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.
Director: George A. Romero
Main Stars: John Amplas, Lincoln Maazel, Christine Forrest, Tom Savini, Elyane Nadeau
Storyline: A young man believes that he is an actual vampire and tries to deal with the cravings.
Review (Spoils): Martin (John Ampla) is a messed up young man who drugs women, has sex with them and then drinks their blood by using a razor blade to cut them open. He believes that he is actual a vampire and needs to drink blood to survive. Martin gets taken in by a long lost uncle named Tata Cuda (Lincoln Maazel) who believes him and can save his soul. But at the same time Tata has a young girl named Christina (Christine Forrest) living with them and has told her to stay away from him. Of course Christina and Martin build a connection as the young man battles the inner demon of possibly being a vampire or just one messed up kid.
This film is very straight forward and an interesting take on vampires or possibly someone who thinks they are. We have some character build in the film and even some nasty scenes that can be unsettling. Razor blades, unsettling sex scenes, blood, some beatings and the final scene of movie. We have a strong script and the tale is dark and it reminds me a bit of such films as Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.
Rating: This is not your average vampire film at all because you do not know if he ever really was one or just a mad killer. George A. Romero took what he did for zombies and made a classic vampire film. I personally think is this is a must see for any kind of horror fan as it screams as an unknown dark classic.
Check this one out!
Filed under Slasher, Vampire
Director: William Lustig
Main Stars: Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Abigail Clayto, Tom Savini, Kelly Piper, Sharon Mitchell
Storyline: A wicked childhood has leaded a man into killing women and taking their scalps as trophies.
Review (Spoils): Frank Zito (Joe Spinell) is one messed up man. His abusive mother worked the streets but he still kept a close connection to her. After she was killed in a car accident that leads to his mind snap. He keeps hearing his mother and does not want to leave that behind so he starts to walk the streets of New York and murdering women in graphic ways. He scalps them and places them on mannequins in his apartment. Through all this he meets a young photographer named Anna (Caroline Munro) who befriends him and tries to build a relationship. This draws the line in his mind of his mother and he totally breaks down and loses his mind.
This is one of the most graphic, bloody and gory film for slashers for its time. Frank is one messed up man they build the character greatly and it keeps you interested. The film has some nasty scalping, barb wire throat slits, strangulation, shotgun shots, stabbings and a nasty ending with the mannequins. Bring on the gore and bring on the nasty for this one.
Rating: This film is momma’s boy gone wrong. This film is not for the weak and it is pretty graphic. The storyline and character is build is awesome and the film to me is a classic of the 80’s horror. Frank Zinto is one messed up man and for that we thank William Lustig.
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Director: George A. Romero
Main Stars: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross
Storyline: Sequel to Night of the Living Dead a television executive, her boyfriend and two SWAT policemen tried to survive with the walking dead and barricade up in a shopping mall.
Review (Spoils): George A. Romero is back with another great zombie flick. There are some flaws in the film and the introduction with the TV station can be very overwhelming and confusing. Just get past the first 15min of the film and your ready to go. When the SWAT team kicks on the screen you’re good to go with the gore!
Francine (Gaylen Ross) is a TV executive and she is forced to flee with her wanna be cop dick of a boyfriend Stephen (David Emge). Gaylen Ross does a great job playing the quiet blonde girlfriend so is tired of being just a pawn in the game of man vs zombie. David Emge’s character does the opposite he is an arrogant pig who treats his wife like an object even though the movie does not go there. The abortion conversation was a key for pointing this out and also not giving his girlfriend a gun to defend herself.
Than we have the two SWAT guys Peter (Ken Foree ) and Roger (Scott H. Reiniger) which add a flavour to the film such as one liners, comedy and gun shooting excitement. Peter has nothing coolness and attitude and Roger are more of your short hyper guy. All four characters together make a nice mix against the zombies for survival.
Now for the zombies of the film, Tom Savini does an amazing job in the makeup of our pale, blue skin, slow walkers. Also he acts as one of the motorcycle guys in the final battle scene. We got some serious gore and blood in this film, everything from biting, ripping, chewing and more bouncing bullets than a classic western. This is one of Tom Savini best.
Rating: “When there is no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth” drinks up to that as this is one of the better zombie flicks out there. Thank you George A. Romero and Tom Savini once again and great music again from Goblin.
The Burning (1981)
Director: Tony Maylam
Main Stars: Brian Matthew, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer, Jason Alexander
Storyline: Former summer camp caretaker named Cropsy gets burnt very badly from a prank played by fellow campers. Years later he comes back with his hedge clippers for revenge.
Review (Spoils): Cropsy is one badly burnt man and one mean MF. This film has over the top gore and Tom Savini did an amazing job on the special effect.This movie flows along the vein of Friday the 13th but it is not a rip off to be honest it holds its own. We have some of the nastiest kills and this has been censored many times over. I did track down a copy of this film and it is pretty graphic but I think there is a rougher one out there.
The film does have its B type of acting from the leads Todd (Brian Matthew) and sweet blonde Michelle (Leah Ayres) but remember the whole point of this film is to shock. The raft scene alone is worth tracking this film down. Watch your fingers!!!
Rating: I love this film and it is a classic 80s horror film. If you can track a copy of this, enjoy the murderous Cropsy and watch for George Costanza (Jason Alexander) back in his younger days. Don’t forget your hedge clippers…