Creepshow 2 (1987)
Director: Michael Gornick
Main Stars: George Kennedy, Lois Chiles, Domenick John, Tom Savini, Dorothy Lamour, Daniel beer, Stephen King
Storyline: Another set of three tales of horror
Review (Spoils): Another set of horror tales from the comic book brought to the screen and lead by the crypt keeper. The first tale is called Old Chief Wood’nhead. This about a tale of a couple who owns a store in the desert near some native territory who are not doing so good with business. They keep a close relationship with the natives and they have a large wood statue of chief on there front porch. When the chief of the nearby tribe rewards them with special jewels the statue comes to life and becomes a protector. We learn this after a group of teens try to break into the store and we have hatchets and arrows flying.
The second tale is the best one of the series called The Raft. A very simple story of some teens who head out to the lake to smoke dope and come across a floating tar like spill that just happened to enjoy human flesh. A fun blob like story that involves some serious stickiness.
The last and final tale is called The Hitchhiker. This story is based around a woman who is not afraid of affairs and when racing back home to her husband she hits a road worker and leaves him for dead. Well it turns out he returns to haunt and thanking her for the ride.
Rating: The film itself could have used another story, three seemed a bit too short. The second tale is the best one which I believe was a Stephen King short to begin with. We have some nudity and we have some gore so cannot really complain.
Children of the Corn 4 (1996)
Director: Greg Spence
Main Stars: Naomi Watts, Karen Black, Jamie Renee Smith, Mark Salling
Storyline: All the kids in a small town become sick and start to overtake old names of deceased children.
Review (Spoils): In a small town a number of the children become feverish and sick. The very next day they start to act more violent and start to take over personalities of deceased children of the past. The children start to kill off the adults of the town. When Grace (Naomi Watts ) returned to the small town she finds out that her young sister is dragged into the madness also.
We have lot of blood and gore in this entry as we have pitchforks, lots of scythes, a nasty barbed wire scene and some cut off fingers. The children are nasty in this one!!! Hell why not as they all do it for the One Who Walks Behind the Rows. We have some great acting from both Naomi Watts and Karen Black butthe fault of the film is the painful number of dream sequences that are thrown at the audience.
Rating: To be honest this film was not bad as the series was becoming painful with repeativeness but this one is a little different. They don’t really mention the cult at all as it is just assumed as you know you’re watching a Children of the Corn film. The gore is nice and some of the kills are entertaining so Greg Spence was a breath of fresh air for the series.
Director: George A. Romero
Main Stars: Hal Holbrook, Leslie Nielsen, Adrienne Barbeau, Stephen King
Storyline: A number of stories of horror from a 1950’s comic book.
Review (Spoils): Five tales of horror from a 1950’s comic book come to life on the big screen. The first story is “Father’s Day” which tells the tale of a grumpy rich father who was murdered by being smashed in the head with a marble ashtray. He rises from the dead demanding for his Father’s Day cake. He gets his revenge even after death. This one has some gore.
The second story is the tale of “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill”. This brings Stephen King on the screen as a hillbilly lonesome man who comes across a fallen meteor. He gets some green glowing stuff on his hands and he slowly starts to become a plant like creature.
The third story is “Something to Tide you Over” which brings a man Leslie Nielsen tormenting a woman and another man with video of them one by one buried to their heads in sands and slowly drowning. This leads to some salt water zombies having their revenge on the Leslie Nielsen.
The forth story is “The Crate” which is a tale of murder and science. A scientist wants to murder his drunk and annoying wife (Adrienne Barbeau) so he lures her to a special crate which contains a ape like creature.
The final tale is “They’re Creeping up on You” which deals with a ruthless boss who has a phobia over bugs. This leads to a massive bug fest at his place and a gory finish.
Rating: This is a classic and there are not too many short story horror films that match this one. The cover is a classic that is very memorable to my childhood and the stories and mostly memorable. They tried hard to match it with sequels but the first one is still the best.
The Graveyard Shift (1990)
Director: Ralph S. Singleton
Main Stars: David Andrews, Kelly Wolf, Stephen Macht, Brad Dourif, Ilona Margolis
Storyline: A textile mill is being reopened and filled with rats along with another strange monster that hides until night.
Review (Spoils): An old textile mill gets reopened and slowly being cleared out of rats after it was shut down after a horrible death of one its workers. A young man (David Andrews) who is an outsider (wow this is new for Stephen King) needs work so he takes on the job. Late a night a rougher crowd work the night shift at the mill along with a crazy exterminator (Brad Dourif ) who is hired to keep up on the rat issue. One by one they start to disappear as something strange lives in the basement of the mill.
We have some good blood and chewy meat in this one which surprised me. We have rats, people being chewed up in the machines, lots of people being dragged into the darkness and the odd glimpse of the beast.
We have the asshole boss, the love triangle and the loner. Nothing really stands out from this film from many of the other Stephen King stories. Too be honest the film might of been better if we didn’t have the silly bat beast in it.
Rating: We have the odd babe (Ilona Margolis, Kelly Wolf) and some character build but overall most of them were crazy or brain dead. I’m not sure how this place stayed in business as most of them were goofballs. This hurt the film as the only one with brains was the hot Ilona Margolis. They should of stuck with the rats in this film.
Director: Mick Garris
Main Stars: Brian Krause, Madchen Amick, Alice Krige
Storyline: A mother and her son are shape changers that come to town to see out a virgin to feed upon.
Review (Spoils): Charles Brady (Brian Krause) and his mother Mary (Alice Krige ) are very close and they move to a new small town. What people do not known is that they are supernatural creatures called sleepwalkers. They can change appearances and feed off the life force of young women. Charles has the eyes for a young Tanya (Madchen Amick ) and his mother is pressuring him to bring in her in for the feed. The problem is Tanya escaped!
We have cats, hand ripping, lots of slashes, some good life force sucking, lots of shape changing, finger biting and some mom and son cuddling time. This film is actually fun and it moves along and does not really get tied up in drama. The storyline is pretty straight forward and the connection between Charles and his mother is great. The special effects could be better but for its time it is decent enough.
Rating: There are a ton of Stephen King films out there and this is actually one of the better ones. The film is not amazing but it’s a fun flick with a few friends and beers. The mother and son duo is a nice touch which makes the film so fun to watch.
Director: Tom Holland
Main Stars: Joe Mantegna, Robert John Burke, Lucinda Jenney, Kari Wuhrer
Storyline: An overweight lawyer finds himself losing weight after he was cursed by a band of gypsies.
Review (Spoils): We have an overweight and egotistic lawyer named Billy Halleck (Robert John Burke) who ash it all, the money, the beautiful wife (Lucinda Jenney) and the downright cheating ways. But one night when he was receiving a blow job from his wife while driving he runs over a gypsy woman. This leads to the band of gypsies laying a curse on the lawyer. In time he starts to lose weight and everything is fine till it over takes him and he not able to gain any weight back, it brings a deadly concern. This wrecks his marriage, his family, his career and slowly will be the death of him. He makes a deal with Richie Ginelli (Joe Mantegna) to overtake the gypsies to lift the curse.
This storyline is pretty decent and the film is entertaining. The acting is great on all accounts even if we are missing the blood and the gore. We have acid, lots of gun shots and of course the car wreck. The film has a very tongue and cheek feel to it.
Rating: We have a Stephen King story that involves blow jobs and the beautiful Kari Wuhrer what more do I have to say…..?? Drink to the gypsies!
The Mangler (1995)
Director: Tobe Hooper
Main Stars: Robert Englund, Ted Levine, Daniel Matmor, Vanessa Pike, Lisa Morris
Storyline: A laundry folding machine is possessed by a demon and the owner feeds it new blood.
Review (Spoils): William Gartley (Robert Englund) runs the laundry warehouse and is control of a folding machine called the mangler. This machine is possessed by a demon and the employee’s are not aware of this and slowly more accidents are happening and death at the work site become more and more common. Finally after multiple deaths the warehouse and owner get investigated and they all must face the horrid mangler.
Ok as stupid as it sounds the film is not horrible. Robert Englund plays an interesting character which his metal legs and all. He is bit of a pervert and has some serious management issues. It was nice to see him in a different role. Some of the rest supporting cast was weak except for Lisa Morris who stuck out with her seducing type character and she plays a great wicked villain. This movie is downright gory and I was surprised by that seeing it was a Stephen King film. We have lots of blood and lots of gore in this one as we have bodies being crushed and almost swallowed by a pressing machine.
Where the film did fall apart was towards the end when the machine starts to chase down the heroes, that’s when the imagination went too far and it then became a B film. It is too bad as the film was pretty decent till that part.
Rating: I really thought this film was going just plainly suck but it surprised me. It’s not the greatest acting and the storyline is just stupid but it held together enough to enjoy. I have seen worse films.