The Mad

Horror movies are always a stretch. Even the best horror movie requires that its viewers go out of their way to suspend disbelief. I think this is why there are so many bad horror movies, because the line between, "creepy", and "oh for crying out loud ..." is pretty damn thin. If you are making a horror movie and there is any chance that it's going to fall into the latter category, you'd be well advised not to take yourself too seriously. Better to have them laughing with you, than at you.

The Mad stars Billy Zane as Jason Hunt, a widower on a road trip with his rebellious teenage daughter, her moron boyfriend, and his bitchy, emasculating girlfriend. Jason and crew layover in a small town just as it becomes the site of a super-mutant-mad-cow's disease breakout. The infected become flesh eating zombies, who in turn infect anyone they bite.

With a premise this cliche, would I be guilty of spoilers if I said that the cast slowly succumbs to attrition as they try to locate the source of the outbreak and stop it from spreading? That's ok, with this movie it's more about the journey than the destination, and the journey is hilarious.

Clearly the makers of The Mad wanted you to laugh with them and not at them, so if you like campy horror movies then I recommend you check this one out.

"Has your beef been acting strangely?"

Blade Runner

It had been years since the last time I watched Blade Runner, so given the opportunity, I was eager to check it out again.

I always get a kick out of watching older sci-fi movies because the more time passes, the more apparent the inaccuracies become in the depiction of life in the future. Since Blade Runner was released in 1982 and is set in 2019, it's really starting to become apparent just how far off they were.

For example, I serious doubt that flying automobiles will be commonplace in the next 14 years. I also serious doubt that we're going to have off-world colonies light years away within that same time frame. I'm also confident that computers will be a little more sophisticated, and a little more accessible than what is represented in the movie, (in fact, that is already the case :)

The movie was based on a book by Philip K. Dick written in 1968 called Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, maybe the movie attempted to be true to the book instead of accurate in terms of future technology, (I don't know, I haven't read the book). A delta of 37 years versus 23 would certainly make the predictions a little more difficult.

That being said, I really do like Blade Runner. It was dark, thought provoking, and had a pretty decent cast, (movies with Rutger Hauer playing the antagonist are always guaranteed to Not Suck).

The Day After Tomorrow

Tomorrow, what a piece of shit.

Basically, global warming has resulted in the melting of polar ice caps, which in turn disrupts the northern Atlantic current and triggers massive climate change. The whole Northern Hemisphere is screwed, everyone is really cold.

WTF? Weren't the melting ice caps supposed to turn the world into one big ocean sailed by Road Warrior style bands of pirates until an unlikely hero in the form of a gill-sporting loner rises up to protect a child messiah and lead the people to dry land? I am so confused.

The special effects are good. Denis Quaid as a scientist is joke. The plot is predictable, and while I am by far no expert on the subject, I found it more than a little hard to swallow that the next Ice Age would appear in the span of a few hours with no advance notice.

So where can I go to get the last two hours of my life refunded?