A US/Spanish CONAN THE BARBARIAN knockoff with a feminist perspective, HUNDRA opens and closes strong with two stylish and well-crafted action set pieces that are quite accomplished by the standards of BUTTERFLY director and former Jayne Mansfield husband Matt Cimber. HUNDRA drags badly in the middle but it's worth seeing for a spirited and rambunctious performance by Laurene Landon (ALL THE MARBLES, I THE JURY, MANIAC COP) in the title role. She's a kickass barbarian hero in search of a…
The perpetually overrated Ti West, a filmmaker so coddled by critics that you'd swear his films were co-produced by the Make-a-Wish Foundation, cuts the slow-burn shit and makes a straightforward revenge western that's violent, fast-moving, well-acted, and funny. It's his best film since THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL. And don't try to tell me THE INNKEEPERS is good because I'm not havin' it.
Why is this being relegated to VOD? This could be a hit in theaters.
Full review to come.
Tobe Hooper's follow-up to his phenomenal breakout success with 1974's THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE might be, in hindsight, the bridge between that grim first film and the black comedy of the belated 1986 sequel THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE PART 2. EATEN ALIVE is a strange and often aggressively unpleasant masterpiece of claustrophobic madness, with Hooper deliberately using obvious soundstages, garish lighting, and a bizarre, squealing, screeching, ringing, clanging synthesizer score to convey an unsettling sense of swelter, suffocation, and terror.…