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Monday, March 15, 2010

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) - Francis Ford Coppola

How is it that I have gone all of this time never seeing this movie? How is this possible? This is one of the best adaptations of book, Dracula, by Bram Stoker. At least that I have ever seen, yet I feel conflicted because this movie paints Dracula as a sympathetic romantic and that's not how I see him or how he is supposed to be. Like I said though this has to be one of the best interpretations of the book and one of the most graphic.

I really enjoyed the movies special effects, in fact I was blown away by them. Dracula's shadow and transformation scenes were really on point for 1992. Credit also goes to the all star cast that puts on a stellar performance here, including Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, and Tom Waits. Any movie with Tom Waits in it that I have seen so far has not been all that bad, Coffee & Cigarettes, Domino, and now Dracula, Pretty decent.

If your not familiar with the story I will give you the skinny of it. Vlad the Impaler, or Dracula, loses his wife when she commits suicide. A long time later, like the 1800's, Keanu Reeves is captured and Dracula feeds on him and his brides rape him... I don't feel like going over the entire story so let me just say Dracula has to die and Van Helsing has to help.

Francis Ford Coppola's version of Bram Stoker's Dracula is a really amazing version but I am going to have to rank this below the 1931 version. I am going to rank this version of Dracula at a 7 of 10. I really had a good time watching this movie but its going to take a lot more than this to top the original classic weather that be Nosferatu or Dracula.

Winona Ryder is a babe!
  • This film very closely follows the book, yet the book is by far less sex filled.
  • This vampire movie has day walking
  • Steve Buscemi was going to play Renfield but didn't accept
  • There were various video games on various platforms including NES, SNES, and Genesis.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Exorcist (1973) - William Friedken

So I took a request for this movie that was submitted to me. The Exorcist, is a classic and almost no brainer here. This is one of the best horror movies ever made, this movie gets underneath your skin with such finesse that it makes you cringe watching this poor girl getting utterly destroyed onscreen. The movie's acting is superb, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, and Jason miller turn in outstanding performances. The general feel of the movie makes you just feel eerie.

The special effects were so awesome in this as well, especially for the 70's! I always have such a pleasure watching this with friends. The only downside that they tell me of is the long winded conversations and slow pace. I enjoy the story and therefore don't mind the slow moving of the movie, but hey, that's me.

So in case you don't know... Pazuzu possesses a little girl named Regan and the Catholic Church has to do an Exorcism to pop him out. Add to that a stellar cast and everything that I listed above, and you have just made yourself the best Horror film so far of this long journey I am taking to watch every horror movie ever made. I would suggest you watch this movie in the dark and very late, with a girl/guy by your side. Its worth a purchase if you are in the habit of keeping good movies around. If you don't seem turned on by anything I have told you here then watch it online.

I am awarding The Exorcist 10/10 scary stars, the highest score made thus far. This movie definitely leaves you worried about becoming possessed. That is if you believe in that sort of thing, haha! Its a good thing i don't.

This film is as disturbing as it is scary

S!D
  •     Film stars Linda Blair, Scream Queen and now Animal rights Queen!
  •     The guy that plays the director in this movie actually died during the movie!
  •     Regan is the Vandalizer!
  •     One of the scariest movies of all time

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Childs Play 3 (1991) - Jack Bender


Chucky is back... Again! Look, I kinda like this movie. I have seen this movie, for some reason, like 5 times. This is by no stretch of the mind a good movie whatsoever. I noticed a few things, on being that you never see a full shot of the Good Guy doll Chucky. I know that their budget was very small and it looks like they knew that no one would really care if this movie came out or not. Well, I got this on my instant queue on Netflix and watched it so I have to review it, right?

Charles Lee Ray is killing again. This time he, well Chucky, follows Andy to Military school where he meets a little kid that intrigues him more than Andy himself. There are numerous brutal and comedic killings in this one, as well as a good bucket full of blood. If your concerned about watching this movie because you are squeamish around blood, there might be some moments to close your eyes tight. I don't understand why people just don't punt Chucky across the room. I have always wanted to be in a Childs Play movie so that I could save the day by showing that I am stronger and bigger than a doll.

There are familiar voices in this movie including Brad Dourif, who has been the voice of our favorite serial killer in stitching. That is one of the most redeeming features of any Child's Play movie, the staying power of Chucky. For some reason like I said above, I actually like this movie. Maybe its nostalgic, The first time I watched it was when I was 10 at a sleep over at a friends house. In between episodes of Singled Out and Tales from the Crypt.

This movie is kind of creepy, although a lot of the special effects are dumb and look terrible. I think that this movie marked the first in a line of Comedy/Horrors involving Chucky. I am going to have to give this movie a 5 out of 10 for being slightly creepy yet really bloody.

Just think, Chucky's gonna be a bro!

S!D

  • This is one of those movies where not even brutal murders will stop adults from running their projects
  • The film was filmed at an actual Military School in Missouri
  • This is the last Child's Play movie with Andy Barclay
  • Stars include: Justin Whalin, Travis Fine, Brad Dourif, and Perrey Reeves
  • The tag line for the movie is Look Who's Stalking a reference to the forgettable baby movie Look Who's Talking
  • Some kids who watched this movie killed another kid and blamed it on this movie. Murder of James Bulger; "The film also has become controversial because it has been directly linked to the very brutal murder of James Bulger. The killers, who were 10 years old at the time, were said to have imitated a scene in which one of Chucky's victims is splashed with blue paint. Although these allegations against the film have never been proven, the case has led to some new legislation for video films[4]. Psychologist Guy Cumberbatch has stated, "The link with a video was that the father of one of the boys - Neil Venables - had rented Child’s Play 3 some months earlier. However, the police officer who directed the investigation, Albert Kirby, found that the son, Jon, was not living with his father at the time and was unlikely to have seen the film. Moreover, the boy disliked horror films - a point later confirmed by psychiatric reports. Thus the police investigation, which had specifically looked for a video link, concluded there was none." - From Wikipedia

Sunday, March 07, 2010

The Brain From Planet Arous (1957) - Nathan H. Juran


Perverted alien brains, Vol and Gor (Volgor? Vuglar?) from Planet Arous (Planet Arouse?) come to Earth. Gor comes to Earth first and possesses the body of Steve March. He than uses his crazy destructive powers to hold the world at his mercy. He is also very sex crazed and tries numerous times to rape Steve March's girlfriend, Its kinda weird. Hope comes in the form of the next brain, Vol, who shows up talking about Gor being a wanted criminal on his planet. Vol possesses a white German Shepard and tries to stop Gor... but he actually doesn't do much and its Steve who finally stops Gor with an axe to the... well the brain of Gor.

This was one of the first requests that I took from a reader and while it was a very fun watch to see with friends. It was a very forgettable movie that I wouldn't really recommend to anyone. I guess the movie had its moments, there were some really cool effects with some crazy contacts that Steve March had in when he went Nuclear. Other than that this movie is an easy laugh off... Its also not scary in anyway and the villain and hero are stupid.

Its to be expected though, in the 50's there are a large number of crappy horror movies that I am going to have to wade my way through. Lets see... Cool things about this movie? Well it was filmed at Bronson Canyon in Griffith Park, Los Angeles. I went hiking there and it is beautiful, but you cant really throw a rock in Hollywood without hitting a movie that was filmed there. The movie is in English and it was filmed in America if that makes a difference to you. It has a run time of 71 minuets and is entirely in black and white. It was probably made on an incredibly small budget as well. You can find this movie on Amazon.com and you can rent it there too... I will include a link at the bottom of this article.
I am giving The Brain from Planet Arous a 2 out of 10 for at least trying to be entertaining. It made me chuckle in a few parts, and the sex starved floating brain with eyes is hilarious!

  • Check out the wires holding up the brain while its flying
  • The contacts that Steve March wears when he is Radioactive, were crazy uncomfortable for the Actor to wear.
  • Movie was filmed in Los Angeles, CA
  • From 1958 and on this movie was shown with as a double feature with Monster from Green Hell
 

Friday, March 05, 2010

The Prophecy (1995) - Gregory Widen



So I watched this movie on heavy medication because I just had a root canal and I needed something to watch to pass time. Christopher Walken is one of my favorite actors and this movie is pretty kick ass. I really like it as a religious horror type movie, but this movie is in no way to me considered to be a Horror movie. Its kinda scary i guess and has a few gory parts, but there is no real build-up. Christopher Walken really steals the show as Gabriel the Archangel, he even busts out his trusty handy dandy trumpet of doom.

What we have here is a cop who used to be a priest who lost his faith in God. Somehow he gets his faith back with little struggle in this movie though. Its weird, I at least expected him to put up some kind of fight or struggle with coming to grips with the fact that he was wrong for all of those years. They didn't really tackle that though, weird, i guess. Any who this cop who loses his faith gets caught up in the middle of the war between angels and demons and decides that he himself will stop the war!

The movie has Eric Stoltz in it and I am a sucker for Eric Stoltz movies, did you know there are pictures out there of Stoltz as Marty McFly. Yeah, he was supposed to be McFly in Back to the Future... But they didn't like his ginger ways and went with Michael J. Fox instead. Just a little food for thought.

Anyway, scary level is not high on this one. Pansy little girls can watch this movie because there is really nothing here to freak you out. Well except for Christopher Walken's hair in this one, or the first angel with no eyes. That was creepy, it looked weird and felt wrong. I am giving the Prophecy 4 out of 10...

I will love you more than your Jesus - Satan



Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Shutter Island (2010) - Martin Scorsese


Leonardo DiCaprio is like Scorsese's pet, he seems to be featured in his last couple movies and he does an amazing job acting in those films. In Shutter Island, I have read about some people criticizing his acting and the acting in general in this movie. I think those are all false, I was on the fence the entire movie until the end when I realized just how well he acted in this. Also I heard that the editing was not up to Scorsese standards. Well here I would have to agree... Goodfella's and Casino are the two shining stars with the use of Scorsese's editing chops. A close friend of mine told me that Scorsese always shows you as much as he can in one shot rather than a multitude of different shots, this is true but not in this movie. I am going to agree here and say that the editing is sub-par.\

The film focuses on Teddy Daniels, a US Marshall who is investigating an escaped inmate at Shutter Island, a island dedicated to helping the criminally insane in Boston harbor. Some really creepy, crazy stuff happens and really keeps you attached to your seat. There are some really good jump out of your seat scenes, but overall this is just a really good creepy thriller. Also we get a really awesome acting job thrown at us by Jackie Earle Haley, it was actually a really freaky performance.

Of course the movie throws some twists at us, but the thing that really drags this down is that it doesn't feel like Martin Scorsese was behind the camera at all. Also I hear that the movie is a far stretch from the book, but I have no intention of reading the book so I guess it doesn't matter for me. The cinematography is phenomenal and really grabs you, it really sets up a lot of the scenes. The transfer from film to DVD or Blu-Ray really wont do this any justice.

There are some weird things thrown in to really make us wonder what the hell is actually going on and some times during this movie it really throws you off. All in all at the end of the movie it will leave you smiling and satisfied. Some parts of this movie really scared the crap out of me and I have to commend that. 

Who is 67?

  • This is the fourth time that director Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have worked on a film together. They previously collaborated in Gangs of New York, The Aviator and The Departed. 
  • Filmed in four months during 2008. 
  • David Fincher was considered as a director. 

Monday, March 01, 2010

Troll 2 (1990) - Claudio Fragasso

Wow, its all i can say after wasting my time watching this movie. It was the first time I have ever seen this movie in its entirety. I have, like all of you, seen the amazing acting in the various death scenes on You Tube. Troll 2 is one of the worst movies I have ever seen, I guess that seeing these caliber of movies comes with the territory though. There is not much that I liked of this movie, I really can't think of one scene that i enjoyed.

This movie has nothing to do with the original Troll, in fact there are no Trolls in this movie whatsoever. This movie has to do with Goblins not Trolls or Harry Potter (see Troll). There is a little kid in this movie who sees visions of his dead grandfather. The kid's family goes to some town to vacation (I have no idea why) called Nilbog. This town is a crap hole, its desolate and no place for a proper vacation. Anyway... There are Goblins there who want you to eat some vegan crap to fill your veins with chlorophyll, so they can eat you. Its a stupid premise with a stupid cast and terrible acting.

The kid in this movie is played by Michael Stephenson, who actually directed a documentary about this film. He would always refer to this movie as the Best, Worst movie ever made. I would almost have to agree with him. I was incredibly bored with this movie but I can see how it would be funny if you were joshing around with your friends about the acting or horribly delivered lines. Did you know that a soft core porn star was the costume designer and she made costumes for all of the Goblins. In fact there were about 20 masks made for the film but only one had a working mouth, The others were inanimate. Wow what a horrible movie, 2 of 10 for Troll 2.

Want a clue? Hold this up in the mirror NILBOG!!!
  • In fall 2007, during a special screening in New York, the cast members said that during production, they had serious doubts about how the movie would work. The entire crew spoke only Italian, except for the costume designer, who translated the director's directions to the actors.
  • Although the movie was titled "Troll 2" to capitalize on the minor success of Troll, it has no connection to the plot or production of the earlier film.  
  • Director Claudio Fragasso and his wife Rossella Drudi, who only spoke Italian, wrote the screenplay in very poor English. On set, the actors suggested they ad-lib their lines, to make the dialog sound better. Fragasso forbade that; all of the lines had to be read as written.