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Mikeyone goes nuts for [REC] - A New Spanish Horror Film!!! And yes, it's already being remade in the U.S.!

Published at: Jan. 4, 2008, 3:41 a.m. CST by headgeek

Hey folks, Harry here... Back in 2002, I saw a film by Jaume Balaguero called DARKNESS... I absolutely hated it. I was told that he was capable of good work, so I found his film, THE NAMELESS and found it to be much better. That said... The word I've been hearing on [REC] is nothing short of spectacular. The film is being remade by the team behind THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES - which frankly I found to be quite good, though I admit that at BNAT, I was in a minority - though I do know almost everyone in that minority. However - I'm dying to see [REC] - The Spanish produced horror films and fantastic films have been... well, fantastic. At Sitges this past year it won the Audience Award, Best Actress, Best Director, the Critic's Award and the Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film in Silver! As of now, there's no announced planned release date in the U.S. - But it hits France on February 20th and the UK on March 21st. Y'all are very very lucky!

[REC] Okay, let me start by getting a few things off my chest, so to speak. 1) I LOVE being scared at the cinema. 2) I LOVE zombie films. 3) I think that 28 days later is great at the beginning and great at the end, but the middle bit, with the army, is pure rubbish. 4) I know that 28 weeks later is a WAAAAAY better film than 28 days later. 5) I think that the Zack Snyder’s remake of Dawn of the Dead is better than the original. So, now that’s all out in the open, let me tell you about a small Spanish movie called [REC]. I speak very little Spanish, I can understand it better than speak it, but when watching this film it does not matter if you speak the language – fear has a language all of its own, which is universally understood. The story begins slowly. A local news reporter is doing an on the spot short piece about a local fire crew, what they do off duty, what’s it like being a fireman e.t.c. It’s important to note here that the entire film is shot with a news video camera, YOU are watching the action through the video cam. Think Blair Witch / Cloverfield. Of course, the reporter tags along when the crew are called to a house in the middle of the city. Of course, you sit there knowing that she should not get in the firetruck, but, you know, she does. Bad for her, GREAT for us. On arrival at the house, the reporter and the crew are met by a huddled mass of people and are directed to the room of an old woman who lives on one of the upper floors. The crew, accompanied by two policeman/security guards, find the old woman wandering in her apartment. We can see via the camera, that she is has bloodstains down her nightclothes. GUESS WHAT? She ain’t well. All hell breaks loose. From that point on this film does not stop. The terrified reporter screaming into the camera. Confused police officers. A frightened old couple. Kids. Men. Women. Shadowy government representatives. All are in turns, afraid, terrified, running, screaming and bleeding. AWESOME. Yes, I did lose some of the finer details by not fully understanding the dialogue. But to be fair I, and many of my fellow cinemagoers, were watching the movie through our fingers and/or talking directly to the screen. This is the best shared cinemagoing experience I have ever had. People who watch this will tell you that it is 28 days later mixed with The Blair Witch Project. IT IS NOT. It is all of the best bits of both films, ramped up 100% and then some. Co-directors Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza have created a truly intense cinematic ride that grabs the viewer by the collar and then rips that collar off, burns it and then rubs the ash in your eyes. For fun. European cinema, especially horror, has been going through a resurgence lately, The Oprhanage, Pan’s Labyrinth, Switchblade Romance, have all been beloved and bestowed with awards and, importantly, financial success. [REC] sits alongside those films comfortably. How often do you try to look behind an on-screen character to see what is going on? I do not know when this is released in the US (UK is March 21), but, whatever, you do, go and see it. With a friend, lots of friends. Pure genius. Pure terror. What cinema was invented for. Mikeyone.

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  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:01 a.m. CST

    alright

    by mutombo

    sounds like a friggin cool film

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:01 a.m. CST

    I've been hearing good things about this.

    by Psyclops

    I know there's already a remake in production but I'm hoping we'll get to see this in the States soon. I'm a sucker for zombie flicks so this can't get here soon enough.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:18 a.m. CST

    you think what??

    by thinboyslim.

    i got as far as "5) I think that the Zack Snyder’s remake of Dawn of the Dead is better than the original." and realised this guy is a moron, plus that contradicts point number 2, you DON'T love zombie films if you think point number 5 is true, in fact you don't love films full stop.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:25 a.m. CST

    dawn of the dead

    by mikeyone

    i love film. i love the original Dawn of the Dead,but i like the remake better. It's my personal opinion. Many others think otherwise and that's fine, that's their opinion too -which I respect. You clearly do not respect other opinions, as you are always correct. well done, it must be wonderful to be right all the time.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:29 a.m. CST

    El Planto..

    by nolan bautista

    Si..Si..Anyways i heard its a comedy (kind of) and the hand held style in this is truly nausea inducing..anybody else hear the same thing?..Adios

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:32 a.m. CST

    Anybody else see..

    by nolan bautista

    ..the "Zombie Diaries"? Its from the UK. It sucked.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:36 a.m. CST

    Great box office here in Spain

    by CuervoJones

    REC is a stupid horror movie for kids, but it works. Demoni + 28 Days Later + Cloverfield.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:43 a.m. CST

    Sorry

    by hamslime

    I stopped reading after 28 Days is better than 28 Weeks. Next thing you know he'll tell us he thinks Dawn of the Dead remake is better than the original. Crazyness!

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:44 a.m. CST

    thinboyslim

    by Captain RawBeard

    It's his damn opinion. if he prefers a remake over the original then thats his choice. Does not make hime a Moron. Whilst I enjoy and respect the Original Dawn of the Dead, I enjoyed the remake more.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:44 a.m. CST

    A couple things...

    by asinyne

    1. 28 Days Later... was better than 28 Weeks Later... 2. New Dawn is good but old Dawn is better. 3. This movie kicked major ass. Creepy.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:44 a.m. CST

    Went back to finish reading

    by hamslime

    HOLY SHIT!!! You sir, have balls!

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:50 a.m. CST

    28 Blairwitches later

    by teddy_duchamp

    "People who watch this will tell you that it is 28 days later mixed with The Blair Witch Project. IT IS NOT. It is all of the best bits of both films, ramped up 100% and then some."......so it is 28 days later meets The Blair Witch Project!!!

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:57 a.m. CST

    trailer here...

    by teddy_duchamp

    http://tinyurl.com/2sarfb

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 5:29 a.m. CST

    I stopped reading this review after '5)'

    by MatDGZ

    Zach Snyders version of DOTD really, really, really, really isn't better than Romero's. Anyone who agrees with this dipshit, please take the steak knife and cut out your eyes.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 5:37 a.m. CST

    Just read the rest...

    by MatDGZ

    and yes the dude enjoyed it, but I find it hard to trust a review where the reviewer states his love of remakes over originals, specifically a film like DOTD... Had he not mentioned this, i would be more inclined to believe him... this could just be another shit horror film.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Weeks>>>Days....

    by chunker

    Is he serious? 28 weeks later was a joke.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 5:46 a.m. CST

    28 Weeks later...

    by simsyboy

    Better than 28 Days later. WTF?? Are you crazy!!

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 5:57 a.m. CST

    'Pure genius. Pure terror. What cinema was invented for.'

    by metaluna

    How I laughed myself silly at that. After I'd stopped laughing at the 1-5 list of course. 'The terrified reporter screaming into the camera. Confused police officers. A frightened old couple. Kids. Men. Women. Shadowy government representatives. All are in turns, afraid, terrified, running, screaming and bleeding. AWESOME.' Did Harry press gang some 11 year old kid off the street to write this in crayon? Jesus H Christ on a bike. What a crap review.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:10 a.m. CST

    Saw Rec yesterday...

    by cifra

    ... and while not a masterpiece, it's really worth checking it out and 99% better than the american horror coming out lately. Still not as good as The Orphanage and a wild movie session. And yes, 28 Weeks Later is even better than "Days" unless you're smoking something illegal, and Snyder's Dawn of the Dead TOPS Romero's any day of the week, unless you're some kind of purist. Romero's best is still Night of the Living Dead, Dawn was really good but not really well directed and fell into laughable camp too many times.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:26 a.m. CST

    You may love zombie films...

    by MelvintheMopBoy

    ...but by preferring the remaking of DAWN over the original, you're certainly doing them no favours. Its because of less discerning viewers like yourself that the subgenre has once again stagnated with shallow, repetitive product. You chumps are responsible for putting the zombie film to death in the late 80's and you're doing it again 20 years later.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Cifra and others

    by chunker

    Please explain how 28 "WEEKS" later is better than "DAYS?" Did we watch the same film? I'll give you this... The first 15 minutes or so, were entertaining, but after that......I'd rather wear a tin foil hat on my head and put it inside the microwave.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Romero´s Dawn of the Dead

    by CuervoJones

    That movie invented Survival Horror. Without that movie Aliens, 28 Days Later or Resident Evil games wouldn´t exist. I liked the remake. A lot. But, come on...

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Days sank inevitably in the last 3rd...

    by cifra

    Weeks, consistently is what it intends to be all through the movie... a scary-action flick with a subtext about a dysfunctional family and how blood ties can really fuck your life (and others). Days, as most Boyle's films - save Trainspotting - is drown by Danny Boyle's pretentiousness and arrogance. Fresnadillo, in exchange just do his work and put some of his personality. For more on Boyle's personality, just check out how Sunshine suffers the very same illness of 28 Days Later and has a maybe atroucious last 20 minutes.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:57 a.m. CST

    dear MelvintheMopBoy

    by mikeyone

    yes, you are absolutely correct, the millions of people like me who paid to see the Dawn of the dead remake are responsible for the death of the zombie film over the last couple of decades. or, could it be that we like one film in particular, and the the muppets in charge of film production decide to remake the same film over and over again, so that we, the viewer, stop going to see that genre? I hate to burst your self righteous bubble, however, if you knew anything about culture and fillm in particular you would see that most genres have a cyclical popularity. At the moment, European, esp Spanish film is having a grand time releasing original, daring films year after year. This will end when the American studios get involved and waterdown everything to appeal to fatso, ill educated, middle americans, who canot be arsed getting out of their cars to go to an art cinema and see the real deal. This has happened with horror, gross-out comedy, torture porn, westerns, epics, pirate movies, and it will happen over and over again. All i am asking is that you take a step away from the bullshit tat that Hollywood is trying to force feed us - shrek the turd, spiderman 3, pirates of the exposition e.t.c. and go and see a film that is both exciting, startling and a joy to see. my opinions are my opinions. That's all.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 7 a.m. CST

    The horror in Dawn the remake

    by chunker

    Worked better than Romero's. Romero's was more a film on the human psyche and a social critique, than horror. I was laughing more than anything. "Most" of the film is about the character's adaption to their environment. With a few horror scenes thrown in. While the remake is the other way around. I love Romero's Dawn of course, how couldn't I, just a slight observation. Seem fair?

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 7:09 a.m. CST

    28 Days Later might have the most atrocious

    by chunker

    20 minutes...but the first 15 minutes of Weeks were the only good part. Shitty acting, dialogue, script, god awful way to develop scenes, forced and not so subtle anti-Iraq war propaganda (I'm a liberal btw), everything was such a fuckin coincidence. Aside from a couple of nice killing scenes, it was a laugh. I sat there hoping for the movie to get better, but it never did. And if people wanna talk about pretentious...oh lord, was Weeks Later that. It looked like a Hype Williams video in some scenes. I did like the first 15 minutes, but after that, it was as if Michael Bay took over.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 7:12 a.m. CST

    give me $12 dollars and i'll hit you in the head for two hours

    by ironic_name

    "love being scared at the cinema"<P>this is why the human race is in trouble.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 7:21 a.m. CST

    why does hollywood have to remake everything

    by palewook

    it never surpasses the original

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Just to clear something up

    by Captain RawBeard

    I respect the original DOTD and do think it is a classic but I enjoyed the remake. If you don't like it, then tough.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Mikeyone

    by thinboyslim.

    you both defended yourself for liking an american bullshit tat remake then decided to slate all american bullshit tat in the same post, why would i read your review your a hypocrite and from the majority of talkbacks here your not exactly popular with the rest of us "know-it-alls"

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 7:49 a.m. CST

    oh for gods sake

    by mikeyone

    i have no need to defend myself - i like a movie, so what? what right does that give anyone to berate me? secondly, i labelled no one a know it all. You have just done that. third, POTC, shek, spidey 3 are shit tat, no matter which country they were made in / financed. 28 weeks later and DotD are sharp, derivative films, which are fun to watch. popularity is not a goal of mine. read my reviews, don't read them - your choice. have a good day.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 7:56 a.m. CST

    I thought 28 Weeks Later was very pro military.

    by Shan

    If everyone did as they were told, there would have been no problems. The disaster happened because of everyone who disobeyed orders, from the children to the sniper; the scientist, the chopper pilot and the dad (by going places he wasn't meant to). No-one who did what they were told caused any of the mess to happen, did they? I (can) take it as a very cunning attack on the liberal left wing.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 8:01 a.m. CST

    The final 15 minutes...

    by godoffireinhell

    I didn't get where they hype was coming from until the last 15 minutes kicked my ass so hard I'm now sitting on my crotch. Also, I fucking hate shaky-cam pseudo-realism but even I can't deny the fucking rabid power of the best scenes in this flick.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Bang on

    by beatleMatt

    Anyone who think the original Dawn of the Dead is better than the remake is just a bourgeois asshole who think they know everything about filmmaking. The original had a great premise and story, but incredibly shitty acting and TERRIBLE makeup.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Shan....

    by chunker

    I think it showed the opposite. Along with some lines thrown in, they showed that martial law doesn't work. They basically made the military/occupiers (aside from a few characters) into controlling, egoists that didn't care about the people or their job. They showed them as one dimension oppressors. But it doesn't matter, it was a piece of shit script.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 8:53 a.m. CST

    How to tell that it's a plant review

    by StovetopStuffin'

    phrases like "Pure genius. Pure terror. What cinema was invented for." It's totally the kind of quote they WANT for their film. Also, the person says they liked the beginning and end, but not the MIDDLE of 28 Days Later, because of the military rubbish? The military rubbish was the END!! Also, why do people have such a problem with the military part? That whole movie is great, and it makes complete sense! Stop hating it just to hate it. It doesn't make you look cool.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Another Spanish take on [REC]

    by REDFIELD8

    The movie is cool, actually. People that hate shaky cams, I tell you: though after seeing this film you won't change your mind about this matter, the camera-man Pablo Rosso (camara-man AND one of the two main characters, in the middle of the action when all the shit hits the fan) does a great job of capturing most of the action. Some of the shots are very tricky and pretty much non-stop without cuts or editing, so I guess the filmmakers had a shitload of planification to make when trying to film a continuos chase through a staircase (curious, it made me to remember similarly unedited scened in OldBoy and Tony Jaa's Tom Yuum Goong). All in all, it's hands down the best Spanish film this 2007 (at least the one I most enjoyed, with The Orphanage coming at a close second), and that's a pretty bold statement as I usually hate the films that are made here (I can't stand Almodovar's crap, sue me). But then again, the movie is going to be remade in the US, so your version will probably suck balls. It's so difficult to dub in English the damn film?? Trust me, use your magical favourite P2P downloader and check it out, it's worth it. Redfield OUT.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 10:33 a.m. CST

    1) I know this reviewer is a dumbass

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    The army bit was shit huh? And I cannot for the life of me figure out why so many people love that 28 weeks later trash. It's actually pretty damn baffling.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 10:38 a.m. CST

    2) His writing skills are questionable

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    "We can see via the camera, that she is has bloodstains down her nightclothes. GUESS WHAT? She ain’t well." OOOOOH SNAP, That's a real humdinger

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    by mikeyone

    Hey, it's a film review for AICN, not the fucking ten commandments. Jesus, you try to let people know about a great little film that they might miss and you get nothing but grief. my opinion is my opinion, not fucking rules to live by.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Saw REC..

    by BoggyCreekBeast

    It is a very cool movie, and the uber-cute reporter chick is going to be hard to replace. I don't understand Spanish beyond ordering something at Taco Hell, but this movie still "worked" for me. Wish they would release a sub titled edition on DVD soon, as I wanna know what the heck the whole newspaper clips section was about toward the end.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 11:54 a.m. CST

    my 2 cents

    by irrelevntelefant

    'killer tomatoes strike back' was a much better film than 'attack of the killer tomatos'<p> to many ketchup jokes in the first one<p> and on that note, its 'ketchup' not 'catsup'<p> opinions are like assholes, people hate when other people fuck with theirs...

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 12:26 p.m. CST

    how I see it

    by Kloipy

    I just have to say my piece here. Mikeyone, I don’t have any problem with you liking whatever movie you think is better. That’s your opinion and that is fine. I don’t fault you for it. But, I have to put in my opinion because of I’m sick of some certain things. First of all the original Dawn is the only Dawn. It’s a masterpiece. Anyone who can’t see why was probably brought up on the 90’s brand of quick cut horror. Yes, the remake was a tight little ‘action’ movie, but it lost all of the meaning of the true Dawn. And whoever said it had “bad makeup” should be ashamed of themselves. Did you like Transformers, friend? Secondly; I want to talk a little bit about 28 Weeks Later. Now, I didn’t really like 28 Days Later, but it had some cool stuff in it. It was definitely worth seeing once. So when I heard about Weeks, I was thinking that I’d probably wait till it came out on one of the movie channels or something. However, then I started reading the reviews on this site and reading the talkbalks and seeing how much people loved it and how ‘scary’ and ‘intense’ it was. So that piqued my interest. I didn’t get a chance to see it in theaters and I was kind of bummed, but didn’t really care that much. Then I saw the DVD had come out and I picked it up. I couldn’t wait to see the supposedly infamous ‘farm scene’. Then it came, and it went, and I thought “wow, that wasn’t really cool. Haven’t seen shaky cam before’. Then the movie really started. Seemed like a cool kind of idea at first. Then they found their mom. Now this was a cool idea, and Robert Carlyle was pretty good at playing a coward. However, spoilers, then you see him turn into a rageaholic and do the old ‘thumbs in the eye’ trick that they used in the first one. From then on it went down hill. Not only was it not scary, but it was fucking boring. I mean really boring. I’ve always been a horror junkie but this didn’t even get me into it. I didn’t care about any of the characters, and I was never given a chance to. Then the movie just outright sucked from then on. We’ve seen zombies get killed by helicopters before, then the whole ‘silence of the lambs’ tunnel part was just stupid. Then the ending. Oh no, zombies are in Paris now! Who gives a shit. I know that they were going for a political film as well. And that works too (note: see Dawn of the Dead for how to do it right). This just lost all the subversive context and just turned into nothing. I know this is a really long rant, but I just hated that movie and I can’t understand how anyone thinks it’s better than the first one or even good.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Kurzinski, calm down brother

    by Kloipy

    It's cool man, it's cool. Everyone is entitled to there own opinion as I said earlier. I was just speaking mine

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Attention All Ass Clowns

    by SpawnofAchilles

    First of all, all this vitriol towards remakes and sequels is getting old. They are going to happen no matter how much you bitch, and some are better than or at least comparible to the original. Not only that but they don't make the original disappear so what difference does it really make? Hollywood is a business, the bottom line to them is and will always be making money on whatever proven formulas they can work out. Thankfully we have the independant and foreign film scene to check out. I for one think that the remake of dawn of the dead is better then the original because the original is campy and cheesey as hell and that is the one thing I cannot stand in a movie. I give respect where it's due and Romero created one of my favorite sub genres, the zombie film, but his movies really show their age when compared with recent good offerings in the genre. He created it that doesnt make him the best in it. People need to ease up on the reviewer, I doubt he's a plant, the movie isnt even coming to the US so far as I know, but I have heard good things about rec from multiple sources and I am really looking forward to it, so thanks for the review and the rest of you pretentious assclowns can eat a bowl of dicks.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Serious DRUGS

    by fulcigento

    Hack Snyder's version of DOTD is absolute shite! Not an opinion.. a fact. That is all.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 2:15 p.m. CST

    "a moron with a dumb opinion."

    by Al Swearengen

    Kind of like that cocksucker Memories of Murder. No fuckin' validation required.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Kurzinski

    by Kloipy

    I know man. I know. and just to prove that you and I are right, here is M-O-M

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 2:21 p.m. CST

    nicely done Spawn....

    by irrelevntelefant

    I agree completely with you.... unless someone out there actually liked Battlefield Earth, Van Helsing, or Ghost Rider- those people can eat a dick burrito with scrotum chimichangas on the side...

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Eek.

    by Tourist

    The glut of spanish DTV flicks from fantastic films, including the work by these guys (Nameless) have been fucking horribly made, boring piles of feces. Even the Reanimator sequal turned into turd.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Halloween: Carpenter or Zombie

    by irrelevntelefant

    DISCUSS! ( in a degrading, homo-eroti-phobic, close minded, 'i'm right you're wrong', 'fuck you, you fucking fuck' way)<p> for the record, i don't have an asshole - i blow shit out my nose. takes sneezing to a whole new level

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Memories-Of-fuckin'-Murder

    by Al Swearengen

    You got some gall coming into this joint and talking that kind of crap. Cause from my present vantage, it's clear as fuckin' day that your opinion is just like your asshole. And your hypocrisy is none the wiser.<P>But I'll thank you for brushing up against my prick all the same.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Remakes need to STOP!!

    by fulcigento

    Why is there a writer's strike? How hard is it to re-write (badly) a previously great film? DOTD, Hills have eyes, Psycho... Can't wait for the BOTCHED Friday the 13th...

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Memories-Of-fuckin'-Murder

    by Al Swearengen

    "Don't just throw around some word to try to look fancy-pantsy smart-ass".<P>You mean like "sanctinumoius presumptiousness"?<P>Try using your fuckin' faculties before replying next time. It might just keep you from looking like a cocksucker.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 3 p.m. CST

    M-O-M, my cursury statements

    by irrelevntelefant

    Battlefield Earth- if it was done as a comedy, and starred the Muppets, I might have enjoyed it more. Bad script/acting and the Director of Photography basically trying to mimic Star Wars scene transitions... ugh<p> Van Helsing- They took what could have been an interesting premise and FUBAR'd it. Keep it simple, Van Helsing and Dracula. No Wolfman, no Frankenstein- It was like a bad Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein remake. Also, the hat just looked retarded. <p> Ghost Rider- I actually haven't seen it. I know, I know "how can you have an opinion if you haven't seen it?" my only defense is if I see a piece of horseshit on the ground, I don't need to pick it up and taste it to know I won't like the taste. Sometimes you gotta go with your gut feeling on things. I've given up a lot of 2 hour incriments of my life to bad movies, i'm trying to cut back on that as I get older.<p> As for the WickerMan remake, I was actually glad to see him get killed in the end.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 3:14 p.m. CST

    MoM

    by SpawnofAchilles

    I see your point about most remakes sucking and I agree. My main point was that they don't detract from the original and will probably call attention to it (a good thing.) I need to see the original wicker man, I havent seen the whole remake but I've seen clips from it and they make me think that the remake is one of the funnier films to come out in a while, so there's that I guess. I can't take Nick Cage serious in anything, he's such a D-bag

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 3:21 p.m. CST

    National Treasure 3: Toupee of Secrets

    by irrelevntelefant

    Shouldn't Cage be Bruce Willis bald by now?

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 3:22 p.m. CST

    What the fuck is "coment sense"

    by Kloipy

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 3:38 p.m. CST

    what movie were we talking about again?

    by irrelevntelefant

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Who am I? Why am I here?

    by Kloipy

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Your OPINION is SHITE.

    by F-1000

    Yet again, Kurzinski Valentine is showing what a raging idiot he is by siding with an obvious plant. <p> Also how can some of you morons fail to comprehend that nobody is saying this guy's opinion is anything more than that, an opinion. That being said it is an opinion that causes him to lose ALL credibility for his subsequent review. Fortunately a better part of the people in this talkback, probably 75% of us, realize that. Only the usual imbeciles are (predictably) in disagreement. <p> Only one post in favor of the remake of DoTD over the original even made any sense, and that was Chunker's very apt observation that the original Dawn of the Dead was less horror and more about character development, and I would add, action. Romero pretty much followed this trend with every one of his zombie movies thereafter. None of them are really "scary." So, as a horror movie, the remake of DoTD really succeeds. This is why it resonated with audiences. <p> Getting back on topic, reading excerpts from this illiterate monkey's review in TB, I can see that the review is nothing more than poorly constructed English and appears to be fashioned by some kind of tagline generator. Glad I didn't waste my eyes on it, but I did miss a good laugh by stopping after reading the fifth entry of his preamble's list.<p> I'm going to laugh my ass off when I see "PURE GENIUS, PURE TERROR, WHAT CINEMA WAS INVENTED FOR" on the DVD for [REC]. I will laugh not only at the nonsensical tagline, but the horrendously inept review that contained that tagline. Fucking plants.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 4:57 p.m. CST

    K-Val, seriously? say it aint so

    by irrelevntelefant

    Did you really like Van Helsing? <p> the only thing that could have made that movie watchable is if Kate Beckinsale got nude and fingered herself for the last 30 minutes of the film. Even then I would have walked out after 3 minutes of that cause my 'business' would be 'complete'. <p> i won't be tardass mad if you did like it, more like tardass disappointed

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Funny how Romero fans sometimes resemble zombies

    by ebonic_plague

    Maybe I'll be banned from buying Fangoria for the rest of my natural life, but the only Romero zombie movie that did anything for me was NotLD. I watched his orignal Dawn and even Day, but they just seemed cheap and redundant. No matter how many times I am told by Romero fans what does and doesn't constitute horrific apocalyptic dread, slow moving zombies still aren't that scary. Sorry. But that opening scene from the remake? THAT'S what I want in a zombie movie. Sure, it had problems (the redhead, Mekhi Phifer, gun store Andy), but I would (and do) watch that movie over the original any day. Now, having said that, this reviewer does display signs of foliage, several obvious tells...of course you fucking love movies, you're sending a review to AICN. But if preferring the remake of DotD to the original is a sin worthy of excommunication from the world of horror geek, call me Martin Luther.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST

    er, church of horror geeks

    by ebonic_plague

    Another day, another mangled metaphor.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 5:23 p.m. CST

    f=100p

    by mikeyone

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 5:28 p.m. CST

    apologies

    by mikeyone

    sorry for the previous bad post - was too bust laughing at the vitriol written about my review. watch the film, don't watch the film. whatever. i preferred the remake to the original. bite me.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Kurzinski Valentine

    by F-1000

    Yeah, I do agree with what you on that point. You can mix your high brow with your low brow, your popcorn movies with your pretentious and arrogant art house shite. It has no bearing on your credibility as a viewer or critic.<p> Vern is a good example of this balance, but he likes things for what they are, be it straight to DVD cheese, or well made action movies. <p> As long as you don't delude yourself like many fan boys do and start measuring the value of your movie with the wrong scale. It's all ok. <p> The problem I have with this particular review is that the reviewer is clearly trying to use the preamble list to the effect of "describing his chops" and honestly, his opinion in my opinion (and many other's) is fucking worthless. It also doesn't help that his review is full of wannabe tag lines and poor English and grammar. <p> On top of all of this, [REC] looks to be yet another in an endless string of obscure movies that AICN hypes up with reviews like this and the film turns out to be shit when you go see it. I'm torrenting it as we speak and I promise to eat my words if I am wrong. <p> Honestly if he had an intelligent reason for liking the remake of DoTD more than the original (the only one I can think of is Chunker's) it wouldn't have been so bad. <p> But you've gotta remember, saying that you like the remake over the original DoTD in the zombie flick world is comparable to saying you like the prequels over the original trilogy . It goes to show a lot about the worth of your opinion. And IMO is a bit sacrilege. <p> And whoever said that DoTD INVENTED the Survival Horror genre is dead on. Obviously it is a film well worth its merits. <p> But I didn't want to get into an argument over a film's merits in the first place, I just wanted to point out that those who are calling his opinion shit are well aware it is an opinion, that doesn't make his opinion any less misinformed though. <p> On another note, it's bad enough that three out of five AICN reviews serve only to hype up such pedestrian and trite shit, but now the reviews aren't even any good themselves. I'd hate to read all the great reviews in Harry's mailbox that he undoubtedly turns down so he can further his agenda of working an AICN tag line from some undecipherable review onto the DVD box of another stunning piece of shit. <p> I can't even remember the last little known movie referred by AICN I picked up on DVD (because it inevitably went straight there) that wasn't completely overhyped on top of being stunningly poor quality and/or boring. <p> Can any of you?

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST

    f-1000

    by mikeyone

    i liked the remake over the original because it moved. it had pace. I liked it because it was relentless. it was believable. I liked it because the acting was better. sarah polley truly rocks in everything she does. i also liked it because I watched it on a hot summer night, with friends who also liked it. we had fun, together. I understand that the original is considered the better film by many, if not most viewers. I happen to prefer the remake. End of.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Oh fuck this shit....

    by pdennett316

    If I had a choice to watch the original DOTD or the remake, I'd choose the remake every time. Why? The first film is EXTREMELY dated, badly acted (though the remake isn't exactly Shakespeare either)has terrible pacing, is edited by a retarded marmoset and has ONE overall theme that film students have latched on to and think they're oh so clever for getting what Romero was trying to say. Whoop de do, you got the subtext, congratulations, doesn't mean the film comes close to matching the first. "It influenced so many people blah, blah, blah" Big deal, they took what they needed and made superior projects. The big problem with a lot of TB'ers is their lack of anything resembling a sense of reason. The reviewer says he likes ONE remake over the original, and yet someone labels him as advocating EVERY FUCKING REMAKE EVER!!! Get some perspective people, just because the original DOTD influenced many, doesn't mean it's in any way a superior movie to what follows it. Viewed today it is in fact woefully average, while Night holds up as a genuine classic. Decent review of a film I may well pick up at some point, all the assholes who jumped all over the guy, fuck you! He spelled out where he was coming from at the very start of the review, yet you just had to chime in and whine about how he is wrong. Guess what fucko's, he isn't wrong, the original DOTD is THE single most overrated movie in the history of cinema. Fact.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 5:59 p.m. CST

    i have a coworker who hated

    by irrelevntelefant

    no country for old men.... he's dead to me now

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:07 p.m. CST

    F1000

    by pdennett316

    DOTD did not invent "Survival horror", i think you'll find that Night of the Living Dead managed that. Much, MUCH the better film than the sequel. Hell, give me Day of the Dead over Dawn - the acting is still shitty,(not as bad as Dawn, but close), and it's not as 'smart', but the pacing and editing doesn't make me want to stab my own eyes out with a fork. Oh, and the slapstick bullshit sucked a fat one too.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Teen Wolf vs Teen Wolf 2?

    by irrelevntelefant

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:21 p.m. CST

    I loved the original Dawn of the Dead

    by Eyegore

    I saw it on the big screen when it came out. Ditto the remake, which I love even more because it's just better. See you can love them both. I have Day of the Dead on DVD and I like it quite a bit. I'm looking forward to seeing the remake that supposed to be out any day now, even though all the reviews say it's steaming pile of crap. They said the same thing about the dawn remake, and some of you still do. I suspect though that's a problem with open mindedness and holding a grudge. You can like both versions.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Fuck. I just flew back today.

    by King_Knut

    I've been in Spain for the last 10 days, and had no clue this existed. Ah well, at least I finally got to re-purchase my Alex de la Iglesia back catalogue, which I've been yearning for since I threw out my VCR and bought a DVD player 10 years ago.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Where is Vern? or Quint?

    by Kloipy

    I need someone to back me up on the claim that the original Dawn it the definitive one? I can't believe all this hate for it!

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 6:57 p.m. CST

    'It's just my opinion'... oh really?

    by metaluna

    Look fella. If you're going to write and publish a review, you should realise you're stepping into the crosshairs so we'd expect that you might know what you're talking about. Instead what we get is some giddy fan boy scribble. You just throwing your hands in the air and mumbling 'it's just my opinion' and walking away like a mopey teenager just wont rub.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 7:30 p.m. CST

    I Liked Neither!

    by Aquatarkusman

    What do I win?

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Dawn of the Dead

    by Chopper Sullivan

    People complain about the pacing, but that's the shit I love about the original and what I think makes it unique. The horror doesn't come from zombies popping out scaring people, but from the sense of dread that these people have being stuck in the mall and not being able to do a thing about it. Those scenes where they sit around bored, where Flyboy tries to propose, those are the scenes that make the original something special. The remake is a good monster movie, but I found it pretty forgettable.

  • Jan. 4, 2008, 8:46 p.m. CST

    EXACTLY

    by Kazzer

    that's right, romero is completely outdated, i agree. slow zombies? BORING! social commentary? WHAT IS THIS, SCHOOL?!! but speeding zombies up is only the beginning. i mean, they're still not that scary. i say we allow them to climb walls and vomit acid as well. oh, and have them, like mutate and shit. i watched romero's movie again and that whole zombie pie thing made me sick- what's with old directors using humor and shit in a SCARY MOVIE?!now that scene with distub'd's infamous anthem 'get down with the sickness' in the Zack Snyder's DOTD remake- classic. THAT is film-making, my friends. pure, terror, leaping off the screen at 30 frames per second. i only regret they didn't use any slipknot. and on the subject of 28 weeks later, i definitely want to see more sequels to independent low-fi directorial debut films out there- like CITY OF MEN, the sequel to CITY OF GOD. Descent by neil marshall? pretty good, but give it a 100 millions more bucks, and let's see what we can do! personally i think all films that represent a genre-shocking foray into new territory should be remade and cosmesticised by fox searchlight or whoever until it pukes white pus water instead of blood. and anyone who doesn't agree is a dick-sucking purist, go watch a black and white film, jerkbag! go and watch polanski's knife in the water..or..or...some...hitchcock, you...smarty-smart ass! seriously, reading this review made me realize maybe zombie horror deserves to die and be put out of its misery, rather than be supported be a legion of idiotic remake-loving studio-funding 'tards. spanish film aside, fuck you idiots.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Vitriol

    by down75

    Did we all just discover this word like on new years? Because I have been seeing it countless times on every forum I troll all week.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 5:43 a.m. CST

    I haven't seen Romero's Dawn

    by Hamish

    Stick that in your pipes and smoke it...

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 7:17 a.m. CST

    What's with the 28 WEEKS hate?

    by Gilkuliehe

    It was awesome, what the fuck are you people talking about? The original is good, but WEEKS increased the "holy shit" factor ten times. During the original I didn't feel half the tension I felt during the sequel. I think the first one tries to be "smarter" with all the military thing. It's good, I'm not saying it isn't, but the sequel is much more entertaining and scarier. (Oh and for once I'd like to read arguments from you guys, enough with this "WEEKS IS BETTER? BULLSHIT!" crap. You disagree? Why? Thanks).

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Remakes

    by Lobot

    The new DOTD had a few good moments, but it's hard to compare remakes sometimes because the more recent movie can look back with 20/20 hindsight. They usually have a better budget, technology, and distribution. Unfortunately they are often like tracing a picture. You get a good copy, but show you didn't have the talent to draw it in the first place. I do like remakes, but only if they bring something new to the mix that enhances the movie rather than take away from it. For me adding all the extra people in dawn messed with it' sense of isolation and doom. To me it was mainly flash, kudos on fast zombies though. If anyone wants to remake "The Blind Dead" and make them move quicker than a wacky wall walker they would do mankind a service.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 12:41 p.m. CST

    regardless of whether this is a plant

    by birdy birdman

    the film is spectacular if you just take it for exactly what it is. but FUCK the american remake by the vapid toetag picture rejects the dowdle hacks and fuck the studios for denying us a quality horror film that they know will outshine the remake. there is a sense of authenticity and regional uniqueness that makes [rec] en espanol the prerequisite way to fully engage in this experience. FUCK THE AMERICAN REMAKE

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 12:42 p.m. CST

    JUDGE FOR YOURSELF QUICK!

    by birdy birdman

    http://tinyurl.com/383uz5 http://tinyurl.com/2wvxu4

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 1:39 p.m. CST

    wow if this is a plant

    by birdy birdman

    these are getting incredibly insidious. it's like they are trying to impose an entirely new psychological profile for their base audience (also brainwash the kid demographic who surf the site), as well as to just reinforce people's egos who just have shitty taste in movies...all in the interest of being able to get away with cranking the dogshit knob to 11. plasticized cinema as an opiate unto the masses is no joke folksies, it's very big business and directors who eagerly fall in line with the studio noncreative bureaucrat dicks that rationale lead to the DEATH of CINEMA. hijacking the exploitative elements in order to try and produce numbers is only valid if there is artistic value to be found somewhere and frankly, in a lot of cases, there's not. at least that's how i had come to understand things throughout the course of my attachment to film as a human being. When we start seperating the distinction between between cinema as art and "movies as entertainment" to the point where they begin to do each other detriment then we are going to see an aggressiveness in consumer manipulation to the umpteenth degree based around the bovine psycholigical profile idealized in the "chest list" that kicks off this "review".

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 4:03 p.m. CST

    D. Vader.

    by Gilkuliehe

    I disagree with you there, man. To me, all the stuff you feel as "disrespect for the characters" I feel as shocking and awful deaths. I mean, Michael Caine dies saying "pull my finger" in Children of Men and that's supposed to shock you, you have to hate that death. Even Clive Owen says "Tell me what's the reason of that?!" Same here. I take deaths that make me cringe over deaths I applaude any day of the week. The same thing goes for your complaint over "ripping the eye gauging scene"... I for one was extremely shocked with that whole scene. Not only the eye thing, but also the way Don is infected. I thought it was a very tight way to express both plot (the second outbreak) and character (the crime and punishment motif in Don's storyline). And speaking of mindless cruel infection, what do you make of the girl's father's infection of 28 days? Isn't THAT way more exploitative and cheap? And for all the mayhem and procedures done by the military, I don't know man, I totally bought those. It seemed believable to me, specially considering how fast everything went to hell. Thanks for your answer, though. Peace.

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 4:19 p.m. CST

    I was talkin'

    by Tourist

    Bout Fantastic films in particular. Theres plenty of good Spanish genre material. And Al, why do you do what you do? Don't you get embarassed doing that?

  • Jan. 5, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST

    mikeyone

    by Madrizzle

    You shoulda just left em to it mate. Don't feed the animals and all that. although i have to say the dotd comment was blasphemy and you do sound a little stupid saying things like "fatso americans" etc....you can't expect to be taken seriously.

  • Jan. 6, 2008, 9:12 a.m. CST

    so are the zombies in this fast or slow?

    by compn

    because thats the only thing you need to know. -- that aside, i agree with previous posters, shaky camera is one of the worst atrocities in cinematic history. that, and remakes... the review does not talk about anything else in the movie, just what seems to be the first 10 or 15 minutes. says it begins slowly? how slowly? 30 minutes of the reporter talking before they go? need some details please.

  • Jan. 6, 2008, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Honestly if you were setting up a "plant"

    by Fist Dirtbox

    would you kickstart a review with a bunch of opinions as controverial as saying you prefer the remake of DOTD to the original? I mean, c'mon thats pretty much guaranteed to alienate a good segment of the readerbase before they actually get to the review.<br> Beleguero is an underrated filmmaker = Los Sin Nombre (The Nameless) is great, and Darkness (at least before the Weinsteins assfucked it) is decent too - its let down by a terrible chunk of "scooby-doo" style exposition by the villain in the 3rd act, but has some really impressive visual shocks.

  • Jan. 6, 2008, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Everyone is missing the point

    by Allfather Starr

    Fuck whether he liked this one better than that one, his major crime has gone unnoticed. Shouting at the fucking screen in the cinema. Castrate that fucker right now. "Nah, don't'choo go in dat dere cellar, bitch. Oooh, nigga gonna git ya. Aaaw hayil naw." etc.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 11 a.m. CST

    Well I stopped reading too

    by ScaryJim

    Chalk another one up.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 11:53 a.m. CST

    worst. title. ever.

    by theredtoad

    how do you say it? reck?

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST

    28 Weeks Later

    by TS Thomas

    Can't say I get the attraction either, whatever about the merits of the first (Which was... "Ok"... until the military entered the picture), the second came across as fairly amateurish. I mean, the 2 kids are reunited with their father... so naturally they run away the next day, getting past the military... only to get re-captured just as they come across the infected mother... who doesn't get shot on sight despite clearly being infected. So of course the husband manages to sneak past same inept military & get infected by the wife... conveniently enough, all survivors have been herded & locked into a single basement, thus eliminating any possibility of rapid mass-infection (rolls eyes). Uggh, hard to bother going on. Suffice it to say much of the film attempts to be analogous to Iraq; repatriating the natives, Green Zone, soldiers not being able to tell the difference between civilians & terrorists (sorry, "infected"). Snore.