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Vampires (1998)

Vampires (1998)

Country:  USA

Director: John Carpenter

Main Stars: James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee, Ian Griffon

Storyline:  The church has hired some vampire hunters to take out the undead before they get hold of an ancient Catholic relic.

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First off meet the odd, hateful but lovable vampire hunter Jack Crow. He hates everything and that includes vampires. James Woods did an awesome job playing and building this character up in this film (come on everyone loves James Woods). Even the side kick of the hunter Montoya played by Daniel Baldwin is well done. But the one person that does stand out for me in this film is the hooker played by the beautiful Sheryl Lee, she stalks the screen.

We have the good vs the bad (the vampires themselves); we have a solid sound track, lots of blood, gore, and the vampire master Valek and exploding vampires as they die. The film has enough action and kills to keep you entertained.

Rating: Need something different when it comes to vampire films? Well this could be it. This film is dirty, not thick on plot and it is fast moving. The low down of the film is a vampire master who needs the relic so that someday they can walk during the daylight and over take the world. I have not been this excited about a vampire film in this era since Near Dark or The Lost Boys… and this one is right up there. Plus did a mention we have the beautiful Sheryl Lee?

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6/10 Beers!

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Christine (1983)

Christine (1983)

Country:  USA

Director:  John Carpenter

Main Stars:  Keith Gordon, Alexandra Paul

Storyline:  A young man buys a car that has an evil mind of its own.

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Review (Spoils):  Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon) buys a 1958 Plymouth Fury, bright red and it was love at first site. He names the car Christine and spends all his nerdy time restoring it back to beauty. From all the time that Arnie is spending with the car is starts to act out of character and becomes cocky and extremely arrogant. He becomes obsessed with the car, falls out with his parents, pisses off the friends he does have, even his girlfriend Leigh (Alexandra Paul) wants nothing to do with him. He thinks he is becoming a man but unfortunate it is the car that possesses him.

What the film comes down to is Christine found a sucker of an owner and she is a jealous bitch and wants the owner all to herself. Some of the moments in the film are unique such as the car repairing itself, the music used when she is on racing killing rampage.  John Carpenter did a great job with this film and it is a classic also this is one of the best from Keith Gordon. Let’s be honest when you think of a killer car you think Christine.

Rating: This is a Stephen King classic, the killer car that wants nothing more than to be the most important thing in the world. Think 1958 Plymouth Fury, think nasty bitch, think of drinking beer, think Christine!

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6/10 Beers!

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The Fog (1980)

The Fog (1980)

Country:  USA

Director:  John Carpenter

Main Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, Adrienne Barbeau, Hal Holbrook

Storyline:  A small fishing town Antonio Bay built over a leper colony is being haunted by ghosts of the sea.

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Review (Spoils): Simple plot for this one. We have a small town that is being haunted by their past and the dead rise from the water wanting what is theirs.We have the mother and daughter duo (Janet Leigh, Jamie Lee Curtis) working together again in this film for John Carpenter. They did a great job and the action is pretty fast pace. Now this is not award winning when it comes to gore or true scares but the mood of the scenery and the fog itself is what moves the movie. The effects of the ghost zombies is well done even if the film itself can feel like a made for TV film. The only low point of the film is once again we fall on the weakness of faith with a priest (Hal Holbrook) which I find can be over done when it comes to horror films.

Rating:  Overall the film is not terrible but it is not amazing either. John Carpenter gave us something good enough to make a remake out of it later on but it does not hold strength like Halloween. Yeah for pirates!

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6/10 Beers!

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The Thing (1982)

The Thing (1982)

Country:  USA

Director:  John Carpenter

Main StarsKurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, T.K Carter, Keith David

Storyline:  Scientists are in the Antarctic doing tests and studies when they are interrupted by a mad Norwegian and stumble upon a frozen spacecraft.  What they did not know is the alien creature still lives inside the ship in a frozen state.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review (Spoils): First off this is a remake of The Thing from Another World and it is way better. John Carpenter over did himself with over the top special effects and the storyline flows great together where the gaps were missing in the original. We have prime acting from Kurt Russell and the rest of the cast as they battle a space changing beast which brings physical and emotional conflict within the group of scientists.The film has you guessing through it who is the effected by the alien or who is the human. Between madness it is hard to tell between the two.

The movie has over the top gore; we have malformed dogs, strange blobs, gooey creatures and bodies that change to the reaction of the creature itself. This is not a date movie but it is one of the best horror films out there for special effects.

Rating: I might get nailed to the horror cross for saying this but this is John Carpenter’s best, sorry Michael Myers but this one has you beat. But I still love you!

 

 

9/10 Beers!

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Halloween (1978)

Halloween (1978)

Country: USA

Director:  John Carpenter

Main Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, P.J Soles, Tony Moran

Storyline:  It’s 1963 on Halloween night and young boy by the name of Michael Myers kills his sister and get committed.  Turn to 1978 and he comes back on Halloween to finish what he had started, must kill all his relations.

 

 

 

 

 

Review(Spoils):  This is one of the first movies that started the slasher craze of the late 70s and early 80s.We have lonely and awkward Laurie Stroud (Jamie Lee Curtis) watching her back and living her life up to babysitting it seems. She has no love life (but she wants one) and her friends are constantly pressuring her to have a life and to top it she is related to the serial killer Michael Myers! (Tony Moran) No wonder the woman is so depressing.  Jamie Lee Curtis does do a great job playing this type of character I’m not sure if it was purpose or if it was just because she did not feel comfortable in the part ….. but it works.

Michael Myers is one of the icon characters of horror, best known for his while pale Captain Kirk mask and his overalls and matching kitchen knife. For that alone this movie gets props for making an iconic character that graces many more films to follow in this series.  John Carpenter does a great job making the character be this empty hollow entity.

Rating:  The final scene with Laurie hiding in the house and Myers stalker her is just classic (closet scene is one of my favourite of the film) and the originality of being one of the first main stream horror slasher this holds higher than the movie itself. I have seen this movie so many times and it reminds me of my childhood when it comes to watching movies. Bring on Halloween! As said by Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence ) “You’ve got to believe me, Officer, he is coming to Haddonfield… Because I know him! I’m his doctor! You must be ready for him… If you don’t, it’s your funeral.”

 

 

8/10 Beers!

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