The Friday the 13th remake wasn't the perfect remake fans were hoping for, but I think it is better than a lot of people give it credit for. I like it, and I definitely thinks it is better than some of the later F13 sequels. Yes, I'm talking about you, Jason Takes Manhattan!
The House of Wax remake gets scoffed at and I really don't know why! Yes, Paris Hilton is in it, but she gets offed in a very satisfying way. And the rest of the film is just creepy greatness. Quite good!
Received a screener copy of "Dahmer vs. Gacy" to watch & review.
Here's the info on the film:
Deep within a secret government lab, Dr. Hess (Art LaFleur, Field of Dreams, Maverick) is obsessively working to create the ultimate killer by combining the DNA of two of the world’s most infamous serial murderers, Jeffrey Dahmer (Ford Austin, The Wright Stuff, Grappling With Your Demons) and John Wayne Gacy (Randal Malone, The Curse of Lizzie Borden, Creepies 2).
All hell is unleashed when a freak accident allows their escape … and the only hope of stopping the carnage is Ringo, a holy, buckets-of-crazy soldier “trained by God” (voiced by Harland Williams, The Whole Nine Yards, Dumb and Dumber) who enters battle with a shotgun in one hand and a whiskey bottle in the other.
As Ringo embarks on a road trip to hell, he confronts an army of Japanese ninjas, a super serial killer (Ethan Phillips, Star Trek: Voyager, Benson) and his own demons before the ultimate, bloody showdown.
I went into this with no preconceived notions,
just hoping to watch a great new horror flick.
Sadly, I didn't get that experience.
The plot is so flimsy, mishandled and weak that I was way past bored by the time the two killers actually start sharing the screen for their "epic" showdown.
And what a letdown that confrontation is. Poorly acted, directed and choreographed, the film just doesn't deliver on anything. Most of the dialogue feels improvised by the actors, and not in a good way.
By the time you reach the end, you aren't expecting anything worthwhile anymore. You are just hoping the credits roll so you can put this in the rear view and never look back.
If you are looking for a new, good horror film, look elsewhere. If you like low-grade, slapdash gore films, then this is for you.
This is a movie I hadn't heard of until a few years ago when TCM Underground played it
On the first viewing, I wasn't sure how to feel. It was so much better than I had been prepared for!
So, I waited and watched it again. And I loved it.
It isn't your typical scary movie, but it has its creepy, unsettling moments and the basic plot is one of despair and sadness. Every member of the Merrye family faces a tragic fate and there isn't anything they can do about it.
Lon Chaney Jr. gives one of the best performances of his career here, as the man who has made it his life work to take care of the Merrye "children" and make sure they live a life that is free from ridicule and institutionalization. But it isn't easy for him, as these "kids" are handful!
If you haven't seen this one, find it. It is on Netflix Instant right now, so what are you waiting for? GO!
Doing this challenge over at my Tumblr blog and figured I would post here, as well.
Day 01: A horror movie that delivered a scary theater experience
I wasn’t able to see Halloween in theaters when it was first released, back in ‘78. But in 2006 the film was re-released in theaters for two nights - October 30th & 31st. My wife and I went to one showing and I can honestly say I was as unsettled after seeing it then as I have been every other time I have watched it. Maybe even more so, because we had to leave the theater and go out into the night. Loved the experience and wish they would do this again, or at least with other classic films.