Berlin Film Review: ‘The Midnight After’

“As the characters disperse and regroup, Chan exploits the mass-panic scenario for farce as well as terror, with an original mash-up of epidemic/zombie/sci-fi horror elements that makes “Contagion” and the “REC” franchise look square by comparison. Dream sequences and spooky visions further add to the surreal atmosphere, and the revelation of each character’s dark side culminates in a highly political message about the loss of morality and compassion following a critical transition, as symbolized by their passing through the tunnel. Chan leavens the heavier dialogue scenes with a few punchy action sequences en route to a big-bang finish at once funny, sad, allegorical and provocatively open-ended.”  -From the Variety review by Maggie Lee.

 

Well, I’m not sure if it’s practical to see anything that makes [REC] look “tame”. If you’ve seen [REC] (and [REC 2] isn’t especially soothing to your nerves either) I’m sure you’ll understand; the former consistently makes our Top Ten Scariest Movies Ever Made list (and I’d have to be in a brave mood to see something that’d knock it off the list). Director Fruit Chan’s Dumplings (2004) would probably make it to another Top Scariest list, just a longer, more-inclusive one. Despite that, we cannot WAIT to see The Midnight After.  Let’s all cross our fingers that all the positive buzz that this Berlin film festival showing is getting means that The Midnight After gets snapped right up for US distribution rights FAST! Read on.

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Ten Trailers to Keep You Awake #4 – Shutter (2004)

Yes, it’s another reblog,originally from 2012. Still trying to fill in with popular, quality posts from 2012, due to some down time when we were out of commission: Mrs. Horror Boom had pneumonia and lost one of her best friends (got the phone call for that right after I came home from being diagnosed w/”walking pneumonia”), and Mr. HB was very, very busy. Anyway, don’t know about you, but it is BOILING up here, and we all need some chills to cool us down. I’m guessing you probably do too. Let’s try this for now, huh? Arp, if you’re reading this, skip the photos till you see the movie! Anyone else who hasn’t seen the ORIGINAL 2004 version of Shutter, from THAILAND (THAT one only) watch it! ASAP! OK. well, hold off if you’re having anxiety attacks or are a nervous wreck and calm down first, because Shutter has been known to cause these effects when watched alone in the dark.

 

HORROR BOOM

…until I review [Shutter], I should probably just keep this short and…well, this movie  is anything but sweet.

I’ve found that this excellent, well-crafted trailer is equally creepy whether or not you’ve seen the movie. It showcases the most frightening aspects of the movie without revealing so much that you wonder if you should bother with the 90-minute version. The tags sound chilling in the first place, but if you’ve seen the Thai film Shutter (2004), at least one of them-

Sometimes…
they just want to be…
around us

will make your skin crawl. Watching this trailer again before this posting made the hairs on my arms and neck stand up, and it’s still light out. Since I got moving today while the sun was out, I thought, this’ll be a good time to post one of the seven trailers left on this list that really could keep me awake…

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Ten Trailers to Keep You Awake #4 – Shutter (2004)

…until I review [Shutter], I should probably just keep this short and…well, this movie  is anything but sweet.

I’ve found that this excellent, well-crafted trailer is equally creepy whether or not you’ve seen the movie. It showcases the most frightening aspects of the movie without revealing so much that you wonder if you should bother with the 90-minute version. The tags sound chilling in the first place, but if you’ve seen the Thai film Shutter (2004), at least one of them-

Sometimes…
they just want to be…
around us

will make your skin crawl. Watching this trailer again before this posting made the hairs on my arms and neck stand up, and it’s still light out. Since I got moving today while the sun was out, I thought, this’ll be a good time to post one of the seven trailers left on this list that really could keep me awake, so to utilize the nice, light day, which one should I pick? Shutter!  I thought, with absolutely no hesitation.  I’ll also tell you that if you have time for a movie and want a scary one, pick the original Shutter up with absolutely no hesitation (unless you’re already badly frightened and need to calm down). It’s a good one to go into ‘clean’, which is just what I did, having no motherfucking clue what I was in for.

Speaking of which, it’s difficult for me to write about Shutter without a really, really high swear count. So, until I review it, I should probably just keep this short and …well, this movie is anything but sweet. Keep it short.

Besides, it’s starting to get dark out.