Reviews of some horror movies I’ve watched.
Resident Evil: Extinction
In this third installment the entire planet has been overrun by zombie creatures, and Milla Jovovich tries to survive in this Mad Max-like world. Several scenes seem “borrowed” from other movies, like the bird attack straight out of Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” I wasn’t impressed with the CGI, and there’s no real tension in the movie – but there is some nice kick-butt-zombie-action. If you liked the first two “Resident Evil” movies, you’ll enjoy this one as well. Grade: 3 out of 5
In a chilling winter landscape two college students crash with their car. Soon they encounter ghosts. There’s a very creepy atmosphere in this movie, and the acting is excellent. But the movie is also painfully slow, and it’s far between the scares. More drama than horror. Grade: 2 out of 5
Decent 2007 remake of the original Rutger Hauer movie. A young couple on their way to spring break pick up a dangerous hitchhiker, who turns their lives into a nightmare. This time around we se Sean Bean as the hitcher, and he always delivers. Despite some plot holes this is an okay remake, but I prefer the original. Grade: 3 out of 5
From the directors of “Shutter” come this better-than-average ghost horror from Thailand. It’s about a dead siamese twin that comes back to haunt the sister who is alive. I really wanted to give this movie a higher grade, but I can’t because the ghost scares and the twist are very predictable – but it’s a pretty solid movie anyway. Grade: 3 out of 5
Middle-of-the-road thriller where Sandra Bullock loses her husband in a car accident. But a few days later he’s alive again. Was his death just a premonition of what to come, and can she stop it? The movie is slow paced and confusing as it jumps back and forth in the story. The suspense is almost non-existent, but there are some touching moments between the characters. The movie held my interest to somewhere around the halfway mark, then I got tired of it. Grade: 2 out of 5
Michelle Rodriguez just doesn’t have any luck with islands. First “Lost” and now this. A bunch of friends arriving at an island are attacked by genetically manipulated rabid dogs. And the dogs are real, no CGI dogs, thank you very much. There are some suspenseful scenes, and the movie is better than I expected, but it’s not good enough. Grade: 2 out of 5