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it's been on Cinemax all week and will be for the next few weeeks, hence why it comes to mind. I first saw it on bootleg like last spring, it's not new to me, but i cannot shake the first impression of it i had.


this is the scariest fucking movie i've ever seen in my adult life.

i'm not going to discuss cinematic merit or whatever, i don't care. i'm also not going to engage in will smith wank, i don't care either. i will tell you why this is the scariest fucking movie ever. and i'm not just referring to in-the-moment thrills, whether it makes you squirm and scream as you watch it or the monster hype (like cloverfield). it's more abstract that that.


because it is a daily journal of someone who is beyond competent (military doctor, essentially wilderness survivial expert, smart, can solve problems), yet is TERRIFIED while only just barely holding their shit together with planning and organization to the extreme knowing that any unexpected occurrence is guaranteed to get his ass eaten. and even if everything goes accordingly, he STILL might get his ass eaten.

because it is a daily journal of someone who has been alone and terrified for so long that they are losing their fucking mind and talking to the goddamn mannequins, CRYING for them to talk back.


it's easy to be confident in a protagonist who doesn't even recognize vulnerability or the hopelessness of a situation, but just stomps on through armed to the teeth. viewing such a situation removes the element of uncertainty, so it doesn't creep into your bones. if the guy who by all means SHOULD be able to take care of any problems that arises is severely questioning his own ability to do the job, coming to tears every time he has to psych himself up to confront it because the outcome is not in his favor even in the best of circumstances? because he's THAT fucking scared? and he's been so scared, for so long that he is just barely maintaining his sanity? yeah, i'm not going to be to thrilled to check out what's around the corner in the dark either.

can you think of anything that is so frightening, that it actually will scare you senseless if you have to deal with it long enough while still going on with your daily routines? i can't either, but i think the loss of ones mental facilities is about the worst, and most frightening, thing conceivable so i'll assume that whatever could instigate such a state is pretty fucking bad and i would definitely be far less capable than this kind of character.


you are watching someone slowly fall apart and come undone. have you ever seen your parents (especially the stoic one) cry and MEAN IT? it's that level of unsettling. you are watching your hopes of invincibility crumble cause everything you know is unraveling.



and THAT is why this movie is so damn horrifying.

Date: 2008-10-09 03:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lightcastle.livejournal.com
I haven't seen this version, but a friend of mine who did also commented on that aspect of it.

All versions of the story have had some element of that "last man on earth and gradually going nuts" aspect, and I think you're right in that it really is part of what makes it so horrifying.

Date: 2008-10-09 05:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angelly-bean.livejournal.com
i felt the same way watching it. it made me very uncomfortable. and i was also kind of stunned to learn that it was a zombie movie!
but seriously, when he's talking to mannequins i felt the impending doom, like he was already dead.

Date: 2008-10-09 05:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dr-memory.livejournal.com
At the risk of descending into cliche: you should totally read the book, too.

Date: 2008-10-12 04:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sxxk1ttn.livejournal.com
i think i will put it on my list, i hear the ending is significantly different with the hostility of the vampires being more about the abduction of their lab rat comrade than simply KILL KILL EAT KILL RAWR.

Date: 2008-10-11 06:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eagan-bryhtm.livejournal.com
I haven't seen movie or read book, but I think they should remake it and put someone entirely *useless* in the last-person-on-earth role. Can you imagine, like, Sarah Palin in the Will Smith role? She practically talks to mannequins already.

Date: 2008-10-12 04:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sxxk1ttn.livejournal.com
but then that's every other vampire/zombie/disaster movie before Act 3. a lot of people running around like headless chickens coming to abrupt demises due to unfortunate circumstance and significant lack of sense or ability to deal with unfortunate circumstance in a productive way.

Date: 2008-10-12 06:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eagan-bryhtm.livejournal.com
Ha, you also just described the next four years if the Repubs win.

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