Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)
Director: Alan Gibson
Main Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Stephanie Beacham, Caroline Munro, Marsha Hunt
Storyline: It’s 1972 and someone has raised Count Dracula and he hunts down the bloodline of Van Helsing.
Review (Spoils): the final battle of 1872 with Count Dracula (Christopher Lee) and Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) has the vampire falling to his death from a piece of wooden wheel through the heart. During this battle the great Van Helsing also dies from his wounds. He gets buried and the some of the vampire ashes and ring are kept in secretive by his apprentice. In 1972 now the Count gets resurrected by a bloodline relative of the apprentice. The Count is raised and he starts to continue his hatred towards the Van Helsings.
What we have here is the sequel to Satanic Rites of Dracula and a nice Hammer Film located in the 70s. We have top notch acting yet again from Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, some sexy 70s babes (what’s a Hammer film without the ladies) and crazy 70s lingo. This film sure is not as great as the past one’s of the series but the Dracula series from Hammer is still going strong with this entry. The opening battle scene alone is a horror classic.
Rating: When it comes the Hammer films the Dracula series is by far the best of them. Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing are great yet again. This might be the weaker of them but trust me this does not make this a bad film. It’s worth to drink too and check out and “Tell us about the blood Johnny?”
Dead and Breakfast (2004)
Director: Matthew Leutwyler
Main Stars: Jeremy Sisto, Erik Palladino, Bianca Lawson, Gina Phillips, Ever Carradine
Storyline: A night in a bed and breakfast turns into a bloody night of terror.
Review (Spoils): A group of young people are on their way to a wedding; they get lost and end up at a bed and breakfast. There is some conflict at the location with the cook and the owner has a heart attack. When the police investigate the incident the young people are now high suspects. On top of this the young people also break an ancient wooden relic which holds in an evil demon spirit.
This film is to be taken with a grain of comical salt. This is basically a very low budget comical horror film that does enjoy the color red. We have some cheesy acting, lot of gore and blood, some one liners and of course why not zombies. This film has some prime actors and actresses and the acting done this way on purpose. It’s more like making fun of horror then to be taken serious.
Rating: Not to be taken serious at all this film which you really have to be in the mood for it or you will think it’s dumb. I was in the middle with this one as I was really in the mood for a good gory horror film. I rarely like stand up comedy with my horror but at the same time I do enjoy Jeremy Sisto. We have lots of gore and blood so if interested get your wet suit ready!
Director: Roland Joffe
Main Stars: Elisha Cuthbert, Daniel Gillies, Pruitt Taylor Vince
Storyline: A man and woman wake up trapped in a cellar.
Review (Spoils): Jennifer Tree (Elisha Cuthbert) is a beautiful top American model and she has someone who has been keeping a close eye on her. After a charity event in Soho is drugged and kidnapped. She wakes up in a cell where she is being tormented and tortured. Later in time she finds out she is not alone and not the only captive. She teams up with another man (Daniel Gillies) as they try to find their way out of this hell.
We have some flashback video tapes, tooth pulling, drugs, rape and twisted but very noticeable storyline. This film lacks a lot, scares, real gore and even a decent storyline where you can guess within the first 30min. If it wasn’t for Elisha Cuthbert this film would have hit rock bottom. The film was not shocking like Saw or Hostel. Yes we have the babe Elisha Cuthbert but other than that the film was very lacking and the acting was not that great.
Rating: Have I seen worse? Fuck yeah so it’s not a total waste but there is way better capture the hot lady and torture her films. But the script was blotched and it just was not overly interesting. At first it started off well and then the truth came out and the cheesiness over took the film. Too bad because Elisha Cuthbert could of did well with this type of horror flick.
The Puppet Master 4 (1993)
Director: Jeff Burr
Main Stars: Gordon Currie, Chandra West, Ash Adams, Teresa Hill, Guy Rolfe, Stacie Randall
Storyline: A young scientist is being hunted down by strange gremlins and does not know why they want to impact his research.
Review (Spoils): The story is a little different this time around for this series. We have a young scientist named Rick Myers (Gordon Currie) who is working on experiments to create artificial intelligence. These small like demon gremlins called Totems are trying to kill him and disrupt his creation. Through the story we learn that Myer’s has the original puppets stored in his lab area (he did not know of this). The Totems are minions from the great demon lord named Sutek which his people stole the secret from Toulon. So this becomes the Toulon puppets vs the Totems of Sutek. During this we see the creation of a new puppet named Decapitron and now the puppets are the good guys.
The storyline for this one is totally different than the four before it. We have creepy looking gremlins battling the classic puppets and young man and woman stuck in the middle. A couple issues with the film is the Sutek demon is so fake that it’s not scary at all and actually rubber. We do lack gore in this one and the acting is not much better than the last few before.
Rating: The story is ok, the puppets are likeable and the series is not dead yet. It was a nice change from the war background scene but not sure if this was the direction the film needed to go. If you don’t’ mind puppets vs puppets then check this one out plus we have the hot Chandra West.
Big Bad Wolf (2006)
Director: Lance W. Dreesen
Main Stars: Trevor Duke-Moretz, Kimberly J. Brown, Richard Tyson, Sarah Aldrich, Sarah Christine Smith, Andrew Bowen, Robin Sydney, Jennifer Roa
Storyline: A group of teenagers are being slaughtered by a beast in the woods
Review (Spoils): We a back story of some hunters being slaughtered by a beast but one survives then we forward flash to now. We have some horny teenagers that want to party in the woods, steal a key for cabin and grab some babes to have a good time. We have the typical teenage crap and everyone starts to get slaughtered by a werewolf beast that has punch lines like Freddy Krueger which leads to the sense of humour in the film.
We have some nudity, a rape scene and gore but done at a cheesy level, some terrible teenager moments and a hairy wolf man that hunts them down one by one. The acting is less than desirable and the plot is nothing really new. It’s Friday the 13th without the cool Jason and just a filthy wolf man (This makes it bad by the way) the makeup was bad.
Rating: the gore was good, the movie was laughable and it had babes and some naked scenes. So not a total waste of horror time. Grab some beers as it will make the movie more watchable that’s for sure.
Alien 3 (1992)
Director: David Fincher
Main Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance, Paul McGann, Lance Henriksen, Danny Webb
Storyline: Ripley escapes the aliens only to have her escape pod crash on a prison planet which the aliens follow her too.
Review (Spoils): Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) escapes the aliens and has she ship crash onto a remote ore refinery. When she waiting for help she finds out an alien caused her ship to crash. We end up with a pile of characters that you cannot keep up and the alien start to track her down yet again and this time he wants to propagate itself on the planet. For some reason this films storyline felt rehashed of the first one and the alien to me is just not a threatening.
This film is done very dark which to me works to set the mood, but there is just too much going on in this film and the alien does not seem to be the same creature which we all grew up to love. Not sure what David Fincher was trying to do here. The Ripley character is even lacking in this one, she is not the strong heroine as in the past films but instead this depressing “Debbie downer” we are all fucked type person. This film kills the series and it’s too bad as they could have did more with it ..it’s a real shame.
Rating: This movie lacks all the suspense that we loved about the first two and the characters are unlikable so you really don’t care if the alien kills them or not. Sure there is two classic scenes (not mentioning them to ruin it) but overall this film could have been left on the table on paper.
Zombi 4 (1989)
Director: Claudio Fragasso
Main Stars: Jeff Stryker, Candice Daly, Massimo Vanni
Storyline: A woman goes back to an island where her parents were killed and finds out there is an angry voodoo priest who has raised the dead. He is angered by the researchers on the issue trying to find a cure for cancer.
Review (Spoils): We start the film with a voodoo priest chanting from the Book of the Dead (we know this because it is done in marker right on the cover!) and some crazy dancing voodoo queens. Right from the get go we know we have a high budget classic here! During the intro scream and the bright light in one of the ladies mouth the dead has been raised and it’s a battle between the men with guns and the voodoo people. We fast forward and we learn about a little girl that was involved in these zombie run downs has grown up and is stranded on the same island again when the motor on the boat quits. Wow what are the chances! This leads to her finding out more about her parent’s death and more zombies brining death to the living.
This film is low budget and the acting is pretty bad…so bad it was funny to watch. The gore in this film is actually good as we have fangs, green juice from the lips, ripped bodies apart, zombies munching, reading from the Book of the Dead (seems like a rip off from Evil Dead), skin ripping, eye gouging (not a true Zombi movie without a ode to Lucio) and the sweaty chest of Jeff Stryker (who is a claimed gay porn star). This all makes the film a tad more fun and interesting over the storyline.
Rating: The pain will not go away. This film is bad and I really did love the first film of this series. It pains me to see something get attached to the original that is this bad. Thank god for the gore….