The Invasion is not as bad as all the critics have said. Yes it is a loose adaptation of the Body Snatchers series but if you just want a simple Sci-Fi flick this is where to go.
The films stars Nicole Kidman and not Bond, will never be Bond, so stop it Daniel Craig. Kidman stars as Carol a single mother and psychiatrist Carol Bennell who is horrified when the world's population start turning into pod people. Separated from her son is strangely immune to the virus Carol must fight her infection which takes you over once you fall asleep.
Nicole Kidman does her best with the role, the film is an okay blend of drama and action with a simple albeit predictable storyline. If you like alien invasion movies give it a go.
I used to scoff at the term movie of the year. I mean how can one movie just surpass all the others made and be the best. I Am Legend however has embodied the term movie of the year.
Will Smith plays Military virologist Robert Neville the lone survivor of New York City after a virus has turned most of the world's population into nocturnal zombie like creatures. His only companion is his dog Sam who accompanies him as he attempts to cure the virus and hopefully find other human contact.
If you have read Richard Matheson's I Am Legend then be warned the book and movie are two way different entities. If you are looking for a truer version seek out 1971's The Omega Man instead.
I Am Legend is taut, intense film that keeps you on your toes. It makes great use of the themes of isolation and makes you really feel the solitary atmosphere that Robert is forced to endure. Will Smith is just awesome in the first film I've liked from him since Enemy Of The State.
You cannot miss this film, it's a great blend of drama and action with a very breathtaking ending. And if you see a movie called I Am Omega, please run screaming, I'm serious.
When are people going to learn that a television movie does not have to be automatically substandard. Devil's Diary could have been a fun little horror film but was absolutely wrecked by too much disgusting special effects and too little plot development. Everything is too rushed with time wasted on characters who really have no place in the movie. The ending is left open for a sequel that I doubt anyone is truly panting for
In this film we meet Ursula and Dominique who are two outcasts who uncover a strange book that grants evil desires. Ursula begins to systematically attack all her tormentors, Dominique attempts to take the book from her before it's too late. Unfortunately one of Ursula's tormentors discovers the book and begins to use it for her own needs.
The cast is okay, Alexz Johnson is pretty enigmatic as Dominque. Degrassi's Deanna Casaluce and Miriam McDonald play against type as evil cheerleaders. And Charmed's Brian Krause plays a priest who helps Dominique in her task.
I had couple of friends tell me they liked my first edition of Moral Ambiguity so I thought about making another. Once I saw this film on cable last week I knew what my next target was. Even though it's not technically an 80s film (It was released in 1991) it still bears the '80s vibe.
The film opens up with Sue Ellen a.k.a Swell (Christina Applegate) telling her friends that her mother is going off to Australia for 2 months. She believes this will be the ultimate summer free of nagging and rules. Seriously what 17 year old is really gonna believe that her mother would up and leave her children with absolutely no one to watch them?
However her summer fun is ruined when she meets Mrs. Sturack, a seemingly kindly old woman who turns into an iron fisted nightmare the second the mother departs. She makes the tomboyish Melissa wear dresses, insists the Lothario brother, Zack stop dating, and forces the television addicted Walter to drop the remote and write book reports.
The siblings implore Sue Ellen to step in, but Sue Ellen instead finds Mrs Sturack dead of a heart attack. The shock of seeing oldest brother Kenny's disastrous room is implied to be the cause. The movie expects us to believe that elderly people are so fragile that drug and rock paraphernalia is too much for them to take.
Now this would be the perfect time to call Mom or 911 but then this movie couldn't have existed with that logic. The kids don't want their Mom to come back and decide to drop her off at a cemetary with a note identifying her as a "Nice old lady inside. Died of natural causes". Because even though Mrs Sturack was a human being, she was a mean old lady which makes it okay to dispose of her in such and undignified manner. But Mrs Sturack has the last laugh the money that the kids need is on her person leaving them broke.
So let's see broke, no food, no supervision=Time to call Mom, right. Nope Sue Ellen goes to work at a circus themed fast food place where she meets obligatory love interest Bryan. However cleaning out lard buckets is not for her and she quits. Hmm quitting a job because it's gross even though your starving siblings are reliant on that paycheck, smartest move ever.
Sue Ellen is down but not out and forges an impressive resume in an attempt to land a job as a receptionist at a local clothing manufacturer. She impresses the senior vice president, Rose with her "skills" and lands a job as her assistant. Thus taking the job away from obnoxious receptionist Caroline who wants to make her pay. Note at no time did Rose ever question why a young looking supposed 28 year old with such an impressive work history would be applying for such a lesser job in the first place. Nor does she check any of those references at all.
Though Sue Ellen is overwhelmed by her job she manages to stay afloat however she has to contend with Rose's boyfriend hitting on her and the knowledge that Caroline is in fact Brian's brother which threatens to expose Sue Ellen's lies. Dissatisfied with her low paycheck, Sue Ellen begins to liberally "borrow" from petty cash at one point buying new boots for herself. I understand buying food for a starving family but boots come on.
Her siblings quickly follow her good example by stealing the petty cash from her purse. Yes Sue Ellen apparently took thousands of dollars that weren't hers and just carried it around. Note during the time she worked she also allowed the kids to be looked after by irresponsible stoner Kenny, resulting in Walter breaking his leg. Injured sibling, owing a lot of money, is it call Mom time yet? Of course not.
Sue Ellen panics upon learning that the company is going under and there is no time to pay back all the petty cash. Using her super hip teen skills she stumbles upon an idea that might save the company. Agreeing to throw a fashion show at her home she manages to disguise the missing cash as business expenses while her siblings friends led by the now sober and responsible Kenny to fix up the house and cater the party.
Caroline stumbles across proof that Sue Ellen is only 17, but Rose sees it as a pathetic scheme. Rose also learns that her boyfriend has been coming on to Sue Ellen and promptly takes her side. The fashion show goes off without a hitch until Bryan (having broken up with Sue Ellen earlier) drives by her house publicly declaring his love via loudspeaker. Remember though in the '80s this was not stalkerish behavior it was considered romantic. I call it threatmantic.
Sue Ellen promptly introduces him as another model thus forcing poor young men to wear ridiculous fast food uniforms as a fashion statement. But not so fast, Mom's home. Sue Ellen confesses her lies and runs off. However nobody cares. Her ideas are considered innovative, Rose offers her a real job and her friendship despite being lied to throughout the entire film. The boyfriend also having been lied to throughout the entire film takes her back. Even angry Mom is placated by mature children and clean houses.
Everything's wonderful but where's the babysitter? Buried with a tombstone that reads Nice Old Lady while two grave diggers boast about finding the money. Ahh, child endangerment, fraud and covering up a death=good wholesome family fun.
The Mist is probably one of the best Stephen King short stories I had ever read. And I admit when I saw the trailer it seemed like something I wanted to watch. And it was mostly.
The Mist explores the social dynamics of people trapped inside a supermarket by an unseen monster that's cloaked by a mysterious mist. As the people fight for survival not only from the monsters but from a growing faction of people following the words of a local religious nut.
The film was awesome, a great blend of suspense, horror, and even a little welcome humor. The special effects were perfect, a lot higher quality than I was expecting. The actors were just perfect for their roles.
I admit I was excited when I first heard about Degrassi's upcoming Halloween special. Being not only a fan of the show, but also a zombie movie enthusiast it was a dream come true. And for a little bit it was.
The plot consists of most of Degrassi turning into zombies after eating genetically modified foods (an inside joke to an older episode) The only survivors are Peter, Jay, Manny, Paige, and Ash who are barricaded inside the school with no one to rescue them. This non-canon episode is fun and a great escape from the usual Degrassi fare.
It would have been a great half hour of fun but instead we only got 15 minutes. And I had to sit through at least 2 of those god awful promos for that insipid About A Girl show. The remaining minutes were occupied by some bland as toast behind the scenes nonsense.
But it still was good fun if you are interested you can watch it in it's entirety on The N.com.
Simply awful and boring. This sequel takes place 8 years after the events in the first (and far more superior) film. Ariel Wolfe (Amanda Righetti) is stunned to learn of her estranged sister Sara (not played by the lovely Ali Larter) has taken her life. The murders of the previous film had been blamed on Steven Price and no believed Sara's insistence that it was the act of ghosts.
Ariel meets archaeologist Richard Hammer who insists that Sara was planning to go back to the house to find a priceless idol. Ariel doesn't believe him until she finds a journal that her sister mailed her prior to her death. However Ariel and her boyfriend are kidnapped by evil archaeologist Desmond (Erik Palladino)and taken to the house. Richard, his lover, and his assistant are also in the house looking for the idol. The house wakes up and wackiness ensues.
While the deaths were creative, the characters are too boring to root for. This film lacks the suspense of the first one as well as the creative casting. The idol storyline seems forced and really brings to movie down. The ending was predictable as hell complete with the tacked on ending threatening the viewers with another sequel.
A major annoyance is that they do not even hint at what had happened to Eddie Baker (Taye Diggs) who had also survived the film alongside Sarah. It's called continuity people.
As far as religious end of the world films go this one is pretty good. It stars the always fetching Hilary Swank as Katherine Winter. Katherine is a former minister who lost her faith after the slaughter of her family.
Now a debunker of miracles she and her assistant Ben are called to the small town of Haven, Louisiana after the river begins to run red with blood. The blame falls on a strange girl named Loren (AnnaSophia Robb) whose brother mysteriously died at the exact moment the rivers turned. Now Katherine has to deal with her faith or there lack of in order to find out the truth.
This is a fun, suspenseful film that has great character development and great use of atmosphere. Hilary Swank is wonderful and AnnaSophia Robb (best known for her role as Violet Beauregarde in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory) is haunting in her role as Loren.
While hampered with a slightly predictable ending it's a great film to watch if you are in a suspenseful mood.
Whisper is hands down one of the better horror/suspense films I have seen in awhile. It stars Josh Holloway (Lost) and Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break) with a great performance from Blake Woodruff (Cheaper By The Dozen 1 & 2)
Holloway plays ex-convict Max Truemont who just wants to settle down and go legit. His dreams of owning his own diner go up in smoke after his felonious past interferes with his getting a loan. Max eventually agrees to kidnap a young boy and hold him for ransom. Along with his reluctant girlfriend Roxanne (Callies), Vince, and and ringleader Sydney they keep the boy David (Woodruff) in an isolated cabin.
However there is more to David than meets the eyes. And soon he begins to play on their emotions and slowly turns them against each other. This movie in a word awesome, it doesn't insult the viewer and actually is a great and original story.The actors really embody their roles making you actually care what happens to them what happens to them. Woodruff is wonderfully creepy while Holloway proves he can carry a movie.
I have to go right out and say it I hated Resident Evil: Apocalypse. I found it boring, over convoluted, and a seemingly tacked on ending. What made it all the more offensive was that I adored the first Resident Evil.
When I heard there was a three I faced it with mild trepidation. It could be a great movie that totally makes up for the Apocalypse or it could bomb royally making me regret shelling out the money to see it. Thankfully it was the latter.
The movie's plot borrows a lot from the video game Resident Evil: Code Veronica. It has been 8 years since the last film (though at one point it is stated as only 5). The T-Virus has spread all over the world turning the planet into a desert wasteland. Alice is now on her own trying to hide from The Umbrella Corporation who is tracking her every move. Meanwhile Dr Sam Isaacs is cloning Alice in the hopes of finding a cure for the T-Virus. The casting is top-notch Milla Jovovich is as awesome as always, Oded Fehr and Mike Epps return to their roles from the previous sequel. New characters include singer Ashanti as Nurse Betty, the always wonderful Ali Larter as Claire Redfield, and a great debut by unknown Spencer Locke who plats K-Mart.
The movie is action-packed, fun, and definitely a good movie to see. It has a cliffhanger ending that actually makes you yearn for a Resident Evil 4. My only quibble has to do with the whereabouts of Jill Valentine and Angela Ashford who not mentioned at all in the movie despite the returns of L.T. and Carlos.
But all in all it is a movie I heartedly recommend.
This movie wasn't bad by any major standards it just seemed unnecessary to me. While it contained a lot of homage and inside jokes to George Romero's 1967 classic film but it still just lacks any spark. The plot is similar to the original, siblings Johnny and Barbara (called Barb in this version) head off to a cemetery when they are plagued by zombies. Barb eventually winds up at a farm with Ben (played by a white guy instead of the usual black guy) Harry, Helen, and Karen are the owners of the farm as opposed to a family forced to hide their. Tom and Judy make an appearance but with none of the sweetness or romance usually seen between them.
Two new characters are added Owen (a stoner farm hand) and Gerald (played by the incomparable Sid Haig) a mortician with a dark secret.
Simply put this movie was just dull, things move by way too fast, and even the 3D effects that are the main draw of this film are simply uninteresting. Sadly even the most indiscriminate horror/zombie enthusiast will find anything worthwhile in this tepid remake.
Sadly with the original Night Of The Living Dead now in public domain there is no stopping people from remaking this film over and over with no respect for the original. For a good remake track down Tom Savini's 1990 remake, it stays true to the original with a few good changes to spruce it up a bit.
In my opinion, the slasher film is the best in cinematic junk food. There's no deep insight into the killer's psyche. No rhyme, no reason. Just blood, breasts, and senseless dialogue. There are some that vanish and never even make it to DVD while others stay popular after all these years. Slumber Party Massacre may not be one the popular ones but they are a must for any self-respecting horror fan.
Slumber Party Massacre: Few people know that this movie was never meant to be a serious slasher film. It was written by feminist author Rita Mae Brown as a parody of the slasher genre. But in typical Hollywood fashion it was taken seriously and filmed as such. Because of this the movie contains a lot of humorous moments both intentional and unintentional. The movie still contains everything a slasher fan loves and is more entertaining than a lot of the other films in this genre. Props for not shedding any real light on why the killer did what he did or giving us some happy ending. The plot is typical. A group of young nubile girls fight a very uninvited guest during a slumber party.
Slumber Party Massacre 2: What The Fuck? I mean seriously what the fuck? I mean my standards for horror films are pretty low. There are a lot of movies I watch that will never fall under the self-respecting horror fan guidelines. And this movie still sucked. It stars former Wings star Crystal Bernard as Courtney one of the survivors of the massacre all grown up. She and the other members of her lame, Bangles-esque rock band are off to for a slumber party weekend. However Courtney is haunted by dreams of a punk rock driller killer and pleas from her institulaized sister Val (another survivor of SPM 1) not to have sex. She should have pled with the viewers not to watch this crap. For a slasher movie it waits an hour before giving us any kills. Instead we sit through an hour of Courtney's visions, her friend's head turns into a pimple and a mutant chicken attacks her. When the kills finally come viewers have pretty much lost interest and the ending is confusing and dull.
Slumber Party Massacre 3: Interesting enough this was not initially filmed as a SPM sequel but the title was changed in order to squeeze out some more juice from the series. Ironically it is a truer sequel to SPM 1 than it's confusing counterpart. The plot goes back to basics the nubile teens, the weird red herring characters, and blood, gore and sex galore. It seems to regain some of the humor of the original as well However if anyone reading this wants to view the trailers on Youtube or elsewhere, DON'T view the trailer for this one. For some inexplicable reason the trailer tells you outright who the killer is.
Cheerleader Massacre (a.k.a. Slumber Party Massacre 4): I'm putting this in here to save space for my review of this movie once I locate it. Filmed 13 years after SPM 3 it stars Brinke Stevens who reprises her role of Linda whom she played in SPM 1.
This trilogy has one more interesting fact about it, all three films were written and directed by women. A rarity in the often male-dominated world of horror.
Rob Zombie has done the impossible, he's taken a long dormant, steadily decreasing horror series and given it new life in this remake of the 1978 classic. However he puts his own spin on the story by giving us something that no Halloween film has done before, he gives us a look inside Michael Myers. No longer a silent menace quietly depleting the population of Haddonfield, Illinois we see a more human aspect to him and strangely some sympathy.
The movie is awesome it says true to the movie but also adds his own spin on the events. It has great casting, a perfect soundtrack, and a great blend of storytelling and bloodshed.
The cast includes Malcolm McDowell doing a fantastic job filling Donald Pleasence's shoes as Michael friend/nemesis Dr. Loomis. Sherri Moon Zombie shines as Michael's mother and proves that she's capable of versatile roles. And newcomer Daeg Faerch is mesmerizing as a young Michael Myers.
Even the secondary cast is awesome with cameos by horror veterans such as Danny Trejo and Ken Foree and Clint Howard. And the much welcome return of Danielle Harris is a treat for all Halloween fans. For you non fans, Danielle Harris appeared in Halloween 4 & 5 as Laurie Strode's orphaned daughter Jamie. Despite her popularity with Halloween fans she was passed over not only for Halloween 6 but was also retconned out of the series with Halloween H20.
The only dark spot in the casting has to do with the character of Laurie Strode, Michael's younger sister. This Laurie played by Scout Taylor-Compton does not hold a candle to the role originated by Jamie Lee Curtis. Her Laurie has none of the innocence and vulnerability as the original. Instead she comes off nearly manic and becomes annoying the longer she stays on screen
This movie is a treat for horror fans whether you are a newbie to the series or a purist you will enjoy it.
Highway To Hell is not your typical B movie, it's actually a decent movie that entertains the viewer 'til the very end. Charlie (Chad Lowe) and Rachel (Kristy Swanson) are two young lovers eloping to Vegas. However the romantic adventure ends on a lonely road when Rachel is kidnapped by a hell cop and taken to Hell. Now Charlie must fight his fears and temptations in order to save her from becoming a bride of Satan.
This movie is a lost classic that only a few who are lucky to stumble upon can experience it's '90s goodness. The true shame of how under appreciated this is that it has a great soundtrack but no way to find it. If you see this movie, watch it, it won't disappoint.
Awful, boring, waste of my time and money. There are so many ways to describe this awful piece or drivel that there is not enough room in this blog to contain it all. This 2007 "thriller" stars Lindsay Lohan.
Lindsay plays typical high-schooler Aubrey Fleming who is kidnapped and tortured by a mysterious stranger. She is found in a ditch weeks later but insists she is not Aubrey but is Dakota Moss a stripper. As her family tries to convince her that she is Aubrey, Dakota tries to find the real Aubrey who she senses is alive.
Even though I have been greatly disappointed by Mrs. Lohan's two previous films (Just My Luck and Georgia Rule) I still wanted to see this flick. Partially due to the fact it was filmed in a nearby town but also due to the addition of Jessica Rose a.k.a. internet phenomenon lonelygirl15.
The worst part of this film was that they had a great idea but sacrificed plot for "intense" scenes full of "stunning imagery" The ending is short and abrupt with no follow-up, what you can't even tack on an ending explaining the fates of the remaining characters?
Here's hoping rehab will cure Lohan enough to accept more coherent scripts and less of this garbage.
Werewolf movies are generally a lost art. For every American Werewolf In London there's an American Werewolf In Paris. For every Underworld there's a Van Hellsing. Unlike vampire or zombie genres werewolf flicks generally lay stagnant. Ginger Snaps was a film that I had heard of many times but never seemed interested in. Until one day out of abject boredom I decided to peruse the trilogy
Ginger Snaps A+: A great start to the series. It stars Katharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins, both no stranger to the horror film genre. Brigitte and Ginger Fitzgerald are sisters who are complete outsiders. They seem to need nobody but each other even excluding their own parents. This all changes when Ginger is bitten by a werewolf and begins to change. The film actually uses Ginger's werewolf transformation as a metaphor for puberty. The wolves from Ginger Snaps are also not your everyday werewolves. No silver bullets, a wolf can die from hit by a car or stabbed. No transforming every month, once you turn it's permanent. And rather than be transmitted by bite, it can be transmitted by blood or by sex. This film is fun, dark, and all in all a great flick.
Ginger Snaps 2:Unleashed D+ Unleashed, try unwatchable and you'll get a good idea of how awful this film is. Brigitte now on her own is on the run from a mysterious other werewolf. She spends her days keeping her transformation at bay with the help of wolfs bane. However she od's and winds up in a rehab clinic. Brigitte now has to deal with her transformation and the lecherous orderly who could her get her the wolf's bane for a price. Boring what can you say about a "sequel" that leaves hundreds of plot points dangling, a "surprise" ending that can be seen miles away and for some inexplicable reason a group masturbation scene. The only reason to watch is for Emily Perkins who deserved better.
Ginger Snaps Back:The Beginning B Having gone as far as they could with the current sisters the writers reach back in the past. In 1861 orphans Ginger and Brigitte Fitzgerald wind up at a trading post besieged by werewolves. Ginger is promptly bitten and Brigitte must fulfill a prophecy before losing her sister for good. This was much better than the previous installment and it's good to have Katharine Isabelle back a starring role and Emily Perkins is as flawless as always. I have some issues with the ending which implies that the Fitzgerald clan has had werewolf blood in the lineage for hundreds of years. However Ginger Snaps 1 states otherwise. Other than that good times.
Black Christmas: A Review To start you all off I love the original 1974 Black Christmas. It was genuinely creepy and made good use of keeping the viewer in suspense without dragging it out. To date it is one of my favorite horror films. However the remake is living proof that "If it ain't broke don't fix it" To sum it up the movie deviates too far from it's original source and it shows.
The remake doubles the cast members ensuring that we get more bodies to brutally murder. Unfortunately the characters are so unmemorable that the viewers neither cures nor remembers who is who. Rather than follow the original in keeping the killer's background/motives unknown we are treated to a lame ass back story full of murder incest and eye-gouging galore. As for acting we have the talents of Michelle Tractenberg and Lacey Chabert absolutely wasted in one note roles. Most of the supporting actresses are boring and unmemorable save for Crystal Lowe who actually makes her role worth while to watch.
And the eye-gouging, good lord, it was unpleasant enough the first time around and did not need to be repeated. The original had subplots that garnered interest, a father searching for his daughter, a relationship gone sour. Instead we get back stories about characters that die ten minutes into the film. What is the point?
Then of course the surprise ending with we could see it from a mile away plot twist to the just when you thought it was over oh my god here he comes ending trust me if you want true horror rent the '74 version if you want to be bored senseless and pissed off grab the remake.
Lord What Fools These Sequel Makers Be SPOILERS!!!!
To those of you who don't know me, I adore the Butterfly Effect. It's one my favorite films and would slip into a Top 20 list with ease. The Butterfly Effect 2 is a direct to video film released last October, it has none of the original cast and sadly none of the original charm.
To start things off the lead character Nick is straight out unlikable. He is able to travel back to the past via a photograph in order to prevent a automobile accident that claims the life of his girlfriend, Julie and his best friends. In the original Butterfly Effect the character Evan also goes back through time to save the woman he loves and help his friends out. In one timeline he is a paraplegic and his love is dating his best friend. Seeing how happy that they all are he opts to commit suicide rather than go back and tweak time. Nick despite his friends being alive and well tweaks the past to snag a VP position at his work ruining the happy life he had been in.
In the VP timeline he has sex with another woman before even trying to confirm if he is still with Julie. When his best friend (whom he previously time traveled to save) is in trouble he seems to care even less
Other problems I had with this film were the sex scenes, now I'm not prude by any means of the word. But if you are barely piecing together a coherent movie wasting a near half hour with not one but two unneeded sex scenes are inadvisable. To top things off Erica Durance (saddled with the thankless role of Julie) comes off as wooden as best. A cringe worthy scene in the beginning has her letting out the fakest laugh I have ever heard in movie history. The actress seems bored by her role and is just trying to get through it as painlessly as possible.
And if the poor viewers weren't mistreated and or insulted enough we are rewarded with a lame, tacked on scene with us discovering that Nick's child gasp shares his gift. Ugh I'm going to a case of brain bleach to remove this from my memories.