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Another fine sequel here...
Since Treat Williams took over "The Substitute" franchise, he surpasses Tom Beringer. He has more fighting skills, and he he really puts the "e" in education. This time, he he goes from a rough high school to a well made college that is overrun by some juiced up jocks. The jocks are top athletes, but they are wired up by steroids. They rowdy, out of control, and running amok at the college. After the accosting of the new English literature professor, it's up to Karl Thomasson(Williams) to step in the classroom, and infiltrate. He sees a football team with no sense of morals and only football on their brains. The other culprit in the team is their coach who have been offering them the drugs. With a whole new outfit for the team, Karl and them go out to see who is selling the steroids to the team, and shut them down for good. While they go after the dealer, Karl checks up on the teacher who's father was a soldier and friend of Karl to return a medal in which he earned. When one of the players left the school due to the scandal, and the death of the teammate due to the steroid use. He was the real winner. Avoiding shame, death, and being a disgrace to sports. It goes to show, drugs don't make you a winner. This movie has some morality to it. It's worth the watch! 3 out of 5 stars
Get Crazy (1983)
Party hardy people!
For all those who love to have a good time, this movie is for you. In "Get Crazy", a theater owner who thought he was going to die realize he's soon be having fun every year rather than worrying. His theater has the best guests, the best music, and the best surprises. He has some obstacles he must avoid. A former worker(Ed Begley, Jr., "St. Elsewhere") who wants the building for his own. Along with his cronies(Fabian Forte & Bobby Sherman) would go to extremes to get it. With a lot of performers in there. One of them Reggie(Malcolm McDowell) kinda finds himself in a personal rut. He has the Countess(Anna Bjorn) but ends up preoccupied with other women. So when she sees the stagehand, she seduces him. Good for him, bad for Reggie. While the party goes on, the countdown to New Year's is yonder way. And everything is good to go. This movie is a bit of a spoof of a lot of stars, but the tribute is for real. I thought this movie was a lot of fun. But it is now a tribute to Lou Reed, who played the reclusive hit maker of the day. It is a always and forever, a true gem! R.I.P. LOU REED! 3 out of 5 stars.
This movie is a real right porker!
A lot of horror movies dealing with animals were getting big all the times. Rather than a shark, dogs, cats, or other vicious wildlife that can endanger man. In Australia, a rabid kangaroo won't do. You get, "Razorback"! This pig can make other wild pigs, look tame. This porcine terror is a juggernaut of the Outback. It was a very rare mutant pig that can seemingly not easily be killed. This terrible pig runs through the yard at night running through a house, and carrying off the old man's grandson he just put to bed. Though he was cleared of his grandson's death, he was left a broken and angry man. Two years later, a reporter from New York comes to the Outback to do an expose on wildlife being used as dog food. She encounter two deranged locals. Gets attacked by them, but later met her end by the monster pig. The husband looks for answers. He meets the past victim, and gets into action. Gregory Harrison does a great job in his role. He's known for playing Gonzo on "Trapper John, M.D." And after this movie, what makes you think about a remake, Hmmm? This movie was "porky", and I don't mean the raunchy comedy! There's plenty of cheese factor to it, but it's interesting to watch. 2 out of 5 stars
Alone in the Dark (1982)
Fine 80's slasher film!
The 1980's was on the rise of slashers. Before Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees, there's "Alone in the Dark" . In an asylum, there are 4 mental patients who are convinced that the doctor(Dwight Schultz, before playing "Howling Mad" Murdock on the A-Team) has killed the original one. So they devise a scheme to escape, and take him out. The guard there overhears it and warned the new doctor. He takes it lightly. The killer quad escapes killing anyone who got in their way. During the route of escape, the doctor and his sister go to a concert where a very crude punk band were playing, a power failure occurred, and the doctor was glad to be relieved of such manner he couldn't take much longer. During the outage, the murderous quad find their way to a sporting store for some weapons. And they trade the doctor's car for a van when they killed the owner. Then comes my favorite scene between the bicycle messenger and the maniacs. They took him out, and get his hat and uniform. Then comes the plan. After the police warn the neighborhood about the 4, everyone is on guard. It's very interesting to see, and the surprise is there in this film. This is perfect for horror fans. Great cast, great plot. I recommend this film straight out! 3 out of 5 stars.
Seven Minutes in Heaven (1985)
A rare teen gem!
While other 80's teen movies get all the glory, this movie is worth taking a good looking into. "Seven Minutes in Heaven" is an angst on the art of coming of age. Most of the themes is love, sex, and relationships that come and go. Here you got Natalie(Jennifer Connelly) a brilliant, yet independent student who lets her friend Jeff(Byron Thames) stay at her house after a big fight with his stepfather(Marshall Bell). Then there's Polly(Maddie Corman) who has the toughest time in school finding a boyfriend. So what does she do? Falls in love worth a baseball player from New York named Zoo(Billy Wirth) . Well, when Natalie dates one of Jeff's friends, she discovered he is anything but faithful. And Polly meeting with Zoo doesn't go the way she wished for. All the pandemonium is going on all around. Jeff's mother tries her best to bring her son home, and make a connection with the new stepfather. As for Natalie, she just need to open up, and be more forward with everyone. She lost her mother to leukemia. Polly on the other hand needs to be happy with herself and be true to herself. Yes, it's a pain to be goofy, but chasing the winds can make you more miserable. It's a fun movie, should be used for educational purposes in my opinion. Not too raunchy, very subtle. A keeper in the books. 2 out of 5 stars.
Psycho II (1983)
It's still great even after Hitchcock's first!
Even though Sir Alfred Hitchcock left us in 1980, his honor and memory lives on in the film. "Psycho II" begins where we left off 22 years ago. Norman Bates(Anthony Perkins) is released after his stay in a mental institution for the murder of Marion Crane(Janet Leigh) and several others. His release draws the ire of the sister, Lila Loomis(Vera Miles). Norman goes back to his motel home, where the manager Warren Toomey(Dennis Franz) runs it while Bates was institutionalized. Prior to returning, he goes to work at a greasy spoon diner where he meets Mary(Meg Tilly). That night, Norman takes over his motel after he fires Toomey for turning it into an "adult motel". The next day, Toomey drunkenly accosts Bates. And just say, he was fired, permanently. Here we go again. The murders are back. Has Bates gone back to his murderous ways? Apparently. However, Mary does cover for him when the sheriff comes by. If Norman was locked in the attic, who killed the teenage boy and Toomey? Well, Lila did have a daughter, and she's helping Norman. Lila wanted Norman to suffer and re institutionalized, but Mary has other plans. In this movie, Norman was more victim than villain. If Alfred was alive, he would have been proud. It was not bad! 3 out of 5 stars.
A whole different story, same seductive meaning!
Out of all the "Poison Ivy" I have seen, this one is like none of the three. To me, this is like "Heathers" meets " Mean Girls" only more serious. Here you have an orphaned teen named Daisy(Miriam McDonald), who lives in a small town ranch, who gets to go to s very prestigious college. Fitting in is one thing, proving your worth is another. Earlier, a student in the college died under mysterious circumstances. She catches the attention of two people: Blake(Ryan Kennedy) and the clique, the Ivies. The leader Azalea(Shawna Waldron), seduces Blake one afternoon to get ahead. In order to keep the scholarship for themselves, the Ivies go to every length to get it. Even make the new girl one of them. Blake would warn Daisy about Azalea and the Ivy society. Especially when Azalea killed his father, the dean of the college(Greg Evigan). After the scandal in college, Daisy goes back to her boyfriend, realizing her heart belongs to him. Keeping the situation to yourself is best, rather the blowing the lid of a college with secrets. Different from the first three, but it retained the same seductive manner as usual. So don't jump the gun on it, watch it and be the judge yourself. 2 out of 5 stars.
This remake is very uplifting to say the least!
Who can't forget the magic Brian De Palma did in 1976 version of "Carrie". That's the one Sissy Spacek made famous. A timid teenager, bullied by her peers, lashes out on her tormentors with her telekinetic fury. Well, it's the same thing here, only more extreme! Chloe Grace Moretz now plays the title character. And really puts Spacek to shame in the role. Carrie White(Moretz), is a social misfit who is bullied unmercifully by her peers in high school. Her mother Margaret(Julianne Moore) is more harm than help to her child in need. The mother is a religious zealot who makes her life more miserable by the moment. She pervert the Word of God. She indefinitely full of herself. It all starts of a game of water volleyball. Then the famous period scene in the shower. And the girls taunt Carrie to "Plug it Up!" Then most of all, the prom. When Carrie lashed out, she lashed out! This version of burning down the school makes DePalma's look like child's play. At least Carrie knew how to get the ones who wronged her. Sue(Gabriella Wilde) was one of the bullies with a conscious. This movie also shows the errors of bullying, and I too, find it unacceptable. The way Mortez displays Carrie's powers is really out there. The effects were great. Though some of the scenes were a little overboard in a way. I liked DePalma for his originality, but for Kimberly Peirce, she did herself well here. Both Mortez and Moore did very well in there role in the movie. Not the best, nor the worst, it's the finest Stephen King remake I have ever seen. A must see for Stephen King fans. 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Possessed by the Night (1994)
Intensifying all the way
Erotica can reach to a level that is intensifying and scary at the same time. In "Possessed by the Night", it says it all. Here you have a horror script writer(Ted Prior) who goes to Chinatown and buys a strange pickled one-eyed creature. The thing in the jar does something to him both good and bad. He works on his scripts better, and he's an animal in bed. However, his wife began to get scared by his actions. It gets worse when the live-in secretary, Carol (Shannon Tweed-Simmons) enters the picture. When the supernatural aura gets to Carol, the sex games become very intense. Brought in by his boss Murray (Frank Sivero), Carol was not only sent to live with the couple, but to steal the scripts as well. Murray may be a sleaze, but he was about to get something in return he'll never forget: Double-crossed! Along with Tweed, and Sandhal Bergman, Chad McQueen plays a collector who want to go out on his own, and not take any guff from his boss. Other than sex, firepower has its part of the movie. Everyone decided to take out one another. This movie is indefinitely a class of its own. No one will ever see an erotic thriller like this one! 3 out of 5 stars.
The Curse (1987)
If anyone who is a total skeptic, then you ought to check out this movie. Wil Wheaton fresh from "Stand By Me", plays the son of an overly religious stepfather(Claude Akins, 1926-94) and brother who works on a farm. One night, a meteorite falls on a farm, while his wife has an affair with the farmhand. In the morning, they check it out. It happens to be not a meteorite, but something else. More sinister. Because when it landed, it dissolved into the ground. So when the farmer began to water and fertilize the crops, it's when the "curse" starts to take place. The produce became filled with worms, the cows and chickens get sick, and looking rancid. And the stepfather become oblivious to the fact that the curse is infected him and his family. Only the brother and sister escape the fate before it overcomes them. Since the mother was already the first victim of the curse, she has the opportunity to take out the unsuspecting developer who has been wanting to buy the land of her current husband. This movie is very absurd to say the least. A very moderate cast. The Wheaton team, and John Schneider did very well. Silly though. 2 out of 5 stars.