Monday, April 03, 2006

Gore Is Such A Bore!

At the urging of a very good friend, I went to see The Hills Have Eyes. He wanted the company and I wanted something fun to do. How I thought unrelenting horror would be fun is beyond my comprehension even now. The whole movie is gore on top of more gore on top of fake blood and body parts! Now knowing anything about the original Wes Craven's 1977 movie, I had no idea what the plot was. I knew it was a horror movie and that fact alone should of made me smile and say "no, thanks", but he was so excited at the prospect of seeing the remake that I said "okay".

"Torturing the audience is not the same thing as scaring them, and I'm not sure Aja can tell the difference."
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-- Rene Rodriguez, MIAMI HERALD

After it was over, whether from the relief that it had mercifully ended my suffering or because at least one dog survived, I said it wasn't all that bad. It just wasn't all that good either. Or maybe it was and I'm just not sophisticated enough to glean the nuances of excellence. Granted the gore is certainly realistic and the make-up and lighting and sound and all that stuff was first rate, but it left me wanting to take a bath, go home and hug my dog or maybe even hurl. It was a shocking movie and one I'll not soon forget.

"The body count is higher than the scriptwriters' combined IQ's."
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The best part was giggling and wisecracking with my pal ..... that helps when it's just so gross you can't bear it! I watched a lot of the early part through my fingers, but after awhile I guess I was numbed or maybe just dumbed.

"The Hills Have Eyes isn't the kind of movie to go see with your family... or your mother... or with your prayer-warrior girlfriend."
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-- Kevin Carr, 7M PICTURES

I'm going to urge my son-in-law Mike to go and see it because he LOVES that kind of movie. Probably liking to be scared and relishing violence and craving horror is an acquired taste and one that I never saw much point in, but, as they say, to each his own. My S-I-L would rather open a vein than watch Chicago or Gigi with me!

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