Anyone who really knows me knows that I love me a good horror flick. The problem with that is that there are so few good horror flicks. I've seen more than my fair share of movie trailers promising that this time I will get the horror movie I've always wanted: suspenseful, engaging, truly terrifying. The stuff that spawns fear of the dark and gives birth to eldritch nightmares. But far more often than not, I am left unsatisfied by a film that plays to the lowest common denominator by dumbing down the story and piling on the cheap scares (which don't scare me at all).
Yesterday, I saw a new movie called Stake Land on the iTunes Movie Trailers webpage. I watched the two featurettes, "Martin" and "Belle". They are some of the best pieces of suspenseful cinematography that I've ever seen. Both run shy of 5 minutes (closer to 4 minutes if you don't count the movie clip montage at the end of each piece). Both had my eyes glued to the screen. "Martin", in particular, had my heart-rate up a bit higher than normal. These clips are eerie. These clips are memorable. These clips make you want to know what will happen next.
And if history has taught me anything, the movie will be nothing like them.
Horror movies are hard to do. Horror movies containing vampires are even harder. 30 Days Of Night was one of those very few horror movies (specifically containing vampires) that got it right. I cared about the characters. I jumped a time or two. I got a cardio workout without ever moving from my seat.
Can Stake Land follow in those footsteps? It's possible. But it's not probable.
Still, the horror movie freak in me is hopeful.