I dabbled with GI Joe dolls when I was a youth, but I wasn’t interested in their story, what they were fighting for, or even what their names were for that matter. I just wanted them to be durable, and figured “GI” anything would suffice. Why? Because my dolls were meant to withstand endless tests of endurance and punishment. My trucks of death (Tonka because they were tough and in turn would also need to survive some degree of brutality)…
I'll watch any movie with my name in the credits :)
I participated and appear in this documentary and even if I didn't, it would be near and dear to my heart. It's the story of a cottage industry - the local "brick and mortar" videogame shop - and its future chances against the inevitable world of digital distribution. The movie asks the question "as ownership goes digital, what gets left behind?".
To date, I've only seen the rough cut.…
I saw this in 2012 when Netflix was still pretty fresh to me and loved it. It felt like I had found a hidden gem until I joined Letterboxd in 2018 and discovered its rather low overall rating while logging in movies I had watched.
I do like the narrative style, a reporter who is reviewing various video clips from an ecological disaster (where she was also reporting from at the time) tying people and the events of the day…
Several men are shot, one is stabbed, a woman is drowned, another is killed by a rattlesnake bite. There’s even a bride who gets impaled by an arrow. NIGHT OF THE STRANGLER!
I believe a snake was harmed in the making of this picture. Unless the production crew suddenly got super competent during the scene where a snake gets bashed up and it was some sophisticated prop, a snake got bashed up. That was the most horrifying moment in this movie.
It’s a work of art, a swath of style and contradiction. It’s a zombie movie with its own canon. It’s equal parts Lynch and Raimi. It’s foreign to an American like me, yet it’s in English. It’s a love story in a unique triangle. Its ugliest images are some of the most beautiful I’ve seen in a horror film. It’s a buddy film with a parallel universe Curly Howard as the buddy. It’s The Walking Dead-creative-killing 20 years before Dead was born. It’s gothic and simultaneously hip.
“I’d give my life to be dead” - Dellamorte
It is absurd. And it makes perfect sense.
Felt very much like a spiritual successor to The Blair Witch Project, which is a good thing because I’d like a good alternative and most found footage movies don’t do it for me. A few genuinely good scares and an overall spooky vibe make this “haunted house Halloween amusement in a REAL haunted house” reality film a winner. Almost definitely better on a rewatch, too, as there are lots of quick peeks at weird stuff and I’d be cheating if I rewound and paused.
A top 10 horror found footage movie!