ThatDarnMKS wrote: ↑
Mon May 18, 2020 4:50 pm
I’d still like to hear it. Also, have you seen The Prey?
I haven't, but I'll scout around for it since you rec it and you compare it favorably to The Final Terror
which I will watch anytime, anywhere, in a box, or with a fox.
It's been a while since I've seen it so I'll have to do this from fairly remote memory (goddamn RT wiping out hundreds of write-ups I did) but here's what I can remember:
The first thing that comes to mind is that I loved the dynamic of the group. I found it really surprising and refreshing the way it starts out with a feint that this is gonna be uncomfortable when the group of very typically male guides is gonna take these good-looking women out into the woods and of course you expect them to behave badly... but then they don' they actually have fun and are pretty decent and then when things go wrong, I really liked the way the group pulled together. I felt like this was an area I would expect a low-budget slasher to be very tropish, but it wasn't, at all. The characters acted like people instead of tropes and I thought that was really great.
I liked Zmed and Rachel Ward, and Hannah too, but there were others I liked as well, I didn't really feel like anyone was flat or lacked a personality. I definitely thought Pantoliano delivered.
Speaking of subverted tropes (and I know this movie was early so it probably wasn't intentionally subverting them, but in retrospect...) I really, really liked that this wasn't like a group that just kept having people wander off to go skinny-dipping or get high (though both of those things happen early on) or have sex as if there was no danger, and then getting individually picked off in little set-pieces (there were some, if I remember, but not like it is in most slashers). I thought it felt much more real than the usual camp or woods or whatever kinda thing where everything is just set up by the filmmakers to deliver evenly paced kills one at a time until the final girl. I liked that they were all just stuck out deep in the woods with a predator that was more violent than they could be or be prepared for, that knew the terrain, that in every way had the advantage on them and they were all just trying to survive.
I also thought that the movie was kinda clever in the way it kept you teetering on this balance of "Is this exactly what it seems? Or are they gonna flip this some way?" I felt that was going on throughout the movie and I thought they held that up pretty well until they decided to reveal what was going on and it kept me interested. Which leads into the fact that I thought The Bad was really cool and interesting and it was also a bit of a flip on the common horror idea of someone has a child (Jason or the monster in The Funhouse
or any number of other "we have to keep him in the basement") that is the monster/killer/whatever. Not something I'd seen in a lot of other horror movies.
I loved the scene(s) with the cabin. Really thought all that was cool. I loved the scene on the bus at night. I really liked the climax
That's all I can remember right now.