For a low budget horror film from Europe, this movie wasn't that bad... especially if the idea of a group of naked women making out and eating people appeals to you.
I'll admit that the storyline was pretty simplistic, with no plot or character development- but it was enough to me me watching for the next nookie filled munching scene.
What it lacked in depth, it made up for in the camera work and music. There are some awesome shots in this movie, especially with the mixture of normal camera work, and a hand held night vision cam corder. The editing was creative, if a little jumbled, but not to the point where you got lost completely. The scoring for this movie was pretty good too.
If you're looking for a slightly silly, vampire film, then you'd probably enjoy "The Vampire Bat".
The acting isn't that bad, and the sets look good- having been borrowed from many of Universal's movies.
This is a low budget B-movie that is simply fun to watch on a rainy day.
I love supernatural movies about ghosts, demons, poltergeists, and exorcisms. Because of that, I was looking forward to seeing "The Last Exorcism".
The premise was interesting: A preacher who peforms exorcisms has lost his faith, and wishes to expose exorcists for the frauds he says they are. To do this, he takes a small camera crew to his final exorcism. Unfortunately, things are more than they seem. I actually enjoyed the story aspect of this movie. It flowed nicely. If there was one complaint, I would have to say it was the fact that they give the ending away too soon, and lost an opportunity to give us a surprise.
There was some decent acting in ths movie. Patrick Fabian looked and acted like a Southern revival preacher. He brough humour and a natural personality to the character of Reverend Cotton Marcus. Louis Herthum as Louis Sweetzer was equally skilled and believable as a religious father dealing with his daughter's strange behaviour. The rest of the cast, however left me a little disappointed.
The quality of the camera work varied from scene to scene. In some, it was great and looked like it was filming a proper documentary, while in other scenes, it was a little annoying the amount of "shaky cam" was used.
The worst part of the movie, sad to say- was the ending. I could see it coming early in the film, and when it came, it felt overly rehearsed... and not very well rehearsed to be honest.
This film had lots of potential- but wound up disappointing me.
After having watched, "Frozen", I was almost hesitant to sit through another minimal location/minimal casting/minimal title thriller... but I'm glad I did.
Paul wakes up to find himself buried alive in a coffin. All he has is a Zippo lighter, and a Blackberry phone. As time and air runs out, he maintain his sanity, and deal with the demands of those that placed him there... otherwise the coffin will be his final resting place...
Director Rodrigo Cortes filmed "Buried" in seventeen days, and cites Alfred Hitchcock as a major influence on the film.
I enjoy watching single location horror/thriller movies because I'm always interested in seeing how the director will handle it. It's not easy making a single location constantly interesting, but director Rodrigo Cortes manages to do so with the simple coffin in this movie. He uses interesting camera angles, lighting styles, and even darkness to break up what could be a very monotonous looking location. The green colour of the glow sticks, the blue glow of the Blackberry, and the normal light of the Zippo lighter help to create a great sense of isolation and claustrophobia. The tightness of the coffin is further enhanced by the tightness of the camera shots. I was very impressed by the camera work.
Most movies would've shown the actions of those trying to rescue Paul as well. Using a single actor for the entire movie was a bold move- and effective. By staying with the character, you're left to imagine and wonder what was going on outside the confines of his prison. Limiting our perception of the world to just the coffin, we're forced to focus on the character and share in his own worries that nobody was coming. At the same time, by allowing limited verbal communication with others, the story is kept from getting bogged down and helps to add new elements and even develop Paul's character even more.
The premise itself is pretty simple, but very effective. By limiting the location, cast, and props, this story stays lean and focused. There is little to tempt a director into adding "flash" to the movie, which actually made "Buried" more enjoyable for me to watch. The story evolves, and even helps to keep the location interesting by changing it into something more dangerous over time.
I felt that Ryan Reynolds did a fantastic job as Paul. He managed to make Paul an interesting person, and I came to be concerned about his survival. It had to be hard to rely on your voice, and facial expressions to tell your characters story in such a confined space. I wouldn't be surprised if Reynolds had some trepidation during the scenes where the sand was slowly filling the coffin. The faceless voices on the Blackberry were also well done, though I'll confess that I had some problems understanding what the kidnapper was saying at times.
Overall, I found "Buried" to be a suspenseful, tightly written story that kept me interested from beginning to end. I cared about the main character, and was emotionally involved in the events taking place.