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The Raven

The Raven

(2012)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I don't plan on watching this Poe was a writer not Sherlock Holmes...and the plot seems like the killer from Seven....but with Poe stories as inspiration.Perposterous....Cusack as Poe what was the casting department thinking? PASS

The Thing

The Thing

(2011)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Too many characters and no development,you could care less when someone dies because their all two dimensional monster fodder.Bottin's FX will never be outdone ADI/CGI couldnt save this movie and everything STRIKE does is a cheap imitation of the movies they buy the rights to, just to make a quick buck off the cult fans of the original.I even bought the DVD to watch the deleted scenes and to hear the commentary just to know what was going thru their heads when they threw this THING together.All the scenes they cut were the only real stuff that applied to the Carpenter Film (The suicide,the character that is attacked by the woman-thing being burned,especially the end scene which was chopped to bits and used as filler for the credits).The commentary proves how stupid these pepole(?)are,they kept bragging about watching every scene from Carpenters classic over and over so they could match it up with the ruins as much as possible but they failed miserablely.They kept making refrences to Alien and the characters of that movie and all I could think of was they set out to make an "Alien3" right down to the stupid plot and the studio reshoots.

Lars should have been the star of the film and the American pilots came off as cheap imitations of McReady and Childs.The story line is laughable at best if they paid so much attention to detail to make it a prequel why make so many continuity mistakes? Obviously the worst was why the ship wasnt already destroyed by the Thermite charges (This was even in John W Campbell Jr.'s classic novella that Carpenter stayed true to and in my opinion improved on by reducing the number of characters to make the isolation more palpable and gave room for more character development),but why would an arctic outpost have only one dog? Totally illogical mistakes like these pale in comparison to the exterme stupidity of the handling of the creature.In the novella the beast was a superior organism with telepathic powers that it used to stay one step ahead of it's adversaries(It drove Blair mad with nightmares and even revealed it's true nature in dreams to all that came into contact with it)and this explains why it was always one step ahead of the poor souls of Outpost #31.But in this version they dumbed it down to stupidity(the woman-thing revealing herself by not knowing the number of keys/the pilot not knowing which side of his ear was pierced)Worst of all was the pointless chase scene at the end of the film why would it flee to a ship which had already crashed?

The flaws and mistakes continue inside the ship.When Kate is trapped in the vent and the Thing is flailing about with it's tentacles just out of reach,why didnt it just detach a part of itself or spray her with it's cellular goo(like it did the dogs it couldnt reach in Carpenter's film).When it finally grabs her and pulls her out she should have been infected immediately and pulled the plug on the grenade to destroy herself,the ship,and the Thing.By far the worst mistake was the ripping thru the clothes that the creature did when it assimilated it's victims in the 82 version.If the McReady imitation pilot was infected in the ship where did he find new clothing and another flamethrower?

I wanted to like this movie but I've wasted enough time and money on this one.STRIKE is a sorry excuse for a production company and why hire a guy to make the film that has never directed a movie before? FINAL THOUGHT= IT'S AN IMITATION..BURN IT!!!

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

(1986)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This film is NOT a slasher movie,but it is a dark and disturbing look into the mind of a serial killer.Henry does not kill for revenge or any other motive except for the thrill of killing.As the movie opens we are introduced to Henry as he eats at a diner and then he drives off and finds a new victim to stalk.Intercut in this opening sequence are several bodies and crimes scenes of Henry's more recent victims.As the camera pans on the corpses,ghostly sound effects of the killing of the victims mirror the lifelessness of their bodies and gives clues on how each died.This is a great way for a movie like this to start because we meet this normal looking guy that smokes Kools and generally seems like a nice individual,but the brutality shown on the remains of his victims is what defines him as a cold blooded monster.

I will be breif while describing the plot because I don't want any spoilers to ruin any first viewings of this film.Henry is staying at an apartment rented by his friend Otis.Otis picks up his sister,who just left her husband and she still has the black eye from their last fight.Otis and Henry met in prison,and when his sister is instantly attracted to the mystery man,Otis gives us the first and most important clue to Henry's past,when he tells her that Henry killed his mother when he was 14.But instead of being scared by this knowledge,she seems even more intrigued and her attraction to Henry grows stronger.For whatever reason,maybe he has killed so many times that the only way to get a thrill out of it now is to watch someone else do it,Henry soon intitiates Otis into the bloody world of the serial killer.....

What I liked most about this film is it's acts of random violence,perpetrated by an insane man who kills for no better reason than to pass the time.He has no emotion and is cold as ice when he kills his victims(most of them women due to his deep seated hatred of his mother).But it's the scenes where Henry is teaching Otis the art of killing that stand out the most.While Otis films a bum getting beaten and mugged in the park with the new camcorder acquired from one of their first victims,Henry tells him the secret to not getting caught,by changing his MO.Henry explains to Ottis why he can't use the same gun to kill again.Sometimes Henry kills with a knife or cuts up the body,but the next time he'll break their necks and leave them laying in an alley.The point is that his random acts seem all the more random than the usual pattern killers that always get arrested.Henry's other secret to survival is that he keeps moving around and his cold logic.For example when Ottis wants to kill a boy he sold dope to for punching him in the face after Otis grabbed his leg,Henry tells him he'll be in jail before the end of the night if he does because people had already seen them together.Otis says he wants to kill SOMEBODY,then Henry interupts him and in a menacing tone says "I want to hear you say that again...".This movie is the most realistic look into the mind of a serial killer that you will ever find on film.Dark,perverse,and brutal Henry is not a film for people with high ethics or the moral majority,but it still holds up to this day and is one of the most frightening movies I've ever seen.

Beware! The Blob (Son of the Blob)

Beware! The Blob (Son of the Blob)

(1972)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The best of the "so bad their good" movies.Directed by Larry Hagman and featuring some well known actors in small roles(Burgess Meredith,Dick Van Patton,etc.).The opening score sounds like something from a 1980's nintendo game,and there's definitely a "don't eat the brown acid" feel to the whole movie.Keep in mind that this is a satire (and that Larry Hagman was reportedly high thru the whole production),so if your looking for a serious Horror or Sci-fi film keep on looking.But if your like me and enjoy your cheese well aged,you can't go wrong with this one.

A miner,back from digging pipelines in the arctic(really he's the guy who wrote the movie Car Wash)keeps a strange specimen he found and stashes it in his freezer.Long story short wife sets out the container,lid pops off,wife feeds kitten,husband gets drunk,blob eats fly,blob eats kitten,wife looks for kitten,blob eats wife,husband watches the blob(the movie on T.V.),blob eats husband.
Without spoiling to much of this "riveting" plot,it's random scenes like this that are the jist of the whole movie.The producers had a script but everybody that made the film just got high and improvised their lines.

Despite the low budget the effects arent that bad for the time(as long as your not a die hard CG fanatic) and the blob is more aggressive using tendrils(ok these effects are bad),attacks from above,and has more momentum(ok it's faster).They definitely screened this movie when they wrote the 1988 remake,even though the remake works around the plot of the original movie with a few major twists,most of the action with the blob is borrowed from the "sequel",minus the gore of course.The body count is higher than the original and the remake combined as most of the movie centers around the blob absorbing random people,and at the end it is truely massive and attacks ...... wait for it,the bowling alley on tournament night.

Why did I rate this movie so high? Because I laughed my ass off all the way thru and had a good time.Even though from a critical and production view point this movie is horrible,it was entertaining,and at the end of the day that is why I watch movies.So if you don't mind losing a few brain cells and don't have anything better to do with an hour and twenty seven minutes of your life,check it out.Anybody with a sense of humor will love it,but theres always those people who get revolted when the blob eats the kitten...but hey,to each his own.

Natural Born Killers

Natural Born Killers

(1994)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Born in the fires of hell,and unleashsed on an unsuspecting world,Natural Born Killers is the greatest expression of anarchy and chaos on film.As brutal as it is controversial,it holds the mirror up at our society in general and it's obsession with serial killers and media scandals.Like the Gorgon finally seeing it's horrific reflection,most of society was petrified by what they saw and condemned the movie as mindless violence unhealthy for any sane audience.Truth is a powerful thing,and this film drags the darkest corners of our society into the light,and is a powerful statement about the decay of our morality.

Oliver Stone took an early script by Quentin Tarantino and set out to make a standard action movie.As the film progressed things got deeper,and the movie became an ultra violent satire about our dependency on our Televisions and media outlets and the profit made from our collective hunger for unsavory news scandals.Stone crafts his tale of two star crossed lovers with expert skill,holding nothing back,and creating a film unrivaled in it's originality.The cinematography is a pshychedelic experience combining 35mm,16mm,8mm,and video(black and white/color),with rear projection shots that evoke a surreal variety of "emotional landscapes",along with animation.

Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis give great performances as the sensationalized,victimized,demonized Mickey and Mallory Knox.But our antiheroes are surrounded by people just as evil as they are,and stuck in a world that is just as cold and unforgiving.Robert Downey Jr. is the ultimate nemesis of the pair,playing the role of spineless journalist Wayne Gayle,and represents the media's never ending need to profit off the killers infamy.Tom Sizemore plays super cop Jack Scagnetti,obsessed with catching the pair and increasing his own fame.When Scagnetti was a child his mother was a victim of the Charles Whitman sniper shootings which led him to excel at his career.He even kills a prostitute in a hotel just to see what it feels like and is sexually drawn to Mallory,fueling his hatred for Mickey.Tommy Lee Jones plays Dwight McCluskey,an out and out redneck,and warden of the maximum security prison that houses the Knox's.Tension from his star inmates,has turned his prison into a timebomb and he just wants to get rid of the two any way he can.

But not even this trinity of villains can stop Mickey and Mallory's love,as McCluskey and Scagnetti plan to execute the pair during their transfer to a mental home,Wayne Gayle can't resist one more chance to profit off the story and does a live interview with Mickey that degenerates into a prison riot,that ultimately reunites the lovers and leads to their eventual escape.When they shoot Gayle and everything he represents,during the symbolic ending,the pair is finally free and set out on the road,to live in hiding and raise a family.

This film really angered a lot of people,I think mainly because they get away with it at the end of the movie.But it was the feel of the film as well,like the "I love Mallory" scene that spoofed sitcoms and laugh tracks while simultaneously focusing on incest and abuse that really upset people.But the bottom line is this movie is a peice of art,that was made not to glorify violence,but to show it in a comedic way to reflect how out of control violence has become in our media crazed culture.Easily Stone's best film,it is the best film of the 90's in my opinion,and is even more relevant today.With our culture dependent on the internet,and our further decline into violence and strife as a society,all of us have become as desensitized to violence as the antiheroes of this movie.

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