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Lifeforce (1985)

Lifeforce (1985)

Country: USA

Director:  Tobe Hooper

Main Stars:  Steve Railsback, Mathilda May, Peter Firth, Frank Findlay, Patrick Stewart, Michael Gothard

Storyline:  After coming across a strange spacecraft in space and bring the specimens back to England they invade the populace as life sucking vampires.

Review (Spoils): A group float up into space and come across an odd shaped space craft. As they explore, they find some floating bat like creatures frozen in time. To make things worse they come across 3 naked people encased in box like crystals. As all great explorers do, they bring them back to the ship and of course the horror begins.

This film is trapped between a sci-fi and wanting to be a horror film sort of like Aliens but nothing like Aliens. The acting is meh and this film did not age well but the first part of the film was interesting. Once the attractive female vampire was loose out in the public is when the film started to lose it storyline and became a bit scattered.

We have the beautiful naked Mathilda May, lots of eye taunting gazes, space, bat creatures, mind reading, more 1980s blue lighting that one film should have, cool life drained zombie vampires and some running vampire zombies. The film does lack on the blood a bit but did I mention Mathilda May?

Rating:  If it was not for the whole naked Mathilda May for pretty much the chunk of the film this may have stunk. She very attractive and her body was well worth watching this film right through as the rest can be a bit of a mess.

4/10 Beers!

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Eaten Alive (1977)

Eaten Alive (1977)

Country: USA

Director: Tobe Hooper

Main Stars: Neville Brand, Mel Ferrer, Carolyn Jones, Marilyn Burns, Robert Englund, Janus Blythe, Crystin Sinclaire, Roberta Collins, Kyle Richards

Storyline: A crazed old hotel owner decides to feed a huge crocodile people he hates.

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We have the typical swamp in the south redneck type film with some pretty 70s girls. We have a very young Robert Englund who craves anal sex from these ladies; we have lots of blood, body parts, a great rubber crocodile and a crazed man who looks like Stephen King swinging a scythe. Some decent gore for its time and the film was actually fun to watch and love the mood of the 70s horror that Tobe Hooper once again delivered. The film is pretty simple a now reformed hooker goes missing and her family try to hunt down what happened to her and poor old Judd is trying to cover his tracks.

Rating: Too be honest I did not mind this film and love this whole era of horror so it was hard to go wrong plus we have Marilyn Burns as a scream queen yet again. They could have dropped the red lighting as that did get on my nervous but overall with the cheesiness it was fun to watch. But with blood, the gore of scythe, jaws of death of the crocodile and Janus Blythe, Marilyn Burns and Crystin Sinclaire it was hard to really go wrong.

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6/10 Beers!

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The Mangler (1995)

The Mangler (1995)

Country: USA

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.

MV5BMTc4NzczNDk3OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjc0NDYyMQ@@__V1_SY316_CR1,0,214,316_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.

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5/10 Beers!

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

Country: USA

Director:  Tobe Hooper

Main Stars: Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Bill Moseley, Jim Seidow, Bill Johnson

Storyline:  A radio host accidently over hears a murder that involves a chainsaw over the air. A former Texas Marshall is on the hunt for the cannibal family that murdered his nephew. The two parties combine on their investigation and find the Sawyer family.

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Review (Spoils): Welcome to Texas where murders with chainsaws have been happening for 14 years and the police cannot nail it down (remind me not to move there). We have mouthy DJ Stretch Brock (Caroline Williams) who over hears two murders while they were on their car phone talking to her on the air. She gets dragged into the situation and the Sawyer family go to pay her a visit at the station. Around the same time we former Marshall Lefty Enright (Dennis Hopper) who straps on his own chainsaw and cowboy hat and goes on a hunt for his nephew Franklin (yes the same one from the first movie).

This movie has chainsaws, gore, blood, music and the classic Sawyer family such as Leatherface (Bill Johnson), the Cook (Jim Seidow) ,Nibbles (the rotting body of the hitcher hiker from the first movie), Grandpa and now Chop Top(Bill Moseley) a war vet with a metal plate in his head.Chop Top adds a new flavor to the family which was missing since the loss of the hitchhiker.  We have a wild ride underground where the family has been hiding out riddled in bones and even the great alter of Grandma. We have the skinning of someone’s face and placed on poor Stretch to wear (yes it was original done here before Rob Zombie did it).

Rating:  I liked this film a lot. Yes it was not as classic as the first one but it was nice entry to the series (unfortunately it goes downhill after this one).  Yes it can get a little far out to left field and Lefty character is a bit much but overall this film is a pleasant slaughterfest.  Grab some cold beers for this one and “Burn them like a Rat!”.

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7/10 Beers!

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Poltergeist (1982)

Poltergeist (1982)

Country:  USA

Director:  Tobe Hooper

Main Stars: Jobeth Williams, Heather O’Rouke, Craig T. Nelson, Zelda Rubinstein

Storyline:  Family’s house is haunted by ghosts that kidnap their daughter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review (Spoils):  This is one of those films that remind me of my childhood when it comes to film. We have your ordinary American family who are being haunted by ghosts that are not so forgiving that their rest is being disturbed. We have some great acting from Jobeth Williams and Craig T. Nelson and the innocence of Heather O’Rouke stolen America’s heart at the time. The movie chased with the idea that ghosts can communicate to the outside world through television (“They’re here”). The movie does not just deal with the haunting themselves but also touch on the emotional impact on a family dealing with a missing child and coping with a not such normal situation.  The whole idea works.

Now what did not work with this great film is the whole idea once again with the psych and the channelling. We have Tangina (Zelda Rubinstein) who plays the strange and over the top psychic that is helping the family get their daughter back from the other side. To me this had funny moments but at the same time it just didn’t work it became too weird.

Rating:  This is a classic film for its era in horror. There are points in this film that will forever stain my mind when I think back such as the closet and that messed up tree. This film when you’re a kid pulls at your nightmares.

 

 

7/10 Beers!

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Salem’s Lot (1979)

Salem’s Lot (1979)

Country: USA

Director:  Tobe Hooper

Main Stars: David Soul, James Mason, Bonnie Bedelia

Storyline:  Vampires invaded a small town as a small antique shop.

 

 

 

 

 

Review: I’m going to be honest I’m not a big made for TV fan but this one was not that horrible. The book was amazing (read this when I was younger) so I was hoping this would be an ok rendition. It was not great but it was watchable. The character Ben (David Soul) who was an author was played well as a man who came back to a dead end town to find that there is some terrible secret in the town.  Bonnie Bedelia stole the show playing the Susan character you could feel that she wanted to get out of this vacant town and was very much in love with the Ben character.

Downfall of the film is the Mark (Lance Kerwin) character is extremely annoying and super childish for his age. The cool parts about him were the horror collector but outside of that stop your girl crying and fight like a man. Also it was too bad that the vampire in the film was a Count Orlock rip off. He looked great but they really could have come up with something more original.

Rating:  Once again another low ball on a Stephen King novel film. Too bad as the book was very good, Bonnie Bedelia is worth watching but other than that it’s pretty slow and boring.

 

 

3/10 Beers!

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Country: USA

Director: Tobe Hooper

Main Stars: Gunnar Hanson, Marilyn Burns, Paul A.Partain, Teri McMinn, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow

Storyline: A group teenagers head up to visit their grandfather’s grave and old house. Along the way they pick up a hitch-hiker near a slaughterhouse that belongs to a strange family of cannibals, bringing the young teenagers on a night of chainsaws and terror.

Review:The film which you are about to see is an account of the tragedy which befell a group of five youths, in particular Sally Hardesty and her invalid brother, Franklin. It is all the more tragic in that they were young. But, had they lived very, very long lives, they could not have expected nor would they have wished to see as much of the mad and macabre as they were to see that day. For them an idyllic summer afternoon drive became a nightmare. The events of that day were to lead to the discovery of one of the most bizarre crimes in the annals of American history, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.”

Right from the Narrative’s opening (see above) to the strange sounds of camera shots of the dismembered rotting bodies this film has welcomed to you to a whole new strange world.  This is a staple must see for horror movie lovers period. This movie proves it does not need gore, blood splatter, naked scenes or known movie stars to make this work. Tobe Hooper took darkness, sounds and imagery to make this one of the most disturbing horror movie of all time. Strange and memorable family members such as the hitch-hiker, the cook, grandpa and of course Leatherface started this franchise and are still the best cast together from the series.

Sure some of the teenage characters can be annoying such as the wheelchair brother Franklin (Paul A.Partain) but his sister Sally (Marilyn Burns) represents some of the best screams from a queen and psycho drama ever performed on the horror screen, as she is being chased by Leatherface (with his wielding chainsaw) and tortured at the dinner table by his insane family.

Leatherface (Gunnar Hanson) has the most memorable moments in this film playing the troubled son. Some of his most haunting scenes are the meat hook hanging of the beautiful Pam (Teri McMinn) while he dismembers her boyfriend. The classic sledge hammer to head by luring his victim to the back door with sounds of a pig. But the most memorable is when the director reflects closely on Leatherface’s face when he is troubled by the acts of brutality that he has performed. It makes you wonder what really is going on behind that mask of dead skin.

Rating: The movie is not hard for me to rate as it is dark and disturbing all in one. To me this is a work of art for the horror genre. One of the first I have ever seen and still one of the best. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a damn good drinking movie (have a drink every time someone says Sally for fun!)

 

 

8/10 Beers!

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