Arnold SchwarzeneggerAction films and his Austrian accent are inseparable. His first taste of stardom came at the age of 20, when he won the Mr. Universe title, an annual worldwide bodybuilders’ competition held by the National Amateur Body-Builders’ Association (NABBA). Later, he was featured in Pumping Iron, a 1977 documentary about professional bodybuilding.
Schwarzenegger is well-known for his bodybuilding skills. He also embodies dedication, discipline and hard work. These qualities caught our attention, and they were well-suited for his later action-adventure roles like Conan the Barbarian and The Terminator. Schwarzenegger would also try his hand at action comedy later on, such as Kindergarten Cop, Last Action Hero and True Lies. Stranger still, he has spooked up a few horror films. End of the DaysAnd Maggie. The Austrian Oak has acted in many different roles, but which horror film is he going to make his own?
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The Devil of a Time
Schwarzenegger’s father wanted his son to become a policeman like himself. But he wasn’t careful about what he wanted. End of Days stars Schwarzenegger, as Jericho Cane, a private guardian. After the assassination of his wife and daughter, he is a depressed alcoholic who struggles with his faith. He is charged with safely transporting a banker (Gabriel Byrne), who unbeknownstto them, becomes possessed. Later, a priest attempts murder the hell-spawn, but fails, and is arrested. The Lord of Darkness kills the priest, and marks his skin with the phrase. “Christ in New York,”His next victim. Christine York (Robin Tunney) is discovered to be the mother of Satan’s child, the Antichrist. Jericho must protect her against satanists, corrupt men of the cloth, and prevent the end of the days.
A horror movie with The T-800It sounds like a supernatural and suspenseful win-win. The film’s Gothic tone is prominent. While the biblical mysticism and esoteric are serviceable, the acting takes over. Jump cuts are a common feature throughout the film. They move faster than the eye can process the action. They stall the action, especially during shootouts. This will lead to more knee-jerk actions spliced into split second scenes. Characters’ names are too on the nose to be original or at least derivative as well. The priest who attempts to kill the banker is named Thomas Aquinas, for no other reason except for God’s sake. This does not mean that religious names are irrelevant. Jericho Cane is an amalgam that represents Schwarzenegger’s conflicts in the film. The first name refers to the city God helped the Israelites to conquer on their journey to the Promised Land. The second name belonged to one of the sons Adam and Eve. He was cursed by God for killing his brother Abel.
End of Days sees Schwarzenegger, a distraught but determined backseat character throughout the film. Even with the supernatural threat of damnation, some interactions feel unnatural. Possession is a key part of the film, and a pedestrian is a notable example. slaps SchwarzeneggerHe looked like a schoolboy being punished. At one point, Schwarzenegger’s character calls the Devil a choirboy, the Saturday Night Live equivalent of girlie men. Beyond the unintentional humor, the dénouement leaves an impressive mark with heroic daring and a horrific sight.
A Father-Daughter Dance with the Death
It is understandable that a father might have reservations about his daughter becoming a woman. What happens if your daughter becomes a zombie? Abigail Breslin plays Maggie Vogel (from Little Miss Sunshine). She vanishes, leaving no trace, except a voicemail from her father stating that she loved him and that she doesn’t want to find her. Schwarzenegger plays her father Wade. He finds Maggie at a hospital with a bite in her arm. Maggie has a limited amount of time before the Necroambulist’s effects take effect. virusShe takes control of her body, and turns her into an insane cannibal. Wade makes the magnanimous decision to care for his daughter’s last days before she turns and must be quarantined.
There is no cure after this outbreak as crops and populations have been affected. virus. The science used in the movie is both accurate and believable. The tension builds even when the endgame is certain. As the effects are felt virusIf the infected persist, it can bring down society. Moral ambiguity is in its place. Maggie deals with the decomposition of her body and mental health issues. It was heartbreaking to witness her transformation from corpus Vigere (active or awake corpse), to mortus Ambulare (walking dead), and how it went. It was a fascinating mix of psychological and biological horror. The heat was still intense, but it was easy to feel the heat. This subtle zombie drama will make you feel full and empty.
Horror or Schwarze-horror?
End of Days’ unique premise is floating between Constantine or The Da Vinci Code. Its theme of renewing one’s faith in the faceThe film’s theme of loss is the main focus, but its clumsy action and disorienting, fast-paced camera shots make it a flop. End of Days has a redeeming scene. Schwarzenegger is almost forced to make a deal with Satan, but he refuses and gives him an eviction notice. Similar to Jericho Cane’s loss of his family, Wade Vogel meets the reality that his farm and daughter are dying.
Maggie has a stronger family structure than End of Days. End of Days’ horror is more uneven than Maggie’s, and Maggie’s action is more realistic. Maggie is a horror film that stars Arnold Schwarzenegger. End of Days is a Schwarze-horror movie with a faster pace, darker scenes and more vignettes. Maggie is the more heartfelt and meaningful of the two.