‘Lugubrious’ Actually Means ‘Melancholy’

Gas up the Dune Buggy, because Doomsday is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Review in a Nutshell: Imagine a distillation of all the crazy stuff that made eighties action movies so remarkable, now add exploding rabbits and Ren Fair.  That’s Doomsday.

This movie contains:

Cybernetic Eyeballs.

Punk Rock Apocalypse Cannibals.

Medieval Knights on Horseback.

Graphical Interface Manipulation Program?

This movie does not contain:

This lady.

COMING SOON:

We need to do something special for episode 150.

Ah, soap.  The yardstick of civilization.

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13 Responses

  1. I really liked the Apocalypse Punk leader and the bits in the burnt out city, but all the crap with the castle was just stupid

  2. Daryl, when will people learn that they should listen to men such as we? Many are the films I’ve told people to see, and they dismiss me, only to watch that very film years later and love it.

    And man, do I love Doomsday. Love, love, LOVE it. It’s pretty much as if Neil Marshall called me up and said, “Hey, I’m going to make a movie just for you, with all the things you want in it.”

    Finally, Rhona Mitra in this, Natalie Mendoza in The Descent — Neil Marshall knows how to pick women I love, then have them stab people int he throat.

  3. I was just on the verge of commenting about how Glasgow had not changed with the onset of the apocalypse when you guys said it anyway.

    I remember at the London MCM (general anime and comic con) convention in October 2007 when they advertised the HELL out of Doomsday. The trailer showed everywhere looked half crazy awesome mad max and the other half was the SERIOUS BUSINESS politics. All the posters and huge signage was all serious as well, and there was nothing beyond the ad campaign to actually talk about the movie and say “Holy hell, scotland gets whats coming to it, also all your favorite 80’s things!”
    But now I have the DVD, and love it dearly.

  4. Nice review. Man oh man you’re taking on a big one with 150 … good luck.

  5. I figured Viper would end up getting punked the minute I saw her. I wasn’t expecting her to show later as a hood ornament though.

    By the way, her boyfriend will never be as cool as Humungous.

  6. This movie deserved to flop. It was a ballsy attempt by Marshall, but it failed in a lot of areas.
    It tries to be an 80’s action film, but it tries to include to much.

    As for the car chase, Death Proof is leaps and bounds above this movie because it is competently filmed and has a lot of tension to it. This car chase just looks like a car commercial.

    Just my opinion.

    You guys should review the black and white version of ‘The Mist’

  7. James, what is this black-and-white version of ‘The Mist’ that you referenced? I’m curious to see it, but the only version I’m familiar with is the mediocre Hollywood version from 2007.

    I’ll agree that Death Proof‘s chase seen was technically well filmed, but tension is a matter of opinion. I felt no tension whatsoever watching the final chase scene in Death Proof, because I couldn’t have cared less about any of the shallow, vapid cardboard cut-outs masquerading as female characters in that film.

  8. I have to agree with you about Deathproof. I just saw it and was kind of underwhelmed. I mean there were about 3 times that they could have just slowed down OR even stopped and got the girl back in the car … the conceit was just too much of a stretch. That said I did enjoy the the Cowboy Cop from Kill Bill being in it. I hope he does a movie just about that guy and his Son #1 some day.

  9. I’ll give you the tension being debatable, I was drawn into the movie a lot.

    As for the black and white version of ‘The Mist’, Frank Darabont initially wanted to release the movie in Black and white. So on the special edition DVD (or Blu-Ray if you please) There is a B&W version.
    It makes the film a bit more tense, and gives it the feel of a 1950’s monster flick. The lack of color makes the par to sub par effects look better.

    Also, I was a bit harsh on ‘Doomsday’, but that’s because I’m a fan of ‘Dog Soldiers’ and ‘The Descent’.

  10. I think for Doomsday to succeed, it has to fail by cramming too many things in. In most of the incredibly silly Italian and Filipino post-apocalypse films of the 80s, there are way too many half-baked ideas crammed into an 85 minute run time. Starting off with 28 Days Later, shifting to a Road Warrior dystopia only to suddenly shift gears into Knightriders was just like starting your film in a desert wasteland, only to end up in the jungle fighting Amazons and immortal midgets. And the thing is, I don’t thin Marshall set out to consciously mimic such faults — if he had, relying on the whole “bad on purpose” shtick, it would have irritated me to no end. I think he ended up mimicking them and making the same mistakes as a natural organic outgrowth of making such a film, and that I can appreciate.

    Films like this have the appeal, for me, of an old pulp or movie serial, one where the author forgets from week to week what they did the week before, and before too long, you can find yourself in an entirely different story than the one in which you started out.

    Which isn’t to say that I think Doomsday should work as well for everyone as it worked for me. If that was the case, I’d have you all lined up watching New Barbarians while I yelled at you for not appreciating Fred Williamson’s awesome shirt or Scorpio’s horrible clear plastic body armor that makes him look like an oily, hairy sausage squeezed into a tube.

    As for this car chase vs. Deathproof — I’m sticking with Road Warrior on that one. Still unmatched.

  11. Its all because of Daryl Surat campaigning for people to go see this movie did I grab 3 of my closest friends then drag them 25 min away to the nearest theatre showing Doomsday (which was only one) to go see it.

    I think I was the only one that really did like the movie. 2 of my friends thought the movie to be funny and one just shook and covered his eyes because he was such a sheltered dude (I secretly think he loved it though).

    Doomsday truly is the greatest movie ever.

  12. I was very happy after watching the special effects bonus on the dvd of this movieto find that no real rabbit was hurt in the famous rabbit shot scene…

    that is all thank you

  13. Ah man really? I’m not being cruel or anything but they could have used like a rabbit with cancer or something.

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