Director: Joe Dante
Main Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates
Storyline: A teenage boy gets a special gift for Christmas, fuzzy cute little creatures which if the rules are not followed all hell breaks loose.
Review (Spoils): This film is an 80s classic and screams Christmas. Sure Gremlins can be seen a silly and childish but if you look at the creatures and the idea of the dark humor it could seen as creepy. We have young Billy Peltzer (Zach Galligan) who gets hold of a box of strange little fuzzy creatures with three simple rules. When the rules do not get followed and one of the creatures Spike (names after the white streak of hair) gets wet all the creatures start to over take the same town.
We have a bunch of nasty green puppets running around and over taking the town. The one creatures that is favorited by Billy did not breaks the rules named Gizmo helps him and his hot girlfriend Kate (Phoebe Cates) to stop the gremlins for over taking the town. We have gremlins driving vehicles, running machines, eating, drinking and causing complete havoc. Nothing over the top gory but we do have some green slime blood and some explosions.
Rating: This film is a horror Christmas classic, sure not scary and more fun and silly but we have green creatures, 80s pop culture and the every 80s childhood lust Phoebe Cates (which is worth the film alone).
Director: Joe Dante
Main Stars: Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies-Urich, Kevin McCarthy
Storyline: Some piranha’s get released into the waters of a summer resort.
Review (Spoils): Some young backpackers go skinny dipping in an old military post in which is invested by killer fish. The pond gets investigated by during the search the pond gets drained to see if they can find some clues of the young couple. Well the draining actually drains the killer fish in the water system.
We find out that the military created a mutate breed of piranha for the Vietnam War and now they are released in the populist. People start to get eating alive while swimming, touching the water, changing motors on a boat and what is more fun than involving a summer camp? Lots of blood in the water!
Rating: Coming from the era and cash in of Jaws comes another film that has terror in the water. The acting is not the greatest but the film really is not that bad. Sure the sound of the attacking fish can be annoying and almost comical but it is what it is….piranhas! This opened the door for some really bad sequels but luckily the film series was brought to life again with the 3D version. Grab some beers , some friends and watch the little fishies go wild.
The Howling (1981)
Director: Joe Dante
Main Stars: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Belinda Balaski, Robert Picardo, Elizabeth Brooks
Storyline: A newswoman is trying to track down a serial killer story and she gets more than she bargains for as she and her boyfriend end up in a colony of werewolves.
Review: Karen White (Dee Wallace) is trying to track down the greatest serial killer story of her career, the story of Eddie Quist (Robert Picardo). After following trails of smiley face stickers and porn shops she tracks him down and gets attacked and her career and her life was never the same again. Through some mental health her doctor Dr. Waggner recommends her and her boyfriend (Patrick Macnee) take a holiday to his colony, not mentioning it was a werewolf colony!
This movie is one of the first horror movies that I remember watching and I did enjoy this film. The movie has great special effects such as some of the werewolf transformations and decent gore (the axed off hand or the ripping of the brain from Eddie’s head are memorable). The storyline does have holes and there are some cheesy effects like when Marsha Quist (Elizabeth Brooks) is transforming into a she-wolf or her mad love fest or the cute little werewolf at the end of the film but it is not so bad as there are way worse out there for werewolf films (please see the rest of The Howling series for some examples).
Rating: “I’m gonna give you a piece of my mind” This movie bit me and I enjoyed it. Maybe it is because it was one of the first I have ever seen but even after seeing it over and over I still enjoy this film. It’s not the greatest werewolf movie but like said before there is a hell of lot worse out there.