This one is gonna be rife with -SPOILERS-, but c'mon. It's The Tell Tale Heart, by Edgar Allan Poe.
I was particularly impressed by this retelling of Poe's classic, The Tell Tale Heart. Those familiar with my reviews, know I'm not fond of poetry, and though I've reviewed some books of poetry in the past (like The Configuration Discordant, by John Baltisberger), poetry is usually not my cup of tea. Poe was always an exception to that rule, and while my love of Poe isn't terribly nuanced or refined, it is love, none the less. Screwing up one of my favorite poems by Poe could spell certain doom for any series or film under my scrutiny. Moreover, a shameless rehash of something that fall under public domain is another good way to compel my ire.
I really should make a point to read the fucking books... I'm a movie critic, people! Still, I'm sure there is subtle context in this movie that was lost in interpretation from the book.
I remember when this indie came out, I actually rented it on VHS at a Blockbuster Video (that's how old I am, people). It was sorta the first indie to really escape the Hollywood trap. Even The Blair Which was purchased and distributed by a major (while small) studio. Cube was the first movie I found out about on the 'World Wide Web.' For anyone under the age of 30, that's what the 'www' stands for. So yeah, I found out about this movie back in the days of message boards and AOL. I guess that kinda makes it the first viral horror movie. If this bad boy ever saw theaters, it was one of those privately owned theaters that plays artsy foreign garbage.
You know, I did a review of this movie way back when I started doing reviews, and it was part of the ramp up when I went professional with my reviewing as well as my writing. Basically when this film first dropped on Netflix, I was still largely focused on political commentary, and movies like Alien Abduction (2014) were part of my transition into taking horror seriously.
I know when my reviews start with the spoilers, that usually means the movie is garbage and I'm about to tell you how bad. Not Tremors (1990). This movie is fucking epic! However, considering the general tone and style of the movie, it's appropriate to treat it like a trash film, so spoilers away.
Anybody else get a rapey vibe off of Noah at the beginning of this movie? He just walks up to a complete stranger, who is with her boyfriend, and in a low and vaguely threatening tone is all like "I wanna dance with you." I swear you can hear fucking banjo after that. His next words should be, "I wanna hear you squeal like a piggy." The fact that this girl's friend gets misty over it says she ain't that much of a friend. More like the kind of friend who you'd ask to watch your drink, but would immediately hands it to the seediest guy at the bar.