Here’s some more thoughts for the day in case you’re looking to get out of your house and head to the cineplex for a Talkie. Well, I suppose I should start off this way.
When I have to listen to or read about constant hype for ANYTHING it usually puts me off and makes me not want to have anything to do with whatever product everyone is saying I have to go see or try or eat or listen to. Take The Green Mile. I just saw that a few years ago and yes that was a mistake to wait so long. Or the idiotic Napoleon Dynamite – eventually I relented and watched it on TV and my GOD I hated that goddamn fucking movie. The point of all of that is that everyone in the world seemed to be plugging PARANORMAL ACTIVITY when it came out and I don’t remember why, but I did go see it in the theater and I was surprised by how much I liked it.
That said: when it came time for the DVD release there was no reason in the known world to watch it again because the jig is up on that one trick pony so I never have re-watched. Since the re-watch factor doesn’t exist, I would probably have to give that thing a three for giving me some scary moments the first time I saw it – in the movie theater filled with a bunch of screaming teenage girls.
When 2 came out I was mildly interested so I skipped out of work and went to the mall and got my hot dogs and my nachos (and peppers) and sat through a dismal movie with the exact same gimmickry (and characters) as the first one and I was completely pissed. What a joke!! I would probably give that a 2 for not being Napoleon Dynamite – you could read my original thoughts HERE if you needed something to do while making your afternoon stool.
Then came THREE and I thought the TV spot for it looked pretty wicked so I did the same thing regarding work. The new directors were the guys behind CATFISH (which I didn’t care for) but I thought they really took the big budget money and ran with it. I take some unnecessary heat against my will because I don’t care if a movie is a sequel or a remake or a foreign copy or whatever – I just want it to be GOOD. I am looking at you Tyson and you Bruiser and I’m talking about things like (REC3) and FINAL DESTINATION 5. Anyway, I really (really) liked 3 and thought it was awesome and that Bloody Mary shower scene almost scared me and I was very pleased.
I have to tell you that, to me, four is not a bad movie at all it’s just kind of a copy of 3 in a different house with two little boys instead of two little girls. So – I’m a little disappointed but it still wasn’t something terrible like the newest CONAN movie. The only other difference I think I can comment on is we’ve moved away from those damn convenient security cameras and now we get the recording feature of everyone in the family’s MacBook Pros. That’s right – even the six year old kid has a hand me down MacBook. This family must be loaded!
Oh yeah – and footage from a souped up XBOX 360 KINECT thingie (at least I think that’s where we got this imagery). I don’t want to spoil anything, just in case you plan on seeing it but – to Wednesday’s Child and Hard Ticket to Home Video – yes there IS a “cat in the cupboard” scene : ) One last thing to add. The way I prefer to see horror movies is by myself at the top of the aisles on Friday afternoon when there’s no one else in the theater. Today there was me, two other dudes by themselves, a solo lady and two chicks. After the final, final shot of the movie, one of them ran out of the theater crying or highly excited about something. I don’t think it was because of the movie (but it could have been I suppose – maybe she pooped herself) but, if anyone from the movie’s production team ever reads this – you might have scared the shit out of at least one person.
Have good weekends everyone!!