Upcoming zombie movie.
First pics of Steven Soderbergh’s CONTAGION, scheduled to drop in October 2011. Count me as very interested. QuietEarth.us has the story here.
I was reading about Anthony Perkins today and it reminded me of his role in the classic film adaptation of Nevil Shute’s ON THE BEACH. Not the crappy new version, mind you, but the amazingly visceral 1959 version with Gregory Peck and Fred Astaire. If you are a fan of apocalyptic movies and have not seen this movie, YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS MOVIE NOW. Visceral, heart wrenching.
Just finished watching MONSTERS. It was produced in that cinema verite style I never seem to tire of, had interesting people in it, made it easy to believe in alien monsters in a realistic, lived-in world. I loved the idea of a new ecology competing with our own, an idea explored in MIST and my novel THE INFECTION. A little more action and smarter decisions by the main characters would have been nice, however.
Just finished LET ME IN. Wow, what a great movie. The lived-in sets, the acting, the realistic storytelling, the pacing, the music, the tension, the chemistry between the kids, all of it was done almost perfectly in my opinion. I hadn’t expected this. Usually the Americanized version of a successful European film is almost guaranteed to, well, suck. This one didn’t. It was excellent.
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.