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The Prowler is about as generic as a slasher movie can get. It follows the story of a WWII veteran who kills teenagers at the annual graduation dance. This is considered by many to be one of the best in the slasher genre and personally I don't understand why. Although Tom Savini's gore effects are as usual amazing and the film can be entertaining at times it is mostly rather boring and unoriginal. The characters are like always rather dumb as proven when the police deputy allows his girlfriend who is not an officer to follow him to try to stop the dangerous murder. People also run out into the night to go skinny dipping alone during the dance too (who does this?). Overall the only difference between The Prowler and most other 80's slashers is the killer's costume and choice in weapons.
Army of Darkness is the third instalment in the Evil Dead franchise and although it completely abandons its origins in the horror genre and instead becomes a complete comedy, it is a very interesting change. This movie is follows Ash after he travels back in time to the medieval times where the evil terrorises the people. This movie is very funny and Bruce Campbell once again does a terrific job as Ash in this movie as his character is developed further. This movie has similar charm to the much later Pirates of the Caribbean movies in that although it is extremely silly it is also very funny and very entertaining. Although not as good as Evil Dead 2, Army of Darkness is a hugely successful film in my eyes and possibly one of the most interesting cult classics out there.
The screen adaptation of the play of the same name, A Streetcar Named Desire is a classic in movie making and it is quite obvious why. Terrific performances from everyone involved, most notably Marlon Brando as the abusive Stanley Kowalski. The characters although all terrible people are interesting to watch and are perfectly directed by Elia Kazan, it is not hard to see what makes this dark drama worthy of its classic status.
A dark, thought provoking story about a news reporter who moves to New Mexico and makes a breakthrough story featuring a man trapped in a mine cave in. When I first heard about this movie I thought it was one of those lost survival stories and was immediately hooked, although my assumption was very wrong I was not at all disappointed with Ace In The Hole. All of the acting is brilliant and the perfect character arc Kirk Douglas' character who goes from an ambitious reporter to using the trapped man for his own financial gain, there are no heroes in Ace In The Hole and that is what makes it so interesting. It is a study on the dark side of humanity, namely greed and desire. A very well made classic and should be more recognised in my opinion.
This is where the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise scrapes the bottom of the barrel and transforms one of horrors most iconic and recognisable antagonists into a full on Looney Tune. Freddy's Dead has the most ridiculous plot that every single kid in Elm Street has been murdered and Freddy tries to use the last one to get into a new area to kill more kids. The cast is completed by unlikeable characters and drawn out stupid kills, such as death by video game! Yeah, not exactly the scary yet funny moments from part 1 and 3. Though Robert Englund tries his hardest as Freddy like usual, he is unable to save this mess of a movie from completely failing.
Once again, another horror franchise that just won't die cheaply writes of the ending of the previous good sequel to make another movie. Unfortunately Halloween Resurrection fails to be entertaining or scary as much as it is unintentionally silly. The plot follows a group of students who go onto a internet show tour of the Myers House, this of course ends with most of them dying and the Michael still being on the loose in the end. It's all been done before, and it tries to be meta by referencing classics like the original and Pulp Fiction, this only made me wish I was watching those instead of this.
A rather good edition to the Halloween series, Jamie Lee Curtis is great in this movie as she reprises the role of Laurie Strode from the original two films. This movie removes the druid storyline of Curse of Michael Myers and makes him almost as scary as he was in the original film. The soundtrack as usual is great, using the classic music from the original to ramp up the suspense. H20 also offers a terrific climax scene and what would have been a very good ending to the franchise. However, it is not entirely flawless, there is an abundance of fake jump scare scenes that really ruin the tone of the movie, but although it pales in comparison to the first Halloween, it still manages to be a great source of entertainment.
This classic tale of an escaped rapist trying to hunt down the man who testified against him has stood well against the test of time. The original Cape Fear is a masterpiece in film making. It combines a terrific script and cinematography to create a real sense of danger. We as the audience can relate with the main characters and wish to see them through the events of the film, all of the main actors in the film do a terrific job in their roles especially Robert Mitchum as Max Cady, his performance is extremely creepy and realistic so much so that hi character actually feels real throughout the runtime of the film. Cape Fear is a near flawless movie, an absolute masterpiece and well worth its critical acclaim.
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers is by far the most unwatchable of the Halloween franchise, while the other sequels had some redeeming qualities this sixth addition has none. Somehow this movie managed to ruin Michael Myers by trying to explain his villainy through some ludicrous plot about druids and satanic cults, which for some reason he is a part of. There are also many jump cuts to random scenes throughout making the storyline nearly impossible to actually understand. As a huge fan of the original Halloween I am extremely disappointed with most of the sequels especially this entry in the franchise, with its unfitting plot and extremely unsatisfying ending, though I definitely did not want more. Another horrible thing about this movie is it also completely fails to even attempt to be scary and swaps the intelligent suspense and realism of the original and swaps it for cheap fake jump scares. Overall, this movie is just not worth watching, definitely my least favourite Halloween so far.
Reminiscent of show in its golden age, The Simpsons Movie is clever, well written and funny. It offers terrific jokes and is able to keep its charm well into the feature film runtime. Much like The South Park movie The Simpsons Movie is a clever satire and perfect movie version of one of the most popular TV shows of all time.
In Halloween 5 Michael Myers returns home to Haddonfield once again to kill his niece. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers is one of the most uninspired slasher horror movies out there. That is really saying something, although it does have some good acting and some genuinely well done scenes the overall film is awkwardly put together and so unbelievable dumb that it breaks the suspension of disbelief. There is a scene at the beginning of the movie where a man, who for some reason is dressed like a pirate is attacked by Michael who passes out from his injuries from the previous movie. It is revealed to the audience that one year has passed and the man is still with Michael's unconscious body. I am just dumbfounded, why would the man keep the body? Overall this movie was an unpleasant experience for me as a fan of the original masterpiece, the amount of terrible and unoriginal sequels that it spawned really disappoints me.
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers follows Michael's return to Haddonfield to kill his niece. I must admit that when I watched this instalment I had not yet seen the first one and was actually rather impressed with it. Sure it's no where near as good as the first but at least it's well acted, and put together very nicely. The ending to this film was also effectively shocking and would have worked nicely for the end of the series. However, the movies premise is a bit silly as there is no way that Michael or Loomis could have possibly survived that explosion from Halloween II and so the whole movie sort of comes across a little bit forced. Overall though Halloween 4 is a decent enough slasher, it's certainly entertaining though no where near as good as the original Halloween.
A sloppy and messily put together third instalment that has really nothing to do with the other two previous films. Though I admire the filmmakers attempts to try and make something different the film ultimately fails as both a Halloween movie and an overall picture. It has a premise that almost works, a murderous toy factory however, the film fails to provide a reasonable motive. It also delves into madness when they suggest that Stonehenge has the ability to produce a laser beam when exposed to a certain sound frequency. Overall, Halloween III is where the franchise started to turn sour and not worth watching.
While technically Halloween II does not need to exist as Halloween ended perfectly, it does offer a decent follow up of events that took place directly after the first movie. It offers decent character and some rather decently scary moments, though no where near as effective as Halloween this sequel does offer a somewhat satisfying ending and definitely worth a watch for fans of the first film.
By far my favourite horror movie of all time, Halloween has everything you could possibly ask for in a good horror movie. Suspense, a scary villain, main characters that we can relate to or find likeable, and an eerie soundtrack. This is the kind of horror movie where we are siding with the victims and not the killer as so many slasher movies post Halloween did and this makes it effectively scary. An amazing horror film and a must watch for not only fans of the genre but anyone interested in films.
A Bay of Blood to many people is considered a classic, but I just can't understand why. The film was jammed with underdeveloped characters, and was edited so that scenes from different character's perspectives were just all over the place. The plot was not to complicated to understand, but with the way it was presented I often found myself pausing the movie to think about what was happening. The film also pulled the classic horror movie cliché of adding in useless teenage characters only for them to be killed off rather quickly to up the body count in a short period of time. I was very disappointed with this movie as I usually love a good 70's horror film as they focus more on actual horror rather than jump scares, but could not find in this film and unfortunately really did not like it.
It may seem criminal to say this but, I actually enjoyed this sequel/remake more than the original. Although it is a rip-off of Scream, with it's meta tone and killer reveal this film was much more effective than the original Town That Dreaded Sundown. This is because it ditched the comical interludes and added in more suspense and as a result was much more effective as a horror film overall. Here we have a great example of a good, although criminally underrated horror film, where you care for the character for the most part and is actually scary. I also loved the plot twist at the end, very well done over all.
A pseudo-documentary that explores the unsolved mystery of the phantom killer, a serial killer who terrorised Arkansas not long after WWII. The film contains some genuinely frightening moments, however there are also many times in the movie where the filmmakers attempt to put some unneeded slapstick comedy. For example in a scene where a car crashes into a lake they place cartoonish music, this does not work and clashes with the eerie tone of the rest of the film. Overall The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a decent horror/psuedo-documentary that tries and in the most part succeeds in capturing the paranoia that actually took place during the serial killer's attacks.
Manos: The Hands of Fate, translating to Hands: The Hands of Fate is quit possibly one of the stupidest movies I have ever seen. It fails on every level, with terrible voice dubbing, random scenes that make no sense, and the worst cinematography I have ever seen as the camera is often out of focus, Manos is a terrible movie. It is so bad that it is just bad.