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Real name: Scott LeBrun
Birthdate: September 25
I bid you...velcome.
I'm a shameless movie fanatic who especially favours the following genres:
Favourite directors include:
George A. Romero
Groovy fun made a must see by its lead performance.
William Marshall, a veteran actor with a commanding voice and presence, is the ideal choice to play the title role. Otherwise known as Mamuwalde, he's an African prince who visits Count Dracula (Charles Macaulay) to ask for his help in ending the slave trade. However, among his other faults, Dracula is a racist, and decides to punish Mamuwalde by cursing him with vampirism, locking him up along with his lovely bride Luva (Vonetta McGee). Two centuries later, Blaculas' coffin is transported from Transylvania to then-contemporary Los Angeles; the dapper, blood sucking soul brother rises from his coffin to nibble on assorted unlucky people, and falls in love with Tina (also played by McGee), the spitting image of Luva. Intrepid modern-day Van Helsing type character Gordon Thomas (Thalmus Rasulala) realizes something strange is going on due to the condition of the bodies left behind.
This eclectic cast also includes Canadian legend Gordon Pinsent as the none-too-useful Lt. Peters, beautiful ladies Denise Nicholas and Emily Yancy, and favourite Old Hollywood character actor Elisha Cook Jr. as a hook-handed coroner. Gene Page composed and conducted the delightful score; William Crain (who went on to do another fun blaxploitation- horror combo, "Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde") handled the directorial chores. The movie contains some fun shocks (the scene with the cab driver is most amusing), and a little bit of bloodletting, but first and foremost it functions as a tragic romance. One can't help but like Mamuwalde, especially since his situation is not his fault and he only feeds on humans because that's the reality that he now must "live" with. Thomas is a cool hero, though, and is well played by Rasulala.
Overall, an enjoyable story with a suitably rousing conclusion.
Eight out of 10.
The Relic (1997)
Good of its kind.
Ultimately, "The Relic" all feels familiar enough to prevent it from being anything really special, but it's actually decently directed and produced and does get a fair amount of mileage out of its central location. The cast is above average, the music appropriate, the atmosphere respectable, and the effects - a combination of practical and digital - are generally well done. Those familiar with the source novel by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child could understandably be disappointed, especially with the elimination of some of the best characters, such as Smithback the reporter and Prendergast the FBI agent. But "The Relic" does kill time easily enough, and should be adequately entertaining for creature feature junkies.
The description ""Alien" in a museum" is apt, as the story deals with an enormous, continuously evolving form of life that makes its home in the bowels of the Natural History Museum in Chicago. Of course, this is bad timing, as the museum is about to launch an all- important exhibit designed to pull in investors. The hero on the case is superstitious police detective Vincent D'Agosta (Tom Sizemore), who's assisted by sexy researcher Margo Green (Penelope Ann Miller).
Sizemore is engaging in one of his earliest lead roles; Miller is likewise quite appealing. The supporting cast includes such familiar and reliable actors as Linda Hunt, James Whitmore, Clayton Rohner, Robert Lesser, Lewis Van Bergen, Constance Towers, Francis X. McCarthy, Audra Lindley, John Kapelos, Tico Wells, Gene Davis, John DiSanti, David Proval, Eddie Jemison, and Don Harvey. Director Peter Hyams shot the movie himself, but unfortunately he tends to under light scenes too much of the time. Action scenes are not always that coherent. But once the lights go out, things do start to get genuinely spooky and exciting. The monster design is courtesy of Stan Winston and studio, and they do their usual bang-up job.
Good fun overall.
Seven out of 10.
The Final Terror (1983)
80s slasher completists will want to see it.
This could best be described as an adequate wilderness slasher with some effective moments. It does benefit from the atmosphere of its very woodsy environment, which is actually more of a star here than the human actors. It's creepy at times without ever being really scary. Many fans of this genre are likely to be less than satisfied because the body count is quite low, and the gore content (supplied by Kenny Myers) is likewise minimal. The main reason why "The Final Terror" would have some stature nowadays is because 1) it's a rare venture into horror for acclaimed veteran action director Andrew Davis ("Code of Silence", "Under Siege", "The Fugitive"), and 2) it's the chance to see a couple of very familiar faces in the beginning years of their careers - not, of course, that they really get a chance to show off much acting chops.
A group of male forest rangers embark on an excursion in the company of some female friends, and they soon begin to be threatened and killed by a mysterious presence in their midst.
While there are genre fans who will take exception to so many people being alive at the end, others should appreciate the fact that this movie takes the trouble to depart from some of the conventions of this sort of thing (perhaps a contribution from co-writer Ronald Shusett of "Alien" fame). For one thing, the survivors actually take proactive steps against the character whom they believe to be the killer. The one major murder set piece occurs during a bout of love making, unsurprisingly. The means of dispatching the murderer is rather ingenious, but Davis doesn't bother with an epilogue. Once this sucker is over, it's OVER. An undeniable highlight is the score by Susan Justin, which is haunting and catchy. Davis, a former cinematographer, also shot the movie himself under a pseudonym. The attack on the bus and a scene involving a dead body both work fairly well.
Among those paying their dues here are Mark Metcalf, Daryl Hannah, Rachel Ward, Adrian Zmed, Lewis Smith, and a priceless Joe "Joey Pants" Pantoliano as the volatile Eggar.
This is okay as slasher movies go, but as was said in the summary, it's mainly for completists.
One of the final films for legendary producer Samuel Z. Arkoff of A.I.P. fame.
Six out of 10.
Uncle Sam (1996)
Appropriate viewing for the 4th of July.
As befitting a collaboration between Larry Cohen and William Lustig (who'd brought their talents together for "Maniac Cop"), this is certainly an interesting effort. Those horror fans expecting a campy slasher might be somewhat disappointed. Cohen and Lustig do eventually take the movie in that direction, with some odd and amusing touches, but they do have more on their mind than just body count nonsense; "Uncle Sam" does take some of its themes seriously. Therefore, it might not appeal to everybody. After a rather bloodless start, Cohen and Lustig do trot out the gore effects at some point. A fine cast of familiar B movie faces does well with the material.
Sam Harper (David "Shark" Fralick) is a soldier killed by friendly fire during the first Gulf War. His body is brought home after three years, intriguing his impressionable young nephew, Jody (Christopher Ogden), who wants to grow up to be like Sam and serve his country. But Sams' restless spirit realizes that there are worthless Americans who need to be punished: tax cheats, flag burners, draft dodgers, crooked politicians, etc. So the zombified Sam goes out and about slaughtering them in various ways.
Offering their welcome presence are actors such as Bo Hopkins, Isaac Hayes (who's wonderful as Jed, the Korean War veteran who tries to convince Jody that his uncle wasn't really a hero), Timothy Bottoms, P.J. Soles, Morgan Paull, Robert Forster, and Frank Pesce. Forster is funny as the corrupt congressman; his final scene is undeniably a highlight. Young Ogden is appealing as the boy. At first glance, William Smith would seem to be horribly under utilized in a brief pre-credits bit, but he *does* write and perform the end credits poem "Desert Storm".
"Uncle Sam" isn't altogether satisfying (especially that clichéd ending), but it does have its moments. There is an outtake after the end credits have finished.
Six out of 10.
Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)
You are their prey!
Top notch nature-on-the-rampage thriller takes its time getting started, but emerges a real grabber. It's extremely well directed (by John "Bud" Cardos), with lots of great animal action. It's solidly acted by a sturdy cast led by the almighty William Shatner. It builds to one hell of an intense "Night of the Living Dead" style climax, intercut with catastrophic scenes in the local town that makes one wonder how the characters can possibly hope to prevail. The onslaught of ferocious tarantulas is awe-inspiring.
The Shat, at his charismatic best, plays "Rack" Hansen, amiable small town veterinarian who calls in big city entomologist Diane Ashley (70s B movie hottie Tiffany Bolling) when faced with the death of rancher Walter Colby's (Woody Strode) prize calf. She realizes that the cause of death was injection of spider venom. Soon scores of tarantulas swarm through the desert, attacking humans and other larger life forms basically because the over use of DDT has eliminated the arachnids' normal food supply.
Shatner, Bolling, and the always excellent Strode are well supported by Lieux Dressler, David McLean, Natasha Ryan, Altovise Davis, Marcy Lafferty (Shatners' then-wife, playing his sister- in-law), Roy Engel, and Hoke Howell. The movie is nicely photographed by John Arthur Morrill on picturesque Arizona desert locations. The images of numerous extras covered with tarantulas - and webbing as well - is pretty chilling. There's a touch of "Jaws" in the screenplay by Richard Robinson and Alan Caillou in that the local mayor (Engel) doesn't want anything to hurt the success of the county fair going on. And the implications of that final shot are spooky.
A very fine movie of its type.
Eight out of 10.
Guaranteed to have some viewers squirming in their seats.
Longtime Steven Spielberg associate Frank Marshall made his directorial debut with this slick film, a thriller with comic overtones that capitalizes on the inherent dislike many human beings take towards spiders. Marshall does succeed at making this an engaging bit of business that's exciting and suspenseful when it needs to be, in addition to being funny. It's well paced, with lots of well orchestrated animal action enhanced by some terrific effects work by Chris Walas. The story is well cast right down the line, from the leads to the supporting players to the character parts.
During a scientific expedition in the mountains of Venezuela, a tropical arachnid sinks its teeth into a photographer, then hitches a ride back to America inside the mans' coffin. It ends up in the small town California town of Canaima, where it soon mates with a local spider and produces legions of lethal offspring, which attack the local citizens. Forced to become the unlikely hero is the new doctor in town, Ross Jennings (ever likable Jeff Daniels), who just so happens to have a debilitating fear of spiders.
Co-starring are Julian Sands as an authority on arachnids, Harley Jane Kozak as Ross's patient wife, and a priceless John Goodman as a goofy exterminator who comes complete with his own comic musical theme. Other familiar faces include Stuart Pankin, Brian McNamara, Mark L. Taylor, Henry Jones, Peter Jason, James Handy, Roy Brocksmith, Kathy Kinney, Mary Carver, Juan Fernandez, and Frances Bay. The excellent score is by Trevor Jones.
The movie isn't without silly and unbelievable moments, but in general it's solidly entertaining, with a particularly intense finale in a cellar.
Recommended to those who are always up for a fun "creepy-crawlie" tale.
Eight out of 10.
A solid collaboration between the two Rays.
Messrs. Harryhausen and Bradbury serve up a thoroughly enjoyable dinosaur epic with a reasonable amount of thrills and typically excellent effects work by Harryhausen. It's rather heavy on plot and dialogue for a while, so the less patient of viewers may get a little restless waiting for the next good bit of dinosaur action. However, whatever pacing issues there may be are compensated for with some wonderfully iconic shots & scenes. The lighthouse sequence in particular is a gem.
Based on the Saturday Evening Post short story "The Fog Horn" by Bradbury, this tells of an atomic test in the Arctic that unleashes a ferocious rhedosaurus from its icy tomb. It goes about doing just what you'd expect any monster to do in this type of tale, making its way to NYC for the grand finale. Nuclear physicist Tom Nesbitt (Paul Hubschmid), one of the first to glimpse the monster, must convince paleontologist Thurgood Elson (Cecil Kellaway) that he wasn't hallucinating, and also enlists the services of Jack Evans (Kenneth Tobey) in hunting down and destroying this beast.
The acting is engaging across the board, with Hubschmid very likable in the lead; Paula Raymond plays his leading lady (fortunately, hints of romance that might slow down the action further are kept to a bare minimum). Intrepid Tobey is once again terrific as the kind of hero you need in such a story, and Kellaway is delightful as the old pro who is willing to put vacation plans on hold in order to participate in a historic expedition. Donald Woods, Lee Van Cleef, Jack Pennick, Frank Ferguson, King Donovan, and an uncredited James Best can be seen among the top notch supporting cast.
The exciting amusement park finale is of course the best part, with expert marksman Van Cleef and Hubschmid taking on the beast from atop a roller coaster.
Good fun overall.
Seven out of 10.
Night of the Lepus (1972)
You gotta love premises like this one.
Ranchers in the American Southwest must deal with hordes of rabbits that are laying waste to their lands. Most would prefer to use poison, but the more humane Cole Hillman (Rory Calhoun) enlists the services of a husband and wife team, Roy and Gerry Bennett (Stuart Whitman and Janet Leigh) who propose to keep the bunnies from breeding by injecting them with hormones. Unfortunately, one test rabbit who's been given an experimental serum escapes into the wild and promptly causes mutations among its kin, leading to murderous four foot tall predators that cause even more damage than they were doing before. Eventually the National Guard must be called in to deal with the problem.
This scenario is amusing, no doubt about it. No matter how hard the filmmakers and animal trainers try to make our antagonists fearsome, it doesn't really work. Director William F. Claxton handles everything in a workmanlike fashion, but, much like everyone on screen, tends to take the proceedings a little too seriously. That said, there's definite camp value in hearing lines such as "There's a horde of killer rabbits coming this way!". The actors give the movie more gravitas than it deserves; Whitman, Leigh, and Calhoun are joined by DeForest Kelley ("Damn it, Jim! I'm a doctor, not Elmer Fudd!"), Paul Fix, and Melanie Fullerton. Music, cinematography, pacing, and special effects are all adequate enough; fans of B horror may be pleased by the amount of bloodletting going on.
This little movie was actually a little ahead of the curve, predating "Jaws" by a few years; it may be on the cheap and cheesy side of "nature strikes back" cinema, but it's still entertaining for what it is.
Five out of 10.
The Food of the Gods (1976)
In this adaptation of a portion of H.G. Wells's "The Food of the Gods", a strange substance bubbles up out of the Earth and causes giantism in forms of animal life including wasps, chickens, worms, and rats. Among the unlucky people caught up in this invasion of plus- sized critters are football player Morgan (Marjoe Gortner), his teams' P.R. man Brian (Jon Cypher), expectant couple Thomas (Tom Stovall) and Rita (Belinda Balaski), pathologically greedy opportunist Bensington (Ralph Meeker) and his associate Lorna (Pamela Franklin), and farm woman Mrs. Skinner (Ida Lupino).
You gotta love him; veteran film director Bert I. Gordon was *still* relying on his favourite movie theme of large menaces at this point in time. This effort is ultimately dumb, silly, and sloppy, but just like many bad B movies, it's not without appeal, especially when it comes to supposed shock scenes (that chicken attack scene early on in the movie is a riot). The special effects, as one will expect, are for the most part none too convincing. The acting is variable; Gortner is likable as always as the hero. Veterans Lupino and Meeker had certainly been in much better films, but they're as solid as ever. Meeker is particularly funny in a very one note and sleazy portrayal. The lovely Ms. Balaski does well as the young mother to be who feels no need to marry the father of her baby. Gordon does generate some atmosphere from the surroundings; this was filmed on location in the Canadian province of British Columbia.
One thing's for sure: this will rub many animal rights activists the wrong way.
Six out of 10.
Samurai Cop (1991)
Joe Marshall (goofy beefcake actor Matt Hannon) is a detective trained in the ways of the samurai, and together with his affable partner Frank Washington (Mark Frazer), he goes after the many goons and thugs working for big time Japanese mobster Mr. Fujiyama.
That's about it for plot in this knowingly cheesy, sloppy, and silly martial arts action movie mess, written and directed by Amir Shervan. Obviously he knew exactly what kind of movie he was making, and just had fun with it. Often, "Samurai Cop" offers plenty of bad movie charm, as it clunks along from one inept sequence to another. The acting is hilariously, endearingly dumb across the board, with Hannon as one majorly wooden hero. Frazer has many great facial reactions. The ladies present are delicious eye candy: Melissa Moore as horny cop Peggy, Jannis Farley as leading lady Jennifer, and Krista Lane as a henchwoman. Robert Z'Dar is great fun as Yamashita, the primary henchman.
Marshall dispenses with inept bad guys left, right and centre; ultimately, the movie isn't always terribly funny, and gets a little tiresome, but it's still amusing enough to make it pleasant if not uproarious fare. It could have used some better pacing, but still delivers enough laughs for those B cinema enthusiasts looking to have a night of bad movies and beers.
Six out of 10.