October 18, 2009

The 31 Days of Horror- #14

The Hidden Gem:
The Master says: The French have more than made their presence felt in the horror genre over the course of this decade, and Frontiere(s) is one example of why they're so damned good at it. It's as much disturbing and unsettling as it is overtly violent and bloody, with all of those elements present and used to great effect. Neo Nazi's living in the French countryside and trying to start a new master race using such building blocks as rape and torture... those crazy Krauts! I still say that the table saw scene is one of my favorite horror scenes in recent memory... love it!

The Train Wreck:
The Master says:"If this movie was named Shitter, at least they would have gotten the title right. As remakes go, this one was just painfully bad. Pacey from Dawson's Creek? The guy has the emotional range of a potato... Seriously, sit and watch a potato for 90 minutes, and it's almost the same thing, except that the potato is more believable when it emotes. That's not to mention the lame jump scares, slow pacing, and lack of atmosphere of the film itself. Again we get more lame PG-13 fare that suckers teens into the theater, takes their money, and then laughs in their faces. Could Hollywood at least stick to making crappy movies that suck on their own, and leave good foreign films alone instead of remaking them? Watch the original, save yourself the pain."


  1. I hate contemporary French horror... I'm sure there are some decent examples, but certainly the films that are gaining notoriety are just sadistic gore-fests, as far as I'm concerned. Gore can be used to great effect in horror, but when it is the mainstay of a film it shows that the creators are low on ideas.

  2. The French are never short on ideas though, and many times they even try to get too deep, too arty... The better movies at least have a point.