The Last Days on Mars (2013, Ruairí Robinson)
Space horror, zombies, red planet, etc.

Acting: 6
Anxiety: 5
Atmosphere: 6
Movie Watched: 10
Appropriate Grossness: 7
Production: 6
Recommended: 5
Scares: 4
Story: 5
Unpredictable: 5
Total: 59

I want to like this movie for a number of reasons: I really LOVE space horror - when I was in high school, I wanted to see how long I could stay awake for, and during the second night of being awake I wrote about 20 pages of a space horror script, ha!. I like Liev Schreiber (although maybe I just like saying his name), and I really like/always want to like Irish horror movies. For such a small country, they sure have a good understand of what’s sad and scary. This movie also avoids a stereotype that I always hate in space movies: the dopey stooge mechanic, as though being a mechanic isn’t a highly skilled job, especially an aerospace mechanic. But let’s face it, this isn’t a great movie. The monsters are scary looking, but not necessarily scary; theres aren’t many jumps and frights; the characters are utterly confusable and ultimately forgettable; and the curveballs are so obvious it’s as if the catcher’s showing the batter instead of the pitcher. Not a bad watch if you’re racking up horror movies, but there are plenty of better options out there.

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