I have been watching a lot of horror the past eight or nine months with some pretty good ones and a whole lot of bad ones.
We finally have a GREAT one.
As a fan of the original trilogy, I was looking forward to this one. I knew I wouldn’t get to see it in theaters so I tried to be as spoiler free as I could until it released on DVD, and even then I waited. Things happen and it moved to the pile of ‘need to watch’ DVD’s. I knew that the hero here was supposed to be a girl and that there was a lot of blood. Well, saying there was a lot of blood is like saying there is a lot of water in the oceans.
I went in expecting many of the same beats to happen, and due to some bad remakes in recent years, I went in with low expectations. I am happy to say that I was as giddy as a school girl at how much I loved this film. I thought the characters were intelligent, believable, and taken seriously. I saw a few reviews that called the characters stupid and under developed. I disagree. There was no Sam Raimi humor here, this film is all business. The plot might be a bit contrived, but aren’t a lot of horror films? This is a tight script with very good characterization. I loved that I was left guessing at every corner. Each time that I thought I knew where it was going I was pleasantly surprised to see that I was wrong.
As a horror fan, there is’t much anymore that gets to me when it comes to gore. There were two instances here, however, that made me physically curl up in my seat and cringe. I can’t think of a singe horror film in the past twenty years that had that effect on me. Props to the crew for that. And all that blood. No CGI here, all practical. The way it’s meant to be done.
The film did start a dangerous spiral towards cliche in the ending, but quickly righted itself. It was still a joy of an ending and one I did not see happening quite that way. When our hero went for the chainsaw, instead of rolling my eyes I cheered.
If you were having any reservations about seeing this film, allow me to erase them. This was one of the most refreshing and satisfying horror films I have seen in a very long time. An incredible film worth every penny.
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