James' Review of Zaat (Dr. Z) (Attack of the Swamp Creatures) (Blood Waters of Dr. Z) (Legend of the Zaat Monster) (Hydra)

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    Zaat (Dr. Z) (Attack of the Swamp Creatures) (Blood Waters of Dr. Z) (Legend of the Zaat Monster) (Hydra)

    Zaat (Dr. Z) (Attack of the Swamp Creatures) ... (1975)

    [b][size=3][u]Sunday, Sept 24[/u][/size]
    72. Dungeons & Dragons. (2000)[/b] God, where to start? Well, this is pretty bad. First, the dragons are too cartoonish. They should've just ripped off [i]Lord of the Rings[/i]. Second, most of the CGI doesn't work because it's boring and a hundred more shots sweeping around a fake looking city or castle ain't going to change that. Third, replace the entire cast because they suck; especially the misplaced Wayans brother. Did you want this to be a comedy? Then hire the entire Wayans family!! But if you wanted to do this D&D license justice (and serious) you should've gotten a cast and effects team who knew the material and could make it work similar to [i]LotR[/i] and [i]Dragonslayer[/i] (or at least [i]Beastmaster[/i] and [i]Conan[/i]). All those films are fun for similar and different reasons. There ain't no fun here. This is crap. Irons' definately pops some vessels in his brain! There! Are you happy? He shortened his lifespan for this sh[i]i[/i]t. :mad: 3/10 [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/smilies/rotten.gif[/img]

    This guy is compensating for something....

    [b]73. Madhouse (of Dr. Death). (1974)[/b] Wes Craven definately saw this film because there are big chucks of it in both [i]New Nightmare[/i] and [i]Scream[/i]. Vincent Price doesn't quite play himself but might as well of..since here he's an actor known for his character Dr. Death (certainly a play on Dr. Phibes, a character he played quite well before) who kills his victims in all sorts of crazy ways (see [i]Scream [/i]and [i]Nightmare of Elm Street[/i]). After years in the funny farm he's brought back to do the role one more time. But suddenly people in his life begin to drop dead (yep, in all sorts of crazy ways). One death happens on the set of the new movie (just like in [i]New Nightmare[/i]). Btw, the Dr. Death costume will look familiar...


    Oops! Wrong one. [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/smilies/redface.gif[/img] Here we go...


    Well, maybe not. [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/smilies/redface.gif[/img] This is the wrong one. There's another costume that looks just like the one from Scream. Well, even with I think I've proven Craven was inspired by the films of Price and others. Cool! Anyway, this was done by American International Pictures and Amicus so it has earmarks of both studios including Vincent Price and Peter Cushing. I'd say it's overall feel is more Amicus. 7/10 [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/smilies/fresh.gif[/img]

    [b]74. The Blood Waters of Dr. Z [/b](a.k.a. [b]Legend of the Zaat Monster[/b], [b]Attack of the Swamp Creatures[/b],[b] Hydra[/b]). (1975) This film is easily among the worst ever made. It takes an endless supply of insanity to achieve such badness. I mean, the film is about a mad scientist who has spent years developing a process to turn himself into a fish...a walking fish in a full size fish suit. Lucky for us this film equivilent of the scum that collects on the bottom of ponds is now highly watchable thanks to the show [b]Mystery Science Theater 3000[/b]. Those guys were pros and they make this fish poop funny as hell! 3/10 [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/smilies/rotten.gif[/img] (MST3K upgrade 9/10)

    [size=1]"Choked to death by a giant warthog! Yep! That fortune teller lady was right...verbatum!! I should've listened!" [/size]

    [b]75. Coma. (1978) [/b] First rate thriller from the 70s. Has a beautiful slow build up. I love it! Happy Birthday to Michael Douglas, btw. He's good in this. 9/10 [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/smilies/fresh.gif[/img]

    [size=1]I wonder if they have a drive thru? I mean, I need a replacement little toe. [/size]

    [b] 76. Vampyr. (1932) [/b]This is one visual treat right here! Very nice use of shadows and camera angles (the POV coffin shot must've been a first at the time). It does jump from scene to scene in sometimes dizzying fashion but that's just early movie making for you. There's some much here that is now familiar it's clear to see this has inspired (and was probably inspired as well) what came after. I'd love to have a tally of the amount of women who fainted at various times during it's early showings. :D 9/10 [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/smilies/fresh.gif[/img]


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