Five college friends head to the woods for a weekend of drinking, partying and fooling around. But as they sit at their campfire, a blood-soaked hermit approaches. He appears to have been infected with a flesh-eating virus, and as the kids start to catch the bug, paranoia and hostility run wild.
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Better than I first thought. A lot of weird people around there. But why not risk more ironic moments (there have been a few near the end, the small sequence with the harmonica is brillant) and cut out some of the stereotype figures and dialogues from the script?
This is definitely better than Roth's later work in the "Hostel" field. I love the practical gore and the lack of CGI, but the entire film seemed like it was contradicting itself. Mainly because it was trying to say "horror is too predictable" by not using the PG-13 rating, but the film follows virtually every horror cliche from the ominous town-folk to the caricatures we follow. Not bad, but a bit too shallow.
Not all that good, but there are moments that confirm Roth as a guy with potential. As it's a debut feature of the reinvented horror genre, it's also not all that bad. However, it does less than deliver in general. 2/5.
Remember when Roth was "it", the cutting edge in screamery? Well, all these smart new guys have made his once jaunty sportscar look a bit like a retrograde heap. Watch this back to back with "Jug Face" and you'll see how fast horror films are progressing right now, like versions of Windows five years ago until everyone realized it was all pretty much the same apps no matter what it was called.
Set a movie up in the heart of nature, you're setting up a revelation of essential truths, a return to what's actually THERE. There's a searing jump-scare cut late in this film, when the survivor's dreaming, that speaks to precisely the apocalyptic revelation Eli Roth intends here - a stripping away of disguises, of pretenses. Getting at the reality: at beings of rotting flesh, that will kill each other to deny it.
This doesn't work as a horror movie neither as a parody of the genre because it contradicts its formula. Poor acting and "what the hell" type of reactions and actions. Praise only the scares and gory scenes and some visual sequences. Over all, this movie is a simple a excuse for blood, killing animals, sex and drugs.