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Genre: Urban Monster in the Dark
Director: Christopher Smith (who went on to direct the well-received Triangle and Black Death), 2004
Starring: Franka Potente and some British people
TL:DR: A little uneven, but overall a decent use of of the "beast in the underground" concept (helped by it actually being the London Underground)

I love that the idea of the urban-unknown-as-horror has made a major entry into horror movies in the last decade or so.  Not that I have anything against the good old hillbilly horror stuff, but it's about time we stopped being scared of incestuous mutant rednecks and started being scared of mutant things that live underneath the subways while living as horrific of daily human life.

Franka Potente does a really great job as random German party girl living in London who gets trapped in terrifying circumstance beyond her control.  While Black Death is much smoother as a plotted experience, the Underground scenes are truly quite creepy in Creep, made much more interesting that the movie moves back and forth between the squalid, darkness-filled tunnels and otherwise well-lit, but extremely claustrophobic train stations and train cars.  

What characters there are is truly unimportant (and in fact, the slowest part of the film is when one of them gives a long monologue about himself, his life, his circumstanzzzzzzzz), all that really matters is that they are trapped with a horrible thing hunting them.  Normally, I really dislike it when films reveal the monster too early and keep it center-framed, but in this particular case, ever additional frame adds another level of horror as more and more is revealed about its behavior, origins, and savagery (there is a later scene involving an operating room that is really not for the faint of heart).

Anyone notice that the films I've liked out of these batches so far are all European?

Next one coming in probably a couple days, as I will be busy, but I hope folks are enjoying them.

on 2011-10-11 01:34 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] jethrien.livejournal.com
You can watch them so I don't have to.

on 2011-10-11 03:05 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] xannoside.livejournal.com
At some point, one of these will be good, I swear it!

on 2011-10-11 03:13 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] jethrien.livejournal.com
More, I hate horror movies. Remember that part where I was getting terrified by the robots shooting me in Portal? Yeah. I don't do well with scary things. It's best for everybody if I don't wake Chuck up sixteen times a night convinced that something in the closet is going to eat me.

on 2011-10-11 03:16 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] xannoside.livejournal.com
What about funny horror movies? Or horror movies that walk a more "fun" than "scary" line?

on 2011-10-11 03:25 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] jethrien.livejournal.com
Evil Dead 2 is about all I can take, and there's still a little jumping and clinging to things. Army of Darkness is ok. Death Ship alternated between snark and hiding behind my hands. I whacked a friend in the chest in fright during First Contact when the Borg punch into sickbay the second time I saw it, I had trouble going to the bathroom at night for six months after The Sixth Sense, and I almost drove off the road when some bushes moved on the way home from Signs. I'm a movie wuss.

on 2011-10-11 03:29 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] xannoside.livejournal.com
What about Shaun of the Dead?

on 2011-10-11 03:51 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] jethrien.livejournal.com
Enjoyed it, but there were definitely a couple scenes that were spent clutching at the couch.


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