"Legend of the Bog"
of the Bog DVD cover
Legend of the Bog
is one of those strange sort of movies that's really rather tough
to talk about. As you can see above, it's a clear two star but
mostly because on the whole it's rather unspectacular.
Basically, the plot
deals with things called "bog bodies", which are a kind
of two thousand year old corpse that's been preserved in peat
bogs. The things float to the surface every so often, or are disturbed
by farming or development or similar such what have you. This
time around, one of these well-preserved corpses comes back to
life to get some payback on the folks that brought it up, and
whoever else happens to get in the way.
The strange thing about
Legend of the Bog is that it contains a whole lot of
deaths, but only a handful of them are actually caused by the
bog body. The rest, meanwhile, are caused by random accidents
caused by desperation and / or sheer stupidity.
It's hard to get behind
a horror flick where most of the targets kill themselves off,
because it's so very unfulfilling. The whole point of a horror
movie is to get some kind of monster to kill off people and get
the people to band together to kill off the monster, not have
a whole bunch of people do idiotic stuff and kill THEMSELVES off
as though they're all in a mad dash to try and win the Irish equivalent
of the Darwin award.
It's a fair enough concept--we've had bog monsters before, and
bog monsters that just happen to be enormous, well-preserved Irishmen
works out all right for the most part. But since so many of the
cast dies off because of a combination of accidents and their
own stupidity there's a serious loss of satisfaction here.
The ending is marginally
satisfying if for no other reason than they manage to kill off
the bog monster--it's really sort of a foregone conclusion so
it's not really a spoiler.
The special features
include your choice of English or Spanish subtitles, and trailers
for Know Thy Enemy, Harder They Fall, Never Surrender, Octane,
and Legend of the Bog.
All in all, Legend
of the Bog isn't exactly the best horror movie you'll see
this week, but there's vastly worse, and if you're looking for
something a bit out of the ordinary this may well prove useful.
of the Bog
Directed by Brendan Foley
Written by Brendan Foley
Starring Vinnie Jones, Jason Barry, Nora Jane Noone, Adam Fogerty
Produced by Joe Condren, Paul Valentine, Peter Burrell, Brendan
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