After a long day on the road yesterday, I was feeling too tired by the time I got home to mess with anything. If you aren't into gaming, then I can understand why you wouldn't think that it could tire someone out, but it can. I did get a new game to try out yesterday: Call Of Cthulhu The Card Game. I will have to try and figure it out on my own, which I am not very good at all. I'm much better at learning when someone is there talking me through it. I have been told it is a fun game though, and this is from someone that plays a ton of games. Before I left I discovered a guest post waiting for me, but I had to get on the road before it got too late.
Today's guest post is from Andrei over at Scream Bloody Entertainment. I first came across his blog when he started commenting here. That is the secret to get me to check out your blog really. If you comment enough I will get curious and check out your own blog. Andrei's style of reviewing took some getting used to. Eventually though, I started to enjoy Andrei's reviews, and the fact that he is discovering films many of us have watched many years ago, and many times already. Even though he just started back in February of this year, he has already posted more than I have. Of course Andrei's blog isn't all about horror though (what is up with that?). He reviews all kinds of movies truth be told. What is nice is that he even offers a weekly update which features mini reviews. Some of those are movies he didn't give a full review to. I don't know how he manages so many movies in a week. I asked Andrei to do a guest spot in this series not only because I like his blog, but also to give him a bit of a spotlight. If you haven't had a chance to check out his blog yet, do so soon. I will turn things over to Andrei now so he can talk about one of his favorite movies.
Before I begin, I have to say that I’m a huge fan of movies revolving around time travel, time bending, time manipulating and whatever else there is out there. It’s not just the movies, though. I often find my thoughts flying towards time theories and how exactly time travel would work if it was ever possible. I’ve seen my fair share of time travel movies, but would always like to see more flicks that combine time travel with horror. I can’t think of many that I’ve seen, but one that literally makes up for the small amount of such movies is Christopher Smith’s Triangle.
I like to think that Christopher Smith is one of the few modern directors that can deliver good, interesting and most of all fresh horror movies. His first full-length feature film was Creep back in 2004, which I enjoyed quite a lot, even though it’s not much of a special horror film. Next up is Severance, which I consider to be one of the best horror comedies of the 00s. Needless to say, I had tons of fun with it and I wholeheartedly recommend it to all my fellow horror enthusiasts.
As much as I love Severance, my favourite Chris Smith movie is without a doubt Triangle. I don’t know about you, but for me Triangle is exactly something that I always wanted to see in a movie, but never really got it. Basically, it’s a horror movie on a creepy abandoned ship that revolves around time travel (it’s not exactly time travel, but that’s the only way to put it… you’ll understand once you watch the movie). There are literally close to zero good horror movies taking place on a ship at sea and also there are few good movies that manage to mix time travel and horror successfully.
I really didn’t know what to expect from Triangle when I first got around watching it, but I kinda had some idea on how I would want it to play out. I was literally stunned when the movie played out unbelievably close to how I imagined it would and the whole deal with time travel (which I wasn’t aware of at first) made it all the better. Mind you, this film is far from perfect and it has a couple of flaws that all the modern horror flicks suffer from, but the idea it is centred around is so brilliant and the execution so satisfying that it literally left me begging for me once the credits started rolling.
Alrighty then, let’s get into the good stuff. So Triangle follows Jess who goes on a yachting trip with her friends in the Atlantic. Things don’t go as planned after their boat capsizes due to a freak electrical storm that seemed to be coming out of nowhere. Soon after the accident an ocean liner seems to be passing nearby and the group boards the ship in hope for rescue. Unfortunately for them, the ship seems to be devoid of any crew whatsoever and soon enough strange events start happening on the ship.
I wouldn’t dare say anything more about the plot because Triangle is the type of movie you need to see without knowing too much about what you’re getting into. It’s a very special movie and I can assure you that you haven’t seen anything similar to it. The only thing that kinda drags it down is the dialogue that is very reminiscent of average horror flicks. Quite unfortunate, but what can you do?
The main character (Jess) is played by Melissa George, who some of you may recall from 30 Days of Night or the remake of The Amityville Horror. She hasn’t been too impressive in other flicks, but I was totally impressed by her performance in Triangle. She manages to draw her emotions out so well and delivers very appropriate reactions in key scenes that it’s hard not to feel for her.
I know that some may have quite a different opinion and attitude towards Triangle than I do, but I can understand that very well because that’s how I felt after first watching it. There’s no doubt that this movie requires a lot of thought, especially after you finished watching it. There are a lot of stuff to take into consideration and because some things may not make as much sense as you’d like, it’s easy to dismiss the film. Yes, it may contain plot holes, but I thought a lot about what exactly happens in the movie and found no real important things that damage its brilliance. I guess with this kind of movie it is a requirement to suspend some belief and just let yourself get carried away by it.
If some of you do intend to watch this flick after reading my thoughts, I recommend you give it another go soon after watching it. It will change your view of it a lot and will let you focus on things you want sorted out, since the first viewing can get confusing because you don’t know what you’re getting into exactly. No matter what you think of it in the end, I’m sure that most of us who have watched it can agree that it is a very different experience from what we’re used to seeing. And that fact alone makes it well worth a watch.
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