:21 PM

Joven Cruz

Joven Cruz

michelle did u even watch the film?

Apr 14 - 07:52 PM

Joven Cruz

Joven Cruz

no one will buy eclipse magazine, lets ban her magazine

Apr 14 - 07:53 PM

Luke Smith

Luke Smith

What a fool! Calling something hipster because you didn't like it should be grounds for termination from Eclipse magazine, whatever that is.

Apr 14 - 10:24 PM

Jeff R.

Jeff Ritchie

I can't even begin to list the wrong assumptions in this post by Luke S LOL

I see the bandwagon has left the station and anyone who doesn't immediatly leap aboard is being hounded by those who don't understand "difference of opinion".

The movie hasn't open in my Country so no thoughts on it's merits,(actually would be surprised if it got a wide cinema release given the genre), though I find the inability of North Americans to not accepted different viewpoints a bit of a concern.

End of day it's a movie, chill out people/

Apr 15 - 12:33 PM

Kristen Linderman

Kristen Linderman

Please keep generalizing an entire country based on the fanboy opinions found in the Rottentomatoes comments section. It really makes you look superior, really.

Apr 15 - 12:43 PM

Charlott Grummel

Charlott Grummel

Agreed on the unnecessary country generalization - apart from that it is indeed kind of scary how avid the fans of this movie are, bashing at every (if only slightly) negative comment. Interesting that you are labelled as "dumb" whenever you disagree on the merit of a (let's face it) debatable film. People around here need to chill.

Aug 22 - 02:39 AM

Chris P.

Chris Perkins

The movie didn't make you care about the characters enough? I think you kind of missed the point, these were cliched characters on purpose. This is not the "typical" horror movie. I dont mind reviewers not liking movies I like but so many don't like movies because they don't follow a certain formula. Same reason why originality is so far and few between.

Apr 15 - 12:33 AM

Mychael Jones

Mychael Jones

It's not a horror film, but a comedy-horror film. Not that hard to figure out.

Apr 15 - 01:00 AM

Molly Fontera

Molly Fontera

So tell me what's wrong with combined genres? I haven't seen this movie so i can't say how good or bad it is, but come on that's an odd criticism.

Apr 15 - 01:34 AM

Tim Terrell

Tim Terrell

I agree, the critic didn't "get it", but i don't think that just because someone doesn't like it, doesn't mean they don't get it (like with some of the people who commented here who didn't like it. The movie isn't hard to "understand". They just didn't like the idea and I understand why.I had the same deal with 'District 9'. I couldn't stand 'District 9' and as someone whose read, written and watched SF for 30 years, and knows SF tropes in and out, I understood exactly what it was, but had people telling me that I didn't like it because I didn't understand it. I think that is pretentious.

With that said,I had fun watching Cabin. ANd supposedly it's "not supposed to be horror", but it is horror and I was kind of terrified. Besides the creatures and evil forces, the idea of regular working stiffs, sitting in a control room, worshipping a dark force, cracking jokes and having a party while REO Speedwagon plays, as a horrific murder happens in the background? What's that saying? The banality of evil? Yeah, that is frightening to me.

Apr 15 - 01:37 AM

djac

Don Cameron

I really liked the movie, but halfway through I started wondering why people were praising it so much. The twist is given away in the first scene and it seemed like the joke is not giving anything away. I think the hype of NO SPOILERS ruined it a bit for me. Still my favorite movie this year.

Apr 15 - 01:48 AM

Adam Farebrother

Adam Farebrother

No, the fact they were being manipulated wasn't a 'twist'. The twist was the very end part, which was however quite random.

Apr 15 - 03:33 AM

Michael Collins

Michael Collins

Um, I actually think comedic horrors should be banned over all. When they show the commercial or if you click on a trailer, they should just plaster "Comedic horror" before the title so I would have had a chance to say "Oh-okay--I don't want to see that" In another post of mine I stated the plot was rather interesting but the execution was far too silly not to mention a few really questionable supposedly deaths. I still hold to that statement.
Now I realize directors are just really sucking at making real horror films for this generation.
So they sprinkle comedy in the film, to try to balance what they think is a work of art simply because they probably feel the movie wouldn't be given a solid chance from the audience as a scary movie.
In other words their afraid to fail in that category, much like many of these poorly directed fail of a horror films, dealing with rundown abandoned houses. Many of which have been coming out with lately.
So to viewers who praise the film for its comedy, plot and gore--good for you. Good for you for supporting half ---ed films as such.
Half funny, half scary but never fully worth it.
Good for you--now give me my money back.

Apr 15 - 05:36 AM

Anna-Louise Heckles

Anna-Louise Heckles

I agree 100%

Apr 15 - 09:24 AM

Bradley Timm

Bradley Timm

Because we all know that trying new things, mixing genres and implementing fresh angles is a no no. Originality be damned, feed us the norm day in day out, right guy? How exciting to be you.

Apr 16 - 06:42 PM

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