Part of Lise and Jonnie’s Horror-o-thon 2014
That shriek. It’s probably the only thing that’s stayed in my head throughout the decades since I last watched Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Perhaps it’s because of the perfect 50’s campy horror title, but my vague remembrance was that this 1978 remake was rather cheesy, low budget, and somewhat wooden.
I couldn't have been more wrong.
The first thing that struck me was the look. Crisp and somehow claustrophobic; right from the…
Rarely laugh-out-loud funny but fairly consistently entertaining. McBride is always good for a comedy and the rest of the cast is decent enough. Rasmus Hardiker, playing Courtney, was one of my favourite characters. He had lots of fun little moments.
There is a lot of stuff here that I just don't find funny at all. The wise wizard was a stupid segment as was the finger monster thing and the leader there, who was horrible. Anyway, it's fun that DGG can do stuff like this and then stuff like Joe. Great guy.
No matter how many times I've seen this movie, it still has the power.
First, the new 40th anniversary BD looks really terrific. The grimy texture of the film didn't get lost in translation but everything also looks so much clearer. The only way I've ever seen this movie is via the original DVD release that came out back in 1999; this was kind of a revelation to me.
Second, fuck man. Fuck. The reason this film has resonated for…
A much higher score than when I first watched the film.
As I mentioned in my review of the first Halloween, expectations really do have a real effect on ones reception of a film. I try my hardest to go into movies with no expectations, good or bad, and to just take the film on its own terms. Sometimes this is easier said than done. When I first…
When taking the other films of John 'Bud' Cardos into consideration (Mutant, The Dark '79), I went in with extremely low expectations for Kingdom of the Spiders. But, Cardos surprised me with a low-budget film that had a high-quality feel.
It should be noted that at $10 per tarantula, the $500,000 budget set aside $50,000 for the spiders. 5,000 large, hairy spiders were used in the film and it's unknown exactly how many died for the sake of the movie,…
The Film Ape Self Imposed Isolation Procedure Should There be an Epidemic
1 Plain White Room (of decent size)
1 Bed (king-size)
10 Pillows (of varying sizes)
5 Blankets (2 howling wolves pattern, 2 popular rock group pattern, 1 zombie Marilyn Monroe pattern.)
1 Television (70 inch or larger)
2 Backup Televisions (50 inch or larger)
Blurays (No less than 2,000)
DVDs (for pretentious art film stuff that isn't on Bluray, no less than 500)
42 12-Packs of…
Absolutely superb, Fury is David Ayer's masterpiece, and I do not write that lightly. I am a big time fan of End of Watch, which I think is one of the greatest police films ever made, but this, this just hits all the sweet spots for me.
Let me get all the basic film critiques out of the way, before I start straying into my on thoughts and philosophies on life. Everything about this film on purely a film basis…
Had Hitchcock directed this - which he very well could have - I'd rank it as his second best film behind Vertigo.
Look, I'm neither confused nor baffled by the en masse response to crown Seven Samurai as Kurosawa's definitive work: it has battles, it has horses, it has swords, and it's got mythology. It's all there on the surface, which pretty much makes it universally accessible.
But High And Low for my money is vastly superior, and the…
"Oh, you learned men!"
For some reason I always thought this was a hysterical reactionary relic about the occult, but it's actually the exact opposite of that, a reason-oriented look at the phenomenon of witch hunts that even finds room for a little bit of wry humor amidst the torture and tragedy. It's also a very effective example of horror and fantastic imagery's ability to point the way towards real truths, in this case how terrible life can be when…
A proper werewolf film at a time when practical effects were still king, The Howling throws in old school lycanthrope mythology with a more knowing, contemporary spin. A perfect partner to Landis' An American Werewolf In London, Joe Dante takes a far less comedic route, opting for a more threateningly violent and unsettling Horror.
Dee Wallace leads a strong genre ensemble with the likes of Patrick Macnee, Kevin McCarthy and Dick Miller adding gravitas to proceedings. Pino Donaggio's syrupy thick,…