Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Drag Me To Hell...and Pontypool

May doesn't really have alot going on in terms of horror movies in theaters. I guess it's that whole "warm weather" thing deterring people from what really matters: Halloween!

Fortunately, there is May 29th.

May 29th has not one...but TWO horror movies entering theaters! Wow! What a treat!

Here are my thoughts on each of them...

Drag Me To Hell:
2 Pictures, Images and Photos

I can totally see the relation to the Evil Dead trilogy and
The Ring. Not in the plot of the movie so much, but just in the over-the-top nature of what appears to be the climax and ending of the movie, and with the whole "you only have a certain period of time to live before you're killed" theme.

Justin Long stars in this movie and to be honest, I kind of like his movies. I actually did see "He's Just Not That Into You"...I thought it was about some kind of bodysnatchers, but I was wrong. And I also liked him Jeepers Creepers.

Alison Lohman plays the main female lead, and she is from Big Fish.

There's a ton of other people in this, none of whom I've ever heard of, which is always a plus for me.

The movie is directed by the Raimi brothers, who are most noted for a whole slew of horror films, including The Evil Dead, The Grudge series, 30 Days of Night, and they will be directing the 2010 sequel of The Evil Dead.

I also love the tagline to this movie:
Christine Brown has a good job, a great boyfriend, and a bright future. But in three days, she's going to hell.

Basically, the trailer looks pretty self explanatory: girl wants a job promotion, shows the boss that she's a tough cookie and stands her ground and makes "tough decisions", gets cursed, has to break the curse before she's "dragged" to "hell".
Drag Me To Hell Pictures, Images and Photos
I think this movie is going to be good.


Pontypool Pictures, Images and Photos

I liked both advertisements for the movie. Very clever. The tagline:
Shut up or die.

This movie reminds me of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, mixed with The Fog and The Mist, and 28 Days Later.
For some reason, I can't get over how much I dislike this name for a movie. I keep thinking it's another Hostel movie, but it isn't. It actually sounds pretty good,but I keep getting it confused with a snuff type of movie, because of the name. I know it's the name of the town...but come on...Why can't they call it Zombie Language or something?

Anyway, the movie is based off of a book called Pontypool Changes Everything by Tony Burgess. The plot of this movie is one of my fave types of plots....savage virus on the loose, people becoming "zombies", few survivors...how do they survive? Can they survive? I mean, this is legitimately scary because it's semi-realistic. Not the zombie part, but the virus outbreak.

I think it sounds like a really cool concept...supposedly the entire movie leaves you kind of "out of the loop" as you only discover things as the characters do. You're trapped with them. There is no outside help. Plus, the whole idea of the disease being spread through language is a clever idea.

Pontypool will only be available in limited release, but I think we should go find it! Rumor has it IFC will release it so you can watch it from the comfort of your own home!

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Even though May is pretty shorthanded on Horror in theaters, at least we have May 29th.