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Star Wars Trilogy.
Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
John Carpenter's The Thing.
Alien and Aliens.
Indiana Jones 1 & 3.
The Dark Crystal.
Favorite TV Shows:
Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Star Trek (Old, animated, Next Generation and Deep Space).
Batman TAS with Batman Beyond and Brave and Bold.
Superman TAS with 1988.
Stephen king stuff.
HP Lovecraft's works.
An excellent horror fantasy from Clive Barker and his vision has finally came at last!
Aaron Boone (Craig Sheffer) has been having bizarre nightmares about monsters and there has been some horrific murders going on, his psychiatrist Dr. Deckar (David Cronenberg) believes he's going nuts until he is set up to be murdered. Boone's body is whisked away by a secret cult of outcast creatures called the Nightbreed and becomes one of them, however Deckar and some other humans have discovered their realm as a war between man and beast clashes for a true battle of who is the real monster.
Writer-Director Cliver Barker creates another outstanding masterpiece of the macabre combining ghastly horror with Gothic fantasy all combined in one. The music score by Danny Elfman is quite outstanding especially the brilliant creature and make-up effects used in this motion picture which made it the best special effects film of the year 1990. After two years in the making, Mr. Barker delivered a very underrated cult classic of art with a moral about that sometimes humankind is the monster while the creatures are just misunderstood beings. The film is quite gory at times yet the movie itself was butchered by Morgan Creek and was originally gonna be released in August 1989 after being filmed in 1988 for a year and a half as there were reshoots and all that as for the next years, the original director's cut was thought to be lost but then since 2009 a cut called the Cabal Cut which ran for nearly 3 hours was shown in film festivals and in conventions over the 4 years, Shout Factory made a deal with Barker and Morgan Creek to bring the director's cut to the public as they finally did after fans have been waiting for the years to see the missing footage. The new Director's Cut really is a MUCH much better movie than the theatrical cut was as it gives more character development, stuff you never seen, more history on Midians and all that with different ending.
Recommended if you like monster movies, fantasy and horror. Oh yes i forgot to mention, Shauna Sassi she is one of the hottest creature chicks you'll ever see and Rachel the smoke woman, wow! what a woman.
Also recommended: "Beetlejuice", "Hellraiser 1 & 2", "Hellboy 1 & 2", "The Island of Lost Souls", "The Island of Dr Moreau (1977 and 1996)", "Freaks", "Freaked", "Little Monsters", "Re-Animator", "Pan's Labyrinth", "Pumpkinhead", "Cronos", 'The Lost Boys", "Near Dark", "
The best of the original Batman franchise
Gotham City, a big city where crime has been occurring lately and a mysterious caped crusader named Batman (Michael Keaton) is wiping streets clean of criminals, it leaves the police especially commissioner Gordon (Pat Hingle) baffled. A gangster named Jack Napier (Jack Nicholson) was dropped into a vat of chemicals which leaves him disfigures with paint-like white bleached skin and ruby-red lips plus green hair which makes him clown-like as he now calls himself Joker, he begins to terrorize the city of Gotham and stalk a sexy photographer named Vickie Vale (Kim Bassinger). Bruce Wayne who is Gotham's richest man falls in love with Vickie yet she doesn't know his true secret that he's Batman, but can Bruce deal with romance and battling with Joker at the same time?
A classic of the 80s and it was THE event movie of 1989 no doubt! after 50 years since Bob Kane and Bill Finger's DC comics creation has been made into serials in the 40s with a popular ABC TV show in the 60's with Filmation cartoons in the 70s especially on SuperFriends from Hanna- Barbara in the 70s to mid 80s. However in the 70s in comics Batman was changed back to his dark roots even in 1986 and 1987 when Frank Miller changed the face of comics with his excellent mini-series of "The Dark Knight Returns" and "Year One", these caught the attention of the media of how we can see Batman serious again. But since 1978 after the success of Warner's Superman adaptation that they were eying a Batman movie and took a decade of development hell, however in 1988 after the success of "Beetlejuice" director Tim Burton was assigned to do the film yet he did grew up with the 60's show but decided to read Alan Moore's brilliant 1988 graphic novel "The Killing Joke" and he adored it as he became a bigger fan of Batman as he directed the film. Jack Nicholson was nicely casted as Joker i should say, while not as excellent as Ledger's Joker still Jack's Joker is a lot of fun and he stole the show no doubt.
Michael Keaton caused an uproar when he was casted as Batman as fans boycotted the idea yet in Christmas 1988 when the trailer hit theaters the silence was shut as it was a nice teaser. This movie was the most hyped movie of 1989 as months audiences including fans had waited even with a second trailer that showed up in the spring of 1989 and merchandise was everywhere as it was the year of the Batman, hell even TV stations had reruns of the 60's Batman show to cash-in on the phenomenon. This movie opened on June 21st 1989 and became one of the highest grossing movies of all time and the biggest movie of the year earning acclaim and making Batman cool again just like Frank Miller and Alan Moore did. It launched a franchise and influenced many films from "Dick Tracy" to "Darkman" to others of it's kind just like Richard Donner's "Superman" movies did, hell it was even admired by Christopher Nolan when he did his reboot of the franchise to even spawning the animated series in the 90s which had influences from Burton and the comics. The film co-stars Robert Wuhl as photographer Alexander Knox with Billie Dee Williams as Harvey Dent then Michael Gough as Alfred with Jack Palance as Grissom, it's a highly entertaining, well written and well acted action adventure from screenwriter Charles Hamm and director Tim Burton. I should say Keaton did a nice job as both Wayne and Batman as he convinced audiences, i remembered when i was 7 seeing this movie on the big screen 6 times and i had nearly all the merchandise as i was Batman obsessed that year and i even ate the cereal plus i collected the comics since then but before that i was more into Superman, Swamp Thing, Aquaman and other DC heroes but this movie made me a bigger fan of Batman since despite Swamp Thing is still my favorite DC character. I even got this movie with the NES game for Christmas that year and i watched reruns of the 60's batman show all the time, hell i even saw all the Batman movies in theaters and even watched and taped the awesome animated show religiously all the time on Fox and WB. This movie is still excellent even in these days of Dark Knight mania, let's never forgot how Batman became dark again on film after the 60's with this one.
The last Universal monster icon movie
For a million years there has been legends of half-human/half-fish humanoid creatures who have survived since the dinosaur age. A group of people like Dr. David Reed (Richard Carlson) with his fiancée Kay Lawrence (Juliee Adams), Dr. Carl Maia (Antonio Moreno) and others have discovered a bizarre fossil as they go into the Amazon jungle to see if this kind of creature still exist, yet a Gill-Man is still alive as it sets his eyes on Kay as he falls in love with her and kidnaps the woman yet her boyfriend with others must try to save her.
One of the greatest sci-fi and horror films ever and the last Universal monster icon movie ever in the franchise which began with the 20's versions of Hunchback/Phantom of the Opera then with Dracula in 1931. Universal had box-office success with the 3D Sci-fi joint "It Came from Outer Space" and they decided to do something different, Jack Arnold who directed this film had a concept for a film that is inspired by South American legends of gill-men and the 1933 classic "King Kong" especially the old story of Beauty and The Beast. The performances with style and atmosphere are superb, not only those but it gave an iconic monster in both the sci-fi and horror genres as the Gill-Man has became a beloved icon like the other Universal monsters making him a hit character as he is in merchandise over the years and even had a popular show in Universal Studios. The film was a box-office hit and one of the first major 3D films, this movie is a great work of horror/sci-fi cinema that is very influential
Zombie Nightmare (1987)
A baseball playing jock just got creamed (as in killed) by a gang of trendy punks, his grief-struck mother takes his body to a mysterious voodoo priestess who magically revives him as a murderous zombie who seeks revenge on those that killed him.
A stupendously awful 1987 Canadian zombie film that co-stars Adam West and Tia Carrea but not even those 2 actors could save this mess of a film. This movie has a simple story yet the acting with some stuff are terrible, the kills are lame and the pacing is slack. I rented this movie when i was 6 when it came out on video and thought it blew, yet it still does suck now but luckily i'm glad it was riffed on MST3K as it's one of my favorite episodes ever but the actual movie is a lifeless loser.
Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)
A true trainwreck
Family man Michael (Hal Warren), his wife Margaret (Dianne Maherr) and daughter Debbit (Jackie Neyman Jones) travels on vacation as they stumble to the Valley Lodge. They soon find a creepy mangoat-like fellow named Torgo (John Reynolds) helps them to their rooms until his evil master (Tom Neyman) traps them into a horrifying nightmare.
One of the worst films of all time! this stinky abortion of a movie has one of the worst plots in the history of film plus rotten acting, horrible production values, lethargic pacing, and all that sort of thing but does have a good jazzy soundtrack which helps the level of this excretment. Thank god for Mystery Science Theater 3000 riffing this mess apart and you can feel the pain they suffered through this movie.
Watch only the MST3K version.
The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)
A Guilty pleasure
When Trish (Michele Michaels) invites her friends over to a slumber party while her parents are away for the weekend, they are expected to have a good time on Friday night. However, a homicidal maniac(Michael Villea) has escaped from a mental hospital as he has a love for knives and power- drills as he crashes the party to start making a bloodbath but can some of the ladies escape from the killer?
Exciting and intense 1982 slasher film from Roger Corman productions and was directed by Amy Jones and written by a feminist as it was one of the first horror movies made by women. There is nudity with graphic violence and gore abound with some very weak acting plus an okay story, i saw this on video as a kid and thought it was decent.slasher film. Not a very good movie but still a decent time waster.
Pearl Harbor (2001)
An underrated war achievement!
In 1940 as Hitler and his Nazis invade Europe, America refuses to join in the battle. Two military pilots named Danny (Josh Harnett) and Rafe (Ben Affeleck) have been good friends since they were kids fall for a sexy nurse named Eveylen (Kate Beckinsale) for Rafe seems to get the girl until he is called for duty in Europe, a month later after Rafe is assumed dead it's now Danny who falls for Evelyn. It seems he isn't dead at all but alive and a love triangle starts for now the Japanese have a plan to attack on Sunday December 7th 1941.
Co-starring Jon Voight as President Rooservelt, Alec Baldwin as Captain Doolittle, Cuba Gooding Jr. as Doris "Dorie" Miller, Mko as Admiral Yamamato, William Lee Scott as Billy and Dan Ackroyd as Captain Thurman this is an outstanding and underrated WWII action-drama from producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Braveheart writer Randall Wallace and director Michael Bay. It's been criticized as a cliché mushy love story disguised as a war movie but it's not true, i believe it has the right ingredients of a successful blockbuster from all three filmmakers and really depicts WWII in a glorious fictional kind of manner. Who cares about accuracy and all that? i think he does a small bit of historical accuracy even on some casting like Cuba Gooding Jr. who made a damn good role of playing the first black American soldier to get the cross-medal and i love Hans Zimmer's brilliant score. The action sequences are well executed by one of the biggest Hollywood action maestros Bay and it's a very well made movie that is a must see for everyone as i loved it since i saw it in theaters before my graduation for it's a sad, sometimes uplifting and dark War drama that even has a bit of humor.
One big expensive sci-fi trainwreck!
In the year 10,191 there stands a desolate desert planet known as Arrakis (a.k.a. Dune) where it has a precious substance that is made and sold throughout the universe as a substance called spice. A prince named Paul Artedis (Kyle MacLachen) lives on planet Calidan where his father Duke Leto Artedis (Jurgden Prochnow) has been assigned by the ruler of the galaxy known as Pasaha Emperor Shaddam IV (Jose Ferrer) to have him, Paul and wife Lady Jessica (Francesa Annis) to be on planet Arrakis to help out on spice manufacturing. However on planet Geidi Prime, overweight floating villain known as Baron Vladmire Harkonnen (Kenneth McMillan) who controls the Harkonnen empire wants to fight against the Emperor and the Duke so he can take over the planet Arakkis for his evil purposes. Once on Arakkis, trouble begins to brew for Paul and friends as the Harkonnens are trying to overthrow them leaving Paul's father to die, Paul and his mother are left in the dangerous desert where the giant sandworms roam but rescued by an underground tribe of Freman warriors. He also finds true love with native girl Chani (Sean Young) as for 2 years the Fremen with new messiah or Kwistaz Haderech is what they call it to fight against the spice miners with the Baron and Emperor to save the planet's resource of spice.
One of my least favorite movies of all time and one of the biggest fiascoes in the history of film plus the worst film of Lynch's career! Dune is one of my favorite books of all time as Frank Herbert created a visionary masterpiece of a novel in 1965 as well as a book franchise to make a legacy. This movie took 15 years in the making as originally Alejandro Jorodowsky who is a very good art-house director from Chile is a fan of the novel and has a great concept to make a 5 hour film based on the novel with an ideal cast like Orson Welles to having Pink Floyd do the music score but it was dropped. In 1979 Dino De Laurentiis Studios obtained the rights to the book as he approached Ridley Scott to direct after the success of "Alien" as Scott was interested for he is a true fan of the novel but due to a death in the family he passed out on the project in 1980 when he was gonna do "Blade Runner", but after the success of "The Elephant Man" they hired well known cinematic artist David Lynch who had major success with that film just didn't know about the book or never read it nor is he a Sci-fi kind of guy until he read the book for a month and wrote the script.
What could have been a triumph turned into a major disaster! This movie cost $47 million and is one of the most expensive movies in film history. 2 years in the making of this movie and was released on December 14 of 1984 after major hype even from fans of the brilliant novel, this Science Fiction fantasy movie had potential but it turned out to be a major disaster as a film, at the box-office and critics. In theaters, the studios made them hand out pamphlets or cheat-sheets on the plot, terminology and characters of the film as it's one of the few movies in history to use cliff-notes and that was not a good sign. Audiences go to movies to escape from literacy and even from homework but it's a bad thing to give your audience an exam.
Despite co-stars like Paul Smith (Popeye), Dean Harry Stockton, Patrick Stewart Freddie Jones, Linda Hunt, Chucky himself Brad Douriff and Max Von Sydow, you know what went wrong on this project? first off, Lynch never cared about the book for he just made a 2 hour bastardization of Herbert's vision with disgusting material that he added like heart- plugs, bloody fetuses, a cat/mouse sewn together like something out of The Human Centipede and his taste for the bizarre/macabre. Some of the casting was mixed as some were good like Paul Smith as Beast Rabin but some were bad like wooden first timer Kyle Maclachen and Sting, i mean come on? Sting for Feye? give me a break! some of the visual effects are laughable despite some few good ones like the worms or the Guild Navigator, the story is way too confusing even for hardcore fans of the novel such as myself and annoying overdoses of whispering voice overs which is terrible but not like Blade Runner which wasn't too bad to use v.o. in the theatrical cut of that masterpiece. I also hated how he turned the baron into a zit-faced joker of a fat-man than a serious overweight and intelligent politician for he was over-the-top and overacted, but Patrick Stewart was pretty good despite being in the wrong part when he could have been The Emperor.
The film does have a few good points like that score by Toto/Brian Eno as it's one of the rare cases where the soundtrack is superior to the film itself, David Lynch disowned this movie since 1989 as he loathes the film as much as any true fan of the book does for it wasn't worth the print it was on film as Hollywood learned it's lesson to never hire David Lynch for big budget projects again to leave him do his own stuff which he did Blue Velvet in 1986 as he thankfully returned to independent films. Big budget Hollywood blockbusters just isn't his thing especially this poorly written, poorly acted, miscasted and poorly directed dreck.
Yet the good thing about this movie version of Dune is that it makes you wanna read or reread the book, otherwise it's a $47 million mess.
Fulci's scariest movie
When a New York family moves to a small town where they found the perfect place to stay, it's a nice looking mansion. However the child has a special psychic gift of seeing a girl that warns him not to move into the house but he didn't listen, the house had terrible things that occurred once by a sick mad doctor named Freudstein who conducted horrible atrocious experiments on people. Now the family has moved in, weird supernatural occurrences keep popping up and the guests are starting to disappear one by one in a bloody way.
Ghastly, spooky and gory as hell haunted house/zombie thriller from Italy's horror maestro Lucio Fulci is one of his greatest hits yet! it's also his scariest besides "The Beyond". Sure the plot lacks coherence but the dark atmosphere, a pulse pounding score, and graphic sequences of violence & gore such as skull-stabbing and a demonic bat being mutilated by scissors. The film contains that H.P. Lovecraft-like feel that Fulci would sometimes throw into his supernatural movies as this movie is a prime example, it mixes both the haunted house and zombie movie genre into one movie and it's a clever idea. Lucio Fulci makes a nice cameo appearance in this movie so look for him, this is one of my all time favorite horror movies and a must see for fans of the genre but not for the squeamish or those easily frightened.
My rating: 8/10
Similar movies recommended: "The Shining", "Pet Semetary", "House (1986)", "The Others", "City of the Living Dead", "Re-Animator", "Poltergeist", "Dawn of the Dead (1978)", "Making Contact (a.k.a. Joey)", "The Ring (Japanese and American)", "The Amityville Horror (1979)", "Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror", "Versus", "Demons 1 & 2", "Cemetery Man", "House on Haunted Hill (1958 and 1999)", "The Orphanage", "The Devil's Backbone", "Burnt Offerings", "Phantasm", "Suspiria", "Phenomena", "Inferno", "Night of the Living Dead (1968)", "Day of the Dead", "Blood Diner", "Maniac", "The New York Ripper", "The Innocents", "Silent Hill", "Bride of Re-Animator", "Beyond Re-Animator", "Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (a.k.a. Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue)", "Hellraiser 1 & 2", "Beyond The Door", "Shock", "Tenebre", "An American Werewolf in London", "From Beyond", "Dead Alive (a.k.a. Braindead)", "Evil Dead 1 & 2", "The Sentinel (1976)", "Final Destination Series", "The Changeling", "The Legend of Hell House", "House of 1000 Corpses", "Mirrors (2008)", "1408", "The Grudge", "Ju-On: The Grudge", "A Nightmare on Elm Street", "Event Horizon", "Stir of Echoes", "Cannibal Apocalypse", "Return of the Living Dead 3", "Beetlejuice", "In The Mouth of Madness", "The Toxic Avenger", "The Gate", "The Fog (1980)" and "The Beyond".
The Dark Crystal (1982)
One of fantasy cinema's milestones!
A thousand years ago in another time and another place in the age of wonder, a universal source called "The Dark Crystal" has been cracked with a single piece missing and thus creating two new races such as the kind Mystics that live far away from the castle where they can leave in peace and the evil Skecksis which are hideous half-bird half-lizard beasts that live in the castle where they treasure the crystal as their power source. For a thousand years they ruled the land and there's an upcoming great conjunction in which the three suns will join in one and the Skeckis will rule, a prophecy tells that an elf-like being called a Gelfling must find the shard of the crystal from a sorceress named Aughra then head to the castle to heal the crystal before the three suns join in one or else the universe will be ruled by the Skeckis.
Brilliant and outstanding Sci-fi fantasy masterpiece from Jim Henson which i call his masterpiece, this is an inspiring motion picture that has moved me ever since i was a child and got me into movies. Five years in the making, Jim Henson and Frank Oz have crafted a motion picture unlike any other has ever achieved before as it was a labor of love as he had a whole crew of wood-makers, jewelery makers, craftsman, and puppeteers.
The film uses a cast of realistic and life-like puppets and animatronics plus organic settings that make the movie's world almost as real as you and me. The story is original and thought-provoking with spectacular settings and beautiful yet sometimes dark scenery, the music score is the true star of the movie as it captures every mood and is one of the most criminally underrated movie scores of all time. Ever since i was 3 this movie captured my imagination and turned into a sci-fi fantasy lover even a movie fan as it's still one of my top movies of all time that includes childhood favorites. This is an artistic masterpiece that has to be seen to believed, you must come and experience this highly underrated jewel of a movie even with your family.