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  • Night of the Living Dead 1990

    ★★★½ Rewatched 30 Jul, 2014 6

    Yesterday was our three-year wedding anniversary and what better way to spend it than watching three zombie movies from the 1990s we haven't seen in a while?! How else would you expect Richard and I to celebrate our marriage?

    I felt pretty disappointed as soon as Night of the Living Dead started and I couldn't shake that feeling for the rest of the movie. Disappointment is always a possibility when revisiting a movie after a long absence. I always campaigned…

  • Cemetery Man 1994

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 30 Jul, 2014 16

    Dellamorte Dellamore is the last great Italian horror film. Normally I would save something so heavy for the closing but I just want to make sure people read that fact, if it's the only thing they read in this post, I'll be happy. Starting with Mario Bava's gothic horror films of the 1960s and ending with Michele Soavi's Dellamorte Dellamore, the span of Italian horror cinema did not last very long. The success of Italian horror films can almost be…

  • Braindead 1992

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 30 Jul, 2014 15

    It is very hard for me to use the original title to Dead Alive because I grew up using this American title. If you ever wondered why Braindead was retitled in the U.S., it's because of this movie (which is far, far inferior, but they wanted to avoid confusion with a presumptively stupid American audience).

    I was very apprehensive to revisit Braindead, because this was the first time I watched it in many, many years and I was so worried…

  • The Night Brings Charlie 1990

    ★★½ Watched 29 Jul, 2014 2

    The Night Brings Charlie seems to be a consistent 2 and a half star film and I think this could be primarily because of the budget and also because it is a rather conventional slasher film sticking to its formulaic guidelines of the early 1980s boom (although it was made in 1990).

    Even though the movie tries to be a rather true-to-form slasher film which results in losing originality; it does stand out from the other slasher films being released…

  • Summer Camp Nightmare 1987

    ★★½ Watched 29 Jul, 2014

    Summer Camp Nightmare (from Twice Dead director Bert L. Dragin) is a fairly unique film when pit against other summer camp films from the same time period. Summer camp movies were either comedies or slashers back then, so it's interesting to see this setting used in a dramatic thriller with a distinctive premise involving a revolt amongst the kids.

    While the plot was memorable, the movie could have used some more time in the editing room. There were scenes that…

  • Valley Girl 1983

    ★★½ Rewatched 29 Jul, 2014

    I like I Melt With You by Modern English way more than I've ever liked the movie that helped make the song famous (with its cheesy "we're falling in love!"-montage). Valley Girl was never one of those '80s movies that I went crazy for and felt the need to watch repeatedly as my hormones raged, maybe the movie could have benefited with James Spader in the role as Tommy, Julie's preppy-jerk boyfriend? But, I'm biased, I think every movie would…

  • Curse III: Blood Sacrifice 1991

    ½ Watched 28 Jul, 2014 5

    Finishing off the, in name only, Curse franchise, I had to sit through the worst in the series -- Curse III: Blood Sacrifice.

    If you're watching an early 1990s horror film and Christopher Lee's name shows up in the titles..you're probably already acutely aware that you're in for a bad time (especially when said movie happens to be a sequel).

    There are absolutely no likable characters. The loathsome leading lady is an American in Africa who chants "America America America"

  • Empire Records 1995

    Rewatched 28 Jul, 2014 11

    OH MAN! What a piece of shit!!!

    This is the first movie in my Nostalgia Overload list where I came out on the other side of the re-watch absolutely hating a movie I once loved. I haven't seen Empire Records in about 15 years but I honestly used to love it. How embarrassing.

    This movie is a very corporate look at what they consider "indie" films, with an ironic twist..you know..considering the entire plot of the movie is an independently…

  • The Sure Thing 1985

    ★★½ Watched 28 Jul, 2014 3

    Even though The Sure Thing came out 4 years before Say Anything..., this John Cusack as the oddball intellectual underachiever trying to get the girl he has already placed firmly on a pedestal is just so old and tired. I am sure that if I watched The Sure Thing before Say Anything..., I would have felt as though Cusack had finally perfected the character he is often typecast as, because the latter is the better movie.

    At one point in…

  • Throw Momma from the Train 1987

    ★★★ Rewatched 27 Jul, 2014 7

    After watching The Designated Victim (another [Italian]movie adapting the story from Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train), I felt like revisiting Danny DeVito's Throw Momma from the Train.

    What I find the most interesting about this revisit is that while I really enjoyed Billy Crystal's performance (also that of Anne Ramsey who was a real trooper despite appearing to be half-dead most of the time), I think DeVito should have cast someone else as Owen, he had trouble passing off the…

  • The Legend of Billie Jean 1985

    ★★★★ Rewatched 26 Jul, 2014 1

    No matter how over-the-top and unbelievable this movie is, I can't help but love it. I used to really get swept up in the "FAIR IS FAIR"-nonsense, thinking that Billie Jean was some sorta demigod of justice for kids. "Look at the way she just pied pipered all the kids in Corpus Christi, Texas!" I was in awe of her!

    Watching it as an adult I see all the skeeziness that I never noticed before, every single dude is meant…

  • Twice Dead 1988

    ★★★½ Watched 26 Jul, 2014 7

    I've always been aware of Summer Camp Nightmare but I haven't seen it and I just found out that it is apparently directed by the same guy who directed Twice Dead, Bert L. Dragin (what an awesome name, you know I'm pronouncing it like "Dragon," right?). He's only directed these two movies and if Summer Camp Nightmare is as fun as Twice Dead, then I'm game to check it out.

    Twice Dead is a rather unique haunted house film in…