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Evil Dead (2013)
return to the evil woods
After a long hiatus i'm returning with a review of the new evil dead movie,first off i'm usually standoffish on remakes,but i actually had good vibes about the evil dead remake,its updated quite a bit for the new and younger horror fans who never seen the 1982 original,so there's plenty more gore and blood,and some clever cg scenes,one actress i recognize is Jessica Lucas who i remember from another good movie clover field,and like the first one there are 5 young people,2 guys and three women.and yes its the woods,there is the book of the dead and i really don't want to give the plot away but prepare yourself,it is a nail biter and if you don't like blood,guts,and gore don't watch it,in the theater i saw this people were laughing at some scenes,probably because like me we seen it all before,but this movie is more brutal and yes scarier then the 1982 original,too bad Bruce Campbell did'nt do a cameo.this would've been a good 3d movie,oh yes and about the book,it is bound in human skin,when you do decide to go see evil dead,keep repeating to yourself,its only a movie!but like Donald pleasense says in the horror compilation film terror in the aisles 1984,but sooner or later you must leave the theater,mind you this did'nt give me any nightmares but some of the scenes were so brutal they wee hard to forget.they did change the title by the way,instead of the evil dead,its called evil dead.awesome movie,check it out,8 out of 10.
Justice League of America (1997)
not as bad as critics called it
I had recently seen the justice league telefilm and actually enjoyed it.true it did'nt have a big budget but it was enjoyable,the special effects were good,the costumes a little laughable but it was interesting to see after hearing all the bad reviews,but then i enjoyed the roger corman fantastic four more than the bigger budget fox film.Miguel Ferror plays a good villain.this film focused on the people behind the masks,more than the action.too bad it did'nt become a series.i guess the real comic purists shot this one down,remember the first captain America movie?and vampirella?not all comic movies turn out great,but its up to the viewer to decide if its good or bad,not the critics.ill give it a 7,because i liked it.
The Thing (2011)
well done prequel
I must say i was very hesitant to watch the new thing,mainly because i'm sick of remakes and poorly made sequels,but i did enjoy the thing.even though they waited 28 years to do a prequel to the very graphic John Carpenter classic.but yeah very well done,showing what happens when the Norwegian scientists discover the spacecraft and its very unsavory passenger.and it all leads up to the very beginning of the original 1982 version.i recommend 2011's the thing to horror and monster movie fans who all saw the Carpenter classic.though the 1982 thing was much better,even by todays standards,before computer graphics.I'm giving this an 8 out of 10.
Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)
When i was a kid in jersey i remember watching this on creature features on channel 5,i thought it was cool.giant crabs attacking scientists on a small pacific island that keeps getting smaller.however turner classics cut about 5 minutes of the intro out,there's a forward and a tidal wave earthquake at the beginning.i have the VHS and its all there uncut.i wonder why it was cut out.this is one of Roger Cormans better films although now the crab does look silly,the legs don't move,the claws do.but that was back before cg.and monster maker Paul Blaisdell did'nt have a lot of money to make a better crab monster,Russell Johnson did this a few years before Gilligan's island.Pam Duncan and Richard Garland went on to star in Cormans;the undead.and Mel Welles in little shop of horrors as mushnik.as for my monster memories,it was more entertaining back then before VHS,DVD,and cable.there was always creature features every Saturday,and chiller theater on the rival station.I'm giving this 7 out of 10.
The Alien Dead (1980)
bottom of the barrel
I remember reading about this in the old fangoria magazine,at the time it looked good,well many years passed and finally got a chance to watch it.and really what a piece of i dare not say,poor Buster Crabbe being the star of this really terrible bomb.they basically use the plot of night of the living dead.and i usually like Fred Olen Ray movies but this early work is very crude.the special effects are bargain basement.well i know Buster Crabbe has done bad movies but this was his worst ever.i think he did a better job on an episode of buck rogers with gil gerard as a fighter pilot.there's some nude scenes thrown in,zombies coming out of the swamp,ripping of the 1977 film shockwaves.if you see this one in the $1.00 store.take my word for it and don't bother,its about 77 minutes of your life you'll never get back.instead watch the more superior night of the living dead,its better and it most likely had a lower budget than alien dead.
The New Kids (1985)
creepy standout performance by James spader
I had first seen the new kids back when it was released although not a horror film,it is more like death wish,Sean Cunningham who did the original Friday the 13th back in 1980,really did a great job with producing this thriller about two teens who go to live with their aunt and uncle down in Florida.at a low rent theme park called Santa's fun land.well the move is not a pleasant one,the teens Lori and Shannon run into a unpleasant gang of teens led by creepy dutra played by the very talented James Spader following his break through performance in 1985's tuff turf.great performances by all.i thought the new kids was a very thrilling b-movie with a great cast.Eric stoltz is also on hand as a friendly teen who is there to help.well the new kids is a great 80's b movie that you will not forget.Spader deserved an award for this creepy performance.10 out of 10
Return to Sleepaway Camp (2008)
I saw the first sleepaway camp and it was as gruesome as can be,perhaps not as gruesome as 1981's the burning,but the ending is unforgettable,no spoilers.but return is a direct sequel to the first sleepaway camp and almost the same plot.there's a fat outcast kid everyone in the camp picks on,a greedy camp owner played by a slimmed down Vincent Pastore(sopranos)and another sopranos actor Lenny Venito as one of the camp cooks.and Issac Hayes in his last film.the killing scenes are very gory.and then there's Paul D'Amgelo as Ronnie from the first sleepaway camp as a co owner of camp manabe(formally camp Arawak)but i would call return to sleepaway camp as true sequel,not like the other ones unhappy campers and teenage wasteland but really true to the original more or less.return is a welcome return to the 1980's slasher flicks without the stupid cg effects overdone so much these days.i totally recommend return to sleepaway camp to those who enjoyed the 1983 original and fans of 80's slasher films.
Hell Ride (2008)
tribute to biker films of the 70's
While most critics were harsh on hell ride,i thought it was a really good biker movie,sort of reminded me of the 1970's biker flicks by American international.a very good cast led by Micheal Madson,and smaller roles by Dennis Hopper and David Carridine.pretty violent and has the Quentin Tarentino trademark.would have been a good drive in flick.features some great music on the soundtrack like cc rider.which was a biker movie from 1971,with Joe Namith,and William Smith,if you like good biker flicks and exploitation,then hell ride is for you.all i can say is i liked it.and i like Tarentino movies.too bad William Smith and Peter Fonda were not in this.but then again it still works.7 out of 10
OK I'm a sucker for a good b movie,and i loved this movie,better then the first one;Willard.well this time the fleeing rats led by Ben end up underneath the city storm drains.Ben then befriends a terminally sick boy played by Lee H Montgomery,who helps him.this time the rat army is much bigger.i wont reveal the ending but its a rather good one.the rest of the cast is very good,Meredith Baxter as the boys sister,Joe Campenella is the cop in charge,and Arthur O'Connell is the pushy newspaper reporter.Ben and his fellow rats should've received awards for their performance.and don't forget this features the late Micheal Jackson song called Ben.i call this a friendship between a boy and a rat.i recommend this movie to all fans of the horror genre.8 out of 10
Blood Bath (1966)
weird art-house horror
I have seen this movie many times,its king of weird like bucket of blood,cannot figure out the vampire subplot but its enjoyable to say the least.i know its two movies spliced into one.William Campbell is one of my favorite actors,he plays an artist/vampire who likes to chase young women,dips his victims in hot wax,like house of wax.it is kind of an art-house flick.directed by Jack Hill,who i believe was fired by Roger Corman during filming.Jack Hill made many good b movies after this like the women in cages flicks with the sexy Pam Grier,and heavy Sid Haig.i believe i recently seen the extended version of this,under the title blood bath,not track of the vampire.7 out of 10.