Director: James Gunn
Main Stars: Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Rooker, Tania Saulnier, Jennifer Copping
Storyline: An alien plague over takes a small town turning people into monsters.
Review (Spoils): A comet crashes into the earth and it contains a slug like parasite from outer space. When someone comes across it the slug crawls into the brain and transforms that host into walking monsters. The first host’s wife and the local police try everything in their power to stop the parasite slugs from over taking all of mankind.
We have hot babes, slithering slugs that go up inside your body in all unique and fun ways (let your imagination run wild on this one) and some squid monster action. A film like this has to have a silly side and it works well with the storyline and the plot of characters. The special effects are actually well done and the scenes are memorable and the film is a fun ride.
Rating: We do not see enough monster films and it’s been awhile since we had descent one. I actually like this film! It was a lot of fun and entertaining and I can see how this film paid homage to the classic They Came from Within “Shivers” from Cronenberg. We have over the top gore and blood and some slimy slugs that attaches themselves to hosts in fun ways….fun times!
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
Director: John McNaughton
Main Stars: Michael Rooker, Tracy Arnold, Tom Towles
Storyline: Based on the life of Henry Lee Lucas
Review (Spoils): This film is based around the true story of the serial killer Henry Lee Lucas (Michael Rooker). He has a strange addiction to hurting and killing people in different ways. He shares an apartment with a guy named Otis (Tom Towles) but when his sister Becky (Tracy Arnold) moves in we see a gentler side of Henry.
This film is a low budget film but the murders are brutal and the storyline also reflects on the relationship between the three people. Sure we have lots of dead bodies, some strangulation, neck snapping and some brutal killings upon women, stabbing, family murders, sexually troubled scenes, rape, eye stabs and bloody suitcases. The film plays more on the situations that Henry gets involved in and when he drags the people he likes into the madness it gets too hot. The film is raw but that is what makes the film enjoyable.
Rating: I enjoy this film a lot, its raw, unclean and filthy. Tough topics, tough scenes and its very grainy. This is a classic as it stands out for the 80s era. See Michael Rooker pre The Walking Dead.
The Dark Half (1993)
Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Timothy Hutton, Amy Madigan, Michael Rooker
Storyline: A writer’s alter-ego wants to take over his life and will do anything to have it.
Review: When Thad Beaumont was a child he had a strange tumour removed from his brain which turned out to be a twin brother that was never developed. Years later he became a writer and created an alter-ego called George Stark. This character was dark and nothing like the real Thad. The secret identity of George Stark gets leaked out so Thad decides to give up the name and lay it to rest (with grave and all). During this decision someone starts killing off everyone involved in the decision and threatening Thad family and life.
This is yet another Stephen King novel done for a movie. The film is not bad it relies on the “who done it?” plot and it throws a curve ball with the twin and tumour storyline. We have okay acting throughout the film and it gives us some bloody slashing. We have lots of switchblades cuts, sparrows, greasy hair, more sparrows and a pretty neat picked to death at the end (Thank you George A. Romero).
Rating: This is just okay and it could have been a lot worse as sometimes Stephen King books do not play out well on film. The acting was alright and the graphics could have been better but I wish they would of played off the craziness of Thad mind more than they did.