Charles Morse (Anthony Hopkins) is very rich and very inteligent in sophisticated way. So Hopkins come back to his most remembered role in The Silence of the Lambs, except now he isn't evil at all. With his younger wife, and her photographer Robert Green (Alec Baldwin) they came to hut in Alaskian mountains. But, what is pretty obvious, Charles suspected, that his wife has affair with Robert, and that they planned to kill him for his money.
This movie looks much better, when we look at it from outside, but it has some irritating defect in his construction. First of all, the authors couldn't decide, which element of scenario is most important. Consequently, we've got two threads: duel between clever Hopkins and not so clever Baldwin. And duel between them two and Big Malignant Bear. But this both threads are rather shallow.
The Edge is also pretty unrealistic. Examples? Few times our heroes fell to icy-cold water, but in the next scene their clothes were dry. They didn't eat for couple of days, but looks quite well and even didn't complain for it. There is also some really ridiculous mistakes: In one scene Charles had a beard, in next he fled from the bear, and then his beard just... disappear! You could ask: "What difference does it make?" Well, It does for me.
Although all this problems, the movie can be enterteining especially for his beautiful scenery and quite good acting.
John Carpenter is well-known as an original horror movie maker. Some of his works are really popular, for example: Halloween, Escape from New York or The Thing. But there is other interesting title by Carpenter, which you really like, if you are a horror fan.
In 1995 he directed Village of the Damned, but to be honest, this movie wasn't very popular, despite it has great atmosphere and kept in suspense. The plot is also intriguing: In small seaside village something really odd happened: All citizens had blackout at the exact same time. Short after that unexplained event, Dr. Alan Chaffee (Chrstopher Reeve) discover that every women in town is pregnant. But the real nightmare starts, when the children born...
Unfortunately there aren't strong and memorable characters in this movie. That's a pity, because it's one of the last movie in Christopher Reeve career. Reeve has accident in the same year, and hasn't chance to develop his talent. In 80' Reeve turned down mamy interesting lead roles in popular movie: The Bounty, Body Heat, Romancing the Stone, and Total Recall!
Even if Village of the Damned is not perfect, I can recommend it to everyone who like to be scared.
Even if you are great movies fan, probably you do not know this little masterpiece. That's a pity, because Ravenous is really entertaining, well-done, great acting and full of black humour movie. Did I mention about music? Michael Nyman did really great job, and he created soundtrack which you don't forget.
But what Ravenous is all about? It's horror story embedded in 1800's during american-mexican war. Lt. Boyd (Guy Pearce), for his cowardness is sent to small Army outpost in north California. Everything is change, when exhausted traveler (Robert Carlyle) appears in Fort Spencer and start his unbelievable story. I don't want to reveal too much from plot, because i think that you should experience it yourself.
This movie has fanatic followers, but for many of you can be just another horror story. I'm curious about your opinions!