Tuesday, October 29, 2013
For as excited as I was about this movie, it's kind of amazing that it exceeded my extremely high expectations for it. It's violent. Gory (they used all practical effects, and they all looked terrific. I'm not totally convinced one of the girls didn't actually cut her arm off). Creepy. Overrun with second-guessing and illogical plot points. Uneven acting (although it's worth noting that Jane Levy is terrific throughout. I hope to see her in more movies very soon). It's a beautiful and blood-drenched horror film. It feels less like a remake and more like a love-letter to the the genre, while still adding its own memorably bloody chapter to the genre. It shows the audience dozens of potential weapons, then gleefully uses each and every one of them.
If I have one complaint it's that the unrated version has yet to see the light of day. I know it's out there (the first cut was rated NC-17, so they cut out some stuff to get down to R). And, while I know they probably didn't have to cut too much (30 seconds would be my guess), my mind desperately wants to believe that there are 20+ insane minutes floating around out there, just begging to be released. In two years, they will no doubt release it, and I will happily pay whatever they ask.
You can read my original review here.