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Throwback Thursday: “War of the Worlds” (2005)!

As I’ve mentioned before on this blog,  I will never stop loving Steven Spielberg’s 2005 take on H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds.”  It was a damned decent science fiction epic, the special effects were fabulous, and it’s actually pretty scary upon its first viewing.  The movie successfully channeled post-9/11 anxieties without exploiting them, and Spielberg characteristically humanized the story’s apocalypse by framing it through the eyes of a realistic, relatable modern family.  (The terror of the genocidal monsters is a little ironic, too … when I was a kid, Spielberg was known for the wondrous aliens of 1977’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and 1982’s “E.T. — The Extra Terrestrial.”)

Say what you want about Tom Cruise … I think he’s a decent actor, and he’s led some really terrific science fiction films.  Dakota Fanning was fantastic child actor here, and Tim Robbins was predictably brilliant (even if his story arc, in my opinion, was largely unnecessary and too depressing).

This was a great flick.

 

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More gooey monstery goodness from Oats Studios (The “ZYGOTE” short film)

Oats Studios dropped its newest science fiction – horror short film yesterday, and it’s pretty damned good.  “ZYGOTE” follows (an all grown up!) Dakota Fanning and Jose Pablo Cantillo as they try to escape an inspired and truly horrifying monster.  (Cantillo was none other than Martinez a few seasons ago on “The Walking Dead.” )

My enjoyment here was hampered just a little with some problems I had with the short film’s audio … I tried watching this both with my laptop’s speakers and with my headphones, and I found the early dialogue a little difficult to hear either way.  (I’m guessing the problem is only mine.)

Nevertheless, this was a pretty decent short film, taking writer-director Neill Blomkamp’s zeal for body horror to a new level.  (I get the sense that Blomkamp watched a lot of David Cronenberg growing up.)

Fans of John Carpenter’s “The Thing” should be pleased.  Check it out below.