Movie of the Day – Contagion

Well, I think this movie perfectly sums up how I feel currently.  I am in the midst of battling illness, one that is definitely winning as I came home work and pretty much it all hit me like a sack of bricks.  I was fine Saturday, I was ok this morning, but something about coming really lets your defenses down and the cold to take over.  I assure you, I don’t need Matt Damon to come and help me out, but it would be cool to hang out with him for the day.   Just saying if that ever happens it would be cool.

So, what a perfect movie to instill fear in the populace with the threat of a global pandemic of sinus infections, coughing and chest congestion.  CONTAGION!

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Movie of the Day – [Rec]

I am giving another go with a horror movie post cause frankly I don’t cover them enough.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy horror movies, it’s just one of the genre of films that is hit and miss for me.  Far to often the aim is gross out the viewer and showcase their nifty make-up and visuals and just gets muddled and lost.  You lose sight of what truly makes a movie scary and that is the way the movie plays with your senses.  Too often your visual senses are overloaded with gore and excessive use of teeth and other monster/human hybrids they use as the antagonist.  I enjoy horror film that gives me a setting and a story that all play upon the fear of the unknown.  Flickering of lights being your only source of vision, small distant sounds that creep up from the dark, and the sense of dread when you don’t know where you are at in relation to a room or location.  All these little things are far more effective than just this conveyer belt of gory images and scenes of death.  I want to be scared dammit, not fucking shown a slide show of your deathly creations.

So now we come to a movie that scared the ever living shit out of me, a little Spanish film called [Rec].  This movie may seem familiar to you if you saw the other movie Quarantine.  Quarantine was a remake of [Rec] and while it was a decent remake, the original is by far scarier than the US version.  Using the angle of the found footage craze that horror movies love to use, [Rec] delivers a terrifying view through a small lens on a camera and the horror that ensues.

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Movie of the Day – 28 Days Later

To be honest, I am not a huge fan of horror movies.  The current state of horror movies relies far too much on over the top gore and torture where I am just disgusted rather than scared of the movie.  Sure, horror movies are synonymous with violence and gore, but it can be used effectively or has an actual place in the movie.  Gore for the sake of gore doesn’t make a horror movie.  I want to be scared about the unknown, scared of the surroundings, and scared that there is no hope for the characters involved.  I don’t want to see creative (or non-creative) ways to kill off characters.  It just becomes a showcase for intricate ways to kill characters (Saw movies are the biggest culprit) and you care very little about the characters or story.

So with few choices in the scare department, I look towards the lovely genre that is zombie films to get both gore and a good story out of my movie experience.  Now before we go forward with the movie of the day, I am fully aware that there are two sides to the zombie debate, in particular the sides that are drawn with regards to 28 Days Later.  In the most traditional sense, 28 Days Later is not a zombie movie.  The “infected” are not dead, they are not re-animated corpses, they don’t eat their victims, and they do not shamble after their prey.  The “infected” are zombie like though, in that their sheer numbers and relentless pursuit of the main characters is zombie like.  I am listing it as a zombie movie for the sake of writing this post.

Now with that disclaimer out of the way, I can get to the reason as to why this is the Movie of the Day…

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