Present-day Afghanistan. As continuing battles rage in the war-torn country, a unit of U.S. soldiers are dispatched to seize and control a strategic road that runs past an abandoned stone house. En route, the soldiers discover an ancient stone statue hidden deep within an ancient ravine. Using the relic for target practice, they destroy it, unwittingly releasing a vengeful supernatural force that is about to wage a horrifying war on them.
The relic is actually the figure of a god, and by thoughtlessly destroying it, they are visited by an apparition in the shape of a beautiful woman. See DVD cover to see what I mean.
This film is basically a no-brainer. The location feels real enough. The acting is commendable. But for some reason the kills and horror didn't quite grip me. I spent a lot of time wondering why our soldiers would deface and destroy what is obviously a piece of local art. Since when do we feel like we have the right to go into a strange country and blatantly start shooting at temples and objects of worship?
But in spite of that one nagging problem, this movie stacks up to be a decent Saturday afternoon flick.
1. Because it was an older story that had already been with a publisher, and
2. It was a horror story. But in the land of romance novels and romance loops, and after being with a primarily romance-focused publisher, it didn't sell well, so
3. Once the contract was fulfilled, and I got my rights back, I felt it was still good enough not to hide in a drawer.
4. Therefore, after some research, I decided to go the Amazon Kindle route to sell it as an ebook. I also bought it a new ISBN. Plus I went with Lulu to make it into a print edition, so I can sell it at book signings.
(The results? It's doing VERY well over on Amazon!)
This Australian flick has been around for a while, but it's just been released in the U.S. I'm glad it finally made it.
A father discovers his daughter was drugged and raped, and left to die after the four men who filmed themselves doing it to her released the tape as a porno flick. A copy of the movie is sent to him anonymously, and he sets off to punish the men responsible.
The brutality is often off-camera, but your imagination makes up for it. This is no "professional" going after the bad guys a la Liam Neeson, in Taken, but an average joe who has nothing left to live for but revenge. It makes for very realistic fight scenes when these men scrabble for any handhold they can get on each other.
The movie is not so much in-your-face, as it makes you feel like you're right there witnessing everything. Stark. Well acted. Believable.
Which is why my recommendation is a hearty:
and get a gently used copy for your library. You may not rewatch it countless times, but you'll want one for yourself.
Followed the links until I found the original here. This anti-zombie night table is just the thing for people who want additional protection during the night. The only problem foreseen is that there's a huge honkin' nail where the bat/leg goes, which could be a problem should you step on it. Or if you get knocked down and fall face-first on it.
Of course, if you're a frail female like me, a plain ole' pistol under the pillow might be a better idea.
Thanks to a friend's notification, I was able to catch this on HD cable for its one-night-only showing. Unlike the original REC, which I watched dubbed, this one was in Spanish with subtitles. I didn't mind, though. It got to the point where I was too busy watching the screen to pay any attention to what they were saying anyway. After all, it was pretty much the same thing: Hurry! Run! We've got to get out of here! Ahhh! (And, of course, the frequent f-bomb.)
This story could legitimately be called REC, Part 2, since it takes place 15 minutes after the first film ends. The horror and gore have been cranked up, but the story heads down a path I really wished it hadn't. (Not a real spoiler here, folks:) A priest is brought into the building, and he convinces everyone that the "infected" aren't really infected with anything manmade. They're possessed. We even see a few tight scenes of attempted exorcism.
But other than that one minor quibble, this movie is unabashedly in your face frightening. And the ending will leave you with a sick, vomitus feeling in your stomach - I promise!
In fact, get them both!
(Psst! Side note, as of this blog, yes, there will be a QUARANTINE 2, the American version to follow this Spanish release!)
I remember reading a review for this movie while it was still in production that said this movie should never have been remade. It was lumped into that horrific pile labeled "remade classics", the likes of which included Rob Zombie's Halloween and the new Nightmare on Elm Street. And I was among those who put this movie on my Do Not Rent list simply because I have an overt fondness for the originals. But when I found out Radha Mitchell was going to star in it, I became intrigued.
You see, I've never seen Romero's original of this movie, so I really had no personal experience to go by. As time went on, and I began to see movie stills and the teaser trailers, my interest grew. Finally, I decided what the heck. Let me see if there's any merit to the movie by its own account.
Oh. Damn. And in a good way!
True, it's another one of those "oops, the government goofed and dropped some toxic cargo in a small town's water supply, so now the military is having to come in and contain the populace before word gets out" sort of movie. But the director has taken this scenario and put some real chills into what could have been a lackluster film. The victims don't turn into zombies, but into crazed killers who slowly disintegrate before our eyes, leaving you as the viewer unable to decipher who's infected and who's not.
I may rent the 1973 version, just to compare. But in the meantime I heartily recommend that, for this version, you
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