Village of the Damned (1960)
Director: Wolf Rilla
Main Stars: George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Martin Stephens
Storyline: In a small village all the children start to be born with blond hair and have glowing eyes that people fear.
Review (Spoils): In the small village of Midwich the whole place falls into a deep slumber/ time stops during the day with no explanation. Several months later all the ladies within the town is pregnant (which are capable of child birth), once the babies are born they all have platinum blond hair and glowing eyes that enthrall people to do their bidding. The story goes on as the freaky kids start to overcome the village and start domination over everyone.
We have lots of blond wigs, some flashing eyes, some creepy sci-fi type music, some classic actors and actresses George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Martin Stephens and some very bad tempered children. This film is a classic and a must see for any horror fan or sci-fi fan. The idea of one learning means they all understand as they share and communicate as one. Also the explanation of why this is all happening is never explained and that is what makes the movie is more of gem…too much information does ruin a film sometimes.
Rating: This is a sci-fi and horror classic; too bad they did a remake of it and ruined the whole damn thing. There is a sequel but it is not even close to this one.
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)
Director: Freddie Francis
Main Stars: Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies, Veronica Carlson, Barbara Ewing
Storyline: After the castle being blessed Dracula comes back from the dead to seek revenge by possessing the priest’s niece as his lover.
Review (Spoils): Dracula (Christopher Lee) is back and his return is well memorable as he the blood touches his lips and red shot eyes awaken. Once again this Hammer Film has brought classic gothic like scenery and as well the bosomed beauties the films are known for. The film isn’t just a film on Dracula but also a struggle in faith and loyalty.
We have battles with priests and the vampire himself, the beauty of Veronica Carlson, classic Dracula from Christopher Lee, brighter then the sun red blood, nasty bit marks, drinking games, blood red eyes and the sassy barmaid Barbara Ewing. Christopher Lee blows the screen away yet again playing the role as the prince of darkness and this might be one of the better ones of the Dracula series from Hammer.
Rating: This is one of the best of the Dracula films and even from Hammer itself. We have the delights of the two young actresses and we have a fun tale of an innocent woman and not so innocent man. We have some interesting plots and conversations such as the dinner where the young states he is an atheist to the priest. This film is quite enjoyable and the time does fly when watching this film. Defiantly a nice sequel to The Horror of Dracula, well worth the drinks.
Beyond Re-Animator (2003)
Director: Brian Yuzna
Main Stars: Jeffery Combs, Tommy Dean Musset, Jason Barry, Elsa Pataky
Storyline: Hebert West is back from jail and now works as an assistant as he continues with his experiments of bringing the dead back to life.
Review (Spoils): Crazy Hebert West (Jeffery Combs) has been serving 15 years in prison for his crimes in the past films. While there he was continuing his mad experiments on rats bringing them back to life while a prison MD named Dr. Howard Philips (Jason Barry) asks him to become his new assistant. Howard falls in love with a young journalist named Laura (Elsa Pataky ) and while this is continuing as usually West’s experiments go out of control.
Bring on the gore yet again for this one in the series. The Re-Animator series has never lacked on the blood, gore and zombie stuff and like the others it has lots of humour and does not take itself serious. Jeffery Combs yet again impresses as his by far best character in his horror career and the special effects are actually real good for the budget they had. Brian Yuzna did a great job with this film and it reminds me a bit of Peter Jackson’s Dead/Alive which is a great thing.
Rating: When you have a rat-fighting-penis scene then you know you have accomplished something in horror. It is great to see Hebert West back on the screen as this is one of the best when it comes to horror series. Plus we have hottie Elsa Pataky!! So let’s drink to that crazy Hebert West!!!
Tomb of the Blind Dead 2: Return of the Evil Dead (1973)
Director: Amando de Ossorio
Main Stars: Tony Kendall, Fernado Sancho, Esperanza Roy
Storyline: A group of Templar knights terrorize a village in Portugal
Review (Spoils): A sequel to the Tomb of the Blind Dead this film is more action based then the first one. The riding group of Templar knights invade a village and end their festival in a true cut down blood bath. The sum of the plot is a lot of camera movement and a group of people get hold up in an ancient church where they must work together to escape the undead zombie knights. We have a mix of characters from the hero of the day, the yummy mayor’s wife to the asshole himself.
We have some gore, some blood, some decent character build and mix, the Templar which yet again is done very well and lots of action and the same gothic tension as the first film.
Rating: This series is low on the budget but at the same time is a classic zombie series. Picture medieval zombies on horses that cut down their victims which they can track from their screams, that’s what the series is all about. Some believe this is just a remake but I do not see that myself when viewing this film. We have nudity and dark imagery what is not to drink too?
Survival of the Dead (2009)
Director: George A. Romero
Main Stars: Alan Van Sprang, Kenneth Welsh, Kathleen Moore, Joshua Peace, Micelle Morgan, Amy Lalonde, Athena Karkanis, Devon Bostick
Storyline: Continuing the Living Dead story we have a group of people trying to get to a island away from the dead.
Review (Spoils): This film is far off now from the original series, we have undead still roaming around and people not getting alone but they are now killing each other over what holy message the walking dead means. We have a group of army like people, some vigilantes and some cowboy like groups battling it out. We have some Irish accents and a battle between a captain fisherman and a cowboy ranger one the message of God.
This film is not a total mess as we have some decent gore and blood in the film. We have lots of gun shots to the head, zombies, more gun shots, some zombie munching, ripping bodies apart, eating a horse and some of the zombie concept of them doing what they did normal daily life (like the horse rider and the mailman was unique). The zombie children were pretty neat so the overall special effects and makeup was good. Too bad the story sucked so bad.
Rating: I believe this is the sixth of the series and it does not get much better than the first three. But it started to save itself when the gore started towards the end you just have to make it that fair through the shady plot to see the good stuff.
Trick r’ Treat (2007)
Director: Michael Dougherty
Main Stars: Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker, Rochelle Aytes, Lauren Lee Smith, Moneca Delain, Quinn Lord, Leslie Bib, Samm Todd
Storyline: Five stories that all happen on the same street on the same night.
Review (Spoils): We have a modern day Creepshow film with this one. We have five tales of events that all happen on the same street on the same night. We have an intro that sets the mood when a woman who hates Halloween gets her dues when she shuts it down before the night ends.
T he first tale is known as The Principal in which a young boy who steals all the candy at one house learns a powerful lesson of being a gluten. The house is owned by the principle and he poisoned the child and the tale goes on as he tries to dispose of the body. This is a very fun tale and it has its funny moments and of course our introduction to the classic child with the feedback over his head known as Sam.
The second story is called Surprise Party. A short tale of a group of girls in which one is a virgin and they go to a costume party. It comes down that there is more to the girls’ then meets the eye and the tale intertwine with the first tale. Cute little Red Riding Hood tale…
The three tale is called The Halloween School Bus Massacre which a haunting tale of a eight handicapped children that were chained to a school bus and brought to their death because their parents could not deal with them anymore.
The fourth story is called Meet Sam. This is what happens when our main character Sam runs into a grumpy old man who hates Halloween. The ending of this tales then weaves all of them together which makes the movie quite joyful.
Rating: We have blood, babes, werewolves, vampires, virgins and candy! This film creates a new villain named Sam which is creepy, unique and the storytelling works. I’m normally a little hesitant on the multiple tales movies but this one actual is good. Sure it is no Creepshow but it has opened my faith that this type of film can be made again and not suck.
The Brain that Wouldn’t Die (1962)
Director: Joseph Green
Main Stars: Jason Evers, Virginia Leith, Anthony La Penne
Storyline: A mad scientist tries to transplant his girlfriends head on another body after a horrible accident.
Review (Spoils): Sometimes you need to watch a film because it is raved as a cult classic and this film was one of those times for me. We have a son of a bitch of a doctor named Dr. Cortner (Jason Evers) who does not listen to his higher authorities as he starts to do illegal experiments on body part transplants. He has total disregard for everyone and everything. He drives his girlfriend Jan (Virginia Leith) to a cabin in the woods for the weekend in which they wreck the car and she becomes decapitated. He grabs the head without any type of emotion and brings it back to life. Jan is awakened and pissed off as he wanders around trying to find her the perfect body.
We have some terrible acting (I mean really bad), a horrible car wreck that hits a guard rail on a straight stretch, a man with no emotions (even when picking up her head and heading off from the accident), some blood, a arm ripped off, a creature that seems to have influenced Goonies, a head in water that never stops talking and a ending that leaves you going “what …..That’s the end?”
Rating: Wow this movie is bad but at the same time I can see how it’s a classic as it was laughable and could be ok for a few drinks (or many as it is that bad). I felt bad for Virginia Leith as she was not terrible in the film but no wonder she quit acting after this mess. I have seen a hell of a lot worse that was not laughable so it was not a total waste of an hour and twenty minutes.