Colorado needs a drink.
I’m reading that late last night, about 2 million people lost power in DC, Virginia and Maryland — and seven people died — due to storms following a day of high heat. For some reason one of the deaths really struck me: a 90-year-old woman, asleep in bed, died when a tree fell on her house. Wow. When it’s your time to go… I mean, you live 90 years, you’re asleep in your own bed and boom! a tree, of all things, is what finally takes you out. Hopefully she didn’t wake up, never knew.
Apparently this storm and power outage took down Netflix and Pinterest for a time last night as well. I wouldn’t know since I was watching DVDs from Netflix instead of streaming.
One of the Netflix movies I watched last night was rather original (something that’s missing in almost 9 out of 10 horror movies). It’s called Rabies and when I put it in my queue long ago, I probably thought it was going to be another ‘infection’ type of horror movie — it’s completely not that at all.
First of all, it’s a sub-tilted horror movie out of Israel, which is very rare in itself, and it’s horrifying on several levels — both subtle (societal taboos, psychological discomfort) and blatant (cringe-inducing, very realistic gore, and no! not the dog!). Yet it’s entertaining because of the story-line and character development. It has a Fargo type of sensibility to it, and much of the initial interaction between the characters is funny.
The story revolves around eleven people and a German Shepherd, (a dog I’ve had and love) in a forest. And as a character itself, this forest is very menacing because its filled with man-made dangers, some of which are introduced in the opening scene. Everyone is there by choice (runaways, the bad guy, park employees, police) except for four college-age young people on their way to a tennis tournament who get turned around and are lost. In the end, over half of these characters kills one of the other characters, with only one character “group” who kills no one.
Anyway that’s all I’ll say about it. If you want to see something original in this genre, I recommend this movie.