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Las brujas de Zugarramurdi (2013)
over hyped and a combination of ideas
Two reasons why I picked up this flick, first of all, it's a flick directed by Álex de la Iglesia who I knew from his classic El Dia De La Bestia (1995). Secondly this flick is hyped all over the internet as a must see. And still it's being compared to Peter Jacksons' Braindead (1992).
The reason is due the end we do have a enormous mother zombie or witch walking around. But before the final you have to sit through almost 2 hours of something I still can't place. Can't say that it attracted me as seen in the papers. In fact, I found it rather boring sometimes. But it's not all that bad, the effects used were okay. I also can't say that I had a smile on my face because it's being said that it should be funny too.
Some moments are a bit in the style of Monty Python like for example hanging on a cross and telling your partner just before being burned that you are gay and loving him for years. But it sin't Monty Python and somehow it did put a smile on my face but no more than that.
Not a masterpiece for me but more a misshaped puzzle of elements coming out of different ideas and trying to put that in one flick.
Sorry but for me no witching magick but indeed some director bitching.
Gore 0/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 3/5 Story 2/5 Comedy 0,5/5
no ultra violence like the original one
And again, Hollywood is remaking a classic. This time the Asian cult classic Oldboy (2003). I'm not going to compare them because it's so difficult to do due the story normally taking place in the Asian world.
This remake is also filed under horror and that's the reason I picked it up. Is it as ultra violence as the Asian one, no. The reason is simple, US versions will never have those ultra violence shots like the CAT III does. They have to be rated, unrated they wont be played in theaters. Well, not in the main stream ones. Nevertheless, it's still worth picking up because it do offer a few good moments. The acting is above mediocre.
But I can't say that I enjoyed it the full movie. Therefor there wasn't enough violence involved. Even as I wont compare it with the original every gorehound walking this earth will remember Oldboy for it's violence and the hammer. It's still weird to see martial art being performed by an American. Just watch when the Japanese girl starts fighting, it brings you to another dimension.
If you want to see a rather messy thriller then pick this up but for the horror buffs I have my doubts it will fulfill there needs.
Gore 1/5 Nudity 0,5/5 Effects 2/5 Story 3/5 Comedy 0/5
Space: 1999: Earthbound (1975)
great story with great acting
Some kind of space ship crashes on the moon near moonbase Alpha. Soon they are trying to open the spacecraft and are trying to rescue those aliens, but one of them dies by accident. Not knowing how they would react they are lucky that those visitors do come in peace and were out to find earth.
This episode is really great. You've got two stories combined, the one with the visitors and the Commissioner who see his change to go back to earth if those visitors would leave the base. The aliens agree to have one human who will travel with them for 75 years to reach earth. But will it turn out as it should be?
This is really great. But it's the master of the foreign race that makes this excellent. Christopher Lee do plays the leader. And he does it will coolness just like he did with Dracula. And just have a look when he comes out of his cage, they way he rises did make me think of Halloween (1978) when Michael is standing up from the floor. I guess John Carpenter has seen this episode. Still, this is worth watching for two reasons, Lee and the story itself.
Gore 0/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 0/5 Story 3/5 Comedy 0/5
Space: 1999: Black Sun (1975)
come into the LSD trip
By now you know the concept of Space 1999. Going through space and crossing some planet, problems occur, eagle has to go, eagle explodes or crashes, does anybody ever thought about the eagles lost and pilots being killed? Anyway, Space 1999 gets away with it.
Somehow the moonbase is getting into trouble, there's a Black Sun before them and they are flying towards it. To be honest I would call it a black hole sucking up everything. Bergmann, the professor thinks that a shield above the base could save them but the commander Koenig wants to play save and sent an eagle with 6 people into space to be the survivors. Of they go into the black hole, euh, sun. Everybody on the base is waiting for death coming to them while playing games but Bergmann and Koenig are drinking together waiting for the base to be destroyed, in stead they go into some trance.
A weird episode but so typical seventies, a must see, almost that they were on some kind of drug.
Gore 0/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 2,5/5 Story 3/5 Comedy 0/5
Wandering around in deep space Moonbase Alpha comes across another planet Terra Nova. It all looks good until suddenly the Dr Russel's long-assumed death husband appears. He's warning the people from the base not to enter the planet. even as it looks like earth it will be the end of humanity of the base.
The weakness lays in the fact that Koening does want to go to the planet. By doing so disaster happens. I found this one rather a bit boring because it's a lot of blah blah going on. What did look good was indeed the planet itself. It's clear that you can spot that it was done n a soundstage and not on location but hey, does anyone remember Star Trek.
This episode couldn't stand the time and is a bit of waist of time. But look, Space 1999 became cult so maybe you have to sit through it after all.
Gore 0/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 1/5 Story 2/5 Comedy 0/5
Space: 1999: Ring Around the Moon (1976)
nice story, weak ending
This episode shows that cheap effects do work back then and with the right score it even gives you the feeling of the seventies. When the moonbase is in deep space they come across Triton. The planet do send some kind of orange light that enters into your brain and makes you do serve the planet Triton. The only thing you want to do is to go to Computer.
Of course an eagle is send towards the orange planet but the light makes it almost not possible to enter the atmosphere of the planet. But commander Koenig do wants to save Dr Helena who is also trapped by the light.
The way they did the effects were rather simple, some kaleidoscopic effect in a dark room using the lenseflair of the camera. It works but also shows how easy some effects could be. Maybe the ending is a bit weak because 'the eye' destroys itself.
Gore 0/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 2/5 Story 2,5/5 Comedy 0/5
Space: 1999: Breakaway (1975)
what a great start for something that will become cult
I'm getting old i suppose. When I heard that this was finally out on a restored Blu Ray I picked it up. It was the first series i followed as a child growing up. So this was surely going to be a trip down memory lane.
That Space 1999 has become a cult series can be seen in the pilot, Breakaway. You can see that the cast was sublime and that the acting was above mediocre. But the effects used and the way it was shot never gave you nowadays a feeling that this was made mid seventies. They had a lot of money to invest in this series and it was going to be the next big thing but it failed and it spawned only 2 seasons.
The first episode is what it's all about, on 13 September 1999 there's something going terrible wrong with the moon. A big explosion made it possible that the moon went out of orbit from earth and the people left on Moonbase Alpha are left in deep space on their own. The contact with earth is over and they have to survive in space.
The effects as I said earlier were really well done for the time being. Just for a series they used miniature sets, it shows, but it do works. And they weren't afraid to add a bit of gore to the infected people, their eyes do have a weird look and two have some kind of burned skin. Nowadays you wont turn your face away for this but back then it was something to talk about.
Not a moment that made you think, this is slow or boring. Just have a look for yourself. High tec gadgets used, see the mini televisions, no effects used it's the real stuff, amazing.
And if you want to pick it up be sure to catch the restored Blu Ray, it looks amazing and has 5.1 sound! Filled with a lot of never seen before extra's.
Gore 1/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 4/5 Story 4/5 Comedy 0/5
Wolf Creek 2 (2013)
Suspense and gore
I just couldn't believe that Wolf Creek 2 was actually based on a true event. Face it, it should be unbelievable that a real murder happened in the Wolf Creek area. Unbelievable but it is in fact based on a true murder that happened in the Australian outback.
The story is based on the real life killer , Ivan Milat, in the second part of this flick. The first part is based on the killings done a decade later by Bradley Murdoch. Bradley actually killed Peter Falconio with his girlfriend Joanne Lees. The British backpacker Paul Onions had a terrifying experience with Milat. In Wolf Creek 2 we only have 1 killer, Mick Taylor (John Jarret) who's after two backpackers but suddenly Paul Hammersmith (Ryan Corr) stands in his way to kill both backpackers.
I can asure you that this is a hell of a ride. You're in this flick from the first minute and it will grab your throat until the end. It starts off very nasty when Mick comes across two coppers who wants to learn Mick a lesson. But it turns out in a very gory way. When Paul comes across the killing path of Mick it slows a bit down and the gore moves away to settle back in at the final.
I loved it very much and be warned, it do has a few gory moments. Excellent performance by John Jarret.
Gore 2,5/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 3,5/5 Story 3/5 Comedy 0/5
Cabin Fever: Patient Zero (2014)
sit through half this flick to finally being rewarded with the typical cabin gore
I was left a bit with a nasty aftertaste when this flick was over. To be honest it got nothing to do with the original Cabin Fever (2002). Why they chose the title is still some kind of enigma, maybe the virus being involved and the vomiting infecting the others will make some connection so you could give every flick concerning a virus the title Cabin Fever:blah blah.
Nevertheless, it got some good points but also a few bad ones. The bad ones is the stupidity of the story itself. Sometimes the infected are as sick as hell and are throwing up, the next shot they are alive as it can be. Somehow that stuff just didn't work. Luckily the makers didn't forget to add a bit of funny situations and some gory moments. Of course there's a bit of nudity to catch as gratuitous as it can be but it's really the nasty moments that made it a mediocre entry in the Fever franchise. You will have to wait almost half way the flick before the virus comes in, but once you have sit through the macho part you will be rewarded for your patience. Slowly this turns into a gory flick with the best parts being the one with the infected zombie trying to shoot someone. The other part is the catfight between the two main leads. Even as it is rather pure gore the dildo used in the fight did gave it a funny feeling, still, some will turn their face away once the dildo is used.
As the title said, be patient until halfway and don't be bothered by the lack of a believable story in the beginning. It's all pure cliché. And do sit through the end credits, you will see how the virus got into the bunker.
Gore 2,5/5 Nudity 0,5/5 Effects 3/5 Story 2/5 Comedy 1/5
strange story with some nasty in your face gore elements
This isn't an easy movie to watch for a few reasons. It do offer gore in it's extremest way and it offers a story that you will have some questions to be answered after wards. The strangeness of the script reminded me a bit of Lost Highway (1997), maybe the score used in Fractured add to that feeling?
When a guy wakes up from a coma he just doesn't know who he is. Therefor he has to search into his mind and past to see who and what he was. It isn't going to be a funny ride. As I wrote earlier it do involves a few extreme gory shots, let's say the scalping is the hardest to take. And when I say that Fred Vogel was responsible for the effects then you know enough, Fred is know for the Mordum Underground flicks.
There's also a lot of nudity to catch even as it isn't that gratuitous as we thought. it's done by Ashlynn Yennie who we knew from the Human Centipede part 1 & 2. She goes all the way full frontal. Vinnie Jones is also to catch and as always he's playing the tough guy.
I do like film noire or flicks you can't understand and I surely would file this under that genre but with a gory aftertaste. Can't say it's straight horror, some parts are, and it surely isn't going to be for everyone but it's worth picking up.
Gore 3/5 Nudity 2/5 Effects 3/5 Story 3/5 Comedy 0/5