I enjoyed the flick quite a bit... I really dug the way it started... with the brutal pick-axe slaughter and then the dragging of the bodies... great start. Had some other uneasy scenes that were hard to watch also... the burning scene (especially when Doug pulled the body down and it slammed on the ground, and the smoke came out of it's mouth...ow), the rape scene (even though it wasn't too graphic, it was very believable, due to the young girl's acting. Very convincing fear)
The shotgun suicide was great. Reminded me of Maniac. The nuclear test town, and the crater of abandoned vehicles were nice touches. The town gave me a little reminder of Tourist Trap, with all the mannequinns.
The few things I didn't like have pretty much already been touched on... I didn't like some of the actions of the characters... Big Bob shooting into the darkness at the gas station (granted, he just saw a fucked up suicide, but he was a cop his whole life and knows how to handle situations...) Bobby determined to find who stole mom's body.... and when he finds Papa Jupe, he runs like a little bitch firing the gun every which way (like father like son?)... the mutants leaving Doug's bat right there... I also didn't like the obvious 'Lizard's not dead, DUH' part... I also thought the ending was a little too happy.. the music really killed it for me too... the ending had corny triumphant type music, and it seemed very out of place... like it would fit better in a gladiator type movie like Gladiator (duh) or Troy, etc... The binocular ending was kind of lame also. Just let it end.
Overall though I really liked it... It did justice for a remake. Much better than my last theatre experience (The Fog UGH).
I will definitely be picking up the DVD!
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