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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

On DVD: The Host 

Hey, now this is how you make a big-monster movie: Get that big monster out there early and don’t be afraid to show it. If your material is good and your actors hit the notes, if the scares are solid and you build actual tension, then “the big reveal” doesn’t have to be the climax of your film to which all other content is subservient. (I’m looking at you, Cloverfield.) Get us attached to the people. Make us care about something more than what the monster looks like. Give us some laughs and choke us up. Make us afraid for these people. This is what people are referring to when they call a movie a “ride.”

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