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Altered January 6, 2007

Posted by ujj in Dont watch, horror, LAN, Reviews.
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Nothing gets Altered in this film.

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If you are mortal and have something to do with your time, better not waste it on this film. The single reason why I watched it is that its directed by Eduardo Sanchez, the person behind the Blair Witch Project. looks are deceptive, it seems so is the case with credentials. First of all why would a person like him work on a cliched theme as that of an alien_horror_film (which, as luck would have it,is hardly horror). Agreed its a theme that strikes a cord or two amongst thrill lovers, but then why a story that a thirteen year old kid exposed to the idea of alien abduction will come up with? Why Mr Sanchez? why?
Some scenes are simulating (I hope Im not being generous). The Alien is green and has a large head (remember signs) and has Predatory teeth, so not much work has been done on the Alien as well. In one of the scenes the alien pulls out the intestines of one person! like I said some scenes are simulating, the rest of the film is all gore no thrill. If you like horror films, try out the other films mentioned in this post, dont take up the duty to pay your homage to the death of the spirit of horror in this film and btw nothing gets altered in this film except your point of view about the director.

Life is too short to watch such films but anyways as I did watch it, I might as well tell you a little about the plot. The films starts with three men hunting an alien in the woods. They catch the Alien and take it to a strange house which strangely is in the middle of nowhere. Later we discover that the owner of the house, their friend, was abducted by an alien some years back and after the aliens did whatever they did with him, he was left in the woods. Now why would a man abducted by aliens build a place for himself far from civilization amidst trees and wild animals. While you think about, let me go ahead. One of the three people who caught it has had an old episode with the aliens too. His brother was killed by the aliens and his father thought that it was him who did it so he also has a thing or two against the green thing. He is adamant to kill it but the owner of the creep house warns him that doing this would bring the end of the whole human race ! (may be that alien was the president of the green land some galaxies away). Some rather ordinary things happen and a lot of people get killed.

The most interesting part of the film is its ending which shows you that all this time the owner of the house had the means to kill a large number of aliens in one go. Why he didnt do it in the beginning itself is something Im not delving on.

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the Thing October 26, 2006

Posted by ujj in horror, LAN, Mood: Thrill me, sci-fi.
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Unlike other sci-fi horror films that try to stimulate you by using frightful slimy, large clawed, multilegged predatory creatures, the Thing actually scares you by using the impostrous alien that can take the shape and form of any living object it comes in contact with, so in reality it scares the shit out of you using living creatures you see around you. Metaphorically this is more thrilling as in the film none of the characters can be assumed to be any way less dangerous than the other, not even a ski-dog!
A group of scientists in Antartica is confronting a strange organism of alien origin that can imitate any living thing that comes in its proximity. The Alien cells of the imitated body so formed remain active even when it is killed, that is the dead bodies are not really dead. This discovery starts a paranoia in the group as everyone alive is a possible alien in human form. The only way to prevent this spread is to burn the tissues and hence every one suspected to be an alien has to be burnt alive!
Though some of the copy book horror scenes like an alien strangulating a dog with its tounge are there, the Thing has some really creepy kick-ass stuff like an alien organism coming out of a human by splitting his face and then eating another human, really unique I must say. If you liked Ridley Scotts Alien, youll cherish this one, better sets and the use of icy environment of Antartica and ..ahem.. has a story too  🙂

Pet Sematary October 23, 2006

Posted by ujj in horror, LAN, Mood: Thrill me, Reviews.
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I know its been a while but we’ve done some work too. Our very own LAN crossed the 12 Terabyte mark a few days back and we realized that have so many films to watch and such a short 4 year campus life to live, some of us from now on have taken up the duty to write about every film we see (which, if I may be allowed to say, would be many). IPet Sematary recently watched Pet Sematary.

It Starts with the original Zee horror show background music (strange co-incidence). A typical Stephen King shocker with a little more shock than I was used to. Creed family moves to a new town along a highway which is regularly alive by the passing huge gas trucks. Their roaring will not be the only problem for the family. Near their house is a broken path that leads to a pet cemetary where broken hearted children bury their pets. The family has a pet cat which dies apparently being hit by a speeding truck. The pet is burried in a strange ground beyond the pet cemetary and heres where ‘it’ begins. The strange burrial ground was where the Micmac Indians burried their dead. Writing what happens next would be spoiling the fun of goosebumps.
The filming is superb and without the use of creepy background music, the environment it sets is a not_watch_alone one. The use of the friendly ghost Pax-cow is brilliant. The film has some memorable dialogues like “the heart of the man is stonier” and the image of Zelda a girl suffering from spinal meningites is very disturbing. The end though becomes a little too predictable, but a wonderfully scary watch nonetheless.

If you’r a horror fan you might also wanna try out The Shinning also by Staney Kubrick based on the novel of the same name by King. It has the kubricks characteristic loud and long music with amazing use of silence to create a chilly environment. Though pet sematary is a better and more complicated story, Shining is a far better film. Jack Nicholsan is brilliant and the story explains itself in the last few minutes of the film which just comes as a bang. To know more about horror films try our horror tag.