January 1st, 2006

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2006: Day 1

Last night was restful. Jade (one of my housemates) ended up staying in too so we just chilled out watched a bit of telly and then watched "The Devil's Rejects" - the sequel of Rob Zombie's "House of a 1,000 Corpses".

I quite enjoyed the film on the whole. It had some very good dialogue and one-liners in placers which I'm going to have to go back to and try and remember :p

It wasn't anywhere near as weird as the first film and parts of the continuity were defintely 'shifted' for the sequel. Also Matthew McGrory (who plays Tiny) died after filming this which brought an added sense of sadness to the scenes that he appeared in. For those that don't know McGrory was the 7'6" actor who appeared most notably in "Big Fish" but was in a host of films and TV shows due to his size.

Anyway, hello 2006! Let's see what you have in store for all of us.....?

Well for starters I'm not making any resolutions as such but I am setting myself a few goals. Business and publishing goals aside this year I'm intending on taking some more driving lessons and wrapping up my drivers license once and for all. I'm also going to aim to visit at least one country that I've never been to before (maybe more depending on finances and available time) and I'm going to go to have hypnotherapy for both my fear of needles/injections and also maybe to stop smoking altogether. I'm certainly intending on cutting my smoking right back in anycase.
To Do....

(Movie) Creep

Had another lazy night in with Jade and take-away food this evening. I actually went in to work today. I didn't have anything else on today and want to go shopping in town tomorrow so thought I may aswell do my 'Sunday' shift and catch up with a bundle of bits.

Anyway, Jade and myself decided to continue the 'horror' theme tonight after watching "The Devil's Rejects" last night. So we chose "Creep" - a British horror film that came out in 2004 about being trapped in the Underground with a psychotic killer/cannibal hiding out in the tunnels.

The concept really reminds me of the 1972 film "Death Line" (the film was known as "Raw Meat" in the States) starring Donald Pleasence. Although the two films do bare a few similarities any furtehr comparison would certainly do "Death Line" a disservice as it is by far the superior movie.

Creep - in short - sucked. It was predictable, completely unscarey, with terrible dialogue that was largely badly delivered (which given the leading lady was Franka Potente from the Bourne series of films and a host of other flicks was a bit surprising). Many of the actors seem to have come from various bit-parts from British TV series past and present - which may go someway to explaining the badly delivered lines. You loose all sympathy for the lead character as she just comes across as an idiot at times - as do a number of otehr characters. There can be no complaints about intelligent deaths in this script. The deaths are due to complete stupidity of the characters and you can tell when each one is coming - just keep an eye out for the places you wouldn't stand/turn your back/whatever.

I had high hopes for this film and feel very let down. British horror can never be taken seriously when they turn out such gems as this. I ended up rating this 2/10 on IMBD and to be honest I feel that was overly generous.
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