This is another great installation in the “found footage” genre. I love how the narrative unfolds in this movie. We find out what is happening as the characters in the movie find out. It’s shot as a first person POV using a video camera. The story follows a group of friends who are enjoying a going away party, when everything goes sideways. A giant monster is attacking Manhattan, starting its rampage by decapitating the Statue of Liberty. It’s the monster’s way of giving the American public the finger. It’s a cool mixture of Godzilla and alien invasion. It’s simply awesome. Shaky camera work, much like in The Blair Witch Project, is used extensively. It takes some getting used to, but it’s effective.
The Blob, 1988.
Hailing from outer space (again), the Blob crashes to earth in a meteor and sets about devouring the population of a small town in California. This is a great movie that still holds up well. The effects are really good, considering how long ago it was made. The sink scene is truly fantastic. The Blob suckers its hapless victim by clogging the drain. Trying to get it unblocked, the worker gets his hand in there. Surprisingly, he pulls his hand out unscathed. Then the Blob attacks – it leaps out and grabs him by the face and pulls him head first into the drain. Simple physics tells you it’s impossible to fit a grown man down a drain, but with brute force, the Blob makes it happen.
The Fly, 1986.
Jeff Goldblum was cast perfectly in this role. A creepy oddball scientist attempts teleportation from one pod to another. The first baboon test has disastrous and disgusting results; it basically gets turned inside out. Once perfected, he moves onto the human trials. Unwittingly, he teleports himself along with a fly. The slow transformation from man to man-fly, much like the baboon, is pretty nauseating. The whole movie is pretty revolting; from the acidic puke to his teeth falling out. Great slimy special effects.