Surprisingly better than many other low budget slasher movies not named Halloween or Friday 13th, The Burning clearly gets its inspiration from the latter with it's story of a man who is accidentally burned by a group of teens and comes back to avenge their wrongdoings in the woods where he once hung out.
Tom Savini did the makeup effects for this one and they are very reminiscent of something you would see in a Friday 13th movie. The gore is pretty heavy and realistic, but what sets this one apart from other imitators is that it also at least makes an attempt to scare the viewer with it's creepy atmosphere and tense POV shots of the killer whenever he is on screen which work well.
The ending, of course, sets itself up for a sequel but one was never made. Perhaps it's cult popularity was just not enough to motivate them to make another one. Whatever the reason, it is rather baffling.
If you are a slasher fan then you definitely need to see The Burning. You may even think it is just as good as some of the later Friday 13th sequels which I think it is.
A worthy successor to the original show about a car equipped with an AI that has a driver, Michael Knight (who this time is the son of the original).
There is no Trans Am here. Now, a Mustang Shelby takes center stage and attempts to woo viewers with it's capability to change colour, turbo boost (in average CGI form), morph into other vehicles among other things.
Justin Bruening plays KITT's driver this time around. While his acting isn't exactly stellar, nor was Hasselhoff's back in the day but he gets the job done adequately for what the show is.
The show was cancelled after one season by NBC and the problems evidently show why. A lack of original stories which are robbed from various action movies such as Speed, The Terminator and even the Hulk are accompanied by average voice acting for KITT, played by Val Kilmer who doesn't sound too bothered about the role, and a main storyline that did not know where it is heading!
However, unlike previous ludicrous incarnations of Knight Rider that tried to revive the concept, this one manages to capture at least some of the basic elements of what made the original successful such as detailing the friendship between Mike and KITT. Bruening does what Hasselhoff did and talks to the car as if it were a real person and pulls it off with ease. The supporting characters such as the Graiman character and Sarah, who looks after KITT's functions, are likeable and create opportunities for banter between them and Michael.
Midway through the season, NBC saw fit to axe a number of characters to wittle down the show's magnitude and convert it into a more basic form like the original was, and even though Knight Rider was slowly but steadily regaining it's viewers once again NBC didn't think it was enough to warrant a second run.
Knight Rider 2008, I feel, was a show that deserved a chance for more people to appreciate it's rejuvenated form and a missed opportunity for NBC to have a hit on their hands.
An unintentionally hillarious, yet sometimes horrifying horror movie based on the life of Ed Gein although the main character's name is changed.
Roberts Blossom tries his hardest to be scary as Ezra Cobb but his performance comes off as being more camp than anything else.
The murder sequences, although there are only a couple, are handled very well and contain a fair amount of suspense even though the gore is quite low. The movie tells the Gein story quite well and the highlight performance has to come from the actress who plays his mother.
Being a low budget movie, the soundtrack is very limited and it often plays the same portion of music over and over which can become quickly annoying but this is nothing new from low budget horror films of this era.
It's worth seeking out if you are curious about the Ed Gein case or are a Roberts Blossom fan.
Sylvester Stallone stars in this action drama about a father who wants to have a relationship with his son after abandoning him when he was a baby. Sly's Hawk takes part in arm wrestling competitions and makes a living this way, much to the disapproval of his son.
Arm wrestling fans will lap up this movie. Made in the mid 1980's, it also contains a wealthy amount of cheese, especially as far as it's soundtrack and action scenes are concerned. It has a strong nostalgia effect!
Over The Top is one of my favourite childhood movies, one I watch to this day and still gain a fair amount of pleasure from it. Hawk is a likeable character who wants to correct his mistakes but is often prevented by his son, Michael's grandfather who has a strong hold of him, even if it is out of love.
If you are a fan of 1980's flicks and enjoy Stallone movies then you can't really go much wrong with this one considering this was in an era when Sly was at his best!