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Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat (2002)
Not so good.
I wanted to put my two cents in on this film, since most of the reviews are glowing and this is far from a good film, but what would you expect from Herschell Gordon Lewis.
When I was 13 I didn't like roller coasters, if I wanted a stomach churning experience I watched splatter films. Sometimes they were funny like Peter Jackson's Bad taste (still a favorite), and sometimes they were lurid but entertaining like H.G. Lewis' 2000 Maniacs (well the theme song is still fun). But, as I've gotten older most of these films don't really stand the test of time and the only thing they have going for them are the gore. And in most cases not even that can save them.
In Blood Feast 2 the gore is repetitive, the writing and acting are crap, and the jokes are old and unfunny. I'm not sure what I expected from Lewis, though his other films were interesting to watch for their lurid, sometimes inventive, gore this movie is just boring. I gave it 2 stars for one reason.
He is the only thing worth watching in this movie, and his character carries the only spark of genius in the entire show. It's so genius that I have a feeling it wasn't in the original script, nor did the director or writer have anything to do with it. At one crime scene he makes the requisite "boy I sure am hungry" joke, of course I rolled my eyes "haven't heard that one before", but as the movie goes on it gets so over the top that he starts every scene with "I sure am hungry" and ends every scene with "I sure am hungry". John McConnell you have found a fan.
Not bad, but not good.
Just watched this film with my sister and her kids. Although there are some interesting moments and for the most part the acting is good. This is, as others have commented, a faith picture. Most of the reviews for this film on IMDb are planted reviews by people who were involved in the making of the film. Just click on their names, most of them have reviewed one film.. this film. Others have cutesy names like RadioFlyer68, which I guess is supposed to make you think "Hey I liked Radio Flyer, maybe I'll like this movie too."
Truth is TSOJS isn't really that bad from a movie stand point, it looks good, it's well acted, and like I said it has it's moments. Overall it's no better or worse than many of the afterschool specials of the 80's. But as at least one other commenter noted it's major flaw is that it's a faith picture, where nothing ever goes wrong, the bad guys aren't really that bad, and everything in life is solved by prayer. I was able to suspend disbelief for most of the film, but when it got to the end and the "secret" was revealed I laughed out loud.
The Last Word (2008)
I'd never heard of this documentary, but after reading the plot summary on Netflix I decided to check it out. Honestly, I almost turned the movie off after the first five minutes. The opening re- enactment, ham fisted narration, and use of stock footage was almost laughable. But, as the movie went on it really grabbed me. The opening presents you with a mystery and you begin to question what you're seeing.
"What did the letter say?"
"Did he or didn't he commit the crime?"
The films finale is very effective. This is a truly frightening film, for a lot of reasons, I'm glad I had the chance to see it.
Nightmare Alley (2010)
Okay, so Nightmare Alley is another shot on video horror crap fest from the folks at Brain Damage Films. I was expecting after this long releasing no budget films maybe they'd finally start releasing movies of quality. Sad to say that's not the case, in fact I think their movies are getting worse. Nightmare Alley is bad, sometimes bad in a good way, but mostly just bad. None of these stories make any sense. It's just bad bad bad. Here's the plot of one of the stories in a nutshell.
Guy sits at a bus stop waiting for a bus. Gay guy walks up and propositions him. Guy gets mad and kills gay guy. THE END
*Sigh* Luckily I didn't pay for this, I got it for free on Netflix.
Death Race (2008)
Stupid, but entertaining.
Death Race is probably Paul W.S. Anderson's best movie, of course that isn't saying much. Although I thought the movie was stupid, and the plot was equally ridiculous I was entertained throughout. Being a fan of the original Death Race 2000 I was expecting to hate this movie, and although it's not as zany or inventive as the original DR2000, it manages to keep the action rolling steady from beginning to end. I wouldn't say it's a "So bad it's good" movie, but Death Race is never dull. Overall I can't recommend a purchase or rental, but if it happens to be on cable and there's nothing else on, Death Race will fill the bill.
All rhyme no reason.
I was really impressed by Marc Fratto's second film Zombies Anonymous (AKA: Last Rites of the Dead). So, I was eager to see Strange Things Happen at Sundown. Overall I was disappointed. Not because of the camera-work, or the acting, or the lighting, or the special effects, I knew they would be sub-par. What really disappointed me was the writing. Zombies Anonymous was well written and well edited (assuming you see the full version), Strange Things was overlong, and overly ambitious. There are plenty of great ideas, and funny moments, but overall they don't add up to much of a movie, which is too bad.
I can't recommend this video, but at the same time I can't trash it. If you're interested I say pick it up, check it out. If your on the fence about watching it, don't bother, rent Zombie Anonymous instead.
You may not Believe it, but I REALLY liked it.
Disclaimer: Let me start by saying that I was neither drunk nor high when I watched this movie. I watched it stone cold sober, alone, in my living room.
Amazingly I just gave an Uwe Boll film 8 stars, I know, I can't believe it myself. If I were twelve years old and still read MAD Magazine I'd probably have given it ten stars.
There are plenty of "zany" pop culture riffing movies out there, (Meet the Spartans, Super Hero Movie, Date Movie, etc.) but the difference here is Postal works. I laughed throughout the entire movie, with the exception of about seven jokes which didn't make sense or just didn't work. But it doesn't matter that these seven jokes failed because the movie is an endless stream of jokes, sight gags, bikini clad cult members, machine gun battles, and bad taste in the vein of John Waters/Troma Films earliest efforts.
It's too bad Uwe Boll got himself involved in a petty internet pi**ing contest over this film. I think had he just been modest, kept his mouth shut, and let the film speak for itself it may have been a minor success. The old Hollywood saying about there being "no such thing as bad publicity" doesn't work for you when all you get is BAD PUBLICITY.
That said, the only real problems with the film are the low budget production values and a few of the minor performances, but even those problems just add to the humor of this film.
The plot actually made sense.
The actors played it straight without being too zany too often.
And the jokes, although in bad taste and definitely not for everybody, were never so mean spirited that I was turned off by them.
I think Uwe Boll knew what he was doing with this picture. The satire and parodies worked well, and there were even a few jokes that made me want to cheer. I know, crazy huh?
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)
A boring and predictable slasher film. DON'T BOTHER.
I read about this film on-line and after seeing the generally positive reviews it has received, and viewing the trailer, I decided to check it out for myself. What a disappointment! It starts out well enough. the opening scene was actually pretty tense, but from there it's all downhill. I can see that the filmmakers were trying to do something different with this movie, but by doing so, they took all the enjoyment out of watching it. Those choices combined with the "C.S.I" editing, use of music and montage, lack of suspense, scares, or humor really drag this film down. There's too much foreshadowing and to many "subtle" clues, so when the first twist arrives early on, you already know how the movie is going to end. I gave the movie three stars because I think the cast did a good job, other than that I can't recommend this movie.
Last Rites of the Dead (2006)
Well worth the price of a rental.
I tend to rent a lot of direct to video movies. I know I shouldn't, because most of these films are garbage, and renting them only puts money into the pockets of greedy hacks, but every once in a while you find a gem like Zombies Anonymous.
YES: The lighting sucks.
YES: Thespecial effects are lame.
YES: The videography is mediocre and the editing a rough in spots, but you know what? The writing is really good.
I was able to overlook all of the low budget flaws because there is actually an interesting story to be had in ZA. I won't go into it here because I want you to RENT THIS MOVIE! I almost didn't, it was stuck all the way down in the Z section and the cover art was horrible, but I took the plunge at brought it home. I am glad I did.
The only real drawback to this movie is that the two major action set pieces go on FOREVER, and only highlight the low budget. These are both in the final third of the video and they drag down the momentum. There also seems to be a scene missing toward the end, because I was lost for half a scene before I realized "oh that's who that is, and that's what's going on.". With all these technical problems I still give this movie a 9 out of 10. If more no budget film makers made movies like this (smart, funny, and entertaining) then maybe Hollywood would take notice and start making good movies as well. Not because it's a trend but because it's a matter of life and death.
As I've grown older, I've noticed that I have less patience for crappy direct to video movies. With the proliferation of inexpensive video cameras and editing software, plenty of people have turned to the direct to video market to make a few quick bucks. Now even larger companies like Dimension Films are releasing low budget "So bad it's good" trash on their Dimension EXTREME video line. The problem is most of these films are just "so bad" without being "good" in any way, shape, or form (I'm talking to you Automaton Transfusion). Many companies of this ilk will have a minor hit, take for instance The Bare Wench Project. From what I understand, the movie made loads of money on video and cable. So, what did the film makers do? They flooded the market with more sexy spoofs till there was no market left to be had. This happens all the time. I guarantee that within a year and a half Dimension Extreme will disappear, they'll have made their money from the gullible looking to see something new and move on. This happened with Brain Damage Films, Full Moon, The Asylum, Troma, and the producers of Polymorph, Suburban Tempe films.
The reason I bring this up is because Polymorph is actually an entertaining flick, and one of Tempe's better movies. Most people rave about the Dead Next Door, or Ozone, but this movie is the best of the whole lot. Sure it's bad, but it's bad in the same way The Evil Dead is bad, or Bad Taste is bad. It brings new ideas to the table and keeps the action moving forward. I recommend this movie to anyone who misses the good old days of watching bad cinema, and instead of being disappointed, having a good time. So, get a six pack order a pizza, invite some friends over and enjoy.