It achieves a level of fear that's rarely experienced in cinema and if watching the film carefully it can be seen how. This notion is furthered by the different levels in the apartment building, the films use of rooms, the final scenes and several allegories to various computer games including Resident Evil, Alone in the Dark and Silent Hill. It has been a long time since I jumped off my seat a few times way too many. With such a wealth of horror-viewing-experience combined with inspired film-making they are able to draw upon some of the best moments in horror history. You'll regret it, but in the best possible way.
It should be noted that clichés aren't always a bad thing and when put to good use can give the audience exactly what they came to see. I loved this movie so much I had to leave a comment. Towards the final reels the film plays like an amalgamation of ideas and inspirations. He is there to film a documentary and in true cameraman style his instincts take over. As the film progresses the crew are lucky enough to accompany the fireman on a call out to a local apartment building. It really scared me big time. It is a technique in which the person behind the camera is a character that is integral to the plot, narrative and story of the film.
I'm overwhelmed, I'm frightened, I'm suspicious, I can't even sleep. This is truly a superb horror movie. I cannot recommend this film enough and have even tried to construct my review in a way as to not give too much away; as it is a film that needs to seen. Granted, if we are subjected to a recent flurry of films all using similar methods then yes, it deserves further scrutiny and what usually surfaces is that greedy studios are exploiting market trends. I believe the true quality of the film lies in its ability to cleverly use the history of the genre and the bare minimal of resources to its maximum potential and, unlike Cloverfield, there's little room to doubt the reasons for the cameraman to continue filming and this is like Blair Witch due to the fact it's his job. Watch it with the lights off, with a friend and in a small room. There's one particular scene you'll know, believe me that I do not recommend for those who are easily impressionable.
Cloverfield and the forth coming Diary of The Dead. It has some of the scariest scenes I have ever seen you'll know what I'm talking about. It is also evident from the plot and the methods employed that the film is very low budget, but this does not do it any harm, instead it complements the narrative and increases the films appeal. It is the film that I wanted to see when I queued up in the rain, 10 years ago full of hype, anticipation and adolescent excitement. I'm a big horror movie fan and I must tell you: you have to see this. . It seems strange to me that once a new technique is discovered or employed and put to use regularly, people and critics complain especially when it works.
One of the best horror movies I have ever seen. The acting on show here is also a lot better than Cloverfield and the people all look normal, some are even unattractive. . . . . .
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