Psycho 2 (1983)
Director: Richard Franklin
Main Stars: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Meg Tilly
Storyline: Norman is back 20 years later but the ghosts of this past still haunt him.
Review (Spoils): Declared legally sane Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) is released after 22 years and returns to the old motel and home. From the moment he steps onto the front steps he thinks he see’s someone in his mother’s bedroom window. Norman with the help of his doctor tries to rebuild his life and takes on a job as a cook at the local diner. At the diner Norman hits it off with the new young waitress Mary (Meg Tilly) including taking her in at the motel as she got kicked out by her boyfriend. During all this Norman is getting strange notes left off and on from his mother or someone who is trying to drive him off the edge again. During all this yet again someone is with the classic black dress and wig is slaughtering people but if it Norman?
We have some dumb teenagers, a young Meg Tilly, the classic Norman Bates, a few Mothers, stabbings, deceit and a nasty classic stab in the head. The stab in the head is well worth the film in general.
Rating: Norman is back and to be honest this film is actually entertaining. For a sequel this is not bad and the series carry well with this 20 year continuation. Anthony Perkins and Meg Tilly steal the show in this one and it is actual a pretty decent film.
Director: Joe Dante
Main Stars: Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies-Urich, Kevin McCarthy
Storyline: Some piranha’s get released into the waters of a summer resort.
Review (Spoils): Some young backpackers go skinny dipping in an old military post in which is invested by killer fish. The pond gets investigated by during the search the pond gets drained to see if they can find some clues of the young couple. Well the draining actually drains the killer fish in the water system.
We find out that the military created a mutate breed of piranha for the Vietnam War and now they are released in the populist. People start to get eating alive while swimming, touching the water, changing motors on a boat and what is more fun than involving a summer camp? Lots of blood in the water!
Rating: Coming from the era and cash in of Jaws comes another film that has terror in the water. The acting is not the greatest but the film really is not that bad. Sure the sound of the attacking fish can be annoying and almost comical but it is what it is….piranhas! This opened the door for some really bad sequels but luckily the film series was brought to life again with the 3D version. Grab some beers , some friends and watch the little fishies go wild.
Director: Michael Anderson
Main Stars: Richard Harris, Charlotte Rampling, Will Sampson
Storyline: A killer whale goes mad after hunters kill its mate.
Review (Spoils): An orca whale (or dolphin for some) witnesses the death of its child and mate so it goes on a rampage on a local fishermen’s harbour area. This is all at the cost of a man named Nolan who is an Irish Canadian fisherman who mistaken the beast for the bull whale. This comes on after the successful l of the famous and classic Jaws.
We have a killer whale that screams in anger, lots of pulling people out to into the water to eat them, we have bit off legs, some whale chasing, and some smashed dock housing and some drowning. Basically we have a orca on the verge of killing for revenge. This is a movie done on fake graphics but the topic of itself makes you root for the whale, this not a animal lover type film. If anything it will piss you off. The acting is not that great either.
Rating: Being a total animal lover this film did touch me and piss me right off. You wanted to see the town get smashed and eaten by this great beast. The opening scene does set the pace for this. Its no Jaws but I seen a lot worse.
Eaten Alive (1977)
Director: Tobe Hooper
Main Stars: Neville Brand, Mel Ferrer, Carolyn Jones, Marilyn Burns, Robert Englund, Janus Blythe, Crystin Sinclaire, Roberta Collins, Kyle Richards
Storyline: A crazed old hotel owner decides to feed a huge crocodile people he hates.
Review (Spoils): Judd (Neville Brand) runs the Starlight Hotel deep in the swamps and he hates a lot people. He hates prostitutes, families, kids, people looking for people pretty much everyone but his pet crocodile. He swings his scythe that it’s nobody’s business.
We have the typical swamp in the south redneck type film with some pretty 70s girls. We have a very young Robert Englund who craves anal sex from these ladies; we have lots of blood, body parts, a great rubber crocodile and a crazed man who looks like Stephen King swinging a scythe. Some decent gore for its time and the film was actually fun to watch and love the mood of the 70s horror that Tobe Hooper once again delivered. The film is pretty simple a now reformed hooker goes missing and her family try to hunt down what happened to her and poor old Judd is trying to cover his tracks.
Rating: Too be honest I did not mind this film and love this whole era of horror so it was hard to go wrong plus we have Marilyn Burns as a scream queen yet again. They could have dropped the red lighting as that did get on my nervous but overall with the cheesiness it was fun to watch. But with blood, the gore of scythe, jaws of death of the crocodile and Janus Blythe, Marilyn Burns and Crystin Sinclaire it was hard to really go wrong.
I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)
Director: Gene Fowler Jr.
Main Stars: Michael Landon, Yvonne Fedderson, Whit Bissell
Storyline: A bad boy teen uses hypnotherapy to help him with his aggressive behaviour which changes him into a teen wolf.
Review (Spoils): Tony Rivers (Michael Landon) is a troubled teen he likes to fight and does want any help from anyone. Even his girl Arlene’s (Yvonne Fedderson) parents dislike him and they wish he would start to show respect. Arlene gets caught in a middle of fight and poor Tony hits her by accident and then he realizes he must need help. He goes to meet a Dr. Alfred Brandon (Whit Bissell ) who wants to try an experiment on him for his temper. What the experiment actually does is release the anger in a new form….. werewolf form!
We have murders, some screaming, some teenage werewolf in a school jacket and a young Michael Landon.
Rating: Not sure if the point of the film was leaning on teenage sexual energies but this film was not horrible. This was I believe the first of the “teenage monster series” and one of the better of them all. This is not a bad monster drive-in film so grab some beers and enjoy.
Jungle Holocaust (1977)
Director: Ruggero Deodato
Main Stars: Massimo Foschi, Me Me Lai, Ivan Rassimov
Storyline: A man and his group try to escape a tribe of cannibals.
Review (Spoils): Robert Harper (Massimo Foschi ) is an oil prospector and is traveling down south Malaysia to a new finding. They land their plane and one by one of them get lost in the jungles or been captured by strange jungle tribesmen. Robert does also become captured himself as he eats mushrooms that makes him see things and finally pass out to wake up to the heads of spears (what a dumbass). Can he escape and get back to the plane and get out of this nightmare? Maybe he can if he befriends a female member (Me Me Lai) of the tribe?
We have naked bodies, cannibal tribesmen, animals, rotting animals, man eating ants, beheadings, nasty gutting, some classic hot coals in the chest to cook the meat and even some nasty human flesh eating. Bring out the gore in this one!! This is nasty!!!!
Rating: This not for the weak of heart for sure, we have some serious nastiness and that’s what I like about this film. Even the treatment of the female tribeswomen makes you kind of sick for watching it. It’s sleazy, trashy and really not for everyone but then again it’s a cannibal film from the European 70s era what more do you wanted?
Hellraiser 6: Hellseeker (2002)
Director: Rick Bota
Main Stars: Dean Winters, Ashley Laurence, Doug Bradley, Rachel Hayward, Sarah-Jane Redmond
Storyline: A business man comes across the puzzle box after his wife was killed in a car accident.
Review (Spoils): Major Spoilers! Kristy Cotten (Ashley Laurence) is all grown up but her and her husband Trevor (Dean Winters ) gets into a fatal car accident (in the water in which Kristy could not get out) leaving Trevor alone with a mysterious puzzle box. Trevor is now single and having constant nightmares of bad surgeries, his sexy boss being tormented and the truth of his plan to kill off Kristy is all coming out to pastor. Pinhead (Doug Bradley) meets Trevor and explains that all is going to be good on his end. Through all the madness Trevor actual finds out he died not Kristy and she caught on to his cheating and plan and she killed them all in a deal with Pinhead.
This film has blood, hooks, sexy ladies and an actual puzzling but fun storyline. This series is actual a lot of fun and really has not dulled much.
Rating: If you want a film that has cenoboits and some hot ladies (Ashley Laurence, Rachel Hayward, Sarah-Jane Redmond) you can’t go wrong. Not sure why people bash this series so much as the storylines within the series are not bad and fun to watch in most cases.