As my title suggests, I found this to be a film of two parts. I watched it on the good old horror channel last night, and 40 minutes in I was hooked.Then the rot set in.
A bunch of people are given complimentary tickets to a film theatre (an ominous looking Metropole). One of their number tries on a silver devil mask. It scratches her, and you just know that no good will come of it.And it doesn't! She transforms into a flesh eating demon.Meanwhile, the audience in the theatre find that the film they are watching pretty much equates to events happening to THEM. Lots of blood, flesh eating, screaming and panic.So far, so good. If you like this sort of thing you'll love it. To an extent, so did I.But then it just gets a bit silly. Definitely OTT. Picture this - A couple trying to escape the cinema are trapped in a room. The roof starts to collapse. Why? Because a helicopter is falling through it - as they do. (you later see that the roof is about two feet of reinforced concrete. That is one heavy helicopter) Our hero, who looks about 18, manages to start it up!!! and the rotor blades decapitate a bunch of former patrons, now zombified. It wont fly (they missed a trick there) but said hero has no trouble sorting out its winch equipment in about 10 seconds flat, and winching the pair of them up to "safety"
At this point I firmly believed the director was having us on. But no, the sombre ending showed he was deadly serious.
If you like the output of this particuler Italian director, then you probably wont be disappointed. He doesn't shrink from massive outpourings of blood and guts, but also doesn't give any sort of rationale for what's happening.
I KNOW you have to take these pics with a pinch of salt, but there should be SOME explanation, however asinine for the events being portrayed.
I'd watch it again - for about 40 minutes.