Alien VS Predator (2004)
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!
Hellraiser 8: Hellworld (2005)
Director: Rick Bota
Main Stars: Lance Henriksen, Katheryn Winnick, Christopher Jacot, Doug Bradley
Storyline: A video game based on Hellraiser is dragging players to a rave which leads to the underground cult of Cenobites.
Review (Spoils): A bunch of young people grieve the death of their friend who committed suicide. Jake (a former friend of the group) narrows down that they were not there for their friend in his time of need before his death as they were all obsessed with a game known as Hellworld. Secret invitations and chats go out to the young people to come to a Hellworld house party/rave which then leads to be a trap into the hellish world of Hellraiser.
Sigh I hate it when writers decide it’s a great idea to place the franchise into the franchise, it’s not it always fails… see the series for Scream and Halloween for examples. It’s right up there with placing classic horror villains into space! Sure we have Lance Henriksen who is a horror legend but he cannot save this mind mess of an entry to the series. I personally loved the mind game idea in the series a few films ago but now it is just becoming silly and straying too far from the cube and Pinhead (Doug Bradley) himself. This film is more like a teen slasher than an actual Hellraiser film. Not even deaths and not enough classic feel in this one and it just might be the worse of the bunch.
Rating: This series has really driven off the rails and it does need to come back as I personally do normally enjoy them. Poor Doug Bradley and Lance Henriksen for this mess in the series, sorry guys. Not enough deaths, hooks, gore and cube for my liking …they need to focus on the Cenobites more and get back to the basics. I guess this film as Katheryn Winnick going for it?
Alien 3 (1992)
Director: David Fincher
Main Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance, Paul McGann, Lance Henriksen, Danny Webb
Storyline: Ripley escapes the aliens only to have her escape pod crash on a prison planet which the aliens follow her too.
Review (Spoils): Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) escapes the aliens and has she ship crash onto a remote ore refinery. When she waiting for help she finds out an alien caused her ship to crash. We end up with a pile of characters that you cannot keep up and the alien start to track her down yet again and this time he wants to propagate itself on the planet. For some reason this films storyline felt rehashed of the first one and the alien to me is just not a threatening.
This film is done very dark which to me works to set the mood, but there is just too much going on in this film and the alien does not seem to be the same creature which we all grew up to love. Not sure what David Fincher was trying to do here. The Ripley character is even lacking in this one, she is not the strong heroine as in the past films but instead this depressing “Debbie downer” we are all fucked type person. This film kills the series and it’s too bad as they could have did more with it ..it’s a real shame.
Rating: This movie lacks all the suspense that we loved about the first two and the characters are unlikable so you really don’t care if the alien kills them or not. Sure there is two classic scenes (not mentioning them to ruin it) but overall this film could have been left on the table on paper.
Director: James Cameron
Main Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, Bill Paxton
Storyline: The planet in which the aliens from the first film start a colony
Review (Spoils): Fifty seven years after the first film Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) survives it by drifting across the galaxy in a cryogenic stasis. She tells the group about the great battle of aliens on the planet LV-426 but nobody believes her. So they send a troop of space marines in to investigate the area with Ripley leading the way.
We have some of the greatest effects and action when it comes to space and horror right here. We have some intense scares and some crazy action when the battle begins between the marines and the aliens. We learn a lot more about the aliens themselves and even get to see the great queen in all her glory. We got lots of gore, slime and gun shooting.
Sigourney Weaver steals the show here again in this series but at the same time the acting is very well done all around. There is very little wrong with this film.
Rating: What we have here is one of the best horror sci-fi movies around. This might even be better than The Thing for me but if not it is damn close. Grab the pints and get ready for a damn good film with gripping special effects. If you have not seen this film well it’s your loss.
The Omen 2 :Damien
Director: Don Taylor, Mike Hodges
Stars: William Holden, Lee Grant, Jonathan Scott-Taylor, Lance Henriksen, Lucas Donat
Storyline: Damien is now 13 and learns that his destiny is to overtake the family to get into politics in the name of his father Satan.
Review: Damien (Jonathan Scott-Taylor) is 13 now and is living with his aunt and uncle (William Holden, Lee Grant) and cousin Mark (Lucas Donat) in Chicago. Damien planned his to overtake the family and inherit everything so that he will have power that he can wield in the name of Satan. The film moves more since now Damien is learning about himself more and is struggling with that. He would love to be a normal boy but Satan has other plans for him. Whoever judges him and gets in his way he kills.
The film work wells after the last one which was the conflict of his first set of parents. Damien struggles on the “why me?” but at the same time shapes everything into his father’s evil plan. The conflict and the jealously of the two boys works in the plot of the film. This film gives us the classic raven attack, frozen lake drowning, the final meeting of Mark and Damien, nasty impaling, fire and the power of Satan!
Rating: This movie plays well of the first one as sometimes sequels can ruin the whole damn series. Some of the acting is pretty decent and the storyline is not bad. Sure some of it is cheesy but overall the film is not bad and worth a watch.
Director: Stan Winston
Stars: Lance Henriksen, Jeff East, John D’Aquino, Kimberly Ross, Cynthia Bain
Storyline: A man loses his son and conjures up a vengeful demon called Pumpkinhead to kill the people responsible.
Review: A group of teenagers with their dirt bikes roam around a small store located in the middle of nowhere. They accidently hit a young boy and kill him and flee the scene leaving the father (Lance Henriksen) to find the body. This leads to him seeking revenge and heading to visit an old hag who conjures up an evil monster called Pumpkinhead. What the father did not know is the beast is tied to his soul.
We have a great haunting tale of Pumpkinhead and his crafty demons ways of killing and the hunting the teenagers down one by one. We have lots of long fingers and nasty talons killing and scraping up the kids. We have a huge beast that is very well done hunting them all down until the father realise what he has done and try to save the remaining teenagers.
Rating: Get past the terrible name and you have a great Halloween movie. The storyline is pretty decent and the monster itself is a classic. This is a great tale of a father who trades in his soul for revenge. Some minor gore but overall the movie is good. It’s too bad the series that attaches itself to this is painful. Cheers to the great nasty beast known as Pumpkinhead!
I love this little film.
Near Dark (1987)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Stars: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Joshua John Miller
Storyline: A young cowboy chases a young girl and falls in love. What he does not know is she is a vampire and travels with a family of them.
Review (spoils): Think Lost Boys and then mix it with some redneck and you have Near Dark. Does it work? I think so. We have young farmer Caleb (Adrian Pasdar) who thinks he is all that as he sees a young blond pixy cut girl named Mae (Jenny Wright). He does not know nor does he care as he tries to make out with her and but instead tries to drive her home before dawn. He does not make it in time and she bites him. He takes off confused and sick and the family picks him up to join their little coven. He has a hard time understanding and adapting to it plus his family is looking for him too. In the end he enjoys it but not before the youngest vampire Homer (Joshua John Miller) takes his sister (by chance) and wants to make her one too. This leads to a shootout, vampire deaths and some blood transfusions so we can have a happy ending.
The film gives us a van of vampires that tinfoil the windows or paint them out black, a dirty bar scene that involves throat slits (one with a spur off a cowboy boot), burning skin and fucking Lance Henriksen!
Rating: Minus the lame blood transfusion stuff to make the perfect happy ending this film is not bad and it’s a great staple vampire film. I recommend this to anyone who loves vampire films unless you’re a Twilight fan then just give up. (j/k)