Saturday, May 19, 2007

Jason watches "28 Weeks Later"

Not much to say. "28 Days Later" was a genuinely scary horror movie marred by a few silly moments ("They're infected...with raaaage!") "28 Weeks Later" keeps mostly the same scary level, cuts out a lot of the silliness, and expands the world. I should've liked it a lot more, and I did like it and I'll give it all sorts of credit for still wanting to really scare the audience. But it just doesn't feel like a revelation anymore. ""28 Days Later" launched a new wave of zombie horror movies, introduced fast zombies (I'm not a particular fan of them in the "Dawn of the Dead" remake, but at least in the "28" movies they're not Romero zombies, they're just infected people, so it's okay.) Now they've been popular, they've become cliche, and they've been mocked (thank you, "Shaun of the Dead"!) I think in time this movie will hopefully be better remembered. For now it's just a fine entry in a sub-genre that's unfortunately already glutted.


Erk Schmerk said...

Ok, so I finally saw "shawn of the dead." Didn't get it.

I mean, I saw the humor in parts and enjoyed some (well, a lot) of the gore, but didn't get the humor?


baceman007 said...

Shawn of the dead was brilliant. I'm really looking forward to Hot Fuzz, but I'll probably end up seeing Shrek 3 before Hot Fuzz. At any rate I have a new podcast movie review up on
Sorry about the bad edits in this one. It was late. Blah, Blah, Blah.

Dadmaniac said...

Shawn of the Dead was great. Hot Fuzz is even better. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll die! Anyway, I don't know how to explain Shawn other than to say, "I may not know art (or movies), but I know what I like.

puppymeat said...

Eh, humor is very subjective. Especially British humor. I happen to be a fan, but I know a lot of people who just don't like British humor at all. I had one friend who said the key to British humor is you laugh when they don't and vice-versa.

Anyway, to get the humor of "Shawn of the Dead", not only do you need to like British humor, but be somewhat versed in zombie movies. My favorite line is "We're coming to get you, Barbara", it always cracks me up because it's a reference to an early line in "Night of the Living Dead".

Anyway, to each his own....