I’m not going to lie, I didn’t have high expectations for this movie. However, 1hr 41mins. later, I’m sold.
Yes, the plot is more Scooby Doo than Friday the 13th. Yes, you probably haven’t heart of many of the stars (unless you watch Supernatural and Gary Unmaried). Yes, there are definite areas of “lack” in the writing… but, THIS. MOVIE. WAS. AWESOME.
I have to start from the beginning…
Jon, Geoff, Rich, Chris and I went to see the flick at Pacific Place here in Seattle. I’d already experienced the kind of “next-gen” 3D at IDF in San Francisco, so I knew that the glasses were already cooler.
The theater was more packed than I EVER thought it would be. Rich and Chris brought a little… ummmm, supplement for their drinks, so they were guaranteed to have a great time. Of course, two heinous, and obnoxious girls took the two seats to my right… one of them continually passed gas the entire movie. I heard it once. Popcorn + coke + nachos = me wanting to gag.
The movie starts out with a BANG when you get a full-frontal assault from a pick-axe going through a dude’s dome. From there on out, the movie meanders through killings and torn lovers as it loosely pays homage to the 1981 original of the same name.
Jensen Ackles and Jaime King definitely shine through as the only real “actors” in the flick, although my favorite character is Betsy Rue’s “Irene” who chases after her sometimes lover in the nude before getting pick-axed to death (gratuitous horror-flick nudity – check).
The twist (there’s always a twist, right?) was actually well-done. The fight scenes were pretty awesome, and I’m willing to bet would have been better if we weren’t near the top of the theater.
Soundtrack wasn’t really as rocking as I had hoped… but after listening to the awesome soundtrack of Ackles’ “Supernatural” nothing really compares. There WAS a great cover of “Sweet Child of Mine” in the “A Haunting in Connecticut” preview, but that was canceled out by the 3 Doors Down National Guard ballad… really? I get it, we’re all patriotic, but really?
I give this move 8.5 pickaxes out of 10.