I collected Leonard Maltin movie guides as a kid.
I know it’s a total cliche, but it has to be said in this case: they just don’t make movies like this anymore.
The fact that Landis so effectively balances an eerie setting, a loving tribute to Universal horror, and a genuinely funny tongue-in-cheek tone without ever descending into parody or self referential bullshit is wonderful. Added bonus for fantastic dream sequences too.
Certain 80s movies have a kind of wild reckless abandon when it comes to telling a fun story that will never be captured again, and this is absolutely one of them.
Halloween 2018, to me, was built on two things rare in slashers: likable, believable characters and great direction (look no further than the one take tracking shot of Michael killing randoms in their homes).
This one eschews all of that, to the point of being hard to believe that it’s the same crew. It seems to have one MO throughout, forcing you to empathize with characters you just met 2 minutes before solely due to the brutal way they’re killed.…
This movie has style for days and plot for minutes. An absolutely stunning visual treat slightly let down by the glacial pace and the perfunctory third story (Hoichi the Earless) that could’ve been 30 minutes shorter.
Still, the mood and atmosphere that Kobayashi creates is unlike anything I’ve ever seen, and it’s worth watching solely for that.
I hated this movie. Like really, unconditionally, passionately hated. And I usually like Jarmusch a lot.
Nothing in this film worked. The humor was forced and the jokes were so deadpan that nearly every line fell with a flat thud that you could hear as no one reacted in the theater. There was hardly a narrative or a point to this movie. Okay, so zombies are a symbol of our worst selfish desires. Great. George Romero said the same thing…