Saw II and Other Cinematic Topics

Just got back from watching Saw II on screen number 2 at the Tremont Street Lowes Theater in Boston. While a lot has already been written about the original Saw and how it had a cop-out ending -- I don't agree. If you hated the first one, don't go see the second, you're not worthy. I don't know if it's more gruesome or less than the first and I don't care. At the end there is another one of those "flash-throughs" that rub in your face all of the little clues you were too stupid to miss. If you saw the first one and you weren't looking for obscure clues in the second, you'll be had. The writers did a fine piece of work here.

Now for the more important part -- the Trailers. Two trailers really stuck out in my head -- one whose movie I will go see and second where the jury is still out.

First, let me tell you about Underworld: Evolution. It's got Kate Beckinsale in it. Need I say more? Ok, I will. She looks HOTTER than she did in the first one. It also looks like there will be a hell of a lot more action with flashbacks to early battles between Werewolves and Vampires. Why are all female vampires hot? Why do all male vampires either look like Abe Vigoda or Eurotrash? If there's ever a movie I will camp out for, it'll be this one. If I lived in England, I would stalk Kate. (However, Claire Forlani also lives in England...choices! choices!)

The second film, however, I might just never go see as I am already having nightmares from the trailer and I haven't even gone to sleep. What kind of sick director directing what kind of sick movie could do that to me? Well, that would be Hostel directed by Eli Roth and produced by Quentin Tarantino. It's the story of three backpackers who...never mind here is the IMDB blurb:
Three backpackers head to a Slovakian city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them.
Imagine being taken to a place where you are helpless and there is no hope. A place where people pay to torture and murder people they don't like. Imagine drills, saws, scalpels, bald dudes in blood-soaked leather aprons with instruments of torture and YOU ARE STRAPPED TO A GURNEY. Scary shit. I really don't think I could take this movie. Hell, 8mm still gives me the creeps.

I really home more than two or three people read this. I would like some feedback...





Robert said...

How about waking up in a hostel to screeching German children running around? Almost as scary. Especially in an area near the Sudetenland.

Jennifer said...


Did you see Cabin Fever? I'm pretty excited to see Hostel myself. I probably won't be able to see it opening weekend because I'll have Peter full time, but when I do see it I'll let you know. (If you're interested.)

Mike said...


Don't get your reference.

George said...

Holy f-ing shit! I never heard of Saw before now, so I checked it out on IMDB — and I recognized the name of the guy who played Mark!

Paul Gutrecht was a senior at Cornell when I was a freshman. He was buds with Cam Jones (one of the Executive Producers of Traffic), also a senior at the time.

Now I have to put it in the Netflix queue (behind a lot of Molly movies, since our last three were Sky Captain, Unbreakable, and Sin City)!