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PostHeaderIcon Doghouse Review

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Vince is depressed following his divorce, and so to cheer him up, six of his friends decide to take him on a trip to a remote village for a boys weekend. However when they arrive, they find the whole village overrun by psychotic, homicidal women affected by an airborne virus them that turns them into man-hating cannibals. After the guys’ minibus driver goes crazy, they are left stranded in the countryside with only a group of man-eaters for company.

Doghouse is an addition to the comedy/horror genre and will probably be most compared to Shaun of the Dead since it deals with comedy, zombies and from the UK. It doesn’t quite live up to Shaun of the Dead if you were wondering, but the movie in itself wasn’t too bad. The comedy aspect provided some laughs and didn’t go overboard too much. Some of the characters were more likable than others, but that was probably by design. The horror aspect of the movie was hit and miss since some of the zombies looked pretty gross, but others were kind of dumb however that might be because they were intertwining it with some comedy. There was some decent gore, but you can tell they held back a little with the potentials.

As you read the review you probably can tell the average tone from it and that just about sums up the movie. It wasn’t too bad, but wasn’t too great either and throughout the film it was always hit and miss with things. I was a little disappointed with the ending because it started off with cool potential, but when the credits started to roll it left a little to be desired. I’d recommend the movie to fans of comedy/horror or zombie movies in general since it does have some things you will enjoy, but don’t expect to be blown away.

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My Score: 6/10

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Originally posted 2009-10-10 09:19:08.

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PostHeaderIcon After.Life Review

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After a horrific car accident, Anna (Ricci) wakes up to find the local funeral director Eliot Deacon (Neeson) preparing her body for her funeral. Confused, terrified and feeling still very much alive, Anna doesn’t believe she’s dead, despite the funeral director’s reassurances that she is merely in transition to the afterlife. Is she dead or is she still alive?

After Life is a limited release film with a few big named actors such as Liam Neeson, Christina Ricci and Justin Long. The strong cast helps save the film as the concept is good, but execution is somewhat lacking. Liam Neeson plays the funeral director well as he easily switches between creepy and normal on the fly. The rest of the performances were fairly good with what they had to work with. The suspense the film should have had felt lacking, but there were a few good parts.

The biggest problem After Life has is presenting the evidence towards whether Christina Ricci’s character is alive or dead. I won’t spoil what happens, but there are a lot of things that conflict and it lowers the effectiveness of the film. It’s still a decent film and doesn’t hand feed everything to the viewers, but might not be a movie you want to see twice.

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My Rating 6/10

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Originally posted 2010-07-27 11:35:43.

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