Cabin Fever (2016)
Director: Travis Zariwny
Main Stars: Gage Golightly, Matthew Daddario, Samuel Davis, Nadine Crocker, Dustin Ingram, Randy Schulman, Louise Linton
Storyline: A group of young people go to a cabin in the woods and become sick from the water supply.
Review (Spoils): Remake time yet again in the world of horror. This time it is one of gems of the horror world Cabin Fever. The story does not stretch far from the original except the characters are a little more paper thin, the dialogue is vague and you actually can be annoyed at the beginning of the film with the characters. But it makes up some of this with the gore.
We have pretty much the same scenes as the original film (which gives a question why the remake) and the blood is not as good but there is plenty still. We have gory dogs, puking blood, the classic shave scene, unnecessary sex scenes (nice body Nadine Crocker), gun shots, rotting flesh, nasty bleeding, some stupid dropin characters that were not needed and the cute Gage Golightly.
Rating: This film is pretty much the same thing but not as funny and the characters are a bit more annoying. The film has the same amount of gore but the sex scenes are annoying and not needed and the characters that just dropin in the film make no sense. This hurts the film, if they would have just stuck with the blood and gore and Gage Golightly this film could have been rated higher.
Director: Robert Hartford-Davis
Main Stars: Peter Cushing, Sue Lloyd, Noel Trevarthen, Kate O’Mara,
Storyline: A doctor’s model lover gets her face burnt and he does whatever at what cost to help restore her beauty.
Review (Spoils): Surgeon Sir John Rowan (Peter Cushing) is dating a high profile model (Sue Lloyd) who likes to hang around some hipsters. During one of the parties while she is posing for some pictures an argument breaks out between Rowan and the photographer and a light drops on her head. She gets badly burnt and her career hits rocks bottom. She pressures Rowan to start to use a gland from the brain to regrew her flesh on her face. This works but only temporary which leads them both on a non stop hunt for more glands.
This film is not a Hammer Film but the storyline is great. Sure there is some funky hipster music and sometimes the film feels like an acid trip but once the evil pours it pours like a fine wine. Peter Cushing plays the serious doctor but at the same time he just does not fit in the crowd of the film nor does he seem like a likely match for his model girlfriend. We have red blood once the film kicks into high gear, knives, slaughtering of young women, a nasty scar on the face, a bitchy model and the long hunt for woman to kill so his love can be beautiful.
Rating: I personally really liked this film and never heard of it before it I noticed it playing. It had Peter Cushing so I was like what the Hell. This film does not disappoint the acting is well done and the chase scene at the end was great. The photographer can seem a bit annoying but you can get around that as it is a couple short scenes. Thank you Grindhouse yet again for a nice horror classic.
A Quiet Place in the Country (1968)
Director: Elio Petri
Main Stars: Franco Nero, Vanessa Redgrave, Georges Geret
Storyline: A painter haunted by nightmares moves to the country with his lover to help get away
Review (Spoils): Lenardo Ferri (Franco Nero) is a popular painter and has a unique mind and vision. In the last few months he has not done anything new or completed anything. He seems to be struggling with strange nightmares and mental issues. One of the nightmares that haunt him is the sexual perversion and ending in death dreams with his lover and I believe real-estate agent Flavia (Vanessa Redgrave). Concerned for him she moves him to the country to get away from the trauma dreams and inspire his work but leads to even more mental trips and the dreams increase.
My wife introduced me to this film early this week as she knew my love for this era and Italian film. This film did not disappoint, it is much like an erotic acid trip of images, bright red blood and confusion. So the movie was right up my alley. Sure the film did not do much on the shock and gore much like a Dario or Lucio film but the film had some feelings that it may have influenced such films like The Shinning. The acting was done very well, the dialogue kept me locked on the film and of course the erotic beauty of Vanessa Redgrave and the visual images is what really drove the film home for me.
Rating: This film is not going to be for everyone or the standard horror fan who like teen scares or spookiness. This film is more like a piece of moving art that has a nice touch oddness going for it.
The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)
Director: Terence Fisher
Main Stars: Paul Massie, Christopher Lee, Dawn Addams
Storyline: The Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde storyline but with a twist.
Review (Spoils): Doctor Henry Jekyll (Paul Massie) is a boring man as he is stuck in his lab all day working with monkeys and mute children trying to study the workings of the mind. He is so occupied that he is ignoring his wife’s (Dawn Addams)needs and she is fooling around with his best friend Paul Allen (Christopher Lee). This leads to madness when the doctor starts to experiment on himself after being rejected by his wife. The difference is in this tale is he becomes a more cleaner looking gentleman but a madman inside.
This is a total different twist then the other versions of have seen so far with the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde storyline. At beginning of the film I was wondering what the hell was going on with Paul Massie and his voice but once the film kicked into gear I was surprised and locked on this film. The acting is well done and to be honest Christopher Lee stole the show. He is the clean cut friend who is screwing Jekylls wife and using his money. Dawn Addams plays the part of the not so nice wife who is only out for herself in her own way but in love Paul.
This film gives us the basic Hammer Film treatment of bosom women, stockings, a longer then it needed to be dance show, some snake charming ladies oh and some red blood and a nice blow to head (poor Oliver Reed)
Rating: This film is great! It actually might be up there as one of favorite Hammer Films as the story keeps you glued to the screen and the ending is very well done and the conclusion is shocking (remind me of The Fly for some reason). If you have not seen this film and a fan of the Hammer Films you need to check this one out.
The Unholy Three (1925)
Director: Tod Browning
Main Stars: Lon Chaney, Mae Busch, Matt Moore, Victor McLaglen, Harry Earles
Storyline: Three sideshow performers start a crime spree taking place from a bird shop.
Review (Spoils): Three sideshow performers a ventriloquist named Echo (Lon Chaney), a small man named Tweedledee (Harry Earle) and a strong man named Hercules (Victor McLaglen) start a plan to make some money. Echo will pose as an old lady (who can use his voice to make birds talk) as Tweedledee poses as a baby and they rob people as they complain about the birds stop talking at home. Ties this in with a love triangle and this is the plot of the story.
Checking out this film I was not sure what exactly I was getting into but this film is a silent gem. Lon Chaney played all his parts perfectly as the leader of the crime gang and the old lady. The facial expressions of Lon Chaney is outstanding and he really is the man of make-up. The lead actress Mae Busch is also great as she plays the strong woman of the gang but she tied between the love triangle of once being used by Echo and then following love with one of the victims.
Rating: This film does not scream blood or guts as it is a silent film from the 20s but what we do have here is a classic in the horror film genre. Tod Browning did something like this later on called Freaks it was more over the top this is more story based then shock based. Another Lon Chaney classic!
The Cremator (1969)
Director: Juraj Herz
Main Stars: Rudolf Hrusinsky, Vlasta Chramostova, Jana Stehnova
Storyline: A crazy cremator thinks cremation relieves suffering and he wants to relieve the world of its pain.
Review (Spoils): Set around World War II a man named Karel Kopfringl (Rudolf Hrusinsky) is reading the Tibetan book of the dead and believes from it that actual cremation relieves people from earthly suffering. We learn that Karel was part of the first World War and fought for the Germans but since then married into a semi-Jewish family. He gets confronted by past members of his old war group and being influenced to join again. Can he change his ways back and if so what does the inner conflict do to ones mind?
This film is actually well done and is a hidden classic in the horror genre. Do not expect movie monsters, ghosts or over the top gore but expect looking into the inner conflict of ones mind that the war can do along with the help of a book that leads to you wanted to kill cats. The film is the development of one’s sick mind.
Rating: People should not be turned off by b/w or subtitles because these are the hidden gems that get missed. This film is actually really good and I do not understand why this is not standing out as a classic when it comes to horror films. Karel is one messed up Mf**ker! Want a classic terror horror film check this one out, it will make you think.
Session 9 (2001)
Director: Brad Anderson
Main Stars: David Caruso, Stephen Gevedon, Paul Guillfoyle
Storyline: An asbestos cleaning crew work in an old mental hospital and it seems to be haunted
Review (Spoils): An asbestos abatement crew wins the bid for an abandoned insane asylum. This was suppose to be a quick job for the company but the staffs personal issues start to impact the work and even gets more slower for the team once one finds an old audio recording of some of the patient interviews. The one that sticks out the most is the session 9 interview with someone by the name of Simon. Things started to turn bizarre from there on in.
This film hits the nerve of what a true haunting film should be about. If you love ghost films and the ones that come back to memory and give you chill this is one of them. The movie is so well done and the acting is awesome. The sounds and the music stand out and add to the creepiness of the film along with the ongoing of Simon. Danvers Mental Hospital is a place that should be remembered when it comes to places of horror films. Do not expect gore and graphic scenes, except creepiness of the higher level.
Rating: A film like this are rare when it comes to horror. You have a movie that does not lean on naked chicks, blood or shock torture instead this gives you acting, story and god damn chills. And yes don’t; drop dead David Caruso is not bad in this film. All hail Simon!