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[b][u]Saturday, Sept 30, 2006-final Day/Horrorthon Warmup '06[/u] 91. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. (1986) [/b] A hellish nightmare that takes place partly in a radio station? Hell, I'm there! Awesomely good sequel to the original classic. THE highlight of my movie watching weekend. I liked it much more than last year (when I had a problem with Hopper and the reimaging of the famed "dinner scene", I had no such problems this time). I do advise that fans of the original not view these one after the other or [b]TCM2[/b] will come of as lacking. But in itself it's a damn good horror movie. Uncomfortable at times and oddly funny too! I love the DJ lady and her engineer. Awesome! 8/10 [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/smilies/fresh.gif[/img]
The famouse "Breakfast Club" poster. Stupidty it didn't make the cover of the DVD release. Big WTF! [b] 92. Day of the Dead. (1985) [/b] The 2nd sequel to Romero's [i]Night of the Living Dead[/i] has an easy pace but a lot of very good (very creepy) ideas. I quite like it and really need to upgrade my VHS. It has one of my favorite scenes in any of these films (the half a head looking around). Also a favorite character: the awesome "Bub". I welcome a remake to this. Can't wait to see it. 8/10 [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/smilies/fresh.gif[/img] [b] 93. Horrors of Spider Island. (1960) [/b]Some horror/porn for my pleasure. :p Lots of b&w honeys crash land on an island and soon the only guy "available" (if you follow me) is bitten by a goofing looking spider effect and he turns into a spider himself. Damn the luck! That would happen to me...isolated with a dozen hot looking chick and then I'd be turned into an incompatable species of some sort. Me: "come on baby, I can use my spinnerette!!". I watched the version shown on the bad movie mocking show Mystery Science Theater 3000. It's funny, and kind of hot with all those chicks running around removing their clothing and so forth. Nearly soft porn. 4/10 [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/smilies/rotten.gif[/img] (MST3K upgrade 9/10)
[b] 94. Lady Frankenstein. (1971) [/b] More softporn and goofy effects. I didn't enjoy this all that much. It's just a retelling of the classic story with some nudity. Big whoop! [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/smilies/rolleyes.gif[/img] I'd originally planned on Kenneth Branaugh's Frankenstein flick but bailed out because I was tired and a neighbor's visitor showed up with a boom car and created a lot of frustration. This was a poor subsitute for Branaugh's excessive so-bad-it's-good masterpiece. For those who love that film forgive me, I just laugh and laugh and laugh. As for Lady Frankenstein, there is really nothing new here. 5/10 [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/smilies/rotten.gif[/img] (laugh-at-it upgrade 7/10)
[size=4][b] 95. Dark City. (1998)[/b][/size] I needed something great to end the warmup on. This was it. This strange Twilight Zone kind of story is among my favorites. It's disorienting as it opens, then you begin to think you know what's going on, then you realise you don't, and then all is revealed. Just an outstanding closing of the day( and warmup)...from [i]TCM2 [/i]to [b]Dark City[/b]. [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] 9/10 [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/smilies/fresh.gif[/img]
Let me get this out of the way... I love voluptuous italian vampire chicks running around basements of an old dusty castles as much as the next horny bastard. But this film has problems!! An example: it features a cat fight that's nearly all facial close ups!! Miss all that jiggling? What were they thinking?!! At least there's plenty of nice big boobs stuffed into tight dresses to look at (iow, several ladies look like they have an extra butt sticking out of the top of their dresses :p ).
Well, I was a little depressed yesterday so I hoped this would be a laugh riot in the unintentional way I love so much. There was some great dialogue here and there but not enough. I think MST3K could've had a lot of fun with this. Furthermore, a decent transfer would be much more appealing visually, thereby raising it's enjoyment level by a point or 2....perhaps.
I lucked out yesterday and DIDN'T have to go back to work in the afternoon. I love bad weather in Sept, Oct and Nov. It rains out these awful local sporting events and I don't have to cover them. Anyway, while thinking I was going to have to work I decided on a couple of "bad" movies.
[size=2][b]20. Terror Creatures from the Grave[/b] (a.k.a., [/size][size=2][b]5 Tombe per un Medium[/b]). I watched this B&W film from 1965 while cleaning up around the house. It's actually an okay italian ghost story with some nice ideas and gothic visuals. A dead guy's estate is being settled but unfortunately it's unsettled as to weather the dead guy's ghost is settled on all this settling. I'll pay more attention to it next time because it seems to have some genuine creepiness. There's some nice sex scenes that could be a good way to introduce your children to the subject (so they'll be more inclined to avoid it). That cheesy title shouldn't stop anybody from giving it a go. It's available very cheaply and certianly worth what I paid (about 60 cents). 7/10
21. Next I felt like a silly bit of American International cheese from 1977. [b]Empire of the Ants[/b] featuring a cast comprised of the entire celebrity panel from the game show [i]Match Game '77[/i]. Only thing missing is Gene Rayburn with that big as[i]s[/i] microphone...
Goofy isn't the half of it with [b]EotA[/b]. When "special" effects guy Bert I. Gordon pulls out the process shots you know you're in for something special. I imagine how great the shoot on this probably was. With Bert explaining where the ants would be and how horrified the actor should look when he sees those nasty Arthropods of Death!! :D The whole thing reminds me of a Fantasy Island episode that when wrong. Truly, this is one of the more rediculous (read: funny) AI pictures. I also recommend the slightly funnier [i]Frogs [/i]about a group of stupid people getting killed by...erm, well, frogs. :D I'd hate to slam the source material having not read the original H.G. Wells story, but the ending to this could be the dumbest thing I've ever seen. 4/10 (bad movie upgrade 8/10)
[img]http://hometown.aol.com/creatreman/images/empantscollinsmail.jpg[/img] Joan enjoys a snog with her co-star. :D
Well, after finding out I didn't have to work I pulled out the good ones.
[b]22. Last House on the Left[/b] from 1972. I was holding this movie wondering why I was holding it. I put the tape in my VCR wondering why I was putting it in the VCR. I pressed play wondering why THE FCUK I was pressing play!!! This film is brutal and deals with torture and rape. I'd only watched it once before and felt icky when it was over. But after about 3 or 4 years I wanted to experience it again. Turns out it's "easier" to take upon second viewing. There's actually a lot of important messages trying to come through about violence in the world and how easy it is be be a victim of society's misfits. There is some odd black comedy vibes going on here. The obvious comic relief cops are weclome. And the final 3rd is pretty cool for gore fans. An oddity, but influential. 8/10
23. Needed something "lite" after [i]Last House[/i]. The [b]Rebirth of Mothra[/b] from 1996 was childish, colorful and perfect for my needs. I loved it. The scoring was surprisingly superb. I also liked the old school effects quite a bit. A truly relaxing time with some familiar characters and more. I really liked the monster [/size]Desghidorah which is a three-headed creature on 4 legs, a moving tail and eventually it sprouts wings too! It's truly a wonder to behold! No, really. I wonder how many crew are stuffed in that thing. It can't be just one guy in that suit. Anyway, it's all very satisfying. I'm glad I recorded this and it's 2 sequels on a tape from Sci-Fi Channel years ago. I predict me buying this one on DVD for myself and my little neices who've probably never seen anything like this before. 8/10