2011, Xavier Gens -- cinema
2011, Julien Magnat -- download
Scary things can happen in any movie but if it's not the point of the movie, then it's a thriller. A crime-procedural can have a scary criminal but the movie focuses on the catching of the criminal from the point of view of the cops, it's not a horror. Hell, a movie can have a monster in it but if it's about how the monster is hunted down by the military then it's an adventure movie. There is even the problem that sometimes all the tropes of the horror movie can be present but it's a comedy. I have to give myself a lot of leeway in this viewing project. It's my choice. It's my opinion.
The Divide is a po... actually, it's an apocalyptic thriller (the apocalyptic events HAPPENING right then, so no post-anything) with horror elements. As the movie begins, we see a mushroom cloud erupt in the distance and suddenly our viewer is dragged away to join a stream of bodies running down the stairs. The building is shaking, people are screaming and panic is heavy. Some of the stream breaks off and continues to the basement and through a heavy metal door. The door is slammed and we have our cast. The apocalypse happens around them with no details provided to us or them.
The movie was mostly improv-ed by the cast and director roughly following an ever evolving script. They knew the gist of the story, all being trapped in a bunker during an event that is destroying the city above them. But the progression of the story was determined day to day by the people involved. There are horror elements, such as a brief introduction of an outside military force, but for the most part the movie focused on the tense interaction between the characters. Days pass and alliances are made and broken, radiation begins to take it's toll and food becomes a valuable commodity. If anything, the horror was once again seeing how much people are willing to do to each other when things go to shit. Unfortunately, other than the novel way of producing the movie, nothing really new was developed here.