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I saw this movie first on the very last new episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (sniff) and it was a pretty good movie. (I think the way Mike, Crow, and Servo made fun of it made it pretty enjoyable too) Even without MST3K I still think it would be pretty good. Lots of similarities with other movies, especially James Bond, except this guy was a bad guy kinda. This was one of those rare "cheer for the bad guy" movies, and I like those movies! As I watched it though, at the back of my mind I was hearing "I've seen this before somewhere. Somewhere recent." Then it hit me as Diabolik was climbing up the castle in his white suit-- this movie was spoofed in the Beastie Boys video for "Body Movin'!" It was cool to finally see the movie that inspired such a great video.
Event Horizon (1997)
not that bad!
Sure it takes some stuff from other movies and uses it, but there aren't really that many movies anymore that don't borrow from other movies at least a little bit, mostly because just about everything has been done! We've seen talking animals, tornadoes, dinosaurs, aliens, demons, sinking ships, explosions (although I gotta admit I can't get enough of those), mask wearing psychopaths, guns (those either), aliens, talking babies, car chases, aliens, more aliens, asteroids, etc. over and over again! Sometimes making a good movie is taking stuff from other movies and rework them a little bit to make them better, thus adding a little bit of originality to stuff that's been seen before. That's why many old TV shows are being remade. Sure, many of the remakes suck, but what about "The Fugitive," "The Brady Bunch," and a few others I can't think of right now? There are tons of movies about Titanic, yet nobody complained when the newest watered down, bad acted teeny-bopper version hit the theaters. They made that piece of doodie the number one grossing movie!
This movie is like "The Shining" in space, but it adds a few plot elements here and there. People complain about too much gore, and I think that those people are the moviegoers who call themselves horror movie fans but have only seen movies like "Scream 1 & 2" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and all the other new horror movies that don't live up to what horror used to be. I'm not saying "Scream" was bad, that was my first real horror movie too, but after that I went and checked out it's roots, "Halloween," the original "Nightmare on Elm Street," "The Shining", and many others. Had I seen these before I'd seen "Scream" I would have looked at it as a totally different movie. But I'm not talking about "Scream," I'm talking about "Event Horizon."
It is more like the older horror movies, it doesn't water down the plot with a bunch of unnecessary and out-of-place humor. It goes right where it should, the scary stuff. Sure there might be a few plot holes, but who cares?
I feel sorry for people who analyze things that are scientifically or historically wrong with a movie when they watch it, because they aren't watching the movie for the reasons they should. There were tons of historical mistakes in Titanic. Star Wars has a lot of scientific mistakes with it. Jurassic Park probably couldn't really happen. In almost all movies set in the future, people have the power to travel at the speed of light and create wormholes, but our weapons are never quite good enough to kill a few acid-bleeding aliens or giant tank bugs. My point is, suspend your disbelief when you are watching a movie to be entertained, you just might actually like what you're watching. After you've seen it a few times then look for what's wrong with it, but don't hate it for what is wrong about it, like it for what is right about it. If you must hate a movie, at least make sure that it's because of terrible acting or a bad script or something like that. Don't hate a movie because it's not scientific fact or because it's too gory for you. I gave this 7 out of 10, because I LIKED IT DAMMIT!
not as good as the first
The turtles are back, and they have to face Shredder again, even though they thought he was dead. This time Shredder gets his hands on some of the "Ooze" (called Mutagen in the cartoon) that transformed the turtles into what they are. He uses it to create two of his own mutants. When I heard of this plot point when I first saw it I thought we'd finally get Bebop and Rocksteady from the cartoon, but instead we get Tokka and Rahzar, two creatures even stupider than Bebop and Rocksteady were.
This movie doesn't live up to the original movie, almost not even the cartoon. The cartoon's turtle origin plot is changed almost completely for this, and I didn't like them messing with their origins. Then they stuck Vanilla Ice in there! Bad, bad move. Then they pulled the biggest Ninja Turtle no-no out there, they KILLED Shredder! I don't know why they did that, and I don't want to explain how mad I was when they did. They can't kill the turtles' ultimate nemesis, but they did. Well, at least this wasn't as bad as the third...
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
I was the perfect age for this movie when it came out, I was about 11 I think, and I was an obsessed fan of the cartoon. I had the video games, and so many of the action figures, you know, the ones that never stood up on their own and the weapons never fit into the hands right? But I LOVED it. I saw the trailer for the movie and I absolutely had to see it, but I couldn't because nobody took me to see it. (Nearest theater is 30 miles away.) So it came out on tape, and I HAD to have it, so I begged my parents to get it for me. When I watched it I loved it, but it was different from the cartoon. For one thing, it was darker, that didn't bother me. The turtles didn't want to fight the bad guys really, that didn't bother me. One thing that did bother me was that Splinter was actually just a rat before he became Splinter, in the cartoon he was the guy that Shredder killed in the movie that owned Splinter. No big deal I guess. The things that I really missed were Krang, the little brain guy from the cartoon, and Bebop and Rocksteady, the warthog and rhino, also from the cartoon. I've read that this movie was more like the comics were, (I never got to read them) so I guess that's where the differences were spawned from, but I think they could have added Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady so that it would be a nice blend between cartoon and comics, for people that missed out on one of the two. As I watch the movie now though, I don't see it as that great of a movie, but it's still fun to watch.
The Waterboy (1998)
Only REALLY good the first time
I saw this movie the first time with a few friends, and throughout I couldn't stop laughing, it was one of the funniest movies I'd ever seen.. until...
The movie came out on pay-per-view. I remembered how much I loved it so I decided to get it. During the movie this time (the second time I'd seen it) it didn't seem as funny. I even found myself squirming in my seat a little bit. I don't know what happened, but I guess the magic in the movie died for me, it just wasn't as good the second time around. It could have been because I wasn't with my friends this time, but I doubt it.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that it kind of ran out of steam for me. I love Adam Sandler movies, but this one just wasn't as funny as Happy Gilmore or Billy Madison. Watch it one time, you'll laugh pretty hard, but don't try to sit through the whole thing a second time, just the football parts. 6/10
Child's Play (1988)
A fun horror movie
The first Child's Play is my personal favorite in the series, followed by Bride of Chucky, then parts 2 and 3. I think that Chucky is one of the coolest movie villains ever, and he's got what some of the other villains don't---personality. He's got a sense of humor, which is good. I kinda hate seeing him get killed, but like he says at the end of Bride of Chucky "Go ahead and kill me!! I'll come back! I *always* come back!" then to himself--"but dying is such a b**ch!" The acting is pretty good, and I thought that the kid who plays Andy was a lot better in the first one, when he was like 6, than he was in the second one, where he was 10 or 11. He seems sleepy throughout the whole second movie, but in this one he seems like a regualar 6 year old kid--a regular 6 year old kid with a doll from HELL!!! A commenter before me said that one problem was that nobody believed Andy and his mother first, but c'mon, how many people do you actually think would believe someone who said that their doll was killing people? That was pretty much the point of the movie! All inall a great horror movie, with just a touch of comedy thrown in.
Child's Play 2 (1990)
Yeah, I guess it's ok...
This movie is DEFINITELY not as good as the first, or even the fourth, but it is nice to see Chucky running around killing people again. However, this movie had a few plot inconsistencies with the first, as do the other two sequels, mostly the fact that Andy's mother was committed, even though there were two other people who saw that Chucky was alive at the end of the first one. A good way to fix that would have been to have Chucky somehow kill the two cops at the end of the first movie, but I guess it's too late for that. Alex Vincent, who played Andy in each of the first two movies, seems worse in this one than he did in the first, almost like he had some acting talent then lost it. He just seems so... sleepy or something. Sure he seems a little bit stronger now, but he should be a little smarter than he was in the first movie. Brad Dourif is great once again as Chucky. Brad gives Chucky his own personality, and I'm sure that if Chucky were voiced by someone else the movies wouldn't be half as good as they are. This one has a bit more humor than the first one did, but still not as much as Bride of Chucky.
Mmmm... Cult goodness...
This is a great cult movie, I remember seeing it for the first time when I was very young. The copy was destroyed by a family friend unfortunately, and I all but forgot about this movie, until the magic of the internet was brought into my home. I purchased a copy on line, and fell in love all over again. You can ask a hundred people about this movie, and not many will have heard about it, but once they've seen it, they'll never forget it. The Hamlet plot similarities are great, and fun to point out to people. The weird thing is, Strange Brew was actually the subtitle of the movie, the title was "The Adventures of Bob & Doug MacKenzie: Strange Brew", so the title of the sequel should be "The Adventures of Bob & Doug MacKenzie 2: Home Brew", but who am I to nitpick one of the greatest movies of all time? I can't wait for the sequel! This movie is an excellent companion to the Bob and Doug Album, titled "The Great White North." Loads of beer fun!!
Child's Play 3 (1991)
My least favorite in the series
Child's Play 3 has one of the BIGGEST plot holes in the series. This one was released a year or two after part 2, but Andy has aged like 7 years. Still, I love seeing Chucky!! I can't get enough of him, but I think that if Brad Dourif ever stops voicing him that I won't like him as much anymore. This has more humor thrown in, which is good, because you can't expect many horror movies to take themselves too seriously after the second sequel. Another plot hole is that instead of transferring his soul into Andy, Chucky wants to transfer his soul into the other little kid. (In the first movie, it was said that Chucky had to transfer his soul into the first person he told who he really was) I have a theory on this however. Maybe since Chucky was completely melted down and turned into a whole new doll he got another chance to tell someone else his secret, so I guess that's ok. There is a similar plot hole in Bride of Chucky, and I have a theory on that one too, so read my review for that if you get a chance. This is my least favorite in the series, mostly because of the fact that Andy aged so much from the second one, but it's still fun to watch.
Bride of Chucky (1998)
My second favorite in the series
This is what fans of the series were waiting for, a sequel that focused more on Chucky than it did on Andy, who became more and more of a wuss as he got older. Brad Dourif seems to have lots of fun voicing Chucky, and will always make his lines memorable. My favorite conversation in the movie is when Chucky first talks to Tiffany, and she asks how he's been and he replies "Peachy!" I don't know why, but it seemed so cool to hear Chucky say that. Now onto some of the series' famous plot holes. In this one, Tiffany had to chant Chucky's incantation to bring him back to life, but in the other two sequels he came to life once he was rebuilt. I have no theory for this one. The other was the previously unmentioned medallion. Chucky could have transferred his soul into Andy before without it, but now to transfer his soul he needs this medallion. (In the first movie, it was said that Chucky needed to transfer his soul into the first person who found out who he really was.) My theory for this is as follows: Chucky was still the same doll as he was at the end of part 3, so he'd have to find that little kid that he told his real name to in that, but it would be too much trouble to find him when he could just get his medallion and transfer his soul into whomever he wanted. Tiffany needed it because the first person who knew who she really was is Chucky, and neither of them would want that, so they need to find the medallion. Like the Evil Dead series, the first ones were both almost strictly horror, the middle ones added some dark comedy, and the last ones were both almost all comedy. Bride of Chucky is loads of fun to watch, it is more entertaining than all of the other three, but the first one is still the best. The girl who plays Jade is very pretty, but Jennifer Tilly is gorgeous as always. While the ends of the first three left you wondering whether or not there would be a sequel, this one leaves almost no doubt. If the next movie, which as of now is called Son of Chucky, is half as entertaining as this one, I'll be one of the first people in line to see it.