Wishmaster 2 (1999)
Director: Jack Sholder
Main Stars: Holly Fields, Chris Weber, Al Foster, Andrew Divoff
Storyline: The Djinni needs to collect 1001souls to bring the end of the world.
Review (Spoils): A female burglar (Holly Fields) screws up a robbery and awakes the forgotten Djinn (Andrew Divoff ) that was trapped in a gem stone. He takes the rap for the robbery so he can use his human illusion form in prison to lure and temp prisoners for wishes for exchange of their souls. The evil Djinn needs 1001 souls so that he can bring the end of the world to Earth.
Pretty basic storyline but it works as the Djinn is back with all his nice one liners and wishes. The film focuses on the Djinn in jail as a male slowing gathering souls by false wishes and granting them in sarcastic ways. The other part of the story is the female thief trying to cope with what she has done such as killing a guard and why there is mysterious man that is taking the blame for the botched job.
We have freezing, a body crushed through some cell bars, a strange scene of man having sex with himself, nasty beatings, head swapping, some blood and gore and of course wishes! This film is pretty much in the same vein as the first film and the Djinn looks great.
Rating: This series is not be taken series much like the Child’s Play series but I find this one more fun. The special effects are pretty good and I have always loved the look of the Djinn. We learn more about the prophetess of the Djinn and it has a touch of religion in the film which is the main character trying to find herself and asks for forgives for her past sins.
Noroi: The Curse (2005)
Director: Koji Shiraishi
Main Stars: Jin Muraki, Rio Kanno, Tomono Kuga, Marika Matsumoto, Kei Matsubara, Makoto Inamori
Storyline: A filmmaker explores the supernatural and stumbles upon a series of incidents surrounding a demon known as kagutaba
Review (Spoils): I had no idea what I was about to witness when I started to watch this film. At first when the documentary started (yes this done like a documentary with a series of video) I was less impress as I was like god here we go again with the same paranormal shit. But about 15min into the film is started to pull me in with the series of events and even some wackiness of the psychics and the kids show. Then it started to gather a series of events and people and glued them together one by one. This is not for everyone as it can be a bit much with the slow motion replays (not sure why they did this as most accounts it was noticed the first time) but trust me keep watching this. It goes through a series of disappearances, deaths, pigeons, babies, ghost like feeling, a babe in yellow, nut bar people, crawling fetuses, hangings, dead dogs and the ritual of the great demon known only as kagutaba.
This film is not scary but instead it’s creepy as hell. The acting is actually really good especially the psychic in the tinfoil (he was awesome)and the woman known as Junko (Tomono Kuga) and this is way creepier then The Blair Witch Project which I can see people comparing it too. The sound effects are and so are even the grainy dark images and the final scene in the woods like messed up and well worth the wait. This film caught me right off guard as it kept getting graded higher in my head as it went.
Rating: This film is now on my list of classics. This film was for some strange reason hit the right nerves for me when it comes to horror films and classics are really hard to find of this era. The mood is spooky, it has tinfoil hats, and the special effects are actually cool. Watch this right through to the very very end as it continues right to the last second of the film even after the credit. Turn off the lights, grab some beers, get the subtitles going and watch this original messed film till the very end. You will thank me…
The Car (1977)
Director: Elliot Silverstein
Main Stars: James Brolin, Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley, Kyle Richards, Kim Richards, R.G. Armstrong
Storyline: A black possessed car haunts people of a small town
Review (Spoils): A couple of kids and a hitchhiker are all part of a hit and run and this draws the police and investigators on a man hunt for the driver of a car. Everyone is on a hunt for the black sedan with the mystery driver. Police officer Wade Parent (James Brolin) is the man on the investigation (while he sleeps with a school teacher and tries to raise two young girls) in this off beat town where everyone is sleeping with each other, drunk or slapping each other around.
We have a black sedan that loves to reeve the engine, run over people, smash people, blow its horn, hitting people with its doors and pretend that it’s pissed…oh and it hates graveyards. This film is actually entertaining and man that’s one mean car as it take bullets, flies through the air and built from Hell.
Rating: first off you need to be drinking to enjoy this film. Does that make it a bad film? Hell no it’s entertaining and to be honest as fun as Christine. We favourite part of the film is the scene with Kathleen Lloyd within the house when the car attacks. You can’t make this shit up you need you see it to believe it. Man I enjoy the 70s of horror gets some beers and throw this one for some devil driving entertainment.
The Amityville Horror 5: Amityville Curse (1990)
Director: Tom Berry
Main Stars: Kim Coates, Dawna Wightman, Helen Hughes, Cassandra Gava
Storyline: A priest is killed and now the place where his belongs are is haunted.
Review (Spoils): A priest is murdered in a confession booth (wow that’s new) and his belongings get shacked up in a basement of a house. A group of people move into the same house not knowing that the stuff is located in the basement. Strange things start to happen to the people of the house such as sounds, ghost visions of a man and dog, nightmares, windows opening, blood in the water, shaking house and massive migraines but nobody moves out.
The acting is this film is beyond painful and man they didn’t even use the same house so really the connection of the series is lost. The plot is very lacking as you could be bored to death with this film. The finally 15 min. is ok but you are tortured the whole time to get there.
Rating: My god this series just needs to end. I personally thought the lamp in the previous was bad but I wrong this one that was done in Canada is worse!! Amityville Curse is the right title at least because this series is cursed to get worse and worse.
Filed under Haunting, Occult
Infection (Kansen) (2004)
Director: Masayuki Ochiai
Main Stars: Michiko Hada, Mari Hoshino, Tae Kimura, Yoko Maki, Kaho Minami, Koichi Sato
Storyline: A hospital mistake makes all the staff pay
Review (Spoils): A general hospital is in dire need as it is broke. The staff have been reduced greatly and everyone is over tired and worn out. A burn patient appears out of nowhere and gets admitted into the lacking of staff hospital. When the nurse accidently injects sodium chlorate it kills the patient. They staff try to cover up the error and then strange things start to happen.
Bring on the hot nurses in this one as we have three young nurses running around as they try to struggle with the confusion of the doctors and the confusion it is a virus out break or a ghost story. The film does not lack on the gore as they love the green slime in this one along with some red blood. The film plays of the sound effects of gooey and sticky decomposing bodies along with the eerie sounds of the music. Gore fans will not mind this film and if you like screaming and panicking young Japanese nurses well you’re in luck. We have blood, needles, cute nurses, more green liquid then needed, ghost like chats, goo and bleeding eyes and ears.
The downfall for me of this film is, I’m confused was it revenge curse or was the actual dude nuts? Too me this does not quiet get cleared up and I like the idea that he was nuts. The film tries to be a tie into [REC] and The Grudge, it does not destroy the film but it does make the audience think “my god choose what direction you want to go with this film!”
Rating: Gooey green blood and cute nurses not sure why you could not enjoy this film with some buds and beers. Sure the plot can be kind of all over the place but the finally 10 minutes it does make you think as it tries to full circle the idea of the infection.
Director: James Isaac
Main Stars: Jason Behr, Elias Koteas, Rhona Mitra, Sarah Carter, Natassia Malthe, Matthew Knight
Storyline: A mother and her son gets caught between two tribes of werewolves
Review (Spoils): Human mother Rachel (Rhona Mitra ) protects her half-breed son Timothy (Matthew Knight ) as when he turns thirteen he will be graced with the curse of the Skinwalkers as per Navajos legends. Rachel is protected and guided with her own tribe of Skinwalkers which the whole thing is a hidden family secret from both the mother and son. There is another tribe of Skinwalkers but they are evil and lead by a savage man named Varek(Jason Behr) and he wants the boy to belong to them and eaten.
This all leads into a battle of werewolves and the hidden truth of Timothy come out and his mother must do everything to protect him. Basically it is a lower grade of the Howling meets Underworld with a touch of native feel. The film is a bunch of running, battles and werewolves hunting, eating and some blood lust. The special effects were ok but the whole transformation piece was missing and there just was not enough gore for me. Sure we have a score of werewolf babes but the plot was just lacking and there was not enough meat to carry this through. Plus Jason Behr was not a good villain.
Rating: Very lacking story and way more action then gore so to me this film was boring in a way. I hate the whole gang of good vs evil especially when it about werewolves. Plus why does everyone in town have a goddamn gun and not know how to shoot it?
Son of Kong (1933)
Director: Ernest B. Schoedsack
Main Stars: Robert Armstrong, Helen Mack, Frank Reicher
Storyline: The men who captured the original King Kong try to regain their reputation.
Review (Spoils): When Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) is hit hard with lawsuits over the damages that King Kong when he escaped and attacked New York he decides he better skip town. He gets it into his head why not head back the lost islands where he found the original King Kong. During this trip he grabs some shady crew and beautiful runaway Hilda (Helen Mack) who jump aboard because after her father’s murder she had nothing left to live for. Once the land on the Island of Kong they come across the Son of Kong who is not as large as his father and Denham feels he owes him and builds a friendship due to what happened to his bigger father. This leads to treasure, greed and backstabbing and of course the large ape.
We have some very poor dialogue, very emotionalise lines (like the scene after her father’s death), some cool animal battles and the climax ending in the water when the islands decides to sink. This film is not even close to the first one, actually really far away from it. The comical scenes of the ape are just dumb, the acting is poor and the reasoning behind the ending is really unexplained. The only good of the film was the creature battles and the musical scene of Hilda and the monkeys. The rest just stunk!
Rating: Very rushed, poor execute and the ape is was just silly and you could not connect with a creature that makes comical eyes. The friendly ape was just not entertaining and the really a bandage for the finger? The funny and wanna be comedy bits killed the film.