Alien 4: Resurrection (1997)
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Main Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Dominique Pinon
Storyline: Ellen Ripley is revived and is now part human and alien as she continues her war against the beasts.
Review (Spoils): 200 years after the last film, we resurrect Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) with the process of cloning but during the process the DNA get’s mixed up with the alien DNA from the Queen. Ripley becomes an offshoot of an alien mutant and the scientist start to breed aliens. The Xeno-morphs start to roam the ship and start taking over is which just happens to be on its way to Earth. So Ripley and her new team need to once again put a stop to the alien horde and their Queen.
This film brought a new spin to the Ripley character and brought us a even more powerful alien as new breed is born. The first three films of the series actually closed the deal on the original story and this one just seems to be placed out there to cash on the name. The film does have action and aliens just keep you on track but the characters themselves seem cardboardish. I was even disappointed with the character Winona Ryder played (which normally I enjoy her acting). The film scream more sci-fi then actual horror more then ever.
Rating: This film is just a drag on the very last part of a cigarette when it comes to the Aliens series. The film is not horrible but when you place it with the first three it can not compare. But I love Sigourney Weaver so I will not mark this film too hard. But it seemed to me that this film became to sci-fi for me as being a horror fan if that makes any sense.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Main Stars: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Monica Bellucci, Sadie Frost, Jonathan Harker
Storyline: A vampire comes to England to seduce a visitor’s fiancée and bring terror to the land.
Review (Spoils): More closely to the novel then the past Dracula films this one is more of a work of art then horror. A young man (Jonathan Harker) was captured by Dracula (Gary Oldman) as he wants his fiancée Mina (Winona Ryde). Dracula travels to Britain to keep his reign of terror going and then attacks Mina best friend Lucy (Sadie Frost) also.
This film is a piece of art really. The scenery alone is worth the watch and the story telling of the film is very well done. From the beginning of Vlad the Impaler to now Dracula, the film moves with ease. The acting is very well done and the presence of Dracula from Gary Oldman is spectacular as he presents himself as young seductive man and the aging, gross and hideous beast. Sure the movie plays like a gothic love story but the gore is there. We have wolves, blood, great special effects of changing of physical appearances, lots of biting and even the odd sexual scene. The film covers it all.
Rating: Not as great as the Dracula films of Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee but it is up there. It is in a different type of vampire genre this is leaning more the romantic period. Francis Ford Coppola did create a masterpiece here and it should be viewed not by just horror fans but movie lovers in general.
Black Swan (2010)
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Main Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder
Storyline: A ballet dancer who won the part in Swan Lake as the White Swan slowly loses her mind.
Review (Spoils): Nina (Natalie Portman) is a young and beautiful ballet dancer and she is also a perfectionist. She is granted the part to play Princess Odette the White Swan from the classic Swan Lake. She has lived a life under the shadow of her ex-ballet dancer mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) to be the perfect ballet dancer which gives it a semi Carrie type feel. In through the try outs Nina meets another new dancer named Lily (Mila Kunis) who represents the Black Swan. As their relationship expands and twists with sexual in your window hints Nina slowly starts to lean towards the Black Swan personality.
This film might not be viewed as a true horror film but the set and music set the tone for it to be a haunting experience. The film builds a great storyline and it twists it and unleashes it full tilt in the last 40mins or so. Both Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis steal the show for building up their characters and showing true emotion when doing it. Plus the sexual undertones help the viewer also.
Rating: Yes the film borderlines on art and thriller but to me this leans on horror. The finale of the film is one to remember and this film sits on a class of its own just because it is so different. Bring on blood, freakiness and dark hallucinations and women in tights what is there not to love?