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Monday, June 28, 2010

Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) - John Boorman

So I watched the Exorcist 2 on VHS. I really love the cover of the video and the creepieness of the box. That is about all that is creepy about this confusing fuck of a movie. I do like seeing all of the different exorcisms but I think that the movie is the dullest and most boring movies I have ever seen. I really liked the Exorcist and I wish that they never made any sequels.

John Boorman directed Deliverance and you would think that he would of done this movie justice. Unfortunately he directed Beyond Rangoon as well. The movie expands more than it should and tries to relapse into the first movie but does it in a slow and off way. The first movie was so amazing in contrast, its like night and day. The first movie was long and drawn out in the best way possible, it drug you into the movie and set you up for amazing payoff. This is a different type of movie that would of done better in an hour and a half.

If you haven't seen this movie the plot goes something like this... Regan is still possessed by Puzuzu. She splits in two... i dunno. There is Linda Blair in a negligee though, and multiple demon shots. I guess you could rent this movie if you have the free time. James Earl Jones is in the movie too, that gives it the littlest of little credit. This is the same year that he did the voice of Vader.

So if you have the time go rent it, if you want to avoid it, avoid it. This is not a recommendation and more of a warning. It only proved that the Exorcist should not of been continued, just left at one, perfect, movie. 4 of 10 for Exorcist 2.

PuZuZu


S!D

  • People hated the movie on its opening night!
  • The movie was released in theaters like 3 times
  • They offered the movie to Stanley Kubrick




Even this damn Trailer is laughable.... what a terrible theme! I want it on Vinyl or 8 Track some one track this down brandon.siddall@gmail.com

Friday, June 18, 2010

Scream (1996) - Wes Craven


Scream will always hold a special place in my heart. On a rainy day in 1996, I went to the dollar theater and payed $1.00 to see Scream back to back with, The Pest, I think. Scream was, and is, a really fun movie to watch at a party or even just on your own. The movie is iconic with the 90's and I love it! Everyone in High School would ask "Do you like Scary Movies!" That was actually a period of time. Like Austin Powers and the "Yeah Baby" phase, America went through a "Do you like Scary Movies?" phase. I am also pretty sure that either you or someone that you know went as the killer from this movie for Halloween. With big name actors like Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Lillard, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, David Arquette, and Drew Barrymore. This movie was gold from frame one.

The movie is about a small town called Woodsboro, which is being terrorized by a masked killer. The killer is focusing on young Sidney Prescott. A girl who's mother was murdered before this movie takes place. We follow many characters including Sidney and her group of stereotypical 90's friends. When the bodies begin stacking up around them everyone is a suspect. This makes the movie a classic "Who-Done-It!?"

The murders in the movie are mostly stabbings, there is one really stupid killing, but its not enough to hinder the movie. You have all of the elements of a really good horror movie. There is blood, and a lot of it. There is suspense, and quite a bit of it. There is comedy, and it is pretty witty. The movie was written extremely well and most of the lines are memorable. I don't know many people who dislike the movie.

I love all of the little things in the movie, like the janitor in a red and green striped sweater named Fred. The fact that Tatum doesn't want Sidney to end up in a Wes Carpenter movie. This is such a creative film and def. a staple of 90's horror. It is on the list of horror movies to see, and I am going to give Scream a 9/10.

Director: Wes Craven
Style: Teen Slasher
Studio: Miramax
Country: USA

Did ya know...
The soundtrack is very 90's featuring bands like Gus, Sister Machine Gun, and Moby
Linda Blair is in the movie!
Miramax (RIP) released the movie and many movie posters and boxes are prevalent (ie. Clerks) 

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Club Dread (2004) - Jay Chandrasekhar

I am a big fan of Super Troopers, I thought that it had to of been one of the funniest movies released that year. I was really excited when I heard that Broken Lizard would be working on a new movie, Club Dread. I was really disappointed when I saw this movie for the first time. Maybe I went into it expecting to see Super Troopers 2, what I got was a lame attempt at comedy! Well watching the movie a few years later I found that it was actually a pretty decent horror. 

The movie looks like it parody's 90's slasher horror movies like I Know What You Did Last Summer. The movie also has some pretty decent humor and really funny characters. If you haven't seen the movie I suggest that you go out and rent it. The movie focus's on the staff of an island resort called Coconut Pete's. There is a killer who is picking off people one by one and it is up to the staff to stop them.

The entire time that the killer is stalking and killing resort members, the party just keeps rocking. I think that is what my favorite part of the movie is, you see this in a lot of Horror movies. Sleepaway Camp is a good example of people dying all around you doesn't stop you from trying to have a good time, if that makes any sense. 

Like I said above there are some really interesting characters, some of my favorite being Bill Paxton as Coconut Pete. He is the perfect Jimmy Buffet knock off, stoned all of the time and barely pushing out tequila beach songs. His character is surrounded by witty jokes and puns. For example one of the albums that he recorded is entitled "I could tell ya, but then I'd have tequila!" Hilarious!

The movie has a few jumps and scares, and it really delivers on the blood and guts. This is def. a bloody as hell movie. That kind of thing is really rare in the early 2000's it wasn't until The Hills Have Eyes and Hostel that the movie industry started putting out decent horror movies again. 

I am going to give Broken Lizard's Club Dread a full 6 of 10. I really enjoyed it and I think that if you sit down and forget that Super Troopers happened, you would really like this. 

Pee-Na-Lope!
  • Rumor has it: Broken Lizard screened the film for Jimmy Buffett, who was so amused that he requested permission to sing some of the film's original songs on one of his live tours.
  • Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits.
  • Filmed in Mexico.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

The Crazies (2010) - Breck Eisner


A while ago, George Romero, of Night of the Living Dead fame directed a movie that I reviewed called "The Crazies." Well Breck Eisner, who directed the abortion of a movie Sahara, showed up and thought that he could take the reigns as director for this remake. The original movie was short on a lot of aspects, from the acting to the plot, George Romero couldn't deliver. Breck Eisner can't deliver either, even with some really awesome characters, the movie just migrates south.

The movie is about a small town, in which a plane has crashed and is infecting the townsfolk. There are more details, but that is all that I am going to divulge. Oh and Timothy Olyphant is the hero sheriff of the movie. I really like this guy, the actor at least, he kills it in Go and he destroys it in The Girl Next Door. In this movie however the Sheriff is really the worst character leading friends and family into harms way. The best character is the Deputy, who is awesomely bad ass!

The biggest problem that I have with the movie is the ending, the ending is one of the biggest cop-outs in movie history. I am not going to go into details about how this ending goes down, but the movie loses any credibility it had with this laziness. The movie has you dealing with an incredibly stupid government agency, who drops the ball all over the place. Then the Zombies, I mean Infected, or Zombies, no definitely infected! They look amazing, I really dont have a problem with the art or the special effects which were amazing! That looks like it is the one saving grace for the movie.

I am going to give the Crazies 5 of 10, still falling short of a good rating. It didn't feel like this remake needed to be made, but hell they are remaking Wizard of Oz too so...

Don't Drink The Water
  • The movie had a budget of 20 million
  • Filmed in Iowa!
  • The twelfth film released in select D-BOX enabled cinemas, located in the US and Canada. In D-BOX's words, the motion control technology "adds to the movie's plot and underlying themes of fear, terror and explosive action by offering realistic sensations during most of the film's action scenes.