It’s hard to imagine anyone above high-school age genuinely thinking this film was ‘smart' or 'subversive.’ It’s exactly the kind of pedestrian, creatively-bankrupt, bullshit 'meta deconstruction' a 15-year-old would write.
Fuck, I'm a sucker for Joss Whedon. I enjoyed this movie so much that I saw it again just minutes after I had watched for the first time. For me, they should make A LOT of presequels with the other monsters and stuff. It would be AMAZING.
A (plot) device is created for the viewer to enjoy yet an other horror movie. Not being a fan of the genre, I have to say that device did create an enjoyable horror movie. I just have some trouble with that concept: "an enjoyable horror movie". Weren't they suposed to be scary? This feels like a tribute to the genre (a much better one than the comedy attempts, like Scary Movie). And a nice dystopian feel to it too.
Ridiculously entertaining horror movie almost tailored for those who aren't fans of the genre. Super meta with an assload of in-jokes and references that are only rivaled by its humor. The scene where Richard Jenkins is screaming at the classroom of Japanese girls on the TV was priceless. Let me put it this way -- I loved this movie so much I sat all the way through the credits...
B-movie screenplay, actors who seem to have popped up from a TV serie and a lot of special effects. Half horror movie, half sci-fi, half fantasy and, finally, half satire for a movie that defies the laws of any genre. Now, I know that cinema, like the Phoenix, lives on its own ashes but here we have a totally pointless movie. Already forgotten (like my math classes by the way).
So...if I made a film that focused on referencing (paying homage, what-have-you) Cassavetes, Greenaway, Godard, Peckinpah, Carpenter, Huston, and Antonioni I'd be a brilliant filmmaker wouldn't I. Or maybe I'd just be another juvenile filmmaker who couldn't see beyond his idols, lacking the pain and dedication to create something quasi-original.
This internet-praised horror flick often feels meta for the sake of meta, as though the filmmakers think they're smart just for pointing out the same old cliches they themselves rely on for most of the movie's runtime...but it's still an enjoyable way for any genre fan to spend a night. Just don't expect the second coming of "Evil Dead" or even 1988's underrated "Waxwork."
Wow. I had high hopes for this and knew nothing about it before going in. It all starts out well and thinks it's very clever for exposing the 'writers toolkit' for genre but in so doing lacks all tension and fright. Mystery is only mysterious when it's a secret. Take that away and you just have shock and bad effects 2.5 stars.