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I, Madman (1989)
Good, but still over-hyped by viewers.
This innovative low-budget effort is about an avid reader of horror novels. Whenever she reads from the pages of a horror book entitled "I, Madman" she wanders off into a dreamland and witnesses lurid murders being committed by a grotesque figure in a black robe and scarf. Only then she discovers that the murders are occurring in real life exactly as it occurs from the novel.
Ultimately I found this film quite enjoyable, and only has a few minor flaws and the acting is above average from everyone involved. The most intense and quite chilling scene in the entire movie is the woman being drugged and scalped in a semi-conscious state. That was quite brutal to watch I admit and a well illustrated death. Most of the "shock" scenes and red herrings are predictable however (esp. the killer's appearance in the elevator). The gore factor is adroitly used and convincing, the removed lips and nose effects on the killer and victims are shockingly effective and the suspense never lets up after it's initial tedious 30 minutes. Jenny Wright is well used in this horror outing and is way above the caliber than the depressing "Near Dark" ever thought of being, in my opinion. Mind you, after reading the rave reviews from other fellow IMDb viewers, I don't find this one the "cream of the crop" of B-Horror films, it has the same standard elements of B-Horror films such as graphic gore, OK Acting, and contrived (although still fun) occurrences throughout the movie. By no means am I trashing the movie, I really enjoyed it much and the suspense held my interest throughout the film. What ruined this one from being a superior B-Horror classic was Tibor Takács's poor choosing of using his idiotic monster from "The Gate" which is not the least bit frightening as the scalpel killer was. I also wished that Wright was the heroine of the story who saves the day instead of that silly looking creature. A bad ending to an otherwise creative and intriguing horror story. "I, Madman" didn't knock me out of my socks, but it is still a gem for the horror genre fans to check out and have fun with.
The Locals (2003)
Unimaginative Indie Horror Film.
The plot: Two friends go on a vacation to a New Zealand countryside where they encounter two women who offer them to go to a party. After their vehicle gets jammed on the roadside they decide to stroll the area looking for assistance when they stumble upon seeing a grisly murder inside a house. When the killer sees them through the window he calls upon his "undead" posse to track them down and join their zombie coterie.
There is nothing much to rave about in this movie, it is essentially an extended chase film with no real fright scenes in it, and doesn't appropriate for any character development. All the viewer is subjected to is seeing how the film's characters outflank the zombie clan throughout the entire film to compensate for the movie's obvious limited budget. Lack of special effects or action is what greatly hampers this movie from being a cult classic of any kind. The humor in this film will be totally lost on the viewer as well. It is neither cheesy or a stylish film by any means and the special effects with the evolved time lapse on the decayed corpses in the car were laughably awful. It was maddening near the end of the film to anticipate the unleashing of the clan and something that no casual or die hard horror film fan should have to endure. I give it a 3 for location the rest is trumpery!
Dead End (2003)
Dad, Are we there yet....Are we there yet?? To the end of the movie that is.
Being a long time horror fan film buff for 25 years or so, I had high expectations for this film, The intriguing premise about a group of vacationers traveling on a endless highway who pick-up a ghostly hitchhiker then shortly after "terrorizes" them...sounded like a definite winner of a film. *MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD* Instead, we get predictable shocks (I knew well ahead of time that baby was dead), inane & platitudinous one-dimensional characters (horny teen who master bates to porn, uptight father, stress-out mother, and of course the "bright" one of the bunch, the psychologist daughter whom saves the day). What really irks me about these modern horror tales are the emphasizing on the alleged "characterization development" which in my humble opinion is tarnishing the horror genre right before our eyes. Who really cares if some of the characters are cheating on their husbands and wives and the daughter is pregnant...how is this all germane to the storyline??? It is simply not! Many reviewers here claim this is superior to the "Brainless" B- Horror films, which I take high resentment to, at least the grade B to Z horror flicks deliver what they promise....Scares, Suspense (OK, OK, this one had a little suspense), and of course gore! Yes, gory carnage happens in real life folks and yes it's shocking which is what Horror is intended to be...why conceal it in movies? And what is so funny about the mother frantically scratching her head wound and whining about wanting to be a cheerleader before she croaks to you "Intelligent Horror Fans" about anyways??? OK now on with the films merits....Ray Wise was the only tangible character in the film...he always delivers a powerful performance, as the the actress who played his daughter...I Did like the isolated atmosphere of the forest. And it did have a few scary scenes..*MORE MINOR SPOILERS* the lip-biting sequence made me cringe and the hearse angle was interesting and creepy as well...however the comedic elements marred this thriller and I still prefer good old B-Horror films without the soap opera family issues thrown in to pad in the terror moments. I give it a 3 for gore, a bit of suspense and atmosphere...the rest of this fright-less claptrap needs to be detoured!!
Decent second sequel to the Ouija board horror entry.
I have not seen the first two Witchboard films, but I did enjoy this one. It's about a business man who is given a Ouija board as part of a will benefaction unbeknownst to him that it grants him ill-will as well as lucky venture tips. I thought the premise was interesting enough, and the sanguinary death scenes were inventive and thrilling (head wound punctures, death by butterfly pins, deer antlers, and the obligatory shower death scene). The negative points: It had it's tedious moments, 2. Too much of the story was downplayed by the interminable sex scenes. But other than than it was a fairly suspenseful horror flick that's worth checking out. The Devil's true manifestation F/X is baronial as well. It could of had more scary moments though.
The Devil's Rain (1975)
Grand 70's Satan Worship Horror Gem!
Out of the countless horror films based on devil worshippers, I was particularly impressed with this one. The basic plot is about William Shatner having to return a satanic book to Corbis (Ernest Borgnine). When he arrives in a deserted town to return the book, he suddenly succumbs victim to a group of Satanists who's souls are all in possession of Corbis. Corbis has mind control over this cult to obey and commit any deeds he demands them to do. I felt the acting was of high caliber from all the players in the film (with the exception of whomever played Shatner's father). And the face-melting/black-eye effects were effective and original and rather chilling. Ernest Borgnine was harrowing as the cult leader, and I really enjoyed the devil's true manifestation appearance. William Shatner, Tom Skeritt, and John Travolta were all good as well. Ultimately, I would recommend viewing this to any Horror movie fans of the Satan Worship genre, It's filled with suspense and decent special effects.