Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)Starring James Franco, Andy Serkis, John Lithgow, Freida Pinto, Brian Cox, Tom Felton

Directed by Rupert Wyatt

The original Planet of the Apes starring Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowall still remains one of the best epic science fiction films of all time. It’s had its share of sequels and spin-offs since being released in 1968 (five movies and two television series, not to mention the Tim Burton reboot so many of us fans would like to forget even existed), proving that no matter how much time passes, compelling storytelling will endure.

Here we are now 43 years after the release of the first film, and 20th Century Fox is rebooting the franchise once again with director Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which sets out to give audiences a new spin on the origin story of the Apes franchise by following revolutionary chimpanzee Caesar as he breaks free from the human world he’s born into, breathing new life into the long-dormant property and finally giving fans the modern Apes movie we’ve been longing for ever since Burton’s debacle was released ten years ago.

If you’re one of the purists who follow every aspect of the origin story established in the original Apes franchise, Rise will require you to put some of that behind you. Here we are introduced to Caesar (Serkis), the leader of the primate uprising, as the progeny of Chimp #9 (also known as “Bright Eyes,” a shout-out to original Apes), who is captured in a remote jungle to be used in Dr. Will Rodman (Franco)’s simian-stage testing of a potential neuro-regenerative cure for Alzheimer’s for medical developer GenSys.

When Chimp #9 is shot dead after running amok in the testing facility, the head of GenSys orders the rest of the apes to be put down and terminates Rodman’s program. But once Will discovers Bright Eyes’ baby hiding under a table and realizes that’s the real reason she was acting out (not due to medical side effects of the testing), he’s left with the burden of responsibility for the baby chimp. Rather than letting Bright Eyes’ baby suffer the same fate as his mother, Will takes the infant primate home with him until he can figure out what to do with it. But as soon as he gets home, Will’s father, Charles (Lithgow), who struggles with the debilitating effects of dementia, becomes immediately attached to the chimp and names him Caesar in honor of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)Will notices from the start that there is something remarkable about Caesar- he exhibits heightened intelligence and reasoning skills mostly due to the effects of the medical treatment being passed onto him while still in the womb. Over time Caesar begins to flourish, and once Will sees what the drug can do, he decides to administer it to Charles on the DL from GenSys in a desperate attempt to save both his father and years of research he’s done for the company in searching for a cure for Alzheimer’s. Remarkably, Charles responds to Will’s treatments, and even if it is for a short time, it seems like all is right in Will’s world- Charles’ rebound from dementia is almost instantaneous, and he’s finding himself enjoying his father-son relationship with Caesar.

As we all know, the good times always have to end, and soon Will’s faced with potentially losing both his father and Caesar after a horrific incident plays out where the chimp attacks a neighbor in an effort to protect Charles, and Caesar is sent to live at a primate sanctuary in San Bruno managed by the unscrupulous John Landon (Cox) and his douchebag of a son, Dodge (Felton, once again playing a villain). Once Caesar is left at San Bruno, he begins to realize that the human race isn’t all it’s cracked up to be without Will around to protect him. Caesar decides he’s done taking orders and starts putting together a plan to rally not only all the primates at San Bruno but other primates located all over the San Francisco area. And so begins the actual Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

From there the movie’s pace gets a boost, and Caesar and his pals are off to show the humans just why they’re done being considered “second-class citizens.” There’s a lot of mayhem once the primates are on the loose that builds to an epic showdown between law enforcement officials and the primates on the Golden Gate Bridge which is nothing short of a spectacular feast for the eyes.

There are also a few surprises in the film’s third act that I would never dream of giving away for our readers, but suffice to say that Rise of the Planet of the Apes is hands-down the best film of the franchise since 1972’s Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (although I still enjoy 1973’s Battle immensely, Conquest is by far a stronger film) and is the kind of film we should have gotten back in 2001 when Burton took a crack at the franchise.

Rise definitely takes some liberties with the mythology established in its predecessors. Writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver decide to ignore the time travel-based explanation for the apes’ rise that was established in 1971’s Escape from the Planet of the Apes as well as reinventing the origin story for Caesar, who was originally introduced as the offspring of Cornelius and Zira in Escape and became the leader of the ape uprising in Conquest. Being such a huge Apes fan, I was completely okay with Jaffa and Silver taking these liberties because the results were so damn entertaining and engrossing to watch as they unfolded.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)Serkis’ portrayal of revolutionary chimp Caesar is truly a landmark performance that should hopefully garner the performance-capture actor some attention for his work. For years Serkis has been overlooked in his performance-capture work because the sticking point was that he actually needed to be the character we see on the screen, and in Rise WETA finally nailed down the technology allowing Serkis to perform his role alongside Franco, Lithgow and the rest of the human characters in the film so the Academy’s excuses are no longer valid.

Hands down, Serkis deserves to take home some Oscar gold next year for his work in Rise because I guarantee you’ve never seen anything like what he delivers in this film. Remarkable and poignant don’t even begin to describe it. It’s something that needs to be seen to be believed.

If I have any issues with the film at all it is that the first act is a bit rushed, which leaves very little time for Franco to really make an impression. Lithgow is spot-on as usual (Does that guy ever give a bad performance? Not in my book!), and both Cox and Felton are great as the antagonists. Pinto left a very small impression on me as well, but I’m willing to overlook that because this move is more about Caesar than it is about the humans. Clearly, director Wyatt understood what fans want to see – apes taking over – so he doesn’t do much in taking his time establishing his human characters at the beginning of Rise.

However, whatever may be lacking in the character development department, Wyatt makes up for with some spectacular action sequences as well as some pretty emotional moments among Will, Charles and Caesar because for as much as the story is about the destructive results of humans playing with the natural order of things, at the end of the day Rise of the Planet of the Apes is also a story about the relationships between fathers and sons and what it means to have to let go once they’re no longer part of your world. So while there is plenty of action in Rise, you may just need to have a Kleenex or two on you just in case because things do get emotional from time to time.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is the antidote to the bloated summer blockbusters that have been taking over our multiplexes these last several months. The film was definitely made with Planet of the Apes fans in mind, but there is still a lot to be enjoyed for the uninitiated audiences out there. Rise is a masterfully crafted sci-fi/horror adventure that has the power to draw you in with both a breathtaking action story as well as the heartfelt characters at the core, making it one of the strongest and most intelligent popcorn flicks of the year.

4 1/2 out of 5

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  • Jon Condit

    Seems like they lost their steam :\

    I was looking forward to more angry rants about how we all live with my grandma this morning.

    • nancylives

      Well, aside from the fact that Steve Uncle Buffet BarTON and WomanInHag used to live with you at your granny’s house, but now it’s just you at granny’s again. Does your granny get mad that you h0m0s keep all the prizes you’re supposed to be giving away at her house? Like when Uncle Butter kept the Land of the Dead prop while lying about giving it away and was publicly called out on it by Diceman? Don’t you fat sponges feel embarrassed about living off relatives? Even though some of you live in shitty apartments, your relatives are still paying your rent. I guess at least Uncle Food has WomanInHag and her shitty office salary keeping him buried in Jack In The Box wrappers and video games, but Kasch would be dead without his parents paying his rent and keeping him on their insurance. And Fagwonder also won’t survive without his relatives allowing him to live in their shack ravaged by Katrina in Long Beach Mississippi. For fuck’s sake, enough is enough. You are all adults. It’s MORE than time to cut the umbilical already. And tell Uncle AllUcanEat to stop posting those gay nerd asterisk physical activities that he pretends he does (*dances around in techno dance*). We all know he physically cannot walk correctly, let alone dance. The short fat fuck waddles around conventions and sweats. And don’t be confused by the words “short fat fuck.” I know that describes most of you dipshits (Condit), but in this case, I’m describing Uncle Waddle Cankles.

      • Uncle Creepy

        Ladies and gentleman, now that they’ve shown their hands by giving some silly details that are not only untrue but completely ludicrous … Let me present to you to one of the internet minions of Jeff H. Jeff was first known as Impaler-240 – amateur golfer and married man in his thirties/forties.

        Basically what Jeff and his eight or so little trolling buddies have been doing is following us around for years. Since we worked at Fango, and then The Horror Channel. That’s what their whole me “burning bridges” thing is about. Basically their M.O. is to gather around a forum which I’m sure is out there somewhere and decide who they’re going to troll. They make fake accounts, share passwords for said accounts and target everyone from websites to individuals.

        You’ll notice these exact conversations will start up here every few months. These folks think they’re getting under our skin; meanwhile the only emotion they manage to elicit from us is sadness. Not for ourselves, but for them and their families. Families who probably have no clue what they’re doing on their computers. How empty can somebody’s life be that they need to try and demean others to make themselves feel better? They also live in a world where they think that everything’s all in good fun, and there are no consequences to what they do. There’s always consequences, kids.


      • Jon Condit

        LOL you guys are really easy to wind up.

        Ya know the minute Jeff posted his first post and linked to it from your silly little hideout you guys were all outed right? When I saw Jeff online this morning reading this thread I knew if I wound him up a little he’d go quote me on your dumb little forum and you would be back. Because Jeff doesn’t dare post from an IP I can trace.

        Whats even better is that you all log in and high five each other every time one of you guys posts something remotely funny.

        I really enjoyed some of your more compelling posts where you guys sit around talking about shit you said to us on a message board 6 or 7 years ago.

        What is really sad is that you guys have been at this in a few cases for almost 10 years. You can admit it now, this is your life. You are utterly consumed with us and what we do.

        • Uncle Creepy

          I wonder what Jeff’s wife would think? Or his neighbors? Or his job? Or his golfing buddies would think if they found out just what he and his little friends were doing while at work? How he feels about black people, etc. It is all there on their forum. Man, I “invision” some real problems sooner or later.

          He’s online right now too. Under one of his names of course. Reading this thread and asking himself the very same questions.

          • Jon Condit

            Their message board is ironically called INTERNET LOSERS fitting for a group of adults spending all their time talking shit about strangers on the internet.


          • Jon Condit

            And don’t worry guys we made hard copies of each thread to share with all the people you have been trolling. I am sure they will be more than interested.

  • kiddcapone

    So……what’s been going on in here, anything interesting ?????

    • Foywonder

      Just a few knuckleheads auditioning for roles in the American remake of TROLL HUNTER.

  • TigerClaw

    I saw it last night, It was a great film, Better then the Tim Burton version. It leave it open for a potential sequel.

  • PelusaMG

    Wow! “Nancylives” sure has a lot of time to write about how much he/she/it despises this website and the people behind it – don’t you have anything else to do on this gorgeous sunny day? I’ve been outside working on my house fixing windows, making a playhouse for my kids, and now I’m off to play football! I just thought I’d mention that because you’re wasting a lot of your life sitting here writing about things most people will not care to read, or do not agree with!

  • Terminal

    Great review for a great movie!

  • The Buz

    Holy good golly Ms. Molly Rise was incredible! Easily my favorite movie of the summer. I’m with Foy, if you’d told me ROTPOTA was going to be the best summer blockbuster I would have told you to eat it. I’m so happy to have been wrong.

    Wow. I could watch that again. Like right now.

  • James Coker

    hey I don’t hide behind a username, I’m one of the only few who actually uses his real name…so when I talk shit on a movie here at DC I stand by it

  • Jon Condit

    Until either one of you are brave enough to post any of this with the courage to stand behind what you are saying it is just crap.

    We make ourselves very available. You know who we are, we don’t hide behind a username.

    Here are the facts. There is only a handful of reasons neither of you will take accountability for your words. And all of them come down to being too afraid to post under your real names.

    And neither of you are here to criticize anything or anyone. If you were here to do something like that you would have no reason not to speak on your own behalf.

    No you are here as trolls. To stir the pot and talk shit. And as such you have nothing to say of any merit if you yourselves wont put your own reputation and good name behind your claims.

    We here at Dread Central certainly can take criticism, what we have is a low tolerance for is trolls, shills, and shit talkers.

    So until either one of you wants to put your money where your mouth is the rest of us will be enjoying your angry nerd rage and the extra traffic.

    • nancylives

      LMAO! Your awesome “traffic” that had no one defending you man-children till I pointed it out is hilarious. Your “reputation?” You have no reputation. You’re a fat fast-food eater who plays internet all day. If you horror rockstars are SO busy and SO involved with industry, then why has your ENTIRE “staff” been hanging on my every word here and LIVING on your own comments section the ENTIRE weekend? LOL! Condit, you fat idiot, you live with your granny. You are ALL renters! Not ONE of you faggots owns a home. HOW exactly are you idiots SUCCESSFUL? HOW exactly are you idiots “IN THE BIZ” like you LOVE to claim? You’re all just fat fanboys in your early and late 30s who have NOTHING but imaginary “reputations.”

      • Jon Condit

        Cool story bro.

      • PelusaMG

        ^ Are these lyrics from a rap song?

      • MouthForWar

        A lot of people are defending them. You want more? Fine, I’ll join in. DC is the only horror news site I even go to. They have my favorite podcast. They work hard and give honest reviews (even of films where they know the people involved- they know the Asylum guys and slam their films on an almost daily basis).

        If anyone is wasting their time here, its you, not us “man children.”

      • Masked Slasher

        “You are ALL renters! Not ONE of you faggots owns a home.”

        Tell that to my mortgage, please.

      • LSD Zombie

        I’m guessing this guy is one of those DC-obsessed jerk offs from Horror Yearbook?

  • Uncle Creepy

    This movie was absolutely incredible … It could have gone on for an extra hour and would have been happy. I wanted more. Can someone please give Andy Serkis an Oscar already? The things he brings to his characters are nothing short of amazing.

  • MouthForWar

    Can I ask a question? Why is all this being discussed on the page for Planet of the Apes, of all things? Shouldn’t this discussion at least be had on the page for one of the movies that DC supposedly has a “bias” towards?

    • Uncle Creepy

      Because the person(s) trying to discredit me/us knew this review would be getting a lot of traffic so what better place to talk crap? It’s old troll hat.

  • nancylives

    I have lurked around for quite a while and have also noticed that despite your metal claims of never “selling out,” you absolutely do show bias and favoritism. Uncle Creepy just freely admitted you guys are not professional journalists with money, but in fact fanboys who “love” horror. You guys can deny it all you want, but everyone can see right through your favoritism and bias very easily. Over the years, you guys have given multiple praise and coverage for your own personal friends and their SOV straight-to-dvd projects as well as came off as complete kiss-asses to Adam Green and his projects, which “coincidentally” happen to give Dread Central staff roles as extras. When you review & praise projects that you have personal ties with (“His Name Was Jason,” “Hatchet 2,” etc.) it makes you look extremely unprofessional and honestly, like kiss-ass fanboys. And trust that I’m not the only one who sees this and says this. It’s blatantly obvious.

    • Sirand

      “Uncle Creepy just freely admitted you guys are not professional journalists with money, but in fact fanboys who “love” horror”

      How in the hell is that biased? News flash: Every horror website is operated by people who “love” horror. Just like every movie critic is someone who “loves” movies. How is being passionate about something showing favoritism? Hell, people like Foy passionately tear apart films on a daily basis. If you think a site with a love of horror automatically equates to soft-peddling, just scan our review archives (or talk to anyone working at Platinum Dunes).

      “you guys have given multiple praise and coverage for your own personal friends and their SOV straight-to-dvd projects as well as came off as complete kiss-asses to Adam Green and his projects, which “coincidentally” happen to give Dread Central staff roles as extras”

      And if you read closely, you’d know that those were reviewed, not by Uncle Creepy, but by other members of the staff who have no ties to these projects. Titles like “His Name Was Jason” & “Hatchet 2” have been slammed by plenty of DC staff-members (hell, I worked on HNWJ and I’ve said it’s a piece of shit). As with every website, there are a multitude of reviewers with differing opinions. Nobody – not even the staff members – agree with everything that has ever been posted here.

      Funny how accusations of bias only come up from people who disagree with a particular writer or review.

      • nancylives

        “Uncle Creepy just freely admitted you guys are not professional journalists with money, but in fact fanboys who “love” horror.”

        Where in that sentence does it mention bias? That is simply stating that you freely admit none of you are wealthy journalists and just fanboys. Taking a page from your own sensitive and defensive reply, you should’ve “read closely.”

        Now as for the bias, you can justify your ass-kissing bias towards your pals by saying “Uncle Creepy didn’t review those movies” all you want (which I knew you guys would do). The very fact that anyone from Dread Central was connected to those praised and reviewed dvds is unethical and clearly shows your favoritism and bias, period.

        What actually IS funny is that the only people defending your praise/bias is none other than only Dread Central staff itself. Or did you not “read closely” enough to notice?

        I will laugh if after this post, magically all of a sudden there will be non-DC staff defending you guys.

        If you’re going to play “critics” you guys should learn to handle criticism better yourselves. I don’t see any real horror industry folks jumping all over you when you DO slam their films.

        • Sirand

          “The very fact that anyone from Dread Central was connected to those praised and reviewed dvds is unethical and clearly shows your favoritism and bias, period.”

          When operating a website, it’s ALL or NOTHING. If you think the world of journalism is entirely disconnected from it’s subjects, then you’re living in a fantasy world. It’s ALL connected because it’s simply unavoidable. By even doing this job, a journalist becomes actively involved with the industry. They make friends, connections, and even influence how some films are made. This applies to every single website, magazine and news outlet you’ve ever read. And at no point has anyone here hid their connections. And regardless of these conspiracy theories, none of the opinions presented have been dishonest.

          “What actually IS funny is that the only people defending your praise/bias is none other than only Dread Central staff itself. Or did you not “read closely” enough to notice?”

          Maybe you should be the one to “read closely.” Just a simple scroll down on this page has already proven you wrong.

          “I don’t see any real horror industry folks jumping all over you when you DO slam their films.”

          That’s because you’re not privy to the hate mail journalists often receive. Regardless, if you’re a real professional working in the industry, you DON’T lash out to those who slam your work because you only make yourself look bad. That’s just common sense.

          I love how this entire debate has started over a positive review of one of the most well-reviewed movies of the year. So damn stupid.

          • nancylives

            “Regardless, if you’re a real professional working in the industry, you DON’T lash out to those who slam your work because you only make yourself look bad. That’s just common sense.”

            How you can say that with a straight face in the same breath as “I love how this entire debate has started over a positive review of one of the most well-reviewed movies of the year. So damn stupid” is quite comical when the entire DC staff just took turns on here all defensive about a little criticism of your site. Your naivete won’t let you see your blatant bias/favoritism, which is equal to horror magazines praising movies that advertise in the previous page.

            I especially love how on one hand you’re not journalists, but “fans of horror” and on the other hand, you’re now journalists. Which is it? ‘Cause you can’t have it both ways.

            I also love how you chalk up clear factual examples as “conspiracy theories.”

            You’ve only proven my point that DC cannot handle criticism themselves.

            And no, this “entire debate” isn’t about a well-reviewed movie. It’s about your blatant see-through favoritism and bias. THAT is what’s so damn stupid.

          • Rottenjesus

            Re: To Nancylives

            So are you and Blood Monster dating or something? It seems that you two share a shockingly similar opinion about DC.

            In any case I’ve been hanging around Dread Central (and it’s earlier incarnations) for a long damn time and these folks love their fucking horror and that’s it. Yes they have biases and are predisposed to their favorite types of movies like anyone else. Accusing them of “selling out” is the most ridiculous thing I have heard in my life.

            I have a lot of respect for Uncle Creepy, Foy and all the rest of the DC crew because they’re fans of the same twisted shit that I love and they don’t pretend to be anybody or anyone else. Hell, I don’t agree with some of their reviews but that’s life.

            And you say you’ve lurked here a while and you’re just NOW coming out of the woodwork? I’m not buying that line of bullshit, sister.

          • Sirand

            Little do readers know that I gave sexual favors and gold bullions to Matt Fini for his positive review of “Never Sleep Again.”

          • Rottenjesus

            More like “Never Sit Again”. Poor Matt. 🙁

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          • Masked Slasher

            I loved it, Sirand. The movie and the favors. I mean, just the movie!

          • nancylives

            I don’t really care what you “buy” or not, “sister.” I’m not accusing Dread Central of selling out. I am actually ridiculing their rockstar “metal” claims of “not selling out.” Anyone who talks like that is an asshole. As for your respect for Uncle Creepy and the crew, that’s great for you. Thanks for sharing. They don’t pretend to be anybody? ORLY? They go on and on and on all over twitter & fagbook pretending to be movers and shakers in the film industry. They are, like you all say, just “fans” of horror. And you’re all correct. That’s ALL they are. NO ONE in the industry knows them personally or truly hangs out with them when not at conventions to promote their films. Paying for a dealer’s table at horror cons and standing around not being recognized means nothing. Any horror nerd with internet knowledge can slap a website together and pretend their opinions on movies matter. There are hundreds of horror sites out there and they don’t pretend they are anything more. But Dread Central believes they are factors in the horror world and it is funny. Simply having a website does not equal success. Owning a home, paying your own bills, feeding and clothing your family, being able to retire with money and owning assets and investments = success. Being a man-child, living off your relatives, owning NOTHING of value, no assets, no savings, no home, your family taking care of you = failure. Pretending you are some “known” rockstar entity in the film business is NOTHING to brag about. It is pathetic.

          • NYC-Hearts

            If we’re going to talk about people being “pathetic,” honestly, can their alleged failings result in a state of being that is any more “pathetic” than that of a person who tries to pick a fight…on the internet…in a comments section…on a horror film website…about whether staff members are “metal” or “sellouts” or “known” and the alleged pretences related to that? AND then said person apparently creates a new alias to continue the good fight (i’m taking the bold leap of deduction that person on pages 1 and 2 of the comments page are the same awesome, successful, clever, person–I’m smart like that).

            I appreciate that your trolling is simply the natural thing to do when one is a “success[ful]” person like you…but, surely, in the back of your mind, as you drift to sleep at the end of another successful day, there has to be at least a passing recogniton of how pathetic you actually are…

          • nazo

            *grabs popcorn*

          • Rottenjesus

            Jealousy and delusion are not attractive qualities. If you actually had any “balls” you’d actually post with your name and the site/forum you came from since it’s pretty obvious you and B.M. are from the same place and hold some kind of grudge against DC and the people who run it.

            Out of all the horror sites out there DREAD CENTRAL is the only one I visit on a daily basis because of people like Steve, Buz, Andrew, Foy, Sirand and the rest that provide unique takes on horror that are interesting and unique. There’s no other horror site that has the no-bullshit coverage that DC does and they certainly don’t have anything like the DINNER FOR FIENDS podcast.

            So why don’t you just get the fuck out of here before I come over there and slap B.M.’s tiny dick out of your mouth.

          • Foywonder

            No, actually, this “entire debate” started over an anonymous poster accusing us of taking bribes in exchange for positive reviews sparked by their disbelief that we could post a rave review to a film that has been getting predominantly positive reviews. You, and for all we know you’re the same exact person from last night, has now moved the football from taking kickbacks to showing favoritism. If it makes you feel any better I thought Hatchet II sucked.

          • Pestilence

            I figured I’d just come in and mention the whole Hatchet II thing, as it was also mentioned over on the Fangoria site how DC’s review was “obviously” biased because Steve has a cameo yadda yadda yadda.

            Well, I wrote that first review after seeing the film premiere at Frightfest in London and, likely because the boss folk here knew I’d be seeing it first, I had absolutely no idea Steve was in the film until he showed up on screen. I was as surprised as anyone to see his mug appear!

            Did that influence my review? Did it fuck. In fact, as my review states, I wasn’t even sure whether I was digging the flick that much until the moment Crowley appeared with the giant chainsaw — then I just flipped. Those are my words, and they are my completely honest feelings about the flick. If people would rather not believe that, then that’s their beef. Being called a liar by the ignorant is nothing new to any of us.

            Still, I have every faith that the review would have run whether it was a 0 knife one, or a 5 knife one. My experience writing for this site has taught me nothing otherwise — in fact, I’ve been tasked with reviewing films made by personal friends of Steve and Debi AND I’d savaged them. The filmmakers in question have also contacted me personally to thank me for the criticism in the most graceful manners possible.

            It’s called integrity, and it’s very much alive at DC. There’s responding to criticism, and taking it to heart in a positive manner but there’s also calling out outright fallacy. I’m more than happy to do both.

    • Uncle Creepy

      “I have lurked around for quite a while”

      Yes. As of this writing you’ve been here for a whopping three hours and fifty-minutes. As an admin I can see when people join the site and how long they been a member. Thanks for sticking with us so long.

      “and have also noticed that despite your metal claims of never “selling out,” you absolutely do show bias and favoritism.”

      Seriously dude. We’re so fucking metal.

      “Uncle Creepy just freely admitted you guys are not professional journalists with money, but in fact fanboys who “love” horror.”

      Because when it comes to horror you want people covering it who are just in it for the paycheck.

      “You guys can deny it all you want, but everyone can see right through your favoritism and bias very easily.”

      Is it my Paramount Pictures tattoo?

      “When you review & praise projects that you have personal ties with (“His Name Was Jason,” “Hatchet 2,” etc.) it makes you look extremely unprofessional and honestly, like kiss-ass fanboys. And trust that I’m not the only one who sees this and says this. It’s blatantly obvious.”

      Would you rather us cover Cars, Madea’s Family Reunion, and Bride’s Maids? People come here because we cover horror movies. We can’t not cover a project that takes 100’s of people to work on and bring to fruition because someone made a 5 second cameo.

      “Over the years, you guys have given multiple praise and coverage for your own personal friends and their SOV straight-to-dvd projects as well as came off as complete kiss-asses to Adam Green and his projects, which “coincidentally” happen to give Dread Central staff roles as extras.”

      If we didn’t cover the projects of personal friends we’d have nothing to report about. We’ve been working within the horror genre for over ten years. Most of us have personal relationships with everyone from George A. Romero to the head of The Asylum David Mitchell Latt. It’s inevitable. All filmmakers put their friends in movies or shows, or videos. Mainly because they’re friends. By your logic Jon Stewart shouldn’t cover politics or have political guests on “The Daily Show” because he has friends who are politicians.

      You also go on to say we can’t take criticism. The whole staff will rush to defend, yadda yadda yadda. It’s more like we can’t take stupidity, but I’ll get to that in a second. You see, that’s a joke in and of itself. People like you will come here accuse us of everything under the sun, demand that we take notice and “read carefully” your criticisms, suggest that we re-evaluate our policies, but then if we do and actually respond to you we’re rushing to defend ourselves because we cannot take criticism. Hence my aforementioned comment about stupidity. It’s like pissing in the wind. You’ll only take the time to see what you want to see and point out what you point out. It doesn’t matter if we say things like …

      “We expect it. It’s kool and the gang, baby. Do what you will. We’re confident in what we do and know why we do it.”


      “I only worry about my own backyard. Everyone else is free to run their business any way that they see fit. I am no one to judge them. Whatever works for someone, works! Thanks for all the enlightenment, though. Much appreciated.”

      Which I’ve pulled from this very thread.

      It is what it is, man. Anyone who can read between the lines can see that in the end this is all about trying to get under my skin, as it always circles back to something I did to make someone have some personal beef with me … like building a successful horror website through hard work and dedication with people whom I love dearly, without taking any shortcuts. One that never asks for a dime from its readership. One that’s free of charge where the only requirements are that you love horror movies, and strangely enough …

      The ONLY successful horror website that DOESN’T HAVE A CORPORATE PARENT COMPANY. That’s right! One that’s made a name for itself and can hang with the big boys without having any HUGE company to answer to. Any success we have achieved has come because we wanted to prove fans know this shit better than anyone else, and have the power to be heard. We answer only to ourselves. No one owns us.


      I told you we were so fuckin’ metal. 🙂

      • nancylives

        You have “personal relationships” with industry folks, huh? Yeah, I’m sure you have many dinners and vacations with your “friend” George Romero. I’m sure you’re godfathers to their children and attend birthday parties and are in all of their pictures and shit. You’ve been to their homes, right? LMFAO!

        Stop playing pretend with me, BarTON. Your internet claims won’t work on me. I actually pay my own way through life, own a home and don’t depend on relatives to exist. Nice try though. Keep pretending for your handful of readers. Go play Xbox and eat Jack In The Box and then tweet about it because that’s all you’re good for.

      • Gus Bjork

        Very persuasive Mr. Uncle Creepy. However, can you explain why this site is so big in Pakistan?

        • Foywonder

          Mexicans hate Buz but Jihadists think he’s the bees knees.

  • Masked Slasher

    To be honest, I’m stunned by these good reviews here and everywhere else.

    There isn’t a single, solitary frame of any one of the ROTPOTA trailers that generated even a spark of interest for me.

    Oh well, I guess I’ll catch this on Netflix to see what the hype is all about.

    • Sirand

      The reviews are warranted: It’s the best summer movie, hands down.

      Why are you so wary about this one movie yet so quick to gobble down shit like “Cowboys & Aliens?”

      • Masked Slasher

        In the instance of the two films mentioned, I’d been excited for Cowboys as a fan of westerns, a fan of the two main stars and the combination of western/sci-fi/horror.

        By the same coin, I only recently saw the original Planet of the Apes so I have no long-term association to the franchise, and I hate Franco. And the trailers didn’t do a damn thing for me. Scientist comes up with a cure for some disease, tests it on an ape, it gets smart and they fight to liberate themselves from mankind. Eh, just feel like I’ve seen it before.

        I have nothing against the film personally and I may try and catch it next weekend but I won’t go out of my way for it. My first post was just intended to illustrate my shock and surprise at the warm reception.

        • LSD Zombie

          I only saw the original once and I vaguely remember it. I’d consider myself a casual fan at best. I too came to hate Franco after Spider-Man 3. Funnily enough, he’s not that bad in this one. The apes are the true stars of the film though; and they all have very distinct personalities that differentiate each other. Yes, the plot does mirror Deep Blue Sea. Thankfully though LL Cool J and his bird are nowhere to be seen!

          • Sirand

            Franco is amazing when cast right (see: 127 Hours)

  • LSD Zombie

    Let’s get things back on track. ROTPOTA is the best film I’ve seen all summer! If WETA can create CGI creatures this realistically now, I can’t wait to see what they’ll have in store for us in a few years! Believe the hype and get your ass to the theater!

    • The Woman In Black

      Amen. Just got back from the theatre, and I STILL can’t believe what I saw was all CGI, especially the orangutan and gorilla … and Caesar of course. Serkis is amazing! The story, while predictable, is emotional and perfectly in tune with our society these days. I laughed, I cried (especially when Lithgow was onscreen), and I cheered for those damn dirty apes every step of the way! Not sure if it’s quite worthy of being called a masterpiece, but it is my favorite movie of the summer, possibly the year. Bring on ROTPOTA II!

  • Jon Condit

    You won’t “seem” such amateur journalism anywhere else either.

  • Blood Monster

    Wow. Dread Central really will give anything a positive review. I kept hearing folks at my forum complain about the review staff at DC, but obviously I had to check it out myself to confirm. I shouldn’t have doubted them. I have never seem such amateur journalism in my entire life.

    • Uncle Creepy

      Dude. We give out bad reviews all of the time. Much more so than positive. Have you even seen this movie? We’re far from the only one with a positive review.

      • nazo

        Eh, I’ve noticed, after reading the site for a while, that some of your reviewers seem to have pretty high standards. Others seem to give out four stars to anything and everything they see.

        I give it more weight when someone who is harder to please really likes a movie, especially once I know what kinds of movies they favor, because there’s a greater chance it’ll be something special, and I’ll be rewarded for taking the time and money to track it down. (For instance, when Foy got really excited about Rare Exports last year, it got me intrigued, and I ended up loving that movie when I finally saw it.)

        • Uncle Creepy

          Absolutely. Everyone is different and shares different opinions. Reviews aren’t meant to be gospel they’re meant to be guidelines. Ultimately only you know what you’re going to like.

          • Vanvance1

            Years of reading this site has convinced me that the reviews are simply the opinions of the reviewers without outside interference or motivations.

            The trick is learning which reviewers have tastes that mirror your own. Those are the people who’s opinions carry weight with me.

      • Blood Monster

        The rumor going around the industry is that DC will submit positive reviews for shitty films if there is a belief that the positive review will get them something. I feel that this has to be addressed. As a professional journalist, I am dedicated to a higher standard. It really bothers me because of my passion for the genre and my drive to always do the right thing, even if it means backlash from those I might know personally from the industry.

        • Uncle Creepy

          LOL Dude. We tried selling out. No one was buying so we continue to do our own thing in the interest of SCIENCE. Being “in the industry” I’m fairly certain we would have heard about said rumor by now. If only as a joke. Believe me when I tell you no one who works for DC is rich and we get or nor do we give any special treatment. We do this because we love this shit. Plain and simple. Yes, that has lead to some success, if that’s what you want to call it for us, so of course some people will try, do, and say anything that they can to slander us. We expect it. It’s kool and the gang, baby. Do what you will. We’re confident in what we do and know why we do it.

          Are we professional journalists? Not to my knowledge. There’s not a single journalism major on staff that I know about, and if there is – bless you for slumming it with us. We are just horror fans. Period. However even being just fans we know better than to go other people’s sites and try to passive aggressively harass them in the guise of “fighting the good fight”. That’s just not very professional.

          • Blood Monster

            I never said you were rich. The horror circle isn’t all that big, so trust me when I say I never thought you were rich. That isn’t the point, though. I simply brought to attention the rumor that you post dishonest reviews because you think it might get you some free DVDs or somehow form alliances with low-tier filmmakers. I understand that kind of stuff happens, but when it infriges on journalistic integrity, I feel compelled to say something. You may not be a professional journalist. I am. If you have honest feedback on other sites, by all means you should feel free to express it. Contrary to your claim, checks and balances can and do work in regard to criticism. I would suggest you simply review your own policies and be honest with yourselves. That’s what this is all about, Steve.

          • Uncle Creepy

            For a professional journalist you sure seem a bit in the dark as to the way that things work within the industry.

            “You think it might get you some free DVDs”

            Umm regardless of what we say about a movie DVD’s are ALWAYS shipped to us for review. We’re inundated with them. There’s no such thing as bad publicity for people. You mention something, good or bad, it still gives them exposure.

            “or somehow form alliances with low-tier filmmakers.”

            First of all, there’s no such thing as low-tier filmmakers. The horror genre has been built on the backs of indie filmmakers since its inception. The mainstream has frowned upon horror just as long. Everyone had to start somewhere, including Sam Raimi, Peter Jackson, etc. We try and help get indie filmmakers as much exposure as possible and even go so far as to put aside an entire month showcasing their work. It’s not called “Building an Alliance” it’s called PROMOTING THE GENRE.

            I don’t have to give feedback on other sites because honestly? I only worry about my own backyard. Everyone else is free to run their business any way that they see fit. I am no one to judge them. Whatever works for someone, works!

            Thanks for all the enlightenment, though. Much appreciated.

          • Blood Monster

            I am perfectly aware how everything works, but thanks for the dig. The key to success is to simply check your ego at the door and make sure your motives are in the right place. Your whole “career” has been all about burning bridges wherever you go. Do you not think maybe your plan is flawed? There is more to it than just getting free handouts and indiscriminately kissing ass. I tell you this because what you are accused of doing truly bothers me. It is not good for the industry, regardless of your claims. I think you get the point and I hope you can give an honest assessment of your actions.

          • Jon Condit

            How about not hiding behind a username while making wild accusations and spreading “rumors”? Or did you just come here to stir the pot? If so thanks for the extra traffic.

          • The Buz

            Maybe ROTPOTA is just good?

            Also, where’d you study? What network, news source, website do you work at as a professional journalist?

          • Uncle Creepy

            That was a dig? Oh what a monster I am. And of course this has totally devolved into me “burning bridges” where ever I go and so on and so forth, because you know, I’m such a bad guy. You’re entitled to your opinion, dude. No worries.

          • Sifu Scott

            As someone who really DOES have an actual degree in journalism from an actual university, my learned opinion is that you, sir, are a troll. The fact of the matter is, a “professional” journalist, while thinking whatever he likes, will never go to another group’s site and stir up trouble without having the sack to post under his real name. Call it “professionalism.” Call it “ethics.” Call it whatever you like, but, in this case, you’ve proven yourself to be nothing but a troll. We give nothing but good reviews in hopes of receiving free shit? Seriously? You haven’t clue one what you’re talking about. Sure, like any news site, we hype what we’re sent and what’s deemed newsworthy. But when it comes to reviews, we call it as we see it. If RotPotA was too “lowbrow” for you, feel free to go back to the dark, smoke-filled art-film theater you came from and enjoy watching whatever you enjoy. Give it whatever marks you want. You won’t find us on your site proclaiming how big a tool you are. Thanks to your unprofessional rant here, we all know.

          • Foywonder

            I can’t believe the catalyst for all this is a rave review of one of the best reviewed movies of the summer. 80% positive on Rotten Tomatoes… They must have given out a lot of free DVDs to garner that score.

          • Pestilence

            As Foy has mentioned, ROTPOTA has received mostly positive reviews already — even from some of the most cynical critics I know. So, I have no doubt whatsoever that it’s worth seeing.

            Do you perhaps have a link to your own professional negative review of the film? Have you seen it? If not, then I don’t think your initial comment here holds any water whatsoever.

            Oh, and if there’s one thing I know about the people writing for this site, myself included, it’s that we will never, EVER, sell out our integrity for a few freebies. That’s called being an ASSHOLE, and is a betrayal of every single thing that we stand for, and that our readers and fans deserve.

            Creepy does burn bridges, though. I invited him over to the UK and the first thing the fucker did was burn the bridge over my moat. Left us stranded in my castle for FOUR DAYS before my Knights returned! Never having him back, let me tell you…

          • Sirand

            “I have never seem such amateur journalism in my entire life.”

            Thank you, Anonymous “Industry Man” (and spelling wizard) for telling everyone here how it works. I hope you’re giving the same lecture to the 114 other critics who raved about this film on Rotten Tomatoes, seeing as how your opinion (on a film you obviously haven’t seen) is the true barometer of taste and journalistic integrity.

            In one sentence you say DC is “kissing-ass” then suddenly they’re “burning bridges.” Which is it? I would think that someone with a journalistic background would know how to form a coherent argument…or at least have better things to do within their profession than troll talkback forums.

            When you’re finished, please post a link to your Pulitzer-worthy blog… cause I’d love to read how a “real” critical mind thinks.

          • Blood Monster

            You need to slow down and read what I wrote. I said that DC is kissing-ass, and that Steve Creepy has “burned bridges” everywhere he has gone. Obviously his time at DC is not yet over, but if historical routine is any indicator, it will come soon. Please don’t let your lack of elementary comprehension skills deflect from the real issues brought out here. You won’t win a battle of words against me. That I can guarantee you, so quit trying to nitpick (incorrectly I might add) and let’s get into the meat of the accusations against you and the rest of Dread Central.

            What is your basis for arrogance? What have you done to believe you are even notable within our industry? You need notable credentials to get respect in this game, kiddo.

          • Uncle Creepy

            “You need to slow down and read what I wrote. I said that DC is kissing-ass, and that Steve Creepy has “burned bridges” everywhere he has gone.”

            I’m a Firestarter! *does crazy techno dance*

            “Obviously his time at DC is not yet over, but if historical routine is any indicator, it will come soon.”

            Being that I own DC along with my two partners … I’ve often thought of firing myself.

            “What have you done to believe you are even notable within our industry?”

            If you’re talking about Andrew he only co-directed the biggest, most successful, Saturn Award Winning documentary our genre has ever seen.

            If you’re talking about me …

            One time I whittled an extremely impressive tiny wooden bust of Little Richard. True that wasn’t within the industry but that shit was wicked awesome.

            That being said … given this recent comment in particular this smells like one of my biggest fans back under a different name. A very familiar rider on my Testicle Express™.

            *continues doing zany techno dance*

          • Blood Monster

            Another professional response. Failure to take criticism won’t get you anywhere. You want so bad to be in this industry, but you fail to put in the work and learn how to behave appropriately. Watching TV, eating junk food, and playing video games isn’t work. Your twitter feed is full of that crap. How do you expect anyone to take you seriously when you post 20 times about eating and playing with your xbox then 5 minutes later complain about how busy you are? Do you think people actually believe you are a busy person? Busy people don’t eat junk food and play video games all day every day.

          • Uncle Creepy

            Ladies and Gentleman … my biographer.

          • Rottenjesus

            Creepy, don’t you see? He’s the Peck to your Venkman!

            It’s pretty obvious that B.M. has no dick at this point.

        • LSD Zombie

          I believe you meant to address this to Harry Knowles on Ain’t it Cool News.

    • LifeMi

      You obviously never read most of Foy’s reviews.