Mar 282017

The trailer for the forthcoming (2018?) Russian movie “COMA.” From what I gather, it’s sorta like “Inception,” but with people in comas rather than asleep. The idea seems to be that fragmentary, incomplete memories of a coma patient are mashed together into a chaotic and irrational  and visually pretty impressive mess.


Dunno if it’ll be any good, but it *looks* good. Chances are that it is, by Hollywood standards, dirt cheap. With the lesson to be learned: if you can make a visually impressive and creative movie on a shoestring budget, Hollywood is starting to run out of excuses for their bloated $200 million disasters.

Another lesson to be learned: the advancec in visual effects make it more and more possible to make a truly impressive and *proper* Lovecraftian cosmic horror movie. After the stars are right and the Old Ones return to claim the Earth, the few surviving humans might see a world akin to what’s shown in the “COMA” trailer. Just with less “wonder” and more “my eyes, they have melted.”

 Posted by at 11:54 am
  • se jones

    “…visually impressive and creative movie on a shoestring budget”

    With “Stargate” being *the* prime example IMO.

  • madoc62

    Anything that competes with Hollywood is a _good_ thing.

    This one is a different vision than what Hollywood has spewed so that’s even better.

    As “movie making” becomes ever more digitized and “film” distribution goes ever more online, the traditional movie studios of Hollywood – i.e. the “legacy” studios – are seeing their chief advantages become ever less relevant.

    Who needs an extensive backlot to film in when it can all be digitally rendered? Who needs extensive dedicated sound stages when those can be fully duplicated by computer? Prop departments? Sets, even? “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” set the path here.

    The other advantage of “legacy” studios has been distribution of their films. If the public wanted to see a movie it had to go to a movie theater. Getting tens of thousands of copies of the films made and then shipped all over the world to be shown in those theaters was not a trivial exercise in logistics and the ability to make that happen has always been a significant barrier to entry for anyone seeking to compete with the major studios.

    Now? It’s all online. And worldwide distribution takes no more than a few mouse clicks.

    Publicity though is the one area the legacy studios still have an edge. And that’s simply due to their having the cash to buy advertising.

  • publiusr

    The striding figures–but done with the mist we see the ships from “ARRIVAL” dissolve into–would be a perfect representation of Ithaqua. the wind walker

    No organ harvesting in this film I suppose.