Tuesday, September 27, 2005

revival post

Hey everyone... the blog lives!!! even if sometimes it lurks in small comas.
Well, if things haven´t been to heavy on news, one has to focus on the past. A nice dvd recomendation, and probably one of the coolest (definitly my favorite) dracula films of all time: Dracula has Risen From the Grave. Hammer Studios has usually, deliver and the great Christopher Lee never looked better as the good old Count.
There is not really much that I can say about this film, except that it just... works. The creepy sets, the blood, the cinematography, Lee´s brilliant interpretation of Count Dracula... all of this contributes to the great atmosphere of this (and many other Hammer classics). So, for the few of you who haven´t seen it, do yourselves a favour.
Favorite part: the final sequence. That amazing final sequence.

So, what else is new? Oh yeah, the documentary Inside Deep Throat that just hit the theaters in Portugal. Yes, it shows fellatio. And no, it is not the best documentary I ever seen. But still, I thought it gave a pretty nice image of an era, and it should be pretty interesting for anyone interested in some cultural aspects of the 70´s. I also think the film made a nice point on the effect of sexuality in the 70´s society and how some of those issue still stands up (no pun intended) to this day. The editing of the old footage is also well achieved.

That´s all for now and I hope I´m not another two weeks without updating.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

QT, 80´s horror and movie posters

this should be good if you are a Tarantino and horror fan. QT hosts an 80´s horror marathon.
and, if, like me, you love movie posters, this is for you. published by Bello Publico . a great site with tons of b-movie posters. (thanks to Cinematógrafo )
Also in movie posters, you have this amazing german blog (that has been on my sidebar for a few days) completly dedicated to the subject. Enjoy.

Saturday, September 10, 2005


The theatrical trailer for Saw II has been posted ( thanks to Horror Channel )
Also, check out this awarded trailer for Worst Case Scenario, and here for the australian Wolf Creek (thanks to friend and fellow blogger Sotokai).

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Land of the Dead (2005)

Decisions, decisions… I saw this film five days ago and I still don’t know what to make of it. So, let’s just start from the beginning… this film, obviously, carries a lot of baggage. I mean, it’s a zombie movie… by Romero… the undisputed Master of zombies.
Was it impossible for this fourth chapter to the Dead series to rise to expectations? Yes, it was…

Romero always liked to experience with the concept of zombies and make his films almost a fictional documentary of the chaotic situation that would be an invasion of the living dead. This time, the zombies have taken the earth a long, long time ago, causing the living to be the minority and are forced to live in colonies. Here we find the first political commentary in the film (something that was always present in the series) because the people who live in the colonies are divided between the rich and the poor. All in the search for survival from the undead menace.
We also see that the zombies are getting smarter (as they were on Day of the Dead), mainly through Big Daddy. You know… the one from the posters.

There is one thing I can´t let pass in this movie: the cheesy dialogue. I felt like I was watching Missing in Action or something and if I heard another “let´s lock and load” I would snap.
However, there are a lot of good things in this film. The zombies are great (although, I think the character of Big Daddy could have used some more work), and Romero treats them like nobody. Especially, in a time when everyone thinks zombies should run.

Does it rise to expectations? Of course not, but only because they were so high… However, when you see it for what it is, you probably find a pretty fun zombie movie.