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Oh, The Horror! #49: Quarantined

Oh, The Horror! #49: Quarantined

By Greg in Blog on March 28, 2010

Finally having seen this, this was probably the 4 or 5th time I've attempted to watch this movie and finally saw the whole thing. Not that the previous times I found it lacking or boring, I would just always fall asleep from tiredness or have been interrupted in someway shape or form. So finally about two months ago I was finally granted by the Fates to watch this film uninterrupted with the lights turned off with my wonderfully soft and warm cover. And wooo-boy was this fun! Now I have not seen the original but from what I hear, like nearly every remake, people were very annoyed that this film was made to begin with when you had the original titled REC from Spain. I've also read that both films are in fact nearly exactly the same, as the film seems to be a shot-by-shot recreation of the original. As someone who hasn't seen the original but only seen the remake, I have to say I'm definitely a fan and was entertained. I may have to look for the original to own if I found this remake so darn fun to watch.The movie is filmed in a "found footage" style, the style of Cannibal Holocaust, Blair Witch Project, and recently Paranormal Activity. The movie begins with reporter Angela Vidal (played by very believably by Jennifer Carpenter) and her camera man Scott Percival (Steve Harris) filming footage introducing us to their next assignment where they follow a group of firefighters for the night. Through interviews and b-rolls, we're introduced to different firefighters, Jake (Jay Hernandez) and Fletcher (Johnathon Schaech), showing them the ins and outs of the fire station. Angela, who mentions when she was a kid wanted very much to be a fire-fighter, is anxious to get a call to go out and get some action. Boy, does that "Be careful what you wish for" saying come true. The crew gets a call and they rush over to a three story building where it seems everyone's in a panic. We meet the various tenants in the building and a police officer, Danny (Columbus Short) who isn't happy one bit when Angela and Scott get in his face with their camera, especially after shooting to death a tenant about to rabidly attack him. Angela's night of excitement is quickly halted after seeing an old woman get shot to death. This is no longer a "fun, laughing" matter. Her world will completely be turned upside-down by the end of this movie. The building suddenly gets sealed up as the tenants, including the cops, fire-fighters, and news crew get trapped inside of the building by what seems to be the government, cutting off their cable and cell phones. This ends up causing the building to become a death trap as a weird virus begins to trigger the tenants, bringing them into a state of rage as if being affected by rabies and attacking each other. The bacteria seems to be spread through biting and any type of saliva and while people begin to get infected one-by-one, there's seems to be no way out of this whole nightmare.I absolutely enjoyed the heck out of this film. Having the film shot in found footage style really helps pull you into the action and it certain helps that the characters, actions, reactions, and decisions are entirely believable. None of the movements, specifically the camera, come out forced in anyway shape or form. It doesn't seem convenient that the camera was looking at a specific thing before an action took place. Cinematography through out was simply perfect. While I was enticed and having a ton of fun watching, as the movie progressed I really started to feel generally scared for the characters and would get annoyed when an infected character would come to cause terror. I laughed at how much I was into this film and I really wish I saw this in theaters to hear people shouting at the screen, "Run!" "Oh, you stupid bitch! Stop making noise!"Directed by John Erick Dowdle, if you haven't seen this film I'd definitely recommend it. I feel with all I've been reading and what I've seen of this film, the film itself was recommending me to be interested to see the original which I plan to do now. Also take note of Doug Jones being in the film! I love Doug Jones! Yes, I said Doug Jones, so if anyone's familiar with that name, you know for sure what kind of role he'll be playing and of course he's as creepy as ever. And major props goes to the lead, Carpenter. Is it safe to call her a new-aged Scream Queen after this and her Exorcism of Emily Rose role where she was also excellent in?Originally Pubished at: Minds of Greg

Fuck You, You Fucking Fanboy

Fuck You, You Fucking Fanboy

By GHERU in Blog on March 24, 2010

Outhouse video and podcast star GHERU gives his thoughts on the state of internet comic fandom.

Cosmic Odyssey

Cosmic Odyssey

By David Bird in Blog on March 22, 2010

Writer: Jim Starlin, Pencils: Mike Mignola, Inks: Carlos GarzonPublished by DC 1992, re-issued 2009Originally published as four issues in 1988 Cosmic Odyssey lives up to its name, taking readers across the galaxy and into other dimensions as Batman, Superman, J’onn J’onzz, Starfire, John Stewart, and Jason Blood team up with New Gods, good and bad, to save the universe from the Anti-Life Equation. The story begins with an Apokoliptian attack on Gotham, quickly foiled by Superman and Lightray, and Darkseid’s recovery of a catatonic Metron. Metron has discovered the truth of the Anti-Life Equation and it has almost destroyed him. Darkseid initially hopes that he can take that information and use it to his own advantage, but he quickly realizes that the Equation isn’t a tool he can wield. Worse, it is a threat to the universe and to his own designs of conquest. He calls a truce with the Highfather and together they recruit the five Earth - or Earth-based - heroes mentioned above to save the galaxy. Evidently the Milky Way is a finely tuned thing and the destruction of any two of four specific star systems will be enough to destroy it altogether. Our heroes are teamed up with New Gods and sent to save those planets.This book offers two big draws. A cosmic adventure by Jim Starlin and an early example of Mike Mignola - and drawing superheroes, no less. Nowadays to second point is probably the bigger draw. Starlin gives us a straight ahead, heavily plotted adventure story. Its well paced and that’s a good thing, because it never slows down. I particularly like his exposition on the origin and nature of the Equation (much more than the more recent attempts by Morrison). I’ve heard interviews in which Mignola said that when he started he adapted his own style to a more traditional superhero standard, but this is clearly Mignola’s own. His men enjoy a blocky solidity. Their musculature isn’t overly defined, but they look very strong. The only two characters he didn’t have a handle on were J’onn J’onzz and Starfire. J’onn looks like a green Uatu. It just doesn’t work. And Starfire is one of DC’s more overtly sexy characterized, even if she isn’t over sexualized, but Mignola doesn’t seem able to carry that off. Worse, and strangely, he is constantly drawing the top half of her face in shadows. It’s almost as if he wanted to draw a mask on her. But those are minor complaints - even if I did find them constantly annoying. Mignola does a great job on the whole and its only strengthened by Garzon and vibrant colours of Steve Oliff.DC was smart to re-issue this book.This blog has been syndicated from David Bird's Eponymous Blog.

"I'm Getting to Old for This Shit"

By starlord in Blog on March 20, 2010

That title is one of the most famous lines in one of the greatest buddy movies ever made. Buddy movies have been around for ages now, harking back to the days of Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, and (my personal favorite) Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. Looking back at thirty some years of comic reading I'll have to say that Marvel has had its fair share of great buddies as well. Probably the longest and oldest would have to be Human Torch and Spider-Man (which is pretty odd since they are both in their late twenties and their friendship has lasted nearly fifty years). But with Johnny Storm constantly off in space or the Negative Zone and Peter Parker erasing everyone's memories every ten years so he can reveal his true identity all over again, they don't really hang out as much. They may have the oldest friendship, but not the strongest.Then there's Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Now these guys have had a very strong and powerful friendship that has had more ups and downs then the Chicken Ranch. It's unfortunate that they've been split up by that darn Jessica Jones. Leave it to a woman to ruin a great bro love like theirs.I could really list a ton more that Marvel has had, including my personal favorite: Beast and Wonder Man, but if I had to call one friendship the best that Marvel has ever created, I've got to go with Nightcrawler and Wolverine. A highly spiritual and religious mutant with the looks of a demon and a Canadian killing machine seemed the least likely of friends; but since the late seventies their friendship has remained one of the most honest and compelling that Marvel has ever offered.Kurt Wagner was repulsed at Logan's blood lust when they first became members of the X-Men and Logan found Kurt's spirtuality and kindness to be out of place in a world where they were a hunted and hated species. Yet, from their first adventure together way back in Uncanny X-Men #129 when they fought the Wendigo, their friendship blossomed and has grown ever since. Through the years every writer has seen the special bromance that these two have carried for each other and have made sure that at least one issue focuses on it. Occasionally they will throw Colossus in the middle just to shake up the dynamics, but even then, it's all about the demon and the animal. I think we can take away a lot from this long standing friendship. They've proven that you don't have to have the same belief system to become best friends, you just have to see the heart of each other and work to nurture it.There's a plaque that a friend of mine from high school, and who I am still very close to, gave me once. It reads: A true friend understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you today just the way you are.That's Kurt and Logan. That's my buddy Larry and I. It's what I wish for every person in this world. One great friendship that stands the test of time. Everyone deserves that. This blog has been syndicated from Starlord's Corner.

 I'm Getting to Old for This Shit

I'm Getting to Old for This Shit

By Starlord in Blog on March 19, 2010

That title is one of the most famous lines in one of the greatest buddy movies ever made. Buddy movies have been around for ages now, harking back to the days of Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, and (my personal favorite) Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. Looking back at thirty some years of comic reading I'll have to say that Marvel has had its fair share of great buddies as well. Probably the longest and oldest would have to be Human Torch and Spider-Man (which is pretty odd since they are both in their late twenties and their friendship has lasted nearly fifty years). But with Johnny Storm constantly off in space or the Negative Zone and Peter Parker erasing everyone's memories every ten years so he can reveal his true identity all over again, they don't really hang out as much. They may have the oldest friendship, but not the strongest.Then there's Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Now these guys have had a very strong and powerful friendship that has had more ups and downs then the Chicken Ranch. It's unfortunate that they've been split up by that darn Jessica Jones. Leave it to a woman to ruin a great bro love like theirs.I could really list a ton more that Marvel has had, including my personal favorite: Beast and Wonder Man, but if I had to call one friendship the best that Marvel has ever created, I've got to go with Nightcrawler and Wolverine. A highly spiritual and religious mutant with the looks of a demon and a Canadian killing machine seemed the least likely of friends; but since the late seventies their friendship has remained one of the most honest and compelling that Marvel has ever offered.Kurt Wagner was repulsed at Logan's blood lust when they first became members of the X-Men and Logan found Kurt's spirtuality and kindness to be out of place in a world where they were a hunted and hated species. Yet, from their first adventure together way back in Uncanny X-Men #129 when they fought the Wendigo, their friendship blossomed and has grown ever since. Through the years every writer has seen the special bromance that these two have carried for each other and have made sure that at least one issue focuses on it. Occasionally they will throw Colossus in the middle just to shake up the dynamics, but even then, it's all about the demon and the animal. I think we can take away a lot from this long standing friendship. They've proven that you don't have to have the same belief system to become best friends, you just have to see the heart of each other and work to nurture it.There's a plaque that a friend of mine from high school, and who I am still very close to, gave me once. It reads: A true friend understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you today just the way you are.That's Kurt and Logan. That's my buddy Larry and I. It's what I wish for every person in this world. One great friendship that stands the test of time. Everyone deserves that. Originally Published at Starlord's Corner  http://starlordscorner.blogspot.com/2010/03/im-getting-to-old-for-this-shit.html

Predators Trailer

Predators Trailer

By Greg in Blog on March 18, 2010

Robert Rodriguez's upcoming Predators! I only recall him signing up for this film recently. And I'm still waiting for Sin City 2, dammit! C'mon, Robbie!!! But anywho, I have't seen the original two films in years, since I was a lil' kid. Hated Alien vs Predator despite drooling over Sanaa Lathan. Besides that... sign me up!Predators at IGN.com


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The Wrasslin' Fan #3: The Moments You Never Forget

The Wrasslin' Fan #3: The Moments You Never Forget

By syxxpakk in Blog on March 13, 2010


What Are the Glory Days?

What Are the Glory Days?

By starlord in Blog on March 10, 2010

Back in the seventies, when I was but a preteen with an over active sex drive, my family would gather together to watch a little sticom called Happy Days. My father loved this series because it took him back to his time when he was young and everything seemed new, fresh, and exciting. At ten years old, I didn't get it. Thirty-two year later, I think in my own way, I finally do. While my Dad's love was for the cars of the time, mine are for the comics of my time. The great arcs of the seventies and eighties are the muscle cars of my time. The 55-56 Cadillac Elderado is my Uncanny X-Men issues #99-150. The first sixty issue of The New Teen Titans was the 1956 Chevy Corvette of its time. I could go on with the Avengers Korvac arc, the story of Jean DeWolfe in Spectacular Spider-Man but you get the idea. Now I hear young fanboys talking about how amazing it is to be reading comics at this particular time. Those who are both fans of Joe Q and Marvel as well as Dan D. and D.C. who believe that there is no greater time to be fans of The Avengers or Green Lantern Corps. I have to roll my eyes because as fun as comics are now, they can't hold a candle to those glory days when Deathstroke first appeared and Jean Grey took her life to save the universe from the Phoenix Force. Now that was the time to be a comic book fan. Or am I just getting old? This blog has been syndicated from Starlord's Corner.

Oh, The Horror! #48: Angel Heart

Oh, The Horror! #48: Angel Heart

By Greg in Blog on March 5, 2010

A masterfully done film, one of my absolute favorites. Starring Mickey Rourke as Harry Angel, Robert De Niro as Louis Cyphre, and Lisa Bonet as Epiphany, a Vodou mambo, from start to finish you're hooked into this hard boiled noir inspired horror film. Alan Parker does a wonderful job crafting a film of complete and utter mystery, tension, and suspense. You're constantly at the edge of your mind wondering just where this film is going to go and the climax totally lives up. The tone given from beginning to end is creepy, enchanting, and pulls you in. From the music to the colors and the strong performances, you truly believe what you're watching. Is there a supernatural element to this movie? Is it all just in our heads or is the film tricking the viewer? You should see for yourself.Harry Angel is a private detective hired by Louis Cyphre to look for a man who seem to have vanished off the face of the Earth, the man named Johnny Favorite. Harry searches high and low from NYC to New Orleans searching for Favorite. But things start to get highly tense when the the people Harry questions start to drop off like flies through disturbing ways. The cops start to pursue Harry along with other questionable people. He also meets Epiphany, a beautiful young Vodou priestess who's connected somehow, further entangling Harry into this strange web and world of Vodou.I give this film full praises throughout from direction to overall production and acting. A lot of the tense moments are only pushed further by the fantastically strong performance of Mickey Rouke. I have to say from the different films I've seen played by Rouke, his turn as Harry Angel is by far my favorite, especially by the end of the film when everything gets revealed. De Niro clearly has a lot of fun in this weird role as Angel's client and Bonet is fine as a Vodou priestess. I'm impressed greatly in the scene where Bonet shows off her Vodou dancing skills along with a huge group of Vodou practitioners and Bonet really falls into character, making a sacrifice to whoever she's dancing to (why don't we find out she she is dancing to?). I also really adore the sex scene between Bonet and Rourke. A truly enticingly horrifying and mind-bogglingly scene, fantastically well shot with quick jump cuts and highly intense with blood dripping from the rain and pouring on the lovers. Definitely one of the very best "love" scenes I've seen in a movie that compliments well with the suspenseful tone of this masterpiece of a film. A highly recommend piece of art. If you haven't seen this do so. It's a wonderful film to add to your collection, whether you're a horror fan or not.Also noted, I want to mention the special features from the DVD. There's a wonderful documentary going into details of the religion and practice of the Vodou religion in contrast to Hollywood Voodoo that's been pushed forth in movies. I loved this documentary and hope people check it out and don't have a close-mind of the belief and actually take into account just how much Hollywood and the media as tainted people's minds on the Vodou faith.

Oh, The Horror! #47: The Last House on the Left (Remake)

Oh, The Horror! #47: The Last House on the Left (Remake)

By Greg in Blog on March 1, 2010

One of my god brothers introduced me to this film as he's a fan of both this and the original. I haven't seen the original and only heard about the movie until after the remake hit theaters. It seems my god brother is a big Wes Craven fan as he's introduced me to films such as People Under the Stairs and Serpent and the Rainbow. But anyways, he showed me this film and I can't quite say I loved it, but I was into it at least. The story follows a family, Emma (Monica Potter), John (Tony Goldwyn), and their daughter Mari Collingwood (Sara Paxton), who head out on vacation to their lake house. While convincing her parents to take the car and spend time with her best friend, Paige, they meet a young boy and got to his motel room and hang out. Everything is all fun and dandy until his father (Garret Dillahunt), uncle, and father's girlfriend come along and begin to torture Mari and Paige to the point of raping poor Mari in the woods. After all this, almost coincidentally (not too coincidentally, but whatev...), the criminal family make their way to John and Emma's home, both sides unsuspecting of their connection with each other. The tension between this is fairly well done and gets you interested in what's going to happen. It really becomes fun to watch when Emma and John figure out what these criminals have done and actually turn the tables on these killers and go all out on them.This isn't a must see or total recommendation, but I do feel there are some winners in the film. The acting is fairly good, especially the main villain and the main parents (is Monica Potter trying to become a Scream Queen?). I really liked Potter in this film and I feel Paxton does some good stuff with her scenes. A lot of good tension rising moments throughout the movie but this film is rather passable although not terrible. The ending I felt could have been a lot stronger as I felt the protagonists could have done a bit more with the main villain, but that's just me... Nah, not just me, it would have been a stronger ending.If you've nothing else to do, this is one of those films. Beyond that I wouldn't really recommend to go out of your way to catch this.Directed by Dennis Iliadis.

Nightmare on Elm Street Trailer 2

Nightmare on Elm Street Trailer 2

By Greg in Blog on February 25, 2010

Well, the second preview for the Nightmare on Elm Street remake was released. If you've been following my blog, you'd know that I just recently became a fan of the premise of Nightmare on Elm Street after years of being rather disappointed in it due to all the terrible sequels and feeling Freddy Kruger wasn't being used right to his full potential. I don't have too much faith in this remake as I've recently found a big appreciation for the first film, but here's hoping there's some redeemable aspects in this. I was very interested in seeing how Freddy could be used with all the advancement we've made with computer tech, though it seems most of the kills and special effects will just be rehashes of the original.

Underground #5

Underground #5

By David Bird in Blog on February 25, 2010

Writer: Jeff Parker, Artist: Steve Lieber Published by Image 2010 The economy has fallen out of the bottom of Marion, Kentucky and many, led by local merchant Winston Barefoot, see their salvation in a series of rare caves, which they hope to see opened to the public. It’s a move likely to cause permanent damage to the site and one vigorously opposed by environmentalists, led by Rangers Wesley Fischer and Seth Ridge. The story was set in motion when Barefoot’s men attempted to dynamite a more accessible route into the caves and were discovered by Fischer and Ridge. Since then it’s been a cat and mouse game - who will live to tell their version of events? Last month I reviewed another story in which the plot was essentially one long chase scene, which never came together to make an interesting story. In Underground Parker and Lieber get it absolutely right. Parker presents a complicated situation and lets events unravel to another, criminal, level. There are good guys and bad guys in this story, but this isn’t another crime comic, with people doing bad things simply because they’re bad guys. Lieber also steps up, working through two unusual constraints: most of the action takes place in what is essentially one big room, and it takes place in the dark. Everything has been developing at a measured, suspenseful pace and issue five brings it all to a head. The Rangers are searching for an alternative entrance as a means of escape, while the work of their pursuers has been discovered by the authorities and a rescue party is sent in behind them. Lately I have been concentrating my reviews on graphic novels, but a preview copy of this issue - out March 3 - allowed me to sit down and read through Parker and Lieber’s new mini in one sitting. Underground has been earning a lot of positive buzz and I can only add myself to its growing list of fans. This blog has been syndicated from David Bird's Eponymous Blog.


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The Wrasslin' Fan #2: NXT Up

The Wrasslin' Fan #2: NXT Up

By syxxpakk in Blog on February 22, 2010


Sweet Rebecca (Poem for Valentine's Days)

Sweet Rebecca (Poem for Valentine's Days)

By Greg in Blog on February 14, 2010

Sweet Rebecca was a pretty little thingWho believed in love but kept getting flings.Her lips were red as the color of bloodAnd her heart longed for a man to love.Sweet Rebecca met Mark with eyes blue like the seaBut he had two left feet and could not match a beat.Sweet Rebecca danced well with ChrisBut his kiss could not give her bliss.It was Chip who had the talented lipsBut his face was filled with leaky zits.Sean had a wonderful complexion, face with clarityBut had the most foul personality.Sarah though had a wonderful heart, as if wovenBut Rebecca remembered she was straight and Sarah was a woman.Then Rebecca met Drake who had just the right sized penisBut his face kept reminding her of a deformed fetus.Rebecca met Jamie, handsome with a chiseled jawBut his chest was saggy and torso was a bore.Jason, though, had just the perfect pecs and absBut one day died in an accident in his science lab.“What should I do?” Sweet Rebecca asked herselfThen an idea hit her head after finding a stitch in Jason’s shelf.She met Mark again and cut out his blue eyes like the seaAnd chopped off Chris’ talented and lovely right and left feet.Sweet Rebecca ripped off Chip’s soft lipsAnd skinned Sean’s face that had no zits.She cut out Sarah’s bloody beating heartAnd also Drake’s right size penis and kept him apart.She also detached Jamie’s chiseled jawAnd her smile lit up like a bright starAs she thought to put together all the pieces like a fine puzzleShe wondered if it’d be a struggle.Sweet Rebecca returned to Jason’s science labAnd admired every pack of his hard shaped abs.Days and weeks and months went byAnd finally that one day she let out a sigh.She finally created the perfect man And decided to name him Dan.He had blues eyes like the seaAnd could match a beat.He had kissable lipsAnd had no zits.He had a great heart you couldn’t buy with a dimeWhose penis fit her with just the right size.He had a wonderful strong jawAnd each second of the day it was Rebecca he adored.Of course he had the nice abs and great chestAnd Rebecca loved Dan with all the best.Rebecca and Dan lived happily ever after.

Oh, The Horror! #46: The Wolfman

Oh, The Horror! #46: The Wolfman

By Greg in Blog on February 13, 2010

The Wolfman is a film directed by Joe Johnston, a remake of the original 1941 Wolfman movie that starred horror scream king Lon Chaney, Jr. I'm going to start off this review by saying that I wasn't a HUGE fan of the original film when I first saw it. There were some shots I absolutely loved next to the setting and the mood presented in the film. The foggy forest? Just masterful. Chaney, Jr. as Larry Talbot was very appealing and of course you had the great Bela Lugosi making an appearance. This movie stars Benicio del Toro, one of my favorite actors, as Larry Talbot, a popular stage actor who is called back to Blackmoor after his brother is gruesomely murdered by what seems to be human... and inhumane at that same time. He is awkwardly reunited with his father (Anthony Hopkins) and meets his brother's fiancée, Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt) who was the one to track Larry down. Larry promises Gwen that he'll find the person behind his brother's death which leads him into the gypsy square near the forest where a werewolf causes death and injury to a lot of residents. Larry bravely goes after it only to be bitten, thus leading to his cursed transformation as the titled Wolfman.So did I find this to be a great horror movie? Does it deserve hype from the trailers and special effects? Is it worth spending hard earned cash for? Eh. It was okay. So-so. The movie had good and bad parts. But not terrible. Let me start with the good. First and foremost: performances. All top-notch and it helps that everyone in the film were very well, established actors who knew their craft. Del Toro played a good performance of a brooding and cursed Larry Talbot although that's pretty much it. Besides playing a very good tortured character, that's all you'll see from him. The character himself is pretty much nearly one-noted besides specific scenes which I won't spoil. Anthony Hopkins plays Sir Talbot, Larry's father, and actually nearly steals the show during the first half of the movie and makes some scenes very creepy. Scenes that you'd believe would be cheesy under a lesser actor. Emily Blunt plays Gwen, the woman who eventually falls in love with Larry and becomes entangled in the whole story of the Wolfman. Blunt added a lot of depth and humanity to this movie and became my favorite thing about in this film. Hugo Weaving plays Inspector Francis Aberline, an officer determined in bringing Talbot down and stopping the murders. Although I flashed a grin when Weaving entered the screen, hoping his arrival will mean "shit is finally gonna go down!" he's nearly wasted in this film. Next to Blunt being my favorite part of the film, there were also scenes of Talbot's hallucinations starting to plague his mind. Larry's hallucinations were by far the scene-stealers of the movie. They were fantastically gripping, all focusing on Talbot's fragmented mind as both man and a werewolf, nearly driving him crazy, mixing reality with the surreal where you couldn't quite tell which was which at various moments. I was near the edge of my seat when those scenes played out.Now the bad... the film was a tad boring. While I felt the performances kept me some-what interested with some amazing shots throughout the movie with very excellent musical scores from Danny Elfman, the movie couldn't quite get me excited. There were a lot of scare scenes that were in fact VERY well done, but the plot itself just seemed weak in parts. The first half of the movie dragged. Yet when it seem something was finally going to happen, it seemed rushed. The film did a decent job in adding some suspense here and there, but the story itself didn't seem to fully sustain the suspense that was going with it. While I also liked that the movie sort of strayed away from the original film, there were many times I wish it sort of did follow the original. For one, Larry Talbot was a much cheerier and happier person in Lon Chaney, Jr's version. You were amused and charmed with him when he started sweet-talking and courting Gwen who was also very happy-go-lucky. Then there was the weird feeling when Gwen's friend gets a bad omen. In this version, everyone is so gloomy since the very beginning of the movie. I missed the happy Larry who's world turned upside down when he gets bitten and cursed as a werewolf. Now there are some twists that I saw coming and I know it would be split between viewers if they liked this twist or not. Some people would find it cheesy while others would find it a very welcome surprise. I myself found it a welcome surprised although I did see it coming from near the beginning of the film.The special effects were overall well done. I appreciated the Wolfman actually resembling the monster from the original movie but besides that there isn't much to really say. The transformation was okay, but its the use of the special effects with the hallucinations that take the cake for me. Gore and violence were all well done and none looked cheesy or out of place.Would I recommend this film? Not really. There are things in the movie that would be enough to entertain people, but it'd be very hard for me to know which type of people that would be.I will say, though, that I was very happy to see one of my favorite shots used from the original. The scene where Gwen is running towards the right of the camera in the foggy forest. Although the beautiful atmospheric fog was missing, the nod surely got a slight smile from me. I'll conclude that although I wasn't a huge fan of this movie... it really made me appreciate the original a lot more than I did before. So take that as you will.

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