Friday, July 9, 2010

The Fourth Kind - Why All The Hate?

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Generally speaking, when a horror movie is panned by both critics and horror fans alike, it's a pretty surefire bet that there's a good reason for it. Such seemed to be the case with The Fourth Kind, a film I was interested in seeing based on the trailer but avoided durings its theatrical run because of all the hate that was spewed about it. Proving that one should never base their decisions on whether or not they should watch movies on what others say, I finally watched The Fourth Kind last night and .... I kinda loved it. I'd even go so far as to say that it does for alien encounters what Paranormal Activity did for demonic encounters and is in fact one of the best alien related horror movies i've seen. They did a great job making everything seem quite real - to the point that I had to Wikipedia the whole ordeal afterwards to make sure it wasn't - and quite honestly, the movie creeped the hell out of me, which I fully respect it for.

Fourth Kind, I am sorry for forming an opinion on you before I watched you.

If you too have been avoiding the movie based on the fact that everyone seems to hate it, give it a shot, you might like it. And let this be a lesson - if a movie looks like something you'd be into, don't lose interest in it because your friend or your dad or the interwebs hate it. You could end up missing out on an experience you'll really enjoy.

10 comments:

Morphine said...

I really want to watch this but haven't gotten then chance. Now I want to see it more.

Morgan said...

what she said...

Monsterforge said...

I've heard nothing but praise for it from people I know... my brother and sister-in-law were contemplating moving to Alaska, but the movie seriously has them shaken about the prospect now.

Jason said...

I think you liked it because your expectations were so low. What really bothered me about this movie was that why would they need to recreate the events if they have real footage of what happened? Given the choice who would not want to see actual footage? The switching back and forth really took me out of the movie. I really liked Paranormal Activity but this felt like a lame rip off. Also is Milla Jolavich trying to win an award for most horror movies?

Johnny said...

Jason - I've gone into plenty of horror movies with really low expecations, that doesn't mean I end up liking them.

As for the switching between the real and recreation footage....

There's only so much of the 'real footage', which only tells so much of the story, so even if it were real, in order for a movie to be made out of it, there would need to be recreations to fill in what the camera missed. If they just showed the 'real' footage, all we would see are the hypnosis sessions and nothing more, which wouldn't make for a very coherent movie. I personally thought it was brilliant that they intercut the 'real' footage with the recreational footage.

HorrO said...

Agree, don't know why so many people are hating on this movie. It wasn't the most amazing movie ever, but it was a good movie. The whole alien thing is freaky. Just imagine that happening to you.

Shawn "napalmfuzz" Savage said...

Ted gave it a 5/5 in our review. Personally I loved it as well. I have no clue why people hated it, but loved Paranormal Activity. I think The Fourth Kind is 10 times the movie that that piece of shit is.

Matthew said...

I've come to the realization that Milla usually elevates any film she's in, no matter how bad the material.

The trailers for The Fourth Kind were great. Very scary. The negative reviews mostly made me roll my eyes, because "name" critics usually take the easy way out, and pan films of the horror genre, unless they become massively popular, like Paranormal Activity did.

I have yet to see TFK, but I appreciate your opinion on it. I will move it up in my queue a considerable amount.

A Perfect Getaway is another I am interested in, that was also panned by most rich people, but seems right up my alley, considering there are officially no thrillers being released in modern cinema that require several college degrees to understand once they're over.

Matthew said...

Having just watched it, it's kind of angering to not know what about is was real - mainly the video of the interspersed 'real' footage.

So, I don't know how to rate it.

Johnny said...

It was all fake Matthew - the footage, the story, everything.