Here’s an example of a low-budget horror film done without stereotypes: SALVAGE. The film offers us believable characters who aren’t always likable but you can’t help but sympathize with; as a result, their terror is infectious to the viewer. (Unfortunately, for me the premise of the cover-up was kind of dumb and ruined the otherwise very poignant ending.) Still, it was entertaining and I recommend it.
Tony Schaab’s highly respected “G.O.R.E. Score” gives THE INFECTION, my apocalyptic horror novel coming out from Permuted Press on February 28, a score of 8 out of 10: “28 DAYS LATER meets THE MIST … action-packed zombie mayhem that you won’t want to put down … a definite page turner right from the get-go all the way to the insanely intense final scene.”
Click here to check out the complete review at the GORE Score.
Just watched DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND. Interesting premise–drug trials that turn the volunteers into cannibalistic infected (although connection between drug and contagion is not established). The poor character development mars an otherwise potentially good film though; I found everybody to be a zombie movie stereotype, which was a big turn off. Note to would-be zombie filmmakers: Watch THE WALKING DEAD.
Just saw BLACK SWAN with my lovely wife. The trailer looks like the typical story of an artist crumbling under pressure, but the film is more than that. Part psychological thriller, part horror film. It was very good, if emotionally exhausting. I wanted to start smoking again after seeing it. Natalie Portman should get a special Oscar for being “the most amazing actress delivering the most amazing performance ever.”
“They are refugees forced from everything they consider home, searching for a safe place. They have become nomads, living on whatever they can find. But mostly they are survivors. They are good at surviving because they are on the road and they are still alive. They have done the things one had to do to survive. They have all killed or they would not be here.”