This movie does nothing new for the horror genre. But I didn't care. I still found it to be a really enjoyable viewing experience, and an interesting spin on the typical slasher film. The cast were dynamic and worked well together, and the sassy Carmen (Elena Uhlig) made up for the whiny main protagonist Sarah (Kristen Miller). Most of the males are fairly detestable, but you'll have a good time detesting them. The film succeeds in keeping you engaged and guessing at the conclusion, which is always the best part of horrors. Better still that the ending is in fact surprising. While at times it does fall back on cheesy horror cliche`s and can be fairly predictable in terms of death scenes and character development you'll find that you don't really mind, and there is still enough surprises to keep you on the edge of your seat with your palms slightly sweaty. And if you can still go down a waterslide after watching this then you're braver than me!
John Hughes rarely puts a foot wrong, and The Breakfast Club may very well be his crowning glory. It is a coming of age film that transcends generations and continents, with a plot that is relatable no matter what your walk of life. The message of the film is one that binds us; you are not alone. Hughes attempts to break down typical high school stereotypes and expose the similarities that lie at the heart of us all, particularly teenagers desperate for love, acceptance, respect and understanding. This film is beautiful, understated, funny and heartfelt. Every single member of the cast shines in roles that seem to be written purely for them, (and it helps that Judd Nelson is easy to look at!). This movie had me desperate to receive detention in high school, in the hopes that the hot popular boy would discover that I'm a person too and make out with me. It never happened.
This movie is heartwarming. If you have ever felt lost or misunderstood by those around you, take comfort in this film. It got me through my high school years and remains my favourite movie years later. Perfect.
Unfortunately I find that Clive Barker's work doesn't translate particularly well into film. While the concept may be original and riveting, and make for an engaging read, the movie equivalent tends to be long-winded and dull. When it comes to movies there's a difference between a subtle, thought-provoking horror and a boring, slow-paced horror. Clive Barker's Book Of Blood is the latter. The movie itself looks like it's been done on the cheap, which is not necessarily a bad thing. It gives the movie a gritty, realistic quality that can be refreshing (it is also refreshing that the actors are not impossibly beautiful, as is so often the case). There is no Hollywood glitz and glamour to the movie, and the special effects are all the better for it. That being said there is an awkward tension between the characters that makes the relationships hard to swallow. The movie starts on a gripping note and then plummets into a pace that continues for the majority of the film, with very few redeeming moments. Overall, an interesting concept that would make for a great read, however turns out to be a relatively disappointing film.