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To All a Goodnight (1980)
To All A Good Night (1980)
It takes creativity to make a low budget film that doesn't look low budget. If I am to believe the IMDb, this movie was made for 25K. It looked like it was made for a lot more. The producers were very creative in the production of this film, and it shows. Sadly, the writers weren't creative with this killer Santa movie, and it shows. An early performance by Jennifer Runyon. Also with Harry Reems.
Lose the altitude B!tch
Reminiscent of 90s action flicks, this dumb, but never boring trash flick has Denise Richards doing the action heroine role reserved for people like Cynthia Rothrock and her peers. Yeah, the movie is dumb, and some of the acting is spotty, (Greer Grammar for example), but being stuck inside of the house during a monsoon, this movie makes you forget the plot-holes, awful girl/girl fight with Richards and Grammar and other annoyances these type of movies are noted for. Dolph Lundgren was wasted....as usual. Pay close attention to the passenger sitting next to air marshal. In one scene he looks like he's asleep when he's supposed to be terrified.
Bland, but amusing.
If you are a fan of the first three of the six seasons of Absolutely fabulous like I was, you might be,disappointed in this long awaited movie. This movie seems to have been written by the writers of seasons 4-6. Writers of Seasons 4-6 seemed to believe saying "Sweetie Darling" would get laughs, and they were wrong! This movie seems to be an unedited/uncensored two part episode from season 6 that somehow was a turned into a theatrical release. Just like seasons 4-6, this move was bland but amusing. Footnote: Get a load of a certain British starlet from 1950s on up who was doing cameos near the end.. She should put together an info-mercial on the Botox she used. You would never believe that's her at eighty plus of age.
Could have been better.
For the life of me, I can't name at least a dozen Cannon films (Golan/Globus years) I ever liked. I don't think I can even name at least six. Oh well, here is my list of Cannon Films I ever liked. In no particular order, Barfly, Runaway Train, 10 to Midnight, and yes, even Masters of the Universe. Okay, that's four. Hopefully by the end of this review I might come up with a total of five titles. I waited for Electric Boogaloo: The Untold Story of Cannon films with baited breath. I especially liked the fact the makers of Not Quite Hollywood, and Machete Maidens Unleashed were responsible for this documentary. I loved those two documentaries. I finally got my copy of Electric Boogaloo: The Untold Story of Cannon Films in the mail. I sat and watched the title, and was I impressed? Did I have fun remembering the long gone days of the eighties? Uh, No! There wasn't anything interesting about the documentary that was worth putting on film. I already knew about the excesses of the megalomaniacs Menacham Golan and Yoram Globus, and how they would (un)intentionally destroy a film. To watch a group of actors, writers, and directors trash the Cannon Films may have seemed like entertainment, but it became boring after awhile, My favorite was Martine Beswicke trying to convince anybody she didn't know what she was signing onto when she made Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood. I nearly busted a gut laughing when the Cannon cousins thought Michael Dudikoff had screen presence. A stick of wood has more screen presence than Mr. Dudikoff. What I remembered most of the Cannon films is, during the eighties, they would release two-three sometimes five movies a the same time, and almost everyone of them bombed. You would have thought after a few megaton bombs, they would have learned. If anything, this documentary might be considered a cautionary tale for new film distributors that quantity does not mean quality. Oh wait a minute! I came up with a fifth title from the Cannon Library I liked- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. There! Now I got five titles.
Like It Is (1970)
Saw this as a Young' Un- Mild spoiler
My mother used to work for the city, and we would get free passes to the drive in. When I was about ten or so, we were treated to this movie. I always wanted to know what name of the movie about a teenage girl who takes pot and heads into a whirlpool of sex, lesbianism, hardcore stag reels, and suicide. One of the reasons this movie stayed with me for all these decades is, I remembered seeing characters from the TV series, Room 222, Ta-Tanisha and Judy Strangis (Helen) at a pot party. In fact Strangis introduces the lead to weed which sends our heroine into a whirlpool of sex, lesbianism, hardcore stag reels, and suicide. Yeah, the 70s. I found a copy and the movie didn't disappoint me. Just as trashy a I remembered.
Come Out and Play (2012)
Fans of original: Skip it
I really wanted to like this remake of Spanish cult classic, Who Could Kill a Child (1975) AKA Island of the Damned. However the movie is so flat it becomes hard to sit thru since I knew the outcome from the very beginning. As for the acting? There was a reason the female lead of the original, Prunella Ransome, won the Best Actress award from the Sitges International Horror Film festival. Oh well, if you never saw the original, you might like this thriller. Keep in mind, it's not as fast paced as most recent horror thrillers. You might enjoy the build-up. Better yet, look for the original on The Dark Sky DVD label. Then you will see true fear.
Hannah's Law (2012)
The Curse of WB Network TV
Remember the WB network? They researched how FOX and UPN were able to attract young audiences with 90210 and Smallville respectively?. WB tried their hand at capitalizing on the younger audience with TV series pilots featuring a young Aquaman (Mercy Reef), The Lone Ranger, and Heaven forbid, a young Barnabas Collins in a teen oriented Dark Shadows. That is what this movie resembles. First off, a TV movie made in Canada which looks like a pilot for a prospective series. A young bounty hunter searches for the men who killed her family. She gets help from a young Wyatt Earp and a young Doc Holliday. Oh please, and this pilot(?) is setting up for a teen oriented series with the bounty hunter looking for her brother who wasn't killed by the bad guys, but has become an outlaw himself. As usual Billy Zane and Danny Glover are wasted.
Magic Man (2010)
Billy! How could you?
What's worse than this movie having an illogical ending? Where do I start? Could it be the Russian leading lady who only knows three reaction shots, and never once is she right on the reaction shot. The popular Russian Leading man who aspires to be next Van Damme/Schwarzeneggar despite the fact very few people in Russian have heard of him? Or is it the veteran US actors, Zane, Davi, Divoff and Tyson who look and act as if they are doing this film for a quick paycheck? Who knows? Oh Billy! How could you? If anybody can explain the ending, please feel free to explain it to me. You might be glad you did.
Love After Death (1968)
Now that's a twist ending.... NOT!
I saw this film on a triple bill DVD by the good old folks at Something Weird Video. Along with Monstrosity and The Incredible Petrified World, Love After Death seems to be the strongest of the three, and that's not saying much. Nearly silent film with brief snatches of badly dubbed dialog, this sex and horror film emphasizes the sex and very little horror. A man is deliberately buried alive by his unfaithful wife and her business partners. The man crawls out of his coffin and spends the rest of the film, trying to have sex with a half dozen people before he kills his partners and wife. As he is about to be arrested----major spoiler-he disappears. Turns out his spirit came back from the dead, to exact revenge and have sex with a half dozen people. Sorry folks, I didn't make or write this movie, I only saw it.
Jamie. Butch Up!
Heckler is a documentary of minimal proportions. It tries to tell the true life saga of stand-up comics and their battles with the dreaded heckler, or at least that's what the first twenty or so minutes attempt. After that, it's a no holds barred temper tantrum from Jamie Kennedy and his battle with critics who gave his movies, Son of the Mask and Malibu's Most Wanted scathingly bad reviews. Oh Boo-hoo Jamie. You are so sensitive. As if those movies were critic's movies. You and everybody else making the films should know those type of films would never be critic's movies. I didn't particularly care for those two movies. I didn't feel it was necessary to leave my comfortable mobile home to pay over $13.00 complete with over -priced concessions for a matinée showing of those movies. When the movies started their rounds on the premium movie channels, after watching at least half of films until I couldn't take it anymore, I felt I was justified in my decision of not seeing them at the theaters.
I think the main problem with the documentary is, the people getting the bad reviews , deserve everything they get. When mediocrity is being hailed as an art form or worse yet, as genius, that's when you., the public, need to draw the line.
Examples: Why should Paris Hilton be offended, or her feelings hurt when tabloid bloggers trash her character big time. I'm not making a public appearance without panties, and allowing Paparazzi to photograph me in a pose similar to a Hustler magazine. You think Paris isn't doing this on purpose? Joel Schumacher should have been ousted from his throne in Hollywood for the abysmal, homoerotic themed, Batman and Robin. The movie is best described as "Hollywood hairdresser falls in love with George Clooney" I'm not homophobic, and I could possibly care less about Schumacher's private life, but this installment of the Batman franchise almost closed the Batman franchise for good. And he's incensed about critical raspberries? Another segment of the film is just plain silly, and seems to be in the documentary to add more time. Internet Bloggers and their web sites. Jamie, and to all the others, if you really think a douche bag such as Perez Hilton has anything important to say, or if he criticizes you in a negative manner, you deserve your fate to walk the Earth as a broken person because somebody doesn't like you. And he has the audacity to claim not to contest his journalistic credentials? I am a big fan of Billy Zane. Really I am. If you would like to know about Billy (WHY?) do an Internet search and there is one website that is so inane. BillyZanesucks.com is its website. It is so childish. I took one look at it, and stopped looking. Whether it was meant for humor or just a bunch of douche bags spouting off about nothing at all, this website, as well any other website blasting celebs, is nothing more than a waste of bandwidth. Why are you so worried about what they have to say? One of the main problems with Hollywood stars, (or what counts for stars) these days, is you can just tell how many of these people got into the business. They got through the Hollywood system either through nepotism or a much more naughty way. Come on folks, you know the latter most likely is true. It seems these people have never had any legitimate contact with the mainstream public. Very few of these people worked the real world. You never worked retail in a department store in the grungiest neighborhood you can imagine. In this department store, you had to be thick skinned to survive. If you weren't thick skinned, you either got a crash course in becoming thick skinned or you left the store. I remember a young woman came in the store, she was in her mid 20s , and had a note from her mother giving permission to use her credit card. I couldn't accept her purchase After a few minutes of her screaming and hollering, and using every racial remark imaginable regarding us white folk, she stomped off. I could have started crying, brooded about the incident forever (really I'm not brooding. I'm just giving an example) I just dismissed it with a shrug and mentioned to a co-worker who was shaking in fear, "They still breed that in Oakland California?" Not one performer since the mid 1990s impressed upon me as working with the general public where heckling and other sordid character assassinations are the norm. And I don't mean working at a hot dog stand in the Valley waiting for the big shot producer/agent or whatever to take you on the ride of your life to Hollywood and beyond.
Well Jamie, if you are reading this, and I doubt you are. Big deal if Malibu's Most Wanted or Son of the Mask got bad reviews, or I didn't like them. Look where you are and where I am. That's all that matters. If its any consolation, I actually liked Kickin' It Old Skool. Hell, with my luck, you probably think that's your worst movie. Hey! It hit me in the right frame of mind. I'm certain it wasn't a critics film. Get thick skinned Jamie.
Li Xiao Long zhuan qi (1976)
What was the title? I now know
Early in the 1980s, there were four premium channels to choose from on a local cable system, and my family chose all four. HBO, Showtime, The Movie Channel, and a channel the presented low budget drive in stuff, called Bravo. Bravo then became, Rendezvous, and I was having a field day with all the low budget films I could handle. New World Roger Corman titles, Crown International (BORING),Film Ventures International, and a slew of other films from one shot companies or small distribution companies that would soon be forgotten
One evening, I was treated to this film, The Dragon Lives, and as bad and most likely, inaccurate account of Bruce Lee' life, this was a hoot! The problem is, I couldn't remember the name of the film. The channel only showed it once or twice. Scenes of Bruce being a homeless dweeb walking around San Francisco, walking off the set of a racist Asian film, getting involved in Mixed Martial arts tournaments, and doing battle with a behemoth African-American martial artist, and bumping into his soon to-be-wife, Linda by accidentally snatching her sandwich while doing hand exercises remained to me to this day. BUT WHAT WAS THE TITLE OF THIS FILM? For years I was looking for this film. On VHS, writing letters to TV hosts of Kung Fu theater programs thinking they would really know the answer, and talking to martial artists who had collections of Bruce Lee films to no avail. Hell, even Joe Bob Briggs didn't recall the film
With the invention of the Internet, I was able to locate fans of bad martial arts film wanting to know if they ever heard of the film, and if so, what was the title? The closest I got via the Internet was a sole person who replied, the movie was Bruce Lee: the Man the Myth. Uh-no, I recalled the film was Dragon Something or other. I had a EP copy of BL:TMTM and there wasn't anything remotely resembling this film. Someone sent me a scan of the film on VHS with the title, Bruce Lee Man and the Myth, and it seemed that was the right title, but my Alpha video with the same title wasn't the film.
Well, thanks to folks of VCI DVD, I finally found the title, The Dragon Lives. It didn't have the Film Ventures International Georgia Peaches logo at the beginning (which I remembered vividly), but upon scanning through the film, I found it. I found my holy grail of Bruce Lee rip-offs and said -to-be true stories of Lee and his life. Widescreen, too! No classic, but hey on a nice Summer eve, this would play great on my HD 52 inch TV placed outside in my backyard and pretending I'm at the drive in.
Class of '74 (1972)
Bikini Clad Black Woman dancing alert!
It depresses me how I can remember something like this from my youth. At a multi-screen drive in, the movie my family and I were supposed to watch was rather dull (I can't even remember the film's title) so I just turned my head and look out the side window and saw the film Class of 74 w/out sound. The vision of a bikini clad black woman dancing to the credits as well as topless swimmers in the pool was quite a sight. Not to mention, the scene were a macho athlete was getting molested by the team doctor stayed with me forever.
After a few too many decades, I accidentally came across the film from an Internet trader and I had to see if my memory was still as sharp as always, or had it failed me. Well, my memory didn't fail me; here was one of many films that captured my interest in the trashy low budget drive in films of the past.
Well, seeing the film with sound didn't do much for the film. The plot has a group of young college students led by Pat Woodell, Sondra (billed as Sandra) Currie and Marki Bey as the dancing black woman in the bikini taking into their clique, a young Gabriella- the film's original title, and how she should be more free and sexually liberated to be a total woman. Uh- okay.
The viewer is treated to a series of scenes guaranteed to get a howl as these students go from free love seminars, to a film making couple making a documentary of sexually liberated people (featuring the macho athlete now a swishing gay male), a threesome, and open relationships. The film makers must have realized this film didn't a little more than an hour, so they padded the film with Gabriella reminiscing about her Lothario father cruising Sunset Blvd. which ironically is a scene that would have fit in the 1960s not the seventies this film was made. The climax so to speak consists of Pat Woodell (in a horrendously fake platinum wig) inviting Gabriella on a small yacht owned by her rich sugar daddy played by Gary Clarke of How to Make a Monster and Missile to the Moon infamy. How does Gabriella handle the situation? She becomes a mistress to another sugar daddy on the yacht with his wife's approval.
The ending is rather surprising as Gabrielle is taking a young college student under her wing and getting ready to tutor the young student on how she can make her life much better and be a free woman.
Ah yes, the Seventies
Without Each Other (1962)
The Holy Grail For Tony Anthony fans
Without Each Other (AKA Pity Me Not) Cult actor, Tony Anthony, plays Sam, a young man who was brought up in the circus by his father. After the father's accidental death, Sam locates his mother in a small town to inform her of the death of her husband and maybe reconcile as mother and son. The townspeople however have other ideas regarding the mother, a local eccentric who hasn't paid her property taxes. The townspeople intend to have her declared mentally incompetent, and a wealthy citizen wants to take away her house for his son and his girlfriend to live after they get married.
This is one of those movies that make you wonder what happens to the characters after the film is over. I acknowledge that is just a movie, get over it. However, this film makes me wonder about the after effects.
(SPOILERS) The townspeople are hostile to the young man, Sam. The town clerk refuses to accept the money needed to pay the property taxes; the Sheriff won't help the young man, and the son of the wealthy man in town instigates a brawl with Sam, and the townspeople don't even step in and stop the fight. Later in the film, as expected, the girlfriend of the rich man's son falls in love with Sam, and asks her father, the Sheriff, for assistance in helping the mother of Sam with her problems, and with the townspeople. During one fateful night, the rich man's son and his friends cause a ruckus at the home of Sam's mother, and cause her to have a fatal heart attack. All of a sudden, the townspeople come to the aid of Sam in helping pick a burial plot, etc. Sam turns his back on the townspeople, buries his mother on the land her house is, and returns to the circus. The girlfriend mentions "She will see Sam at the circus" As Sam walks away into the sunset back to the circus.
I wonder what will happen next. The Sheriff makes mention about the responsibility of the son who caused the death of Sam's mother, the rich father already has a defense planned, and what will the townspeople think about their part in this tragedy. And what will happen to the house? Will the town still sell the house at the auction? Who would buy the house with the controversy about how the house was acquired?
Will Sam go back to the circus as very embittered young man? After all, he lost both his mother and father. If he stays with the circus and by chance he gets married to some woman (certainly not the daughter of the Sheriff) will he make sure whatever happened between his mother and father never ever happens between him and his wife? If he has children will they never have to go through what he went through as a young man?
I take it from the looks of the low budget (you gotta love the use of Pathecolor), this film may be an adaptation of a locally written and produced play with the townspeople as well as Summer stock performers putting on a show. Get a load of the character that is to assess the value of the items for the auction. The overuse of stage make-up almost had me in stitches
I was able to buy a PAL VHS title of this film under the title, Pity Me Not, and had it transferred to NTSC. I wasn't disappointed. I guess after this film, Tony Anthony went to Hollywood and couldn't get his foot in the door, and then relocated to Italy and the rest is cult film/star history.
That's Right! Blame it on Carlotta
I will admit it. I actually have sat thru Andy Milligan movies. And of all his movies (or those I have sat thru), Blood will remain his classic. Poor special effects, some lame acting, and a very short running time- sixty minutes I believe, make this a rare thriller to watch. One thing that was interesting was whenever something wrong happened; the maid and butler always blamed the mishap on Carlotta their near imbecilic assistant. One of the shocking things I acknowledge about Milligan and his writing is he is so mean. For example the dialog about how Carlotta came to be. The maid and butler mention briefly, "They adopted Carlotta. She was such a bright child. Then they started taking blood from her, and took a bit too much which caused a lack of oxygen to her brain". How disgusting. Oh well, unless you get this title through bootleg land, you will never see one of Milligan's more elaborate thrillers. The IMDb acknowledges this film's running time as seventy-four minutes. The version I saw at the theaters was roughly sixty minutes. I have one of those bootlegs which run sixty minutes. Is there any truth that there is a version with roughly fourteen minutes which consists of vampire bats and rabid townspeople?
Don't Open Till Christmas (1984)
Not a good movie.....But!
To say Don't Open Till Christmas is a classic is really stretching it. To say it is a bad film is unjust. The movie is much more entertaining than The Silent Night Deadly Night trilogy. Edmund Purdom stars as a police inspector on the lookout for a psycho who kills people who dress up as Santa. Seems when a young lad, the psycho saw his Daddy dressed as Santa doing the nasty with a party guest, and seeing Daddy accidentally killing Mommy when discovered. A few twists and turns, and not to mention a Godawful cameo of Caroline Munro performing a pop number and discovering a dead Santa makes this film one of a kind. I'm kind of curious why anybody with half a mind would dress up as Santa in public with all the murders occurring. Then again, if these victims didn't dress up as Santa, we wouldn't have a movie. To some, that might be a good thing. To me, this film is a suitable sleaze warm-up to my fave Xmas terror films, Night Train Murders, Silent Night, Bloody Night, Black Christmas and of course, Christmas Evil. To Hell with the Silent Night Deadly Night series.
El matador (2003)
Uh, yeah right.
The trouble with El Matador is the film itself. I found this film at a dollar store, and it was a dollar wasted. This movie has it all! Bad film stock, lousy production values, and an indifferent cast and crew. The older cast mates. (Mom, Paul Rodriguez, and the restaurant manager) turn in above average performances. The rest of the cast? Groan! And a worthless script full of some of the most unfunny one-liners and set pieces ever seen this side of a Jim Carrey movie. (I don't like Carrey, so I guess that can be considered an insult). A IMDb member says she was laughing until her sides hurt? Oh brother. Apparently, this movie swept the awards at a film festival? Must have been the only entry or, the producer, Joey Medina is playing a joke on the renter or buyers of this film
The Fighter (1989)
It's Two! Two! Two movies in one.
This movie is a gas. Laughing gas that is. It's all the fault of David Winter's Action International Pictures (AIP) video label. Every time I saw an action flick from AIP, I noticed that the film seemed to be two and sometimes maybe three or more films stitched together. In film one, we have a very youthful Richard Norton with a gigantic Adam's apple running around the streets of Bangkok causing trouble. In one moment, he is caught cheating at dice, and accidentally kills his accuser. He is sentenced to jail for murder. Now part 2. It's seven years later, and Richard looks like he just walked off the set of China O' Brien looking buffed and tanned and in perfect health as he is released from prison. Soon he gets involved in human cockfights winning money left and right, but the mob had killed his mother and father earlier in the opening scene, and for reasons I forgot, they kidnap his younger sister in hopes he will throw the fight against Benny the Jet. You think I'm making this up? If you ever see this film listed on the online auctions snap it up. You'll be glad you did. I would like to see this get a decent DVD distribution. I really would. Specifically a commentary by Norton just to hear what he thought about being in two movies being stitched together to make one film.
What a waste! (Mild spoilers).
Good God! Is this the future of family films? After watching the trailer countless times at the theaters earlier this year, my nephew and I decided to see this film. The idea of penguins escaping from the zoo terrorizing New York City seemed to be kind of funny. Of course our heroes from the zoo, Lion, Hippo, Giraffe and Zebra saving the day would be a bit of mindless fluff. Where did I get the idea the penguins were the antagonists? The trailer! Sadly, the trailer is the funniest part of the film. And Dreamworks sure knows how to pack them in with their special brand of trailers. They show all the best parts of the first fifteen minutes, and leave you in the lurch when you find out...The penguins are only featured for less than five minutes! What's the plot? Well, the Zebra wants to live out in the wild. He gets his chance when he follows an escape route created by the penguins (Remember them?) The Lion, The Hippo and the Giraffe follow the zebra to bring him back home. That's the first fifteen minutes or so of the film. The quartet are captured as well as the penguins by enforcement officials, and sent on a boat trip elsewhere. The penguins cause an attack, and due to the the penguins attack, the Lion, Hippo, Zebra and Giraffe land on a deserted island. And I'm stopping right there. Wouldn't it be nice if the trailer easily explained what the film was about? I guess if they did, nobody would see it!
The Concrete Jungle (1982)
Alternately boring and sleazy, the Concrete Jungle commits the unpardonable sin of taking itself too seriously. But what a cast! You have Tracey Bregman as the new fish Cherry; an innocent young woman framed for drug smuggling by her nefarious boyfriend, Peter Brown. Then there is Jill St. John as evil warden Fletcher. Let's not forget Barbara Luna as the queen bee. Of course, Camille Keaton reprises her rape victim role from I Spit on Your Grave as well as Kendall Kaldwell as Eyes the mean corrections officer. With Nita Talbot as the concerned social worker, Shelly Meyers assuring us a happy ending for all involved. Also if you look closely, you will recognize, Tiana Pierce from Mother's Day as well as Forms Karate champ, Karen Sheperd billed as Kung Fu. Oh well, at least it was a better billing than the woman credited as "Blimp" Followed by the sleazy homage to boom mikes everywhere, Chained Heat and it's insipid in name only follow-ups, Chained Heat 2 and Chained Heat 3: Devil's Mountain
The Class of Miss MacMichael (1978)
MY GOD!! HOW BAD CAN A MOVIE BE?
I think I just sat thru the worst movie ever made. If you are a sucker for dedicated teachers gaining the trust and respect of social misfit students such as To Sir With Love or Up the Down Staircase like I am, you are going to be shocked. There is absolutely nothing to recommend. This movie is just plain insulting. What school has cleaning a cesspool of excrement as a class project. And there really isn't anything worse than making fun of socially retarded students who break wind,a student who flashes his -well you know, and gets a mouse trap castration and another student who thinks he's a gorilla in Africa!. I could go on, but this film is not worth 1000 words. What possessed Rosalind Cash and Michael Murphy to go to England to make this film? For that matter, why did such accomplished actors as Glenda Jackson and Oliver Reed subject themselves to this atrocious excuse for a comedy? I wonder what they looks on everybody's face was when the film was premiered? Thankfully, this movie was not on AFI's 100 Funniest Films of All Time list. For that, we should just give thanks
Carnival of Souls (1998)
Oh well, It was bound to happen. I finally saw the remake of Carnival of Souls. Was it worth it? In a word, NO! Forget the original set up about the lone survivor (Candace Hilligross) of an automobile accident, moving to a small town, and seeing visions of ghoulish people from the other side coming for her. This time around, A young woman (Bobbie Phillips), a victim of sexual abuse by a pedophile clown (comic Larry Miller) when she was younger, encounters the clown years later. He forces her to drive to the river and she deliberately crashes her car into the river.......you know the rest.
This movie is so terrible. It plays like a dirty USA made for TV movies of the week. The acting is similar to anything you would encounter while watching Melrose Place, etc. Wait til you get a load of what the people from the other side look like this time around. Whooo-boy. No expense was spared for the make up effects for these creatures.
I can just imagine the congratulatory slap on the backs the film makers received from each other. These bums probably think the remake of Psycho was better than the original. I think the audience for this movie is for those who think Urban legend, I Know What You Did This and Last Summer, etc. are great classics. I hope those "12 year old of all ages" enjoy the film. I sure as Hell didn't
I read a few months back, that Candace Hilligross was supposed to have a hand with the remake, but those around the making of the film back stabbed her off the production. I hope she has the last laugh when she sees the critical raspberries this film will rightfully receive.
Future Fear (1997)
The Future isn't the only thing to Fear
Talk about your bad B movies. Future Fear is basically a three person show with scenes cribbed from other movies. Pay close attention to the trailers on the New Horizons video cassette. In the trailer for Eruption, there are scenes of Latin American extras running from an erupting volcano crowding the streets. In the middle of Future Fear, the film makers use the same scene of Latin Americans running from an erupting volcano to demonstrate the effects of mass panic of the citizens who are fleeing from a deadly virus that has been brought back by a comet. The whole movie must consist of under an hour with extra scenes from other Roger Corman New Horizon films padding out the film to a turgid eighty minute length. The plot? Jeff Wincott has created a cure for the virus, but wife Maria Ford's loyalty is for the Government led by a fascist Stacy Keach, and spends time running around the New Horizons office building trying to kill Jeff Wincott. If you ever want to see a film that quotes from Alice in Wonderland and Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky then this it. One good scene however. In a flashback scene, Jeff Wincott and Maria Ford recreate the Mad Hatter's tea party. I don't know why, but that is an inspired scene. Too bad it lasts a few moments. The movie itself seems to last a lifetime.
Prom Night (1980)
The ultimate guilty pleasure
Of all the worthless pieces of crud masquerading as horror films from the 1980's, Prom Night stacks up as a worthy contender for my list of guilty pleasures of the horror genre. Mind you,Prom Night has the makings of a quick buck job of the highest extreme,and it has scenes and ideas lifted from CARRIE, but blasts of brilliance, such as the severed head on the disco floor make this a winner of trash flick fans everywhere. I really don't think you need to know the plot, but here it is: A cruel prank goes awry when the younger sister of star, Jamie Lee Curtis, dies in a deadly variation of hide and go seek. Years later, the bratty kids who caused the death are now teens, and are ready for their Prom Night. Someone is going to make them pay for the death of the young girl.. with their lives! Interesting footnote. B movie action star, Jeff Wincott cuts his chops here as a typical horny high schooler named Drew.