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31 Days of Films and Frights – Day 25: Quarantine 2 – Terminal

31 Days of Films and Frights – Day 25: Quarantine 2 – Terminal

Occasionally a film comes along that is well received, that a sequel in instantly ordered, in order to capitalize on the momentum of the original.  Other times, a film is so original that it spawns remakes.  Sometimes, the remake is produced in an entirely different country and language (see Japan’s recent remakes of Sideways (Saidoweizu) and Ghost (Ghost: Mouichido Dakishimetai), for example).

Often times, a sequel or remake will match, or in some cases surpass, the excitement found in the original (see Aliens, Spiderman 2, or Godfather 2 for more examples).

Other times, you have today’s film.

In 2007, spanish directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza gave us [REC], a brilliantly crafted found footage film.  It quickly was followed by an American remake in 2008 titled Quarantine, from John Erick Dowdle, and a direct sequel from Balagueró in 2009 titled [REC]2.

The US remake closely followed the original in story, style, and direction.  It was as equally frightening and enjoyable as the original, much in the same way Let Me In (2010) was to Let the Right One In (2008).

Why then, did they go the direction they did with the US sequel?

31 Days of Films and Frights – Day 25: Quarantine 2 – Terminal

quarantine_two_terminalDirector: John Pogue
Year: 2011
Cast: Mercedes Masöhn, Josh Cooke, Mattie Liptak, Noree Victoria, Erin Smith
Language: English
Country: United States
Specs: 89 mins. / Color / OAR 1.78.1 / MPAA Rating: R
Rating: ★★ / D

A deadly virus infects the members of an airliner, causing a quarantine to be placed on the jumbo jet and its inhabitants.  The infected must work together in an attempt to overcome the virus, and escape safe and sound.

B-level acting, absurd character actions (the sneezing scene alone is worthy of a Razzie), and horrible camera work are only the beginning that I found wrong with this film.  The most bewildering aspect of the film was Pogue’s lack of style.  Jump cuts, extremely close and crazy close-ups, simply amateurish staging, and consistent shaky-cam are all inconsistent enough to bother even the most die-hard fan of those music video hold-overs.

If the script were any better, I may attempt to overlook those aforementioned problematic elements.  Instead, it simply adds to the unfortunate air of a student film that this production delivers.  For instance, why during a power outage does the plane also lose its power?  How is it possible for a lockdown of that magnitude to be instituted that quickly?  How did the airport possibly know that the airplane was infected?  Why was this film completely unrelated to the first film?  Why did they not follow the storyline of the sequel to [REC]?

If you want to see how NOT to make a sequel, then by all means give this a rental.  Otherwise, get the superior spanish language [REC]2 instead.  You won’t regret it.

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2013 in Movies

 

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31 Days of Howl-oween: Day 03 – Bride of Boogedy

31 Days of Howl-oween

A Review of Films Filled with Frights

Day 3

Film #03

~ Bride of Boogedy ~

Director:  Oz Scott
Year:  1987
Cast:  Richard Masur, Mimi Kennedy, Tammy Lauren, David Faustino, Joshua Rudoy, Eugene Levy
Language:  English
Country:  United States
Specs:  100 mins. / Color / OAR 1.33:1 / MPAA Rating: G

With the annual Lucy Fair approaching, Carlton Davis (Masur), owner of the recently opened Gag Gifts store in town, is named the honorary mayor of the fair, to the resentfulness of the former honorary mayor, Tom Lynch (Levy).  Lynch sets out to get revenge on Carlton, for what he sees as an unfair appointment.  Meanwhile, Carlton’s wife Eloise (Kennedy), is the subject of fascination by the recently resurrected Mr. Boogedy.  Boogedy decides the only way to get Eloise for his bride is to possess Carlton, and it’s up to the children to save the family, avoid Lynch’s schemes, and destroy Boogedy once and for all.

Twice as long, half as fun.  This sequel to the superior “Mr. Boogedy” is guilty of having nothing resembling “funny” in its entire 100 minutes.  It becomes apparent only minutes into the film when the children are introduced again, this time having all but Faustino replaced by different actors.  In doing so, gone entirely is the chemistry between the siblings that existed in the first film.  The characters simply seem to be “acting” through the picture, including the father.  This time around, gone is the zany goofball dad who had a great “hero” relationship with his boys.

This time around, the sets are bigger, the locations are plenty, and the special effects are more grandiose.  Sadly, the script is twice as long as the first picture, but without more “meat”.  The story simply drags, and is downright boring in spots.  A simple rewrite to add more action and comedy (after all, he is “the king” of gags, and owns a gag store this time around), even if it was goofball humor, would have been welcome.

The title “Bride of Mr. Boogedy” seems to be a misnomer as well (sans the very tacked on feeling scene near the end that appears it is supposed to pay homage to “Bride of Frankenstein”).

Sadly, the most interesting character of the first film is gone this time around.  The character played by John Astin, perhaps intentionally, is nowhere to be found.  Instead, we get an underutilized Eugene Levy.

Boogedy Boogedy Boo-who…

My Rating** / D

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2010 in Movies

 

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