: The Broken
So Blackjack Joe Bob gives The Broken thumbs up, with a big caveat (see "The Cons" list below)...Pros
-Genuinely creepy use of shadows, lighting and sound.
-A very ominous, gradual sense of foreboding. I genuinely felt uneasy, if not exactly scared.
-For a change, fairly appealing characters [i.e., not the usual grating imbeciles you want to see offed as quickly in possible in most modern horror and slasher films]
-Lena Headey in the buff!
Well, sort of... [see "The Cons"
-Richard Jenkins, an Oscar Nominee
for The Visitor. What's he doing here??
-For the most part, refreshingly subtle (you may be bored if you prefer knives, chainsaws, and flying body parts every 90 seconds)Cons
-One geyser of grand guignol bloodletting that appears to have flown in from another movie to ensure it got an R-rating. Not that I can't get into grand guignol, but it just doesn't match the "less is more" spirit of the rest of the movie, imho
-Lena Headey in the buff, but obscured in "strategic places" like it's an Austin Powers movie.
-I found the ending cool, but...
Googling pulled up a neat AMC blog entry interviewing her stuff, including a very short snippet about The Broken:http://blogs.amctv.com/horror-hacker/2009/03/lena-heady-interview.php
Q: So, what attracted you to The Broken?
A: Well, it was in London and... a big attraction was, "I can go home every night and see my pals." The director [Sean Ellis]... comes from a fashion photography background, he's very visually interesting... It's exploring a woman's psyche. Is she going mad, or are these things really happening? They scare me more... films that look into possible madness.
And ohmigod, she even likes Fright Night. Sigh. My dream lady...