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Will K

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I just got back from an advance screening. Guys, I gotta tell ya--if you like no-nonsense, brutal as hell rollercoaster rides, this one's for you. This movie really, really delivers the goods. There's no fancy MTV-style editing, crazy subliminals, or goofy comedy, just a straight-up horror frenzy that never lulls for a second.

Frankly, I'm surprised this is being released by a major studio. Even little ol' jaded me was shocked by some of the graphic violence. To go along with the jolts, there are also memorable moments of well-orchestrated suspense. I really hope this is a hit. The audience I saw it with was screaming frequently and even clapped at the end.

I should stop rambling. My adrenaline is spilling over a bit into the keyboard. Anyone expecting "pussy horror"(forgive the expression) like I Know What You Did Last Summer need not apply.
 

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Thanks Will. Nice to hear some enthusiasm on the flick. Hopefully I'll like it even half as much as you clearly did. ;)
 

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I've been interested in this one since I first read about it in Fangoria some time last year. Crazy hillbilly films are always raw and gritty, and I've expected this one to be no different. I'm also very well educated on most upcoming horror films ( the ones that I want to see, that is), as I am a regular at several great horror sites with a wealth of information, the Creature Corner from which that review up there came being one of them, and I have heard nothing but great reviews for this film from horror fans, and when it comes to horror films, their opinions are the only ones I care about. Whenever I'm excited for a film, I always check to see if my theater will be getting it, and the one in the next town over from mine is, and I will be there with bells on tomorrow.

Eliza Dushku has also always been one of my favorite actresses as well. She is just so extraordinarily gorgeous, and I see virtually anything she's in, even those shitty teenybopper flicks like SOUL SURVIVORS and BRING IT ON. I also taped the episode of Conan that Joel mentioned just because she was on it. I'm very happy she's in a film that will surely be worthwhile finally.

The bottom line is, I'm first in line tomorrow for what I'm sure will be a great, gritty horror extravaganza!
 

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Our buddy Justin: the master of the superlative statement. ;) Good to know you have the "qualifications" to be a horror freak. :D

(Man oh man J-Man do I wish I could show you Cabin Fever. It would instantly be "one of your all-time FAVORITES". Hehe.)

And who doesn't love Dushku. She's been a highlight in several subpar films, though I'd call The New Guy a helluva lot more crappy than Bring It On! (I'm right there with you on Soul Survivors though; what a dungpile.)

I was originally planning on seeing this flick lazily some time next week. You guys have me all psyched to see it now - so I guess it's animated fishies in the afternoon, cannibals at night. (Semi-related in that it also comes out tomorrow: The Italian Job kept me quite entertained for 100 minutes, so I'd recommend it as a third option.)
 

Mark McLeod

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Frankly, I'm surprised this is being released by a major studio. Even little ol' jaded me was shocked by some of the graphic violence. To go along with the jolts, there are also memorable moments of well-orchestrated suspense. I really hope this is a hit. The audience I saw it with was screaming frequently and even clapped at the end.
I think it was a negative pickup for Fox. At the screening tonight there was no 20th Century Fox logo at the beginning. I thought the projectionist had started the wrong film. It's happened before at this theater.

As for the movie itself. It was better then I was expecting and had a few good scares. It's not rocket science but it's better then some of the other attempts at horror this year.

A female friend I went with was covering her eyes the entire time. It is pretty damn violent but that's what you want from this kind of movie.
 

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Awesome news! It's about time someone grew some brass ones and released a horror film that delivers the gory goods! :emoji_thumbsup:

Man, Eliza, mutant mountain freaks with axes and blood and guts, I don't see how it can miss! :eek:

Big turn around for me since my opening post, big time!
 

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This is great news. About time they put out a really good horror film. The genre's been pretty neglected for a long time.
 

Chuck L

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Went to a sneak last night and loved it!

It is very much a throwback to when horror actually had some balls. The crowd was very into it and had some laughs, some serious screams and a jumps. Just what you look for in a good horror film.

I also like the fact that the not all things are handed to the audiance like it seems is commonplace these days. It is this factor of why some people won't get it...but those that do, will enjoy the hell out of it.
 

Chuck L

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Maybe it is just me, but I personally, anytime I read for a review for a genre film and they say that it is horrid and should have never been made...that usually means that I will love the film. Bad review + Genre Piece=Non Mainstream Fare...
 

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Maybe it is just me, but I personally, anytime I read for a review for a genre film and they say that it is horrid and should have never been made...that usually means that I will love the film.
My thoughts exactly. Although I will say that the vast majority of genre movies that come out are, indeed, crap. I tend to go with reviews that come from genre-specific sources (Fangoria, other Sci-Fi/Horror mags/websites) rather than the mainstream media. If it ain't Merchant-Ivory most critics have no use for it...

Going to see it this afternoon. Will report back tonight.

P.S. More reviews (both from Ain't it Cool News):

Harry Knowles' review
Ain't It Cool review # 2
 

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If a moderator wishes, he can make this the official discussion thread for the film, I don't see any others about it. :)

I think I may have to make an effort to go see this, I can't remember the last true gore film I saw at the theater.
 

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Certainly I can't predict others' reactions, but I have a feeling that horror fans are going to dig this. I'm "mixed" on it, which is far more favorable than I expected.

Didn't particularly care for the throwaway opening, but it gets progressively better and ends at a reasonably strong level.

I would have gone positive on this if the characters weren't unrelentingly stupid and the dialogue weren't on a first grade level. And is it asking too much to have a little characterization?

It's similar in part to House of 1000 Corpses, which I hated, and Jeepers Creepers, which opened very well and then went straight down the toilet (IMHO, of course). Still waiting for the horror film that can freak me out like the "Home" episode of The X-Files, but this one is at least in the ballpark.

Oh, and there's nothing wrong with Bring It On (he says, invalidating everything preceding that statement).
 

Kenneth English

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Still waiting for the horror film that can freak me out like the "Home" episode of The X-Files...
Oh, god...
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I had completely forgotten about that one (or maybe my natural psychological defense mechanisms kicked in and blocked it from memory). The most revolting hour of (fiction) television I've ever seen.

If Wrong Turn even comes close I'll be one happy camper.

I mean, in the greater scheme of things, is there really anything better than deformed cannibal hillbillies?

I think not. :)

P.S. Here's what Michael Gingold of Fangoria has to say:

Fangoria review
 

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Just got back from it. I was pretty impressed. I definitely agree with the comparissons with House of 1000 Corpses and Jeepers Creepers. I would say that it took the best aspects of both films (except for Sid Haig :)) and melted them pretty well together. As others have said, I'm also glad to see more "real" horror out there. With HO1KC, May, and this...it's a pretty good time to be a horror fan.
 

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I don't understand all the love for this. I am a huge horror fan and this movie is plain garbage. I don't understand why people think its so shocking that this film was released by a big studio. Hell the films seems like it was created by a big studio from start to finish with no concept of how to create an effective horror film or build tension. The gore and deaths arent much of anythign and pretty standard. I wouldnt mind the concept, which actually is decent, but it was done with no craft whatsoever. While I was watching it, for some reason it reminded me of joy ride, just the feel of watching it. But Joy Ride is actually better, which is a pretty sad statement indeed.
 

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Sorry to hear you didn't like it, Joel. I don't think people are shocked by the fact that it was released by a big studio, but compared to the stuff in Joy Ride, Jeepers Creepers, etc...Wrong Turn was pretty gory. It may not be a gem, but it's a step in the right direction.
 

Scott Weinberg

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Creature Corner had a rave up yesterday. Today their daddy site ran an altogether scathing review which you can see here if you like.

So far the Rotten Tomatoes scale is even at 5-5. Not too shabby for a sleazy horror flick. ;)
 

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