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Am I the only one who thinks that the plot of this movie sounds like an Adam Sandler film? Kevin James plays a biology teacher in a school that is less than average and when he finds out about budget cuts and the cancellation of the music program in school, he decides to do MMA fighting to raise money. Not only does this play off as Adam Sandler-ish, but it's also like a comedic version of Warrior. In Warrior, Joel Edgerton's character was a teahcer who wanted to make money by doing MMA. Here, we have the same thing except it's less dramatic. (or good for that matter.) Normally, Kevin James is a funny guy when he's not in movies like Zookeeper. I'll admit in this, he actually provided some good laughs. They weren't really laugh out loud funny, just some audible chuckles here and there. Henry Winkler plays the music teacher that Kevin James wants to help and I'm really starting to get tired of that guy. I don't hate him or anything, and I know that he's the Fonz, but he keeps showing up in these movies with weak plots and I feel kind of bad for him. Salma Hayek is also in the movie and her character is really pointless. If you look at it, her character doesn't affect the plot in anyway and if she wasn't in the movie, it wouldn't be any different. I'll give the movie this, not only did it make me laugh in some scenes, but I found the fight scenes to be entertaining. The movie had MMA fighting to look to and seeing Kevin James throw down wasn't too bad. But the main problem this movie has is that the plot is so worn out and it's incredibly predictable. The plot follows the same formula and it's also not as funny as one might expect. There are jokes where it's really nothing more than people getting hit over the head with something or Kevin James acting weird. I wouldn't say that the movie sucks, it's just not very good. I really wanted for a movie like this to be the least bit decent. I like Kevin James, I want to see him in more movies, but with a movie like Here Comes the Boom, it makes me wish Kevin James stayed out of this one. Will you like it? I'm not sure, it depends on what you're looking for? If you like this movie, fine, I have no problem with that. I personally found the movie to be predictable, it's not insanely funny, I could see most things coming before they happend, certain scenes and characters are pointless and I did think Kevin James was good in the movie and it had some really entertaining fight scenes, but those weren't enough for me to call it good.
Whatever happened to horror movies where it was a creepy little boy terrorizing people instead of a generic little girl? The Omen is starts off with a guys wife giving birth, but the kid dies, so the parents end up taking another baby whose mother died while giving birth. The only problem is that the kid happens to be the Antichrist and all hell is about to break loose. After a few gruesome deaths, the dad starts to think that the kid is screwed up in the head and he eventually learns the truth. A lot of people usually don't give this film a lot of credit mainly because it lives in the shadow of The Exorcist. I think that this movie is a lot creepier than most people give it credit for. First off, the mood of the film. There's something about this movie that just feels really ominous. There's this feel that bad things are about to happen and people will die horribly, which is exactly what happens. The birthday party scene where the nanny hangs herself is considered the film's most notable scene. I can see why, crazy chick hangs herself in front of a bunch of children, that's not the type of thing you would want kids seeing while they're at the age where they don't even know what sex is. Another grizzly death scene is when the photographer gets decapitated by a sheet of glass. That scene was actually one of the first decapitation scenes ever filmed and the special effects behind it make it look so convincing. The film is obviously capable of gore and death, but the suspense and creepiness is the best thing about it. The music for the movie is creepy and intense at the same time. When it plays, you know something bad is about to happen. Most of the score is a bunch of demonic chanting and it actually gives me chills. The kid who's the Antichrist is also surprisingly creepy. The kid playing him outdoes all other actors in the movie and that's saying something. Whenever the kid is on screen, there's this feeling of evil. Being the son of Satan, you would think that people would just stay away from him and let him be, but people actually try and confront him. Why? Because they're dumbshits. The thing is that the kid is so formiddable and creepy, that it kind of makes the other characters seem less interesting. I wasn't exactly sad when the parents were off screen to say the least. With the solid direction of the movie by Richard Donner, The Omen plays out as a classic horror film. It's creepy, suspenseful, the acting is good, the movie kept me guessing, it's really ominous. There's also a remake, but it sucks and you should just stick with this one.
I'm still waiting for a zombie film where bathsalts are the cause for the living dead, but I guess we'll have to make due with what we have right now. Return of the Living Dead is a 1985 horror comedy about zombies. Contrary to popular belief, this isn't a sequel to Night of the Lving Dead, though it does pay homage to it in some scenes. The zombies are brought to life after two dumbasses working in a medical warehouse let loose a weird chemical into the air. Now the zombies have risen and it makes for one hell of a fight. The zombies in this film are different from the George Romero zombies in certain aspects. To start, the zombies in this ones crave brains rather than just human flesh. Their appearance is also different, but the special effects and makeup make them look fantastic. Some of the zombies in this one are completely mutilated and look disgusting. It really helps make for some really funny moments in the film. It's something of a comedy as well. A lot of the characters are really funny and memorable and it's partly due to the acting. Every actor in this movie is really good and a solid cast isn't something you come by too often in horror films. I was also surprised at how well written some of the dialogue was. Most horror films usually have average dialogue that isn't really interesting, but this movie doesn't really have its moments where I was bored. There's no contrived build up or forced characters, the movie just feels right. I don't really know how else to put it. This is the type of horror film that can please most anyone. If you like horror comedies, gore, naked chicks, and zombies, this movie will not disappoint you. It's my personal favorite zombie film ever made and I know that there are plenty of other zombie films to be made, but I doubt if they have the charm that this one has. I'd like to make this review longer, but it's one of those films where you just have to see for yourself instead of looking at reviews online.
Zombies have always been a staple for Halloween, so here's one of the better zombie apocalypse films to be made. Night of the Living Dead is the 1968 movie that revolutionized how people view zombies. George Romero, the director, brought to light the slow-moving, unintelligent and relentless nature of a zombie and that's how they are often portrayed. Back when this movie first came out, it was something new for movie-goers. The gore in the movie isn't anything special compared to today's standards, but back then, it terrified people; people in theaters were in absolute shock of what was in the movie. The general story is that a group of people are stuck in a house while fighting off the living dead. The plot is simple, but it works for the time this movie was made. The people in the house together aren't too fond of eachother and it's really about how they're going to work together to survive. But in the end, it's one of those "every man for himself" type of scenarios. It actually does do a good job of producing a feeling of claustrophobia. Being stuck in building with people you hate and living off the idea of getting your brains eaten at anytime is a terrifying experience for the characters and the movie captures that so well. The atmosphere of the movie is something that really needs to be appreciated. There's a really dark and hopeless feel to the movie. It's almost like the movie is saying "Whoever comes across a zombie is fucked." That is a true factor to the movie; people die horribly. The zombies don't just eat people, they flat-out tear the living shit out of them. People innards are seen and there's a surprising amount of blood for the 60's. The issues that I have with the movie is that there is a minor pacing issue near the beginning of the film and some of the acting is pretty bad, but those don't ruin the film for me. I still really like the direction this film took. Romero went all out in displaying violence and playing out the hopelessness of the situation the characters are in. I just have to say that the ending to the movie, not to spoil anything, is very cruel, even to this day. It takes a turn that you don't see coming, but that's what makes it effective. Night of the Living Dead spawned a number of inspirations like sequels and other films where the title consists od "Night of..." This movie may not be my favorite zombie film, but it's a damn good one and it's always worth a watch, especially in October.
For once in like 8 million years, Tim Burton has made a movie without Johnny Depp. Frankenweenie is a remake of a 1984 film by the same name and it was also made by Tim Burton. This is basically Burton's remastered edition of his original work. It's about a boy named Victor who loses his dog and then brings him back to life using science in a Frankenstein-like manner. When word of his dog coming back to life slips loose, the people in town want what Victor has to offer. The movie is stop-motion and black and white, so it definately has a very old school and classic feel to it. I really liked that, it made me feel like I was watching a 1950's B-movie. Visually, the movie is outstanding. Tim Burton has always had a sense of a dark and gothic atmosphere to his movies and it really makes the movie look great. It's really Burton's trademark to add a dark vibe to his films, but that's not neccesarily a bad thing. The cast in the movie also does a really good job in the voice acting department. Charlie Tahan is someone that I'm not familar with, but he was really good as Victor. Catherine O'Hara is a trademark Tim Burton actress and she's also great and of course, Martin Landau as the really eccentric school teacher. Not only is he a cool and interesting character, but Landau does such a good job portraying him. That's the thing about this movie is that all the characters are really unique and likable in their own way. Each character is funny and adds to the story in a way and I think it's close to impossible to call a certain character boring or unlikable. Frankenweenie is also a homage to the classic monster movies that gained popularity in the 1930's. It's mostly aimed at being something of a spoof of Frankenstein, but plenty other references are made in the movie towards other famous horror movies and I really liked how the movie did that in it's own style. The relationship between Victor and his dog, Sparky is also really touching. If you've ever had a dog you really cared for or if you currently own a dog you love, then you can relate to this film and you'll find it to be really heartwarming. Currently, I have three Golden Retrievers and they may bark, drool, shit, piss and whine a lot, but I still love them and I liked how this movie shows how special a bond between someone and their dog can be. The only real issue I had with this movie plays a part in the visuals. Don't get me wrong, the visuals look superb, but there are parts where they seemed to overshadow the storytelling aspect of the movie. I don't like when directors put more focus on visuals and special effects rather than plot. The entire movie wasn't like that though, I just think some parts suffered from a visual overload. In the end, I was surprised at how much I liked this movie. The voice acting was great, the characters were funny, the atmoshpere was dark and unique, the jokes were funny and despite some lack of storytelling in some parts, Frankenweenie ended up being a really good animated movie for both kids who want something to watch and adults who grew up watching classic horror films.