Director: Richard Blackburn
Main Stars: Lesley Taplin, Cheryl Smith, William Whitton
Storyline: A young girl returns home to see her sick father and it all turns into a vampiric ghoulish nightmare.
Review (Spoils): Young Lila (Cheryl Smith) heads to see her sick father after she receives a note to go to him. She gets chased down by ghouls and finally she passes out as pale skin vampires interrupt. She wakes up to a young woman named Lemora (Lesley Taplin) who explains to her and takes her in. She explains to her that her father is very sick and he is strapped down not to hurt himself and others. This leads to the storyline of ghouls and vampires and some lesbian in your window. In the end we have a chase, some more battles and the choice between Lemora and Lila’s father.
We have some blood, a real gothic feel, vampires, ghouls and some nightmare type sequences. The film was supposedly banned due to the anti-Catholic vibe the film brought but I did not feel that when watching the film. Sure there is some don’t wear a crucifix but what movie of vampires of demons does not. It could be the relationship between the two girls that lead it to be banned during this time of the 70s because it was very much out there.
Rating: The feel is dark, gloomy and does have a macabre gothic feel to it. Is this film a classic I’m not sure but it is worth checking out if you like dark really unknown but horror films of the 70s era.
Puppet Master 3 (1991)
Director: David DeCoteau
Main Stars: Guy Rolfe, Richard Lynch, Ian Abercrombie, Aron Eisenberg, Sarah Douglas
Storyline: Set in Berlin WWII we learn more of Toulon and his connection to the Nazi of Germany.
Review (Spoils): The movie plays on a history report on the creator of the puppets Toulon (Guy Rolfe). During WWII the Nazi created a formula to bring the dead back to life so they would have the ultimate army. This leads to maybe Toulon being a Nazi dissident who leads to an investigation and raid and the death of Toulon’s wife (Sarah Douglas). Toulon seeks revenge and uses the formula to bring the toys to life to bring them down.
This builds into the history of the puppets themselves and Toulon. It explains a bit more on the formula itself and brings the wrap around from the first film and the second one. The story has depth and also introduces the master’s wife and the puppet named six shooter (not one of my favorite puppets). The film is an important part of the series too because it gives the birth of each puppet that we have seen in the first two films.
Rating: This is a nice little prequel the series as it explains a whole lot of why the whole series even exists. The madness behind Toulon and the reason of the puppets to begin with, don’t expect awesome acting but do expect some drilling, some blood and a nice little war story of the puppet master himself.
The Descent 2 (2009)
Director: Jon Harris
Main Stars: Michael J.Reynolds, Shauna Macdonald, Jessika Williams, Anna Skellern, Gavan O’Herlihy, Saskia Mulder, Natalie Mendoza
Storyline: The lone survivor gets sent back into the caves as the police do not believe her tale.
Review (Spoils): Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) survives and gets investigate by the police as all her friends are missing (dead really) so they make her go back into the caves to retrace to find them. Not sure why they would make her go as I’m sure this is not legal but anyways that the direction the film goes. We have the same idea as the first film, tight cave tunnels, water, mud, some scary cave beings and lots and lots of blood. We get some nice dead bodies as we get back the first film and their now dead cast. But overall the film is the same except for the one surprised guest and less babes then the first one.
Rating: We have blood, shit, tight cave tunnels and less babes. Not as good as the first one but non the less not a bad film. There are some jumpy parts and some of battles are cool to watch but it did not capture which the first film had.
Girls Against Boys (2012)
Director: Austin Chick
Main Stars: Nicole LaLiberte, Danielle Panabaker, Matthew Rauch, Reyna de Courcy
Storyline: After a young girl gets raped and abused she meets a friend named Lulu which helps for cope and plant the seeds of revenge.
Review (Spoils): Shae (Danielle Panabaker) is a young girl who finds out the date she has been dating is married, and then she meets a young man at a bar and gets raped. Things with men are not going well with Shae and she and her new friend Lulu (Nicole LaLiberte) are planting revenge to payback men.
This film has lots of character build and I get the reason behind it. There is more to the film then what the plot above lies and I do not want to ruin the film by doing the ultimate spoil. Read into the film do not just watch for what you see. The first scene explains it all if you look in the mirror (I caught it right away). The film does not rely on the graphic like other films like this such as I Spit on Your Grave, but instead it is more detailed on what goes on emotionally and in the mind of the characters.
There is not much for over the top gore, but we do have some feet being cut off, a gun shot up the ass and a few other non memorable kills.
Rating: Yes this type of film has been done before a few times but so has every other slasher film so I took it for it was worth and rated it from that. Nothing shocking but at the same time I seen a hell of a lot worse.
Haunted Forest (2007)
Director: Mauro Borrelli
Main Stars: Sevy Di Cione, Adam Green, Mark Hengst, Kiralee Hayashi
Storyline: A young man of Indian descent finds his grandfathers journal and they journey into a forest in search of the lost love within a tree.
Review (Spoils): Sean (Sevy Di Cione ) finds a journal of his grandfathers which talks about a love relationship with the Indian Satinka (Kiralee Hayashi) and the son of a medicine man which later leads to her spirit being trapped in a tree. They journey to forest to find that the forest ahs spirits of its own. One by one Sean and his friends start to be dragged into the forest by the evil that haunts it.
To sum down this film take Ringu and Ju-on and throw it in the middle of the forest with some Indian legends and not much money to back it. The characters are weak to the point do you really care and the girl with the long black hair in front of her face…..waaaay overdone in the horror business.
Rating: Skip this one there is not enough here to hold your attention really….. just throw on the originals that did it right.
Just Before Dawn (1981)
Director: Jeff Lieberman
Main Stars: George Kennedy, Mike Kellin, Chris Lemmon, Gregg Henry, Deborah Benson, Ralph Seymour, Katie Powell, Jamie Rose
Storyline: A group of young people got some property and want to check it out. After being advised of a machete wielding maniac they still go for the weekend.
Review (Spoils): Park ranger Roy McLean (George Kennedy) warned the kids multiple times but still the young group take their van deep into the backwoods. Not sure why we have an odd mix of couples but these films love the third wheel guy.
So we have typical warnings, some skinny dipping, machete in the nuts, hillbillies, machete to the hand, some stabbings, some bad make-up and the classic fist in the mouth scene. We have everything that you would want in a bad acting redneck inbreed film.
Rating: This film screams total influence to The Wrong Turn and it does not do too badly of a job of it even though the warnings and some of the character actions are whacked. Sure it’s your typical storyline for the hillbillies in the woods films but it was one of the first next to The Hills Have Eyes. But the film has its own twists and leaves the audience with a bit of cliff hanger.
Creep Van (2012)
Director: Scott W. Mckinlay
Main Stars: Brian Kolodziej, Amy Wehrell, Gerald Emerick, Tonya Kay, Angelina Armani, Lloyd Kaufman
Storyline: Campbell Jackson is a bit of loser and when he gets caught in a team to stop a madman with a crazy van all hell breaks loose.
Review (Spoils): Campbell Jackson (Brian Kolodziej) basically chooses all the wrong career and life choices. He needs a vehicle to keep a job so he wants to buy a rusted out van which just happens to be owned by a crazed man. The movie was no real plot, it tries to create love connection between Campbell and Amy (Amy Wehrell) but it is not believable. This white van just runs around smashing people in the goriest ways for no reason. The van has everything inside from spikes in the seats, windows that slash faces, bumpers that crush bodies in two and a madman driver to boot.
Rating: if it wasn’t for the small part of Lloyd Kaufman and Amy Wehrell good looks this film would of fell flat. The gore was descent and over the top but the story was very B style and could be boring as it made no sense when it came to the madman. This film just had not enough to entertain really.