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Basket Case 3 (1991)
As to be expected from a third movie...
A third and final foray into the madness that started in 1982 with Duane and Belial Bradley. But with a slumping sequel, odds are not in favor of this third installment.
It should be said that "Basket Case 3" continues on in the footsteps of "Basket Case 2" and showcases the monstrous freaks from that one, just going a step further and also introduces baby Belials and some other new freaks. So if you enjoyed part 2 then you will also enjoy part 3. However, the detour that parts 2 and 3 took from the original idea of part 1 is not really my cup of tea, so I am not much fan of the sequels. I think they went overboard with the freaks in part 2 and as such then I am not much fan of how they continued on with that in part 3.
The story in the third installment of the "Basket Case" series takes the freaks on a journey to the south where they are seeking out a doctor to help the family. However, when Belial's spawn of monstrous offspring is kidnapped by unlawful police officers, the family rises up to reclaim what is rightfully theirs.
"Basket Case 3" didn't really tickle me in the right places, not after what I had witnessed in part 2, so it wasn't an outstanding movie for me. But for fans of the second movie, then this third movie will surely be a blast.
The effects were adequate enough, surely an improvement of what was seen in the first two movies. But again, the freaks in both parts 2 and 3 are just too far out there for my liking.
As for the acting, well you know what you are in for if you have watched parts 1 and/or 2 already. It is adequate enough acting for the genre and the type of movie that this is. Just don't hold your breath in hopes of being in for a grand Shakespearian experience.
Now that I have finally gotten around to finish the trilogy I can check them off the to-watch-list, but chances are slim to none that I will actually sit down to watch any of them, even part 1, a second time around. Why? Well, because they just didn't really impress me that much.
The Ghostmaker (2012)
Literally a ghost in the shell...
I got to watch "The Ghostmaker" for the second time now, and must admit that I could only vaguely remember fragments from the movie from the first time around.
But I have to say that the movie just wasn't much better actually the second time around. Sure, it has some good aspects here and there, I will get to those in a bit, but in overall then this just was a less than mediocre foray into the horror / thriller genre.
"The Ghostmaker" is about a some friends who stumble upon an ancient coffin from the 15th century, which turns out to be an intricate machine that can project a person into a ghost-like incorporeal state. And what seems to be fun and games soon turn out to have deadly consequences.
The concept idea of this machine is actually interesting, and it is apparently based on some real idea, nay fantasy idea of some long dead inventor.
However, the storyline just wasn't impressive enough to make "The Ghostmaker" a particularly enjoyable horror movie. Why? Well, because it was so predictable that it hurt. You knew what would happen long before it did, and you could see what would be the result of things in the movie a mile away.
The acting in the movie was fairly good, and people did perform adequately with their given roles, despite having a fairly generic script and storyline to work with.
The reaper figure was actually interesting, especially since it was tied to the coffin and had machinery parts to it as well. That was actually a great touch of detail and concept idea that worked out quite well. However, it just wasn't much of a menacing presence.
And as for the special effects in the movie, well the special effects team actually managed to pull off the effects quite nicely and also in a believable manner. And that lifted up the movie quite a bit.
"The Ghostmaker" is certainly a watchable movie, you just shouldn't expect to be blown away by it. I am rating it four out of ten stars because it just isn't an outstanding or a particularly memorable movie. And as for it being a horror movie, then it just lacks to muster a punch that makes you take notice.
Witchslayer Gretl (2012)
A twist on a classic fairytale...
It was with very little expectations that I sat down to watch the 2012 TV movie "Witchslayer Gretl". Why? Well, take a look at the synopsis and the cast ensemble, it just doesn't bode well.
But still, it could be a surprise and actually turn out to be an enjoyable movie. But no, that was not the case. I managed to last probably halfway through this movie before I finally dozed off and fell asleep. And let me say that it had already been a struggle up to the halfway point to stay awake, because the movie was just boring and didn't offer much of anything interesting.
The characters in the movie were two-dimensional and had nothing in terms of being memorable or particularly likable.
And the fact that the storyline was just as predictable as it was uninspiring, just didn't help in favor of the movie.
I awoke to the end credits and I must honestly admit that I have no intentions of returning to finish the last half of the movie, because I saw enough in the first half, and I can pretty much figure out the rest just by guessing, as the movie was that predictable.
The special effects were adequate, although they were on the cheap side of the scale, and that didn't really work out so well for the movie, especially since a fantasy movie should have some believable effects, if not have effects that bedazzle the audience.
For hardcore fans of fairy tales, then I am sure that there is something worthwhile on this alternate approach to the classic tale. But for a regular movie enthusiast, not so much.
Alligator X (2011)
And just when you thought the swamps of Louisiana were safe...
Right, well with the notion that "Xtinction: Predator X" (aka "Alligator X") is in the creature feature genre, then chances are that you are in for something that you have already seen countless times before and that you are in for a movie with hilarious special effects.
And true enough, "Alligator X" is just that. It offers nothing new to the genre that hasn't already been seen in other movies.
The story presented here is a very bland and generic storyline, even in comparison to other story lines in this genre. A genetically modified creature is on the rampage in the wilderness and it is a up to a small group of people to stop it, of course.
"Alligator X" has some questionable special effects, like so many others in the genre. But that is actually one of the reason why we keep watching this genre, isn't it? To see how laughable and pathetic the creature turns out to be. And the CGI in "Alligator X" wasn't impressive, let's just say that. I was especially impressed with how a big creature was able to not cause ripples on the water as it moved about.
As for the acting, well it was as to be expected for a movie in this genre. So don't hold your breath for a thespian experience out of the ordinary. It was, however, sort of fun to watch Lochlyn Munro run around here and pretend to be an officer of the law fighting a monstrous alligator.
The characters in the movie were fairly generic, with the heroic protagonists and the stereotypical villain and goons. There wasn't much of characteristics or details added to these cardboard cut-outs, so you don't really care much about the people in the movie.
There are far better movies available in the genre, and once you have seen "Alligator X" then you are very unlikely to return to it for a second time around.
The Last Patrol (2000)
Sure, why not...
Right, well given the synopsis for this movie and given the fact that it is a Dolph Lundgren movie, makes you kind of take a step back and have second thoughts about watching it. You should listen to that little voice in the back of your head.
I, however, opted to sit down and watch it, because Dolph Lundgren does have the occasional movie that is good and entertaining. However, this 2000 release wasn't one of them!
The story here is about a massive earthquake hitting Los Angeles and rips it apart, and from the ashes rise a new island where law and order is gone. And a small group of armed soldiers must steer the survivors and the rest of mankind to a better future.
No. Just no! Seriously, who comes up with these ideas, and more importantly how do they manage to fund these projects. Sometimes a critique's eye should scrutinize the scripts first.
I didn't even get halfway through the movie before I had to give up out of sheer boredom and because there was nothing in the movie that could be classified as entertainment on any level. The characters were two-dimensional cardboard cut-outs and the entire storyline was just laughable. And the special effects weren't really helping the movie ahead in any way either.
This was most definitely not the brightest of moments in Dolph Lundgrens movie career, and from what I saw, then it seemed like he wasn't even fully committed to the movie, as his performance was just half-hearted in comparison to some of his other movies.
With no intention of returning to "The Last Patrol" in order to finish watching it, I can only hope that you take heed of the low rating of the movie, and actually listen to that voice in the back of your head that say "don't do it!".
But there was nothing to salvage...
I must admit that I was more than intrigued by the synopsis for this movie, especially since it sounded like a horror take on the "Groundhog Day" thing.
However, I just gave up on "Salvage" not even 30 minutes into the movie. Why? Because nothing, and I do mean nothing had happened by then. It was a snoozefest of epic proportions. And I had no desire to keep wasting my time on the movie. If a movie doesn't sink its hooks in pretty early on, then there is just no sense is keep watching it.
From what I saw, that "Salvage" didn't really offer anything worthwhile or interesting to the horror / thriller genre. And the acting that I witnessed wasn't particularly outstanding either.
As for the special effects, well I saw none. So I can't really tell you how they are in the movie. I guess you will just have to suffer through more than I managed to in order to experience the special effects.
I have no intentions of returning to finish "Salvage" because there was nothing that appealed to me here at all.
I am rating "Salvage" two out of ten stars, solely because it did have some adequate production value to it. Kind of an ironic movie title, when there was nothing to salvage here in terms of entertainment value or storyline.
It just wasn't outstanding...
I was thrilled about the release of this series back in 2015, but didn't have a chance to get to watch it before 2016. And I had been warmly recommended to watch it, given its zombiesque nature and the entire nature of the storyline, so I was anxious to sit down and watch it.
Then I got the chance, and I managed to get halfway through season one before I just simply gave up. My expectations were brutally murdered by how bland and generic "iZombie" turned out to be. It was essentially just another crime solving show, but with a zombie twist. And I don't like watching these crime shows where the protagonists solve every single crime in every single episode. And "iZombie" was just that. There are far too many crime solving series available, and one with a zombie twist didn't really make it outstanding.
Sure it had the twist that Olivia (played by Rose McIver) was a zombie and was able to take on characteristics and traits from those individuals brains she would consume. And that would help to solve the crimes. Nah, it just didn't work for me.
And as for zombies being in the show, well don't get your hopes up, because it is nothing more than just pale make-up slapped on the performing actors. So in terms of zombie make-up and gore, don't expect any.
Rose McIver and Rahul Kohli does carry the series nicely enough, but their characters and the fact that this was just another crime show (with a zombie twist) just didn't cut it for me.
I was sorely disappointed with what "iZombie" turned out to be, and after having watched half of the episodes of season one, I am not going to return to the series. It will now just stand on the shelves and collect dust.
This was a very mediocre experience for me. And as such "iZombie" scores only five out of ten stars from me. And the fact that I don't like watch crime solving shows didn't really work in favor of "iZombie" either.
Worry Dolls (2016)
A very bland and generic movie...
I was initially lured in by the poster/movie cover for "The Devils Dolls" (aka "Worry Dolls"), and I had no idea what the movie was about prior to sitting down to watch it.
But let's just say that I wasn't impressed with what I witnessed here at the hands of director Padraig Reynolds.
The storyline was lacking contents that would make for an interesting story and it just started to gradually become more and more boring, and my interest and focus gradually started to slip away.
The acting in the movie wasn't particularly memorable, and I can honestly say that I can't remember a single character or performing actor in the movie. Yeah, they were just that bland. And the fact that none of the people in the movie weren't famous had nothing to do with this. But the acting talents just didn't put on a memorable performance.
So who is to blame here? The director? The acting talents? The writers? I can only speculate. I do know, however, that this movie was a wide swing and an equally wide miss. There was just nothing worthwhile to be had here in my opinion.
And for a 2016 release, then it was anything but outstanding, and it will quickly fade into oblivion. There are far better horror / thrillers available, both of 2016 release but also of course by older release dates.
"The Devils Dolls" just didn't make any noticeably dent on the screen.
This was something else alright...
I was initially lured in by the synopsis of this movie, as it sounded like it could actually be interesting enough, despite even the fact that it had Edward Furlong in the lead.
I should have taken heed of the low rating of the movie and probably stayed well clear of this movie, because it turned out to be a waste of time and effort, and I didn't even stick around to finish it. I just simply gave up out of sheer despair and a lacking will to finish this abysmal movie. I managed to stick with the movie to the point where the people had decided to venture out into the wild as the storm was raging, then I just simply had enough...
The storyline just didn't make much sense at all, and things did start out well enough, but quickly slipped down a very steep slope and never managed to get back up. And things fully fell apart when a very strange and horribly fake storm manifested. I have never seen anything as fake and pathetic as that storm. Just what were the special effects team thinking here? As for the characters in the movie, well none of them were memorable, but all of them were flaccid and about as interesting as wet cardboard cut-outs.
And as for the cast in this movie, well let's just say that I wasn't impressed, not in the least. And this might actually, hands down, be the worst movie that I have seen Edward Furlong in - and let's be honest, he does have some questionable titles to his name.
"Stitch" is listed as a horror movie, but there was nothing scary about it. Well, unless if you take the storyline, the lack of acting and the laughable special effects into consideration and call that 'horror'.
I have absolutely no intention of returning to finish "Stitch". There just was nothing, and I do mean, absolutely nothing to warrant justifying spending more time on this ordeal of a movie. The storyline was about as meaningful as watching paint drying on a wall, the characters had absolutely no depth or traits that made you care about them, and the effects were just so poor that your eyes were in danger of bleeding.
Take heed and stay well clear of this movie...
The Skeptic (2009)
Not exactly what I had expected...
With a very alluring synopsis, I sat down to watch "The Skeptic" with the hopes for a haunting. However, the movie did turn out to be something beyond that. A good or bad thing? Well, I had expected it to be a supernatural story about a haunting, so my expectations were throws a bit off course with what the movie turned out to be.
"The Skeptic" starts out quite well and does build up some interesting characters and situations. And director Tennyson Bardwell did manage to keep the movie going at a good pace and build up some really tense situations. Personally, I didn't enjoy the revelation of what was really going on, although you did guess it about halfway through the movie, so it was not a surprise twist of events. Just a bit disappointing to me.
I don't think I have seen Tim Daly in anything since "Wings", which was a great show back then. So I wasn't sure what to expect here. But I was more than pleasantly surprised, because he really did a good job and carried the movie quite nicely. And he had most of the weight of the movie on his shoulders as he was essentially solo in the movie most of the time. But he held his ground and performed quite well.
What really worked out quite well for this movie was the character gallery. They had some very interesting and well-detailed characters in the storyline. And I was especially fond of Bryan Becket (played by Tim Daly) because of his skeptic approach to everything supernatural and his direct method of handling things. So the characters in the movie were well-rounded and had personalities and depth to them.
Now, there were very little special or practical effects in the movie, which was a disappointment to me. But of course, with what the movie actually turned out to be, it would have made no sense to have had "The Skeptic" to be a movie filled with special effects.
There were some good and tense moments here and there throughout the course of the movie, but I wouldn't really say that this movie was rich on actual scary moments. So the thriller aspect of the movie outweighs the horror aspect, just as a heads up.
"The Skeptic" is hardly a movie that warrants more than a single viewing, because the storyline just doesn't have enough aspects, levels or depth to support entertainment for more than a single viewing.
I was fairly entertained, but found the turn of events and the root of actual events to be a bit disappointing. And as such, then I am rating "The Skeptic" a mediocre five out of ten stars.