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"Weird, Creepy flick!"
Lucio Fulci's 1980 horror film stars Christopher George, Catriona MacColl, Carlo De Mejo, Janet Agren and Fabrizio Jovine. This begins in New England town, Dunwich where priest, William Thomas (Jovine) commits suicide by hanging himself at a cemetery. The same time in New York, Mary Woodhouse (MacColl), a psychic, sees the vision during a séance and dies from shock. George (Pieces, Graduation Day) plays journalist, Peter Bell who investigates what happened to her and discovers she's not dead. He works with her and they head to Dunwich where they meet psychiatrist, Gerry (De Mejo) and his patient, Sandra (Agren). They discover that Thomas' death has opened the gates of hell unleashing ghouls and must close it before All Saint's Day by destroying his spirit. Fulci also makes a cameo as a doctor. This is a weird, creepy flick aka "The Gates of Hell" that reminds me a bit of "The Amityville Horror" with a decent cast, eerie, atmospheric score & grotesque make-up effects. I recommend checking this out at least once if you're a horror fan.
Zombi 2 (1979)
"A Well-Made Zombie/Horror Flick!"
Lucio Fulci's 1979 horror film stars Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson, Al Cliver, Auretta Gay and Olga Karlatos. This begins in New York City where 2 cops find an abandoned sailboat and are attacked by a zombie. Soon, we meet woman, Anne Bowles (Farrow) who tries to find out what happened to her father who owns the boat. She meets and works with journalist, Peter West (McCulloch) by traveling to tropical island, Matul where he worked. After arriving, They rent a fishing boat with married couple, Brian Hull (Cliver) and Susan Barrett (Gay). We also meet Doctor, David Menard (Johnson), a colleague of Anne's father who tries to find the cure of an unknown disease that's infecting the islanders into flesh-hungry zombies and Karlatos plays his wife, Paola. Soon, Anne and the others are attacked and fight to survive. This is a well-made zombie/horror flick aka "Zombie Flesh Eaters" & "Zombi 2" with a decent cast, good, atmospheric score and gruesome make-up effects. If you're a fan of the genre, you must see this.
Armed and Dangerous (1986)
"Good, Underrated 80's Action-Comedy!"
John Candy. Eugene Levy, Meg Ryan, Robert Loggia and Kenneth McMillan star in this 1986 action-comedy. The late, Candy (Summer Rental) plays ex-cop, Frank Dooley and Levy (Splash) plays unfit lawyer, Norman Kane who team up together after getting jobs as security guards. Soon, they get into action and mishaps when discovering a criminal conspiracy involving their Captain, Clarence O'Connell (McMillian) and Union President, Michael Carlino (Loggia). Ryan (Top Gun) plays O'Connell's daughter, Maggie Cavanagh who finds romance with Norman and Tony Burton (Rocky) also appears briefly as Cappy, Frank's friend & retired thief. I grew up watching this and always enjoyed it. It's one of my favorites with Candy that's underrated and he & Levy were great together. I recommend this good 80's action-comedy.
The Crazies (2010)
Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson and Danielle Panabaker star in this 2010 sci-fi/horror remake of George Romero's 1973 film. This takes place in Pierce County, Iowa and Olyphant (Scream 2) plays Sheriff, David who has a wife, Judy (Mitchell), a doctor. Soon, some of the town's residents commit violent acts of murder and David learns they're infected by an unknown virus created by the military that's contaminated the water supply. When the town becomes contained, David and Judy fight to survive. Anderson plays David's Deputy, Russell and Panabaker (Friday the 13th) plays Judy assistant, Becca. This isn't bad, the cast is decent and there's good make-up effects. I recommend this.
Clash of the Titans (2010)
"Pretty Good Fantasy Remake!"
Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Mads Mikkelsen, Alexa Davalos and Gemma Arterton star in this 2010 fantasy remake of the 1981 classic. Worthington (Avatar) plays young man, Perseus who loses his adopted family to evil God, Hades (Fiennes). Soon, he meets Io, a mysterious woman who helps and tells him he's the son of God, Zeus (Neeson). Perseus is chosen to go on a quest to save the kingdom of Argos and Princess, Andromeda (Davalos) by battling mythic beasts and facing Hades. Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) plays Draco, Captain of the King's guard who helps Perseus. Though the original is superior, this is a pretty good remake featuring a good cast, great score & neat effects. I recommend this.
Just Like Heaven (2005)
"Good Romantic Comedy!"
Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo, Jon Heder, Dina Waters and Donal Logue star in this 2005 romantic comedy. This takes place in San Francisco where we meet young woman, Elizabeth (Witherspoon), a doctor who gets in a car accident. We also meet, David (Ruffalo) a landscape architect and widower who rents her apartment while she's in a coma. David gets visited by Elizabeth's spirit and he's the only one that can see her. Since she can't remember anything, He helps her regain her life and they fall for each other in the process discovering that fate has brought them together. Heder (Blades of Glory) plays spiritual psychic, Darryl, Waters plays Elizabeth's sister, Abby and Logue (Gotham) plays her friend, Jack. This is a good film and Witherspoon & Ruffalo have good chemistry. I recommend this.
Jingle All the Way (1996)
"Nothing Like Waiting 'Til The Last Minute!"
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson, Jake Lloyd, Robert Conrad and James Belushi star in this 1996 comedy. Schwarzenegger (True Lies) plays Howard Langston, a businessman who tries spending more time with his wife, Liz (Wilson) and their young son, Jamie (Lloyd), but is unsuccessful. He tries making it up to them by getting Jamie a special Christmas gift, Turbo Man, a popular action figure he wants. Since he waits 'til the last minute on Christmas Eve, Howard finds himself in a Christmas nightmare getting into mishaps and competing with Mailman, Myron (Sinbad) while desperately trying to find one. The late, Hartman (Houseguest) plays Howard's annoying neighbor, Ted, Conrad (The Wild Wild West) plays a police officer who Howard keeps running into, Belushi (Red Heat) plays a Mall Santa Claus and Martin Mull (Mr. Mom) also appears as a Radio DJ. This a pretty good holiday comedy and Schwarzenegger & the cast are great in it. I recommend this.
Grumpier Old Men (1995)
"Good Lemmon & Matthau Comedy Sequel!"
Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret, Sophia Loren, Kevin Pollack, Daryl Hannah and Burgess Meredith star in this 1995 comedy sequel. This takes place about 6 months later where John (Lemmon) is now married to Ariel (Margret) and he and Max (Matthau) are sort of getting along. This time, Max finds romance when he meets Maria Ragetti (Loren), an Italian widow who moves into town and opens a restaurant. Jacob (Pollack) and Melanie (Hannah) are also engaged and things starts a bit difficult for them that makes their dads feud with each other, but only temporarily. The late, Meredith also returns as John's father and this was his final film. This is a good sequel and like the first film, it provides laughs and bit of heartfelt moments as well. I recommend this.
Grumpy Old Men (1993)
"Good Lemmon & Matthau Comedy!"
Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret, Kevin Pollack, Daryl Hannah, Ozzie Davis and Burgess Meredith star in this 1993 comedy. This takes place in Minnesota during winter where we meet retired men, John Gustafson (Lemmon) and Max Goldman (Matthau). They're both widowers and neighbors who have been feuding with each other for years because they loved the same woman. It's about to escalate when they meet attractive, new neighbor, Ariel Truax (Margret) who is a widow and try to win her heart. Pollack (The Usual Suspects) plays Max's son, Jacob who finds romance with John's daughter, Melanie (Hannah), the late, Davis plays bait shop owner, Chuck and the late, Meredith (Rocky) plays John Sr. I've always enjoyed this film, Lemmon & Matthau were great in it as usual and the rest of the cast is great as well. I recommend this.
"Not A Bad Horror/Slasher Flick!"
This 1982 horror film stars Gaylen Ross, Tony Fish, Carl Fredericks and Paul Ehlers. This begins in the woods where a group of camp counselors tell spooky stories to some of the kids by the fire. Max (Fredericks) decides to tell one about Madman Marz (Ehlers), a crazy, deformed farmer who killed his family with an Axe. Soon, the story becomes real when Marz begins hunting and slaughtering the counselors one by one. Ross (Dawn of the Dead) plays Betsy and Fish plays T.P., her boyfriend. This isn't a bad horror/slasher flick following in the footsteps of "Friday the 13th" and "The Burning" with gruesome deaths and a creepy score. I recommend this for fans of the genre.