Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Gamera Vs Gaos (1967)

Japanese road developers are devastated to find out that a volcanic eruption has awoken the flying monster Gaos, who blocks the new highway from being completed. It is up to Gamera to defeat the bird-like menace and save the workers from the horrors of unemployment!! Not.. being.. facetious.. This is the actual plot of the movie.. The only thing worse than the senseless plot is the stiff costume of Gaos itself, as depicted in an artist's rendition below:

Actual Costume:Neither of the creature designs in this sequel are convincing in the least, making it difficult to suspend disbelief while watching the mayhem unfold. Gaos looks like a cheap wooden toy at best, and the newest rendition of Gamera isnt much better. Most of the battles consist of lame laser exchanges while a motionless Gaos is flown across the screen using visible wires. To the film's credit, Gaos' laser blasts do some serious damage, delivering serveral gaping and bloodied wounds to Gamera and slicing through cars and planes in some ambitious prop work. The human characters are all pretty goofy, and the tone is much lighter as it seems to be aimed at younger audiences. For my taste, it is the set and costume design that sell a giant monster movie, and this entry fails to impress.

Rating: 4/10.
Entertainment: 5/10.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Amityville: A New Generation (1993)

Another haunted artifact causes a string of deaths when a mirror that was stolen from the Amity house ends up in an apartment complex inhabited by a group of artists. Each of the artists that come in contact with the mirror suffer from horrifying delusions that only end in one thing: boredom. This seventh entry in the series doesn't offer anything new or interesting, and was likely some other no name Horror entry originally that had the AMITY name tacked on to increase sales. The film obviously doesn't take itself seriously, and the plot is secondary to the gore and FX. In one flashback, a whole family gets themselves annihilated by some sweet shot gun blasts to the face and body. This is really the only cool scene in the entire film, though, and the rest is just a bunch of mucking around as the characters aimlessly try to figure out what is causing all of the horror surrounding them. Horror fans will enjoy cameos by genre favorites David Naughton and Terry O'Quinn, but their additions are short lived fun considering the rest of the tired cast and plot. The film isn't as terrible as it is pointless and predictable, but most fans of the series can muster enough strength to sit through it for the gore.

Rating: 5/10.
Gore: 6/10.
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War of the Monsters (1966)

After a spectacular opening featuring Gamera's return to Earth and his destruction of a hydroelectric plant, this Kaiju flick drops off into a rather mundane effort. A group of thieves arrive at a remote island to steal a fabled treasure, but the opal they seek hatches to become the monsterous Barugon, a giant ice-breathing lizard! The first third plays out more like a precursor to Action/Adventure films like RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, and takes time in developing each of the human characters that tie together the giant monster battles. While the film composites, miniature work, and cinematography show improvements over the original, the design of Gamera's first major foe Barugon is the embodiment of the cheap rubber monster stereotype. The costume destroys the illusion with its lifeless eyes and rigid movement, and unfortunately Barugon receives nearly twice the screentime as the superior Gamera suit. The monster brawls are OK in this one, but are few and far between. What is surprising is the ferocity given to Barugon as he destroys the city and chews through its citizens. There is a little fun to be had in this one, but it is far inferior to its rivals in the GODZILLA series.

Rating: 4/10.
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Monday, September 28, 2009

Amityville 1992: It's About Time (1992)

A movie with a bad pun in the title should be destined to fail, and I know this will probably be an unpopular review, but I actually enjoy the hell out of this later sequel. It is only linked to the original film by an antique clock that sat in the Amity house, and while it has nothing else to do with the rest of the series, it does offer surprising gore, a decent pace, and it is entirely aware that it is not an important film while making no attempt to prove otherwise. What is the opposite of pretentious? Protentious? The film is protentious. There are plenty of "so bad it's good" moments between the deliciously over-the-top acting, clearly visible wire and FX work, and cheesy dialogue that make it difficult not to like. It also offers several simple but effective alternate timeline and reality sequences brought on by the evil clock that make smart use of the small budget. Ironically, this stupid cheapie Horror effort also draws from many classic Greek epic influences, including the young hero that must overcome insurmountable obstacles, the old sooth-sayer, the temptress, and others. It is by no means a good film, but its lighter tone mixed with tongue-in-cheek humor and gore make for an unexpectedly good time.

Rating: 5/10.
Entertainment: 7/10.
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The Amityville Curse (1990)

I don't know enough about the history behind this film to justify or explain its existence within the series, but somehow this 5th entry is unrelated to any of the events of the previous films, and only alludes to the DeFeo murders that preceded the original AMITYVILLE HORROR. The first thing fans will note is that the film is set in a completely different house than the now infamous setting of the first several movies. What follows is a group of investors that experience terrifying nightmares and odd occurrences while restoring the old house before attempting to turn it over for a profit. This thin plotline is never expanded upon, and the string of events between the start and finish are loosely tied scare tactics at best. Similarly to the first film, most of the paranormal events that occur are left ambiguous, and can just as easily be explained away by natural events as they can by an actual haunting. The majority of the actual scares and gore occur in either flashbacks of the murders or nightmares up until the bloody struggle in the end. This lends some credibility to the film, since it does not throw physics and reality to the wind in over-the-top ghost gags. Despite being in most ways an unremarkable haunting tale, there are several set designs and misty interiors that make for effective and atmospheric shots throughout the film. What little it has going for it doesn't make it worth seeking out, however, and can easily be overlooked in the series without fearing for any lost continuity between the 4th and 6th films.

Rating: 5/10.
Gore: 5/10.
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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Gamera the Invincible (1966)

After Toho's success with creatures like Godzilla, Mothra, and Rodan, it was only a matter of time before other companies would enter the market with new giant monster creations. GAMERA is introduced in 1966 as a giant fire-breathing turtle that is awoken from his stasis by a misguided nuclear blast, after which he heads to Tokyo to feed on fossil fuels and create a path of destruction of his own. GAMERA goes to show that the same high level of quality that went into the costume design and miniature set work in GOJIRA could be recreated in another film series, however this later entry had the benefit of years of experience in working with the costuming materials from the Toho creations, and the filming techniques themselves fall well below the bar set by Japanese leaders like Ishiro Honda. While Gamera makes short work of power plants and industrial parks, the camera either remains static and emotionless or jerks with the fluid motion of an automatic sprinkler. The version of the film that was first introduced to international audiences had several new scenes added using American actors that are outrageously over-the-top while the Japanese-American actors are forced to speak in offensive and stereotypical Engrish. The monster is given a surprising range of motion through its slender design, which helps in its believability and proves to be a lesson learned from the bulkier Godzilla costumes. While it is clear in the subplot that this series is geared more towards a younger crowds, Gamera's wrath and sinister appearance would lead you to believe otherwise. Still, there are moments between the lead kid and the beast in the film that make it accessible to child audiences. Despite its flaws, the film distinguishes itself enough as a worthy competitor in the Kaiju subgenre, and makes for more giant monster fun from the 60s.

Rating: 7/10.
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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Children of the Corn (2009)

Below you will find my timed experience for watching the film during the SyFy Channel premiere, best watched in conjunction with the actual film. The caps will pretty much summarize my views on it, so let's jump straight to the rating!!

Rating: 4/10.
Gore: 4/10.
Number of beers required to finish film: 4.
Percentage of similarity to original: 87%.
Better than original: No.
Displays creativity: No.
Number of views: 1.

8:00 That guy slaps like a girl.

10:00 Already hate this movie, lead actress is terrible, ugly. Assuming this version is going to be a shot for shot remake, only poopy. Questionable items: Stephen King co-wrote?? Is that the original theme?? This is supposed to be a period piece?? Did they let the actors know that??

27:00 Do people really use each other's first names in every line of dialogue?

30:00 So none of the kids aged in the 12yrs since the start of the film?

32:00 Second commercial break. Going pee.

34:00 Wish I had some Chex Mix. The movie? So far, so good.

38:00 Back on. Couldnt find any food Eating Corn flakes and Turtle Beer. Movie < style="font-style: italic;">Scare Tactics? Where do all these wet corn flakes keep coming from?

52:00 Why does the bitch make a Vietnam joke or the dude threaten domestic violence every 20m? Does saying the word "Vietnam" create the illusion that this is set in the 70s?

54:00 The first decent element in the entire film: the set designer did a pretty sweet job on the church. Creepy, atmospheric, and looks like kids could have done it.

55:00 Again with the using the first name in the dialogue. Who does that? "Stop playing games [or I will make my heart beat faster on the soundtrack]."

57:00 Is there seriously another commercial already? Thic fucking movie is going to end up bring an hour long. Gerard Butler is already in another movie?

1:02:00 Car windows make for an impenetrable fortress. Also, "I could have sworn there was more Bible here.."

1:04:00 Random acts of violence against impenetrable car/fortress. Take the headlights, but please, spare the paint job!!

1:07:00 Pretty damn sure this is the same town.. And who made all these kids clothes?

1:08:00 Knife fight in the alley. Isaac can throw a knife from a building across the street BAM into this dudes arm.

1:09:00 Whoever the fuck this dud e is just p0wnSEz'd those kids. He aint taking shit from no one.

1:10:00 Hoe fight in same alley. Second poWnZinG!11!! In the proverbial hoe fight between kids and a Vietnam vet, Vietnam vet has the upper hand.

1"13:00 Scene ends with him running from alley. Next scene: Burt (?) is running down the highway miles away, presumably within seconds. Continuity? Also: the best defense against crazed slash unkempt children is corn.

1:15:00 Chugging third beer..... NOW!! I win chugging competition against self.

1:21:00 Is Isaac "Uh Huh" from THE LITTLE RASCALS movie?

1:22:00 The Blue Man = Tobias from Arrested Development?? Worst.. Song.. Ever.. Wait why would that dumbass watch them singing then make noise if hes trying to run from them? Ugh.. Movie.. TOo.. Logical..... Original theme reprisal.. Too logical and too original. I think this is the same corn they used in the first film too..

1:24:00 Drunk. Also, lightweight. Making mental comparisons of this and APRIL FOOLS DAY remake. Pretty sure this is better. Not positive. Making note to reinforce hatred tomorrow.

Side note: I may be the only wan wathcing this this th e closed captioning on, but did anyone else notice that the subs dont read correctly? The song towards the beginning was entirely incorrect, and some of the dialuge cant be heard but is shown in full sentences on screen.

1:27"00 Courntey Gains or whatever the fuck his name is makes a much better Malechai.. Im pretty sure this version is a child rapist

1:29L00

This is no time for crying like a pussy over knife wounds soldier

1:30: 00 there is now Vietnam soldiers in the corn fields. This is the first significant change between this film and the original. What makes it most believable is the CG laser blasts coming out of the machine guns

1:32:00 Kachum or whtever his name is got shot by presumably imagined Vietname soldiers. Not sure if I am imagining everything at this point. Obviously couldnt be wahts really happening in the film.. thats silly..

1:34:00 Second piss more satisfying than first. Misjudged whether or not I was finished. Oh, uncut version of the film will be on DVD on Oct 6th?? SWEET!! Because, there were definitely more than 2 main characters, so Im dead fucking sure that we missed out on tons of great unrated gore!!11 Will be sure to grab this one ASAP [additional feigned enthusiasm] ZOMBIELAND looks pretty amazing.

1:38:00 Movie shows impressive constitution; despite shitiness, has balls enough to return from commerical break.

1:41:-- FINALLY theres some implied boning in the series. Im pretty sure I just saw dude pubes.

1:42:00 Random acts of violence against corn. Burt passes out from exhaustion after mercilessly having a knife fight ith corn. Wakes up. Presumabley has a boner. Uses stars to save self. Likely going to be unsucessful.

1:45:00 corn fights back, uneventful. credit given to filmakers: making corn interesting is hard. Do not blame them from their straight to syfy channel movei sucking at this point. Mine would have sucked too.

1:48:00 every scene with the exception of the imagined Vietname Vets and the burnt up pain in the ass annoying bitch have been a shot for shot remake.*SPOILER ALERT FOR THE PREVIOUS STAMETN* Literally every scene. WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE has of good as CG as STAR FOX on Game Cube. (That should imply not good CG). (Well, not good by todays standarsds, but back then the graphixs were pretty sweet).

1:50:00 the commerical for th DVD has convinced me to buy the DVD, just preordered on Amazong.. NOT.. God DAMN Im clever..

1:56:00 WTF.. I turn away form two seconds and the dude is fucking dead??

2:00:00 Do not want.



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Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes (1989)

As the heart-warming cover art below suggests, AMITYVILLE 4 is about a family torn by the loss of their father, who tries to piece their lives back together by moving in with their grandmother on the California coast. Oh, and their aunt sent them a haunted lamp from the Amity house, so bad PG-13 shit starts happening, then its over. This is what happens when the Lifetime channel makes a Horror film, though it should have been called (brace yourselves for this clever pun) "THE AMITYVILLE BORE." Everything about the production screams made-for-TV, and while there are a few moments that promise some sweet gore, they are dispelled before anything close to awesome happens. Its not fair to have the ugliest kid ever born engage a chainsaw by mistake and then NOT have him grind grandma's face off or commit seppuku?? This film also marks the first entry in the series that takes some random-ass item from the original house then relocates it, defying all logic as to why any of the films would be titled "AMITYVILLE" when none of the films up until the remake take place in the town. The greatest moment in this one is when the family parakeet goes missing and turns up dead in the toaster oven, and then everyone almost barfs when they see it. This easily ranks as the worst entry in the series, but there will still be those of us that force themselves to maintain their integrity and rewatch every film in the series despite the utter failures. If that is not you, avoid.

Rating: 4/10.
Gore: 4/10.
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TftC: Werewolf Concerto (1992)

Tales from the Crypt S4Ep13

"Werewolf Concerto"

Director: Steve Perry.
Cameos: Beverly D'Angelo, Timothy Dalton, Dennis Farina.
Synopsis: Guests at a luxurious hotel in the woods find themselves in the midst of a "Who dunnit" with a werewolf prowling in their midst..
Moral: When staying at a bed and breakfast, it is always important to check the menu..
Humor: 7/10.
Irony: 9/10.
Gore: 8/10.
Suspense: 7/10.
Technical: 8/10.

Rating: 8/10.

With a star-studded cast, innovative monster design, and some sweet gore, this is always a crowd pleaser in the series!

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TftC: Strung Along (1992)

Tales from the Crypt S4Ep12

"Strung Along"

Director: Kevin Yagher.
Cameos: Zach Galligan.
Synopsis: A puppet master's pets exact his revenge when he becomes suspicious that his wife has been cheating on him.
Moral: Marriage is best ended with no strings attached.
Humor: 5/10.
Irony: 9/10.
Gore: 6/10.
Suspense: 7/10.
Technical: 8/10.

Rating: 8/10.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Amityville Horror 3 (1983)

A journalist moves into the Amity house after running out a group of phony psychics, only to find out that the legends were all true when his friends and family fall prey to the resident demons. The look and feel is much more in line with the original than THE POSSESSION, but it is similar to the second film in that it offers a lot more gore and is special FX heavy. Where the film deviates most from either of the entries preceding it is that anyone that comes in contact with the house is subject to psychological and physical terrors when they are away from the house that far outreach the rules set in the first film. The acting and characters are considerably more enjoyable than the second part, but even with cameos by Meg Ryan and Lori Loughlin, it is still an average ride. AMITY 3 was originally shot in 3D, and though the 3D gags are very apparent when watching the 2D version, they are not overly distracting, and the film is able to function on its own without them. I do not have any strong opinions in either direction with this one, it is a middle of the road ghost flick that could have been retitled anything else without having any major impact on its meaning or enjoyment.

Rating: 6/10.
Gore: 5/10.
Number of views: 3.

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The Amityville Horror 2: The Possession (1982)

While the set-up of the first AMITY sequel plays on the true story of the Defeo family that occupied the Amity house prior to the Lutz family, it takes a turn for the worst and infuses the real-life events with over-the-top ghost gags and a blatant EXORCIST rip-off. Unlike the subdued effects in the original that subtly allude to the supernatural, THE POSSESSION finds household items strewn all about the house, heavy prosthetics work, and visual hallucinations that remove any chance of believability that this is based on real events. The film also touches on rumors that the children were having an incestuous love affair, making it feel like "FLOWERS IN THE AMITY ATTIC." From the start, there are no likable characters, only a scale that goes from "Most Unlikable" to "Least Unlikable." Though this does add to the unsettling nature of the film, it doesn't leave the audience with any identifiable characters. The first half almost proves to be watchable until we get some unflattering demonic possession in the oldest son, but once the (arguably) real events end at the hour mark, the film defies logic and continues on as an EXORCIST clone created with borrowed FX work and few scares. If taken out of the context of the real events, some fans might enjoy the increased action and gore in this sequel, but for my taste it moves too far away from everything that made the original great and instead proves to be nothing more than a cheap, boring cash-in.

Rating: 6/10.
Gore: 5/10.
Incest: 7/10.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Children of the Damned (1964 )

CHILDREN is a strange deviation from the previous film. It finds a new breed of the genius children that are being assembled from across the globe by two British scientists that believe they are the next link in our evolutionary line. The world powers think otherwise, however, and seek to destroy them before they destroy us! The most notable differences in the film all revolve around the dramatic change in the characters of the children. Though they still have the same stern expressions and creepy stares as the Midwich children, several of them are given emotions and the kids express that they have no intention of harming anyone, and just want the right to live. The origins of the children is also revealed, which takes away the fun and mystery of the original. On top of that, several of the children are caught staring off screen or directly at the camera, which quickly dispels the illusion. It still plays on many of the fears of the original, this time paralleling more of the Cold War rivalries, but the social context is far too forced and apparent to be engaging. Though it isn't a failed attempted, it is certainly a missed opportunity.

Rating: 6/10.
Number of views: 1.


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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Village of the Damned (1960)

In this 60s classic, a small town awakens from a temporary blackout to find that twelve of the local women have had immaculate conceptions. The children that are born as a result share a hive mind, psycho-kinetic abilities, and a superior intelligence which threatens both the village and the world! Though the plot and tone of the picture are a bit over the top, it is easier to accept this version (as opposed to Carpenter's later remake) and suspend disbelief when the acting is played up to theatrics and the film is set to thick British accents. The troop of blond children are each very off-setting in their strict conformity, unnaturally mature demeanor, and entrancing stares. The audience is given several proposals as to what the cause of the births may have been, whether they were attributed to radio waves from outer space, genetic mutation, or parasitic organisms, but that interpretation is left entirely to the viewer. The story is also filled with underlying social and political commentary, including themes of nuclear fallout, Socialism, ethnic cleansing, and mutation that all are present in some form of subtext. It also skirts several societal taboos of child murder and abortion. In these ways, the film and the novel it was adapted from serve as a dark allegory of social fears following WWII as told through the safety of a Horror tale. Though the film is very fast-paced, there are several abrupt edits and scenes that do not receive the attention they deserved, scenes that Carpenter would later reproach in the remake. In all other aspects, it is cleanly shot, the acting is top-notch and memorable, it uses smart and disturbing cutaways during the more violent moments, and it also includes visual symbolism in the final scene that uses subtle but clever techniques. By all definitions a classic that modern film fans can still appreciate.

Rating: 9/10.
Number of views: 1.



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Monday, September 21, 2009

Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla II (1993)

I dont know what it is about Mechagodzilla, but despite how awesome the concept is, the execution of the metal beast in the two Godzilla films I have seen featuring it just do not use the character to its full potential. The Godzilla task force designs a new metallic version of Japans greatest foe using the technology stolen from the robotic Mechaghidorah defeated years prior, and then sends a new team of pilots to use the weapon against Godzilla during his most recent rampage. The film heralds the return of the classic Kaiju monster Rodan for the first time in the Heisei era, but the fire-breathing Pteranodon is completely underutilized, which is a shame since the costuming and maneuverability for the creature have been greatly enhanced. The action and set designs for this entry are unremarkable by all means, making it a generic and forgettable number in the long line of films. This sequel also marks the birth of Baby Godzilla, who only serves as a catalyst for the carnage as Rodan and Godzilla race to find him. It is nice to see some linear structure in the plot carried over from the previous films, but while the human characters and writing show slight improcements from the pictures preceding it, as a whole the film just isn't that interesting. Watch it for more awesome costuming and the inevitable monster brawls. Brain off, monsters on!

Rating: 5/10.
Entertainment: 6/10.
Number of views: 1.



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Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

Few films are able to create such a perfect blend of action, fantasy, suspense, drama, and horror as BROTHERHOOD. It offers the choreographed acrobatics of CROUCHING TIGER with the dark humor and sharp wit of Voltaire's Candide, and then sets the plot in the midst of a fast-paced epic action-adventure film in the vein of THE 13TH WARRIOR. The characters and dialogue read like prose on the page, giving the entire film the elegance of a modern myth as told during the French Revolution. On top of the brilliant writing, the visual stylism implores a broad color palette with gorgeous cinematography that cause the action sequences to burst with vibrant reds contrasted against cool greens, while the more suspenseful moments are dressed in cool blues and set to fog-laden fields or hidden in dark, earth-tones dungeons. Each of the players contribute outstanding performances, offering unique roles that break past the stock action heroes and create realized knights with believable courage and fortitude on screen. At first glance, the film appears to be an average creature feature, but while the beast the men hunt does serve as the central focus for most of the picture, it is the evil within the characters, themselves, that proves to be most terrifying. The animal is delivered slowly through brief reveals that never allow the audience to put together its entire form in any one moment, which adds to the mystery and suspense as it continues to track and kill mercilessly. BROTHERHOOD truly is a beautiful film that transcends any one genre, but the one thing that makes it difficult to reproach is the long run-time, exceeding 2 1/2 hours in the Extended Edition. It is well worth the ride for anyone that is willing to commit the time, though, and it comes highly recommended! A naturalist and his hunter companion set off into the wilds of France to track a ferocious beast that has been terrorizing the countryside, only to find out that there are greater evils behind its madness..

Rating: 10/10.
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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Possession (1981)

Dizzying, maddening, psychotic. These are just a few words to describe Andrzej Zulawski's psychological thriller POSSESSION. It shares the same hyper-kinetic insanity as Jodorowsky's SANTA SANGRE. Sam Neill plays a secretive spy that returns home after years of undercover work to find his wife cheating on him and living a double life of her own. After a mental breakdown, he attempts to uncover her second world, but he quickly finds that her dual personality is much darker than anything he could ever imagine.. I cant claim to fully understand the film or particularly the ending, but what I do know is that it is entirely unique and surprising at every turn, and I like it. Neill creates a character that the audience is sure to despise, while at the same time the viewer has no other option but to side with him when his counterparts play roles that are even more vicious and spiteful. Each scene is progressively more abusive, awkward, and uncomfortable, with many scenes of domestic violence that is as shocking as they are disturbing. The real horror lies in these grounded disputes, but the film takes a supernatural twist after the hour mark. With alarming acting, artful framing, and a frantic pace, the film keeps the viewer engaged every second. It is horrifying, but not in the way many will expect. The film will not appeal to all genre fans, much to the same extent as MARTYRS, but it is a film that should be seen regardless.

Rating: 8/10.
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TftC: Split Personality (1992)

Tales from the Crypt S4Ep11

"Split Personality"

Director: Joel Silver.
Cameos: Joe Pesci.
Synopsis: A cunning con man seduces a pair of sheltered twins by pretending he also has a twin brother that shares a lucrative real estate business that requires one of them to be in Africa at a time. Little does he know the girls have a dark and possessive past..
Moral: The best things dont always come in twos..
Humor: 7/10.
Irony: 9/10.
Gore: 8/10.
Suspense: 7/10.
Technical: 8/10.

Rating: 8/10.

Tons of gore, and a classic EC tale rife with love, betrayal, and murder!

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TftC: Maniac at Large (1992)

Tales from the Crypt S4Ep10

"Maniac at Large"

Director: John Frankenheimer.
Synopsis: A paranoid librarian is left alone after hours as her fears get the best of her.
Moral: You can never trust anyone but yourself.
Humor: 3/10.
Irony: 7/10.
Gore: 6/10.
Suspense: 7/10.
Technical: 8/10.

Rating: 8/10.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

The Amityville Horror (1979)

From the first shot in the movie, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR sets the pace with a perpetual sense of unease and subtle psychological terror that continues until the final shot. There is no point throughout the entire film where the audience is safe. Rather than forcing heavy make-up or special FX on the audience, the it is the atmosphere built through the slow destruction of the characters' sanity paired with creepy events that garners genuine scares. There is no point at which the film clearly states that the events are actually occurring, and many of the clues leave the audience guessing as to whether the characters have passed their mental breaking point or whether the gate of hell has truly been opened beneath their new home. James Brolin offers one of the most frightening performances in the entire genre, truly becoming the character of George Lutz and walking the audience through his paranoid delusions, fear, and obsession. His crazed expressions and downward spiral into madness are more terrifying than any of the supernatural elements of the plot. AMITY also offers some of the most memorable horror scenes as well, most notably the scenes of the walls dripping blood and the priest that is forced out of the house by the disembodied voice screaming "GET OUT!!" While there are clearly elements that have been lifted from several other successful films from the 70s in this haunted tale, it is by all means and standards a classic in the genre, and becomes more and more interesting with repeated viewings. A family falls prey to a series of supernatural events after moving into a New England home with a sinister past...

Rating: 10/10.
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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Night of the Living Dead 3D (2D Version) (2006)

There was no reason to make this film. Just because you can doesnt mean you should. Surprisingly, this cheap cash-in hit theaters before the 3D craze, but its performance matched its quality. Now, the zombie make-up isnt as bad as many would lead you to believe, and there are a few moderate gore scenes, but make no mistake that this is a terrible, terrible film. There isnt a single unscripted or relateable character in the entire cast, and there certainly arent any significant changes made to the plot that warrant a third attempt on the original. Though this viewing was in ground-breaking 2D instead of the intended 3D, the gimmicky trend should only serve to enhance the viewing experience rather than having the entire film rely on it. Since it wasnt any good in 2D, one can only assume it would have been bad in 3D outside of a few presumably underwhelming effects. The film should have been called "NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 3F." Fail. Zombie films that are worse than it: RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 4, HOUSE OF THE DEAD 2. Films that are better: All.

Rating: 5/10.
Gore: 5/10.
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Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)

Gamera, a giant fire-breathing turtle, is awoken after Japan falls prey to a pack of flesh-eating birds known as the Gyaos. The Japanese government mistakenly attacks Gamera before a young girl that shares a psychic link to the monster intervenes. Director Shusuke Kaneko removes the corny, childish aspects of the earlier films and steps up the serious action and violence in a grim Kaiju fable. Much like in his Godzilla effort, Kaneko reintroduces the character as a monster of legend that has laid in wait for centuries until the Earth needed him. The set design and miniature work used in the film easily rivals any of the models produced by Toho, with amazing attention to detail that goes as far as to hang clothes over balcony rails on housing complexes. The monster designs are a little cartoony and stiff, but in the context of the frame, they are play well and look believable. The background story behind the monster mayhem plays on all of the standard Kaiju conventions, but the human characters and plot are engaging enough to carry the film between battles. All in all, a fun modernization of the classic monster that will please any giant monster fans!

Rating: 8/10.
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Godzilla: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)

When Godzilla returns to Japan on another rampage, the legendary guardians Mothra, Ghidorah, and Baragon must be summoned to defeat him. The human characters are written into the plot much better than in previous entries, with a newscaster finding hidden courage when she must save the world by calling upon the ancient monster spirits. There is an epic quality to the entire film that builds on a new mythology that is slowly revealed as the plot unfolds. Godzilla has been redesigned unlike any of the other Millennium era films, capturing more of the look of the classic monster and giving him a much more sinister visage. He is made all the more menacing in that he purposefully kills hundreds of innocent people stuck in his path of destruction, one of the more horrifying aspects of the original film that has gone missing in the years since. The action is evenly distributed throughout the plot, but the battles stand out as being some of the most spectacular in the series. Each of the other monsters look fantastic and believable, with much more organic movement than in previous films and no visible wire work. The fight sequences display more of Toho's finest miniature work, making it easy to get lost in the film while completely suspending disbelief since it is nearly impossible to distinguish between reality and miniature reality. The cinematography is also much more polished and professional, and takes the film out of the standard B-Movie realm and takes it to a whole new level. Of any of the films in the series I have seen so far, GMAOA is easily the most well-made film outside of the original, and comes highly recommended to anyone that thinks of Godzilla films as just a bunch of stupid rubber monsters in a wrestling match.

Rating: 9/10.
Entertainment: 10/10.
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2003)

While MECHAGODZILLA makes for another entertaining entry in the series, there are no notable differences in the conventional Kaiju plotline and characters that set it apart any. Japan raises funds to build a cybernetic replica of Godzilla using the skeleton of the original 1954 monster that has been modified with a huge arsenal in order to stop the new beast that has been destroying the country. There is nothing particularly bad in any of the acting or dialogue, but the scenes involving the human characters only serve to fill the runtime between battles. This newest version of Mechagodzilla is armed to the teeth with rockets, lasers, and a new freeze ray that destroys cells on a molecular level. You can expect all the same high quality miniatures and awesome giant monster brawling that can be found in each of the other Millennium era films, but thats about it.

Rating: 7/10.

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Murder Party (2007)

MURDER PARTY is a great little Independent Horror entry, even if it does play off of obvious homages and borrowed techniques. A clueless do-gooder finds an invitation to a "Murder Party" on Halloween, but he realizes he should have passed when the invitation turns out to be all too literal. The group of pretentious art students he stumbles upon tie him up and argue over how they plan to kill him in the name of art. The strength of the film lies in the hilarious physical humor played out through the subtle character nuances, particularly those of our hero knight. Audience members will immediately recall the various Halloween costumes of the antagonists that are borrowed from classics like BLADE RUNNER and THE WARRIORS, and there are many clever quips that Horror and SciFi geeks will giggle over. After a steady build, the final act is soaked in several gory deaths, complete with chainsaws, decapitations, and beatings. The small warehouse setting feels much more expansive due to the close shots and angled framing. Though the knight has minimal dialogue, his few lines are smart and very funny, and his character is played out through his facial expressions. Much of the dialogue between the other characters can feel forced at times, but there is still plenty of fun to be had. While it draws from many superior films, director Jeremy Saulnier has taken all the right notes and turned them into a sharp and brutal little Horror Comedy that is sure to please any genre fan.

Rating: 7/10.
Entertainment: 8/10.
Gore: 6/10.
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Godzilla (1998)

The big-budget American reinvention of the classic Kaiju monster can be looked at as a complete failure or a success. No one can deny the effective use of computerization that has held up fairly well in the last decade, but the fact that Godzilla was even done in CG to begin with fundamentally goes against everything the character and its creators established. Whats worse is the frequent addition of comic relief that riddles the plot. While it cheapens the film for hardcore Godzilla fans, it also opened it up to the broader public that appeared in droves for earlier blockbusters like ID4. The film jettisoned Godzilla back onto the big screen, and made the character accessible to younger audiences. Looking past the differences in tone and design, the film just isnt that good. After a moderately fast-paced introduction (minus the annoying characters), the second act of the film jolts to a stop as the cast searches the sewers and Madison Square Garden for Godzilla's nest. All the audience finds is dry, emotionless acting and a whole lot of boredom. The action sequences are well done, but the destruction of the city just doesnt have the same impact since the computerized buildings lack the weight of the tangible debris found in its practical predecessors. The muted blue and green filters on top of the constant rain also cause Godzilla to blend into the backgrounds, which was great for hiding any of the monster's flaws, but is also a strain on the eye. Broderick and company sell the picture as the scripted American reality the filmmakers aimed for, but none of the characters represent real people. GODZILLA (1998) is best watched as a mindless spectacle that is devoid of any depth or social commentary, but serves as enough eye candy to warrant a view or two.

Rating: 7/10.
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Godzilla Vs Megaguirus (2000)

GvM follows GODZILLA 2000 in the new Millennium film series, and pits the giant lizard against the hive queen of a mutant race of dragonflies that are unleashed when the anti-Godzilla task force opens a man-made black hole in an attempt to rid the world of Godzilla completely. The special FX sequences in the film manage to impress once again, with the flooded city of Osaka serving as one of the most convincing set pieces in the series. The new flying baddie Megaguirus shows more articulation and maneuverability than most of the other villains preceding it, making for several high-powered and creative battles. While the human element attempts to pull off an epic SciFi angle with the black hole generator, the plot still feels very by the books and average. There are some interesting concepts in introducing black holes with the potential for alternate realities that arent fully explored, but the acting and pacing are both enough to carry the feature. The use of slow-motion and larger amount of computerization in the film also hinders it a bit, since the slow-mo that is intended to hide the handicaps of the hulking costumes only serves to accentuate them. The good far outweighs the bad in this entry, and it serves as another fun episode in the modern Godzilla era!

Rating: 7/10.
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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Godzilla vs Destroyah (1995)

I have no frame of reference for how most Godzilla fans received this final film in the Heisei series, but I can honestly say this was one of the most awesome films I have seen to date. Though the plot doesnt progress the series or stray from the standard Kaiju formula in any way, it takes all of the most successful elements and expands them into a huge blockbuster that is a worthy bookend to the second film era. After a nuclear explosion destroys Godzilla's island, he becomes over-powered with radiation levels that threaten a meltdown. While the Japanese G-Force works to stop the potential destruction of Tokyo, a new beast reveals itself in the form of Destroyer, who has been created from the radioactive fallout of the oxygen bomb that stopped Godzilla in 1954. This episode is more jammed-packed with action, violence, and even gore than most other entries in the series. It also serves as a direct tie-in to the original film, with ancestors of Dr. Yamane and the original Emiko present in the cast while the Oxygen Destroyer is rebuilt according to Dr. Serizawa's original designs. Destroyah brings forth an enormous, devastating, and spectacular new villain, with one of the greatest costume designs and an array of new powers. The direction and editing allow for the audience to suspend disbelief now more than ever, with much of the credit due to Toho's artistic genius of design in the costuming and stunning miniature work. The extended battle sequence that pits Godzilla Jr and Sn against this monstrous new foe ranks among the greatest monster showdowns to date. GvD represents some of Toho's finest work, and it is unfortunate that it is the last film for this particular incarnation of the king lizard.

Rating: 8/10.
Entertainment: 10/10.
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Grace (2009)

Paul Solet breaks into the genre with an original, atmospheric, and creepy tale that will make you think twice before having kids... A young woman decides to have a still-birth after her husband and as yet unborn child are killed in a car accident. After delivering while in the care of her midwife, Grace wills the infant back to life, but is the child that returns the same one that was taken from her? GRACE capitalizes on every parents fears of suffocating in-laws, infant mortality, isolation, and post-partem depression, and takes each of these fears to their absolute extremes in the form of a dark satire. Jordan Ladd is devastating as Grace, leaving the audience floored in the wake of her emotive and painful performance. Her slow descent into madness is perfectly executed, and mirrored in the cinematography, lighting, and set design as the film grows progressively darker. In many ways, it feels like a modern twist on Polanski's REPULSION. The supporting players offer strong and quirky entries, each with slightly off-setting characters that are grounded but intimidating in their roles. There is mild gore throughout the picture, but what it lacks in quantity, it more than makes up in stomach-churning, fist-tightening disgust. Reports that two people fainted during its premiere may create the wrong impression, as it is the intensity of the suspense paired with natural body horror that has pushed several audience members past their breaking points. GRACE instills true horror, relatable horror, and it is the events that are based in reality that are even more effective than the supernatural elements of the plot. It is one of the strongest Independent Horror efforts in years, and comes highly recommended!

Rating: 9/10.
Gore: 7/10.
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The Day Time Ended (1980)

A family accidentally slips through a vortex that appears around their remote desert home, causing them to be transported through time, where they encounter all sorts of different beasts and futuristic cities. At least, as many as they can on a micro-budget. The first 50m of the feature is a slow burn, following their family through their daily lives in the desert as their youngest daughter plays with a small sprite from the future. As more creatures slip through the time gate, the pace quickly picks up. At this point, the film introduces a pair of gargantuan monsters shot in claymation that are absolutely incredible considering the size and scale of the picture. Unfortunately, once the creatures depart, so does the audience's attention. There is very little action or excitement past the half-way point, and by little, I naturally mean zero. The film also leaves off with a completely open ending that is unsatisfying and anti-climactic. For a safe, family SciFi film with few Horror elements, it poses as a little fun, but outside of the quality creature FX, this will not serve the tastes of many Horror fans outside of the hardcore Cult and B-Movie fans.

Rating: 5/10.
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Book Review: Hammer Glamour

There have been countless books dedicated to the ground-breaking films produced through Britain's Hammer Films, but few have focused directly on the stunning starlets that helped make the studio a complete success. Hammer Glamour is the definitive collection of portfolio photographs, detailed biographies, and candids of each of the women that ever graced the silver screen under the studios' heading. From the charming, sophisticated, and ravishing virgins to the overtly sexual seductresses, the book serves as a complete compendium for every female lead and background player that ever fell victim to genre favorites Peter Cushing, Oliver Reed, and Christopher Lee!

Author Marcus Hearn has clearly gone to great lengths to produce the most comprehensive authority on these voluptuous vixens committed to paper. The book produces rare interviews with favorites Stephanie Beacham (DRACULA A.D. 1972), Julie Ege (THE LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES), Suzanna Leigh (LUST FOR A VAMPIRE), Caroline Munro (CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER) and many others. The compilation of both full color and black and white photographs have been drawn together from early press packages, glamour shots from top-end magazines, and personal shots that have been collected from across the globe.

In addition to the countless pictures, each actress' profile is accompanied by the detailed history of their Hammer filmography, complete with behind-the-scenes casting information, amusing anecdotes, and reflections on their careers on screen and off. Hearn has worked closely with the Hammer House since the early 90s, and offers detailed documentation on the development behind the films starring each of his leading ladies.

This is a must-own for any fans of the famous shooting studio, and serves as much more than just another coffee table picture book. There is a wealth of information that will surprise even the most knowledgeable and dedicated Hammer aficionados, and no collection can be complete without Hammer Glamour!

Hammer Glamour hits store shelves September 29th, 2009.



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Laserblast (1978)

This late-70s SciFi Horror show has all of the trappings of a bad B-Movie, but interspersed with the paper-thin plotline and boring characters are hints of awesome as only Charles Band could manage. After a small town misfit finds an alien laser cannon while throwing rocks in the desert (?), he finds that with each laser blast he fires, he becomes more and more possessed by a monstrous alien spirit. The beings that misplaced the device are soon on to him, and return to reclaim their weapon. There is very little attempt to give depth to any of the characters in the film, so the audience is left with a garden variety jobless loser that spends more time getting in jealous fights over his girlfriend than working or even throwing rocks in the desert. The occasional laser scenes offer predictable results: STAR WARS-esque light beams exploding beater cars with stunt doubles in them. What is most impressive here is the amazing claymation used in the creation of the alien creatures. Though the scenes comprise a minimal amount of screentime, it lends immediate credibility to the design team, who also contributed decent make-up work in Billy's final transformation. I wish I could say that the special FX work was enough to warrant a view, but this effort is best left to hardcore Cult and B-Movie fans, and will not appeal to the average genre fan.

Rating: 4/10.
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Saturday, September 12, 2009

ILHM Interviews Grace Director Paul Solet!!

Back in July, we had the pleasure to sit down with GRACE director Paul Solet regarding the film, so for anyone that missed it, here is your second chance care of ILHM's Grace Weekend!!
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ILHM
is very happy to announce its next big interview! Paul Solet, writer and director of GRACE, has taken some time out of his busy touring circuit to sit down with us today and catch us up on his current projects:

ILHM: Paul, its definitely a pleasure to have you on! For anyone unfamiliar with the film, can you give us a quick synopsis of your new film GRACE?

Paul: GRACE is the story of a woman who has been trying to have a child for a long time, and is finally 8 and a half months pregnant. But she loses her child in an accident. She makes a decision to carry it to term and deliver naturally, and when she does, she wills the child back to life - but not without sinister consequence.

ILHM: How has the film been received by audiences in the recent screenings you guys have been making?

Paul: The film has been overwhelmingly well received across the board, by audiences and critics alike. It's a film that really gets under people's skin. Ever since our premiere, the film has just gotten nothing but love everywhere it plays.

ILHM: We understand that there was some controversy behind two audience members that literally passed out during one of the presentations?

Paul: There were two men that passed out at our Sundance premiere, and then a third guy passed out in the bathroom at a screening we had at USC. He really hurt himself actually, I felt bad. Broke two fingers and split open his chin. I offered to show him the rest of the film some time, but he respectfully declined until such time as he could get some friends to watch with him.

ILHM: What was the Sundance experience like for you as a writer and director still only at the start of your career?

Paul: I can think of no more magical way to premiere a film than at the Egyptian on Saturday at midnight at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie was just so well recieved. People went nuts for it. And the buzz that started there never stopped. Sundance opens so many doors for you, it's just incredible. I'm hugely grateful to the festival for supporting us. We didn't know a soul over there, and I was always hearing people complaining about how they didn't get in because they didn't know anyone and it's all politics blah blah blah, so I didn't know what to expect, but we got in, and it was just magical.

ILHM: What was it like working with Jordan Ladd on the film?

Paul: She's fabulous. Kind and generous and intelligent. Impossible not to love Jordan Ladd. Who doesn't have a crush on that girl?

ILHM: One of the scenes that has been making its way through the conventions is the highly emotional and terrifying birthing sequence. Was this a difficult scene to shoot?

Paul: Definitely a challenging scene to shoot. We had to do 42 set ups in a half day for that sequence, and it's gut wrenching and brutal throughout. It's a real challenge for an actor, and Jordan and Sam gave so much. They were crying themselves throughout. Really just a fantastically powerful thing to be a part of. We worked very hard with midwives making sure everything was completely authentic, and we weren't going to settle for anything short of mind blowing. It's a powerful scene, I'm really proud of everyone for pulling that off.

ILHM: From the initial development to the final editing of the film, how much creative control did you retain over GRACE?

Paul: At this budget, you're pretty well under the radar. It means you have to work very fast, but you retain a great deal of control. Anchor Bay is extremely supportive of filmmaker's visions, they're not trying to muscle in and assert their own. If they like your project, they have your back.

ILHM: What were some of your greatest experiences working on the film?

Paul: There were some real victories every day. On a film shooting that fast, with a script as ambitious as GRACE was, you really were constantly facing huge hurdles, and through preparation and passion, and creative investment that extended throughout the entire group, we really managed to pull it all off. Shooting the entire hospital sequence in a less than two hours was a triumph, especially because we had a very tricky sequence shot dolly through the whole location and holding for the entirety of the scene. So many elements have to come together for that to work, that was definitely worthy of some serious fist pumping.

ILHM: Moving away from GRACE, what and who have been some of your greatest inspirations in and out of the genre?

Paul: My dog Molly Millions and my mom.

ILHM: Would you prefer to continue working strictly within the genre, or would you like to explore other types of films as well?

Paul: I'm a story guy. I'm not dogmatic about shit. I just want to tell amazing stories. I love the genre because it provides an environment into which you can pull an otherwise mundane idea and blow it wide open and explore it exponentially. There are no limitations except those you give yourself. That's why I love the genre. But you look at a movie like THE WRESTLER, and I'm every bit as excited by that type of material.

ILHM: If you could choose your 'dream-team' cast and crew for your next feature, who would you like to work with?

Paul: I'd bring a lot of folks back. I'm blessed with the most amazing, dedicated craftsmen. My DP, Composer, Production Designer and Editor are all just fabulous.

ILHM: What scares you most in film and in everyday life?

Paul: Romantic Comedies.

ILHM: What are some of the greatest fears and personal rewards in writing and directing?

Paul: I think there's always a part of every artist that is terrified he's not going to be able to pull something off, but that's what drives you forward. A day I don't write is a day that fear starts to creep in. No matter how much evidence I can amass that i can pull this shit off, idle time seems to foster growth of that fear. So I try to stay busy. Every day you finish up having lived up to whatever commitment you made to yourself about how much time you were going to put into a project, or how much footwork you were going to do, is a reward. I sleep great at night when I'm working.

ILHM: Would you prefer to continue making smaller Independent films, or are you interested in breaking into the mainstream market?

Paul: We make films for them to be seen. Anyone who tells you otherwise is full of shit. I don't want to make films that are huge until I've proven myself enough to have the creative control I need to make huge films the way I know I need to to make them good, but I have no intention of making films in a vacuum. There are compromises to make in any arena on any canvas of any size. Filmmaking is a matter of learning how to gracefully make those compromises without ruining the work.

ILHM: As a Horror fan yourself, what has it been like being the one on stage at the conventions and meeting genre personalities that are now your colleagues?

Paul: Fucking dope. I grew up in the horror universe, and I'll always come at this as a fan first. To be able to be doing something to give back is a blessing.

ILHM: Who has been your biggest inspiration and motivating factor in your career?

Paul: It's a long list. My biggest inspirations are Cronenberg and Polanski, and the biggest motivating factor is the shortage of decent movies out there.

ILHM: What advice would you give to aspiring writers looking to break into the genre?

Paul: Work your ass off. There are no short cuts. Learn your craft. Study the films and scripts that got it right, and ask why they did, and study the films that didn't and ask the same questions. No one owes you shit. Work harder than anyone else. This is a hard business. If you don't love it, and have the willingness to completely break your ass, you're fucked.

ILHM: We wanted to thank you again for taking the time to chat today! We only wish you guys the best of luck with the film. The scenes that we have seen look incredible, and we are highly anticipating its release. Where will the film be screening, and is there a date set for the theatrical release?

Paul: We'll be releasing information on the theatrical this week, most likely. Probably mid August.

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TftC: King of the Road (1992)

Tales from the Crypt S4Ep9

"King of the Road"

Director: Tom Holland.
Cameos: Brad Pitt.
Synopsis: A retired hot rodder must enter the race of his life in order to save his daughter from a crazed fan.
Moral: Your past will always catch up to you.
Humor: 4/10.
Irony: 6/10.
Gore: 4/10.
Suspense: 7/10.
Technical: 8/10.

Rating: 8/10.

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TftC: Showdown (1992)

Tales from the Crypt S4Ep8

"Showdown"

Director: Richard Donner.
Synopsis: A quick-draw outlaw is haunted by the string of dead gunslingers he has left in his wake.
Humor: 2/10.
Irony: 5/10.
Gore: 5/10.
Suspense: 6/10.
Technical: 8/10.

Rating: 7/10.

A clean execution, but an uninteresting entry.

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TftC: The New Arrival (1992)

Tales from the Crypt S4Ep7

"The New Arrival"

Director: Peter Medak.
Cameos: Zelda Rubenstein, David Warner, Twiggy.
Synopsis: A child psychologist takes his radio show on the road to boost ratings when he receives a desperate call from a failing mother. Little Felicity is more than a handful, as each of the show's members soon find out when they begin disappearing one by one...
Moral: Spare the rod, spoil the child... To death...
Humor: 6/10.
Irony: 5/10.
Gore: 5/10.
Suspense: 8/10.
Technical: 8/10.

Rating: 8/10.

If this rating was based on the Creepy Children scale of 1-10, it would easily rate a bajillion. Another excellent entry in Season 4, one of the most memorable episodes in the series!

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Meet the Feebles (1995)

MEET THE FEEBLES is a revolting, perverse, and distasteful piece of absolute garbage. And I love it. Peter Jackson follows up his stellar zombie gorefest DEAD ALIVE with this twisted take on The Muppets, where a theater troupe of various animals prepare for their break-through performance. Things don't go quite as planned when members of the cast are busy having furry threesomes, contracting various puss-dripping STDs, making S+M sex tapes backstage, selling drugs, snorting coke, eating shit, and participating in other more disturbing activities. Yes, really. Jackson displays his masterful filmmaking skills once again in what should have been an absolute disaster. Despite the insanity on screen, the quality of the costumes, elaborate set designs, and overall execution of this dark comedy take it far beyond its B-Movie roots. The life-size puppet characters entirely suspend disbelief as they are removed from the stage and walk freely around town, and even play golf. Every second of the film is sure to have any audience member either laughing uncontrollably, thoroughly disgusted, or both. Jackson's genius clearly shines through in his visionary approaches to even his smaller films, but this one truly has to be seen to believe.

Rating: 8/10.
Gore: 7/10.
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Friday, September 11, 2009

Godzilla Vs Spacegodzilla (1994)

An outright disaster in all forms. A G-cell from Godzilla trails off of Mothra in space after their last encounter, then fuses with exploded stars to create a new superbeast: Spacegodzilla. The creature returns to earth, while the UN attempts to rid the world of both creatures using their own new robotic creation Mogera. Whether it was due to bad scripting or terrible dubbing, trying to follow the storyline surrounding the human characters was one of the most incoherent and mind-numbing experiences of my life. The film feels like a jumble of random events, and includes telepathic characters, a brief appearance by Godzilla Jr, and the return of the Mothra's singing twins, none of whom have any place or particular importance in the film. Though Spacegodzilla offers an excellent new costume design, his abilities are ill-defined and he is anything but a formidable foe. The final battle between the two reptilian menaces and the robot is drawn out and anti-climactic, and may be the first time I have ever prayed for the fighting to end in any Godzilla film. While the miniature settings are still up to par with most other Toho efforts, there are times when the battles reflect a bad episode of Power Rangers, thanks mostly in part to the unnecessary addition of Mogera. All of this is set to a John Williams-esque score, which only enhances the goofiness. For Godzilla purists only, and even then its a stretch.

Rating: 4/10.
Entertainment: 5/10.
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