Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Director: Philip Kaufman
Main Stars: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy
Storyline: People are being replaced one by one with alien like clones.
Review (Spoils): In a small town located in San Francisco people start to see that people who they have known their whole lives are acting differently. When more and more people start to complain about the same thing with other people they know a group investigate it. Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland ) escapes an attempt to him and gathers some friends to escape the alien madness. On top of this the cute Elizabeth (Brooke Adams ) notices a strange pod and brings it home to her place to find out what kind of strange flower it was. Then her boyfriend becomes one of them and she follows him to see that he is exchanging parcels with strangers she has never seen before.
We have a couple of health care workers getting involved and trying to track down what is happening to the people they love. Why have they become these unemotional zombies? We have some goo, some strange flesh pods, and some fleshy clone bodies with weird white tendrils, pod people that make screeching sounds, mutated dog and a confusion of who is still human or a pod person.
Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams are awesome in this film and both stand out as characters that you care about.
Rating: Bring on the remakes! I have not seen the original but now I will and review that one but this film was not horrible and I can see how this is a classic sci-fi horror. I love films of this era so I kind of knew I would dig this film. Plus we have Leonard Nimoy what’s not to love!
Prom Night (1980)
Director: Paul Lynch
Main Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Casey Stevens
Storyline: A masked killer haunts a high school prom
Review (Spoils): Some high school kids have been keeping the hidden secret of the death of a young Robin Hammond and their connection. But someone else also knows their secret and saw the whole thing and is now 6 years later planning revenge on the little ones death.
The storyline is pretty simple someone witnesses the death of the little girl and now wants the kids that were involved to pay….pat at the high school prom. The film has a person in black roams around breaking mirrors, ripping out yearbook pictures, stabbing with glass, a nasty axe, and a catwalk beheading. All in all the film can be slow and some of the killings scream’s 80s.
Rating: Not being a huge fan of Jamie Lee Curtis I was on the fence with this one before it started. The plot seemed pretty basic but descent but it was hard to picture Jamie Lee Curtis as a high school student in this. Plus it is hard to take Leslie Nielsen serious. Some believe this film to be a classic but for me it falls flat from the classic and it’s just a mediocre horror film.
The House on Sorority Row (1983)
Director: Mark Rosman
Main Stars: Kate McNeil, Eileen Davidson, Janis Ward, Robin Meloy, Harley Jane Kozak, Jodi Draigie, Ellen Dorsher, Lois Kelso Hunt
Storyline: A prank goes wrong at a sorority house and slowly one by one of the girls started to get slaughtered.
Review (Spoils): Mrs. Slater (Lois Kelso Hunt) is a bitch and the girls cannot stand her. So after a nice waterbed slashing one of the girls Vicki (Eileen Davidson) wants to play the ultimate prank on her and make her fall in the dirty old swamp pool. Well the prank goes wrong and she gets shot and there is a big party that night and girls do not want to ruin the whole night so they hide the body and party on (those crazy girls!).
We have some teenage girls, we have a few panty scenes, we have a cranky lady with a cane, we have a killer with a cane, and we have some cane deaths and Ashley from Young and Restless in her young prime (still a babe to this day). This is a classic who done it type film and it all ties back to Mrs. Slater.
Rating: This is actually a 80s horror gem that got lost in the massive amount of slasher films that came out in the 80s. The acting is not horrible and the film has a dark feel to it and what is a horror film without young terrified teenage girls with a terrible 80s house band? The killer of the film is one to be remembered even if the plot does have a few holes. Grab some beers, popcorn and check this little 80s slasher out.
Director: Pascal Laugier
Main Stars: Morjana Alaoui, Mylene Jampanoi, Catherine Begin
Storyline: Two girls who lived a life of child abuse on a bloody journey on revenge which leads to a hidden group of sick twisted minds.
Review (Spoils): Two young girls Lucie (Mylene Jampanoi ) and Anna (Morjana Alaoui ) come from a past of child abuse. Lucie is haunted by ghosts of her past and gains trust and friendship in Anna to hold her secrets. This leads to a bloody attack 15 years later upon a family in which Anna tries to cover up. In this process Lucie is overtaken with rage and mistrust of Anna that she takes her life. During this Anna comes across a hidden area on the farm where they find another female captive and the true mystery of it all comes to light. The girls are not victims but seen as martyrs as the abuse brings them closer to the thin line between life and death.
Not to ruin the film too bad as this one is twisted and full of left and right curves, we have lots of blood, gore hounds rejoice as there is plenty here including a skinning which makes Hellraiser look like nothing. This film is different as it is a crossroad of Hostel, The Grudge and something total new. Both leading actress are awesome and both should be watched closely as I think this might just be the beginning of their careers.
Rating: Dark twisted and not sure what just happened is the best way to describe this film. I personally had no idea what the film was about before watching and in the end of was like “I’m not sure if I liked it or not” and the more I thought about it that might be a good thing for horror. Want something fresh, gory and bloody disturbing check this one out. God I hope they never do a Hollywood remake of it.
A Bucket of Blood (1959)
Director: Roger Corman
Main Stars: Dick Miller, Barboura Morris, Anthony Carbone, Judy Bamber
Storyline: A busboy at a local artist hang out wants to be somebody and when he accidently puts clay over top of dead cat and becomes a celebratory it goes straight to his mind.
Review (Spoils): Walter (Dick Miller) is a bit of a loser who is stuck busing tables and listening to things that he wants to be part of such as music, poetry and art. He is tired of being made fun of and buys some clay and tries to make a statue of the charming Carla (Barboura Morris). When it all failed he loses his mind and kills a cat and covers it in clay. This becomes a piece of art and he shows it off and gets recognition. This starts the madness of his art and people start to go missing and slowly Walter starts to feel like a beatnik king.
This film is creepy and actually visually done well. You can sense the tension in Walter even the beatnik stuff can be overdone and annoying. We are graced with dead cats, clay, some strangulation, a frying pan, stabbing and a hanging. This all leads to a poor man who wants to be somebody and be loved by Carla.
Rating: I love this film, not sure why but I feel it is a cult classic that gets lost in the monster movies shuffle. I believe Dick Miller did an awesome and hats off to Roger Corman for a funny and yet creepy film.
The House of the Devil (2012)
Director: Ti West
Main Stars: Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov, Greta Gerwig
Storyline: A young teenager takes a job as a babysitter but it becomes more she bargained for.
Review (Spoils): Cute young Samantha lives with a horny sloppy roommate and finds a deal on a nice little place of her own. The problem is she needs money to afford the place so she and her friend Megan find a babysitting gig which she goes for. She meets the sinister Mr. Ulman which describes that the job is not to sit children but an elder woman. As freaky as it is Samantha agrees and the first night she gets freaked and learns that there is more the Ulman’s then meets the eye.
We have a haunting 70s feel film that involves some dark scenes, gun wound to the head, some pentagrams, some dead bodies, lots of blood, some demon evil looking people and a plot that ends before it begins.
The character build is great in the film and so is the 70s feel, it all works. Jocelin Donahue was awesome and I was pulled right into her character. She was easy on the eyes and you can feel for her as she wants to get out of a bad situation. The problem with the film is it builds so well that once the truth of it all starts to spill out they ran out of time and rushed it. This film could of been so much more and could of been a gem but instead rolled off the tracks.
Rating: When this film started and I was watching it I was like “ alright this going to be awesome” but once the cult was revealed it was all over. I was just sitting there going “what happened did I miss something?” It just ended plain and simple. Ti West come on this could have been a classic and now it just sits with the okay crowd.
I Spit on Your Grave 2 (2013)
Director: Steve R. Monroe
Main Stars: Jemma Dallender, Joe Absolom, Yavor Baharvo, Mary Stockley
Storyline: A young inspiring model gets attacked and raped and she escapes and plans revenge on her attackers.
Review (Spoils): Young pretty Katie (Jemma Dallender) is trying to break in the modeling business, she wants to keep it clean and gain success the right way. She has gone down a few avenues and even met a group of young men that took photos of her but wanted to see a dirtier side so she bailed. During that night one of the young men that were fantasised from her presence breaks into her apartment, rapes her, beats her and kills her neighbour. This leads to him calling the others and they try to cover their tracks and kidnap her. This leads to more beatings, raping and more people involved in this nasty business. In the end she escapes when they thought of her dead and bring some scary graphic revenge upon them all.
If you saw the original or even the remake you have an idea where this film is going. This one does not travel anywhere different off that beaten path except that might be a bit more graphic. We have lots of male torture, some seriously uncomfortable rape scenes, blood, serious knife wounds, gun shots, some weird wire thing through the head, electric shocks and a nut scene which you will never forget.
Jemma Dallender did an amazing job filling the main role, when the movie started I was like ” I cannot picture her the revenge type”…but I was proven wrong. She can be one mean bitch (good for her). A very pretty actress and she has some serious talent as she held the film for me.
Rating: The problem I do have with this film is just because it involves rape and revenge does not make it an I Spit on Your Grave film. I get it but at the same time I don’t want the series to fall under no connections just another retelling of a similar tale of some demented arseholes torturing and raping women. The original still holds the torch for the film and I think the remake was even better than this one. Watch the other two before you dive into this one….