REVIEW: LET THE RIGHT ONE IN

Ok…”vampire coming of age” kind of flick.  I’ve read review upon review on this flick, and heard nothing but good things, so I felt, good readers, that the article to kickstart my being back on board the Backwoods Horror boat, should be a review of this flick everyone’s been praising.

Well…call me a wuss, but I liked it.  I could probably watch this flick without the vampire element to it (I’m a sucker for movies with a protagonist who’s a little kid who gets bullied and eventually comes back to kick their ass, the underdog kind of flick).  I don’t know if I could say I “loved” it, but I definitely liked it.

Anyone who likes this site will like this movie, I almost guarantee it (almost because there’s always that one percenter out there who HAS to hate it).  So, what’s the movie about?  Ok, there’s this outcast kid who gets bullied.  A vampire that’s always gonna be 12 moves in (oh yeah, and the flick is set in, Sweden, it’s a Swedish flick) next door.  She (Eli) finds the boy (Oskar) outside stabbing a tree one night, wishing for revenge on his tormentors.  They, slowly, form a bond from friendship to love.  Also, there’s a lot of vampire bloody goodness.

This movie did what a lot of vampire flicks do and had us accept the vampire as a sympathetic character, which is blah, but at the same time, it showed the overall monstrousness of the vampire.  I was happy to see that because I HATE when the monstrous, horrible nature of vampires is taken out and replaced with “oh, poor vampy.”  Balancing the sympathy and the monstrousness is always a thin line, and this movie really captured it.  It’s a slow burn, artsy kind of movie set in the frozen wasteland that is Sweden and I actually liked it, just like I find myself surprised, but happy, with a Sigur Ros song (they’re Icelandic, but you get my drift).  This movie seemed like a music video for Sigur Ros for the most part, slow, cold, full of sorrow.  It was just…good.  I really enjoyed it.  I find it hard to bring up anything bad about this film.  It’s not a balls to the wall, rip ’em up horror flick.  It’s at the very opposite end of that, but in a good way.

It was a very refreshing experience and, as I said before, everyone who reads and enjoys this site should really give it a look.

UPDATE: THE HILLS RUN RED–First Image Released

Posted on 28th July 2008 by aaron in News - Tags: , , , ,

The first brand spankin’ new still has been released for the upcoming horror movie The Hills Run Red (Thanks To Shock Till You Drop) which I first reported on here.  Take a look.  The baddy just looks goddamn creepy.  Can’t wait to get a better look!  Keep checking back with Backwoods Horror for more news!

Directed by Dave Parker and also starring Tad Hilgenbrink and William Sadler, Hills follows a film fanatic whose obsession with finding a complete print of an infamous slasher movie leads him and two friends into the backwoods where the film was shot. They realize too late that filming never ended—and now they must survive a nightmarish onslaught or become part of the movie forever.

More Friday The 13th Remake News

Posted on 28th July 2008 by aaron in News - Tags: , , , , ,

Over on Youtube (for now anyway), you can find a clip from the upcoming Friday The 13th Remake.  Or, you could check it out below:

Um…did I just see Jason Voorhees run?!?!  Bullshit!  Goddamnit, this movie is going to suck sweaty donkey dong!  Sigh.  Well, for anyone who’s interested, here’s a sneak pic of the teaser poster (snapped by Bloody Disgusting at SDCC):

The Hills Run Red

Posted on 24th July 2008 by aaron in News - Tags: , , , , ,

The trailer for Dark Castle’s new THE HILLS RUN RED is supposed to be debuting at SDCC today.  The movie was co-written by David J. Schow (Leatherface: TCM 3, The Crow) and is “in the vein of horror classics from the 1970s and 80s, Dark Castle’s The Hills Run Red follows Tyler, a film fanatic whose obsession with finding a complete print of an infamous slasher movie leads him and two friends into the backwoods where the film was shot. They realize too late that filming never ended—and now they must survive a nightmarish onslaught or become part of the movie forever.”–Shock Till You Drop.  Might be kind of cool.  Check below for some initial Poster Art and check back later for that trailer: