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The Refrigerator (1991)
It's cheesy but fun cheesy!
I'm one of those guys who really likes cheesy horror films. I find them to be some of the best examples of comedy out there so, naturally, I flock to films like "The Refrigerator." What's great about this 90s film is the fact it never tries to be a legit horror film but, rather, goes the dark comedy route. Occasionally, this formula works in its favor and I have a genuine laugh over what is happening but, when this is not happening, I got to enjoy all the things I love about poorly made cheesy horror films. It has bad acting, awful practical effects and a silly story that all come together to make something very amusing and entertaining in that special "this movie is so bad it's good" way. Then, to top it all off, the film just gets hysterical as it poorly attempts to craft action scenes where people are battling a fridge from hell. It's not a great film but it's definitely one of those fun ones where you can make a night of it by gather up the buddies and chuckling the evening away.
Death Spa (1989)
Terribly made...but that's why it's fun to watch.
You don't sit down to a film called "Death Spa" and expect artfully crafted horror filled with terror, suspense, tension and deep characters and creative death sequences. No, you expect cheese and this film gives it to you! "Death Spa" is terribly made and is filled with bad acting, atrocious editing, a story that pretty much makes no logical sense and terrible practical effects and death sequences. But all the bad things this film throws at you mixes together to create something magically entertaining. Yes, this film is one of those "it's so bad its good" ordeals and it is the perfect feature to gather with friends and riff the night away. And the best part is this film is so terribly made that you don't even have to make fun of it to laugh. It's pretty much an accidental comedy and that's why it is so fun to watch.
Unfinished Business (2015)
With this cast, how did it end up so unfunny?
While "Unfinished Business" isn't a terrible film, it is far, far from being a good or even halfway decent one for me.
The cast in the film is great and doing the best they can but this film's weaknesses come from a story that feels like the script wasn't finished, jokes that probably needed a few re-writes or, at the very least, a workshop or two in order to get some punchlines that have some kick to them and not just half-hearted shock gags, the character development constantly feels like it is struggling to get moving and the movie just can't marry its comedy and drama into one working force. There was potential for this filmeven if it was for just a middle-of-the-road comedybut with a final product that feels like it needed more work, the potential is completely lost.
Messed up...and that's why it's great!
I had never seen this cult classic until recently and, I have to say, I'm glad I saw it now because I don't know if I would have appreciated it when it came out.
The film is incredibly dumb but that's part of why it is fun to watch. From a story, acting, character and editing standpoint, the film is painful to sit through because the story is really sloppy, the acting is really cheesy, the characters are terribly crafted and the editing is choppy but the film contains one of the best final acts I've ever seen in a body horror film. The final moments of the film are equal parts insane, scary and hilarious. The thing that makes this insanity that much more amusing and entertaining is the fact that the make-up effects that are within the final act are crazy good and very impressive. Sure, the film handles their metaphors and themes during this section of the film with all the grace of a 300 lbs. ballerina with vertigo but it doesn't stop this part from being the delicious icing on an otherwise forgettable cake. This film is overwhelming dumb but mightily entertaining for numerous reasons!
Great cast but not a classic like its original...
I won't go as far as to say that the remake of "Poltergeist" is a great film but, for the most part, the film isn't that bad.
The story is interesting and does a great job at honoring the original and I felt the cast was fantastic. The scares aren't the creepiest or enough to make my heart skip a beat but it has its moments that were genuinely creepy. However, the film doesn't do enough to differentiate itself from the classic original and it is nowhere near as unsettling. For the most part, I was definitely entertained but I don't see this one as being as classic as what came before it.
The Gunman (2015)
There was potential to this one but potential that's never reached...
There's clearly some potential to "The Gunman" due to having a great action director at the helm, a great cast and some awesome fight scenes but, sadly, the potential is never truly reached.
The film is a long way from being terrible and the movie is very entertaining at parts but it is hampered by a story and plot that is way too familiar and predictable, a character attribute in our protagonist that just reeks of being a bad plot device, a truly unsatisfying ending and roles that were just too small for some of the films bigger and more talented stars. I was hoping this film would be a lot better but, as it stands, it's not too terrible. It's serviceable but it's clear that this film could have been something more.
The movie sort of feels like it doesn't want to try...
The trailer seemed kinda cool for this one but, instead, I found a film that was overwhelming in the fact it was underwhelming.
I dig that the film presents a more realistic vision of hackers and trended away from doing cyber crime that way action films often present it (read that as WAY over-the-top and to the point that a lot of screenwriters might not actually know how computers work) but I quickly realized why we usually go so nuts with the hacker criminals in the movies because this version just resulted in a story that never feels too important or that interesting. Then, as if mirroring this feel, the visuals are bland and forgettable and the paltry action that is delivered in such a way that it's clear it exists only as an apology for the fact you are probably wasting your time watching the film comes off as being completely pointless and uninteresting. The cast in the film is doing their job well enough but it's just not enough to save this mediocre and mundane feature.
The Green Inferno (2013)
Doesn't deliver the shock that the film that inspired it could...
I'm sure Eli Roth fans loved this film but I was kinda bored with it.
The performances from Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy and Aaron Burs (and all the numerous extras) are decent but too much of the supporting cast is forgettable or awful in their rolesof course, this might not be a lack of talent from the actor but due to how poorly written and developed there are. So many characters are defined either by just their name or a single defining attribute that will eventually be accredited to them as the film rolls by. However, despite this, I did dig the visuals, its throwback feel to the cannibal films of the 70s and the amazing practical effects by Greg Nicotero.
"The Green Inferno" had the potential to live up to its predecessors like "Cannibal Holocaust" but falls really short of it due to a weak plot and some dark humor gags that fell flat. This film clearly wants to shock you but doesn't come off as horrific as the films that inspired it. Add in the fact that you can see things almost as equally bloody on regular television doesn't help the shock-factor of this one. Overall, the film has its merits but just not enough of them for me to really enjoy it.
A great follow up to an surprisingly great first film!
I was pretty excited for "The Scorch Trials" because the first one caught me by surprised. I thought I wasn't going to enjoy this franchise but I really dig it. This second film does a decent job of continuing the mythology and mystery while it expands the world it exists in, develops the lead character and provides some very intense and exciting action. The only downsides I found was that a lot of characters go horribly underdeveloped and are basically used as plot devices, the running time feels a little longer than it needs to be and it makes the entire film feel like it is unsure where exactly it should stop and provide an ending that is satisfying enough but also gets you pumped for the final film and there were some action sequences that were hard to watch due to lighting and a shaky cam that was a little too shaky. Beyond this, I really enjoyed this film and can't wait for the next film!
Gory zombie kid fun!
"Cooties" is fairly wicked fun and a somewhat new take on the zombie experience. It doesn't want to play by the usual zombie fiction tropes and is self-aware enough to make fun of itself when it does do this. It has some really great actors filling up the roster and they all play characters that are fun or have the potential to be really enjoyable. However, some of the characters really don't feel like they are bringing enough to the action and it is either annoying that they are around or aren't allowed to shine brighter than the few scenes they are given. Additionally, even though the film comes out the gates with fast pace horror and comedy, the momentum slows down a bit when the Third Act starts and it makes the story and running length feel longer than it really is. Finally, the film doesn't have a very big body count and this feels completely unjustified when you realize that so many members of the survivor group aren't really given the spotlight as much as others are. Still, the film is edgy with its gory humor and fun take on zombies.