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Sun, Sep. 24th, 2006 | 11:53 pm  slavezombie

The hills have eyes
  I borrowed the DVD for this film from work. I have to give you my honest opinion about three DVDs I borrowed from work. Over the weekend I saw TransAmerica which I found to be very amusing considering the story gave a lite hearted perspective on a major controversial issue. I also saw the film The matador which contained just about the right amount of violence that I am comfortable with in an action film. I'd say that the best story praise goes to TransAmerica. That's the kind of movie that is going to stay in my memory for years to come whereas The matador will be forgotten or confused with such films as The Thomas Crown affair. Although I enjoyed sitting through The matador, that just isn't enough. Although, I will say I liked the special features which goes into detail about the way The matador went into production. It had been a Sundance/Independent Film project and won over Miramax. A success story if I ever heard one.
  The bloodiness of The hills have eyes was typical of a film competing against classics like Texas chainsaw massacre. When I think of that [chainsaw] movie and the similarity it has with the HEAVY METAL band W.A.S.P., I'm revved for delving into claim to fame stories about the GLAM METAL band to see what links between Blackie Lawless and Chainsaws I might find. Perhaps I'll write about it in this blog. I had to insert the DVD for The hills have eyes one last time because I wasn't sure if I had skipped a special feature—the trailer ads—as I did indeed skip that with the other two DVDs. I always watch the special features for films I enjoy.
  So, I pop in the disc and discover there is no trailer. I'm convinced that I previewed a TV ad when it was released. Unfortunately, I have bad short term memory. I visit imdb.com to watch the trailer there, but ze QuickTime trailer, she is not available. If I could just watch the trailer once, I could verify whether or not Kathleen Quinlan might've been a factor in my decision to see it, but I heard a positive review for the 'unrated' film on a podcast called Scene unseen. Kathleen Quinlan was in American Graffiti, a film I will definately watch again for her scenes. Recent films with Kathleen are Apollo 13 which I've seen, Independence Day, and that's it. There's more in her filmography, but nothing I've heard of, or with name actors in them. Since she seems to be having such streaks of unknown films, I wonder if her abject death scene has any influence on the films she gets. I've heard actors abhor death scenes, but never understood why.

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from: whthfck
date: Mon, Sep. 25, 2006 03:49 am (UTC)

I have the Unrated: The Version to Die For DVD. I was never inclined to buy this movie before I did. I've never seen the original so it was a new experience for me, despite the familiar goriness that IS most horror movies. This movie is pretty raw and frighteningly realistic.

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from: slavezombie
date: Mon, Sep. 25, 2006 03:58 am (UTC)

  I agree that the realistic black and white photographs of deformities in infants was uncanny. I got so enmeshed in Ethel's death, I had to repeat her last lines over and over again. I enjoyed the interviews with the Director and Producer. I look fwd to watching the commentary version of the film.
Did you go see SHERRYBABY yet?

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