Director: Michael Anderson
Main Stars: Richard Harris, Charlotte Rampling, Will Sampson
Storyline: A killer whale goes mad after hunters kill its mate.
Review (Spoils): An orca whale (or dolphin for some) witnesses the death of its child and mate so it goes on a rampage on a local fishermen’s harbour area. This is all at the cost of a man named Nolan who is an Irish Canadian fisherman who mistaken the beast for the bull whale. This comes on after the successful l of the famous and classic Jaws.
We have a killer whale that screams in anger, lots of pulling people out to into the water to eat them, we have bit off legs, some whale chasing, and some smashed dock housing and some drowning. Basically we have a orca on the verge of killing for revenge. This is a movie done on fake graphics but the topic of itself makes you root for the whale, this not a animal lover type film. If anything it will piss you off. The acting is not that great either.
Rating: Being a total animal lover this film did touch me and piss me right off. You wanted to see the town get smashed and eaten by this great beast. The opening scene does set the pace for this. Its no Jaws but I seen a lot worse.
Poltergeist 2 (1986)
Director: Brian Gibson
Main Stars: JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O’Rourke, Oliver Robins, Zelda Rubinstein, Will Sampson, Julian Beck
Storyline: The Beast is back and still wants Carol Anne, this time in the face of a fake prophet.
Review (Spoils): The Freelings are slowly trying to get over their family trauma from the first film. They move into Diane’s (JoBeth Williams) mothers place to find peace. But the evil Beast returns in a ghostly apparition known as Reverend Kane (Julian Beck). All he wants is Carol Anne (Heather O’Rourke) and nothing will stop him. Through all this psychic Tangina (Zelda Rubinstein) is back with an American Indian shaman named Taylor (Will Sampson) to help.
Reverend Kane tries the television again to get Carol Anne but the family have removed all items of such communication (makes sense), tries a toy phone and then finally confronts the family. In this Taylor shows Steve (Craig T. Nelson) the power of smoke to battle the Beast. We learn the past of the Beast as it is Reverend Kane who at one time claimed “End of the World” and killed his people underground where the houses were built.
This film is not even close to the original. The film is not horrible but it is cheesy when it comes to the spirit of smoke, the worm, and the spiritual lance, spirit of the grandmother and the return of Tangina. The film is interesting enough but it so sucked into what was bad about the horror films of the 80s it’s hard to get past that.
Rating: Well it was not a great as the first film but it was watchable and sure in a hell better then the next one! They should have just left the series at one, hence not making it a series at all.