Sick Nurses (Suay Laak Sai) (2007)
Director: Piraphan Laoyont, Thodsapol Siriwiwat
Main Stars: Chon Wachananon, Wichan Jarujinda, Chidjan Rujiphun
Storyline: A group of sexy nurses who harvest organs are haunted by one of their own as they turned on her.
Review (Spoils): In a hospital a group of sexy nurses are in the selling body parts business. One of them threatens the business by blowing the whistle on their illegal practice. This leads the other nurses to pin her down a bed and murder her for her body parts. The body sits for seven days in which it turns into a ghost, the grudge like revenger on the nurses. We have bunch of flashbacks on the whole idea of the night she was going to spill the beans on the operation and lots of blood and gore.
This strange film is actually make fun of itself and I’m guessing The Grudge like villain is the in the same vein. We have some very sexy nurses, a totally dressed shower scene (still trying to figure this one out), a creepy ghost like The Grudge, twisted and demented scenes, lots of blood, a weird love relationship between two sisters, a flying fetus, a purse that eats your face, a nasty scalpel to the mouth, lots of body parts, a birth scene of a adult, a sex change operations and some more twisted connections between the nurses and the doctor. This film is in your face but at the same time gives you the “WTF?”
Rating: As you have read in other reviews I have seen some pretty messed up stuff and this film is no different. The sexy nurses helps the film a lot as the plot is really all over the place. The gore is there for you gore hounds and the erotic is there for the fetishes so overall the film is watchable.
Evil Dead (2013)
Director: Fede Alvarez
Main Stars: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas
Storyline: Five friends go into the woods to a cabin and find a old book that unleashes the evil demons of the woods.
Review (Spoils): So remake time again….this time over a classic that should have never been touched. (yet again!) The film starts off with some background of a young girl being hunted down by her father who reveals she is more then it seems. Now we fly to now where five young people head to the woods as a getaway. We have the nerd, the junkie, the brother, the lovers and yet again the third wheel. One of the young men finds an old book about the occult while the junkie has some drama. The book is read and it unleashes the evil that it contained. Well ever comes the possessions and the evil spreads until it is finally burned and chopped to bits.
I personally hated the whole idea of this being made as the series is a classic but unfortunately horror has gone down this path because Hollywood is lacking on originality. The characters to be honest are dry and pointless and the film tries the first two films into this remake. Does it work? Yes and no!
The film tries too hard to be over the top with the blood and gore but it was entertaining. The remake of the classic tree scene was not as good at all. It was actually boring to be honest they really could of done better with this one. The film did try to stay along the lines of the first one but somewhere near the end it became a bit of a mess in the storyline. But I do love that they brought the classic car in a scene for Sam Rami.
Rating: This film actually was better than I thought but it still does not touch the originals. I just did not care for the characters and was more excited to see the demons. If they leave this as is it will be ok but if they try to press a second one then it will become a fail for the series overall. Do yourself a favor and watch the first original one again. All Hail Ash!
Director: Christopher Smith
Main Stars: Melissa George, Joshua McIvor, Jack Taylor, Rachael Carpani, Henry Nixon, Emma Lung, Michael Dorman
Storyline: A yachting trip goes wrong when they hit with odd weather and aboard another ship for help.
Review (Spoils): A group of young passengers go on a trip on the Atlantic Ocean on yacht to get away. A mysterious black cloud storm hits them out of nowhere and flips their boat. Stranded on boat of the boat looking for lost friends and help they come across a large cruise ship. Once aboard the ship it seems deserted but the victims feel the presence of someone on the ship. Out of nowhere a masked man starts targeting them but in the confusion young Jess (Melissa George) is being targeted as hunter. Through multiple time wraps and mind tricks Jess figures it out that she is the key.
I personally do not want to spoil the whole idea and plot here as it is one of those films which it plays a mind game and you’re trying to figure it out. Defiantly a film that you could discuss with someone after the fact on what it is going on and what it is about. I’m personally thought the film to be confusing and the horror was not really there for me. Melissa George did an excellent job playing the lead but to me it was too confusing just to be confusing.
Rating: If you Twilight Zone type horror then this film will be up your alley. I don’t mind films that make you think but sometimes it becomes too much over take the experience of the film. The film was nicely done and it does make you think and you have to pay very close attention or you’re going to miss the point like I did the first time.
The Devil’s Rejects (2005)
Director: Rob Zombie
Main Stars: Sid Haig, Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley, William Forsythe, Charlie Wydell, Leslie Easterbrook, Matthew McGrory, Kate Norby, Ginger Lynn, Elizabeth Daily, Danny Trejo
Storyline: Continues after House of 1000 Corpses as the Firefly family try to escape.
Review (Spoils): The Firefly family get tracked down by a mad Sheriff John Quincy (William Forsythe) who wants them to pay in the worse possible way like they torment their victims. They catch Mother Firefly (Leslie Easterbrook) but Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie) and Otis (Bill Moseley) escape and track down the mad clown Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) to re-locate somewhere in the hot desert. This leads to Baby and Otis kidnapping a group of people as hostages and then they start to torment them until the sheriff and his bounty hunters invade and then this brings the flip of coin to the serial killer family.
This film is not like the first of the series at all. This film is a trip down the Manson Family lane as it has all the ingredients plus a hot babe and a crazy ass clown. We have some basic torture, gun shots, punches to the face, and some long dragging scenes of stupid teasing from Baby and once again a rip off from Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 with the mask made of skin. The film is not as confusing and all over the place like the first film but at the same time I just did not feel the horror of the Firefly family nor did I feel for them once the Sheriff came along. I like how the characters are built but at the same time too much wasted time on something that should be intense when it’s not.
Rating: This film is not veil and No it’s not shocking. I get what Rob Zombie is trying to do and I appreciate it as he is a horror fan and knows the gems …but sometimes you can’t create one by rely too much what you love from the past classics. The ending, the skin mask and the huge order of classic actors and actresses does not make the perfect horror film. It’s not terrible but at the same time it is not a classic. Thank god for Sheri Moon Zombie.
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.