Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Ginger Snaps

Directed by: John Fawcett

Release Date: 2000

Ginger and Brigitte Fitzgerald are high school juniors in the town of Bailey Downs.  There is a beast mutilating dogs and the town is all fussy about the grisly deaths but yet, no one really does anything about the situation.
Ginger finally becomes a woman and then is attacked by the beast.  Needless to say, her appetite becomes insatiable for boys and dogs.
Being a blatant metaphor for puberty, I enjoyed the concept the filmmakers created for this movie.  However, upon watching the movie, I realized that I’m not a fan of werewolves.  I think they are cool and the idea of using werewolves as a metaphor for puberty in this picture worked.  As a personal preference, I’d take a vampire movie any day over werewolves.  But that’s just me.
Apart from the metaphor, the acting worked, the special effects makeup were pretty amazing, and some of the lines were good like a dark comedy.  The payoff wasn’t satisfying enough to watch the other films in the franchise.  Fun movie though.
Would I recommend this flick?  Yes – especially if you are into werewolves. 

Monday, April 5, 2010

Hostel II

Directed by: Eli Roth

Release Date: 2007

Part two continues in which we see Paxton again on the train but I refuse to divulge plot details so as not to ruin the film for anybody.
This sequel completely did the original justice and this is a rarity, especially in the horror genre.

Eli tones down the gore in this installment which provides the film to stand on its own merits while still being included in the “torture porn” category.  However, the difference between this sequel and the original is the pacing. 

The film moves along about a good forty minutes before anything really happens – but this is good!  In one of the featurettes, Eli mentions how he stylized Hostel Part II as an Italian horror film in which most of the action takes place towards the end.  Some movies fail miserably with this slow paced action but succeeds with Hostel II

I am a horror fan but there are some films I don’t need to re-watch; this movie is not one of them.

Eli has got me by the balls (if I had any) and I cannot wait what he has in store for us in the genre.