FINAL GIRL explores the slasher flicks of the '70s and '80s...and all the other horror movies I feel like talking about, too. This is life on the EDGE, so beware yon spoilers!

Oct 30, 2011

SHOCKtober Day 30

Ah, drawing to a close! Day 30 means tomorrow is Day 31 which means tomorrow is Halloween. Man oh man. Time sure flies when you're something something, huh? I feel particularly Halloweenie this year, as I've already even carved a pumpkin, scared some children, watched at least one terrible Halloween sequel on AMC, and had more than my share of Pumpkin Spice coffee. It's glorious! Now on to your choices, so few of which remain...

Phyllis (Last House on the Left)

You know, I've never seen this and I kind of doubt that I ever will. I did see the remake, though.

MICROWAVE OVEN.

Tarman (Return of the Living Dead)

Ten kinds of awesome, at least.

Kaplan (Resident Evil)

Sayeth the chooser (which is probably more than anyone has ever said on a character from Resident Evil, which is also ten kinds of awesome at least):

"When the RE movie comes up, Martin Crewes' performance is often mentioned. It kind of encapsulates part of what sets the first movie apart from the other, sucky ones - he does fear well. The sequels dispense with fear in favor of displays of effortless badassery, but fear reminds us that this screwed-up scenario is happening to actual (well, you know) people
and makes the threat more real.

More specific to Crewes' character, though, is a variation on the NotLD Barbra problem. He does the things we hope we wouldn't in that situation: mentally freezes and forgets the elevator password, is unable to beat the computer safeguards before everyone gets diced, etc. And yet, despite this, he proves capable of great courage in more considered moments: he pushes himself down the laser corridor with all the corpses alone; he insists on staying behind for a bad death so as not to endanger the others. These are not, in the scheme of things, grand actions - walking
down a hallway, staying put - but they become big, tense set pieces just because they require such courage - and because the character has such fear to overcome.

Crewes' character gives the impression of a techie who wanted to make more of himself in the field, which makes his ultimate stepping-up (despite his last-act demise) that much more satisfying. He's a quieter sort than many modern zombie flicks have time for, a less-assured, less-glamorous hero character, and the actor's more messily human than one would expect in a
videogame adaptation - but he gives a display of fortitude that's more memorable for me than that of most any movie."

8 comments:

Tres said...

I'm rewatching Halloween 5 now, and oh is it bad! I just don't believe that Haddonfield has a hobo-pirate living down by the river.

jdigriz said...

Well said regarding Crewes in RE.

Catherine Mary said...

Oh, Tarman! How I love thee.

zombivish said...

why never seeing Last House?

Stacie Ponder said...

I tend to avoid rape-revenge flicks, as I find the genre unappealing.

Synonymous said...

...Wait, this wasn't an essay contest? I *didn't* have to collect all those soup labels? I'm...I'm _not_ going to be on American Bandstand?

(In addition, my submission seems to have been the last in addition to the longest. Awesome.)

zombivish said...

fair enough, as whole rape/revenge stuff is far from my fav sub-genre.
That said, i think Last House is worth a watch, at least once. It's not a perfect film by any means (i hate the "comic" relief aspect of the bumbling cops).
Also, and this will sound weird, but though Last House if definitely rapey, but, at least to me, it doesn't dwell on it. It's not shot to titillate. Its a tough watch for sure, but i'd say it's worth it if you're into genre stuff.

Ryan Clark said...

Last House is one of my faves. I actually thought the rape scene in the remake was more upsetting, to be honest.