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(6.5/10) Plot: New alien threat rises in the form of a green worm
looking alien turned sexy Victoria's Secret model named Serleena who
searches the earth for the never clearly defined "Light of Zartha". Top
MiB agent J needs to seek out his old, memory warped partner K, now a
small town post office employee, and restore his memory to find the
light before Serleena gets to it.
I honestly don't understand the hate geared toward this movie. While it clearly was a step down from the original I, waits to get pelleted my tomatoes and sharp objects, actually enjoyed it. Even with originality in doubt, the movie contains many memorable characters, set pieces, and situational laughs that helps it stand out from the 2000 blockbuster. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones once again ease into the lead roles, while the previous film's small part characters Frank the pug and the Worms enjoy extended roles with mixed results. Lara Flynn Boyle's plastic sexiness looks pretty alien in itself, making the role of the alien morphing bad gal Serleena a good match although it's a shame that Famke Janssen dropped out of the part.
A short run time of under ninety minutes really affected the characterization and screen time of supporting characters like Rosario Dawson and Johnny Knoxville, who literally disappeared from the movie after carrying out a mission near the end. Movie had more of the same laughs from the first, although many jokes didn't land for me at all. The whole plot of removing "the light" from the earth was never explained completely leaving the end reveal to give more questions rather than answers. Rick Baker did another phenomenal job designing aliens and creating an otherworldly earth, while the film is highlighted by scenes of K's post MiB life, and spot on imitations of corny 1960's science fiction programs.
80/100. The movie that begun the silver age of slasher films in the mid to late 1990's. Although Wes Craven's horror filmography is glowing with other culturally significant trips to the macabre ( A Nightmare on Elm Street, Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes) I consider 'Scream' to be his greatest achievement. Not only was the timing for the film perfect, but Kevin Williamson's simple yet brilliant script and an almost perfect cast help hail this movie as one of the best horror movies of the 1990's. Neve Campbell as the film's sexually repressed or 'final girl' character, if you will, rivals that of the original scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis. David Arquette as Dewey Riley steals the spotlight every scene he's in, Courtney Cox proves her acting talent by playing a stuck up, malevolent news reporter whose passion and slight hint of selflessness makes her character hard to not love, while Jamie Kennedy helps channel the audience's thoughts and concerns to everyone on screen. Even minor characters such as Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich, and even Henry Winkler all have memorable roles. Drew Barrymore's opening scene although perhaps a little over-the-top, is both memorable and nostalgic to horror movie lore. This strongly meta influenced film is one of the few to get the concept right and the laugh to scare ratio is perfect. The final act is a wild ride that should make everyone shudder at how plausible it would be for someone to put on a Halloween costume and start butchering inebriated teenagers.
70/100. Apparently Scream didn't get the message from earlier slasher movies that the sequel is supposed to be bad to average. What I really like about Scream 2 is that it doesn't try and be all that different and they for all intensive purposes cop to that fact in the movie by referencing it consistently even playing reenacted scenes from the previous years film. As if that point wasn't already shoved down our throats we are constantly reminded by multiple characters that sequels always are inferior. Why such the high grade? Because not only is the story just as scary and funny, but its characterization may even be superior. By the end of the film Courtney Cox as Gale Weathers is not the same person she was at all in first Scream, and you really feel for Sidney understanding her inner demons and reluctance of trust toward her college boyfriend after her fling with her psychopathic high school sweetheart. It was fun to see more than one character from a previous slasher film especially since I enjoyed all of the characters previously. One of the few teen slice and dice movies where you actually really pull for your favorite characters to come out alive. Liev Screiber is fantastic in an expanded role as the hard luck former lover of Mrs. Prescott looking to cash in on his misfortune of being wrongly accused for her death as detailed in the first Scream. Kevin Williamson writes his crass dialogue beautifully which really made me wonder why more characters haven't been fleshed out similarly before. I was a big fan of the opening which I felt was even better than the slightly over-the-top intro with Drew Barrymore. Although the final showdown was somewhat of a let down, scenes such as having to crawl past the killer to escape the pinned police car and Sarah Michelle Gellar's frightening encounter with Ghost face certainly gave off enough thrills. Admittedly not as good as the first, Scream 2 in my mind very well might be the best slasher sequel made to date.
62/100. Considering it was coming off two of the most successful horror films of the 90's, Scream 3 does pretty good for itself especially when one takes in consideration other horror movies made in the same year. It definitely misses Kevin Williamson's input, but despite the criticism he's garnered from this film, I felt that Ehren Kruger did a passable job. The only negative aspect from his script was keeping Sidney in exile. Considering most horror movies generally wane by the second sequel, the story didn't need to have another uphill battle by having the main character stuck in isolation for half the movie. But somehow Kruger made it work as I felt he really nailed the character of Sidney and how she would react to her previous battles. Basically the time in the first two that would have been used to develop Neve was used on Dewey and Gale who are the de facto stars until Sidney finally arrives in Hollywood. Even though I'm a Wes Craven fan, his direction seemed a little off compared to his other works. A lack of a Williamson script kept the film from finding the right mixture of laughs and scares generally focusing more on the former than the latter. What makes this even more ineffective is Craven's use for a more dark atmosphere which along with some of the more serious situations present in the trilogy is at constant odds with the abundance of humor. Examples being the Jay and Silent Bob cameo along with Carrie Fisher's role; these detracted from the film's tone. With that said, Scream 3 continues the franchise's trend of being one of the smarter horror series out there. I actually was a fan of the Hollywood location, which provided great genre jokes and help carefully paint horror movie cliché's only this time from a behind the scenes perspective. Outside of yet another annoying performance by Parkey Posey, the supporting class was exceptional and although the killer(s) identity was uninspired and random, the final showdown was actually an improvement over Scream 2's finale by finding a way to effectively do the job the filmmakers set out to do by making a satisfactory ending to an entertaining trilogy...until Scream 4. Jamie Kennedy's has a taped cameo, but it makes you miss the character's presence from the series more than anything.
69/100. What is it about fourth installments in slasher franchises that make them a cut above the rest? Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, and to a lesser extent A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master all delivered; but Scream 4 may be the best of the bunch. Kevin Williamson makes a welcome return to the franchise, and it's his witty script that is the catalyst for the film's success. If Scream 2 played on slasher sequels, and Scream 3 parodied film trilogies, than Scream 4's motive was to make jabs at Hollywood's current slate of green lighting disappointing remakes and torture porn. This in part helped create the best ending killer reveal/struggle since the first Scream. Seeing the series' three main survivors Sidney, Gale, and of course Dewey ten years later in life was a treat. The new crop of teens that led some before the release of a possible reboot featured an entertaining group of new teens highlighted by the gorgeous and irresistibly quirky Hayden Panettiere who somewhat steals the spotlight from Emma Robert's character whom many thought would take over Sidney's role in future installments up to the release. With that said the movie did have some glaring flaws. Some of the acting was pretty lousy (I'm looking at you Alison Brie) and the score was pretty lifeless which is surprisingly given Marco Beltrami's work in the original trilogy. The opening sequence was praised by many critics, but I wasn't nearly as crazy about it. Although Williamson's meta dialogue has always been a hallmark for the series, Scream 4 tended to relay it a bit much which may have overly affected a new generation not familiar with the series to perhaps not take the film as serious as they maybe should have. But for those of us fortunate enough to have seen and enjoyed the proceeding Scream movies, Scream 4 is great entertainment that celebrates the original while also positively continuing the franchise's story arc. Scream 4 successfully makes the transition to a new decade by commenting on current horror trends rather than recycling old 90's material. Here's hoping Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courtney Cox, and Wes Craven churn up a fifth Scream in the future.
44/100. Listed as the best Jason film by fans of the series, although so far I would call it the worst outside of the universally panned fifth film. Not only does this begin a series of 'Friday' films where Jason is for a lack of better words a supernatural zombie, but it also marks the point in the franchise where Jason became the film's hero rather than antagonist. The film also brought in an abundance of campy humor that really felt out of place at times, although admittedly some of the gags were pretty neat. There was some cool kills and impressive make-up effects, but the cast was largely forgettable and there was a number of incredibly stupid moments most notably the bumbling paint ball players. Worst looking Crystal Lake to date, with the foggy atmosphere of the woods creating the illusion that Crystal Lake is down south, when all the other films pointed toward a New Jersey area location. What I did like about the film was that the killings took place while the kids were at the camp, something I've been waiting to happen for awhile. Bad first hour that thankfully picked up for a mostly entertaining final half hour.
37/100. Poorly executed even under the standards of less than stellar slasher flicks. However, I give the film props for changing scenery and finally getting Jason out of Crystal Lake. But if they really intended to have Jason run loose in the Big Apple, they should have made that the dominant plot point. As almost every review every written for this film will tell you, the movie should have taken place in New York more. Instead we get an hour of predictable blood sheds on a cruise (which also foolishly suggests Camp Crystal Lake is connected to the ocean) before the cast finally gets to New York in the final half hour. Cast is pretty bland outside of a hilariously high strung performance by Peter Mark Richman, and Kane Hodder who once again proves he's the scariest Jason. Also the first 'Friday' film to have comedy override the suspense. Some bad special effects such for lame kills and the worst Jason face in the series combined with poor acting and film decisions makes this installment edge out part five as the worst in the series to date. Although on the plus side I did appreciate the humor in portraying New York as a dirty, graffiti ridden city. Poor ending featuring an unexplained transformation of Jason to his former child self.
62/100. Undoubtedly the best of the 'Friday' sequels. Joesph Zito was an excellent genre choice to helm the film after directing The Prowler, and Tom Savini makes a welcome return to the franchise resulting in the best visual and creative kills and best cinematography since the original. Corey Feldman does a good job, and the entire concept of the Jarvis family gives the series a breath of fresh air rather than just focusing on a bunch of horny teens lining up to be slaughtered. Crispin Glover does steal the spotlight from Feldman and maybe even Jason. His body language and dumbfound looks are hilarious and must have inspired him being casted in Back To The Future the following year. His dance moves overshadow some of the film's more gruesome kills. Rest of the teenage cast was a huge step up from part three, although I thought they should have spent more time focusing on the Jarvis family as opposed to the teens. And was Jason hunter Rob really supposed to have that small of a role. Ted White played the most menacing Jason to date, and the film would have been an ideal way to end the series even if the ending including the rather stupid idea to have Feldman shave his head and go crazy.
Season One 73/100- Classic example on how to make a successful show based on a comedy of errors work. The first season was basically six pilot episodes due to the show being a spring mid season replacement. Although only a handful of episodes were produced, the successful formula that made the show popular was already set into place. The main five cast members work terrifically together. Susanne Somers gets a little more credit than she deserves for her work on the show, but she plays the bumbling "dumb blonde" stereotype. Joyce Dewitt does a good job as Janet, the brains of the little platonic trio. But its John Ritter who absolutely steals the show with his unmatched physical comedy, and innocent charm. Apartment owners The Ropers are so perfectly portrayed as a couple by Normen Fell and Audra Lindley that its uncanny. You can't help but smile each time Mrs.Roper's desperately sighs "Oh, Stanley." Richard Kline has a cameo appearance as Jack's friend Larry Dallas that really captures the energy out of all the precious few seconds he's on screen. Really looking forward to seeing him become a recurring character. On the downside this season had no other real secondary characters that had a large impact on me. Although the scenes with the Ropers are funny, even more hilarious once Stanley started to smile at his own jokes with the audience, I kind of hope they have more depth than simply complaining about not having sex. As for the main trio, some of the episodes hint that Janet might have a thing for Jack. I really hope this doesn't go anywhere, because I see the show working better with them just being close friends. Show also had some of its trademark heartwarming moments that helps to establish that the trio is a family, evidenced at the end of Janet's birthday party when Jack buys her back the jewelry she pawned earlier. Great intro and theme.
50/100. Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Crystal Lake. The first hour of the film is almost a carbon copy of the second. Dana Kimmell does a good job following in the footsteps of other Friday girls Adrienne King and Amy Steel, but unlike the first two films the rest of the cast of teens are annoying. Larry Zerner's character of Shelly in particular is almost unbearable to watch. They try to make the character sympathetic but he just comes off an irritating and nosy mess. Being a Reagan era 3D movie, the film is full of gimmicky moments of characters consistently poking sharp objects at the screen. Viewing in 2D can cause these moments to take away from the serious tone of the film, so watching in the intended 3D is best if possible. And once again Miner shows the last five minutes of the final film which combined with the opening credits, wastes roughly eight minutes. The use of techno music was a mistake, and the surprise dream endings are really starting to get me rolling my eyes. This Friday is famous for being the first to put the old style hockey mask on Jason. The long awaited reveal of Jason strolling down the pier first dawning the mask, as well as other impressive kills heightened by an even more menacing Jason keep an otherwise brush away movie from a lower grade in the mid to high forties. Although the movie isn't that good by any means, the decision to throw on the Hockey masks helped make this movie directly responsible for creating one of Horror's greatest villains as well as inspiring thousands of kids to throw away their Spider-Man costumes, and through on the jumpsuit and mask. Also features the handstand death, one of the more effectively executed kills in the series.
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