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1.Rocky Horror Picture Show
4.Shaun of the Dead
5.A Nightmare on Elm Street
6.Back to the Future
9.Dawn of the Dead (2004)
12.The Blues Brothers
13.Kill Bill Vol. 1 + Vol. 2
15.Repo! The Genetic Opera
18.A Clockwork Orange
19.From Dusk Til Dawn
21.The Silence of the Lambs
23.Batman: The Movie
27.South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut
28.The Lion King
31.Back to the Future Part II
32.The Return of the Living Dead
35.One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
39.Stand by Me
40.Drag Me To Hell
43.Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn
44.Day of the Dead
46.Planet of the Apes
47.The Breakfast Club
51.Pirates of the Carribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
52.The X-Files Movie
57.The Wizard of Oz
59.Monty Python and the Holy Grail
64.Dumb & Dumber
65.A Fish Called Wanda
67.Wes Craven's New Nightmare
68.An American Werewolf In London
70.Little Miss Sunshine
72.Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
76.Cannibal! The Musical
80.The Day the Earth Stood Still
81.Dawn of the Dead
84.The Invisible Man
85.Escape From New York
88.The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
89.X-Men Origins: Wolverine
91.There's Something About Mary
92.Robin Hood: Men In Tights
95.The Butterfly Effect
96.Ferris Bueller's Day Off
100.Terminator 2: Judgement Day
101.Being John Malkovich
105.School of Rock
107.Night of the Living Dead
109.The 40-Year-Old Virgin
111.The Bride of Frankenstein
112.Stranger than Fiction
115.Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
117.Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
119.The Lost Boys
121.I Am Legend
125.The Dark Knight
129.Zombie Flesh Eaters
132.Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
135.The Big Lebowski
136.Army of Darkness
140.Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
141.Bedknobs and Brooksticks
143.House of Wax (1953)
144.The Evil Dead
145.War of the Worlds (1953)
148.The Jungle Book
150.The Time Machine
151.About A Boy
152.The Mummy (1999)
153.Freddy Vs. Jason
154.Detroit Rock City
155.King Kong (2005)
160.Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
161.King Kong (1933)
163.Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
165.The Parent Trap
166.Little Shop Of Horrors
167.And Now For Something Completely Different
169.Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
172.The Truman Show
175.Jason and the Argonauts
177.Me, Myself & Irene
178.Team America: World Police
180.The Naked Gun
182.House on Haunted Hill
184.Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
185.A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
189.Monty Python's Life of Brian
191.The Last House on the Left
192.The Man With Two Brains
193.Drop Dead Fred
194.The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms
197.The Mummy Returns
199.Tallageda Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
205.The Serpent and the Rainbow
211.Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
213.Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy
214.The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Beginning
215.Journey to the Centre of the Earth
217.Dead Poet's Society
223.Zack & Miri Make A Porno
226.The Full Monty
227.Blast From the Past
231.Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
233.Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
234.The Monster Sqaud
240.Trick 'r Treat
243.Meet the Parents
244.Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
245.Friday the 13th Part III
246.Silent Night, Deadly Night
248.Dracula: Dead and Loving It
249.Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
I had high expectations...And my god, were they fulfilled...
I was lucky enough to have visited the set of Wolverine whilst it was in production. Believe me, I'll never forget the thrill of watching Logan elbow Gambit in the face in person, or myself shaking hands with Liev Schreiber...with his super-long fingernails on. Hell, I got to advise the editor, Nicholas De Toth, on which take should be used in the final cut. I consider myself super lucky, and admittedly might be a little biased towards the movie. But holy hell. I thought it would be incredible, but I wasn't prepared for the unstoppable onslaught of action my eyes beheld the night of the premiere.
To be fair, I wanted a little more Gambit and Deadpool. They're great characters (and Taylor Kitsch is a really cool guy), and they had the chance to use them a lot more. They didn't, but that's fine - Freddy Krueger was best in the first Nightmare, and he isn't around for much. It made me appreciate the screen time they had. Being a feature film, it's obvious that they can't explain, explore and probe every single moment in Wolverine's life as depicted in the comics, and some die-hard X-Men fans seem to think it's blasphemy to leave out a few details. Well, more than a few. But do you expect to see the tale of Wolverine told exactly the same as it was? I didn't. It's a movie, not a comic, another issue isn't going to be on newstands next week so the story can continue. They have to squish down to 2 hours or so, and with that, the screenwriters did really well.
In case I haven't said so, the action sequences totally blew my mind. Any person who has fantasies of running with a cool jacket on with explosions firing off everywhere, and you must to something super-cool and uber-dangerous to save yourself (I know I have) will find their dreams coming to life on the screen (the helicopter bit is the best example). True, a lot of CGI is used. I usually don't care for CGI, really. For example in Diary of the Dead. Decent movie, CGI was completely unnecessary. I was pining for Tom Savini to return. But in Wolverine's case, there's really no alternative. It fits. It works. It looks great.
All in all, a smashingly entertaining movie that's going to have a place in my collection as soon as a 2-Disc Edition hits the stores. Oh, and for the people who downloaded the unfinished work print...Why? Why would you do that, what is the bloody point? It was missing some special effects, a lot of the music... I didn't see this but I've been told that's how it was. I mean...I don't know what the hell was running through your mind. This is a movie that has to be seen on a big movie screen. And you ruined it for yourself. You may have saved your money but I assure you, you didn't gain anything.
A fish-man creature? Done that. Giant ants? Done that. Aliens! Nah.
How about a GIANT TARANTULA!
Now tarantulas are pretty scary in the first place, and they're big enough. I'd be running if I saw a normal sized one. But one that stands a whopping 100 feet tall? That's damn horrifying.
Essentially, this movie involves a mad scientist and an experiment that's gone wrong - that is to say, an assistant who resembles Bub from Day of the Dead sets fire to the lab, therefore resulting in the burning of a cute possum-sized rat and a guinea pig as big as a...well, pig. Poor little guys. Anywhoo, glass is smashed in the process and ipso-facto, and a super-sized Tarantula strides out the door looking for trouble. Of course, we know it'll get bigger.
While all this is going on, the hot new science chick is in town and is picked up by our young man who inevitably will save her in one way or another. A few cattle skeletons, a dead farmer and an upturned truck later, our hero finds several puddles of what looks like milk. But further analysis reveals it is venom - tarantula venom. Ah, the plot thickens.
Now this movie has one scene that I enjoyed immensely. I enjoyed the while thing immensely, but this scene just took the cake - said critter returns to it's place of escape and treats it like a badly made doll house. Of course, our heroine and now-badly-disfigured scientist are inside. The creature slowly ambles up to the house where our heroine affectionately called "Steve" is brushing her hair. And he takes a peek inside. Hey, even spiders gets lonely. Maybe because he realizes he can never be with her, our eight-legged friend tears the house apart. As you do.
Now this is an incredibly enjoyable 50's sci-fi classic, I loved it and will return to it on many nights when I feel like watching Leo G. Carrol. And it has a big spider!
Spontaneous Combustion (1990)
I bought this movie in 3-Disc Tobe Hooper Collection. It came with SC, Eaten Alive and the documentary The American Nightmare. I watched Eaten Alive a few weeks ago and liked it, though i thought it could have been better. And last night I watched Spontaneous Combustion.
And what I don't understand...Is such a low rating here on IMDb! I mean, this movie is no Texas Chainsaw Massacre but hell, it's not bad! I enjoyed it quite a lot, really. Brad Dourif truly is a good actor, and creates a character that is likable from the word go. The plot twists and turns, and true, is hard to follow but it's worth being confused as bit just to be wowed by the great special effects and curious happenings occurring around the human firecracker Sam Kramer.
Overall, not Tobe Hooper's best, but it is very far from his worst, and it's certainly worth a look.
Eaten Alive (1976)
Quality isn't great, but still a sweet 70's horror flick.
I bought a 3-DVD Pack last week. It was called The Tobe Hooper Collection. Thankfully, it didn't include The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Poltergeist, The Funhouse or any of his better-known films, as I own the majority of those. No, what I got was two seemingly forgotten movies. 'Eaten Alive', and 'Spontaneous Combustion'. The third DVD was the documentary The American Nightmare.
Anyway, tonight I sat down to watch Eaten Alive. From the back of the case, I was not exactly expecting American Beauty. I was expecting a nut job with a scythe running around killing people, and a crocodile thrown in for good measure. Which is exactly what I got.
This movie is a freak show, I tell ya. I had seen the trailer on other Umbrella DVDs and all the carnage, the gore, the wickedness, the unholy delight Judd takes in feeding his unwilling victims to his reptile was there and unashamedly shocking. It even reaches a point of absolute insanity - one guy gets a scythe through the neck, right? He is flailing about on the porch, and ol' Croc leaps up to grab his leg, but Judd is still holding onto the scythe handle. We got a tug-o-war between man and crocodile, fighting over an unfortunate dude with a nasty scratch through his jugular. Things can hardly get any more messed up than that.
This is pretty much the definition of a video nasty. The DVD quality isn't top-notch, the black is tinted green slightly and the visuals are sometimes a bit hard to make out, but you shouldn't let that deter from a perfectly decent Hooper gore flick.
Le notti del terrore (1981)
Pretty damn good,
This movie came with a 3-DVD box set i bought which I had been eying for some time, called The Ultimate Zombie Collection (Umbrella Entertainment). Umbrella is basically the leading distributor you want to go to if you want sleazy, low-budget 70/80's horror trash e.g. Last House on the Left, Zombie Flesh Eaters, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, etc. Thing is - these films rock.
Burial Ground is everything you could expect from a 1980 Italian zombie movie. It is so chock-full of inventive killings (two decapitations stick out in my mind, and of course what happens to "Mama!") that it is an incredulous joy to watch. Little boring here and there, true, but what the film eventually vomits up on the screen, dripping with green slime, maggots and intestines, it's really hard not to enjoy.
Tales of Terror (1962)
I bought this DVD on impulse from a second-hand store for $3.00. I thought, one dollar a story, nothing wrong with that. Watching it that night, I found that $3.00 is an insult - it is worth so much more.
Knowing that a Poe adaption is really quite difficult, I was prepared for the films to stray from the original stories, more or less. Nevertheless, each story is highly enjoyable, atmospheric and yes, even scary.
*Spoilers* Morella, an eerily creepy tale with fantastic acting from the one and only Vincent Price. His performance whilst his daughter suddenly passes away is truly heart-breaking, and the last shot of Locke's wife is terrifying. It is my personal favourite of the three.
With the Aptly titled The Black Cat, Peter Lorre's display of the unlikeable yet likable drunk is very witty, and no doubt will this segment give you more than a few laughs, as will Vincent Price. I was very surprised by the dream sequence in which Mr. Herringbone is, um, toyed with by his wife and her lover. Scary stuff, with a great use of lens.
The finale, The Case of M. Valdemar, is my least favourite, yet still is a fine ending story. The hypnotism scenes were supervised by a real hypnotist so the way in which the scenes are executed are very convincing. Frightening is the thought of being trapped in limbo, your own personal hell, so to speak. The ending of this story is silly yet scary, and it features a very lingering final shot of the slime covered skeleton over the hypnotist's body (expertly portrayed by Basil Rathbone).
*End spoilers* I'm extremely glad I bought this feature, and it will sit on my shelf for many years to come, fitting nicely in between Suspiria and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974).
Day of the Dead (1985)
Easily the best in the series.
I tell you what I'd love... to fill a movie theater with a bunch of teen kids who love drizzle like "The Perfect Man" and "Step Up" and that crap, play DAY OF THE DEAD, which looks great in capital letters, and watch the reaction. They, not knowing the unrelenting glories of old horror films, who stick to new ones that come out in theaters (e.g. Underworld, Resident Evil, or not even that, who wouldn't know the difference between George A. Romero and Wes Craven), would be absolutely horrified at the intensity of the great film. Man, I'd love to show those morons that the crap they watch is nothing compared the greats...
Love to see that.