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posted by admin | October 21, 2006 | Horror movies

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Happy Haloween
Here’s some quick recommendations for your horror marathon that you may not have seen.

1. Night of the Living Dead 90’s Remake
A great remake of the classic black and white. Tom Savini directs and creates a unique vision of the classic tale. There’s a couple twists and turns you don’t expect and the female protaginist in this is a much stronger character than the original Barbara.

2. Lady in Black
A surprisingly creepy frightening movie that was actually shown on PBS at Christmas at Midnight. Not what I’d call a great Christmas movie. It’s starts out slow but gets very creepy about halfway through and a few key scenes in this movie that will chill you to the core.

3. Prince of Darkness
John Carpenter’s great dark horror movie about Evil essence trapped in a jar buried in an ancient church. There’s some imagery in this movie that will haunt you with the broadcast visions of the future.

Other films that will give you a good chill: The Thing, The Others, Blair Witch Project, Alien, The Descent, Evil Dead, Hellraiser, Phantasm, The Shining, Silence of the Lambs, Jaws, Texas Chainsaw Massace.


posted by admin | October 11, 2006 | Action, B-movie Reviews

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Starship Troopers

“Ain’t nobody gonna take my last hot pocket…when you want a big meal without a big deal, whatya gonna fix sir?!”

Was this movie intending to be this insanely funny? Playing out something like a comic book with a satirical jab at our current government policies. The story takes place in the future where the military rules our world as a single fascist world government. Highschool kids are encourage to become “citizens” by joining the military and to fight the ever present war against a far off planet of insects. Johnny Rico our main dumb headed hero is played by Casper Van Dien. What mother names their son Casper? Does he have the ability to move through walls? Is he extremely pale? Anyways Rico is in love with Carmen (Dennis Richards) who has joined the military to become a fighter pilot and to apparently get away from Charlie Sheen. So what does a smart high school student like Rico decide? Well of course he decides not to go to college and insteads join the infantry to fight giant blood thirty insects. This is mainly done to impress Carmen. By the way these insects did’t actually invade earth, they are just chillin’ on another planet minding their own business when we come bustin’ in shooting up the place with our machine guns and mini nuke bombs. Our reason for doing the big Orkin job was apparently an asteroid hit earth and we blame it on the bugs who just happen to live a million miles away. I have no idea what this parallels in todays news. hmmmmm….. Apparently in the future we still haven’t developed phaser guns though unfortunately. Definitely a great action movie and some hilarious dialog and would fall into my top 5’s of movies for guys who like movies.

rated 7.6 out of 10
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posted by admin | October 2, 2006 | B-movie Reviews, Uncategorized

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They Live

“I’ve come to kick butt and wear RayBans…and I’m all outta RayBans!”

Okay I guess I started my ode to John Carpenter early. Let’s start with one my favorites. “They Live” is a great sci-fi movie interrupted only  by an overly long wrestling matches. Roddy Piper plays Nada, a tough guy construction worker with a bad mullet trying to edge out a living in the big city. Yes, the same Roddy Piper from the wrestling fame. So in the movie Roddy, oops I mean Nada *snicker at girly name here* is unemployed and hunting the street for work when he runs across some strange sunglasses. These sunglasses give him the ability to see the world as it really is. The world is run by Aliens controlling us through subliminal messages in our advertising and media! I knew it! How else can you explain things like Oprah or Tom Cruise being so popular. All media print and advertising is just cover for subliminal messages like “obey” ,”sleep” ,”consume”, “marry and multiply.” The last ad apparently worked on me.  3 kids an a mini-van later. All I’ve got to say is put on your sunglasses or you’ll be asking for a whole heap of hurt. Check it out!

rated: 8.3 out of 10
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posted by admin | September 22, 2006 | B-movie Reviews, Uncategorized

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“Help me! I’m in a made-for-TV movie!”

What happens when you cross Jaws with a little road rage? You get Duel. Or you get a big shark flopping around on a highway. Either way Steven Spielberg’s early directorial effort showcases his unique ability for gripping thrillers. In this made-for-TV movie, Dennis Weaver plays David Man, a wimpy-mannered businessman taking a long drive across the badlands of California. Along his way encounters a intimidating semi-trunk which looks even more sinister in David’s enormous 70’s sunglasses. The trucker continually annoys and taunts him. Just a typical day for commuting for most of us turns into a evil game of cat and mouse for David. The frustration leads to David screaming out such expletives as “Hey man, you jerk!” or “Come on, give me a break.” Wow! harsh words from a hardened street-wise insurance salesman. Actually he might not have sold insurance but it just seems like that’s the type of job he would have..must have been the suit and sideburns. Anyways, the truck, much like the shark in Jaws, is an unstoppable mysterious evil force with a bad exhaust problem. We never really see the driver of the malevolent truck and are put in David’s position even hearing his own thoughts as he tries to come to grips with his situation. I think I still hear his voice when I get cut-off by a semi on the highway. I just want to blurt out “You’re wrong, mister. I mean if you think you can just… just take that… that truck of yours and use it as a murder weapon and uh… killin’ people on the highway… you’re wrong! You got another thing comin’….. Now where are my huge sunglasses?!” I really enjoyed this neat little thriller. Check it out.

rated: 8.2 out of 10
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posted by admin | September 16, 2006 | B-movie Reviews

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“I’ve got my eye on you.”

Hey didn’t that guy marry Goldie Hawn and perform in such memorable movies as “Overboard” and “Sky High?” Before those dark years, Kurt Russell made actually great films like “Big Trouble in Little China” and “The Thing” and of course his pinnacle of success, “Escape from New York.” No, He’s not stuck in midtown traffic or lodged in a herd of human cattle aboard a smelly subway. He’s a convincted bank robber named Snake Plissken who is forced to be sent into to rescue the president. The president has crashed into Manhattan which has been turned into a maximum security prison. This movie supposedly take place in the future…1998. Uh…well Manhattan has some snobby pet owners but I wouldn’t say it’s an island prison yet. Snake has 24 hrs to get the president out and yet Keither Sutherland never makes a cameo and of course this just puts Snake in a bad mood. He was already pretty grumpy getting caught robbing a bank and all. Snake Plissken is one bad dude and is the greatest anti-hero of the early 80’s. Combine John Wayne, Dirty Harry, and a ticked off pirate and you get Snake. The movie is directed by John Carpenter who is one of my favorite all time directors.This is one of his best gritty action movies. I’ll have some later reviews of some of his other films, but this classic action film is a great place to start a Carpenter marathon.

rated: 9.6 out of 10
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