I Shudder at the Thought


Shutter (2008 film)

… of Shutter.

Okay, Final Destination was a joke, but Shutter?  Well, it was actually half decent.  Half.

See, a young, newlywed couple travels to Japan where Dan, the new hubby, is taking a job with a major Japanese corporation, doing photography work for them.  One night, on an exhausted drive to a cabin in the woods beneath Mt. Fuji, a young woman appears out of nowhere from the side of the road, and the couple runs her down.  Strange events lead to horrifying conclusions, until even Japan’s foremost psychic and spiritualist won’t help them.  But there’s more to this ghost story than meets the eye, and the couple soon finds out that old debts aren’t easily paid.

All right, all that being said, this movie wasn’t bad.  It wasn’t great either, but what horror movie gets that label anymore?  I mean, c’mon.  Still, the idea of the ghost haunting people in an active, intelligent sort of way is scary, because hey – who ya gonna call?  And there was a bit at the end where I thought the character was out of character, but that’s me.  And it was literally right at the end of the movie, maybe a minute or two from the end credits.

The acting?  Probably a 7 or 8 out of ten, believe it or not.  Not bad.  The plot?  Hm … a 6 or 7, really.  The twist was a bit predictable, but again … this is a horror movie.  It’s not too far from trying to figure out the plot of a porn movie, y’know?  So I give it high marks.  A well-done, fairly written and acted bit of ghostly tale-telling.  I’d actually recommend it.  The gore factor is low, the tension gets good in some places, and if you’re not like me, you might actually like it.

Now, for those of you who don’t like to be scared, well … we tried to find Gone with the Wind, but it wasn’t there.  Sorry.  And I sat through Pacino and DeNiro in Righteous Kill, which was more accurately road kill.  Ugh.  Predictable.  Thin.  Bad.  Shame on those two for ever agreeing to do it.  Weak.  Lame.  Not scary.  Check that out if you haven’t already.

I picked up a couple of new movies at the library, and I’m only marginally nervous about movies with titles like Ghost Ship and The HauntingPan’s Labyrinth was out too.  Of course.  But, I did get to see Russell Crowe and Christian Bale in 3:10 to Yuma, which was excellent.  Excellent.  I highly recommend if you like westerns and haven’t seen it.

So, what about you?  Anyone see a good movie over the weekend?

-JDT-

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10 thoughts on “I Shudder at the Thought

  1. YAY!!! See, it really was the PLOT Darc, the PLOT, in 3:10 to Yuma. Glad you liked it! 🙂
    For more Russell, there is always Gladiator. You’ve seen that, right?

    Yep, sure did. And Russ in a skirt just don’t do it for me. 😉 But 3:10 to Yuma was good. Thanks for the recommendation.

  2. I didn’t care for Ghost Ship and The Haunting was a.w.f.u.l. Just a head’s up.

    Oi, vey.

    3:10 to Yuma was excellent and another oldie but goodie for Russell Crow was The Quick and the Dead. It’s been years since I’ve seen it, but I remember he out acted everyone, which probably wasn’t hard considering the cast.

    Probably not, no.

    As for Christian Bale, watch American Psycho and The Machinist and you will never look at him the same way again. CB as Batman kind of scares me.

    CB is a jerk. He has his true colors showing all over the Internet at this point. But hey, some of his movies aren’t bad, like The Prestige. So I can check for ’em.

  3. I don’t know how I could have forgotten about 3:10 to Yuma! Great movie – great western. I have seen it so many times between watching it at the theater and then we bought it and I have watched it on HBO. Did I mention before that I am a movie nut and I LOVE westerns? Just watched “North to Alaska” (technically probably not a western) Sunday for the millionth time and I still enjoy it. John Wayne was always my favorite but I loved the movies of the other actors from that time frame, Jimmy Stewart etc.

    I dunno … hard to get any farther west than Alaska without a boat, y’know? 😉 I’d say that’s a western in the most literal sense. 🙂

    I love Russell Crowe in or out of a skirt 🙂 I loved Gladiator!

    It wasn’t bad, no. Not terrible, anyway. Not like 300, anyway.

    Sigh, maybe I have too low standards but I am a movie/TV junkie though I do read a ton of books as well but then again, my literary choices are probably as bad as the video choices since I did go through a rather lengthy “bodice-ripper” stage in my younger years. I’m more into the vamp scene and mystery (what a combo huh!) and I enjoy the Lincoln Rymes series and John Patterson.

    My wife was a big bodice-ripper fan too. She’s graduated of late, but still has a soft spot for ’em.

    Oh well, we like what we like and dislike what we dislike don’t we?

    That’s why they make chocolate AND vanilla, I say! 😀

    • I just now thought about two horror movies that I loved because they didn’t take themselves seriously as purely “horror” movies but were more horror/comedy.

      1) American Werewolf in London 1981 directed by John Landis

      YES! One of the best movies of ALL TIME!! … in horror, anyway.

      This is the movie that earned an Oscar for the makeup and became a cult classic. I loved the humor in it and, at the time, it was somewhat scary. I never went to scary pictures as a kid and didn’t see “The Exorcist” until in my 30’s but what scared us back in the 70’s & 80’s is considered kid stuff now since the normal scary/horror movie is all blood and gore and we are desensitized to this type of thing now. People let little kids watch movies I would never have thought of letting my kids watch back when they were little. I got mad at Hubz for letting the kids watch “The Howling” on HBO when I found out why they had had nightmares when I was gone and Daddy wanted to watch the movie and figured it would be OK.

      I love it.

      2) Fright Night 1985 directed by Tom Holland

      I remember this one! With Roddy McDowell as the unlikely hero, right? Another fun one!

      Loved Roddy McDowall in this movie! He was a hoot! Another horror/comedy movie that by today’s standards isn’t scary at all but was great in it’s day.

  4. 3:10 to Yuma was slow and dull. Didn’t get through the whole film.

    No? It took time to develop, no doubt about it. Was worth it, I thought, though.

  5. I don’t like to be scared but I’m not a fan of Gone with the Wind. The Wizard of Oz came out the same year–and that’s a movie I love.

    Movies I’ve seen recently…I watched Ruby in the Smoke. Enjoyed it a lot and Julie Walters scared me. Otherwise, I’ve been doing the documentary thing–Man on Wire, My Kid Could Paint That, David Lynch, and Art 21: Season Four. And I am totally going to see the new Harry Potter film.

    Am not now, nor ever have I been, nor ever will I be, a HP fan I don’t think, even if Stephen King DOES endorse them. Just Do. Not. Want.

    Enjoy your horror!

    I’ve been cautioned against the idea of them being good by an earlier commenter, so I go with great trepidation. But thanks just the same!

    • Well, I won’t see a Stephen King movie so there you are. HP is just totally in keeping with what I loved as kid–fantasy & orphans. Ha.

      LOL 😀

  6. Lets see… over the weekend I watched 1977’s The Sentinel, a pleasant enough time waster of a film about a house haunted by demons. But it stars-Christina Raines, Chris Sarandon, Eli Wallach, Christopher Walken, Ava Gardener, John Carridine, Beverly DiAngelo, Jerry Orbach, Nana Visitor, Tom Berringer, Jeff Goldblum, William Hickey and José Ferrer. Wow huh?

    Wow, indeed!

    The film is also notable for using people with actual physical deformities (like the Elephant Man’s disease) as demons.

    How considerate of them!

    All this and it has naked fat chicks… what’s not to love?

    Hey, now, hey … I’m about to have dinner!

  7. Thought shudder was ok..the end was freaky with the guy in the hospital….the japanese know how to make a scary movie the japan version of THE RING…oh my goodness turn off movie turn lights on…sleep with one eye open find and watch you will not regret or you might depending on how much of scaredy cat you are….Zman sends

    Been lookin’ to see the Japanese version of The Ring for years. If I find it, I’ll see it — and no, I’m not a scaredy-cat. 🙂

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