This book contains 50 reviews of horror movies shot in black and white. The reviews are sorted from the last position to the first one. The ranking of each production is established by the sum of 7 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting & quality. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, emotions evoked, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.
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Part of this film borrows from the found footage format, and it has a narrative purpose. Youtube will become dated, one day, but for now, it feels like today. Let’s address the elephant in the room; in a nutshell, Assimilate is an unofficial installment of the Body Snatchers franchise. It’s neither the best nor the worst one. It’s more of the stuff we loved, but it’s also its own thing.
Here, the potential for horror is leveraged in every possible way. This concept is extremely marketable: doppelgangers are replacing townsfolk at an alarming rate. Two vloggers and their friend are documenting it. There’s good exposition, but only for these guys. We never get to know those we will soon call villains. And, that’s the main problem. We don’t get attached.
The film exploits paranoia and agoraphobia. It’s not subtle about it. The lack of subtlety is flagrant on every level. On the other hand, it’s infinitely better than most zombie flicks of the decade, and it’s certainly scarier. It doesn’t systematically resort to post-apocalyptic tropes, but the future certainly doesn’t look bright for our heroes. This plague looks irreversible, and that’s scary.