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I quite enjoyed this movie. And it wasn’t just for some of the eye candy.

Hellooooo….

Back on track now Megan, (Ha! And I didn’t even mean to do that pun!). ‘In Europe, a group of American college athletes unknowingly board a train that will become one deadly ride.’ Yep, its one of ‘those’ movies. Group of friends go out drinking, something happens and they stupidly agree to do something that really doesn’t sound right, such as getting a late train that’s just magically going to where they’re wanting to go. Oh yeah, you give over your passports and let them keep them, that makes sense. That actually does happen. And then after all this, it all goes even more tits up. They decide to get on the train, give over their passports and then they get off at the other end, safe and sound…..I KID. No, they don’t. At all.

When I said it was one of ‘those’ movies, I meant one of those friends slasher movies. The ones that people groan about where they really shouldn’t. These films are brilliant, you can turn your brain off and just enjoy some good-looking people dying in many different and original ways. When people say they hate them, I laugh and secretly think, ‘more for me’… These movies are brilliant, and Train is no exception. Yes, they won’t win awards, yes a lot of them don’t need a brain, but what’s your point?! Train is a good old-fashioned ‘let’s do stupid things’ shout at the screen slasher film. With a slight twist AND a near naked run down the train, back to photo up top.

Don’t knock it.

Thora Birch was definitely put in this film for the ‘big star’ count, she is pretty much the only actor I’d heard of, but luckily, I’m not a fan of who’s in what when it comes to horrors. I’ll watch anything. It was a change from what I’d seen her in though, I’m still stuck on her character in America Beauty.. No one’s really really bad in this, as I said, it’s the general slasher movie, it wouldn’t win any awards and will probably not be known by people unless you’ve seen it but it’s good. I enjoyed it. Train is similar to the likes of Hostel, but I love Hostel so I had no complaints what so ever. Apart from some characters are dumb, but if they weren’t, there would be no killing.. Hey, you gotta break a few eggs..

Hello Derek…I don’t care if you’ve been in a gay film, you’re still hot.

The gore is there, the drinking friends, the fun, the scary stereotypical bad guys and even a little twist of why there are on the train. What more could you want?! I enjoyed this film so much, even though I own it, I’m going to record¬† it when it’s on the horror channel on Sunday… Yeah.

What’s not to love?

The Cabin In The Woods is definitely different. But for me that was a good different. ‘Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.’ I’m not fully sure what exactly to say about it as I don’t want to give any spoilers away. And there are a lot.

So this is a film, that doesn’t really hide anything from you, well it does, but it gives some of the biggest clues away from the start. Like when the gang are first driving to the Cabin, they drive through a tunnel on the side of a cliff, and the camera pans to a bird flying past the tunnel. Until it hits what looks like Violet Parr’s safety shield from The Incredibles, the daughter. Y’know the one I mean, a force field, the bird literally flies into something that looks like that and that obviously does the same job. As soon as that bird flies into that mysterious force field, you know this is going to be something different, for the film makers to show you something like that so early on, is brilliant ballsy. They had to have something bigger up their sleeves to keep it going and luckily for them, they did.

English: Log Cabin This log cabin is situated ...

This one looks slightly less sinister…

The film starts off, minus the whole bird-force field thing, as a normal horror movie, a group of friends excited and off on a little holiday getaway. The norm. You also have the normal types of people, obviously I’m stereotyping as most horror movies do. (I’m not saying that in a bad way, I love that I know all the rules and who’s going to die first!), you have the slutty couple who normally consist of the slut and the jock. The nerd friend, the nice one and then the virgin. This is all the normal horror slasher movie and seems like its leading to be just another horror slasher movie – if I didn’t know about the film, that is what I would have thought, I would have enjoyed it, but it would have just been like another horror film.

 

As much as I would like to talk about this film because it is generally a very clever, enjoyable film, I don’t want to spoiler it for anyone and if I’m honest…I don’t know what is a spoiler and what isn’t. There are just so many clever twists and just clever ideas running through it. In some ways, its like Scream, but a weirder one, as in, it laughs at horror movies. It takes all the normal aspects and ‘rules’ out of them and uses them but also twists them on their heads, like the whole ‘the virgin survives’ rule. It takes that and laughs right in its face.

If I was to say anything about it, I would say see it, it is an original movie, a very original movie. See it especially, if you are a horror fan like me. I sat there going ‘this is so clever!’ while my parents, who aren’t as big horror fans as me but still enjoy the odd ones, sat there going ‘this is clever, but weird’. So see it, especially if you’re a horror fan. GO!¬† Everyone always complains there are no original horror movies, well, here you are!