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October 07 2004

That's Entertainment: An Ideal Time to Be Scared. Zachary Budryk of the Richmond Times-Dispatch is inspired by a Joss-formulated idea, and uses it to frame his thoughts on some recent horror(ish) films.

"I decided to pay homage to (this is an arcane term meaning "steal") Whedon's idea by assembling the best horror stories and movies out there and telling what characteristic of horror they best exemplify, which, when combined, would make the ideal horror movie."

I respect the thought process, but there are some far scarier movies from the not-too-distant past he left out of the mix, 28 Days Later being one that comes to mind...

I would like to read the original Joss article, does anyone know where it can be found?

Wiseblood - 28 days - I never saw it. Is it a good movie? Well done?
The original article can be found in an issue of Wizard Magazine that was out during the summer. Somewhere in a thread buried in the Whedonesque archives, I posted the movies that Joss thought made the perfect Batman movies. Still trying to find it.

Found them:

5. The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
4. Unbreakable (2000)
3. Last of the Mohicans -- The Director's Cut (1992)
2. Spider-Man (2002)
1. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

[ edited by Simon on 2004-10-07 15:53 ]
Passion, go rent 28 Days Later! It's incredibly creepifying and is one of the best, most disturbing horror films I can remember seeing since waking at the crack of dawn every Saturday as a teenager to catch monster flicks on "Shock Theater".

For a project that was done on a virtual shoestring -- amazing, considering the locale -- and treads some familiar (but creatively freshened-up) genre terrain, I think you'll be blown away by the top-drawer execution, visceral intensity, striking visual imagery and overall story scope. I didn't stop thinking about it for days afterward, and I'm the kind of person who seldom gets the wiggins. Definitely a must-see!

28 Days Later page at IMDB.

Official 28 Days Later site with Flash trailer.

[Edit: Oh, and if you like Japanese/foreign cinema, give The Eye and Tetsuo a try.]

[ edited by Wiseblood on 2004-10-07 20:04 ]
Another thing about 28 Days Later is that it had 3 different endings. Two were in the theater and the third one (along with the first 2) are included on the DVD. Which ending you saw depended on when you went to see it in the theater. I think that's brilliant. It's a choose your own ending. You can watch it and decide which ending you like better, the happy one or the bad one. It's audience interactive! That gives me just another reason to rent it.

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