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Matthew (Jerry G. Angelo) invites David (Brent Gorski) over to his
place after meeting on the Internet. They're awkward at first but soon
start kissing. Then David starts acting strange and somewhat creepy.
Has Matthew made a mistake? You won't see what's coming next.
Creepy gay horror short. The guys are hot, the acting is good and hunky Angelo spends virtually the entire short in his underpants. It's well-directed with a very eerie atmosphere and a couple of decent jump scares. No graphic gore or elaborate special effects but there's some good gruesome makeup work and a satisfying ending. This is the only gay horror short I've ever seen and was pleased by the results. The whole film is available for free on IMDb. Well worth catching.
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Annabel (Jessica Chastain) and Lucas (Nikolaj Coaster-Waldau) are to
bring up two little girls that have spent five years alone in the
woods. They're Lucas' nieces and were left there by Lucas' brother.
They try to help the girls recover...but don't realize that the girls
had help surviving for all those years with a creature they call "mama"
and "mama" is not going to give up her children without a fight.
It's well-done, the acting is good and there are a number of places where you're guaranteed to jump...but I found this unsatisfying. I found the revelation of what the mama is pretty silly and the back story got very confusing towards the end. I found the ending wildly overdone too. Still it DID scare me a few times and it had a very creepy atmosphere so it's OK.
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Housewife Beverly Boyer (Doris Day) accidentally becomes a TV star
overnight selling soap on commercials. Her successful doctor husband
(James Garner) isn't too happy about it and believes she should stay at
home and bring up their kids like all women do. This leads to
Day and Garner are both charming and great in their roles but the sexual politics and unfunny comedy sometimes make this heavy going. The movie is continuously making it clear that a woman having a career is not a good thing and Garner's antics to get her to stop working are hardly funny. Also some of the comedy is beyond silly--the section with the back yard pool (all installed in a few hours) and soap is just dumb. Still, it was well done and the Garner and Day play off each other very well. If you can ignore the outdated attitudes in this movie you should enjoy it. I give it a 5.
A bunch of horror tales that we see on VHS strung together by a bunch of hooligans breaking into a house to steal a VHS tape. First up is "Amateur Night" with a bunch of 20 something jerks going to a bar, getting two girls drunk and bringing them home to have sex. However one of the girls has a surprise for them. VERY bloody with female and male frontal nudity. Easily the best story in the movie. Next is "Second Honeymoon" about two people on a honeymoon being stalked...sort of. Slow and meandering but the ending was surprising. "Thursday the 17th" is obviously a homage to slasher films. A bunch of brainless college kids go into a forest and are killed off in various ways. The killings are gory and the ending unexpected. Next is "The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger". It's about a woman being haunted by a ghost. It has a few good moments but ended up being confusing with plenty of gratuitous female nudity. Easily the worst segment. Last up is "10/31/98" about a bunch of friends going to a Halloween party at an abandoned house...and getting more than they bargained for. It starts slow but REALLY works at the end. All in all a good horror anthology that scared me.
Director Felix Farmer (Richard Mulligan) directs a kids movie with his
wife Sally Miles (Julie Andrews) in it. It bombs and Felix goes crazy.
However he thinks he can save the movie by having Sally bare her
Vicious satire on Hollywood. Writer/director Blake Edwards just lashes out at Hollywood and all its executives. He also got a very talented cast in it--there's William Holden (in his last film), Robert Preston, Larry Hagman, Robert Vaughn, Shelly Winters, Loretta Swit and Robert Webber. They're all enjoying themselves and it rubs off on the audience. They're all good but Holden and Preston are excellent. This is primarily known as the film where Julie Andrews swears AND bares her breasts but it's got more going for it then just shock value. It does derail at the end getting way too dark and morbid but most of the way through it's a lot of fun. This was not a big hit which is too bad but I think it was too cruel for mainstream audiences.
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Remake of the inexplicably successful 2008 Swedish horror film "Let the
Right One In". Owen is a 12 year old boy who is mercilessly bullied by
male classmates and has no friends. Mysterious 12 year old Abby moves
next door to him. Owen is interested in her but he says they can never
be friends at all. It seems she's a vampire whose father kills people
and drains their blood to feed her. Despite herself Abby starts falling
for Owen and he falls for her...but doesn't know she's a vampire.
Part horror film, part DARK coming of age story. I'm no great fan of the original. I find it boring, badly acted, painfully slow and stupid. This one is just a little better. It's still far too slow and the bullying scenes are more than a little disturbing but I kept watching. It's better-acted, some of the attack scenes are vicious and frightening and it has the proper depressing mood. In some ways it's virtually a shot by shot redo of the original but makes the bullying angle more explicit. So I like it a little more than the original but it's still not a great, let alone good, horror film.
Redo of the 1978 Brian DePalma movie. Carrie White (Chloe Grace Moretz)
is a put upon teenage girl who is harassed daily and has no friends.
She also has the power to move things with her mind. Sue Snell
(Gabriella Wilde) feels sorry for attacking Carrie when she gets her
period and gets her boyfriend Tommy Ross (Ansel Elgort) to ask her to
the prom. Carrie goes but evil Chris Hargensen (Portia Doubleday) has a
disgusting surprise in store for her...and Carrie gets MAD!
This is a well-done movie. The acting is mostly good, it moves quickly and has great special effects...but why was it done? It adds nothing new to the story and lacks fire (no pun intended). Aside from the prom scene nothing here was done any differently than the original movie. You know exactly what's coming next so there's no suspense or surprises. Also another big disappointment is Julianne Moore. She's a wonderful actress but walks through her role here. She can't hold a candle to Piper Laurie who was incredible in the original. Same with Mortez. She's good but you won't forget Sissy Spacek. All the teenagers in this one are all in their 20s...and look it. They're all good-looking (especially Elgort) but seem too old for their roles. Moretz was 15 when she did this so at least she's the right age. The only really good thing about this was Carrie attacking at the prom. It's bloody and violent and kick starts the movie--but that's not till the very end. So, sadly, this is another pointless redo. It's so well-done that I hate to knock it.
This is a documentary on the making of the 1978 horror classic "Halloween". It's primarily Debra Hill and John Carpenter discussing it. There are also the producers, the cinematographer and two of the actresses in it (Jamie Lee Curtis and P.J. Soles) talking. If you're a Halloween fan (like me) you'll find nothing new here. All of this has been discussed before. Even worse this is LOADED with clips from the movie--far too much. Again and again and AGAIN they show long clips from the movie when short ones would have worked as well. Sometimes the clips are used to illustrate a point but more often than not they seemed to be thrown in at random. It brings this to a screeching halt and frankly gets boring and annoying. The only good parts are photos from the set and Carpenter directing Donald Pleasance. It's too bad. "Halloween" is a true classic and deserves much better than this.
The movie opens with a nude woman dying on screen. Detectives Dave Walsh and Ed White try to find her murderer. It seems she was involved in the beatnik scene which leads to LOTS of "humorous" encounters with various characters as the bodies pile up. Also Walsh gets involved with anthropologist Janet Lynd who's investigating beatniks for a paper. It all leads to an ending where the killer is revealed to be no one we even met! Originally this was pretty dull. So scenes with a totally different cast were added. The murders (all off screen) were added and are pretty gruesome. There are flashes of sex and nudity and there's also a black cat whose brainwaves are affected by the killer who changes genders. Seriously. It's so ridiculous and over the top it's fun to watch out. However it's a bad movie with terrible acting and a stupid plot. For bad movie lovers only.
This played on TV in the summer of 1986 (I believe). It had a great idea: Laraine Newman plays an usherette at a theatre that showed nothing but bad old movies. They showed the movies but they were interrupted by commercials and "comic" antics of Newman and the audience. The big problem here is the comedy with Newman and the audience was painfully unfunny. The cast tried but the material wasn't there for them. Even worse the films were edited down to about an hour rendering most of them incomprehensible. Still, it was fun to watch late at night during the weekend if you couldn't sleep. Also this gave exposure to some truly bad movies that (back then) you had no way of seeing. So, for its time, it was amusing but badly done.
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