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The Initiation (1984)
The Initation is a product of good old 80's slasher formula. Just by the title you are probably assuming that this deals with a sorority pledge, which it does. Daphene (Melrose Place) Zuniga, who plays Kelly Fairchild is tormented from childhood nightmare memories. However, Kelly is now in college and she wants to join a sorority group. The initiation prank involves spending the night inside of an empty mall. While the college kids are trapped inside of the mall, they begin to get killed off as the night progresses. This movie moves along well. I especially like the fact that it's set inside of a mall. Other successes which are set inside of a mall include Jim Wynorski's "Chopping Mall," "Dawn of the Dead" and "Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge." I don't know exactly what it is, but I enjoy that setting for a horror film. I also appreciate the acting capabilities of one Clu (Return of the Living Dead) Gulager. This guy is an awesome actor, no matter what role he is faced with. It also has some good fatalities in it. Check out the one with the arrow, it was right on point:) "The Initiation" is very comparable to such films as "Slumber Party Massacre," "House on Sorority Row" and "Scream" As one who frequently watches horror movies, I do recommend this one!
Awful - stay away
Let me start off by stating that this is NOT the first David DeCoteau film that I have seen. I am actually familiar with his work, if that's what we'll refer to it as. It was disgusting to watch the many segways of homo-erotic behavior that Leeches promoted. Prior to viewing this, I had watched "Final Stab," which had also disappointed me. It featured two dudes making out. We don't need this stuff in a horror picture. Maybe I was just a little late in catching DeCoteau's subliminal messages that he was trying to reach across towards his audience. Many of the shots on "Leeches," had the slow motion effect at which time men were getting out of the lake and when they were changing into their speedos. There were a FEW WOMEN in this film that I would have enjoyed to watch strip down. Instead, DeCoteau wanted to focus more on the male gender. He killed the ladies off real quick. I guess that I was expecting a little more out of "Leeches." I had expectations that we could put it alongside "Slugs." Nope, instead DeCoteau can rank this crap alongside some of his other hideous projects, which include possibly the worst movie of all time "Creepazoids." If you are a horror fan, stay away because this was truly awful!
This Is No Game; This Is Witchboard
Witchboard is by far one of the best movies, along with NIGHT OF THE DEMONS that Kevin S. Tenney has put out. Linda Brewster(infamous 80s' Vixen Tawny Kitaen) along with Jim Morar throw a party at their home. Brandon (Stephen Nichols from DAYS OF OUR LIVES) Sinclair gets into a religious debate with some of the other guests at the party. This leads Brandon to bring out his Ouija board. The term Ouija originates from the French and German words, "we and yes." In any event, Brandon and Linda participate in summoning the spirits of the unknown, particularly a ten-year-old boy named David. Things get said and and emotions get out of the control. This leads to an abrupt ending to the party. Brandon leaves the party after exchanging words with Jim. After doing so, he forgets to take his Ouija board with him. Linda begins to use the Ouija board and problems start to snowball from there on. Ultimately, Linda falls victim into the stages of progressive entrapment. Now, Jim and Brandon must work together to save Linda from this demonic possession. I really liked the character Jim Morar, played by Todd Allen. Jim is a multi-talented individual who has been to med-school, yet by day he works as a construction worker. He has his own problems, such as alcoholism, but buy and large he is a good man and a good companion for Linda. This movie has strong acting performances by Todd Allen and Stephen Nicholas. It's also cool to see James W. Quinn play the character of Lloyd. James has been in most of Tenney's other films such as NIGHT OF THE DEMONS and WITCHTRAP. I HIGHLY recommend this movie.
Pinocchio's Revenge (1996)
A disappointment from such a talented director
I was really disappointed after viewing Pinocchio's Revenge the other night. I had a good inclination that it was going to be a bad one, but I didn't think that it'd be as bad as it turned out. A wooden puppet of a murdered boy falls into the hands of an attorney's eight-year-old daughter. From there, it is a murderous path for anyone who gets in the way between the puppet and the little girl. We've seen movies like this before, i.e. the Child's Play series, which is by the way, far better. However, it was good to see actors like James W. Quinn and Todd Allen. Both of which have worked under Kevin Tenney before. In any event, I encourage viewers to check out "Night Of The Demons" and the original "Witchboard." These are titles that tend to bring out the best in Kevin S. Tenney.
Deadtime Stories (1986)
A Creepshow rip-off
DEADTIME STORIES was released a few years after the release of George A. Romero's CREEPSHOW. However, Deadtime isn't anywhere close to the caliber of quality that CREEPSHOW is. This movie is comprised of three stories, all of which totally suck. The first story deals with witches, as they perform stupid experiments. The second story is based on a guy that gets his pharmaceutical prescription screwed up with another patent's. This causes him to change into a werewolf. Finally, the third and final story is a black comedy that has the viewer forced to follow the path of three escaped mental patients who shard a country house with a character by the name of Goldi Lox. The bottom line is that all of these stories suck. It's a shame a producer thought that this project would be a success. I wonder what he was smoking?? The movie has a cool box cover, but that is all. AWFUL.
Black Roses (1988)
Do you want to see someone get sucked through a speaker? It's here
The town of Mill Basin gets their opportunity to host the hard rock band Black Roses. However, I don't think the band tours anywhere else. Anyways, once they arrive in town, it's hell on earth. The kids soon get demoniacally possessed after listening to too much of this hard rock music. The band's vocalist, Damian, is the main culprit for all of the chaos. Damian's got a cool look. He's dressed in all black and has a cool hair style. This story kind of gets its premise from the problem with hard rock and all of the suicide incidents from real life situations attached to such bands as: Slayer, Judas Priest and Ozzy Osbourne. Black Roses was released in 88', which was right around when these law suits unfolded. This sort of music was really popular then and parents and teachers really were against this entire movement. The story basically takes the premise that if you listen to Heavy Metal, you too, will become a maniac. It sure makes one laugh. The kids in this picture begin shooting their parents and beating up their fellow classmates. The script isn't that great, but the 80's music makes up for it. Time after time, you'll hear LIZZY BORDEN's "Me Against The World." This song is featured at least three or four times. There is also a cool song by the title of "Soldiers in the Night." This song, too, really cranks! The special effects are cheesy, but they seem to work for satisfactory basis. I like the part when a guy gets sucked through a mounted wall speaker, case in point to my summary title. Stay away if you can't handle a juvenile script and head banging music from the 80's. 5/10
Slumber Party Massacre III (1990)
Just as good as the original
If you didn't enjoy any of the previous films, than you probably will find no enjoyment from this one. However, I did enjoy this first film and I absolutely hated the second one. Now, we have another group of beautiful California co-eds who decide to throw a slumber party because someones parents are out of town for the weekend. Once these girls bust out their bikinis and brew, the terror begins. However, this time, it's not Russ Thorn or a 1950's resurrected rock star. Instead, it's a rather normal looking individual. And yes, he comes along with a drill. Check this movie out if you want to see people getting drilled from the front seat of a car, electrocuted in a bathtub and then stuffed in a garment bag, or maybe you want to see someone get impaled with a house for sale sign. There's plenty of good stuff here with SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE III. 9/10
Slumber Party Massacre II (1987)
The worst entry in the series
I don't care what anybody says, SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE sucks in every way possible. It's based on a few girls that get away to vacation home. One of them happens to be Courtney, who was the survivor of the original film, which is in my opinion far superior. Anyways, Courtney is a teenager now and she and her friends are trying to get away for the weekend. However, Courtney is troubled by reoccurring nightmares of the "Driller Killer." Once everyone gets settled in, the mayhem starts. Only this time, mental patient Russ Thorn is not the killer. Instead, it's some lame rock n' roll figure with an electric guitar. He almost looks like an 80's rocker, but his music isn't anywhere in that realm. I would have liked to hear some POISON, RATT, MOTLEY CRUE, EUROPE or DOKKEN on the soundtrack. Nope, instead we get lame rock n' roll garbage. Come on now, this is the 80's not the 50's. The killer has a drill attached to the end of his guitar, to which is how he kills his victims. The premise is just ridiculous. It's not funny, in any fashion. There are however, some hot chicks in it. Case in point, Heidi (Friday 13th VII, Sociey) Kozak. But it's not her fault that the story sucked so bad. Heck, she just needed a paycheck. STAY AWAY from the second entry of the series. You are far better off cashing in on the first and third installment of the series.
The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)
"Slumber Party Massacre" is one of the foundation slasher flicks of it's time (early 80's). It's based on a high school basketball team that has a slumber party. Nearby, Russ (Michael Villella) Thorn just escaped out of the local mental hospital and he decides, even though he wasn't invited, to crash the party. Hell, I would too, these ladies are hot! However, Russ doesn't show up with booze, instead he brings along a huge drill, which is his primary weapon. So, we have a slumber party with the basketball team, an escaped mental patient and I almost forgot about Brinke (Linda) Stevens. Brinke, plays the girl next door. She is babysitting her little sister at the time and kind of wishes she was invited, too. Shame, shame on the popular teammates for not inviting her. Anyways, soon enough, they'll be needing her help. I really do have a special place in my heart for this movie. It's one of those slasher flicks that I saw when I was a kid. Later on, I showed it to a buddy of mine, and he didn't have the same admiration that I did. I remember him quoting me that the music score sounded like a "keyboard exercise." To this day, I still laugh at that remark. Anyhow, if you are into the slasher flick scene, you need to see this!
Night of the Creeps (1986)
Zombie's and Slugs, what more do you want?
I just watched "Night of the Creeps" last night with a buddy of mine. It took a while to hunt this VHS tape down because for one, it is not available on DVD and two, it's no longer in print for VHS. Nonetheless, we were able to track it down at one of the local video stores in town. Upon arrival, we asked about renting it, the clerk simply told us that he'd be willing to sell the tape to us for $1.00. Yes, I couldn't believe it myself. Anyways, "Night of the Creeps" delivered in every way possible that a good 80's horror picture could. Sometime in the early 1950's an alien organism landed on earth. Once it came into contact with a humans, it'll immediately infect them. Also, this segment of the movie was cool because during the 50's portion, it was all shot in black and white footage. Some thirty plus years later,(specifically the 80's) the alien organism is contained in a frozen morgue. In an effort for a fraternity prank, a couple of nerds end up breaking into the morgue so that they can steal a corpse at random.. However, these two dweebs end up chickening out. They get as far as just unfreezing the zombie and essentially setting him free. And of course, these two knuckleheads have no idea as to the why this thing is frozen. Once these guys crap their pants, the zombie then starts to make an exit for himself. Detective Ray (Tom Atkins) Cameron is now assigned to this case. Apparently, he had an early meeting with this organism during his rookie years on the force. Once he arrives to the crime scene, he has some awesome quotations. Anyhow, it's up to Tom and a few of the college punks to stop this alien organism from spreading any further. And spreading the alien does, in some rather disgusting ways. Once you think that you killed the alien organism, it'll transform into a mutant slug. Again, this is really cool. "Night of the Creeps" has some real awesome special effects for it's time. This movie is a cross between a good sci/fi flick and a zombie movie. It totally delivers in a gruesome ways. Primarily it's a horror film, but there is plenty of humor to go along with it. I take my hat off to Tom Atkins for his acting capabilities. Tom was also great in the original "Creepshow." Towards the end there are some cool ways that our protagonists try and put a stop to these zombies. The problem solving includes, but is not limited to: shotguns, flame throwers, hair spray and gasoline. Bottom line, if you can, go ahead and rent this gem. You'll totally be pleased. I ended up giving it 9/10. My friend on the other hand, didn't seem to agree with me on this. He scored it 6/10, which I totally couldn't understand. However, his girlfriend ended up arriving approximately three quarters into the picture. She had some personal issues to which she didn't eat or something, and he wasn't able to devote his undivided attention towards the motion picture. If you are a fan of: "Night of the Living Dead," Night of the Demons," "Slugs" or "Return of the Living Dead," you'll want to check this out for yourself. ENJOY!!