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Clayton Riddell is on the way home after he sold his comic work when a man bites off the ear of a dog. A woman charges to a vendor. Numerous distant screams. Before Clayton knows it, the world is already in chaos. He realizes that the cell (phones) makes a person crazy when he listen to it.  Clay, together with his pick-up friends, Alice and Tom, races from Boston across Kent Pond when he remembers that his son owns a cell. Stephen King’s “The Cell” pulls off a not-so horrifying thriller in a gory zombie tale.

Cell (2006) by Stephen King

When I was reading “The Cell”, Stephen King’s “The Gunslinger” keeps reminding me that this is not worth the time but I am actually impressed to see a dramatic improvement from his writing, which is reasonable since King admits he haven’t been in writing workshops until, I guess, when he started writing the second book of the Dark Tower series. In this work, he chooses the words carefully and manages to tickle you in serious moments but one thing is still disappointing, he’s not a compelling storyteller or should I blame it to the plot? In the middle, when the dynamic trio escapes to an English boarding school, or even before that, the story slouches, no not being a slow pace but it gets boring. He narrates the zombies and what they are doing but it gets worn-out to see the little progress of these creatures. At first, zombies eats another zombies, then they learn how to team up and start to flock to right then to left, then they start to sing and on and on. It would have been fine if these things plays a great role or even a satisfying epiphany in the end, but no they just get blown up. This just shows that these zombies’ deteriorated brains can’t think well. (more…)

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Set up in an apocalyptic world, “28 Days Later” is a film about several survivors running away from a swarm of zombies. It is unclear what is the main reason of the catastrophe. All we see is a break-out in a laboratory having an experiment of chimpanzees. But still, it is unclear how it gets transmitted.

Jim wakes up in a hospital after four weeks of the break-out. He finds out that the whole hospital is deserted and so is the whole London. Totally lost in the scenario, he enters a church, hoping for a sanctuary. But instead he finds a group of zombies and worst, the priest is in the club.

This British horror film is unique. The fear drawn is not relying in the soundtrack, which most of horror films do. Rather, you can feel it through the screenplay. The early part the movie immerses us in a deserted city. This takes some time but the feeling is vibrant. You get the feel of being utterly alone. Surprisingly, this does work and same with the succeeding acts.

Jim surveys the deserted London

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