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Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday the 13th VII: The New Blood (1988) - John Carl Buechler

There's a legend 'round here. A killer buried, but not dead. A curse on Crystal Lake. A death curse. Jason Voorhees's curse. They say he died as a boy, but he keeps coming back. Few have seen him and lived. Some have even tried to stop him. No one can. People forget he's down there... waiting.

Ahh... Another Friday the 13th! Lucky for me SyFy Channel is doing a marathon so I was able to squeeze this in. This was the only Friday movie that I hadn't seen. What an amazing intro that really gets the blood pumping. This is something that Jason can do that Freddy can't. This movie starts out as horror movie gold. They nickname this one "Carrie vs. Jason" Yeah, I can see that. I found myself getting really into the psychic side of the movie. It reminded me a lot of Dr.Channard and Tiffany from Hellraiser 2. You could really tell that they were grasping for ideas here. None the less its an entertaining film. 

It features a really jacked Kane Hodder as a all out brutal, killer, zombie Jason! I know. What a way to make your mark as the most brutal Jason killer ever. His make-up is really cool looking too. Well aside from the end of the movie. The killings are brutal and original as always. You can always count on that. Some of them are pretty hilarious. I'm lookin' at you sleeping-bag scene. The effects were really decent. What else would I expect from this series. Effects have never been their low point. 

The eighties is running rampant through the style in the movie. The pant-suits! Oh the pant-suits! The colors, the hair... jeez... It is quite a testament to it's time. No matter how many of these cookie cutter horror flicks were released. The movie follows the exact same formula as before. Dickhead young adults disrespecting Crystal Lake by partying and screwing. Jason has to come in and clean house. Pretty standard. I do appreciate the added Psychic element though. When in doubt just throw in a broad with psychic powers. Didn't Nightmare on Elm Street do the exact same thing? It adds a completely different element for Jason to face. 

This is a great Friday movie to watch in a group setting. Friends laughing at it calling out jokes. The killings are extra brutal, that accounts for a ton of the entertainment here. Go ahead and watch this one with your friends. It's worth it. You won't be disappointed and you get a nice payoff at the end. 

Country: USA

Did ya know...
Several explicit scenes of gore were cut in order to avoid an X rating, including: Maddy's death, who originally had a sickle jammed through her neck; Ben's death, which showed Jason crushing his head into a bloody pulp; Kate's death, which showed Jason ramming her in the eye with a party horn; the VHS and DVD versions only show a full view of Jason as he aims towards her face, but quickly cuts to another scene before revealing the blood and gore gushing from her eye; we see Eddie's head hit the floor; a shot of Russell's face splitting open with a large blood spurt; Dan's original death had Jason ripping out his guts; Amanda Shepard's death originally showed Jason stabbing her from behind, with the resulting blade going through her chest and subsequent blood hitting Dr. Crews; Dr. Crews's death showed Jason's tree-trimming saw violently cutting into his stomach, sending a fountain of blood and guts in the air; Melissa's original death had Jason cleaving her head in half with an axe with a close-up of her eyes still wriggling in their sockets. Mostly filmed in Alabama. However, some key scenes were filmed in California. The house that Robin is killed in is in Kelly Gulch in Topanga Canyon, CA. This was originally slated to be a Freddy vs. Jason movie bu the rights fell through. 


Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Beast of Borneo (1934) - Harry Garson

Dr. Boris Borodoff formulates a plan to prove his own theory of evolution. He needs live orangutans from the jungle to experiment on. The film stars Mae Stuart, John Preston, and Eugene Sigaloff in utterly forgettable roles. The sets are creative and fun but the flow of the movie is jagged and rough. Bland writing and a thin plot reveal the true chops that these actors don't have or at least don't utilize. This came from a time when gorillas and apes were the scariest thing on the planet. These killer ape movies were a dime a dozen and they all fell flat. 

This movie suffers in a lot of different ways. The sound effects are completely off. I had seen another post earlier about the growl that this gorilla lets out. It is laughable. It sounds more like my uncle clearing his throat after smoking a few packs. It's disgusting more than frightening. This movie could really do from a decent soundtrack. Something. Otherwise it just comes up short! Literally nothing grabs my attention at all. The acting was the first to go and the rest of it came crashing down. 

On a camp level this movie serves as nothing but filler. Sure its Gorillasploitation or Nativesploitation whatever term you want to use. Even if that kind of thing is your niche, this movie just couldn't entertain. It is void of entertainment. As if watching this movie actually made me a duller person. Not a shred of terror or anything even resembling fear went through my mind while viewing this. I couldn't get past how unnatural the accent was on Dr. Boris Borodoff... what a crappy name! Dr. Boris Borodoff! Serious! Not to even mention the rampant animal cruelty... or at least the illusion of it was so poorly handled. It looked childish. The scene when a monkey outsmarts Borodoff is the best in the whole picture. However, its hardly worth a watch. Nothing redeeming not even the Apes growl that sounds more like Animal and Hawk... The Legion of Doom!

This movie blurs over the line of horror and adventure. In it's time it was considered a horror movie. Now we would just roll our eyes when we see it. Reguardless, I have to watch it. No matter how painful or mundane. 

  • Released by DuWorld Pictures
  • Considered a camp classic.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

The Ninth Guest (1934) - Roy William Neill

A solid attempt at the usual haunted house film. That sets itself apart with its cinematography and well written scenes. The film has no soundtrack and does a good job of setting the scene. I had more fun watching this than I had with a lot of films from this year. The filmmaker doesn't want this to be just another Old Dark House so he added the element of a sadistic survival game. It has a great twist that keeps things moving along at a decent pace. I started the movie with pretty low expectations and ended up liking it a lot. 

The movie has the perfect amount of humor and a lot of intrigue. It plays out like an early production of Clue and Saw. Not a bad feature. Eight people are invited to a mysterious party at a strange penthouse in the city. The guests sit around speculating about each other and realize that no one knows who is throwing the party. Then the fun begins. Their host introduces them to a game in which each one of them will be murdered unless they can outsmart Death. Their ninth and final guest. 

Here we have your first real survival horror movie. Chaos created for the antagonists entertainment. The guests die off just as promised. They are exposed and then brutally murdered by a sadistic obsessed villain. Mostly gunshots, but a few really creative kills. Watch for the electrocutions. They are the best up to that date. 

The actors are all pretty believable. Donald Cook is the veteran. He was also in The Mad Genius. The Ninth Guest stars Genevieve Tobin, Donald Cook, and Hardie Albright. None of which do a terrible job. The film forces a good deal of character development and gives you some really different people. Although you still have the dimwitted helper as comedy relief. You are intricately introduced to each person and you learn that they are mostly all deplorable people. Well done all around. This one should be more widely known. It's surprising that I had never heard of this one before. The copy that I viewed was downloaded from the internet archive. This is a fantastic copy that has a great picture with really decent sound. 

Cigarette...? It's good for the nerves. 

  • Based on the play "The Ninth Guest" by Owen Davis.
  • Filmed in 35mm. 
  • An early production from Colombia Pictures.