Doom then and now

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Doom was the first FPS game I played back in the 90’s. It was fast, jumpy and like a maze to get through. Each level was made up of finding secrets, hidden weapons, key cards and of course lots of monsters. To this day if I play classic Doom I still feel on edge and pumped up when blasting through a brawl of monsters, especially on the latest modded versions such as “Brutal Doom” and the latest multiplayer mods with Coop gameplay.

 

Next up was Doom 3 and the add-on Resurrection of Evil. A very story orientated game focusing on the reasons for the hell invasion. It kicks off with you and many others on mars and then it all goes tits up when the portal is opened. From that point on your left to kill off everything in your way whilst trying to track down Malcolm Betruger and close the maxresdefaultportal to hell. I found this game to have an Unreal, the game, type of feel to it. It was very tense and suspenseful at times and full of jump scares. It had a different feel to the original doom but I liked it due to the story line and spooky theme.

 

When I heard A Doom reboot was being made I was existed but slightly apprehensive as I had heard they had attempted it before with “Doom 4” but it was scrapped for being too much like Call of Duty. My first concerns came upon playing the multiplayer beta for the new Doom as it seemed to be more like Call of Duty meets Doom but I had heard the single player was focused more on the old style of Doom.

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As soon as the game was released I got it and cleared my mind of any doubts and just hoped for a good game. What can I say…  it delivered! It delivered so much that I don’t quite nowhere to begin. It is quite literally old Doom meets new graphics. I was worried it was going to be a brawl of monster after monster after monster but the Balance between exploring and monsters is spot on.

Secrets are a big thing in this game and I went out of my way to find them all. Mynew_doom_old_doom favorite Secret is the old Doom maps. Playing though these levels with the new graphics was immense. Also to find you way around you now get a map which is a more advanced map
than old Doom but works it very much the same way to help find your way around.

 

Talking of finding your way around Key cards are now back! And at times you may have to double back on yourself to get though doors once you have the key. This is where the map comes to use otherwise you can get lost in the multi-layer levels.

 

Let’s talk monsters. They cannot be more than spot on. The monsters in Doom 3 I felt lacked the style and look of the monsters in the old Doom, however this reboot has taken the old look and given them steroids. Let’s take pinky demon as an example he/she has a clear comparison to its old self but in doom 3 it went with a different style.

 

The Story in the New Doom is kept simple and to the point, there’s no big cut scenes its just you a sort of friendly robot and a crazy chick that your trying to stop and once again close the dam portal, do they ever learn… keeping it simple was another nod to the old style game which only game some idea of a story at the end. The only thing missing doom2rabbit2from the new Doom is the death of doom guys pet rabbit.

Overall I think each Doom has its own place and theme to it discounting the Doom film, which was a bit crap. The old Doom has the aspect of being classic game play and old memories. Doom 3 in having a lean into being more about horror jump scares and the backstory and the latest having a blast of nostalgia and rebooting the old one in the best way possible. I just look forward to the next installment.

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Poltergeist old and new

This will have spoilers, but if you have seen the old film or new film its fine.

At the age of 8 I watched my first ever horror film, poltergeist which at the time freaked me out a fair bit but since then I became obsessed with horror films and to this day I love them.

Now a while down the years I noticed they were making a new poltergeist. I heard that it was going to be in the same neighbourhood but with a different storyline, which sounded promising. Then came the trailer and it soon came clear that it was a reboot and same general story as the original. I noticed a few similar scenes and all be it the people in it all had different names it was the same family setting.

I had my worries for a remake as past remakes of horror films have been packed full of coming of age themes or loads of jump scares. I tried to watch it without comparing it too much to the old film. This was not easy to do as the original has a special hold on me not just because it’s a classic but the fact it was my first horror.  Knowing this film was a remake of an epic film to start with was one thing but because they remade classic scenes I had expectation to me matched or topped.

I sat down and set off to watch the film, first thing I noticed was it started different as they were trying to find a house rather than being already in one. This was a little odd but I thought bit may allow the viewer to see a side of the story prior to the things that took place in the original.

Little by little things started to happen. I found them to be quite cool at first, such as static hair but then everything seemed to be far too random talking to walls/toys and just chucking in bits for the sake of it. The film lacked mood and anticipation and a general build up. From what I was expecting I thought I would feel for the family more like is did during  the first film. It just seemed to me that they were plopping ideas in and adding some old classic moments.

Let’s talk about the classic scenes ,which all seemed to happen within the same close time span, first things first they swapped out the stacked chairs with stacked cards which was more funny than an scary moment. Then the classic there here TV scene which is where the film should have started from. Being petty now I didn’t like how she said there here and the silly black hands. I preferred the slow build up and whispers. They then skipped a large chunk out where in the original you get the intro to the family and the small subtle scenes of activity with the moving floor and spooky lighting counting.

All within a few seconds it seemed that the tree came to life and then the daughter casually walked off into the dark void to be grabbed. It was at this point they got the classic ghost hunters in. the next classic scene was the story of moving objects. Personally I like the idea from the old film where the entire room has flying objects, however the smashing chair was acceptably to.

They then skipped the overnight stay and spooky ghost coming down stairs and                                                                      kicked off a crappy face transform scene,

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biting grabbing scene, the rope scene and talking to the daughter scene all together within a few minutes. Next thing I know the medium is called, which has nothing to his name compared to classic Tangina, he wonders about for a bit looking confused and decides that they must go in after her.

I mean where has the build-up is gone, the tension the fear and sadness you get from the family which reflects on the viewer it all seemed to be absent. Next thing I know there using a flying toy with a camera on it to go to the other side. Now it’s all cool to see what may have been on the other side but first off why is the electrics working and 2 I think not seeing and hearing growling and screams is much more tense than going in and seeing a load of dark flapping arms with bright light.

Before I knew it the medium declared it ok to go in and the young lad, not the mum, ran on in. he then located his sister and within seconds pulled her out. They then both go to the classic wake up scene in the bath and once again the film jumps more tension. They decide to go straight from this house is clean to oh no it’s not without having the nice break of everything is fine that the original had. Next thing I know the medium runs on into the house to go to the other side and the house classically crushes into nothingness as the family drive off safe and sound.

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This film did not feel like a remake as such it was more like a summary of the old film, with random added new parts, rather than a thought through remake. I was aware not ever scene would match entirely the same as you may as well just watch the old one, but they just rushed though it so  fast that there was no time to feel the essence of the movie that the original film had.

Personally I would have started from the same TV scene and developed time with the characters more and spaced the classic re shot scenes apart and added extra tension in between. That or I would have stuck with the initial idea of making it in the same town with an entire different story.

As for it being scary there were times I jumped but mostly things were happening so fast I didn’t have time to get deeply into the story.