Hellraiser 8: Hellworld (2005)
Director: Rick Bota
Main Stars: Lance Henriksen, Katheryn Winnick, Christopher Jacot, Doug Bradley
Storyline: A video game based on Hellraiser is dragging players to a rave which leads to the underground cult of Cenobites.
Review (Spoils): A bunch of young people grieve the death of their friend who committed suicide. Jake (a former friend of the group) narrows down that they were not there for their friend in his time of need before his death as they were all obsessed with a game known as Hellworld. Secret invitations and chats go out to the young people to come to a Hellworld house party/rave which then leads to be a trap into the hellish world of Hellraiser.
Sigh I hate it when writers decide it’s a great idea to place the franchise into the franchise, it’s not it always fails… see the series for Scream and Halloween for examples. It’s right up there with placing classic horror villains into space! Sure we have Lance Henriksen who is a horror legend but he cannot save this mind mess of an entry to the series. I personally loved the mind game idea in the series a few films ago but now it is just becoming silly and straying too far from the cube and Pinhead (Doug Bradley) himself. This film is more like a teen slasher than an actual Hellraiser film. Not even deaths and not enough classic feel in this one and it just might be the worse of the bunch.
Rating: This series has really driven off the rails and it does need to come back as I personally do normally enjoy them. Poor Doug Bradley and Lance Henriksen for this mess in the series, sorry guys. Not enough deaths, hooks, gore and cube for my liking …they need to focus on the Cenobites more and get back to the basics. I guess this film as Katheryn Winnick going for it?
Don’t Let Him in (2001)
Director: Kelly Smith
Main Stars: Sophie Linfield, Sam Hazeldine, Gordon Alexander, Gemma Harvey, Jason Carter, Esther Shephard
Storyline: A group head out to a cottage for the weekend and killings start to happen.
Review (Spoils): A group heads out to the wilderness on a weekend and weak hearted Mandy (Gemma Harvey) brings Tristan (Gordon Alexander) with her who she just met. Hell why not right?
We learn that a serial killer is on the loose named the Tree Surgeon because the killer likes to hang body parts from tree branches. As strangers appear at the front door with slashes and we all try to guess who the serial killer is and if it is really Tristan the body count rises.
Sigh not sure where to begin with this one. The acting and characters are pretty wooden for my liking and to be honest I did not care if they all did die. Too much talking, too many dumb decisions made by the characters, for example if someone is gutted and shows up at your door…maybe I don’t know… call 911 or the police? We have blood and we have gore but we also have the normal cliché stuff in the horror films and the final scene is just bizarre and too set up.
Rating: The Tree Surgeon fails as a great memorable killer and even this film fails as being a memorable horror film. The only thing that was okay with this film was the death scenes but that won’t even save it from the lack of characters and plot.
Director: John Carpenter
Main Stars: James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee, Ian Griffon
Storyline: The church has hired some vampire hunters to take out the undead before they get hold of an ancient Catholic relic.
Review (Spoils): The church have known about vampires existing for some time and when they find out that a group are trying to get hold of an ancient Catholic relic of a crucifix they hire vampire hunter Jack Crow (James Woods).
First off meet the odd, hateful but lovable vampire hunter Jack Crow. He hates everything and that includes vampires. James Woods did an awesome job playing and building this character up in this film (come on everyone loves James Woods). Even the side kick of the hunter Montoya played by Daniel Baldwin is well done. But the one person that does stand out for me in this film is the hooker played by the beautiful Sheryl Lee, she stalks the screen.
We have the good vs the bad (the vampires themselves); we have a solid sound track, lots of blood, gore, and the vampire master Valek and exploding vampires as they die. The film has enough action and kills to keep you entertained.
Rating: Need something different when it comes to vampire films? Well this could be it. This film is dirty, not thick on plot and it is fast moving. The low down of the film is a vampire master who needs the relic so that someday they can walk during the daylight and over take the world. I have not been this excited about a vampire film in this era since Near Dark or The Lost Boys… and this one is right up there. Plus did a mention we have the beautiful Sheryl Lee?
Trick or Treat (1986)
Director: Charles Martin Smith
Main Stars: Marc Price, Tony Fields, Lisa Orgolini, Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons
Storyline: A famous devil worshiping metal rock star named Sammi Curr returns from the dead to gain sacrifices.
Review (Spoils): Sammi Curr (Tony Fields) a crazied devil worshiping metalhead dies in a fiery death in a hotel and the fans are shocked. One fan named Eddie (Marc Price ) gets hold of lost demo of the late star and plays it (backwards of course!) and darkness comes to live from Sammi Curr’s return. Eddie starts to act funny as he can communicate to the late hero and gets revenge on everyone that treated him wrongly (yes because in all movies this is normal if you listen to heavy metal).
Okay so this film was close to my heart for a few reasons, one it was about metal and two it’s a chessy horror film. We have the classic 80’s rebel Sammi Curr , some classic metal, pentagrams, Gene $immon$ as a DJ, Ozzy as a reverend, some cheesie 80s lightning, some shredding guitars and revenge upon the people for not letting him play in his home town many years ago.
Rating: Strap on your time machine and head back to the 80s when metal was hair spray and devil horns. Grabs your beers and chant and cheer for the one and only Sammi Curr!
The Ring 2 (2005)
Director: Hideo Nakata
Main Stars: Naomi Watts, David Dorfman, Sissy Spacek, Elizabeth Perkins, Gary Cole, Simon Baker
Storyline: 6 months after the first film Samara Morgan has returned and so has the video
Review (Spoils): Some high school couple dare each other to watch the film, the girl covers her eyes and Samara returns to kill the young man. Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts ) learns of the twisted death and she starts again on the hunt to stop the video and the terror of the ghost of Samara and to protect her son.
Again with the sequels but we all knew this one was going to happen as the Ringu series if large. We have the return of Rachel and once again her acting is well done for this film but it could not save the film from the lack of sense. This film is not even close to the first one and even the CGI effects in it could not bring it to justice. We have the return of the VHS tape, some deer in the forest that randomly attack a car, the ghost of Samara wanting her mommy (really?) and a whole lot of the same shit as the first film.
The storyline in this one is very weak…..
Rating: The first film (yes it was a remake) was actually not bad and I was looking forward to this one to follow suite but instead it became and dread of boredom and lack of story. The well, the TV and the nonsense of this film killed what could have been a great series.
The Rage (2007)
Director: Robert Kurtzman
Main Stars: Andrew Divoff, Erin Brown, Ryan Hooks, Angela Gasparec
Storyline: A crazed scientist works a virus on innocent people turning them into mad zombies.
Review (Spoils): Doctor Viktor Vasilienko (Andrew Divoff ) escapes a nuthouse and heads to the woods. He wants to spread a virus known as the Rage to everyone until they recognize him for his cure for cancer. When the Rage kicks in the victim becomes a blood thirsty madman much like a zombie. When the virus spreads in the woods even infecting birds a young group that were traveling in a RV run into the madness all the blood and goofiness kicks in.
We have lots of blood, cheesie gore, zombie vultures, and a crazed mutant dwarf that looks like a little girl, lots of deaths, giant leeches and zombie fun! Too bad the can be painful and the CGI destroys this film but the weirdness and the gore brings this film up. Plus did I saw that we nudity and a nice sex death scene….. I didn’t? Well there is that also.
Rating: This film is a low budget gore fest that is not sure what it really wants to be but instead decides lets be it all. We have a ton of blood and gore and freakiness , add in some hotties and monsters and off we go.
The Puppet Master 5 (1994)
Director: Jeff Burr
Main Stars: Gordon Currie, Chandra West, Ian Ogilvy, Teresa Hill, Guy Rolfe
Storyline: An evil demon creates his own puppet to become the new puppet master
Review (Spoils): 24 hours after the last film we have the demon transform him back to the planet to become the new puppet master. The young man Rick Myers (Gordon Currie ) plans to become the new puppet master also along with his girlfriend (Chandra West )as they battle the demon known as Sutek. This film plays like a long dream sequence as it explains the final battle of the demon lord and the geeky lead. We have some of the classic puppets return and the new puppet called Decapitron that holds the spirit of Toulon (Guy Rolfe).
Seen and planned as the final film of the series (as we know it is not) this one if a bit all over the place and the flashbacks take way from the film. Plus how much running and falling and coming to their death from a puppet slaughter can we see before it becomes boring. Both the acting of Gordon Currie and Chandra West was actually good even though the story did struggle. A few classic scenes but one of the main ones is the battle between Six Shooter and Totem and the scenes in the blood filled tub.
Rating: Another one for this series as it started fresh but after a few films it does start to drag a bit. We have the puppet protecting the new master Rick as the battle the giver of life demon lord. That pretty much sums up this entry.