Blood in the Water: Snark Attack
I’ve been a bit serious here lately so I thought I’d lighten things up a bit. I know there is no way possible to get to all of the movies we’ve seen so If you guys enjoy it Snark Attack may turn into a monthly feature on A Focus on the Frightful. Even though I love some of these movies to death they are not without their faults. I’ll try to stick to plot holes and things that just don’t make sense in general. I may point out a goof or two here and there but don’t worry. I’m not one of those that will say “Oh, this bird was not in this area during this alignment of the stars so that feather in the background should not be there.” If it is a book to movie adaptation I will confine my snark to the movie itself. Although, a more thorough book to movie snark, uh, I mean objective comparison, of course, might come in a later post.
I’m also very lazy and I’m just going to assume you’ve seen them all so I’m not going to give each of them a synopsis. You can hover over the movie cover to get the synopsis if you need a refresher. The movie covers will give you good markers if you would like to skip to the next movie without having the previous one spoiled.
Please keep in mind that this is all in good fun and I love most of these movies to death. There will also be spoilers for the following movies: 1408, The Awakening, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2,
So get out your yellow rubber floatie and Snark Cage and let’s dive in!
I’ll get to whether or not this is a good adaptation or not in a different post. The movie for the most part is creepy and John Cusak is great in the role of the disaffected, cynical Mike Enslin. There is one thing that has always bugged me. To give it credit it is not the only movie to commit this egregious sin. During one of the rather lengthy “Room screwing with Mike” scenes there is a part where he is actually out of the hotel. for what seems like a few months. But, alas, he’s not and he’s sucked back into the room’s evil grasp. I really, really hate when the captives have seemed to escape the building that holds them, only to find out they were there all the time. Yes, it’s probably only in his head but…dammit! You can’t be in a hospital, on a beach, walk around all over and still be inside a hotel room! One of the other movies that pulls this (in a worse way) was Grave Encounters 2. The creepy laptop call between Evil Room Mike and (maybe) mike’s wife however, is creepy as all get out.
I really do love this movie. If you haven’t seen it please skip this, watch it, then come back. It’s heavy on atmosphere and the acting is excellent. There are a few parts, however…
The first, and again, this is not confined to this movie solely, is an early scene in which Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall) reveals a medium to be a fraud and the medium is duly arrested. As Florence is feeling pretty good about herself the elderly lady that the medium was preying on spits in Florence’s face for ‘stealing her hope’. I honestly hate scenes like these. I, personally, would rather spit on the one preying on desperate people rather than the one who exposed the fraud. But, people are weird so who knows.
One of the smaller scenes worth mentioning is when Robert Mallory (Dominic West) comes to hire Florence to investigate the boy’s school. He meets Florence in her sitting room and she, knowing it is going to be a business meeting is dressed very casually in a men’s suit. Which, ok, she’s modern and defies conventions of dress for the period, cool (the fact that she looks dead sexy in it doesn’t hurt much, either). However, she does not wear a suit coat with it. She also perches in some weird spots while they’re talking. It strikes me as odd since she is presented as being professional enough to work with the police and her odd seating choices and not wearing a coat with her suit strikes me as odd. We’ve already picked up on the fact that she’s unique and intelligent, no need to shove it down our throats to the point of absurdity.
There a few other parts that aren’t exactly plot holes and maybe I just wasn’t sharp enough to figure them out. Obviously Robert has his former military unit hanging out spectrally with him. Am I wrong in thinking that Florence’s fiancee was a part of his unit or what? There are some lines that make it seem so but…I don’t know. Anyone have any ideas? The ending always threw me as it is unclear whether or not Florence dies. It seems as though she throws up the poison and lives but at the end people are talking around her like they can’t see her? Any ideas?
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
This movie got such a bad reputation upon release. I, personally, think it’s a pretty damn good horror movie. Much more creepy than a lot of the movies you find in theatres lately * cough * Blair Witch * cough *. The only parts I don’t like are where the studios meddled with it. Such as the very obvious clips of the murders interwoven throughout the movie. It kind of takes away any sense of mystery or suspense at the end. There are some parts that are very creepy when you’re watching it but later don’t make a lot of sense within the overall plot.
Some of it’s character-wise such as we’re never told what Jeff’s issue is (I’m guessing some kind of paranoia, going by his actions in the movie) or why he would kill Erica. There is one slight incident when they’re partying when he hints that he wouldn’t mind sharing her sleeping bag and she turns him down but by and large he doesn’t seem into her enough to kill her over a very slight rejection. It actually would have made more sense for Stephen to have killed her since there was obvious sexual tension there. There’s also no reason for Erica to lie about where she’s from except to create ambiguity about her character. And, on another note, I’m guessing either someone really liked the way she looked naked on film or she was more comfortable doing those scenes because at their witch orgy she is shown a lot compared to Kim. Just an observation, take it as you wish.
Another thing that is never explained, especially if the director was aiming for a more ambiguous ending, is the presence of the police files. It heightens the mistrust among the group but if it’s supposed to be a witch/no witch ambiguity the files could only have gotten there (and known well enough to recognize later) if there were some supernatural shenanigans going on.
Another, slightly less pressing issue, is where all of their accessories came from for their witchcraft orgy? At the bare minimum there’s a skull that pops up (between Erica’s legs) that doesn’t seem to be anything any of them brought.
This actually turned out to be a much shorter post than originally planned due to a medical emergency so I can guarantee you’ll be seeing another next month. Let me know down below if you guys caught anything strange in the above movies whether it’s a goof or something that just doesn’t make sense. I look forward to seeing your comments!