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Creepshow 2 (1987)

Creepshow 2 (1987)

Country:  USA

Director: Michael Gornick

Main Stars: George Kennedy, Lois Chiles, Domenick John, Tom Savini, Dorothy Lamour, Daniel beer, Stephen King

Storyline: Another set of three tales of horror

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The second tale is the best one of the series called The Raft. A very simple story of some teens who head out to the lake to smoke dope and come across a floating tar like spill that just happened to enjoy human flesh. A fun blob like story that involves some serious stickiness.

The last and final tale is called The Hitchhiker. This story is based around a woman who is not afraid of affairs and when racing back home to her husband she hits a road worker and leaves him for dead. Well it turns out he returns to haunt and thanking her for the ride.

Rating: The film itself could have used another story, three seemed a bit too short. The second tale is the best one which I believe was a Stephen King short to begin with. We have some nudity and we have some gore so cannot really complain.

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5/10 Beers!

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Trick r’ Treat (2007)

Trick r’ Treat (2007)

Country: USA

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.

MV5BMTMyNjczNDAzMF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDg3MDc0MQ@@__V1_SX214_AL_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.

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7/10 Beers!

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Creepshow (1982)

Creepshow (1982)

Country: USA

Director: George A. Romero

Main Stars: Hal Holbrook, Leslie Nielsen, Adrienne Barbeau, Stephen King

Storyline: A number of stories of horror from a 1950’s comic book.

MV5BODIxNTUwMzYwOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTU3MDcxMQ@@__V1_SX214_AL_Review (Spoils): Five tales of horror from a 1950’s comic book come to life on the big screen. The first story is “Father’s Day” which tells the tale of a grumpy rich father who was murdered by being smashed in the head with a marble ashtray. He rises from the dead demanding for his Father’s Day cake. He gets his revenge even after death. This one has some gore.

The second story is the tale of “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill”. This brings Stephen King on the screen as a hillbilly lonesome man who comes across a fallen meteor. He gets some green glowing stuff on his hands and he slowly starts to become a plant like creature.

The third story is “Something to Tide you Over” which brings a man Leslie Nielsen tormenting a woman and another man with video of them one by one buried to their heads in sands and slowly drowning. This leads to some salt water zombies having their revenge on the Leslie Nielsen.

The forth story is “The Crate” which is a tale of murder and science. A scientist wants to murder his drunk and annoying wife (Adrienne Barbeau) so he lures her to a special crate which contains a ape like creature.

The final tale is “They’re Creeping up on You” which deals with a ruthless boss who has a phobia over bugs. This leads to a massive bug fest at his place and a gory finish.

Rating: This is a classic and there are not too many short story horror films that match this one. The cover is a classic that is very memorable to my childhood and the stories and mostly memorable. They tried hard to match it with sequels but the first one is still the best.

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8/10 Beers!

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V/H/S (2012)

V/H/S (2012)

Country: USA

Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, Chad Villella, Ti West, Adam Wingard

Main Stars: Calvin Reeder, Lane Hughes, Kentucker Audley, Adam Wingard, Hannah Fierman, Jas Sams, Sophia Takal, Joe Swanberg, Jeannine Elizabeth Yoder, Norma C. Quinones, Helen Rogers, Chad Villella

Storyline: A group of men break into a house and find a strange collection of VHS tapes that have collections of people being killed in unbelievable ways.

MV5BMTUwODAxMzMwNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTk3MTQ5Nw@@._V1_SX214_AL_Review (Spoils): We have a group of men which break into a house and find a dead man sitting in a chair while the search for a tape in which they were to retrieve. During their search for the tape they come across a number of tapes that creepy or unreal footage on them. Each video tells a tale of something of the unknown.

“Amateur Night” The first tape is a tale of a group of three men who are out to shake the town the up. The groups of guys get drunk and do some drugs and end up bring back two girls back to the hotel room that they are staying in. One girl Lisa (Jas Sams) passes out as the creepy girl Lily (Hannah Fierman) is attracted to the odd ball boy of the group. The other two men force themselves on her to learn that Lily is not all she claims to be. It leads to a bloody mess.

“Second Honeymoon” A couple head to the Wild West to spend some time together. The woman of the couple Stephanie (Sophia Takal) gets her fortune told and learns that she is told visited by a loved one. This leads to a strange woman asking for ride in the middle of the night which the boyfriend (Joe Swanberg) declines. The woman becomes an intruder that films them, steals money and rubs the toothbrush on the toilet. This one ends also in a bloody throat slitting mess.

“Tuesday the 17th” Four friends take a trip through the bush and find bodies lying about and tell tales of horror that haunts the woods. They started to be hunted down one by one by a killer that looks like a blur running through the woods.

“The Sick Thing that Happened to Emily when she Younger” This sequence is webcam conversation between Emily (Helen Rogers) and her dick boyfriend James about her apartment being haunted. We have ghostly like children, a nasty itchy rash, a fetus from the back of the neck and some a connection between the boyfriend and the haunting

“10/31/98” This is the weaker of the bunch as it deals with a group of men as they come across a strange cult in the attic of an old haunted house. The special effects are pretty well done on this one though but the storyline is weak.

Rating: This to me is a modern day Creepshow which is a good thing. I personally had no idea what the film was about as I try not to read reviews before viewing films. This was a surprise for me as I did not know this was a bunch of short stories and I dug the film quite a bit. The stories were entertaining enough for me, it had some babes in it and it kept me glued to the screen. All of them were interesting except for the last one which kind of dragged on a bit. Want something new grab some beers and check this film out.

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7/10 Beers!

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Dead of Night (1945)

Dead of Night (1945)

Country: UK

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti

Main Stars: Mervyn Johns, Michael Redgrave, Roland Culver

Storyline: A country house has some guests which entertain each other with tales of the supernatural

MV5BMTk5ODkzODg4NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjU2NzkzMQ@@__V1_SY317_CR2,0,214,317_AL_Review (Spoils): A man goes to the country for weekend, lands himself in a old country house to recognize the people inside from a dream. This opens storytelling and discussions about the supernatural in which each guest takes turns telling a tale. Each tale is unique in its own way such as little boy ghost, the haunted mirror, the hearse driver, the golf game of love and of course the most that stands out the tale of the ventriloquist dummy which gets the gift of speech.

This is one of the original storytelling films of horror. It is creepy and it stands out as a classic for b/w horror.

Rating: This is a great example of ghost tale telling. This is like the original Creepshow, minus all the gore and effects. If you love classic black and white horror films you must see this one.

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Unholy Women (Kowai onna) (2006)

Unholy Women (Kowai onna) (2006)

Country:  Japan

Director:  Keita Amemiya, Takuji Suzuki, Keisuke Toyoshima

Main Stars:  Norika Nakagoshi, Teruyuki Kagawa, Nahana, Maki Meguro

Storyline:  Three stories on unrelated items of young women that haunt the sense of reality.

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Review (Spoils): This film is made up three short stories of women that haunt or torment people. Sort of like Creepshow type feel but without the comic relationship.

The first film was “Rattle Rattle” is pretty much a Jun-on rip off.  A young woman is being haunted by a ghost like being in red that can walk on walls and ceilings and move in choppy motions.  Nothing really new here and it was the same ol’ same ol’ with the ghost of child except in this case it was a little girl.

The second film the best of the whole lot was called “Steel” this movie was awesome! It was a about a young man who goes out on a blind date with his boss’s sister. What he does not know she is a mutant freak and wears a potato bag over torso and head so nobody can tell. But man she has nice legs! The film is interesting, funny, gory and pretty smart. This short film could have been the whole film and it was would have been awesome. After the storyline was done I wanted more. That’s a good thing!

The last and third film was “The Inheritance” which was a supernatural tale about a woman and her young son and a hidden past of her own childhood.  This kind of leaned more to the other storyline of Jun-on so it was really nothing new in this one but it was still better then the first story.

Rating:  Overall the film was a bit already been done. But the second storyline with the girl in the potato bag was fun, exciting and unique.  The story alone could have been the whole 1.5 hours and I would have scored it even higher! This film was fun for what it was worth and maybe they could continue the series with three new shorts I guess we will see. But I really wish we will see more of the bag lady with the sharp legs!

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Cat’s Eye (1984)

Cat’s Eye (1984)

Country:  USA

Director:  Lewis Teague

Main Stars: Drew Barrymore, James Woods

Storyline:  Three short stories of horror originally written by Stephen King based around a cat and his journeys.

 

 

 

 

Review (Spoils): So this movie is nailed down by three short films, The Quiters, The Ledge, The General.

The first film is The Quiters which is the best of the whole bunch. The background of this is the cat gets picked up by a NY doctor who helps people quit smoking by drastic means. Dick Morison (James Woods) wants to quit smoking so he joins up. He finds out it involves torturing a cat and his wife and some serious stalking to see successful. This is very interesting short story and it was well done.Plus it has James Woods.

The Ledge, the second story of the film is leaning more towards the poor man (Robert Hayes) who owes money to a Gamble Lord (Kenneth McMillan). The cat makes its way to the hotel room after being part of a bet.  Basically the story revolves around the Gamble lord watching the poor man walking the ledge around the hotel for a bet on his debt.

The last and final story is The General which the cat makes its way into the arms of a little girl named Amanda (Drew Barrymore). The storyline is simple the little girl is afraid at night in her room and feels there is something in there trying to kill her. It turns out she is right.

Rating:  This film was just ok not the greatest and very slim on plot. The first storyline was the best of the whole lot. There are way better Stephen King movies out there than this mix match thing.

 

 

3/10 Beers!

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