We’ve gotten a few requests from the readership for hitting up more movies faster, and as such, we’ve set up a gigantic sort of multi-review, in which we hit up a block of three titles, a little older stuff, to give you a fast look at some of the stuff you may have missed out there. This week’s big old multi-review is brought to you entirely by Lions Gate, who shipped out copies of Dead Alive, Mimic and The Others for us to review.
Dead Alive offers up the story of a terminal momma’s boy who’s about to get a serious shot of growing up when he meets an attractive young woman and fends off a horde of zombies caused by a Sumatran rat monkey infected with some kind of crazy zombie germ.
Basically, Dead Alive is terrific stuff. Not only does it present a lot of bombastic zombie killing action (the part with the lawn mower blows me away every time), but also plenty of laughs. This is excellent stuff for most any crazy party, especially given that we’ve got Halloween coming up on us in rapid fashion.
The Others, meanwhile, managed to give us twisty ending right around the same time M. Night Shyamalan was actually doing it well, by bringing us Nicole Kidman as a prim British matriarch with two children with a wicked light allergy. She’s hired on a new staff of domestics to help out while her husband is away, but they’ve arrived in the midst of some strange things. And once we find out just what’s going on in the house, well, it’s going to really catch you off guard.
The Others, frankly, still stands as one of the great examples of paranormal suspense filmmaking there is out there today. With an ending that may not be conclusive but is a huge surprise, and plenty of good shocks throughout the movie, this is one that will really put a spark in a long, cold fall night.
Lastly, we have Mimic, a movie that will make sure you never look at roaches the same way again. Some genetic engineers, in a bid to defeat a horrible disease, have created something that just may cure it. But they may have traded one doom for another, as their creation takes on a life of its own.
Mimic is a strange sort of title, with an odd sort of light dystopia running through it. It’s interesting enough, to watch one kind of doom get traded for another, and the end result is a little confused but otherwise pretty nicely done.
So there you go, a block of three pretty sweet horror titles that will do a nice job of perking up one of those cold dark nights we’ve got coming up here. Obviously some are better than others, but still, the whole will prove to be solidly done.