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From Beyond (1986)

From Beyond (1986)

Country: USA

Director:  Stuart Gordon

Main Stars:  Jeffery Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ted Sorel, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Bunny Summers

Storyline:  A bunch of scientists built a Resonator that allows whoever near by it see beyond normal perceptible reality. Once it is open terrible life forms appear to attack mankind.

Review (Spoils): Crawford Tillinghast (Jeffery Combs) and Edward Pretorius (Ted Sorel) worked together on a Resonator and once it started to finally work all hell broke loose. Flying eels from another dimension started to attack and before you knew it Pretorius was killed but was, he? Crawford got taken away for being nuts and Dr. Katherine Mc Michaels (Barbara Crampton) decides to listen to him and have him re-done exactly what he did. This opens the dimension yet again and it also shows what has happened to Pretorius.

The plot for this film is very simple and it should be as the main part of the film for the audience is the crazy special effects. This film is loaded with them so much that I cannot even begin to start to list the scenes. When Stuart Gordon, Jeffery Combs and Barbara Crampton are together you do know that you do not have to doubt the film period. If you have no idea what I am talking about then you better redo your watching list of what is really horror. The characters yes is basic and not overly written in development, but you have Combs playing the strange yet lost scientist and Crampton with her style coming to the rescue or at least trying too. The film screams classic Stuart Gordon with tons of over top special effects and goo coming from all different things and directions.

This film gives lots of slime goo, heads splitting, lots of melting and stretching skin, flying eels, classic 80s electricity effects (you know what I mean), Barbara Crampton topless, weird head antenna that kill, Barbara Crampton in stockings (yummy), melted and torn apart bodies, not much blood but lots and lots of strange lamprey creatures and the many forms of Edward Pretorius. So much special effects I cannot get into the all details.

Rating:  Wanna watch a classic special effects film that is over the top and fun? Then this is the one for you. Stuart Gordon held back nothing when it comes to both his main characters of Jeffery Combs and Barbara Crampton in this film. This gold when it comes to classic 80s horror films of weirdness and it was just wanted, I needed and love.

7/10 Beers!

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A Quiet Place (2018)

A Quiet Place (2018)

Country: USA

Director:  John Krasinski

Main Stars:  Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Nah Jupe, Cade Woodward

Storyline:  A family needs to be silent as monsters exist that feed off of sound.

Review (Spoils):  Two parents are trying to protect their kids and survive as the world seems to be over run by spider like creatures that feed off sound. They try their damnest to not make any noise it is bound to happen as children grow and make mistakes. The film feeds off this simple plot, but it has very clever ideas on how the family survives in this battle against the sound monsters.

The father (John Krasinski) and mother (Emily Blunt) try their hardest to protect their family including their deaf daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds). The storyline does not hint or go into what are the creatures or why things are happening but instead plays it smart and focuses on how the parents construct to live in such a world. Some examples of this is using sign language, light colored light bulbs, using over sounds to cover up theirs etc. For a simple story line this film did it right.

We have fun monsters, nasty bloody nail in the foot and an interesting child birth without sound. The monsters move pretty fast so there is not much on the gore, but the film plays on intensity trust me.

Rating:  As being a father of 2 young kids this film really pulled on the heart strings from the get-go. If you are a parent, you have been warned this intense of the survive really drags you into the film. That alone made this movie a trap for attention. The monsters are done well even though it does scream a little bit of Stranger Things. Well done John Krasinski!

8/10 Beers!

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IT (2017)

IT (2017)

Country: USA

Director:  Andy Muschietti

Main Stars:  Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Martell, Finn Wolfhard, Beverly Marsh, Ben Denbrough, Ben Hanscom, Richie Tozier, Mike Hanlon, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Jackson Robert Scott

Storyline:  Summer of 1989, a bunch of nerdy kids go on the hunt of one of their own younger brothers goes missing. They start to unveil a haunting Clown that starts to threaten them all.

Review (Spoils): The film takes place in the low run-down town called Derry everyone has issues of some sort. Everything from over mothering to child molestation and abuse (to me this seems a bit too much but anyways). Little Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott) loses his paper boat as it floats into the sewer and as he goes after it, he comes across the haunting clown known as Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard). As the clown taunts him he attacks him and drags into the sewers. Not long after his old brother Jaeden (Ben Denbrough) gets his fellow nerds to go hunting for his lost brother. Yes, this is yet another horror remake.

We have a large cast of kids who are getting bullied or beat one way or another. This a huge chunk of the film as they build the characters into their Stand by Me cast. The special effects are done very well, and you can tell they threw a shit ton of money into IT. Bill Skarsgard was outstanding as he played the Joker like Clown that becomes whatever you fear. They really focused on him and built it up as villain. There is enough here to make you glued to the screen and pace goes well even if it is a very long part one of the film.

Lots of clown action, low income kids, some crappy CGI (thin woman), lots of large mouths with teeth, hormones of young boys, child abuse, molestation, floating kids, glowing eyes, red balloons, a bloody bathroom with Ring like hair attack, nasty arm bit, broken arms, some gashes and lots of Pennywise injuries.

Rating:  Normally I hate remakes more than anything but to be honest this film was better then the original. Do I feel the film was over hyped and the younger generation are worshiping this film like it the greatest thing ever when it was ok? Yes! Bill Skarsgard was great yes, he was, and he built the villain Pennywise right up and made the film but to be honest the film screams Stand by Me. I liked the film and it was pretty good as the special effects were not all cheesy but it does not stand with the other classics of the 70s and early 80s that so many people rant it about. The movie was just too damn long for what it was trying to tell and could of all been wrapped in one film instead of cashing out. I did enjoy the film… its a remake so it makes it hard.

7/10 Beers!

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Godzilla / Gojira (1954)

Godzilla / Gojira (1954)

Country:  Japan

Director:  Ishiro Honda

Main Stars:  Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi

Storyline:  A nuclear weapon unearths an ancient lizard beast upon Japan.

Review (Spoils): Japan is in panic as several ships start to sink and disappear. As several scientists start to investigate the accidents, they find out a giant lizard known as Gojira is roaming the waters. During as the monsters makes it way to the in land, we have a love story triangle between to male scientists (one which made a weapon known as the Oxygen Bomb) and the beautiful Emiko. She talks her boyfriend into using the weapon not to defend Japan during a war but to defend Japan from the evil monster known as Gojira.

The film is one of the most classic monster films of horror and sci-fi for its time. In the 50s monster films were huge and drive-ins were becoming more and more popular for these types of films. In Japan it was a little different as there was concern currently on war of course and nuclear weapons in general. So, this film has a totally different take than the lamer American versions. It deals with environment, human conflict of power and of course the giant monster.

The film gives us of course the classic movie monster in its original format walking the streets and through power lines. Roaring and roaming the waters, along with peeking its head over the mountains. For its time the film is very interesting to watch just for the scene setups like the tiny villages, houses and of course the walking monster. That alone is worth to watch the film.

Rating:  The film can be boring when it comes to storyline, I will be honest and mostly likely get slammer for saying but the scenes and the way they created the film is what stands out. Yes, it has some similarities to The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms but it much richer as a classic. I can now literally tell myself I was seen the original Godzilla.

6/ 10 Beers!

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Body Parts (1991)

Body Parts (1991)

Country:  USA

Director:  Eric Red

Main Stars:  Jeff Fahey, Lindsay Duncan, Kim Delany

Storyline:  After losing an arm in a car wreck a psychologist has it replaced by a limb from a serial killer.

Review (Spoils): Bill (Jeff Fahey) is in a car accident and his lost one of his arms. He went into surgery and had a new one graphed to his body. This was a limb from a former serial killer who was executed in death row. Bill starts to have nightmares and feelings that he did not have before.  When Bill finds out the truth he wants to arm removed but the doctor (Lindsay Duncan) who put in place will not do it, is there more to this and he is all part of an experiment.

Picture this more a weird modern-day Frankenstein with a twist. The film was not as bad as I thought it would be. The acting is pretty good for a horror film and the movie moves at a very fast pace and keeps you entertained. Of course, the film is not realistic its horror but as follow the main character through the changes and what it brings to his home life you do get trapped into the film.

Rating:  This film reminds me a bit of the film called The Hand. The film is fun and cheesy when it needs to be and carries on well. The special effects are good the ending is a bloody event that you will not want to miss. The leading ladies steal the show when it comes to performance of the characters. Definite a gem that horror collectors should own or at least see.

6/ 10 Beers!

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Alien VS Predator (2004)

Alien VS Predator (2004)

Country:  USA

Director:  Paul W.S. Anderson

Main Stars:  Sanaa Lathan, Lance Henriksen, Raoul Bova

Storyline:  During a archaeological expedition in Antarctica uncovered a frozen terror which is long time battle between two species.

Review (Spoils): Archaeologists find a frozen pyramid in the Antarctica which once it is uncovered all hell breaks loose. They discover aliens which start to hunt down and kill of the team in the frozen land. But from outer space comes another alien race which are predators that hunt for skull trophies for their collection and they have the other aliens on their list.

This winter wonderland of terror is a lot of fun, but it is lacking on the blood and gore like the other series have given us. But the story line works and some of the special effects of the film are done very well and are beautiful. I personally do not understand all the hate for this film. This film works and fits the Alien series totally fine. Sure, some of the character dialogue can be a little painful but fuck its aliens! We get also more insight on the predator species and the collecting of skulls was a pretty cool idea. The tracking and hunting scenes are done well but the aliens will always be my favorite out of the two.

Rating:  There was a ton of hype for this film and maybe that is what destroyed the reviews from others for this film. I personally enjoyed it and have seen it a few times. It fits well in the series even though it could have used more blood and gore, but the queen is beautiful and hell we it has Lance!

6/10 Beers!

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The Hand (1981)

The Hand (1981)

Country:  USA

Director:  Oliver Stone

Main Stars:  Michael Caine, Andrea Marcovicci, Annie McEnroe

Storyline:  An artist loses his hand in an accident and with his hatred the hand comes back to kill.

Review (Spoils): Comic artist Johnathan Lansdale (Michael Caine) has it all the beautiful wife, healthy child and the successful career. When his wife (Andrea Marcovicci) starts to pressure him on her moving to New York to take a relationship break the truth starts to unravel that it is not that great after all. During one of their fights the get in a car accident which he loses his hand. So there goes his career and wife and the mind games start to begin along with his hatred. Suddenly the people he hates start to be killed off and people do not know why is it the madness of Johnathan or is it his missing hand?

This film was a lot of fun to be honest. We have the conflict between the man actor and his lovely wife who is having somewhat an affair with her yoga teacher. The blood is well red in this film and can be spraying in some parts of the film. The daughter yes can be fake and annoying but the relationship with his wife and the side girl Stella (Annie McEnroe) keep you interested and that’s not counting the crazy hand!

The movie brings on some bright red blood, some choking, nudity, some strangling and even some crazy cross-eyed deaths. Not to mention that rubber walking hand!

Rating:  The film was a lot of fun and it was a surprise for me as I never even heard of the film before better enjoyed a horror film from Oliver Stone. This is a special surprise gem that may be hard to find but if you do come across it you should check it out.

6/10 Beers!

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Die Monster Die! (1965)

Die Monster Die! (1965)

Country:  UK

Director:  Daniel Haller

Main Stars:  Boris Karloff, Nick Adams, Freda Jackson, Suzan Farmer

Storyline:  A wheelchair bound scientist brings on evil to his estate when he welcomes a green glowing meteorite

Review (Spoils): Nahum Witley (Boris Karloff) has no idea what he has brought to his house when discovers a meteorite and see’s a as a godsend. When a young man visits his girlfriend Susan (Suzan Farmer) to her estate with her wheelchair bound father we learn all is not as it seems. The mysterious Letitia (Freda Jackson) lies behind a curtain in her bed and the staff are dropping dead. But Nahum has kept the great rock locked in the basement where it can glow and present such glory to the family.

While watching the film I was not sure what to expect but it had a Hammer feel to it. When the movie starts to go about half way through there was some stuff in that surprised me that I felt Evil dead took from. The plant over taking Susan and the ending with Letitia and the melting head. The movie has some goo, lots of green glowing and even some cheesie special glowing man effects.

Rating:  This film was more sci-fi than an actual horror film. But Boris and Suzan Farmer dragged me into the film to check it out. Plus, it had monster in the title. The movie is a bit silly at times and even laughable towards the end, but I did like the parts that reminded me of the Evil Dead.

 

4/10 Beers!

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Jeepers Creepers 3 (2017)

Jeepers Creepers 3 (2017)

Country: USA

Director: Victor Salva
Main Stars: Stan Shaw, Gabrielle Haugh, Brandon Smith, Meg Foster, Gina Phillips

Storyline: Storyline from the first film continues as they are trying to end the Creeper’s reign


Review (Spoils): So the Creeper is back and this time his van is setup to kill. The storyline continues after the first film and just before the second one (the one with the school bus). Sgt Davis Tubbs tries his hardest to taken down the creeper before he kills more. But unfortunate he does and his van is super powered with weapons.
This film is lacking to be honest. I was a fan of the first film as it had that classic 70s 80s horror feel. This one is just a battle scene without any sense. Its like a cross between Christine and Pumpkinhead and it just does not work. I personal did not want to watch a 1.5 hour film on a killer van but instead I wanted the flying licking demon fiend known as the creeper. Not sure what Victor Salva was trying to do with this film. Plus to take place right in-between the first two films they should of called this 1.5 as I had no idea until pretty much the damn end of the timeline. Sure the creeper is in the film but kill after kill I felt there was no uniqueness to it or something where I went right on!
The characters are annoying and boring as hell in this storyline. The creeper is cool looking but at the same time he reminds more now of the djinn from the Wishmaster films. The van is just too much in the film and we do not care. Sure we have some kills and blood and lots of shooting weapons from the magical van but it all just seemed like a bunch of shit mashed together.

Rating: Not a fan of this film part of me wish it would have ended after a hour. Just a bunch of kids roaming around acting like they are 12 and the deputy looking to end the creepers killing. Even with the return of Gina Phillips in the end was not enough for me to get excited. Its just too bad they lost focus of the series with this entry.

3/10 Beers!

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Cosmic Monsters (1958)

Cosmic Monsters (1958)

Country:  UK

Director: Gilbert Gunn

Main Stars: Forrest Tucker, Gaby Andre, Martin Benson

Storyline: A visitors comes from outer space to warn the world that their experiments with the magnetic field could mutate insects.

Review (Spoils): Scientists are working on experiments with the magnetic field when a freak storm happens. A strange man with a funny moustache appears and starts to chat with a child and giving her speeches about change and man. He does not give much advice except that he should change his moustache to fit in and that he is from far away. We have a bunch of non-science talk as a bunch of attacks start to happen in the near by park. Once the investigation comes under way, we do learn that there is a ton of giant spiders and cockroaches running around eating people.

Monster movie time again, I know I have a ton of these. This time we have some bad dialogue and acting mixed with some giant insects. This film can actually be damn boring except the ending when the woman is trapped in the spider web and the insects are coming for her. The footage is actually cool for its time.

Rating: Overall, this film is bad. Not in a good way either, its flat and nothing stands out really, except that is it another monster film driven from science and has bugs. By the way, this film also goes by the title The Strange World of Planet X.

2/10 Beers!

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