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The Other Side

I watched The Other Side back in the day when I was starting to audition for film work in Atlanta (it’s another Gregg Bishop flick [he did Dance of the Dead] and was made there) and I was very happy I decided to watch!

The Other Side tells the story of Sam North who one night, while waiting for his fiancee, is murdered.  He ends up in Hell but is then broken out of Hell by other lost souls who’ve discovered an exit.  Back in the living world, he awakes in the hospital to discover that his fiancee’s gone missing and now there are Reapers (bounty hunters from hell) after him.  Yikes!  What follows is an exciting journey to find out what happened to his fiancee and learn the reasons that he ended up in hell in the first place, all with the help of the two other escaped souls – one who wants to sleep with every woman he sees and the other a bad ass who isn’t entirely what he seems.

Boats & water are always terrifying.

I found the story fun and fairly original although it does fall apart near the end and completely stops making any kind of sense but the final ending isn’t half bad.  I loved the direction and aesthetics – lots of dark, muted colors and the director’s vision of Hell is completely creepy.  Nathan Mobley as “Sam” does a fantabulous job and pretty much carries the entire film.

Neighborhood Watch just got a lot scarier.

Definitely much more a thriller/action flick than horror, The Other Side is a nice slice of indie film gone right.  If you’ve been jonesing for something off the beaten path definitely give this one a try.

*On a different but somewhat related note, there’s a book series I read that has a somewhat similar (very loosely similar) premise.  Sandman Slim: A Novel breaks out of hell after being sent there as a living, breathing mortal.  Once he gets back to earth, he’s on the hunt for the people who sent him there all with the help of a severed, talking, beer swilling head.  I really cannot say enough good things about this series – gypsy prostitute vampire hunters, fights with Satan and total bad assery.  If you’re into the reading thing, I highly recommend you check it out!

Pathology

I think the people who wrote this sat down with the thought in mind that they were going to write the worst movie ever made.  But not in a fun “worst movie ever made” way but in a “Let’s take ourselves very seriously” worst movie ever made way.  That’s the only explanation I can think of to explain away this atrocity of a “horror” movie.

The story goes something like this (and by that I mean, this is what happened to the best of my deciphering abilities because plot was not a key ingredient here):  There’s a new student at med school who is first shunned and then accepted by the cool clique of pathology students (insert:  My friend in med school informs me that this is ridiculous in and of itself because NO ONE wants to be in pathology.  Anyone care to weigh in on this?).  He gets to be a part of their little group as long as he plays their game wherein they take turns murdering people in complex, hard to detect ways and then guessing how it was done.  Tell me–what student in med school has time to do this??  I’ve known people in med school and they didn’t have time to eat much less go around sneakily killing people.  *sighs*  Anyway, the game gets complicated (because it was SOOOOO easy before), people start turning evil (more evil?) and all ends in catastrophe (even if no one was caught, you all are still going to flunk out of med school because you were too busy to make it to class).  And along the way just for kicks there’s lots of kinky sex (seems corpses, blood and entrails are a HUGE turn on for these people).

The cinematography features darkness, darkness and more darkness just to drive home the point (I suppose) that the movie is “SCARY”.  I disagree but will say this.  
Pathology is totally evil in that “Why isn’t it over yet, why?  Please let it end, please let it end….” kind of way.