You’ve got your Star Wars light-sabres, your flying DeLorean and then there’s head-twisting Reagan. The image of the demon-infested girl is recognisable everywhere. The head spinning freak with the infected, lacerated face, sitting upright in bed spewing jets of green vomit all around her has not only become a staple image of horror but also one that universally signifies the horror genre.
This is a character driven film and thus, Radcliffe and Dano’s performances are what make it what it is. Daniel Radcliffe is astounding in his Frankenstein-ish turn as the popeyed, deceased but slowly and surely re-gaining a grip on life Manny, while Paul Dano, is excellent, as always.
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I don’t believe CG will ever really be a substitute for practical effects. Even a human-robot fight sequence late in the film conveys none of the menace the first two Schwarzenegger Terminators brought through their real brawn and metal.