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Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990)
An enjoyable final chapter in the Psycho trilogy.
This is an enjoyable final chapter in the Psycho trilogy, returning Anthony Perkins one final time to the screen as Norman Bates, who this time calls into a radio station to tell his story about his mother to the DJ doing a segment on matricide.
It's a intrigue-filled TV movie that cleverly tells the relationship between Norman and his mother and how her domineering and uncaring ways brought Norman to matricide and then, finally, to insanity. Henry Thomas plays a young Norman Bates well - convincing, vulnerable and edgy - and Olivia Hussey plays a Norman Bates with stunning beauty, yet with craftiness and spitefulness.
While the movie focuses on the origin of Norman Bates' insanity and crimes (which I thought could have been made a little more creepy), the plot adds a twist to it in the part where the adult Norman (Anthony Perkins) tells the radio station that he intends to kill again, throwing everybody into added suspense. Everything then comes full circle to a fitting conclusion of the trilogy.
Child's Play 2 (1990)
A rather entertaining horror sequel.
The not-so-innocent movie about a child's doll continues with Andy Barkley (Alex Vincent) being sent to live in a foster care home while his mom is recovering from a mental hospital. Nobody believes Andy's story about Chucky the killer doll, but that soon changes when the doll returns, possessed once again by serial killer Charles Lee Ray. It goes on another rampage, this time trying to free his evil soul from the doll and transfer into Andy's body.
The plot's pacing, script, and music score work fine in this movie, with a some good humor and suspense, and some creepy moments. The acting was pretty good for the most part - especially enjoyed the characters of Andy and Kyle. Vincent portrayed Andy with innocence but determination and Christine Elise gave a rebellious yet tender-hearted and strong portrayal of foster teenager Kyle. Brad Dourif gave another sinister, dark, and sarcastically funny portrayal of Chucky.
The overall horror elements may seem tame by more recent standards, but it's still a rather entertaining horror sequel.
Cat's Eye (1985)
A funny little horror flick!
The Cat's Eye is an analogy of three stories of suspense and horror that are all linked to a stray cat.
The first two stories deal mostly with mad doctors and criminals, with the cat only loosely connected to the people involved in the tales. However, the cat takes on a larger role in the third story, which stars Drew Barrymore playing a young girl being endangered by a menacing troll.
This film is not terribly horrific or frightening, but there are some suspenseful, edgy and creepy moments - especially like the part where Robert Hays' character is forced to walk on a high ledge around a building. Mixed in are some dark humor and lighthearted moments, and some funny acting.
Not the greatest horror movie out there, but it's still rather entertaining.
The Pink Pro (1976)
Not too athletic.
The Pink Panther decides to be a sports instructor and forces the pointy-nosed man to train with him in a hosts of sports, from archery to skiing, from sky diving to boating and from golfing to tennis. However, the man isn't the least bit enthusiast by the sports. What results is a lot of back and forth tangling between the panther's training and the man's apparent miserable time in trying to master the sports.
It's a rather fairly done cartoon and with limited laughter here and there and a little nice slapstick action, but nothing too entertaining.
The Pink of Arabee (1976)
A rather uniquely done Pink Panther cartoon.
The Pink Panther visits a country that is presumably India, who sets in the sights and runs into a snake charmer. Instead of a snake, a rope rises from the jar and takes to the liking of the Pink Panther's tail. What results is a lot of back and forth tangling between the rope and the panther's tail.
The Pink Panther also has a run-in with a string of spaghetti, which also takes a liking to the panther's tail.
It's a rather uniquely done cartoon and some laughter here and there and some nice slapstick action.
Mystic Pink (1976)
A random and forgettable Pink Panther short.
The Pink Panther for some reason has a house right on the land of the City Dump. With nothing to eat, the Pink Panther walks around hoping to find food, but instead, finds a magician's hat that was accidentally left behind by his speeding vehicle. The hat contains a over-sized bunny rabbit, who helps the panther create food, a membership card to a sauna and other stuff by magic.
Not much laughs in this one - just some random magical stuff that is supposed to help the Pink Panther better his life. It's odd that with all the homes the Pink Panther is shown living in the cartoons, he is shown living at a house on a city dump.
Not one of the better or laughable Pink Panther cartoons out there - just a very random and forgettable one.
The Scarlet Pinkernel (1975)
Should have left the dogs to the pound.
The Pink Panther sees a dog catcher trying to round up stray dogs and take them to the pound. Feeling sorry for man's best friend, the Pink Panther duns a hero outfit reminisce of the legendary Scarlet Pimpernel and decides to rescue those dogs from the catcher. However, it turns out that he got more than he bargained for - one of the dogs proves to be an ungrateful little mutt and chases down and bites the panther, while another dog proves to be too friendly and touchy. Above all, the dogs in this cartoon short were downright annoying and the Pink Panther should have left them to the pound. Overall, not a very funny cartoon.
Pink Campaign (1975)
The revenge is entertaining!
This is a fairly funny Pink Panther cartoon where he exacts revenge on the pointy-nosed man by stealing pieces of his house one by one because he chopped down the panther's tree house for lumber. It's entertaining seeing the Pink Panther cleverly and slyly sneak bits and pieces of the man's house without him knowing, and it is always funny seeing the Pink Panther in his cunning ways - outsmarting the pointy-nosed man left and right.
You will get some laughter here and there - not terribly funny, but still quite entertaining.
Keep Our Forests Pink (1975)
Not too funny, but a clever cartoon.
The Pink Panther is a ranger at a national park and is in charge of keeping the forest clean and safe. It's clever how he works with the wild animals to enforce all the safety laws, which is to the detriment of the pointy-nosed man, who doesn't heed to all the "no fishing," "no fires," "no littering" signs.
While not a terribly funny cartoon, it's entertaining seeing the Pink Panther outsmart the pointy-nosed man on a number of occasions and nice seeing the cartoon sending kids messages to always pick up after yourselves.
Pink Elephant (1975)
A rather anti-climatic cartoon.
The Pink Panther feeds an elephant at the zoo and, after he ran out, leaves the premises. However, the elephant takes a liking to the panther and decides to follow him home. When the panther attempts to guide the elephant back into the zoo, he notices that the doors has closed for the night. So, the panther had no choice but to take the animal home with him to his apartment.
Not much laughs in this one, just plenty of simple gags in trying to get the elephant into the panther's apartment while trying not to arouse the suspicion of the apartment manager (our pointy-nosed man). The ending was rather anti-climatic as well.