Saw this at the two-dollar theater last night. I'm surprised to say that I liked it in spite of its myriad irritating qualities.
All the meta crap—"Look how clever we are! We're really subverting horror tropes!"—was annoying. The writing wasn't half as smart or cute as I'll bet Whedon and whoever else probably thought it was. Shit was Scream
-level. The dialogue stood out as especially poorly written and unbearably smarmy. "Sorry I didn't tell you a werewolf was about to bite you." Come on.
I thought a couple of the little in-jokes were funny, partic the brief reference to Troll 2
, predictable though it may have been.
It wasn't scary in the least, but I did laugh a couple of times at the end, once all the monsters started going to town and wrecking everything. It was batty and appealing. I wasn't into all the cheesy CGI, but I also wasn't surprised by it.
It wasn't that hard to figure out the major story beats, although some of the details were unpredictable.
I definitely could have done without the Lovecraft stuff and the g.d. zombies, but given who made this movie and who its target audience is, I expected many
more grating concessions to "nerd culture." I guess I should be happy there weren't bacon-wielding pirate zombie ninjas or something.
So, surprisingly NOT CRAP. I went in knowing nothing about it and was entertained the whole time.
tarblackvomit wrote:Piranha 3DD absolutely crushes this movie.
This didn't make it to theaters here, and I am super bummed.
I'm editing this to fix a typo and might as well mention that I shouldn't have been bummed that Piranha 3DD
didn't show here. It was Troma-level godawful—about 180° away from the awesome Piranha 3D