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Without doubt the best and only Werewolf movie,that no matter how many times you watch ,gets better with every viewing. An American Werewolf In London- Film Review

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I cannot say any more about this John Landis classic. Previously a comedy director,with the brilliantly funny Animal House under his wing. He decided to make this film,a so called horror comedy,that has its genius humorous moments. And some of the most frightening scenes also,with the Nazi Werewolf scenes,that is extremely disturbing,and the various dream sequences that as a teenager scared the living daylights out of me. With two scenes in particular that every person can relate too,or remember that is the famous sex scene with the Gorgeous and very British Jenny Agutta,who actually we see her naked as well. The other fabulous scene is the transformation scene with David turning into the Werewolf,with the best prosthetic make-up from Rick Baker,winning numerous awards. Everything about this film is a classic,from the opening scenes in The Slaughtered Lamb,with a brilliant Brian Glover telling them to keep to the roads,and not go on to  the moors,with a blink and miss it appearance f…

The Original and only Poltergeist

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The original and only one. I enjoyed the sequels also. We all know the story of the Freelings who live in this house,that the developers cut corners,and instead of removing the remains,and bodies from the graves they just moved the gravestones. With the souls not happy,creating the paranormal going's on in this film. I will not watch the recent effort, I have seen The Nightmare On Elm Street, Friday The 13TH, The Gate, Robocop and Total Recall,with an open mind. But I do not like remakes of my favorite films, it sickens me,especially as I hold this film to my heart. This was a film the first time I saw scared me,but repeated viewings I got it. It has terrifying moments,but also moments of great humour,directed by the fabulous Tobe Hooper,and produced by Steven Spielberg,and Frank Marshall,with the project supposed to have been Steven Spielberg's but Directing E.T the same year he was not allowed contractually to make another movie,whilst tied to that movie,so he gave it to To…

The best Halloween film in almost 20 years,a direct sequel from number 2 Halloween H20-Film Review

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The best of a bad bunch,yes we had 10 years with three mediocre films to contend with,until this was made in 1998.and the genius they got Jamie Lee Curtis back. This was called 20 years later,and as the advert on TV says it does exactly what it says on the tin. 
We have Laurie Strode, a mother now to a teenage son,who faked her death years earlier,and is living under a different name,still haunted 20 years later of her psychopathic brother Intent on killing her. Even though he is looked up in a secure unit,and comatose for two decades. Surely he cannot come back? Do I need to answer that question with a determined Michael back,and finding out his dead sister is still very much alive,he sets out on a murderous killing spree to get to her,and her son,his nephew. 
With a young talented cast from half of Dawson's Creek I think,with Michelle Williams,Josh Hartnett,a very young Joseph Gordon Levitt,Jodi Lyn O'Kieth and the final genius of all to have Jamie Lee's real life Mother …

A strange mess of a film in the franchise. known for studio interference, script changes ,and even fan made cuts of the film.

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This film was to be the final installment of the recent insurgent of films in this franchise,made in 1995,with rumored studio interference. Numerous cuts were made of this film with apparently over 43 minutes of missing footage. Which fans managed to get hold of,making copies known as the producers cut. It still didn't stop this film from being a mess though. With idiotic ideas about a cult,and devil worshipers,and try's  to explain that Michael was once born into this cult,and then trys to explain his indestructible body,and the reason he kills.And the Man in Black from the previous film helping him is the leader of this druid type cult called Thorn. With references to the two first films, even having a grown up boy that Laurie Strode was babysitting in the first film,to be the recent loose end Michael wants to Finnish, starring a very young Paul Rudd. The film was even turned down by Danielle Harris who starred in the previous two,the producers said it was because of a cont…

A rushed sequel that shows,with no new ideas,so we just have Michael kill more.

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Here we have the rushed sequel to number 4,as it was such a sucecess,Michael is to rise again like the Phoenix. After being shot and falling into a drain,and left for dead,this film follows straight from the last one,as Michael is floating lifeless in a river,being flushed out by the storm drain. Being found by an old Hermit,who nurses Michael back to health,and his thank you for doing so he kills the old man. And yes it is straight back to Haddonfield once more to claim his niece Jamie. Who is in an institution,over her trauma the year before,and stabbing her step Mother at the end of the last film. We have Donald Pleasenece claiming his pension money now,and in all fairness should  hold his head in shame,as this film is terrible,and  is all about the kills,and Michael happily chopping away at his victim's, with a higher body count in this movie,with more kills than ever before. With a silly side plot of Jamie having a psychic link to Michael,which enables him to always find her…

A return to form for the franchise after an eight year hiatus.

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A return to form for the franchise,with Donald Pleasence back once more,and a very new introduction to a very young Danielle  Harris,who is a scream queen now in her own right,starring in two Hatchet films, See No Evil 2, Stake Land to name a few. After a 8 year absence from the franchise Michael returns once more,to inflict more pain,misery and death on his home town Haddonfield. This time with news of a Niece,he would like to meet,and well not take out for lunch, but the taking out part he certainly wants to do. Dr Loomis is back to try his best to capture Michael once and for all. With both surviving the explosion from number 2. And Jamie being the Daughter of Laurie,who is being looked after by foster parents,for reasons unknown. We have a very similar film to the first one,with Jamie having to survive the night with the help of her babysitter,with a relentless Michael determined to finish off all existing family members. Directed by Dwight H Little with no involvement this time …

A film that has been so wrongly hated over the years. A very brave film to make , about commercialism and the power it holds

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The first and only film of the franchise to not feature Michael Myers,released In 1982 a year after number two. A film that once again John Carpenter did not direct,he did produce,and even co-wrote though. At the time John Carpenter actually felt that an anthology of films could be released under the Halloween banner. With a different story each time,but with the critics,and fans stamping their disgust,that idea never came about,and Michael returned in 1988 in Halloween 4. The thing is I really liked this film,I thought the whole sinister nature of the film worked. With a corporation selling masks,that are linked to witchcraft,and using subliminal TV adverts and shows,to activate the masks to kill,was a very clever idea. The fact is we all know that Halloween is mainly aimed at kids,and they would be the ones primarily wearing these masks, is what upset a lot of people. The thing is with most films being slated,time is a great healer,with the years,more fans have come to like it. It …

The night he came home once more.

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The fans had to wait a whole three years for the sequel to Halloween ,with great news that all the cast had signed on again for another outing,with Donald Pleasence back,with Jamie Lee Curtis back also. Only this film was not to be directed by John Carpenter,but by Rick Rosenthal,with Carpenter just on producing and writing duties. The film is a direct carry on from the previous film,on the same night,after Laurie has gone to hospital,and Michael's body disappearing,even though he was shot 6 times by Loomis. Michael is back and is determined to kill Laurie,at any cost,set almost entirely in the Hospital,with a higher body count,and more incentive kills once more. We do find out in this film Michael's determination to kill Laurie,as she finds out she is in fact adopted as a young child,and is in fact the younger sibling of Michael. Jamie Lee Curtis gives an outstanding performance once more,as the survivor Laurie Strode,Donald Pleasence is a determined man again to get Michael…

A Spooky week of Spooky,scary Horror classics

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This will be my week of Halloween movies including all The Michael Myers films, Maybe a Friday the 13th,and some other classics from the world of Horror,in this special week of Halloween. Hope you enjoy.

A fantastic debut film,about antique firearms,dildo's and cockney wideboys

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Another British gangland classic from 1998,a debut film to beat all debuts that gave us Jason Statham, Guy Ritchie and unfortunately Vinnie Jones to the acting world,which in fairness was a decent performance as Big Chris. Starring Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher,Nick Moran,and Jason Statham. A story of four chancers,who want to win big readies at a high stake back alley card game. Against a local kingpin Hatchet Harry,trouble is Harry cheats a little,leaving the lads owing him £500,000 with only a week to pay him back,or face the consequences. Thing is Harry is not the type of guy you want on your back,with him once killing a man with a 9"dildo. A brilliant film,that is multi layered,with multiple stories going on at the same time that so brilliantly interweaving into one story. Which Guy Ritchie was a master at,during his early films,then went crap,with his producing partner Matthew Vaughn proving to be the better director of the two. Anyway this is still without doubt Guy Ritc…

'71 a brutal survival film in Northern Ireland.

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I have already reviewed this title already very early in my blog,but in all fairness  it never got that many views,but watching it again the other day, I feel I had to write about it again. It is a 90 minute pure adrenaline ride,a survivor film,with one man in an alien environment. Now Jack O'Connell is certainly making big waves in the UK at the moment,and this being his third film,with Starred Up and Unbroken behind him already, A Bafta winner for best new comer as well,and also a local lad, from Derbyshire,West Midlands.
Now I'm not going into politics,but this film is about the troubles in Northern Ireland in the early seventies . Jack O'Connell plays a young British Army Soldier,just out of basic training,with this being his first deployment. His job Is simple to assist the RUC making arrests in a Catholic Area of Belfast. When the locals start banging the dustbin lids to warn members of the IRA. A riot ensures and he and another solider is left behind in the hasty r…

Probably the only thing I liked about this film was The Ramones Pet Sematary at the end of the film. The rest is the most unsettling film you will ever see.

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The original and probably the scariest film adaptation from a Stephen King novel. The only film I have only seen twice. Once at the cinema,and once on VHS cassette. I do not own it on DVD or Bluray,and why? Because apart from Salems Lot, I had the misfortune of accidentally seeing one night, that I stumbled on my parents watching it,freaked me out for years,with floating kids at the windows. This film equally scared me,and made me feel so uneasy. A film with the clear message,the natural order of life,we are born, we live,we die,so do not mess with that order.
It is a horrible film in every sence of the word,from the opening scenes with the young student Kincaid getting run over,with the horrific head injuries. To the eventual scene of Cage getting run over,and his dad's agonising decision to dig up his body to bury again in the cursed burial ground. I have just be researching this film again,and seeing film stills remind me how horrible.and quite simply terrifying this film is. …

A very touching heartwarming take on the slasher film Genre

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Although not technically a horror film,the whole premise is. Imagine if your Mother was a famous scream queen,from a dodgy 1980's slasher movie. Camp Bloodbath was that movie,and she had been a struggling actress since,being typecast all her professional working life. You love that woman with all your heart,as she is still your Mum,imagine then having her cruelly taken away from you in a car accident,when your only a young teenager,your life will be devastating. Especially if you are always reminded of her through that film. Well it is the 20 th anniversary of that film,and a Cinema owner wants to show the film,and knowing Max is the real life Daughter of  shy girl Nancy in the film,he manages to get her to the film,even though that day is also the third anniversary of her Mums death. Anyway a fire breaks out in the cinema,and the 5 friends escape by cutting into the cinema screen,only to actually wake up in Camp Bloodbath the movie. The problem is although the friends know it is…

976 EVIL a direct line to Hell itself

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One more from the vault of classic cheesy cult films of the eighties,with this beauty coming out in 1988,directed by the one and only Robert Englund. A story of two cousins being raised by an over baring church going,conservative Mother,with Spike being the confident cousin,and Hoax being the nerdy geeky shy one,probably due to his mothers strict upbringing. With Spike being the rebel,who is cool,gets the Girls, Hoax gets very jealous,even though his cousin loves him,and protects him from the Bullies at school, Hoax would love to stand on his own two feet. When they both see a flyer for a phone number that gives spooky predictions,and Horoscopes,they both try it. Spike being too cool for school thinks it is a joke, but Hoax becomes addicted to the phone number,because the person the other end really gets him. This gives him confidence for the first time,and he defeats the Bullies himself,without the need of his cousin. Trouble is 976 EVIL is actually a direct line to Hell wanting dam…

A very Gross but very funny Alien parasite,Zombie type movie,with a great nod to 80's cinema.

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Directed by James Gunn the fantastic Director of Guardian's Of The Galaxy, and super hero parody film Super, he directed this beauty in 2006. A simple story of a comet crashing down on Earth,filled with Alien Parasites that needs a Host to function. When Grant the local car dealer is infected,with the parasite,he starts turning into this fowl creature. When he impregnate's his lover,she becomes a fat bloated,obese woman,that eventually explodes releasing thousands of parasites,looking very slug lite,that enter into other humans,and turn them into flesh eating drones,all controlled by Grant by a collected consciousness. Only Police Chief Bill played brilliantly by Nathan Fillion of Firefly fame,the best ever series to ever grace our screens,to be cruelly taken away from us after just one season. Sorry going off on one then,but this film is very funny,with great one liners,but also very sick,and quite gross in places,with fantastic prosthetics and make up,with a scene near the …

Just why do these Guys keep killing themselves.

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Why do Hillbillies always get a bad reputation in films,just because of Wrong Turn, Southern Comfort, Deliverance,they are portrayed as blood thirsty,inbred killers,who want to make you squeal like a pig. Tucker and Dale are two young guys,best buddies,who are happy to live in the backwoods,happily living off the land,living the simple life. When there peace is ruined by a bunch of spring breakers,with Hillbilly racist views. When a simple misunderstanding of a Woman being rescued by Tucker and Dale,from a  river,her friends see's these two guys dragging her body from the river into their boat,and assume they have killed her. So they launch a plan to kill these two innocent guys. The problem is these kids are crap at killing,or even the execution of killing,and end up killing themselves,trying to attack Tucker and Dale. That is the genius of this movie,and the fact the two guys plays the roles of such naivety,and have absolutely no idea what is going on,and why  these kids keep o…

Killer Clowns From Outer Space 1988. Distribution by Arrow Films. Directed by

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An absolutely amazing film from 1988,that is so bad it is good. Starring cult scream queen Susan Snyder,Who is famous for Return of The Living Dead films,and her stint in other comedy's such as Weird Science. A very simple little tale of a comet landing,in a small California Town,within Minutes a strange Big Top appears. With reports of clowns walking about,and people strangely disappearing. Only Debbie Stone and her boyfriend Mike Tobacco,know the truth,because they witnessed the comet land. Can they convince the other Towns folk,and even the Local Sheriff,of the terrible deeds the clowns are doing. Including killing people with shadow puppets,and custard pies that will melt your face away. The plan is to turn the entire towns folk into human sized candy floss sticks,to take back to their own Planet and suck out the blood, hmmmm lovely. Although this film had a very Adult Rating in the UK I think it was even an 18 certificate when it first came out,the violence and gore is tame …

One thing I hate more than Clowns, Zombie Clowns

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Three is the magic number,and why you may ask,well over the years only three Comedy Zombie films have worked, this one, Return Of The Living Dead,and of cause Shaun Of The Dead. I love this film purely for two reasons, 1. Woody Harrelson, 2. Emma Stone,that is it,Woody is the coolest Zombie killer ever,and the only thing he wants in life for his skills,is plain old simple Twinkies. And Emma Stone is one of the most Gorgeous actresses working in Hollywood at the moment, 'period'.
Jesse Eisenberg is okay too. But the film greatest plus points are the two I mentioned earlier. A film about four unlikely survivors,after a Zombie outbreak,who without using real names,as real names means an attachment to that person. We have the gorgeous Wichita,the geeky Columbus,the sweet sister of Wichita Little Rock,and the coolest dude ever Tallahassee. Directed by Ruben Fleischer,who's previous films are Gangster Squad,30 Minutes or less,which by the way is dreadful,and in production Zombi…

A very different, and very depressingly take on the usual Zombie genre

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Following my very bleak film review of Child Of God,I have another fun,fun film, I'm hoping you are getting the irony as this film is as bleak as they come. A very different take on the Zombie genre,and also a very slow burner. Set just after the Amercan Civil War,when Men are returning home to their family's. This film is told through the eyes of one young solider. Who through the spoils of war is already a broken man,who has heard rumors of the dead not staying dead,and a great plague that has touched this land. On returning his wife turns into the undead,and his son runs for his life. With a determination to reunite with his son,and survive the bleak new world,he sets off with shotgun in his hand to fight the undead,and chronicle his experience through a diary. The one thing this film reminded me immediately was Red Dead Redemption, The Zombie update,they are so similar,to the fact of his wife dying first,his son unaware of being bitten,but still runs. As I said previously…

Child Of God (2013) Film Review.RabitBandini Productions,Made in-land. Directed by James Franco. Distributed by Spotlight Pictures. Rated R, certificate 18 UK, running time 104 minutes.

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I have just finished watching this movie,with mainly positive reviews on Amazon,then dreadful reviews on certain online film sites. I just wondering we're they watching a different film to the one I've just watched as this is a powerhouse of a movie. It is probably a very nasty biased opinion as the film is directed by James Franco,who in the movie business,nobody seems to like. This film is bleak,it is depressing,and degrading in places. But it shows the mental decline of  an individual,forced out of normal society,by his pears,then they wonder why he turns feral later.  Lester Ballard is an unhinged young man,but when thrown out of his family home,after his Dads suicide,he has nowhere to go,he finds an old shack in the woods,he makes his home,by scavenging off the land. But the more isolated he becomes,the more removed from humanity he becomes. A chance encounter,with a young couple,found dead in a car,to a joint suicide pact,he degrades the female,by having sex with the cor…

Ummm another disappointment

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This is another one of my disappointed purchases recently,a simple story of three sisters who rip of a drug dealer of his drugs,hope to lay low for a few days,in a place he won't look,the childhood home of two of the sisters. As one is only a half sister,and that is that,only the house has very bad memories for two of the sisters,one being a junkie trying to go straight,one being a jailbird recently released from prison. Where being stuck in the house for days with bad memories of the house they go a little stir crazy. With memories of abuse from their father,and unable to tell memories from real life,the film is more about the breakdown into mental illness.Now I'm not saying the film is bad,it is just not very good,the fact the film has changed names so many times,shows a production company,either trying to hide the flaws of this film,or are deliberately trying to mislead us. Yes we have the token nudity from the girls,and the usual bad language,and the  I'm the one takin…

A brilliant,if not very bleak look at the future.

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A classic example of when a film works it bloody works. This post apocalyptic film,for once not after some virus,or nuclear explosion, but a simple story of women who are no longer able to give birth,or get pregnant. Imagine a world where with no babies,means no new life,means probably within a hundred years,humanity will be completely wiped out. A world where chaos rules,and the only functioning Government is the British Government,with draconian laws, a Police state and limited or no immigration.Clive Owen is a Civil Servent,Theo Faron,who was also a former activist,who is targeted by a terrorist organisation,with his government contacts,to help them smuggle out a refugee,from a refugee camp,who happens to be the first female in 18 years to become pregnant. Where if they can get out of the UK,they can get her to a fertility clinic,to replicate a fertility drug to start the Human race once more. With a brilliant cast,with Clive Owen, Michael Caine,Julianne Moore,Chiwetel Ejiofor. The…

The Running Man,a great story about the controlling media,and the lies they tell.

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A film set in a dystopian future,where media rules,they control what we watch what we see. Where to the pleasure of the watching baying public,criminals are put to death,on various game shows. Climbing for Dollars,where they slip and eaten by a pack of hungry dogs. And the most popular game show The Running Man,that is kinda like a future version of Gladiators,and if you survive,you are free to go,but you are most likely to be killed by the various vicious hunters wielding chainsaws,electricity and any item to kill or maim. I'm including this film in my Apocalyptic weekend,as I watched a film yesterday that so reminded of this film,and that was Turbo Kid,with the over the top violence,and both looking like very bad 80's movies. Arnold Schwarzenegger was on a roll from mid 80's,with hit after hit, from The Terminator, to Commando,Predator,Raw Deal. Then this film came along written by quite a famous author,under his Alias name that is Richard Bachman, or otherwise know as M…

Beware The Army Of The 12 Monkeys

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A very quick question what do you get if you add Bruce Willis,Brad Pitt and an ex Monty Python Terry Gilliam. You get the mind F##k film that is 12 Monkeys,a post apocalyptic film,after a man made virus takes out 90% of the Human Race,in a terrorist attack,blamed on the radical  group The Army Of The 12 Monkeys. Very much like a very intelligent Terminator film,the future survivors find the possible culprit,and leader of the 12 Monkeys,send back Bruce Willis from the future to locate him in the past and kill him. The problem is when a delirious Willis in the past,starts spouting nonsense about the future he is sectioned,and put in a Mental Hospital,where he meets the equally bonkers Brad Pitt. To be honest I have seen this film many times,it still takes a lot of concentration,to follow the complicated plot. It is still a very intelligent film about time travel,and coincidences with your past self meeting your future self. That predetermined who you are in the future.can they stop the…

VHS 2 Safe Haven segment directed by Gareth Evans

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Although the whole film VHS 2 is not apocalyptic,the third segment is, and directed by the fabulous Gareth Evans,the most talented Welsh man living in Indonesia. The director and writer of the Raid 1 and 2. Well he outdid himself again with this section,also written by him. About a documentary team being giving permission to film,and interview this leader of a doomsday cult in Indonesia. Although he is a little strange,the film crew have no idea what will be in-store for them later,including the pregnant producer of the crew. Yes it is subtitled,does it take away the enjoyment,no it does not, it is without doubt one of the scariest piece of cinema,and one of the best of the recent found footage films. You have a genuine sense of dread,whilst watching,with a very claustrophobic edge,as a viewer,even you are not quite sure what is happening before your eyes,and your equally confused,and terrified at the same time. A must watch, the whole film on a whole is so much better than the first…

Apocalyptic weekend coming tomorrow

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This weekend I will be reviewing the best apocalyptic films. I have seen two new releases this week,and one I thought was just average,and one gave me goosebumps it was that good. Yes I will be reviewing Mad Max Fury Road 3D, Turbo Kid,and some other futuristic apocalyptic movies. Including maybe some from the eighties,with some from the noughties. The reason why, I had such fun watching the two films today,I had to write about them.