Sunday, January 27, 2013

Piranha 3D

The Plot:
After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents.

My Thoughts:
Ok, so first of all why was Richard Dreyfuss in this movie? Did they offer him a dump truck full of money, and was it just to have someone from "Jaws" in the movie? Christopher Lloyd sounds and acts like he was playing Doc Brown again. About a third of movie is like watching a girls gone wild video, which makes some sense, Jerry O'Connell's character was supposed to be making a "Wild Wild Girls" video. They really went out of their way to amp up the nudity though. I can only imagine the unrated DVD version.

My biggest disappointed though was the effects. A lot of the effects looked really bad in this. One scene of a boat sinking was so obviously fake it should have been in one of the "Shark Attack" movies.

The bottom line with this movie is that is was made for teenage boys. It's packed with tons of boobs and gore, and not much else. Although they may not be cheering after they see what happens to Jerry O'Connell's character.

Also, Elisabeth Shue wins the Sara Conner bulk award for this movie.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

I have to say that I was disappointed with this film for a number of reasons. The first is the back story of Freddy. Changing him from a child murderer to a garden variety child molester was a mistake. I had always just assumed that Freddy was a pedophile AND a murder. That was what made him doubly frightening. This Freddy was the same guy you see on Dateline getting caught by Stone Phillips. It's also hard to believe that all of the children just erased the memory of Freddy and what he'd done to them.

Another problem was the effects. The effects were serviceable, but nothing spectacular. Watching the original movie you were amazed at what they could do with such a small budget and no computer effects. Now I don't mean the whole movie should have been "green-screened" but they could certainly have tweaked the dream world a bit. Freddy didn't really seem to do all that much. For someone who could control dreams, he didn't take advantage of that much. In the original this was due to lack of budget, but surely they could come up with something scarier than the boiler room now.

The actors didn't really seem to shine either. They did an acceptable job, but no one really stood out.

In the end this felt less like a remake and more like another one of the sequels to me.


The Plot

In the year 2019, a plague has transformed most every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind.

My 2¢
I was very disappointed with this movie. It's the perfect example of having a great concept, but not knowing how to execute it properly. The characters all came off as one dimensional, without a lot a motive for their actions. There was no real chemistry between the actors either. Willem DaFoe was just there to be the prerequisite half crazy guy he always is. Claudia Karvan played the leader of the human resistance, and she was so calm it didn't seem like the Vampires were a threat to her. Ethan Hawke never really seemed to change emotions either, he was sullen and sleepy through the whole movie.

I won't say what it is, but the "Cure" for the Vampirism was in two parts. The first part of it I didn't understand how it worked, and they certainly never tried to explain it. They also relied on a lot of cheap scares, where suddenly something made a loud noise and jumped towards the screen.

I'd give this 1 1/2 out 4 stars mostly for the visuals of the Vampire controlled world.

Friday, January 25, 2013

New Site

I'm using another site just post interesting photos, artwork and links related to horror movies.

Feel free to submit photos, art, links and questions on their as well.

The site is active and ready to go!


Hallowed Ground

At least the Scarecrow is unarmed. 
 After she becomes stranded in a small town, a young woman discovers her arrival there was foretold a century earlier by the town's founding preacher and that she is an integral part of his impending - and terrifying - rebirth.

I was reminded of this movie the other day after seeing Jamie Alexander in "The Last Stand".  Originally premiering on the Sci-Fi channel this movie is far better than their usual fare. 

Writer/Director David Benullo crafts a fine entry into the creepy town genre.  This sub-genre of horror is successful for a very simple reason.  We've all had that fear, or actual experience, of getting stranded in a small town that's not quite right.

What good ever came out of a cornfield?
"Hallowed Ground" doesn't exactly break new ground, but it does put an interesting spin on things.  Liz Chamber (Jamie Alexander) is not the typical horror movie victim.  She's smart, tough and never helpless.  It's good to see a horror film where you aren't groaning at the stupidity of the characters. 

Always find a weapon, smart woman.
The movie also features genre vets Ethan Phillips (Neelix on Star Trek: Voyager), Hudson Leick (Callisto on Xena) and a very young ChloĆ« Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, Carrie). 

A good film that proves you don't need a gigantic budget and tons of CGI to make a good scary movie.  

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Identifying a movie

 Does anyone know what movie this is from?

It seem familiar but I can't place it.   

Thanks in advance. 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Texas Chainsaw 3D

Just your average garage in the south. 

I had been looking forward to this for some time.  Unlike a lot of horror fans I enjoyed the 2003 remake, and had high hopes for this one.  It started off strong, using footage from the original to recap what had happened, and largely ignoring the 80's and 90's sequels. 

Gunnar Hansen, scary without a mask too.

They also brought back Gunnar Hansen and Bill Moseley to make cameos.  It was nice to see them back in the franchise.  After the opening scenes, things quickly went downhill.

The rest of the film was a mix of plot holes, inconsistencies, and WTF moments.

We couldn't hear the chainsaw murders over our sex sounds.

The characters were generally so unlikeable and one dimensional that you didn't care what happened to them.  About halfway through my friend Perry turned to me and said "I'm starting to root for Leatherface".

The film had amazing sets, make-up and effects.  The actors didn't do a bad job, they just didn't have much to work with.   It's a shame they didn't put more effort into the script.  This could have been a great way to reboot the series.  Instead we got just another generic horror movie sequel.  

This is what I picture happens at all county fairs.
Also a couple of plot points I have to comment on here, so spoilers ahead.

1. How are they going to cover up Leatherface's existence when he's:
  • Run amuck at the town fair (at least one person had to have taken video)
  • Killed the mayor who's the father of a guy on the police force
  • Killed a third of the police force (not that bad since they only had three cops in the town apparently)

 2. What cell phone service do they use in that town? The one cop was able to send crystal clear video while underground outside of town.  They must be a test town for 6G or something.

Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut

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 This petition's purpose is to gather signatures of anyone who would like to see & own a new release of Clive Barker's "Nightbreed" as a restored, extended cut, in DVD or Blu-Ray.