January 27th, 2003


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Another review I wrote for Standard Life. This one was prompted by someone slagging off House on Haunted Hill:

Do you like cheese?
Do you like camp?
Do you think that actors are at their best when foaming at the mouth and chewing the scenery?
Do you think that horror films are ok, but largely take themselves too seriously?
Do you think that Lord of the Rings is great, but Peter Jackson's real genius was in his first two films, Bad Taste and Brain Dead?
If you've been enthusiastically nodding all the way through this, then you really, really need to get hold of a copy of the 1999 remake of schlock horror masterpiece House on Haunted Hill.

From the moment I set eyes on a deliciously over-the-top Geoffrey Rush, hamming it up as a manic billionaire with a penchant for unexpectedly terrifying people, I knew exactly what I was in for. When he invites a variety of people with no obvious connection to spend the night in a haunted, disused, mental hospital for a million dollars a time, the rest of the plot was immediately obvious and when it becomes clear that he's not the only person behind the invitations, I could tell that things were going to end very, very badly for pretty much everyone.

Now, this isn't for everyone, but if you're the kind of person who delights in films that show a certain amount of invention in finding ways to bump people off, a fair chunk of flair in over the top unsett ling special effects, a large heaping of gore and a large pinch of sugar, then you'll no doubt enjoy this just as much as I did. I don't take horror movies seriously, and I don't see why they should either.


Eddie Baker:Oh, so then we'll just stay here 'til morning.
Watson Pritchett:I'm sure we'll be mutilated beyond recognition by then.

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I just watched the new Matrix trailer three times in a row. Largely because Erin kept hitting play whenever it stopped. You can download the huge version from here so long as you're happy downloading 26MB of file. Otherwise, you'll have to go to the site and work out how to grab it yourself.

It looks cool. Some might even say Supercool.