"Tooth and Nail"
Now, I'll confess openly
that I was looking forward to "Tooth and Nail" only
slightly less than the last film in the rotation. I am, and longtime
readers will be able to back me up on this, terribly, terribly
fond of dystopian fare, because I believe it's pretty much just
a matter of time until we're actually IN a scenario like this
so it pays to have some idea of what to do. And "Tooth and
Nail" is dystopian with a capital D-Y-S, so I was ready.
Indeed, in "Tooth
and Nail", the world has just gone all post-Apocalyptic-y,
and that's given rise to warlords and downtrodden folk and all
sorts of unpleasantness. If the opening montage is any indication
of what went wrong, it's almost certainly energy-related. Lots
of footage of traffic jams and oil derricks and such in here--they'll
even tell at the end that what did it was, plain and simple, we
just ran out of gas.
Which doesn't exactly
make a lot of SENSE as the impetus for a global slaughterfest,
but okay, I'll allow it. In fact, they make a pretty decent case
for it, so I don't feel like I'm allowing anything intolerable.
And of course, they'll
bludgeon you with the symbolism--just about everybody in the movie,
or at least the good guys, was named after a car.
There aren't a whole
lot of shocks or scares in "Tooth and Nail", and frankly,
that's all right. It watches a lot more like an action movie with
horrific elements than an actual horror movie, and that lends
it a lot of good old fashioned heart-pumping adrenaline.
Perhaps the most interesting
part about "Tooth and Nail" is how, in the time leading
up until the climax and ending, it'll pretty much be the ladies
responsible for the defense against the evil warlordish types.
That's abundantly clever, and right out of left field. Top marks.
The ending will have
a couple nice twists leading up to it, including the ever-popular
"acid to the face".
The special features
include Miss Horrorfest contest webisodes, audio options, and
English and Spanish subtitles.
All in all, a spectacularly
clever addition to the 2007 After Dark Horrorfest. I'm very pleased
with how this one turned out, and the extra twists made things
all the more exciting. "Tooth and Nail" is an insane,
gut-wrenching blast of horror.
Directed by Mark Young
Written by Mark Young
Starring Rachel Miner, Rider Strong, Robert Carradine, Michael
Produced by Jonathan Sachar, Patrick Durham
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