Cat’s Eye (1984)
Director: Lewis Teague
Main Stars: Drew Barrymore, James Woods
Storyline: Three short stories of horror originally written by Stephen King based around a cat and his journeys.
Review (Spoils): So this movie is nailed down by three short films, The Quiters, The Ledge, The General.
The first film is The Quiters which is the best of the whole bunch. The background of this is the cat gets picked up by a NY doctor who helps people quit smoking by drastic means. Dick Morison (James Woods) wants to quit smoking so he joins up. He finds out it involves torturing a cat and his wife and some serious stalking to see successful. This is very interesting short story and it was well done.Plus it has James Woods.
The Ledge, the second story of the film is leaning more towards the poor man (Robert Hayes) who owes money to a Gamble Lord (Kenneth McMillan). The cat makes its way to the hotel room after being part of a bet. Basically the story revolves around the Gamble lord watching the poor man walking the ledge around the hotel for a bet on his debt.
The last and final story is The General which the cat makes its way into the arms of a little girl named Amanda (Drew Barrymore). The storyline is simple the little girl is afraid at night in her room and feels there is something in there trying to kill her. It turns out she is right.
Rating: This film was just ok not the greatest and very slim on plot. The first storyline was the best of the whole lot. There are way better Stephen King movies out there than this mix match thing.
Director: Sheldon Wilson
Main Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Alan C. Peterson
Storyline: A devil like monster escapes a Carnival of freaks and attacks a small town
Review: This will be a quick review, it has Lou Diamond Phillip, it was a made for TV movie and it had one cool scene (a moment with one of the teenage boys and his mom in a car). This movie sucked plan and simple.
Rating: Don’t waste your time with a movie with no back story and the monster was even lame. Not worth to sniff the bottle cap…Next…
Director: James Whale
Main Stars: Colin Clive, Boris Karloff, Mae Clark, Dwight Frye,Edward Van Sloan
Storyline: A mad scientist tries to play god by stealing body parts to create his own version of man. The monster comes to life and becomes misunderstood with what is brought before him.
Review: Ok before we start I just want to say this is a classic and there is no such thing as a bad review of this movie. If you have not seen this film stop reading and go rent it now! Come on its Frankenstein! One of the most recognizable monsters of horror!
Every October this hits my DVD player and I just relax with a beer to the most classic and my own personal favorite of the Universal Horror period. Such memorable characters in this film lead it be a classic. The madness in the eyes of Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive) as he becomes more and more desperate to make his creation come to life leaving his love interest Elizabeth (Mae Clark) to be neglected and forgotten. Featuring the weirdness and pitiful his assistant Fritz (Dwight Frye) who tortures the monster into madness to make up for his own faults. Feeling the emotion of the Monster (Boris Karloff) himself of loneliness and lost in a whole new world that he did not ask to be part of. Such touching scenes like when the Monster plays daises in the water with the little girl you learn that he is an innocent soul that is just looking to find his place in a troubled world. You soon learn that the true monster was the madness of Dr. Frankenstein himself. This movie is a pure horror masterpiece you cannot go wrong watching this gothic like film for the hundredth time.
Rating: This is a must see for all movie fans alike. The acting, the scenery and the makeup make this black white horror film the best of the Universal horror era.
Street Trash (1987)
Director: J. Michael Muro
Main Stars: Mike Lackey, Bill Chepil, Vic Noto
Storyline: Very basic storyline a vendor finds a case of liquor called Viper and sells it to homeless people unaware that its contents can melt your insides out. During this awful mess there is a battle for power of the junkyard by two gangs.
Review: Well I came across this B horror movie during my searches for something gross and gruesome. Well I found it as there is blue goo, yellow goo, red goo and even green goo splattering on the screen in this one. Don’t watch this one if you’re looking for great acting but if you have some time to kill feel free to throw this one on just to see the GWAR like effects of people melting. But if you’re the type that wants some type of decent storyline and acting then just pass on this little goo-fest.
My most memorable moment of Street Trash is the toilet scene where a bum drinks Viper on the can and then melts gruesomely into the bowl, other that nothing really stuck in my mind as the other deaths seem pretty much the same bubbling goo.
Rating: This film was kind of all over the place for a storyline. But when it came to gross out effects and goo it scored (the female bum becoming a bubbling mess of nipples and goo is another memorable scene) just not enough to keep me overly entertained. Not a classic from a long shot.