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  • Equalizer 2000

    Equalizer 2000 1987

    ★★★ Watched 27 Jul, 2016

    Nothing but action, but unlike Wheels of Fire, this one failed to grab me.

    I did have pretty high expectations, though, because I figured Richard Norton would get a chance to do some martial arts. Nope!

  • Cat in the Brain

    Cat in the Brain 1990

    ★★½ Watched 27 Jul, 2016

    2016 ABC Horror Challenge

    C is for Cat in the Brain

    If you like decapitations, you'll get more than your fair share in Cat in the Brain; even a little kid gets one! To say that the gore is horrific is a supreme understatement.

    As a fan of physical FX I loved the gruesome decadence, but unfortunately almost all of it is from other movies. This makes Cat in the Brain feel like a cheap compilation movie, which I guess…

  • Turkey Shoot

    Turkey Shoot 1982

    ★★★½ Watched 26 Jul, 2016

    The first half didn't really do anything for me. Kinda boring.
    Then the hunt begins, and it was better, but it just made me want to re-watch First Blood and Surviving the Game.
    Then the final 30 minutes brought out all kinds of machine guns, excellent gore, and bazookas, and it was a blast.

  • Deathstalker

    Deathstalker 1983

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Jul, 2016

    I was on-board from the opening moments, but by the time our hero got his magic sword from the Ghoulie in the cave, I was in love. Pure fun of the trashiest order. If you love Conan and exploitation movies, Deathstalker is a thrill-a-minute gem.

  • Bloody Birthday

    Bloody Birthday 1981

    ★★★ Watched 18 Jul, 2016

    2016 ABC Horror Challenge

    B is for Bloody Birthday

    This one gets off to a shaky start, but it only gets better as it plays. I slowly came to terms with the fact that all I was going to get was a series of killer kid scenes with a vague story. It takes itself way too seriously, too, and it has a tonally matching score that added to nothing except my frustration.

    What really holds it all together are the…

  • Abracadabra

    Abracadabra 1986

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Jul, 2016

    2016 ABC Horror Challenge

    A is for Abracadabra

    At this point, I'm basically on board for almost any Hong Kong film, so who knows if anyone else will dig this, but I definitely enjoyed it a lot. From the director of The Wicked City, but don't expect that level of HK insanity. I didn't expect much other than a few laughs, some ghosts and some '80s Hong Kong FX work, and I got all of that and more. Such as...…

  • Neon Maniacs

    Neon Maniacs 1986

    ★★★★½ Watched 13 Jul, 2016

    Man, I LOVED this. A fantastic B-movie! Only in an '80s movie will characters make time for the Battle of the Bands while on the run from a horde of murderous monsters.

    It's almost like a prequel or side-story to one of my favorite movies, Clive Barker's Nightbreed. I imagine this rag tag bunch of monsters as outcasts of Midian, untameable like the Berserkers, or perhaps as monsters who haven't made their way to Midian to avoid the threat of…

  • The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 2: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima

    The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 2: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima 1973

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Jul, 2016 2

    Not as potent as the first film, but I think I enjoyed this one more. Probably because I knew exactly what I was in for this time around.

    I love how chaotic the violence is. It never feels rehearsed or choreographed, and this makes it so exciting. It doesn't feel like a documentary, but there is a definite influence at work. Great stuff. 

    A badass sequel to a badass movie. Hopefully the rest of the series continues this badass trend.

  • Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack

    Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack 2012

    ★½ Watched 06 Jul, 2016

    Junji Ito's comic is fantastic, but this anime adaptation throws a lot of the careful pacing and mounting horror aside so they can get to the bigger moments quicker. Booo.

    They also decided to add a bunch of characters, and change some of the existing characters around for reasons that I couldn't really understand. Booo.

    On the plus side, it does kinda look like the comic, but whatever... Booo!

  • The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 1: Battles Without Honor and Humanity

    The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 1: Battles Without Honor and Humanity 1973

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Jun, 2016 2

    This is, without a doubt, a great film. I think I'll like it better whenever I watch it again, though. It's so dense that it's hard to keep everything straight, but it's that denseness that makes the film so great. So I anticipate it all being clearer next time. Regardless, it's filled with great visuals and intense moments of violence. And such a great score!

  • Project S

    Project S 1993

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Jun, 2016

    Michelle Yeoh + two of my favorite unsung HK actors (Fan Siu-Wong & Yu Rong-Guang) = I loved this. Fantastic action. Police Story 3 is a big-budget international action movie, and it's great, but Project S is low-budget and pure, unfiltered HK.

    I wonder what they cut out for the US release. I can't find anywhere that lists the exact cuts, so I'll just have to wonder.

  • Wheels of Fire

    Wheels of Fire 1985

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Jun, 2016

    Cars! Explosions! Crashes! Mortars! Mole People! Machine Guns! Cannibals! WWII-era ruins! Flamethrowers! Motorcycles with devil pitchforks on the handlebars! Deluded cult members building a rocket ship! Samurai swords! Guys kinda dressed like ninjas! A sex scene superimposed on a sunset! Mediocre martial arts! And more!

    Man, this movie is a BLAST. It's just about non-stop action and fun. 81 minutes of bliss.