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Not as good as the original but Radu is still one of the best movie vampires. We learn more about him in this film, we even get to meet his mummy. The prospect of being alone throughout eternity terrifies him. So he needs Michelle as much for company as any sexual desires he may harbour. This movie has all the classic horror appeal of the old Hammer films full of unique atmosphere if not a little light on story. Added to the mix this time is Michelleâs sister Portrayed by William Shatner's daughter Melanie. All in all a satisfying edition to the Subspecies franchise. With a nice cliff-hanger climax.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable sci-fi movie from Hammer. I can't help but feel that this film must have been the inspiration for "The Blob" (released a couple of years after) radioactive mud is causing havoc in the Scottish Highlands and near an atomic laboratory. Luckily Dr. Royston works there and is in the middle of carrying out some groundbreaking nuclear experiments. So Royston, with the help of Inspector McGill and the military race against time to find a way to kill the unknown. While most 50's monster movies can be somewhat camp and silly. This comes across as relatively intelligent. There is a very Quatermass feel to the proceedings. Time is taken to clarify the science aspects but done in a way that doesn't become boring. Well acted, well paced and really suspenseful. The ending is little bit of a letdown and quite abrupt. But any fans of Hammer films will be used to that.
I watched this film with a mix of joy and sadness. Joy at getting to see another big screen outing for my favourite Canadians. And sadness because I knew that this was to be the final installment in the trailer park boys series. I would definitely say that this is a vast improvement on the big dirty. The plot is wafer thin but then TPB's has never really been about plot. The interaction between Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles has always been what has made this show so successful. I'm pleased to report that there is plenty of Rickisms, Hair brained schemes from Julian. And Bubbles even gets a love interest. Jim Lahey and Randy are also on fine form and J-Roc and Tyrone get a more of look in this time round. Fans of the show will spot Cyrus, George Green and Sam Losco in the back ground. Phil, Jacob and Lucy are limited to very short scenes. But I felt this was the right move as we were really saying goodbye to Ricky, Julian, and bubbles. All in all I thought this was a fine way to go out.
They don't make like this anymore. A truly cheesy and violent 80's cop film. The late great Charles Napier plays tough no nonsense alcoholic cop JJ Striker. On the hunt for a serial killer who is bumping off hookers. I enjoyed the supernatural element in this film. The serial killer preys on hookers and with each kill he grows stronger. Basically becoming an unstoppable killing machine. In fact the serial killer is played by Robert Z'dar of maniac cop fame. I can only imagine he got the role of maniac cop after this as they are pretty much the same character. There some genuine laugh out loud moments (I think unintentional) in one scene JJ and his partner chase down a perp, the film goes into slow motion. But with the humorous sound of them heavy breathing over the soundtrack. Hilarious. James Watkins scenes are comical too. He plays a stereotypical black pimp Daddy. Everything from his clothes to his dialogue is just outlandish. There is apparent chauvinistic tone running through the film. Apart from Michelle Reese who plays JJ's muse. The women in this film don't get any kind of meaningful role. The one female cop is often told to stand aside in a kind of "this is mans work" way. In fact JJ and his partner call all the girls "baby". Although it's an extremely cheesy and "dated" film it is a tremendously enjoyable watch.
I have watched many of Jess Franco movies. (My guilty pleasure) and in watching so many there is certain things that I have come to expect. Appalling editing and various amounts of dodgy camera work and long shaky zooms. But there is none of this in Faceless. It is a really tight and well executed film. Also the Gratuitous nudity and sleaze that is usually a given, is at a minimum. Though the nudity is restrained, Franco has made up for it in graphic gore. Decapitations, dismembering and a rather nasty eyeball scene that would make Lucio Fulci proud. The acting talent is also above par. Caroline Munro, Brigitte Lahaie, Anton Diffring and Helmut Berger. Not forgetting a nice cameo from Telly Savalas. Franco regulars Howard Vernon and Lina Romay also turn up. Forget everything you think you know about Jess Franco movies and give this ago. I guarantee you'll be surprised.