Most movies from Hollywood or streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Prime are categorized into specific genres like horror, drama, sci-fi, and the like. At times, there are those that claim they belong to two different genres. While there are rare movies that give movie sorters a headache as to what genre they should be placed under.
Here are a few mash-up movies:
Cowboys & Aliens
Based on the title, the movie is obviously a mixture of western setting with Sci-Fi. The movie stars Daniel Craig as an amnesiac gunslinger who finds himself defending an Old West town from extraterrestrials. All the Western elements are present like the noble sheriff and the town set in the 1870s. It then turns into a sci-fi film when an army of crazy monsters attacked the town.
While the movie also cast Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde, the movie wasn’t a hit at the box office. It even landed to middling write-ups. The Times of India said: “The film works mostly through its whacky encounters between the strange-looking invaders and the bunch of brave humans who settle all their differences to wage this one final battle to save the world. However, considering the film boasts of such a stellar star cast (James Bond and Indiana Jones!), you do expect some more fireworks and feel somewhat let down by the lack of chemistry between the lead actors.”
In 2004, the movie was regarded as one of the biggest movie flops.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
The film is a British-American Historical Comedy Horror based on the 2009 novel with the same title written by Seth Grahame-Smith. It is apparently a parody of the 1813 novel ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen. It generally follows the same plot of the original novel, only with added elements of zombie, horror, and post-apocalyptic fiction.
Set in the 19th century, the Bennet sisters, who have all been trained in the art of weaponry and martial arts found themselves in situations where they had to fight against zombies. The film received mixed reviews from critics. Some said it deserves praise for its production values, humor, and overall performance. While others think it was very inconsistent and even had mediocre action sequences.
Andrew Barker of Variety Magazine wrote “Tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt substantial audiences, ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ is, in fact, a moderately entertaining film, not deficient in old-fashioned costume drama when it pleases, nor in the power of being clever where it chooses, but awkward and unsatisfying.”
Blade Runner 2049
The movie is considered one of the greatest Sci-Fi films of all time. However, not many viewers actually uphold it as a film noir ꟷ marked by pessimism, fatalism, and menace. Although Ridley Scott drenched the film in epic neon borrowed from the world of noir, the movie still leans on being more “sci-fi” than noir.
In this movie, director Denis Villeneuve picks up 30 years after the classic left off. Yet, it does not require people to watch the first sequel to appreciate this follow-up. Peter Debruge of Variety Magazine describes the film as a great sci-fi both in tone and style. “…(Villeneuve) delivering a visually breathtaking, long-fuse action movie whose unconventional thrills could be described as many things — from tantalizing to tedious — but never “artificially intelligent.”
“Villeneuve offers a bracing vision of where humankind is headed, iconically lit in amber, neon hues, and stark fluorescent white. Those are not necessarily the colors one associates with film noir,” he added.