Saturday, October 31, 2009

Same Old, Same Old

Trailer:
_____"Scream"(1996)____

Directed by:
Wes Craven
Starring:
(Sidney Prescott)Neve Campbell
(Deputy Dewey Riley)David Arquette
(Gale Weathers)Courteney Cox
(Billy Loomis)Skeet Ulrich

Tag Lines:
"Don't Answer The Phone. Don't Open The Door. Don't Try To Escape."
"Someone has taken their love of scary movies one step too far. Solving this mystery is going to be murder."
"Someone's Taken Their Love Of Scary Movies One Step Too Far!"
"Make Your Last Breath Count."
"Now someone is victim and someone is a suspect"
"From The First Name In Suspense Comes The Last Word In Fear"
"Don't Answer The Door, Don't Leave The House, Don't Answer The Phone, But Most Of All, Don't SCREAM."
"Now everybody is a victim and everybody is a suspect!"

Its the night after Halloween and all I have to say is Bah Humbug. Not sure if that term relates but who cares, this pisses me off. While I love Wes Craven, just like most horror fans; I mean, the man has given us so many great films! The Hills Have Eyes, People Under The Stairs, Nightmare On Elm St. and Last House On The Left. I mean, I freaking love the shit out of the Hills Have Eyes, I really do, I think its an amazing film, but then you get the occasional Shocker in the midst of the great films. I really, really dislike this film. I can see what exactly hes trying to do, but he could have done it much better. He's pretty much saying to us "Hey, I know/like horror movies, but let me prove how much I know/like them!" The movie is trying to play off the stereotypes of slasher films, and make fun of them; but in the end just ends up being the biggest one in the end. Now the killer, Ghostface; and not the guy from the Wu Tang Clan.
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The design is that of like a Ghost, or the Grim Reaper, and the mask is from the classic painting Edvard Munch's The Scream. The costume is now more commonly known as that costume you see on some kid every damn year during Halloween. The costume is pretty generic, which is why I don't like it too much, but it works for what it is. The killer usually calls his victims and, as you see in the beginning of this film. This is where I started to get annoyed by the movie. In the beginning of the film, Ghostface is terrorizing teenager Casey Becker, played by Drew Barrymore. He pulls a Black Christmas and calls her and as the conversation goes on, the more sinister it gets until finally hes threatening her and has her boyfriend hostage. He determines if they live by some horror movie trivia. Why horror trivia, Is it needed? Well the questions are the basics about horror movies, and he stumps her with the Friday The 13th question. The movie is pretty much a horror fan gone insane. Now lets get to the plot, the movie follows Sydney Prescott, a girl who's mother was raped and murdered. She is the main target of Ghostface who attacks her one night when her father is away on Business. She believes her boyfriend Billy Loomis did it, and he is taken to jail. The next night she stays with her friend Tatum, played by Rose McGowan who was Cherry Darling in Planet Terror; and her brother police officer Dwight "Dewey" Riley. That night she gets another call from the killer, which cant be Billy who's in jail. Sydney also has to deal with Gale Weathers, a news reporter who is reporting on her attack, and has written a book on her mom's murder/rape. apparently her mother was killer by a guy named Cotton Weary. Because of the deaths school is canceled, and the Principal played by Henry Wrinkler is killed. Meanwhile Tatum's boyfriend Stu Macher throws a party with Sydney, Billy, Randy and more people. Randy is the film buff of the group and probably one of the most annoying characters because of the fact hes a film buff. The scene where hes talking about Halloween is just annoying. Billy and Sydney have sex and reconcile. The body count starts to grow as Tatum is murdered by Ghostface in the garage getting beer. Gale, with help from Dewey who has a crush on her looking goes to the party and hides a camera in the house to see if they get any scoops and spy on Sydney and the rest.
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The people at the party get word of the death of the principal, and most of them go off to the school. The killer then kills a cameraman and hurting the rest of the gang. Sydney confused on who the killer is locks Stu and Randy out of the house. Billy falls down from the stairs, and Randy is let in claiming Stu is insane, and is shot by Billy. Its then reveled that that Billy and Stu are both the killer and they have been using a voice machine to make them sound like one person. They also reveal that they killed Sydney's mom and framed Cotton for it. Their plan is to kill Sydney and frame her father for it. Why they killed her mom in the first place I cant remember, but who needs an explanation. They then start to injure each other to make it look like they were attacked, and like a dumb ass, Billy cuts Stu too deeply and mortally wounds him. Gale comes to the rescue and Sydney sneaks away and comes back dressed as ghost face and kills Stu. Billy is injured and is shot by Gale. Billy springs to life once more and is shot again in the head.
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Now, the movie has a list of rules that you have to follow to survive a horror film. Those rules are mainly said by Randy in his movie related babblings and those are
1.)You can never have sex.
2.)You can never drink or do drugs
3.)Never, ever, EVER, under any circumstances say "I'll be right back", 'cause you won't be back.
Some more used in the trailer, which were
Don't answer the phone
Don't open the door
Don't try to hide
Don't scream
These rules play on the cliches of horror movies. The movies main problem is theres nothing original about the film. It makes so many references, and homages to older horror films, but doesn't do anything original. There isn't any memorable kills, the characters are very unlikable and the movie just pisses me off. I will give it to Craven, the Red Herrings are solid and the twist is pretty good. If I want to see a modern slasher film that has homages to early horror films and has a strange twist at the end I will watch the next film I'm gonna review. But, if your a Wes Craven fan, I would give this a rent, its not worth buying though. I'm also pretty certain I'm not gonna watch any of the sequels ever. For a slasher film it doesn't work well, and for a Craven film its not his worst, but not his best.

Overall: Gore:3/5 Good blood, no memorable kills.
Villains:3/5 The idea of two killers is a good one, but the villain is very unoriginal and dull.
Nudity:0/5 I don't think there is any nudity, at lest I don't remember any, which I'm gonna be honest, would have probably helped the film.
Best Scene: Where Billy hits Stu with the phone

3 out of 5
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Quotes:
" Ow! You fuckin' hit me with the phone, dick! "

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Burnt Lizard Blues

Trailer:

____"Monster From a Prehistoric Planet"(1967)____
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Directed by:
Haruyasu Noguchi
Starring:
(Hiroshi Kurosaki)Tamio Kawaji
(Itoko Koyanagi)Yôko Yamamoto
Tag Lines:
"Even mightier than 'King Kong'!"

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Yes, Kappa reviews the Gappa. Finally getting to my first Japanese giant monster film, and its a weird one. Now giant monster films have always been around, the most well known being King Kong and Godzilla. While the first one, as far as I know is the film "The Lost World", based on the novel of the same name by Arthur Conan Doyle. The movie was made in 1935 and used stop motion effects by Willis O'Brien, who also did the effects for King Kong. Before these films no one has ever used stop motion for film, and it was an amazing effect for the time. King Kong, if you dont know is the film about a group of film makers who go to a strange native island to shoot a movie. They then find out about the god of the island, a giant ape, named Kong by the natives. They take Kong to the city where he goes loose and on a rampage ultimately falling off the empire state building to his death. Its the most famous and well known monster movie and is a great epic film with some great effects and acting. Japan then tried to duplicate the film; the company Shochiku made "Wasei Kingu Kongu". This film was made in 1933 and is currently a lost film. Later on the famous Japanese film company Toho, the people behind Godzilla pit King Kong against Godzilla in one movie. The difference is pretty big, Kong being much bigger then the one in the original version. The Japanese also couldn't duplicate the effects done by O'Brien and saving money, and time used a suit instead. This technique then became a staple in giant monster movies, most notably in japan and is called Tokusatsu Kaiju films. Kaiju is a Japanese word that means "strange beast", but is mostly known for meaning Monster; and Tokusatsu meaning live-action film. Now lets talk about Toho, Toho is responsible for many of the giant monsters you love. They also made the grand daddy of all giant monster films, and the film that started it all in japan. Godzilla.
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Now as the years went, more and more giant monster films were created in Japan and even in other places. Movies like Rodan(also by Toho), Gamera(Japanese), and Gorgo(UK). While Rodan and Gamera went on in their own films and along side Godzilla, Gorgo and The Gappa died off at one film. Now before anything lets try and dissect the creature of this film, The Gappa. Throughout the film it is described, mainly as a burnt lizard. But looking at it in the movie, it looks more like a fucked up Chicken. Its got a beak, wings, and a big horn on its head. The monster is pretty cool, but the movie doesn't do it any justice. The effects also, are pretty bad, and its mainly when the Gappa jumps and talks. Saying that though, it is much better looking then Gorgo. I would actually like to see a film where the Gappa fights Gorgo, get on that movie Japan! Now the name, Gappa is also pretty strange, to me, it sounds like Kappa. Now a Kappa is a water creature that resembles a humanoid turtle monster. Now, Gappa doesn't really look to much like Kappas, aside from maybe the beak. Alright, enough about the Burnt Lizard, lets get to the Nitty Gritty.
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Now the film centers on a group of scientists, hired by a greedy entrepreneur; Mr. Funazu, the President of Playmate Magazine. Now, Playmate Magazine is a science magazine...Why in hell did they name the magazine Playmate Magazine!? That's the most ridiculous name for a SCIENCE magazine, Ive ever heard. The whole movie is fucked up like that, and the dubbing doesn't help, its almost a comedy. The scientists, which have to be some of the dullest, and stupidest scientists I've ever seen; are off to Obelisk Island. The natives of the island, and by natives, I mean Japanese people painted brown in plant clothes. I'm not sure if their trying to make them black or tan, I'm not sure, but its ridiculous. The Natives, who somehow speak their language perfectly, help the scientists out. The movie goes the way of King Kong as two of the scientists, Hiroshi and Itoko go into the forbidden area of the island and enter a cave. Inside the cave a giant egg hatches and in it a "burnt lizard". The "Burnt Lizard" is actually the baby of the god of the island, The Gappa. The Natives protest the scientists as they take the baby Gappa away, but when does that ever stop people in movies?
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The Parents awake to find their baby gone, and go on a rampage on the island destroying everything. One of the natives of the island, Saki, gets away and is taken by the navy to Japan. Back in Japan, the baby Gappa astounds the people who read the newest issue of Playmate Magazine, which has a pretty hilarious cover picture. The Gappa's parents then fly into Japan and go on a rampage in search of their baby. Now, this is where the film could get better, but the quality, and the fact it takes so long, and nothing really impacts you when watching them destroy the cities. Though they do destroy Tokyo Tower. The scientists and the annoying Saki try and give the baby Gappa back to their parents, but Mr. Funazu is not having it. Mr. Funazu has to be the most ridiculous character in the film, hes loud and always yells "BURNT LIZARD". Well eventually they do reunite and have a dramatic..Well sorta, you cant really make a emotional scene with giant monsters. The Gappa family take flight and fly off into the air. Ive heard that the film's original music was actually some rock themes, which in the dub, were replaced. If anyone has a link to the original music of the film, post it in the comments, because I'm really curious on hearing it. Another thing I'm wondering about is the alternate West Germany title "Gappa - Frankensteins fliegende Monster". Why does the title have Frankenstein in it? I know that Toho made a Frankenstein movie, but this is a by a different company. I just think its weird that its in the title.
Now the film is not a good monster movie, its long, has some horrible dialog, and the version I saw had really horrible quality. The movie could have been cool, but has nothing that really makes it stand out. Its just a bad giant monster film, and barley a "So bad, its good!" movie. I really would recommend you to skip it, your not gonna miss anything.
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Overall:
Kaiju:3/5
Destruction:4/5
Cheese:5/5
Music:1/5
Best Scene: Probably the ending or whenever Mr. Funazu yelling burnt lizard.

2 Out Of 5

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Alternate Titles:

The Triphibian Monster(Philippines)
The Giant Beast Gappa
Monster from a Prehistoric Planet(USA)
Gappa, the Triphibian Monster
Gappa the Triphibian Monsters(USA)
Gappa - Frankensteins fliegende Monster(West Germany)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Execrable Spiderman

Trailer:


___"Horrors Of Spider Island"(1960)___



Directed by:

Fritz Böttger

Starring:
(Gary)Alexander D'Arcy



Tag Lines:
"A handful of girls enslaved by a diabolical human beast on an island where there is no way out..."
"The MONSTER is terror-crazed by his deathly fear of fire!"
"Blood-Curdling! Hair-Raising! Spine-Chilling!"
"One bite from a giant spider turned him into THE WORLD'S MOST HIDEOUS MONSTER with a diabolical lust to KILL!"
"He strangles his victims with his mammoth claws!"
"SO TERRIFYING AND SHOCKING you will be frightened out of your wits!"
"Shock upon shock! Terror upon terror!"
"Craving the Blood of Beautiful Women!"

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Just when you thought you've seen it all, a movie like Horrors of Spider Island comes up to prove you wrong. Movies like this make you feel like you just stumbled upon some great lost treasure, forgotten by time. The film is a 1960's monster flick with all the things you expect and love from a bad movie. Horrible acting, bad dubbing and crazy ass creatures. The idea is pretty simple, a group of dancers end up on a strange island with some mysterious creatures lurking around in the shadows. Watching the film I grew to like it more and more, and it reminded me exactly why I do this, and watch these films. The reason is to see crazy ass entertaining films that were found in a trash can outside a shitty cinema. I really needed this too, since I had just viewed a lot of slasher films recently that we will get to here eventually. Every once in awhile I need to see a good cheesy monster film, its really good for the mind. Monster films are just good fun, you don't need to put too much attention to it, just watch and enjoy; And this is exactly why I like this film so much. I really believe the beauty and fun of monster films have kinda been overshadowed by movie like Saw, and all those remakes. We really hadn't had very many Monster films recently, aside from Cloverfield and the upcoming Wolfman remake. So lets get right to the nitty gritty of this review, lets talk a little bit about the film.

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If you know of this film, then you most likely heard of it from the great Mystery Science Theater 3000. Their riff of the film, like most of the episodes, is great, and makes the film much more fun to watch. Not to say its not a fun movie, like I said earlier, I love this film. Horrors Of Spider Island is a German horror skin flick originally titled "It's Hot in Paradise". That title is good, but doesn't really sound like a horror film. Another title of the film was "A Corpse Hangs in the Web", which would probably be a much better film title; but on a b-movie level, "Horrors of Spider Island" is so much better. Those were the titles they used once it came to America, the German title being "Ein toter Hing Im Netz". The American version has all it's nude scenes cut from it, making it mainly a monster film. If they hadn't of done this, this would be that much more schlockier and probably slightly more entertaining. But unfortunately this movie was overlooked by the slew of horror and monster films of the 60's. The movie was later released mainly as a bargain bin film. The movie was later found and released by Something Weird Video; I briefly mentioned Something Weird before in my Herschell Gordon Lewis reviews, and god bless them for making these films available. Now most people know of the film through the great Mystery Science Theater 3000, which is where I first came into knowledge of it as well. The riffing in the episode is pretty good, and makes the already great movie, even more entertaining to watch. I got influenced into seeing the film again after watching a video of a guy named Mike Vraney. Mike Vraney works for Something Weird Video, and is interviewed by Evening Magazine in the video. The video is from 1992 and has Mike talking about films like Horrors Of Spider Island, Godmonster of Indian Flats, Girl and the Geek, The Curious Dr. Humpp and more. All of those, films I really want to see. Well I decided to check the movie out after this, and surprise to me, I really enjoyed it

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The film was directed by Fritz Böttger a German director, and the producer is Wolf C. Hartwig. Wolf C. Hartwig is a producer of exploitation flicks, mainly German sexsploitation films. He got his start in 1953, helping to make a dramatic film about the romance of Adolph Hitler and Eva Braun. The movie, being German, had to be dubbed for a American audience. I always love hearing dubbing in these old movies, because its just so damn ridiculous. This film is lucky enough to have some of the worst accents, and acting I've ever heard. Now, something I noticed in the version I saw is the fact that it didn't say "Horrors Of Spider Island", but instead "It's Hot in Paradise". But, in the one Mystery Science Theater had, it says and even announces the title as "HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND". The film follows Gary, a burly business man who's looking for a dance troop for a job in Singapore. He hires 7 girls, and during the audition at the beginning he signals if he wants the girl hired by crossing or uncrossing his legs. Gary is played by Alexander D'Arcy, a Egyptian actor who has been in such films as "Blood of Dracula's Castle", Roger Corman's "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre" and Russ Myer's "The Seven Minutes". While flying to Singapore, the plane malfunctions and crashes into the ocean. Gary and the girls are the only ones who survive, and float off to a island on a raft. They decide to look around the island to see if there is anyone there to help them. While looking they stumble upon a cabin out on the island, and when going into it they find mineralogist Professor Greene. The only thing is, hes a little hung up at the moment, being dead and stuck in a giant spider web. This scene is hilarious to me, mainly because of how ridiculous the guy looks stuck on the web. I also don't get how they know who the Professor is. Well they get rid of the body and decide to stay there till they can get some kind of help off the island. Every one's getting irritable from the heat, and the fact Gary is spoiling his assistant Georgia. After some cat fights, arguments; Gary decides to go walk around the island. While walking around, a giant spider attacks Gary; probably the one that killed Professor Greene. The Spider is freaking awesome looking; its huge, and has a crazy cartoony expression on his face. I would love to have the spider tied up in the corner of some room of my home. Well Gary throws the spider and kills it with his gun. Unfortunately for him, the spider's bite makes him into a horrifying spider creature. Yeah, Werespiders. This has got to be, one of the most ridiculous transformations I've ever seen. He looks horrifyingly bad, with weird facial make up, 3 horrifying fangs, and crazy body hair. Not to mention his hairy abomination of a hand-claw. Thus, the first official Spiderman is created. This doesn't make sense to me, because if Gary is turned into a monster by a bite, why Isn't Professor Greene running around a crazy looking spider man? Gary then, throughout the rest of the film is lurking around the shadows and plants menacing the girls. His first victim is Linda, while the rest of the girls are out looking for him.
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Time goes by and the girls are running out of supplies. A couple of Greene's assistants come by to check up on the doctor, Bobby and Joe. Joe decides to go and take the supplies into the cabin while Bobby hears some voices coming from the shore. He sees four of the girls skinny dipping out in a rocky cove and decides to go down and grab the girl Gladys. The other girls scared what had grabbed her, had killed Linda run off. Joe is questioned by the girls at gun point, thinking hes the person who had killed Linda and Gladys; that is, until they see her walking up with Bobby. And before you know it, the girls through a luau for the boys. If they're stuck on a deserted island, how exactly is there music playing? Ann and Joe fall for each other, and Gladys with Bobby. That doesn't keep Bob from pretty much making out with nearly every single girl on the island. After a few arguments and a fist fight, the party is cut short as Spider-Gary makes his appearance. He kills Bobby, and terrorizes the others. Joe finds out that Spider-Gary is actually frightened by fire. Isn't anything that is alive scared by fire? I mean its fire, come on. They chase him off into a marshy shore and he sinks to his death in quick sand. The scene is pretty boring, but I managed to find a way to make it more entertaining.



The film doesn't take much energy, or thinking. Its just a fun monster film with lots of cheese. From the monsters to the catfights, this bad movie is a must see for fans of bad movies, or strange movies. But if your not a fan of Bad movies, this will probably bore you a lot. There isn't much of the monster, though when he does appear it, at lest for me, left its mark. Mainly because of the strangeness of how he looks. You can also probably see the film online, being public domain.
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Overall:
Cheese:5/5
Monster:4/5 Yes hes ridiculous looking, but that's why hes so damn great!
Gore:0/5
Nudity:2/5
Fights:3/5
Best Scene: Gary getting bitten

3 out of 5

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Quotes:
"Why, hes a big uranium research man"
"A researching researcher"


"Must be for the purpose of excavating some metal...Most probably Uranium"
"Can you eat that?"
"Yeah, you can try it!"

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A Most Frightening Night

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Trailer:


____"Fright Night"(1985)____


Directed by:
Tom Holland


Starring:
(Jerry Dandrige)Chris Sarandon
(Charley Brewster)William Ragsdale
(Peter Vincent)Roddy McDowall
(Amy Peterson)Amanda Bearse


Tag Lines:
"There are some very good reasons to be afraid...of the dark."
"If you love being scared, it'll be the night of your life."
"There are good reasons to be afraid of the dark."

Like I said many times, the 80's was a great time for horror and B-movies, and this is a perfect example. I mean from the cast, to the concept, to the vampires, Fright Night is the shit. Also with Halloween so close, its a perfect time to look at this little underrated vampire film; especially after that abomination Rockabilly Vampire. But first lets look back, my friends at the term "Fright Night" were exactly did this come from?
Well from what I got, the first use of the term in media was a Three Stooges Short, "Fright Night". If your thinking this is a horror themed short, you would be wrong. The short is about The Three Stooges(Moe, Larry and Shemp) training boxer Chopper Kane, played by Dick Wessel. The short starts out with the usual slap stick humor of the Three Stooges with a lot of punching, silly noises and wise cracks. Well after Chopper and his gal Kitty leave, they are visited by a mobster who threatens them to make Chopper to throw the fight, or they will be whacked. The Stooges, obviously scared by this threat then try to soften Chopper up with foods. That night, before the fight, Chopper is dumped by Kitty. He then gets into a pre-match fight with 'Gorilla' Watson, and Gorilla got his hand broke. The gangsters then go after the stooges leading into a great chase/fight in a box storage. With some jokes by Shemp like "Your crushing my eyebrows!" and his I got a brother this high joke. I really recommend you check out the short, its really good.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JL3bOewCv9k
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Next is Fright Night with the Sinister Seymour. A host my dad know very well, Seymour, or
Larry Vincent was the host of Fright Night on KHJ-TV. He played his character Seymour, who presented and heckled bad science fiction and horror films on his show. He made fun of them in a strange, offbeat way that was really funny. He has a host that would open the show with ". . .the Master of the Macabre, the Eppy-tome of Evil, SEEEEEEEYmooooourrrr!". Larry also had small roles in TV shows like The New Three Stooges, I Dream Of Jeanie, Flying Nun, Get Smart, and Mission: Impossible. The show Fright Night ran from 1970 to 1981. Aside from Seymour, he was also Captain Starr, a children show host along with two others. Larry died of stomach cancer at the age of 50 on March 9, 1975. He was later replaced with Elvira, Mistress of the Dark; and the heckling horror host didn't come back till Mystery Science Theater 3000.
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Now move ahead a bit to mid 80s, director Tom Holland; this being his first directorial debut. Before this he had wrote screen plays for films such as The Beast Within(1982), Class of 1984(1982), Psycho II(1983), ect. He went on from this to direct the first Child's Play film, and a bunch of other films not really worth mentioning. The film has a great cast of Roddy McDowall who has been in so many god damn films. Some of his work was in Laserblast(1978), The Legend of Hell House(1973), Planet of the Apes(1968), and much more. Roddy McDowall plays the character Peter Vincent, a homage to Larry Vincent, or Seymour of Fright Night, and Peter Cushing; a famous actor who was known as playing Van Hellsing in Hammer's Dracula series. Then we have Chris Sarandon, who was in a lot of great films like Dog Day Afternoon(1975), and The Sentinel (1977). Hes most know for being the voice of Jack Skellington in Nightmare Before Christmas, and Prince Humperdinck from the Princess Bride. Those two being the major hitters in the film, we also have Amanda Bearse, who you probably know best from the great sitcom Married...With Children. This brings up another funny fact, which is Amanda Bearse and actor Stephen Geoffreys(Evil) are both gay.
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Well since we got through all that, lets talk about the film itself. The Movie is about Charley Brewster, who one night with his girlfriend Amy, sees movers deliver a coffin into the new neighbors house. He later looks out his window to see his new neighbor Jerry Dandridge biting the neck of a young woman. Charley is a fan of a horror movie program by the name of Fright Night, and hosted by actor Peter Vincent, a schlocky horror movie star who played vampire killers. So because of this he believes that his neighbor is a vampire. So it goes into Rear window, Boy Who Cried wolf, or vampire in this instance; territory as no one believes Charlie, and dismiss it as his imagination. Charlie worried about the situation tries desperately to rid the vampires by calling the police. They also dismiss Charlie, and Dandridge now knows Charlie has found out hes a vampire. This is where they start getting to the rules vampires follow, as told by his friend "Evil" Ed. Those rules are:
1.)Holy Water and Crosses hurt vampires
2.)Sun Kills Vampires
3.)Vampires cant enter a house without being invited
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That night Charlie is visited by Dandridge who nearly kills him. Worried as ever he calls upon the help of local horror host Peter Vincent. Peter, who just got fired, decides to play along with charlies cry for help and goes with him to debunk Dandridge to his friends. All the attempts at trying to prove hes a vampire are foiled and things look bad for our hero, that is until Peter sees that Dandridge casts no reflection. Charlie has convinced two out of three, but Evil doesn't want anything to do with this and walks off alone only to get attacked. Peter tries to shake off what just happened at his home, but this is stoped short as Evil, now a vampire comes and attacks Vincent who scares him away with a cross to the forehead. I love the fact Peter is so shaken up and in disbelief through out the whole film. Every time he sees a vampire he looks like he just shit a brick. Meanwhile Charlie and Amy are being stalked by Dandridge who follows them into a night club where he hypnotizes Amy. After beating on Charlie and two bouncers the whole place goes frantic and Dandridge leaves with Amy. The reason behind him being attracted to Amy, from what I put together; she looks like this person in a painting he has. This is probably his lost love, or something along those lines, they never really go into it. Charlie gets Peter and the both of them go to the house to confront Dandridge and save Amy. Unfortunately Amy is currently turning into a vampire thanks to Dandgridge's bite. This leads to some great vampire killings, every kill is original and really gory and cool. My favorite probably being the death of Evil in his transformation state. The effects are god damn amazing and really cool to see, the person behind it, Richard Edlund worked on Star Wars, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, and Ghost Busters. The man also created the portable pig nose amp.
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Dandridge, after loosing Ed and his minion, proceeds to hide in his coffin as Amy, a huge mouthed vampire attacks Charlie. Peter proceeds to open the casket and pounds a stake into him. Dandridge then removes it and accidentally breaks a window letting through a shine of light. The stake removal thing has been seen before in the Hammer Dracula series. They break the windows and Dandridge is destroyed by sunlight. The movie ends with Peter getting his show back, now showing bad alien films, rather then vampire(Bit of trivia, the film is Octaman). Charlie then sees a set of red eyes starring at him from Dandridges house. Amy asks him whats wrong, where he answers "Nothing".
The movie is a real modern day classic; bringing a old idea and setting it in modern times. The film gives homages to older vampire films and does it perfectly, so not obvious, but still noticeable. The vampires are great looking, and real bad mother fuckers. They follow all the rules of the vampire and it works really really well. I really enjoy the film, its up there with my favorite horror movies from the 80s and one of my favorite vampire film. I love the idea of the horror host, and McDowell is really awesome as Peter Vincent. Have to mention the best part of the film, Stephen Geoffreys as Evil. When he says "Your sooo cool Brewster! Ahahaha!" that had me laughing so much. It was so good a line they have it twice! The film does fail from some rather boring parts, and the beginning is awfully cheesey, but as the film goes on it gets better. If you like gross gory monster flicks, this is a must have. After this, a sequel was made; Fright Night II, which is really good as well. In some aspects, like monsters its superior; but the deaths arnt as good, and the atmosphere isn't as macabre as Fright Night. The fight in the old house has a great feel to it, and really reminds you of old vampire films. A perfect horror movie for Halloween time.
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Overall:
Gore:4/5
Vampires:4/5
Cheese:4/5
Nudity:3/5
Best Scenes: Vampire Slayings and Evil

4 out of 5
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"Welcome to Fright Night! For real."
"Kill me. Kill me, Charley... before I turn into a vampire, and... GIVE YOU A HICKEY!"



Monday, October 12, 2009

Posterama 3: Black Of Night

Just some movies with the word Black in it, enjoy.
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