Posted on 2/21/13 06:57 PM
This is not so scary! *A few minutes later* GAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Suspiria is an Italian masterpiece from director Dario Argento as the film takes places at a dance academy. American ballet dancer Suzy (Jessica Harper) fits right in, but suddenly starts to notice something unusual about the place. Suspiria is bloody good film featuring one of the most brutal deaths committed to a female victim I have ever seen. It also has some great atmosphere, vivid colors, and score from Goblin to set up some thrills. Suspiria is a must watch if you want a really bloody horror.
Note: the title makes it reminds me something of a Rihanna song.
Posted on 2/21/13 06:50 PM
How are you feeling Sheriff?
That is the words of an aging dinosaur who has taken a Last Stand. As gun violence continues to plague us in the news media (trend right now), do not worry for here comes a number of Hollywood films where guns are our best friends. When a notorious drug cartel escape and heads to Mexico, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) assembles his deputies and a few guys to help defend their town and prevent the notorious cartel from reaching home. The people he gets help are a jailbird and an antiques guns collector Lewis (Johnny Knoxville). He his armed up to the wazoo! FBI Agent John Bannister warns Owens to stay away, but Owens, like the complete tough guy, says no and makes preparations. The Last Stand is an escapism where guns are good and macho manliness is all that is needed to bring down a dangerous and smart drug lord. Heck, stupidity is also factor thanks to the comedy styling of Knoxville. There are a number of punchlines and self decrepit jokes along with my favorite "you make us all immigrants look bad." The Last Stand is a neon western film with an impressive direction from Kim Ji-woon. It has its problems like being a headache inducer, but so what! The Last Stand remind of the work from William W. Johnstone and his Hope, Texas novels only political garbage is taken out. If you heard of them, they involve some of the stupidest premises I have ever heard about the liberal takeover fear. Johnstone may have had a wicked sense of humor or was practically neurotically paranoid. Anyways, this is what the Last Stand reminds me of only it is in Arizona. Could have not placed it at a perfect state! I enjoyed the Last Stand for high over the top violence and well done action with some humor.
Posted on 2/15/13 02:30 PM
Silence of the Lamb is a pretty decent film that stars Jodie Foster as a girl trying to make it into the FBI in an ugly world. She differs from the predominant male peers and is usually picked on by her superiors. Well, not anymore after she receives an assignment to catch a killer by the name of Buffalo Bill, but she will have to extract information from Dr. Hannibal Lecter to track him down. Hannibal is played by Anthony Hopkins who won an Oscar for playing a cannibalistic serial killer. Performance is fine and dandy and the story is very intriguing as we see Clarice and Hannibal react. The story then takes a few twists and turns as we try to understand these two people and figure out where Buffalo Bill is. The highlight and most bizarre scene is definitely Buffalo Bills dance number.
Posted on 2/15/13 02:29 PM
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, and Ray Liotta
Directed by Ridley Scott
Back again Clarice, how- wait, you are not Clarice!
Yes I am.
But this cannot be. Clarice was shorter, smarter, ambitious, and had a southern accent which are not found within you.
Well, what do you expect? I am Julianne Moore.
Ah geez, we are screwed and so is...
Hannibal in this lackluster of a film that looks beautiful in certain scenes, but everything is too compressed to enjoy the view. Beautiful picture, but aspect ratio of 1:33:1 does not do justice to the picture. I wanted the screen to be widened if the film was going to concentrate on the view. It does not even focus in the center like in the film The Shining from Stanley Kubrick. With the picture compressed, we are then given a not so thrilling film with Julianne Moore which never worked on me. I was whatever with her throughout the entire film despite the great performances from Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins, and Giancarlo Giannini as Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi. The scenes and subplot with Giannini are pretty much the most interesting and even thrilling scenes that take place in the film. Oldman does a wonderful job keeping the film alive as the vengeful and scarred Mason Verger bent on finding and killing Hannibal. Hopkins works great with both characters in the subplots of the film which would have been great, but misses. I was 50/50 with film because I found this movie to be dragging and lacking in tension build especially since I could not get past the new Clarice. Hannibal is a film to watch if you need to kill time, and I mean lots of time. The film opens up with Clarice becoming a disgraced after shooting 5 people in an undercover operation which has her stressed throughout the film. She is then contacted by Hannibal who is now out of the country and enjoying the fine Europe life. However, Inspector Pazzi is now on the case and is closing in on Hannibal. There is another subplot in the film which involves revenge from and man whose face has been ravaged.
Posted on 2/15/13 02:25 PM
Slumber Party Massacre 3
"Hey kids, wow that was a fun time we had in Slumber Party Massacre 2, but now it is time to step things up and darken the area with *drill* no!" *Blood spills out his mouth*
Two Mules for Sister Sara theme opens up. A sleazy rider carrying a coffin rides.
Yes, it started with 11, and then there was a massacre which left 6 people. Now, there are two reviewers left and one will leave victorious in Slumber Party Massacre 3. Slumber Party Massacre 3 is the final Slumber Party Massacre film. It first started in 1982 as a half-baked idea by b-movie champion, Roger Corman. Since then, Slumber Party Massacre 2 came and this one, the final official Slumber Party Massacre film. However, that has not deterred the opportunist who had made a number of copycats and imitations suckling on this tiny teat.
If you have read my reviews to the previous Slumber Party Massacre films, you will noticed that all directors where females. A feminist stance on the slasher genre has long gone I think when it came to the film. The female who unfortunately directed the film was Sally Mattison. A person, I assumed, that did not like horror movies. She has not been heard of ever since this film as in films she directed.
The film opens up with sinister laughter and photographs are shown while names appear on the screen. They are all old photographs of a police officer and a child, possibly relative. Afterwards, the film takes us to the beach where it is a competition between guys and girls. One of the girls notice there is a man in black looking (pretty ridiculous) at them and then disappears. It is a red flag to the girls that he may be dangerous. Yet, the girls are not deterred to have a slumber party anyway. It is night and the girls strip down and talk on the phone while a few uninvited guests arrive. One of them are the guys from the beach, another is ridiculous man in black, and of course Duncan. Duncanis played for the unattractive comedy relief like Shelly in Friday the 13th Part III. Anyways, the girls soon become aware of the man in black and send the guys for help which unfortunately start getting picked off by the Driller Killer. The girls thought it was a good idea to split up rather than called the police. Oh wait, I forgot to mention that the cops are no good thanks to the shoddy writing. Make matters worse for the young girls, their sense of security inside the house dies when they discover corpses inside the house! Meaning, the killer is inside the house! Drill!
Sleazy rider reaches his destination and walks inside a broken down building that looks like an abandon mission. He places on the altar a copy of Roger Corman's Cult Classic- Slumber Party Massacre. "It is from Shout Factory. It is a really lousy exercise in a horror film. Now, I like the fact the film has a darker premise to it which is a step in the right direction. The lighting in the film is excellent with dull shining colors in the day time and dimly lighted lights in the streets at night. However, that is all it really has going for it besides the twist I should have seen coming. There are too many problems with this film. Starters, the film is in standard format which everything is compacted and not stretched like widescreen. Given widescreen, the film would have covered more ground and a bit excitement. The quality of the picture is okay. The sound is pretty good and that is all thanks to the re-mastering of the film by Shout Factory. Now, you can hear drill piercing the skin, gooey sound effects of disembowelments, and the ladies screaming .I can say the quality is good.
"The story and plot is what buries the film, and no drill will get them out. I did not really cared for any character or found anyone remotely interesting which is a problem because long after we forget about them. A corpse was found and I thought 'who the heck is that guy?' I could not remember any names except for the lame acts of Duncan. The girls are beautiful, but I wish there personalities where a tad bit more interesting. I do not think I will mention any names whatsoever. Let me not forget the the weirdo in black, he comes off as out of placed ninja. I was a bit confused by some of the action here. People are easily killed by non-fatal injuries by jumping through a window (rather opening it) or being hit in the nose. They also commit some of the dumbest moves painting the way for Laid to Rest. Apart from hiding, running, and fighting back, the partiers have a lot of chances to kill, neutralize, or stop the killer, but just stand there and stare even when the killer is unarmed and weak. Yes, it may be terrifying, but they were not dealing with a 'mad dog with rabies' which you would then have to 'take a gun and shoot it' as said by Pat Robertson. Thus, the film is outstretched for more violence and ineptitude towards characters. Rather than opening the door and walk out, the girls run around the house getting drilled leading to one of the most distasteful (if not unintentionally funny because of a line) scenes in slumber party history. I was rather annoyed to witness such. The film could have been better written with material that would have been logical.
"An example was this building that once was a mission and bordello. The killer massacred nearly every harlot there was along with visitors. They did not run around and stood to scream just to get drilled. The problem was that the driller killer entered around five to eight in the morning. Most of the people in the building where asleep by then, exhausted from the night. The place did have guards, but they too were exhausted from patrolling all night in search of Comanche warriors as oppose to being drunk from the party the night before. The driller killer entered the rooms and drilled the piles of lovers stacked up on each other. He would set fire to some of the rooms. There were a number that managed to escape in confusion and to safety although some of them are missing. The town and civilians did not know who was responsible for the attack ranging from the Apache and Comanche warriors, US outlaws to Mexican bandits. Finally, a report by the commissioner revealed the events of the attack.
"Back to the film, the film here is aimed to horrify, but its lazy and shoddy writing is what prevents any terror from happening, not to mention the number of editing and continuing errors within the film's structured. I noticed them during the beach scene, my favorite! Killer was somewhat interesting and get a bit of clue about his personality. I will give it credit for being a competent darker serious film than its incompetent predecessor, but even the stalk and drill is not worth drilling. There are several overtones regarding sexual abuse and assault including a line when someone shouts 'no (removed) that's a bad place to touch!' which results in slapping. That is a line I remember the most along with 'Duncan!' Anyways, the DVD version I have included highlights, story about the film, director's commentaries, gallery, and much more. I took note of the director's commentary because it supported my assumptions I have made about the film. Ineptitude writing and characters mixes really poorly with sadism and violence creating a dissatisfying film to watch, not counting the unintentional laughs. Sure, there is I Spit on Your grave, but this film was part of a series that started off as tongue and cheek. It is one lousy dark misogynistic stab to the series ending it for good. Perfect for a date night flick, consider breaking up afterwards.
"It cannot stand its own worth unless there are friends with it. It makes a nice film for my collection of slasher/exploitation films. Thanks to the Shout Factory, Slumber Party Massacre 3 will drill into any unfortunate shopper. I leave with one question on my mind: is it possible to review Roger Coman's Cult Classic- Slumber Party Massacre collection. I am signing off."
The sleazy rider checks his sawed off shotgun, two shells. He fires at three chests he found beneath the podium at the altar, another placed and blended carefully in a painting, and the other inside a monument of a saint standing between the poorly built graveyard and an unmarked massive grave. It is gold, inside. He puts the gold inside a sac and places it inside the coffin next to a machine gun. The sleazy rider rides away. In the opened chest, he leaves a copy of Slumber Party Massacre collection.
Posted on 2/15/13 02:24 PM
Slumber Party Massacre 2
Welcome back, today I have new film to talk about. A film of sisterhood and a man with guts, blood, drills, and Oprah sized t*ties! Till I find that film, I will talk about Slumber Party Massacre 2. If you remember my last review, I said Slumber Party Massacre was somewhat entertaining and silly as the Driller Killer drilled his way into trouble at a girl's slumber party. Here, he is back only younger than ever. Oh and warning, there is a spoiler here, but that is all the way to the bottom.
The film Slumber Party Massacre 2 opens up with Courtney (Crystal Bernard of Wings), Valerie's younger sister, sleeping. We get shots of her dozing off quietly suggesting innocence right before the nightmarish recap begins, and she creams with the title popping out. Courtney is a regular girl with a friend and school crush, a hideous older fellow. Her and her friends play in a lousy rock band that may not be ready to go out "there". However, she suffers from nightmares and flashbacks with portent visions. Yet, she ignores it because she wants to live a normal life despite the guilt she suffers time to time. She decides that she will beat this when she decides to go with her friends at remote location for the weekend. Meanwhile, two guys (one of them a prankster!) follow her and her friends and hangout. This sounds like fun, but not to her. Once she starts to relax, her visions start up again preventing her from functioning in the real world. She becomes an emotional distress. It takes a little while before her nightmare manifest into flesh. When they do, a new driller killer emerges. Slick back hair, leather pants, and guitar drill, the Driller Killer is a lot younger and swifter than the previous driller killer. He dances, plays, and sings when he is not drilling people.
There is not a lot to drill here in Slumber Party Massacre 2. Crediting Roger Corman and written and directed by Deborah Brock, Slumber Party Massacre 2 felt more like a weekend party than in actual slumber party. That is one of many faulty things I found with this film. I do not know a lot about a girl's slumber party, but do they include guys and last all weekend? One of my brother's exes said not any that she went to (laugh). Anyways, despite the voluptuous poster, Slumber Party Massacre 2 barely has any nudity! I write this because I'm pretty sure many of male readers will be wondering. Yes, there are guys like that. I wonder if anyone charged at the film only to find themselves trapped like Gen. George A. Custer. I was fine. I could do without nudity. I read and saw the documentary and states the actresses felt very uncomfortable about showing their body, poor girls. Side note, Alexandre Aja would have same problem, but found a solution for his film indulging flick, Piranha 3D. Fair enough, however, filmmakers would have trouble with Bernard with the most since she was all up tightly. She would argue and complain about stuff like the script, her character, poster, scenes, and other stuff. This is not a problem for me unless I was involved with film.
Another problem I had with this film is the characters. I really did not care about anyone here. I had to look up who was who when I started writing about this and I was not just talking about the supporting cast. I will admit that there was certain interest in Courtney because there is a bit of complexity her character. This all leads to an ending that will make one question if they like the film. Debates have started over what really happened to her in the end of the film. I myself have a theory.
The biggest problem I had was not the lack of indulgence that I expected, but the fact the film is incoherent. Linear structure is very poor in my opinion. Events happen in the film randomly I was confused to keep up what was going on. It was probably the lack of interest I had within the film. I became utterly confused when Courtney's ugly school crush arrives out of the blue, and the Driller Killer appears out of nowhere.
He is not really terrifying or scary and his victims look rather confused when moves in for the kill. Yet, I really like the guitar drill he has. There are few guitar drills he has. The soundtrack is okay although I love the "Don't Let Go" song. There are some nice gore effects here and dazzling zip explosion, but the most comical was the killer cock. The kills are pretty cool and enjoyed the way the Driller Killer is defeated. The performances the actors/actresses give are fine. The direction is pretty alright too. There was an improvement with guy as they were not sissies.
Remember when I said this film barely has any meaning? Well, there is no real feminist standpoint here like the previous film. The only thing I found that may have any feminist theme was the idea that girls want to rock until the man comes in and takes it away from them. This might be so although it was unintentional. The film is mostly about sisterhood and friendship although it is not good even in that term. Yet, the characters are pretty alright to watch and there is a bit of fun to watch.
There are two DVD versions of this. One of them has "Massacre Collection" on top of the cover, but my recommendation is obtain the copy from Shout Factory because it comes in with Slumber Party Massacre 1, 2, and 3. They contain commentary and all kinds of extras to satisfy your needs. I was satisfied purchasing this collection with ROGER COMAN'S CULT CLASSIC on top of the DVD. The movie may have not been strong, but whatever. As a slasher pic, it is quite satisfying, so it is time to round up. Despite the film's linear problems within the storytelling, the film is pretty okay as slasher pic. Fans of the genre will enjoy this film.
What does the ending mean? Well, you hate spoilers, and then run away! You do not want to watch the film then by all means read on. The two theories are that Courtney was only having a nightmare as she and it is all within her head. Theory two was that everything did happen and now the driller killer is making his way to finish her off for good. My theory, she suddenly realized that she was in a really mediocre film since there are no parallels for coherence and incoherence and loaded with product placement.
Posted on 2/15/13 02:23 PM
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
I did not know what film to watch when I was at Blockbuster a few months ago. It was either something comical or something horrifying. I remember seeing a little bit of this film on TV and liking it, so I decided to rent Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Well, one thing I learned was that Jay and Silent Bob are two characters from a film called the Clerks. Played by Jason Mewes and writer and director Kevin Smith, they are stoners hanging out in a store usually getting stoned. Well, they thought they were all that and were ready for their own film, so out came Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
Written and directed by Kevin Smith, Jay and Silent Bob receive a restraining order after harassing many customers at their favorite hangout. Worse, they discover there is an upcoming film by Miramax with two of its characters based on them, Blumtman and Chronic. The problem for them is not that they were uninformed or did not receive royalties, but that Bluntman and Chronic have received harsh reaction in the Internet by trolls. They fear such criticism by such insignificant people will smear their name and women will not associate them, so Jay and Silent Bob decide to go to Hollywood to stop production, dumb, right? First, they must find a way to get there and that is hitchhiking. Well, a hitchhiker (George Carlin) teaches them a little trick they can do to get to any place they want. It is an unwritten law in "the book". They have a few unfortunate run in before settling in van full of hot babes Justice (Shannon Elizabeth), Sissy (Elisha Dushku), Missy and Chrissy and one guy by the name of Brent (Sean William Scott), on a mission for animal liberation. However, the girls have a something more on their mind than liberating animals which puts Jay and Silent Bob on the spotlight. The mission goes haywire and the duo end up being stuck in the middle of nowhere with an orangutan and police on their tail, Wildlife Marshall Willenholly (Will Ferrell) on the lead. The guys continue their journey to Hollywood making stops all over and ending up in all kinds of wacky scenarios. Will they succeed and stop the movie and defeat the ballickers of the Internet or end as burnouts with nothing more to smoke?
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is an absolutely hilarious film. It is mean and lean with strong and witty humor if not offended. Kevin Smith is genuine with the way he presents the two characters Jay and Silent Bob. We easily get to know what kind of people they are thanks to the strong performance from Jason Mewes and Smith. We know a little bit about their history right at the beginning and know what kind of this will be along with the humor early on. It is your choice then to want to stay or leave. I would argue to stay and watch the film. There are a number of laughs in the film consisting of all kinds of humor including a few shots at the movie industry and Miramax for the Crying Game and the Piano before She's all that, a lesson and purpose about Internet. There are also a number of cameos and guest spots from characters within a movie George Carlin, Carrie Fisher, and Chris Rock to celebrities playing themselves. We also get a number of celebrities as themselves in the film including Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Gus Van Sant, Jason Biggs, Wes Craven, Mark Hamill, and many more bringing a few laughs as we go. I mention the film can be offensive, not that I was ever offended for one bit. Jokes and dialogues can be quite nasty for some people for it contains racism, homophobia, drugs, sexism, swears, and flatulence especially on Jay. Controversy would surround the film which Smith would defend himself and decline to apologize. It is hard to defend such a film unless it is funny and yes this film is funny.
The version I got had two disc loaded with extras including scenes that were deleted. It is also contains the explicit music video "Because I got High" from Afroman. You get all kinds of interactive stuff, but the music video is what I remember most of. Earlier I said Jay and Silent Bob where from a film called the Clerks. They also were in the film Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, and the Clerks II. I have never seen any of those films, but that is okay because this film is precisely about Jay and Silent Bob in an adventure film. It did not take a lot of time to figure out what kind of guys Jay and Silent Bob are and was entertained by their stupidity and expense. There are a lot of funny lines including a look into a post-apocalyptic future. The female cast was great especially with the very beautiful Shannon Elizabeth playing Justice who finds something cute and loveable about Jay; most women would find him reprehensible. I would not let children watch this film except for teenagers since they already act the parts. You also get some decent action, special effects, and excitement which will substitute for suspense.
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is a film perfectly title for film targeted for that audience. I really recommend this if you have wicked sense of humor. I saw this film and could not stop laughing. Heck, I even have a few chuckles if I ever think about a part or line of this film. I would love to write which scenes or lines they, but that would spoil a lot of the film. It is one of my favorite and funniest comedies I have ever seen. I recommend this and strike back afterwards.
Posted on 2/15/13 02:21 PM
Death Wish 2
It happened once! *tense music* It is going to happen again! *tense music* But this time, he will even the score! "Who's to Blame", a song, starts to play in the background. *Footage of muggers, criminals, and hoodlums all being murdered are shown* When rape and murder are the crime, there is only one man- judge, jury, and executioner. "Say goodbye punk," BANG!
Wow, that right there is an example of the trailer for the film Death Wish 2, a crueler picture and caricature than the first Death Wish. Yet, it is also really lousy and dumb, but pretty exciting and fun to watch. This is Sleaze Boy and I am going to take through this film. Now, if you have not seen the first Death Wish film, I implore you to rent it. (Expletive removed) based on the novel by Brian Garfield, the story followed Paul Kersey (bad*ss Charles Bronson) whose wife is murdered and daughter assaulted. He has a hard time coping with it and goes on with business as usual. On a business trip in Texas, he is inspired by western mythos to take the law into his own hands. Armed with a gun, he walked around the most dangerous areas in New York City, luring would be criminals and killing them. The film brought up certain points that are interesting even though a lot of commentators overlooked the indirect damage of vigilantism on a person. The film is recommendable. Now that we are in track, let us get into Death Wish II. Now Mr. Kersey lives in LA, "oh my god!"
The film opens up in a dull colorful Los Angeles morning with radio sound bites reports about crime increasing. Paul Kersey is starting out once again with a beautiful girlfriend and his daughter Carol, out for ice cream. On his way home, he is attacked by a group of hooligans he encountered earlier ago. With his daughter kidnapped and made sexually assaulted and murdered, Paul decides to go at it again. He makes it personal when he identifies his daughter's corpse. He takes the law into his own hand, but not before getting a few things ready. He rents a room somewhere in slums of LA. He buys clothes: beanie, jeans, gloves, and other clothing that makes him look like a thief. Packing a Beretta Cheetah 85, Bronson goes on the streets searching for the men responsible for his daughter's death. He walks over by a group of guys and leers at them giving a homoerotic subtext. He finds the gang one by one, killing them in cold blood.
Paul "you believe in Jesus?"
Terrified the guy "yes"
Paul "well, you're gonna meet" BANG!
That is just a small preview of Kersey's cruelty. I guess one can say that is the negative effect of being a vigilante. The ending of the first film clearly demonstrated that Kersey would not stop from murdering. His thirst for vengeance was never fulfilled. Yet, we cannot really hate him because he is killing muggers and rapist who showed no mercy to the two helpless women. LA law enforcement is utterly inept and clueless trying to catch him, so they call help from New York who had dealt with a similar problem.
Bronson is great in the film as always. He is shrewd and comical by allowing his character think he is so smart. The lines he delivers are humorous and love the way he carries himself and talks his way out of things. Jill Ireland is a complete ditz in the film. She is very simple minded and stands around intruding into Paul Kersey's extracurricular activities. Characters are dropped from the first one, most notably Carol's husband. Other characters and performances are either really terrible or very pointless except Laurence Fishburne and Vincent Gardenia, reprising his role as Frank Ochoa. If you are wondering, Frank was the man who succeeded in identifying the vigilante in the previous film. However, he was never able to arrest Kersey. The cops are very inept here it is almost a caricature. Ben Frank tops off the ineptitude and downright unpleasantness of the police as Lt. Mankewicz. One of my favorite scenes involved them trying to subdue a criminal and defeated by them. Here is another scene? The earlier film had police being swamped by the crime rate, but never inept.
"Tell me what did he look like?"
"He was a very good man! Where were you?"
"Uh um, handing out parking tickets"
Now let's see how Paul Kersey would have handled it. Paul is following three thugs around before settling into a park. He discovers they are meeting with an unnamed man that has a number of guns. Kersey makes his move which the alerted guys open fire. Armed with revolvers, pistols, UZIs, and an M16 rifle, the guys spray their bullets everywhere. Kersey fires back, hitting one in the stomach and one in the head. He even kills one man playing his boom box. The arms dealer takes off, but Kersey shoots the car and boom! The car explodes and goes over a cliff.
The soundtrack was done by Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. He is pretty good at it and he delivers some of his trademark guitar riffs like "Who's to Blame". I cannot describe the specific style Jimmy went for, but I have to say it crosses hard rock with funk. We see his music used certain scenes to help the mood and create tension. However, it is best when you see the theatrical trailer.
The film was directed by same director of the first film, Michael Winner. I felt he did not live up to the chances the first one accomplished. Yes, there is a lot of stuff brought here. Being a sequel or 2, it meant things were going to double up: double the rape, double the nudity, double the bodies, double the bullets, and double the explosions with a lot more. However, in doing so, intelligence and values are cut in half. We are left with cruel exploitation film that will make you either laugh or are disgusted, for example what kind of crap is that. You get Carol to start recovering from her catatonic stupor only to have her raped. Sad, it does end from there! She takes off running and jumps out a window getting impaled by rail spike in the fence like in Mortal Kombat, laughed. It was bit cartoonish and excessive. Other problems involve the way the film is. There is a lot of potential when it comes to the shots of LA's streets and air, but the camerawork feels rather clumsy. We get shots of the slums, at least what it looks like. The shooting locations of the film are superb at times shining some culture. I own a DVD version of film that comes in from 2 through 4. Unfortunately, they are all full screen and Death Wish 3 was missing, but I got the collection at a cheaper price though.
Before writing this review, I went to read a few number of reviews to gather some thoughts because I was at a lost with words. I looked up film critic Roger Ebert's review to get ideas to what I want to say. However, the most help came from a review when I found it in Google titled Rough Review. It helped a lot because it helped clear my mind to what I wanted to say.
Death Wish 2 is one of the most gratuitous self-indulging exploitative trashes I have ever seen! It declines into a form of savagery. Upright citizens will want to shower after watching it. What kind of values do we have here? Murder "bad" people and you will win? The first one was understandable and savvy, but this one is just! I advise for parents to not allow their children to watch it because they might find the film inappropriate unless you were raised like me, ha-ha. The film is so bad it is entertaining, but it is mostly terrible. Yet, I cannot fully trash it since I had a great time watching it. I did yearn for more corpses and groovy-hard rock music to fill in the action scenes. If you love exploitation and action films, you will love it especially if you are with a group of boneheads. The rating I choose for the film intended for of the whole audience, but take note I wink to that specific group of the readers. I strongly recommend watching the trailer of the film available through YouTube.
As the film sets in for the finale, I was surprised to what see happened to Paul leading to an ending I love. A beaten building stands while a shadow of Kersey is seen walking. The camera cuts off to an aerial view of Los Angeles and bang!
Posted on 11/12/12 06:33 PM
It begins with a laugh. One is laughing and the other is dead serious.
Original Review written June 18, 2005
Friday the 13th Part 6 I believe is one Jason's best horror film in the series since Part 3 when he gets his mask!
What happens this time is Jason was still dead! So Tommy goes with a friend to dig him up and burn him! Along the way he stabs Jason with a steel pole even before he is burn, so next he returns as a SUPERZOMBIE! Nice! He tries to warn the authorities but is arrested and learns they change Camp Crystal Lake name to something and worst kids are going to be camping in that place! And yes there's still some horny teens, but no nudity! Neither panties! But the kill are better than Part 5's cheesy kills!
Rent this movie? Yes! It has humor and some good kills! You will not be disappointed! If you are, then you're an IDIOT!
I retract the last sentence I made about the folks who don't like the film.
Jason has haunted and terrorized everyone at Camp Crystal Lake and each sequel brings something new to the table, but lacks something unfortunately in each one. Before we start, I will analyze the last few films that I reviewed so you can get an idea were I was at. I argued:
3D was iconic, but was very inept in the first and second act and had unlikeable characters.
Final Chapter, the special effects were astounding, but the movie lacked direction as characters as the sole purposes of the film was to have characters get hacked up. Joseph Zito could have added something more to the script.
A New Beginning had interesting story line, characters, high body count, T&A, and funny moments, but had horrible special effects and death reaction.
After 5th installment, producers decided to make a 6th one and got a little serious. In a way, they went to get Tom McLoughlin rather than get a couple writers and directors who have come out slasher film/screenplay school. Anyways, McLoughlin wrote and directed the film and had all three elements and added some new ones to.
In Jason Lives, there are sufficient amounts of gore, body count, acting, story, likeable characters, and suspense. Along with humor, there is a small amount gothic appeal from the 1930s films at the beginning of the film. Heck, I found logic and competence in the film, for there actions take in the film are reasonable and understandable if you don't mind the elaborated deaths. Unlike the previous films from Part 2 to Final Chapter, there was no real reason to go to Crystal Lake other than to have sex and do drugs, for in real life I don't think dozens of teens would go to a location where dozens have been slain. The only areas like that are in cities that have gangs let along one serial killer once in a blue moon. In slasher films including sequels, there has to be a real purpose or reasoning for the people going to a certain place that could mean death for them and "I got it for a cheap price," has been worn out. Previous F13 films, it usually has a number of teens and friends going to Camp Crystal Lake despite the media coverage and films about dead teenagers, but they just kept going and got hacked up, but in A New Beginning, there was an understanding at least. The location was a mental facility (far away from the camp) and people knew Jason was dead, for he was destroyed by Corey Feldman. Heck, the film gave counter reassurance at one point when a mayor questions law enforcement about the deaths, and if you seen it already, we know why. Anyways, Jason Lives follows that logic where the folks know Jason is dead and everybody can come to play to Camp Crystal Lake and play. Only this time, the area has a new name and Camp Crystal Lake has been upgraded and given a new name. There is nothing to fear right.
Right, except for one guy, Tommy Jarvis, last time we has him, he was suffering from paranoia, delusions, and had psychosis breakdown, but by watching him, there is an impression that he gets his back to reality only when Jason Voorhees is alive or is imitated by someone. Anyways, I guess he wants closure, so he decides to pay a visit and that's where we begin. Like I said, it starts with a laugh while the other looks dead serious. Laugh comes from Hawes, Tommy's friend, and he is psyched and finds it comical. Of course, we all do stupid things. He interacts with Tommy (Tom Mathews) about what they're going to do. This scene is very excellent and well acted since it captures the stupidity and excitement people do at time. Anyways, the two stop at the cemetery and begin looking, but at this point Hawes gets nervous. The two find Jason's grave and begin to dig it up despite the ominous signs and Hawes's doubt. At this point, Tommy should have been smart enough to remember the dream he had in part 5 (the two lunkheads at the beginning) another ominous sing, but he ignores it. Once they dig up the grave, they see that Jason is dead and decomposing (reassurance to the folks), but Tommy goes on a tirade and stabs it and goes for the gas after stabbing it, but boom, lightning strikes. It is there that we see that Jason has been resurrected and is (due to McLoughlin) a super-zombie. The two try to destroy Jason, but fail and find out that Jason is a lot stronger than ever. That is all I'm going to say about the film because it's really well done and I don't want to spoil anything more. I will give you a few more details though.
Anyways, Jason's back and Tommy follows his instinct by going to the police station (smart move), but is unable to convince them due to two factors. (1) The police and towns folks have moved on and don't want to hear anymore about Jason (due to Final Chapter). (2) They know that Tommy is somewhat ill due to his trouble past, and ultimately, he is thrown in a cell to be taken back to facility. Around this time, we see the new camp counselors and they have children to take care of. Huh, the people really did move on. Anyways, they set up camp and all, but are forewarned by Jarvis about Jason. All are concerned except for Megan (Jennifer Cooke) who finds Tommy attractive despite her dad's, Sheriff Mike Garris (David Kagen), warnings. Hmm, I think there some sort of chemistry between them. Anyways, the counselors head back to camp waiting for two other counselors to arrive. Unbeknownst to them, Jason is alive and heading back to camp and killing anyone he sees in elaborated ways. The people here are adults doing a number of activities which is something new to the film. The folks are minding their own business until bam, kill. The kills are creative, but silly. According to McLoughlin, he said there was a reason to doing this and his decision to make the deaths a certain way are wise. Anyways, the scenes that feature Jason's journey are shot excellent and are humorous rather than the attempt of being supposedly scary. The movie goes one like this until Jason reaches Camp Forrest Green (Crystal Lake's new name). By then, certain folks are in the area that is necessary for the climax and Jarvis has escaped to confront Jason one more time.
Friday the 13th Part VI- Jason Lives will have one believing in exhaustion and tiredness since this is the sixth installment, but the film is actually worth watching. The techniques, writing, acting, special effects, and direction are well done. Watching it, it will feel like and is a real movie. Heck, it winks at you and takes you in to have fun. The acting and the human actions are done well and competent. It pokes fun of itself and the opening credits are awesome and trivial. I enjoyed this film a lot and place it as the best Jason film of all. Heck, it's not only for fans of the franchise, but it's a film that I can actually recommend to anyone. If you want to see a fun horror film, Friday the 13th Part VI- Jason Lives is the one. It's the best slasher film sequel of all time (gotta watch New Nightmare).
DVD Special Features
The features include an ingenious theatrical trailer, but making of the film, commentary, and some other cool extras.
Friday the 13th Part III- 3D
Friday the 13th Part IV- The Final Chapter
Friday the 13th Part V- A New Beginning
Friday the 13th Part VI- Jason Lives
Friday the 13th Part VII- New Blood
Friday the 13th Part XII
Posted on 11/12/12 06:25 PM
It was spring of May 2012 and the last chance to feel the beautiful moist air was almost over. The spring morning sickness was starting to wane, for the hideous and vengeful goddess of summer came was around the corner. However, the cruel and burning sun was on my mind because my head was somewhere else: school and graduation with an Associate‚(TM)s Degree. One class in particular was on the borderline between A and B.
The class was for contemporary film with theme of diversity. I saw great films like The Joyluck Club, the tragic Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, and the delightful/tragic La Bamba. There was a chance for extra credit by choosing a film with a theme on diversity. There were several films I had seen including the disappointing Red Tails. Looking at the options, I chose an unlikely film called Wolfen because it was mixed the theme of diversity and an unusual genre. Wolfen is a horror film and represents the Native Americans, but not in the manner we have seen in the past films. Released in 1981, it was one of the werewolf films with subtext meaning to it, alongside was The Howling (wolves and werewolves in popular culture) and An American Werewolf in London (puberty). However, Wolfen‚(TM)s primary focus was on ideas with a philosophical riddle or moral/nature allegory to it as teamed the wolves and Indians together surrounded in mystery. However, none of the Native Americans could be the main character.
It is a beautiful night in New York City where we see three people in a park. One of them is high profiled person and his girlfriend with a tough Haitian bodyguard. The two are having a romantic date while the guard is watching. He is tought and armed, but something is lurking in the shadow. This thing is advanced because we see through its perspective because it is stalking its prey from angles. We get chance to relax before boom! I mean snap! Limbs fly and splash of blood and all three people are brutally murdered. Morning, sun has risen and cops are everywhere. A phone rings and retired Captain Dewey (Albert Finney) answers and is then sent back to work on the grisly murdered couple and bodyguard. He is baffled when he learns from coroner Whittington (Gregory Hines) that there is no possible weapon to match the damage the victim suffered. Domestic terrorism is suspected which several people are questioned. He is partnered with a criminal psychologist Rebecca (Diane Venora). However, Dewey‚(TM)s looks into another path pointing to a Native America, former activist and militant, Eddie Holt (Edward James Olmos). The meeting puzzles Dewey because Eddie talks to him about shape shifting which earlier in a scene Dewey receives word that the culprit may be a wolf. He starts connecting the idea between grisly murders in South Bronx (looking like a Beirut) and the murder of a high profile person are all connected with mythology. Not ready to quit, Dewey decides to follow certain people of interest before going hunting. Will he succeed and discover the truth about the murders or will he become puppy show.
Wolfen is very intricate to interpret because it is not the usual horror film especially in the time it was released. Slasher films were all the hype with the prestigious Friday the 13 and Halloween to dreadfully slow Don‚(TM)t Go in the House and Silent Scream to the utterly inept Prom Night. Yet, Wolfen was released before resurgence of werewolves in popular media led by American Werewolf in London and the Howling. Yet, what separates Wolfen from those two films are no onscreen transformation and it gives a voice (rare in horror film!) to the long and forgotten Native Americans. Based on the novel by Whitley Strieber, its director Michael Wadleigh (Woodstock) has suggested (in Fangoria) that this film was a political thriller, a thinking man‚(TM)s film. I was skeptical, so I analyzed it for simple clues. I manage to succeed in what Wadleigh was stating Wolfen. I have written about this although it contains a few spoilers, so I have to tell you what I thought about it.
Wolfen is a very interesting film because not only are the plot, subtexts, and characters good, but it makes you think. Is there a threat out there that we not only know of, but is the answer to all the disappearances? Albert Finney is fine here as mumbles his lines like a drunk. He even has hair for it. Supporting cast is pretty good here with comic relief of Hines and Venora. Yet, Olmos steals the spotlight and is absolutely fantastic as the antagonist. The suspense kept was above average thanks to the mysteries provided here with a climax and ending I really did not expect. As oppose to using special effect to see transformation, Wolfen never falls into that gimmick. Instead, we are given real wolves! They are angry and ferocious. The shots of the wolves are pretty magnificent. The film has nice screen shots of the wolf‚(TM)s perspective using infrared. The location is excellent as well the shooting. There were several problems watching this film like pacing in the beginning. It took me awhile to get ahold of Dewey and some of the problem was the volume. It was pretty low and had to turn up the volume pretty high to get what the characters where saying. Luckily, the problem did not burden the film. Other than that, the DVD is pretty much fine product to rent or buy if you are crazy enough. The overall important thing is to watch Wolfen. It is a really interesting thing film with ideas about a creature superb than humans. Now, the following paragraph will talk about the subtext and comments the film may have. There are a few spoilers.
The complexity of Wolfen and being a representation to Native Americans was not quite easy. The Indians and wolves share body and spirit which allows the Natives to shape shift into a wolf. First, one has to wonder how wolves and Indians managed to team up together. Well, look back in history and one will learned that the first settlers of New York where the Dutch. Okay? The Dutch would be very frightened by wolves thanks to the mythologies they had in Europe. They saw them as violent and evil, but very intelligent. Meanwhile, they probably saw the Native Americans as subhuman and rejected the idea that they were human at all. This view managed to be carried out through history as politicians depict in a negative view that would lead to massacres and depletion of not only entire population, but destruction of the environment.Hollywood would then arrive and exploit the theme of Indians as evil and savages, but in doing so they manage to belittle them like the Dutch have. The tables are then turned when Eddie and Old man tell Dewey that we (society) are the ‚savages‚?.
This revelation comes to the explanation about the grisly murders in the Bronx when a beat up Dewey makes his way in a bar inhabited by Indians. It is acknowledge about murders, but justified only as a matter to survive by eating the people that will not be remembered by society: winos, drug abusers, homeless, outcast, and so forth. I guess this is a side-effect of the Wolfen. Yet, does it make them villains for acting out as nature intended them meanwhile society has abandoned these types of people living in the South Bronx, hunting location. The motive over a high class person is also revealed. It is very similar to the history of the Natives when settlers began to cross the plains and would kill their buffalo out of game.
One of the film‚(TM)s subtext involves government vs. corporate which Dewy represents the government. You sympathize with him as oppose to the private security that handles the investigation. Yet, one scene is very symbolic involving Albert and the cool hip African American sidekick Whittington. Both are armed with two M-16 rifles, one with a scope the other with night vision. They are going to silence someone using an abandoned building. I cannot help to thin the government has committed actions like this towards political activist and protest.
This film is a step above in the portrayal of Native American because it has them in other roles like steel construction workers. Compared to the other films film, you get an alternative glimpse of the surviving Native trying to make a living in New York as oppose to other film where they are attacking innocent settlers and their covered wagon. Yet, you still see some of the traditions they have like Eddie doing a ritual on top of the Brooklyn Bridge and the other the Natives having long hair to reflect their identity. Also, they provide a lot about the mysticism surrounding nature allegory and suspense that ends the film in a victory for them and their wolves and Wolfen as it show they will survive in the future while Albert does a narration. One thing I found a fault was that Wolfen was around longer than Christianity. The problem is wouldn‚(TM)t the Natives have transformed into Wolfen to scare off and easily wipeout the settlers as they did to tough Haitian bodyguard?
Summer heat arrived early. I manage to get an A in all my classes. My statement and paper on this film was accepted and credited. Graduation day was a week away as I held my breath to shout "Victoria!" (Victory)