Ok, so I was initially turned off to the film as it stared at me in my NetFlix queue for a few reasons:
1) The hyphen in recycle is wholly unnecessary.
2) When the cover looks like this, I think ‘Swell. Initiate CG facerape a la Samurai Princess.
3) I live in Oregon. If this has something to do with the dude that checks my garbage for redeemable materials going apeshit because I didn't want to give him my 24 pack of PBR cans, I want nothing to do with it.
But then I watched it.
At least it wasn't anything too tired, but above all it was well executed.
An author is in the midst of writing a new novel. She's a suspense writer, by the way — I bet you didn't guess that. Anywho, she is suddenly in a creepy world that seems to be of her creation. OHEMGEE!!!
Ah, but you see that's where the story starts!
The non-spoiler version goes a little like this:
Lead: Holy crap! You’re not a demon!
Girl: Holy crap! I know! Here’s a wise old man!
Old Dude: Holy crap! You need to GTFO!
Lead: But how?
Old Dude: That’s why you’re here talking with me (/groanfart). Take this random thing, and this map I just drew for you out of magic — they may help you!
Girl: Here, watch out for those fetuses!
Girl: And watch out for those zombies!
Lead: I seriously can’t do this.
Girl: OH SHIT! That muthafukkin portal’s opening up!
Lead: You need to die in a fire.
Creepy Lady: Blah! I’ve come to do something to you!
I promise you, though, the spoiler ridden story is effing fantastic.
Right down to the final scene…
Holy crap. Well done. Some of the subtlety through imagery in the beginning is well played. There are a few scary moments that only grab you if you’re paying close attention. I like that.
The way the alternate universe looks rather radtacular. Backdrops to every scene are carefully primed to explode your eyeball holes. That said, I am guilty of watching this film four times the first week I saw it. It was terrific every time.
Not bad. Crisp, light, good for fright moments.
I guess what I’m trying to say is it was pretty good, actually; It compliments well.
So, after seeing enough Eastern Horror, you begin to see patterns. These patterns lead to predictability. Predictability leads to boredom.
The scares in Re-Cycle are vastly formulaic, but I really don’t see the problem for this film. I think that it stems from how well the story took hold, and how the scary parts were more for effect.
I’d say it’s about a 3/5 on the spicemeter.
Re-Cycle is all about the story telling. The quest-like feel of the story brings some serious flavor to the film and is supported with dynamic imagery and decent scares. Yes, there’s a twist.