If you know the original cult classic MANIAC from 1980, with horror make-up legend Tom Savini (who also had a cameo in the original), you'll have an idea what to expect for this reboot. The original was disturbing the remake is on a whole new level due to the fact that the movie is mostly shot in first person view (Similar to Resident Evil video games) so you see everything through Frank's eyes (Elijah Wood), who I have a whole new respect for on an acting level, is totally absorbed in this character, it's kinda scary. The movie makes you feel like your the one doing his terrible crimes and your suffering from schizophrenia. The plot is simple: A psychotic man, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in NYC, kills young women and takes their scalps as trophies. He finds the perfect woman in a photographer named Anna.The score doesn't help matters either, it is downright chilling...You can hear right away from the opening score that it is a homage to the 80s with some cool synth sounds and throbbing baseline. This score is mostly electronic with some piano. It really fits when you think about the 80s film and score. This movie definitely stands alone as a shocking, hopeless, dark journey. I don't shock easily but this movie is intense, probably the most realistic, chilling I have scene in decades, no joke, The cinematography and lighting was near perfect. With no CGI, all make-up and practical effects with a gory turnout, talk about psychological impact afterwards! LOL Damn! THIS WAS A HORROR MOVIE I WILL NEVER FORGET....I have to give it 5/5 unbelievable....
The ending was bizarre, I will say that. Rob Zombie appeals to a smaller audience. He doesn't make movies for blockbuster success or to please the masses. He has managed to make 2 iconic movies in my opinion "House Of 1000 Corpses and The Devils Rejects" 2 movies that are among my favourite in horror over the past 20 years. I really liked Halloween also. H2 is my least favourite of his films although I loved the opening scene! I didn't like what he did with the characters in H2. The Lords Of Salem focus's a lot of bizarre visuals and dream sequences as Sheri-Moon Zombie has nightmares and starts becoming possessed and taken-over by the Salem witches. A mysterious wooden box containing a vinyl record arrives for Heidi (Sheri-Moon Zombie). Later she plays it on-air (she is a DJ) and it consumes the Salem woman with it's deep uncomfortable repetitive noises. The score is mostly composed by John 5 (Marilyn Manson) and is very deep, bizarre and unsettling. Good choice Rob! The plot is simple, the movie stands out as unique to what we normally see and has a 70's vibe to it, At times it reminded me of Rosemary's Baby. Sheri-Moon Zombie definitely gives her best performance to date, which is good because she is the lead in the movie. I will forever see her as "BABY" though. Dee Wallace and Meg Foster is always a treat in a horror movie! Holy old naked lady scenes!? Was that really Meg Foster baring it all!? JEEZ! The movie is dark & dreary and the imagery and lighting effects work well, his direction isn't solid in the movie but good enough. My only critique would be, I would of liked it to move a bit faster, although it kept me interested in it the entire time. This movie will not sit well with many people as it deals with satan, the occult and the witches of Salem story, it will be hated by many, which is fine, if your not a fan of Rob Zombie, don't see the movie. If you enjoy his movies, your in for a surprise, not your typical Zombie movie. I liked it, I didn't love it like House Of 1000 Corpses or Devil's Rejects but it was good. 3.5/5 stars.
So my expectations were through the roof for this movie, that normally gets me letdown, however this movie was spectacular for a "re-imagining". Fun, eerie, dark, bloody, gory, 80's new generation slasher of our generation! Horror fans rejoice!! I can't imagine what the UNRATED version is going to be like!! Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi did not dissapoint fans by any means, It's been 30 years since the original one came out which for it's time was incredibly gory with a hint of comedy. This "re-imagining" changes up the characters, with a twist at the end but still remains simillar overall. I noticed they even showed an old car like Bruce Campbells in the original (Delta Oldsmobile) all abandoned sitting outside the cabin. This movie is not a direct remake, but all rules apply; Book of the dead, heavy thick woods with fog, dreary colours, the cabin, the classic tree branches rape scene, the storms, the music, the bridge they can't cross, the fast panel lens zoom in the forrest when the spirits are coming at the characters and yes even the chainsaw LOL
This movie isn't all CGI either, they spent alot of time with make-up, prosthetics and probably ten's of thousands of dollars on fake blood. I actually liked that they didn't use the character of "ASH" in this, because fans would be far to sensative to accept a new "ASH" and expectations would be impossible, so they did it smart. I felt like It was a movie from the 80's only with more advantced prothetics. I was looking forward to the pencil in the ankle scene, but aside from that I was pleased. If your not a "horror fan" that loves Rated R 80's slashers and cult classics stay away from this movie, I wouldn't then suggest seeing a light spooky PG-13 film with a light spooky plot and piddly jump scares like Sinister, The Unborn or The Possesion. I will say there is something at the end of the credits. Nothing huge but something.
I liked the first one, documentary style. I had high hopes for this one to explain the ending of the first. They could of done so much with this! Making it solid! The first movie at least felt authentic and intriguing. Overall Part 2 was boring, not scary one bit, There was no build up, a few fake-out scares and a poorly scripted plot. The trailer is as good as it gets! As much as I love Ashley Bell and think she is an incredible actress, the movie was awful, predictable and the finale was 10 minutes on a table with nothing happening. No bending in obscene angels like advertised on the poster never happens. I'm really disappointed with Eli Roth, normally I love his movies! (Hostel, Hostel 2, Cabin Fever) and looking forward to his new movie coming out called "Aftershock". I can say if it wasn't for Ashley Bell's acting the movie would be a total write off, but not even she can save a terrible movie! I have to finish by saying Nell is no Carrie....LOL Leave the random fires to her when she's on a rampage! LOL If they do make a Part 3 I can guarantee you in will go straight to DVD, I don't think this movie is going to do well at the box office :-(
I didn't have high expectations for this movie, but wanted to check it out because it had to do with aliens! I was hoping it wasn't going to be ridiculous like Signs was. I found the movie to be creepy and intriguing. It didn't rely on cheap ploys like most PG-13 movies (Insidious, Woman In Black, Sinister). There are no gimmicks really. The movie did a good job at applying the common known myths of alien abductions and all the signs that go along with it when a family or "person" has been chosen. If they overdid it showing aliens all through the movie I think it would have taken away from the creepy factor, I also think showing them in the dark was very affective! Sometimes it's what you DON'T see or don't fully see in daylight that leaves lasting impression. I got shivers a bunch of times throughout the movie, mostly during the camera feeds and the ending! Aliens are scary on there own, put them in houses looking like shadows behind you or in dark room when there's not one thing you can possibly do to make them go away and i get goosebumps!!! Sure they could of shown a bit more earlier on in the movie but I still think overall the buildup was good, it was uncomfortable at times and you really weren't sure what to expect next. The standing still staring with wide eyes and an open mouth into the backyard was eerie too. A few parts stood out from the trailer but overall still surprises. I found myself a bit distraught leaving the theatre with the images of the alien silhouettes in my head LOL