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The People Under the Stairs (1991)

The People Under the Stairs (1991)

Country: USA

Director: Wes Craven

Main Stars: Brandon Quintin Adams, Everett McGil, Wendy Robie, A.J. Langer, Sean Whalen

Storyline: A child and two adults break into a house to learn that it is occupied by a twisted brother and sister that are trying to find and raise the perfect child.

MV5BMTUxNTUyMTUyOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDkxNjAwMQ@@__V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_AL_Review (Spoils): Tough kid Fool (Brandon Quintin Adams) breaks into a house that is owned by his family’s landlords and he discovers that it is a twisted trap of a house. We a twisted man (Everett McGil) and his sister (Wendy Robie ) that act like over religious inbreed that have kidnapping and trapping children and boarding them up underneath the stairs of the house. Fool comes across a shy timid girl named Alice (A.J. Langer) and other stranger characters that help him to escape the madness of the house.

If you want to understand this film take the novel Flowers in the Attic and mix it with the mother of Carrie and you have The People under the Stair. This works well! We have twisted characters, demented incest couple, some exciting chases, shootings, some blood and scares. The plot is very simple and yes Fool can be annoying but everything in between keeps the film flowing and the audience interested. No this not a high budget horror film but a low budget weird film that keep you drawn in.

Everett McGil and Wendy Robie are both over the top and you will remember these characters as great freak villains. Also A.J. Langer and Sean Whalen were awesome playing the parts of the children that help with the rebellion. All memorable characters for sure.

Rating: Wes Craven did well with this film. He created one of the weirdest films of his career and the bits of comedy actually worked. Very bizarre but yet very worth to drink too.

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The Hills Have Eyes 2 (1984)

The Hills Have Eyes 2 (1984)

Country: USA

Director: Wes Craven

Main Stars: Tamara Stafford, Kevin Spirtas, John Bloom, Michael Berryman, Penny Johnson Jerald, Janus Blythe

Storyline: A group of bikers get mixed up with the redneck family of the desert

MV5BMTg5NDA1OTQ5N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODc0ODkyMQ@@__V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_AL_Review (Spoils): a group of biker on their way to a race become stranded in the desert, home of the redneck cannibal family of the first film. The bus broke down and they start to wander off while the bus is being looked into. This leads to the cannibals realising more people are in their territory and they start to hunt them down.

Wes Craven is back with a sequel to his original classic. We have a bunch of flashbacks from the first film, hell even the dog has a flashback (this made me fucking laugh and its classic). We have the return of the Bobby character and Ruby along with the classic redneck Michael Berryman but this time he is more funny than menacing. John Bloom takes the part of the barbarian like redneck so does most the dirty work. The characters in this one outside the cannibals are blah… you don’t care if they die as they are almost unbearable. I’m pretty sure this was made for one reason money for Wes Craven. Some of the scenes are just stupid also such as when the redneck steals the bike and goes for a tour, the lack of blood and gore (except for the cut throat scene) this film is just missing the mark for the series.

Rating: This is not a very good sequel at all… I would say the worse but that has already been taken by The Exorcist 2. I loved the first film so to see this piece of lameness was hard, it ruined the series. The movie is just too predictable and it repeative of the first one and lacking the scares. I guess to see the dog to have a flashback is worth a drinks at least.

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Summer of Fear (1978)

Summer of Fear (1978)

Country: USA

Director: Wes Craven

Main Stars: Linda Blair, Lee Purcell, Jeremy Slate

Storyline: A young girl’s cousin comes to her house for the summer and she suspects her of being a witch.

MV5BMTY2MTU5NDQxOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjU3MDUxMQ@@__V1_SY317_CR2,0,214,317_AL_Review (Spoils): Also known as “A Stranger in Our House” this film deals with a young Rachel (Linda Blair) who is having a hard time dealing with her cousin moving in with her family. The cousin, Julia (Lee Purcell), who has nowhere to go after her parents were killed in a car crash, is trying to fit in. Through time Rachel starts to suspect that there is more to Julia then she claims. She uses spells to enchant people to like her and pull away from Rachel (including her own boyfriend). Rachel tries everything in her own power to reveal the black magic of Julia leading to the final confrontation.

The special effects are a little lame but then again it is a made for TV film. You might be overcome by the hair of Linda Blair as it might be scary then the witch itself. Lee Purcell does a great job playing the villain and she made it believable even with the cheesy effects. Too me, the ending was one of the horror scenes that have stuck in my mind since I was a kid watching it for the first time.

Rating: Don’t expect a ton of scares but think of this as a made for TV thriller that has witches, black magic, jealously, crazy eyes and the classic darkroom scene. It is worth checking out if you haven’t as this film is underrated for an ok 80s flick.

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Scream 2 (1997)

Scream 2 (1997)

Country: USA

Director: Wes Craven

Main Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Jada Pinkett Smith, Heather Graham, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Marisol Nichols, Laurie Metcalf

Storyline: 2 years later and Ghostface is back haunting Sidney and her friends.

MV5BMTk3MzM3MDQzNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDY0ODQ4NA@@__V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_AL_Review (Spoils): 2 years after the great Ghostface murders people have moved on such as Sidney (Neve Campbell) is now in college, Cotton is out of prison, Gale (Courteney Cox )wrote a book on the event and now is becoming a movie called Stab. As the movie is about to be released Ghostface returns or is it a new murder? The film starts to follow the same lines as the first in the series.

Another “who did it?” murder film under the Scream name. The film is not horrible but it is pretty much the same as the first one, same characters, same actors/ actresses and more dead bodies. We have more blood in this one which is a good thing and the babes grace the screen on this one. The ending has a very interesting twist and the gore is present. The only thing that drove me nuts on this film was the point of making it a film within a film. I hated the whole Stab idea.

Rating: If jam your film full of beautiful Hollywood ladies does that make it a good film? If it was a porno yes but it’s not so the answer is no. This is actually the last decent part of the series so get this one in before the series becomes dead.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 7: New Nightmare (1994)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 7 (1994)

Country: USA

Director: Wes Craven

Main Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Jeff Davis, Marianne Maddalena, Tracy Middendorf

Storyline: Freddy enters the real world on the set of the actual movie.

MV5BMTcwODQyNzI0M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzk1OTIyMQ@@__V1_SY317_CR10,0,214,317_AL_Review (Spoils): On the 10th anniversary of the original film the star Heather Langenkamp actually starts to see real life clues that Freddy Kruegar (Robert Englund) really does exist. Wes Craven decides to do another Nightmare on Elm street film and they all realise together that to defeat Freddy is Heather has to become the character Nancy yet again.

Okay first I will start with my god doing the whole movie within a movie thing rarely works why the hell did Wes Craven think it would! Second dear god Heather Langenkamp is painful enough in the series did you have to bring her back as herself to torment us more? The series already kind of went to shit and lost its serious horror business a few movies back but now it is just downright stupid. Sure we have claws marks, an annoying kid, dream sequences, sleeping pills, some slashing blood fun, long tongues and the classic furnace, the same old same old story.

Rating: I was excited when this first came out as I was like wow Wes Craven is back to bring this series back from the crazy storylines but I was soooo wrong. Not the worse in the series but a hell of a long shot from the best. Instead of New Nightmare they should have called this just plain old Nightmare.

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Deadly Friend (1986)

Deadly Friend (1986)

Country: USA

Director:  Wes Craven

Main Stars: Matthew Labyorteaux, Kristy Swanson, Michael Sharrett

Storyline:  A young man implants his best friends a robot named BeeBee in his best friend’s body

MV5BMjA2NTU2MTAxM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTkxMjAwMQ@@__V1_SX214_Review (Spoils): Young Paul (Matthew Labyorteaux) is a nerd and created an intelligent robot named BeeBee. When his sweet looking young friend Samantha dies at the hands of her abusive father he takes BB to bring her back to life.  This leads to bad things as BeeBee over takes her body and she starts to wreck havoc upon the town.

The film takes a look first at child abuse which again is a hard topic but a well deserved one to discuss. But on the horror end of the film we have some creepy but beautiful Kristy Swanson, some head explosions from a basketball throw, neck snaps, some burning, neck crushing and some minor blood.

Rating:  I remember this film as it had 80s idol babe Kristy Swanson in it plus the creepy but after awhile annoying BeeBee voice. This is not one of Wes Craven better films so it is skip able but if you want a 80s horror flashback it is worth a watch.  Plus we have Kristy Swanson!

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The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

Country:  USA

Director:  Wes Craven

Main Stars:  Suze Lanier-Bramlett, Robert Houston, John Steadman, Janus Blythe, Dee Wallace, James Whitworth, Michael Berryman, Robert Houston

Storyline:  A family’s car breaks down on the way to Hollywood in the desert back lands. While they walk looking for help they get terrorizes by desert savages.

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Review (Spoils):  Before there was Wrong Turn there was The Hills Have Eyes which became a cult favourite and classic for horror. Wes Craven takes an American family on a journey in the desert that leads to death, torture and some redneck fun! We have the Carter family which the father is a retired cop and his wife is bit loony. Their children are a mixed bag Lynne (Dee Wallace)is married to a loser with a baby, Bobby (Robert Houston) is too attached to his dogs and has a weird relationship with his sister Brenda (Suze Lanier-Bramlett) who is cute but man her screaming can be massively annoying after a hour. After typical warnings from locals they still head into the off roads and lord behold they wreck the car (which is actually funny….really a map in the face?) and now they are stranded and lunch meat for the rednecks.  The fun part about this film which is different and leads into a Texas Chainsaw Massacre type feel is the rednecks have some character background and are interesting. Lead by an axed faced madman named Jupiter (James Whitworth) and Mamma. Other main characters are the classic bald headed Pluto (Michael Berryman) and the cute but nasty teeth Ruby (Janus Blythe) who just wants to escape the savages and live a normal life. The film leads to some nasty dog bites, burnings, explosions and some good ol’ fashion knives and hatchets.

Rating: Similar feel as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre it does not sit on the gore side really it instead deals with the subject in hand, which a lot of films in this day in age in horror lack. Yes The Hills Have Eyes have some pretty painful parts (Bobby and Lynne’s husband are piss poor characters) but it was unique for it time and Wes Craven opened a lot of door for horror with this film. Plus it has Michael Berryman what’s not to love?

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Scream (1996)

Scream (1996)

Country: USA

Director:  Wes Craven

Main Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan

Storyline:  A killer known as Ghostface is killing off teenagers and quizzing them about horror movies.

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Review (Spoils):  This movie has good points and bad points for the horror genre. First the good point it brought horror back from the grave. Bad point is it made it cheesy and Hollywood ruined the genre with teenage crap and not much longer it became remake hell. Ok now I have that off my chest. This movie was unique for its time and Ghostface is actually a likeable villain.  The only problem I have with this film on top of being too cheesy is the amount of Hollywood stars that are in it.  This is beginning of the Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell ) character trying to find some truth to death of her mother and ends up being chased down and terrorized by Ghostface himself.  Courteney Cox and David Arquette play the two annoying characters Gale Weathers and Dewey. We have some cheesy kills but some of the knife wielding is fun! The death of Drew Barrymore is beyond lame.

Rating:  Ok so I bashed this film a bit but in truth it’s not terrible…it’s just too bad it’s so Hollywood. This type of film ruined the genre into trash like the Urban Legends, I Know What you Did Last Summer and Valentine crap. For that point alone and I get bitter about it but outside of that tarnish it was not that bad of a slasher flick and it kept you guessing on who is Ghostface?

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The Last House on the Left (1972)

The Last House on the Left (1972)

Country: USA

Director:  Wes Craven

Main Stars: Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham, David Hess, Marc Sheffler, Richard Towers, Cynthia Carr

Storyline:  Two young teenage girls head to a rock concert and going looking to score some drugs. During their search they get kidnapped by some convicts and they go missing.

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Review (Spoils): First off this movie is not for the weak of heart this is pretty hardcore. We have some serious rape scenes and these convicts are pretty bad ass and so is the revenge of Mari’s parents. Ok you have been warned now let’s get back to the review.

Mari Collingwood (Sandra Peabody) is a young, cute and semi innocent girl who wants to celebrate her 17th birthday by going to a concert with her best friend Phyllis (Lucy Grantham). They travel to score some drugs for the show and run into Junior (Marc Sheffler) a strange and confused young man who unfortunate hangs around a very tough crowd controlled and lead by Krug (David Hess).  They rape and kidnap the young ladies and throw them into the trunk of their car and head into town. The second part of the film is Mari parents on the man-hunt for their daughter. This leads to the shocking ending part of the film which Krug’s car breaks down and they end up at Mari’s house and the connection is made by the parents.

The outstanding acting was done by both the victim and terrorize.  Sandra Peabody steals the show with her cuteness and her total shock of being violated through the whole nightmare process. David Hess plays the thug bad boy which he normally portrays in his films.

Rating: This movie is a classic when it comes to underground horror films.  Wes Craven took what affects the mind and brings the true horror out to the screen without using over the top gore or bloody effects.  He created something that very few directors can do (I’m looking at you..painful remake) and makes this a total disgusting film (that’s a good thing).  This film will have you emotional mixed up through it and makes you feel dirty after seeing it.  Cheers to Wes Craven for that!

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Scream 4 (2011)

Scream 4 (2011)

Country: USA

Director:  Wes Craven

Main Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Shenae Grimes

Storyline:  After 10 years Sidney Prescott is back in town to promote her new book and so is Funny Face to greet her.

 

 

 

 

Review(Spoils): Here we go again with another Scream movie with ….you guessed…. the same damn characters.  This is a series that really needs a revamp if it going to survive like such classics like Friday the 13th or A Nightmare Elm Street. Please Wes Craven stop with the Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette characters. Kill them off already!

So now back to the film we have once again Funny Face running around slaughtering people and asking them what their favourite movie is and hunting down Sidney (Neve Campbell). Nothing really new and nothing really fresh but hey it’s Scream. We have Sidney’s relative Trudie (Shenae Grimes) who is boring and not too excited about her being in town to promote her new book. She rather just leave the embarrassing past of her family behind.  Somewhere in there we have babes being killed, annoying teens that think they are cool and the lame ass cop Dewey Riley (David Arquette) and his bitchy has been reporter Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox). Oh and wait they did the video camera gig also in this film. My god make it stop!

Also the intro to the movie being fake twice was really stupid and massive annoying not thrilling at all and for that alone super minus marks.

Rating:  Dear Wes Craven if you want this series to breath and live like your past series please kill the 3 same boring characters that you keep bringing back. Great villain… yeah Funny Face, terrible storyline but still better than a fucking remake. Here’s to Scream 5 …death to all the above!

 

 

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