Dont read this if you havent seen the film.....
Just saw it today and I guess I enjoyed it cause it was fun but I wasn't blown away by it. This isn't going to be the next Saw or 6th Sense or "Awesome Horror Movie That Changes The Way Horror Movies Are Made For The Next Decade" (which is what I think they were trying to do.) The writing was shotty, the reveal at the end was kind of silly, and while I guess they were going for cliche, there were too many cliches. But I can look past all that....here's what killed it for me...The Previews. I went into this movie knowing nothing about it except what I saw in the the coming attractions and what they showed was waaayyyy to much for a movie like this. They should have shown a minimum of the film and nothing...NOTHING!!! from the end of the movie. That scene where they find the elevator was so towards the end it was a dead giveaway to what was coming and "Shaggy" was so prevalent in the previews, when he died I was like..wait he's not dead cause they didn't get to this scene or that line from the coming attractions. I'm not sure if a movie has ever been spoiled as much as this one was by the coming attraction and it's not like i watched it over and over again. I saw it maybe 3 times.
Oh and the bad writing.....I seriously thought Shaggy was going to turn out to be the virgin they kept making out to be so important throughout the movie which would have been a much better ending than what they came up with. I mean they went out of their way to explain the whole student/teacher affair and then make mention that Shaggy made out with the hot blonde once but it went no where, it totally made sense to have it go down like that but instead we get the "We work with what we have" line that just explained everything away. I guess you can call that classic misdirection but with all the other horror movie cliches they throw out at you, that argument doesn't hold water. You just can't have a clever movie with bad writing like that.
I also kept thinking about what could have been if they chose, the puzzle box or IT or the ghost instead of generic zombies when they were in the basement. This could have been such a cool springboard to bring some classic horror movie monsters back and make them relevant again but instead we get nondescript zombie family. And why were there unicorns? I guess it was "every fantastical creature ever" but they all seemed to be evil creatures and a murderous unicorn shows up!?. What would have been really cool is instead of showing the idea of a character like Hellraiser, it would have been awesome to show the actual Pinhead and other characters that were obvious knock offs of the real thing. I'm sure they could CGI those things into a movie but I guess licensing and all get in the way. Like I said, its a fun movie (probably should have come out around Halloween) but it's not the coming of the next greatest thing. They also painted themselves into a corner when it comes to making a sequel which may actually be a good thing. It's getting a lot of comparison to Cube and I gotta say, I liked Cube better.
Last edited by spacecaps; Apr 26, '12 at 12:06 AM.
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