In theaters, this was one of the best movie-going experiences I have ever had. At home with the magenta / green glasses, despite all fears, the film still looks fantastic and is just as much fun. In an era where shitty remakes and cash-ins prevail, the biggest underdog of them all stepped in and raised the bar for awesome. The 3D filming in MBV3D is extremely impressive, not only popping blood and pick-axes off of the screen at the audience, but creating a full depth of field unlike anything in the past. There is no point where the feature looks or feels gimmicky, and every shot shows care and precision in planning and execution. The lighting effects are incredible, with the flashlights and head lamps shining right off the screen.
On to the film itself, though it isnt the most suspenseful horror movie, it makes up for it in surprise, gore, and brutality. It is a balls to the wall slasher that is relentless from start to finish, and it does not pretend to be something that its not by forcing any kind of depth in storytelling or message. The plot exists only as an excuse for the bloodfest to come, and though it completely lacks originality and falls strictly along the lines of the classic 80s slashers, it recaptures the basic, pure nature of the slasher that has been lacking in recent years. This may be considered heresy in the horror community, but this is one of the few remakes that I strongly feel outdoes the original in every way. The Miner is just as pissed off and forceful as in the first, but the filming, directing, design, and gore all surpass the 1981 film. The acting cant be defended, and is very average teen horror-y in every way. This causes the suspended disbelief to be lifted throughout the film, but when a miner is running around popping jaws off and eyeballs out with a pick-ax in 3D, I would venture to guess the audience can overlook the fact for the most part. One of the best of 2008 and an absolute must-see for any slasher fan. Seriously. As in, go buy it right now!