Nov. 12, 2006, 7:37 a.m. CST
But it does have style. Did not convince me of any 'special skills' McKee might have tho. Would have bombed in theaters anyways.
Nov. 12, 2006, 8:02 a.m. CST
This might actually be a sincere endorsement.
Nov. 12, 2006, 8:09 a.m. CST
I had this really weird feeling reading this, as if it had already been posted, I'd scanned over it, and then it was gone when I returned for a closer reading. Did this in fact go up at some point temporarily, or do I just need better drugs? Anyway, after May and the Masters of Horror thing, pleased to see another Lucky picture out there, even if its fate belies his name.
Nov. 12, 2006, 8:12 a.m. CST
...a commentary was recorded for this disc, and some features prepared and then ditched. This is either an attempt to use a cheaper disc (DVD-5 rather than DVD-9 he says, wondering what the hell he means) or to try and force a double dip on fans. Evil
Nov. 12, 2006, 8:15 a.m. CST
by El Cimarron
I dont know, but after the horrible Skulls, the whole boarding school genre is destroyed for me
Nov. 12, 2006, 8:17 a.m. CST
by El Cimarron
Shoot... I love them too... and with the proper resources, I'd be filming them too!
Nov. 12, 2006, 9:39 a.m. CST
by CTU Mole
DANGER. DANGER. HOTNESS OVERLOAD. NUTS REACHING CRITICAL MASS. WILL BUST IN 5 SECONDS.
Nov. 12, 2006, 9:53 a.m. CST
Bruce campbells chin is in it for a few minutes so its a must buy
Nov. 12, 2006, 9:55 a.m. CST
I read about this on IMDB a long time ago, and was disappointed that it only got direct-to-video treatment (though I guess it's lucky that it ever got released at all). Definitely not a movie for people with short attention spans, or for those whose conception of horror movies begins and ends with gore-fests like "Hostel" or loud-music-cue-jump-out-and-scare-you stuff like "The Grudge." But an interesting story, good cameo role by Bruce Campbell (especially since much of the movie nods its head to the Evil Dead films), and surprisingly good special effects.
Nov. 12, 2006, 10:15 a.m. CST
the title to The Village?
Nov. 12, 2006, 11:23 a.m. CST
Everything up until it becomes a generic slasher film towards the end. The atmosphere at the beginning is great, all the awkward stuff with the doll is great, Bettis's acting is great, and the short film with "My Baby Does the Hanky Panky" is great. I enjoyed it a lot, especially thinking back on it, but I just wish the last third of it was given a bit more thought, although it does have a wonderful ending shot.
Nov. 12, 2006, 11:26 a.m. CST
Everything the woman does is absolutely top-notch A+ quality. She does not pick bad projects. This is yet another one. I think this was killed because of the unfortunate battle with M. Knight Shyamalan over the title of The Village/The Woods (in retrospect obviously "The Village" was the better title for that one). Too bad, Lucky McGee is making some great movies that deserve a wider audience.
Nov. 12, 2006, 1:38 p.m. CST
by Gwai Lo
not quite as good as "may", not quite as bad as "sick girl". it's like a low rent, direct to dvd version of suspiria. bruce campbell's performance is very understated so don't get your hopes up. and i don't remember any nudity or even any uber hot schoolgirls so the whole all-girl boarding school aspect is kind of wasted.
Nov. 12, 2006, 3:49 p.m. CST
zero reason to own, buy, or watch this crappy title.
Nov. 12, 2006, 10:46 p.m. CST
The ending worked twofold for me. Spoilers a-comin'. First, because it was difficult to see some fairly likeable characters (Sisto, Faris, etc.) get murdered undeserved, and second - because even beyond that you're still rooting for her to do it because she's finally coming out of her shell. Sure, she's Tom Cruise batshit crazy - but Bettis is so loveable in it that you can't help but feel all warm and fuzzy when she starts taking a scalpel to her friends. "Got any cold ones in there?" somebody asks her about her ice chest full of body parts. "Yes, I do," she chimes back. It's the fucked up horror version of the geek getting the girl. And that last scen was spectacular. Bettis was also quite funny in McKee's SICK GIRL episode, which did make me think of Cronenberg but not in the obvious FLY way. And Moriarty is dead on about THE WOODS -- underwhelmingly worthwhile. A bigger, labrynthine, set piece climax would have helped but Bruce Campbell vomiting up gooey black tree bark is sublime.
Nov. 12, 2006, 10:48 p.m. CST
...but not outstanding. I'd rate it with "good" horror TV (better episodes of "Supernatural" or the 80's "Twilight Zone"). It won't please fans of gore, and the ending was kind of predictable, but I think with some tweaks to the story it could have been a cult film. And yeah, Bruce Campbell was in "not Ash" mode, so don't expect The Chin we all know and love to work his magic.
Nov. 13, 2006, 12:16 a.m. CST
I had heard about this movie years ago. And was all the more excited cause of the people attached to it. But Lucky's style (so effective in MAY) hurt this movie at almost every turn. The film's got a creepy story, great performances, and one terrific scene where an untucked shirt spells certain doom. But McKee's over-anxious visual tricks managed to water down the plot's effective tension. I felt like I was taken out of the film repeatedly because McKee was just trying too damn hard. It's worth a renter, and better than most films of its ilk. But I hope next time, McKee trusts the story more.
Nov. 13, 2006, 12:55 a.m. CST
and for some reason everyone recruited except me was black. this was in a white/korean neighborhood, but for some reason it felt like 40-60% of the audience was black. the entire time the row in front of me did nothing but talk at the screen. it was like a bad sketch parodying what we've been trained to expect black people to do in movies. it was ridiculous. also, i was one of the few people to really feel enthusiastic about the film. i adored it and found it tremendously tension filled.
Nov. 13, 2006, 12:59 a.m. CST
hit the nail on the head
Nov. 13, 2006, 8:47 a.m. CST
Plot is superfluous at that point.
Nov. 13, 2006, 10:05 a.m. CST
I respect what it was trying to do, but it's really not that special at all. Also the ending is stupid and incoherent how anyone can straight face amazes me.
Nov. 13, 2006, 1:25 p.m. CST
Rented this the first week it came out and it was quite entertaining. I'd buy the DVD used... Liked it better than May- and Sick Girl wasn't anything special...
Nov. 13, 2006, 4:20 p.m. CST
really found myself moved by mori's orginal review way back when for MAY, and that move really caught me by surprise and i've been eagerly awaiting this release for a couple of reasons. #1 horror movies = teh shizznizzle #2 bruce campbell = teh shizznit #3 lucky mcgee = teh shiz(?) i'm the type of guy that will watch a directors entire body of work, and have really enjoying Lucky's debut film, I couldnt wait to see this one. When I saw this dvd pop up at my local video shop, i scooped it up and rushed home to watch it. Now, every thing Mo said up top was on the money, dark, brooding, whodunnit twist of who exactly the bad guys are, and that aspect was good. the problem is that the movie is all over the place, and the middle drags like noones business. it looked great, and the ending was very solid, bruce + axe = winnAr. but its not all there. There are tons of worse movies that got love on the big screen (grudge 2 i'm looking at you), so there really is not excuse that this flick couldnt pop up at a few movie houses. 'specially in LA, where Mo & myself currently reside. there are tons o' arthouse type venues where this movie would have been gobbled up. bottom line, listen to Mo, rent the movie. it wont hurt the wallet, and your sure to enjoy the story.