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Not as great as people say
A lot of people seem to think this is a great film, well it isn't as great as they say. I think the reason for the high ratings is simply because of the gore.
When I sat down to watch this I was expecting it to be a gore-fest. The first few deaths were quite good and made me really excited for what was to come. I was literally waiting just to see who would die next. Then, the priest dies with the saw in his chest. What a great death scene! I thought things could only get better. Sadly the film seemed to limp on at a very slow pace after that. The problem with Superstition is that other than the gore, there is little else of interest. The characters are very boring and you don't care one bit for any of them when they die. This would be fine if they were being killed off every 5 minutes, but the death scenes are spread out far too much. About halfway through I was getting very bored and frustrated as nothing much seemed to happen. By the time it got to the end, there were some quite good scenes, but by this time I was thoroughly annoyed with the film. The shots of the witch lit from behind were quite creepy, and the ending was quite good too.
Overall I feel this film might have worked better as a short story or as part of a trilogy. I've given this a rating of 5 because I did like the death scenes early on, and there are a few creepy moments here and there. Unfortunately these are almost cancelled out by the boring moments and wooden characters.
Cameron's Closet (1988)
Not bad for an 80's horror flick
As 80's horror flicks go Cameron's Closet is much better than most. The acting is decent, the effects are quite good and the death scenes are well shot. What more can you ask for? The monster is quite cheesy and you don't get to see much of him, but it somehow works. There's a few nice death scenes which are actually more gory than a lot of 80's horror flicks. I do think things started to slip a bit towards the end, and the ending itself wasn't too amazing.
Cameron's Closet is by no means an essential watch for horror fans, but if you come across a cheap copy you can't go wrong. It's decent entertainment for one night.
Murder Obsession (1981)
Confusing and frustrating
I would take some of the other reviews about this film with a pinch of salt - it's not that amazing and it's not that gory, at least in the version I saw under the title "The Wailing". I also suspect a bit of cheating must have occurred to get it the 5.8 rating.
On to the film... It starts with some brilliant music, the sort you used to get in the early 80's horror films. This made me excited for what was to come, but sadly it seemed to go downhill from there. The problem with The Wailing is that it is confusing and the plot meanders too much. There's some dream sequences that go on for so long you forget they are actually dream sequences. Random scenes seem to be thrown together with no connection. There's also a serious lack of lighting, making it even harder to understand what is happening. It reminded me slightly of Lucio Fulci's "The Beyond" because of the meandering plot.
It does have some good points though. As mentioned, the music is great and gives it a real horror 'feel'. However they used it too much; it almost plays through the entire film and gets tiresome after a while. The atmosphere is quite good, and had the plot been more coherent this could have been a really atmospheric horror flick.
This really isn't worth seeking out unless you're a fan of Italian horror, even then you can still do much better. The UK VHS cover is cool though - I'll give it that.
I found Parasite a really frustrating film. It's not very good but it's not terrible either, it just seems to lie there doing very little. The parasite monsters themselves are quite cool in a cheesy way but I've seen it all before with the likes of The Deadly Spawn. You don't get to see them that much anyway. The plot seems to trundle on in a boring way and fails to engage the viewer - the actors don't make you care much for their characters.
No horror fans should go out of their way to see this film as it's really not that special.
When I found this on VHS recently I wasn't expecting much, after all the cover made it look like any other 80's horror flick. However it really surprised me with its interesting storyline and creepy atmosphere. It has a certain 80's charm about it but isn't too cheesy either.
There's a lot of things I liked about Witchboard, particularly the well shot death scenes. There's a slight feel of "The Entity" to it and some camera angles are similar to those used in The Evil Dead. The sub-plots are quite sweet and there's a few sad moments. The ending rounds things off nicely.
I would recommend this to all horror fans as it doesn't need the gore to make it interesting, something which isn't that common in the horror genre these days.
Evil Laugh (1986)
Predictable, but mildly amusing
Evil Laugh isn't particularly original or special but it's entertaining enough for a slasher film and has some decent death scenes. I think the lack of originality was what spoilt it for me, it's the same old routine of having a bunch of people in a house where they get killed off one by one. There's some amusing moments though, one example being at the beginning of the film when the killer takes out a mans heart, which later gets used in a meal that his friends eat. There also seems to be a bit of slasher film 'self referencing' going on too, with mentions of Halloween and Friday the Thirteenth. Some slasher fans like that sort of thing, but personally I think it brings the film down as it seems too self-conscious.
Overall a good addition to any slasher fans collection, but there's still much better out there.
Trashy Alien rip-off
There's not a lot you can say about Creepozoids, it's really just a rip-off of Alien with an extremely trashy feel. The lighting is poor and the pace is a little slow. However there's some mildly amusing scenes scattered throughout, mostly towards the end when you get to see the monster and the "baby". The monster effects are actually quite decent considering the obvious low budget. I laughed a few times, especially when the guy throws the baby off himself, and also when the monster is apparently holding him up in the air - it's obvious that he's attached to a harness from the ceiling. There's also a few funny scenes involving giant "rats" that look like puppets. Oh, and one of the girls bares her breasts.
Creepozoids isn't a total waste of time, but it's not something you'll want to go out of your way to find either.
Catacombs isn't a bad film, the actors are quite believable and do a good job, and the story keeps you mildly engaged. However, this isn't really a proper horror film as there is little gore or scares. There's a lot of mumbo jumbo about demons which is hard to follow. Apparently it's all to do with a demon trapped underneath the monastery, causing strange things to happen.
There was one good scene where a statue of Jesus comes alive and kills a man, and I suspect anyone deeply religious would be offended by Catacombs for this reason. I wouldn't recommend this film to horror fans as it's neither here nor there. It's not bad but not that great either.
Play Dead (1983)
I've been after this movie for a while, though mainly because of the cool VHS cover and the fact that Yvonne De Carlo is in it. Well, I finally found a copy at a market. The film didn't live up to my expectations, but I'm used to that, being a fan of low budget horror.
The film is kind of watchable and semi-interesting, but isn't much of a horror film because there are no violent deaths. The deaths are caused by the dog but in very tame ways. The plot also seems muddled and the motivation for the killings is unclear. I found the ending rather bizarre but slightly surprising.
The main reason to seek this film out as far as I'm concerned is the VHS cover (the UK one). It looks good amongst my collection of big box horror films and I love the artwork. Other than that, there's little reason to seek out this film, even for fellow fans of low-budget horror.
I was excited when I found a VHS copy of this recently as the cover art is quite cool. But as usual with 80's horror flicks, a cool cover is usually to disguise a crap film. Mind Killer is no exception, but is even more boring than some of the worst 80's horror flicks! The opening looks interesting but after this it all gets dull and tedious. I nearly fell asleep, so I turned it off and watched the ending the next day. There's a little bit of cheesy action at the end, where the brain breaks free from the mans body. However it's far too late to save this mess. It reminded me of the ending to Slime City actually. The acting is bad and the whole film has a cheap feel, but not in a good way.
Avoid this unless you like cool VHS covers.