*Inhales deeply, counts to ten, exhales* SQUEEEEE!
|Oh you cinema genius!|
Friday the 13th. Sarcastic and witty sounding villains? Ahh, Freddy. How about alternate environments and deadly games? Cube, watched in the glory days of the Sci-fi channel (not millenial the Syfy makeover), or the turn of the century Saw franchise. Let's even give a nod to the new invasion of reality TV as a horror construct. Halloween: Resurrection, Battle Royale, and although not horror, the sensation The Hunger Games.
Joss Whedon, the genius behind Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, etc and writer/director Drew Goddard, producer of Lost and Alias, did. Originally shot in 2009, this dynamic duo objected to a conversion to 3D format and eventually won. The result delayed the film to a 2012 release date. However, it is well worth the wait.
My favorite lines of the movie (not enough for spoilers, don't worry):
"These are old horrors." - Chem girl
"You mean gods, monsters?" - Guard
"You get used to it." - Chem girl
"Should we?" - Guard
"Remember when you could just throw a girl in a volcano?" - Hadley
"How old do you think I am?" - Sitterson
I have no way to prepare you for this viewing experience, except to say... Suspend your disbelief, enjoy the dialogue - rich with multiple meanings and nods to other horror constructs - and laugh. Laugh a lot. It's fun, witty and an all around good time. Don't take it too seriously and I promise you'll come back to thank me.
Rating: solid A
PS Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford are pure delight! Fran Kranz is perfect.
PSS It has Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Dr. Avery (Jesse Williams) shirtless. You're welcome.