Vacancy 2 (2008)
Director: Eric Bross
Main Stars: Agnes Bruckner, David Moscow, Scott G. Anderso, Trevor Wright
Storyline: Prequel to the first film ..how it all began with the hotel film making
Review (Spoils): Owners of the Meadow View Motel use video cameras to film guests to sell as porno tapes. During one of the tapings a stranger kills a woman, which leads to become a bigger success then the porno sells. This leads to them making snuff films but when Jessica (Agnes Bruckner) and Caleb (Trevor Wright) catch on to this, this leads to the owners tracking them down to film and kill.
This film leads onto why the people in the first film decided to kill and get into the business anyways. The film had some ok acting (not sure why the friend was three wheeling), good chases, lost of blood, gun shots, nails to the head, nasty stabbings and good old fashion film making. Nothing stands out really with the film after awhile but still it was not terrible for prequel.
Rating: I have seen a lot worse than this film so to be honest it was not bad. It explains a bit more on why the motel owners do what they do. The chase becomes a bit boring after awhile and some of characters in the films actions were kind of dumb but the nail scene was cool.
Rest Stop (2006)
Director: John Shiban
Main Stars: Jaimie Alexander, Joesph George Mendicino, Deanna Russo
Storyline: A young woman is stalked by a killer after her husband disappeared from a rest stop
Review (Spoils): A young and beautiful actress Nicole (Jaimie Alexander) runs away from home with her boyfriend (Joesph George Mendicino ) to LA to become a star. They take a short cut and stop at a rest stop where a madman driver in a yellow truck makes their life hell. The boyfriend gets abducted and this leaves Nicole alone to be threatened by a maniac.
This film is something different and I think it works. Keep an open mind for this one as it is a cross between a slasher and a haunting film. Sure the beat up truck threaten someone has been overdone with such films like Texas Chainsaw, Jeepers Creepers and I can go on but they at least tried something different. Yes there are some serious plot holes in the film but we do have some decent gore and blood such as some nasty tongues ripped, bone crushing and some flesh drilling.
Rating: Keep a open mind while watching this one, it’s a ghost story not a slasher. You mix this up and you’re going to hate this film with a passion. We got some blood, ghosts, gore and Jaimie Alexander!
Blood Diner (1987)
Director: Jackie Kong
Main Stars: Rick Burks, Carl Crew, Roger Dauer
Storyline: Two brothers decide to chop up ladies to make meals while seeking an awakening for the Egyptian goddess named Shitaar.
Review (Spoils): Two brothers want to awaken a sleeping Egyptian goddess named Shitaar. So aided by their uncle’s brain in a jar they set to kill women to create a blood buffet at a local diner. The plot is simple and something we have seen before (hello Blood Feast) but then again maybe it is suppose to be remake or an ode. We got some crazy blood, body parts and even some nudity. We have dead fried prostitutes and black humour to the max. This film is not being taken serious and it has all the cheese of the 80s and gore for the horror buff.
Rating: Talking brain, bad acting, cheesy lines, blood everywhere, some naked women and someone screaming Shitaar! Really what do you expect from a film like this? If you enjoy some cheese comedy with your gore then could be right up your alley. Come on we have cannibalism, dismemberment, eyeball mutilation, exploding heads and more excess with nudity and a hot nude martial arts sequence that you will never forget!
Lady Frankenstein (1971)
Director: Mel Welles, Aureliano Luppi
Main Stars: Joseph Cotten, Rosalba Neri, Paul Muller, Peter Whiteman, Renate Kasche
Storyline: The daughter of Frankenstein falls in love and wants to transplant her lover’s brain in a hunky man to prolong his life.
Review (Spoils): Dr. Frankenstein get killed by the monster that he created, a tall golem one eyed beast. The doctor’s daughter Tina continues the experiments with her dad assistant Marshall and they fall in love. During this the monster is still walking the land murdering people and Tina wants to transplant Marshall’s brain in a hunky retarded servant named Stephen’s body.
This leads the film into a love story, a man monster with some cool make up, murder so that her boyfriend can have the perfect figure, some nakedness, love making and some good body swaps. The film does not rely on blood as there is barely any but instead feeds off of the presence of actress Rosalba Neri which is a good thing. She is a very attractive woman and her acting is very well done as she carries the film. The monster make up is even pretty decent for the budget the film was playing with. Wait till the ending which I have read was banned because it crossed the moral line.
Rating: This film did scream Hammer, it has all the look and feel but of course it isn’t one. But I do have to say I would take Rosalba Neri on the screen over Peter Cushing any day.
Amityville Horror 4 (1989)
Director: Sandor Stern
Main Stars: Patty Duke, Jane Wyatt, Fredic Lehne
Storyline: A lamp from the haunted house of Long Island finds its way to California.
Review (Spoils): Yes you read the storyline right, you just can’t make this shit up. A lamp is holding the spirit of the demon from the old Amityville House. The lamp ends up at a yard sale where a young woman named Helen cuts herself on it. The animals fear the lamp and Helen becomes obsessed with the strange item. The haunting then begin as people see ghosts in the mirrors and then a young girl named Jessica talking to her dead father in the lamp.
We have fingers cuts, some blood, a terrifying lamp that turns itself on and off (even when unplugged….ohhh the horror!), flies, bleeding walls, stabbings, axe swinging and some nice exploding lamp. A lot of lamp and just silliness for this made for TV film.
Rating: Not sure why the writer thought this was great idea. To me this is just cash in on the series name and hell what’s cheaper than a lamp for special effects? The series does not get any better after this one either.
Director: Nimrod Antal
Main Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Luke Wilson, Frank Whaley
Storyline: A married couple get stranded in a vacant motel room where they are being videotaped and threaten to be part of snuff like films.
Review (Spoils): Amy (Kate Beckinsale) and David Fox’s (Luke Wilson ) car breaks down in the middle of nowhere and they find a sleazy motel to stay at. The TV in the motel room plays funny snuff like video films and the couple makes the connection that some of films are actually their room. The come across the hidden cameras and find out they are trapped there and being threaten by redneck you dress in black and wear masks. This all leads to a underground tunnel chase under the bathroom so they do not become the newest stars to the owners sick films.
We have jumping scares, stabbings, gun shots and lots of cat and mouse running. Nothing overly stands out but the film relies on scares and excitement of the masked group tormenting the young couple.
Rating: Sure this came out before The Strangers but unfortunately the later film was better at it. This was not an awful film but there is was nothing overly special about it either to make it memorable. There are some decent scares but near the end of the film it starts to drag as you get the point.
Leprechaun 3 (1995)
Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Main Stars: Warwick Davis, John Gatins, Lee Armstrong
Storyline: A man walks into a Vegas pawn shop with a statue of leprechaun with a medallion along his neck. The necklace gets removed releasing the monstrous leprechaun onto Vegas!
Review (Spoils): The leprechaun (Warwick Davis) is back and this time he in Vegas. He was trapped in a statue with a good luck medallion holding him but when this was removed the nasty little beast get released. During this a young couple run into each other and fall in love (it is Vegas) but the poor bastard looses everything so he heads to a pawnshop. During this he runs into the body of the guy that removed the medallion but he comes across a gold piece. This leads to a wish and a winning streak. But then there is a fight and he gets bitten by the leprechaun which leads to he slowly becoming one. The coin turns out to lead to curse and the leprechaun starts to kill people off as they start using the coin.
This film is whacked as it involves the classic leprechaun, a chainsaw, a robot, a man who is turning into a leprechaun, an exploding woman, some nasty bites and everyone is trying to sleep with Tammy (Lee Armstrong).
Rating: This is where the series like the Nightmare on Elm Street failed… too much comedy not enough blood and scares. When a series crossed the thin line of funny and never came back. If you’re looking for more dumb than scary then this up your alley.