You won’t be moved to smile by The Quarry. You will be moved, though.
All told, this is a beautiful, if dispensable film for any time. It’s got a universal appeal with a simple story that works for purposes of a positive message in a desert world.
Greenland is the kind of film that straddles the line between disaster movie and armchair psychology about those trying to survive it at all costs.
Come Play is another debut by a director who turns a successful short into something hopefully better with studio support. The results are mixed, but overall this is the kind of film one shows their kids if unsure whether or not they’re really ready for a scary movie.
If you want something to watch as it turns dusk, you could do worse. From dusk till dawn, though, you should try for something with more than chills.
Overall, this is an effectively creepy story that is more contained than his other stories of horror breaking out everywhere. The explanations behind it all are interesting enough. The gore is grotesque enough. Still, it’s only slightly better than an average film.
If you want to see the state of low to mid-budget horror in the late 70’s, this is as good a place as any to start.
As it stands, there is no one that can take it’s cult status away. This will forever be a history making cinematic effort, even if it is almost as annoying as it is scary.
This film made impression enough on me that I started following Oldman, there and then, and I have never regretted it.
It’s all competent, but it could have been great.
If you find a way to get into the groove of this film and wend your way through the cheese, it will reward you with some very nice moments.
It’s hard to forgive a director of Altman’s skill the fact that he never comes close to having us fooled.
The best thing about the Never Hike… series is the way it takes its time getting to actual kills. It has confidence and is in no hurry.
If you want to see a film on par with The Hitcher, but well under the capability of Michael Douglas in Falling Down, you could do worse. I think I will watch Falling Down again.
It would be nice to see what DiBlasi could do with a smarter script.
I appreciate these films more now in hindsight than I ever could when I was younger. With less time to waste, this trilogy finally feels like less a waste of my precious hours.