"The Village" by M. Night Shyamalan! Yes, it's sad but true. This master of "The Sixth Sense" completely blew it when he made "The Village." When you finally get to the ending, it turns out to be more sad than scary - both in the movie itself and in the sense that Minoge Night actually spent so much money making a crappy flick.
Though the cinematography was great, the acting and storyline were so horrible that all we were able to do was poke fun at it. When you're heckling a flick, it's hard to be creeped out by it.
This is, by far, one of the best candidates for "Mystery Science Theatre 3000" that I've ever seen. My husband, my friends, and myself certainly had a great time ripping it apart last night so I'm sure the professionals could really go at it. We had the ending figured out at about the half way point.
The first half of the movie just wasn't thrilling enough. When we finally caught a glimpse of "those we do not speak of" it did, however, give us a bit of a jump. All you see is a bright red cape. It's that kind of subtlety that makes a movie into a thriller. Unfortunately, 10 minutes later, it actually showed the monster - clearly a poorly made costume of an unrealistic "creature" that couldn't possibly exist. That alone made this movie more "sci-fi" than "thriller." I must say, I'm still reeling from the disappointment.
I absolutely loved "The Sixth Sense" and "Unbreakable" (mostly because I love superheros). I had high hopes for "The Village" but alas - they were dashed. Crushed. Completely shattered. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone unless they wanted to endure a good cheese-fest. Thank goodness we have that blockbuster rental card! I would have been even more upset if we had spent the $4 on the rental fee.
In better news, we also ended up renting "Harold and Kumar Go To Whitecastle." I thought this movie was going to be a complete bomb, but after watching "The Village" I knew it could only go uphill. It turned out to be hilarious! Maybe not a must-rent, but a fun movie to check out none-the-less.
Now, I can't really spout off a bunch of stuff about the cheesiest movie I've seen this year without acknowledging the BEST (yes, capital letter BEST) movie I've seen, can I? "Napolean Dynamite." It's a must rent. MUST. In fact, it's a must-own. The whole damn thing is so hilarious and kooky that you can't help but laugh hysterically and say "what on Earth?" every few seconds. The best part is the fact that the players are stuck in the 80's so I had a bonus experience of being able to say "I used to own those same boots!" or "I used to wear my hair like that!" Please - I beg you - if you find yourself in a situation where you're only allowed to rent one movie for the rest of the year, make it this one. It's a low-budget flick and I guarantee you'll come out of it with a *tiny* crush on Napolean and a *large* craving for tater-tots.
That's it for now folks - stay safe and be well!