I just got the following from my review of The Rage:
Hokay. Usually don’t comment to blogs, Realize you’re younger than I am
but you’ve still had to have been a Joe Bob Brigg’s fan. so how do you
appreciate Bflick silliness like Rage, yet take offense and snipe at
28 Weeks Later?! Don’t get it. Hell, I’m still a Soldier/Sniper(will be
46 when we get back from next deployment) and I didn’t take offense at
the portrayal of the joe’s in the flick, not after how the Brit
squaddies in the first one were portrayed. What torqued me was that our young
hero dumped his M14 for a measly M4! It’s a zombie flick for
Bet you’re a “hell comes to frog town” and “Near Dark” fan.
Anyway, cool blog, and MHI was awesome, have given away a few copies
now. Didn’t score any with patches though. Keep up the good work.
That’s an excellent question. How can I give a positive review to total cheese like The Rage, yet bag on 28 Weeks Later. By all standards of filmmaking, 28 Weeks Later was better. It had better acting, better production values, better effects, etc. But it drove me nuts.
What it comes down to for me personally is that I’m a lot more forgiving of cheap movies, than I am of real budget movies. If a movie has a budget, I hold it to a higher standard, and expect more out of it. The cheaper the movie, the more I let slide.
For example, I haven’t ever posted my list of favorite vampire movies yet. But the Bleeding has to make the list. This thing was obviously made with a budget of less than the doughnut budget for 28 Weeks Later, but it was awesome. The actors were obviously friends of the director. The sets, if you could call them that, were one of the actor’s apartments. But by golly, they put some effort into it!
When a movie is big enough to go to the theaters, then I expect quality. If I’m a judge at the Olympics, then I’m going to have high standards and expect performance. If I’m a judge at the Special Olympics, then I’m giving bonus points for effort, and not worried quite as much about performance. (and that’s not bagging on the Special Olympics at all, because I’ve gone to them, and will admit that most of their track stars would kick my fat ass).
And yes, to answer the above Hell Comes to Frogtown is high quality cinema. And Near Dark has BILL PAXTON! B-Movie superhero, nearly as great as Ron Perlman, Lance Henrikson, and the Man, Jeffrey Combs.