Friday, January 19, 2018

The Exorcist (1973)

Director: William Friedkin

Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jason Miller

One of the most profitable horror movies ever made, this tale of an exorcism is based loosely on actual events. When young Regan starts acting odd, levitating and speaking in tongues. Her worried mother seeks medical help, only to hit a dead end. A local priest, however, thinks the girl may be seized by the devil. The priest makes a request to perform an exorcism, and the church sends in an expert to help with the difficult job.

Still one of the best horror movies ever made. It is still a movie that frightens viewers. I saw this movie when I was a small child, and to this day there are still some scenes in the movie that still bother me today. Some of the images in the movie do not bother near as must, since my best friend texts me those pictures over the past several years. He is an asshole. That is another story.

When you watch documentaries about this movie, you hear how people completely freaked out while watching the movie. In my entire life, I have never freaked out in a theater while watching a movie, so must where you must run fleeing from the movie. That is the most crazy thing that I have ever heard. Then you have people thinking that Linda Blair was really possessed during the movie. People really thought that it was all real. Did they even know how movies were made? Poor Linda Blair was avoided in public and private, because some people that it was real. The poor girl was treated so bad after this movie by the public. It just shows how easily people are fooled.

The special effects in the movie scared the hell out of me as a kid. Just the look on the little girl's face was enough to give you nightmares. Her faced covered with scars with dried and wet snot on her face clinging to the tube up her nose is enough to make you feel sick. The scene where everything in her bedroom was flying all over the place was pretty crazy. That is something no kid wants to walk into. What she did with the crucifix was nothing but bad. There is no way that I could do that, much less let my child do that. Just what she was saying in that scene was shocking as hell then, and it still is today. The part of the movie that creeped me out for most of my life was that face that just pop up on the scene. That face is nothing but terrifying. All of the effects in the movie made this movie stand out as one of the best movies made of all time.

The cast was wonderful. Linda Blair was so dame good in this role. She will always been known for this role for her entire life. It is sad that this is the only movie that she is really known for by the masses. Ellen Burstyn was so incredible in this role. You felt everything that she was feeling in the entire movie. I could not see anyone else in this role at all. She is a great actress. Max von Sydow and Jason Miller as the two priest worked so well together. Max was actually very young when the movie was made. They aged him for the movie. I thought he was really that old for the longest time, until I watched a documentary about the movie. The cast for the movie was pretty great.

I love this movie. It is in my top five best horror movies ever made. There is nothing wrong with this movie at all. As old as this movie is, it can still scare the hell out of you. The scariest part is not only was this a book, it was based on a true occurrence. It happened to a young boy. I do not know of anyone that has never seen this movie. If you are one of the few that has not watched this movie, then drop everything and watch it now. You will enjoy being scared. This is a movie to own a copy. It is well worth having a copy to watch for Halloween. Enjoy.

The Exorcist (1973) Trailer

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Needful Things (1993)

Director: Fraser C. Heston

Stars: Max von Sydow, Ed Harris, Bonnie Bedelia, Amanda Plummer

When a creepy older man named Leland Gaunt moves to a small town in Maine and sets up an antique shop, bad things soon follow. Gaunt has the remarkable ability of selling people exactly what they want most, but his ideal purchases come at a price that involves more than just money. Through Gaunt's manipulation, the citizens of the town gradually turn on one another, resulting in violence that Sheriff Alan Pangborn struggles to contain.

This is a review of the movie, not the book.

I think that this is a great movie that I could watch over and over again. When you heard that the movie is a Stephen King adaptation movie, you automatically think that it is a horror movie. For this movie, they made this movie an intense drama, instead of a scary horror. You have these characters being pinned against one another with no one really know what is happening except for one man, Leland Gaunt. The tricks and evil pranks that are done to these characters are hard to believe that a person could do what they did. It was all for an item that made them feel good, but it hurt others in the long run. The story was not confusing at all in the movie. You did not get lost at all. I know I just wanted more of what I was seeing.

The cast was my favorite part of the whole movie. Max von Sydow has this odd grandfather look from Hell. He is so good at playing this good older man with a devilish side to him. He is a good solid actor. Ed Harris is always a wonderful actor, and he looks really good in a sheriff's uniform. He just looks the part of the role. They did a great job of casting for that role. Bonnie Bedelia is just delightful and gentle in this movie. She seems a person that you would want to be friends with. I'm a fan of her work, and she was great in this movie. Amanda Plummer does no wrong. I mean it. She is one of the most underrated actors in the business. She had a supporting role in this movie, but her character really did stand out to show how good she is as an actor.

I think this is one of the best movies that has come out of a Stephen King book. I was really surprised by how good this movie is. This is a movie that you could watch over and over again. You may just to add this movie to your collection. It is well worth it. Enjoy.

Needful Things (1993) Trailer

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

It (2017)

Director: Andy Muschietti

Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Nicholas Hamilton, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs

Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare -- an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town's children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise.

When this remake was announced, the movie communities went nuts. The mini-series is extremely popular with Tim Curry as the lead villain, Pennywise. This movie was not something that could be replaced or remade. There is such a large fan based, and so many people will be judging this project really hard.

First of all, the new movie is based on the book, so there will not be a more family friendly version of this story. There is a lot of young kids using bad language all through this movie. This movie is rated R, and not made for television. This movie is being created from the book, which made me happy. Fans have wanted this to happen.

The big question was who was going to play Pennywise. That was the most important part of the whole movie. Tim Curry was absolutely incredible in the role. He made that character come to life, so whoever is going to take on the role has a lot to live up to. Bill Skarsgård took on the role of Pennywise. The look of the character changed for this movie, but it still worked. They wanted to make the character darker and scarier. It worked so well. It is hard to compare the two different version of the Pennywise character, but I know that it has been done many times. The costume for Penny wise was an antique clown outfit that would be more from the late 1800's than a more modern outfit that they used in the miniseries. They even changed the hair and make-up, but you still know who that character is by just looking at him.

The rest of the cast for the movie was fine. It was a cast of kids that are up and coming in the industry. I really had no complaints with the cast at all. You did not pay much attention to the kid actors in the movie. They became the characters.

The movie is great. This movie was dark and bloody. I was really surprised and delighted by how much blood was in the movie. In this movie, children are been killed in this movie. That is a subject that movies normally stay away from.

You do have to remember that this is just the first half of the movie. It is not over with yet. We still get to see these kids as adults in the next movie.

If you look at this movie on its own, it is a great start to a great horror movie. The miniseries is still wonderful, and that is mainly because of Tim Curry as Pennywise. This is still a really good movie. If you have been staying away from it, I understand. Just watch it, you may really like it. Enjoy.

It (2017) Trailer

Friday, December 29, 2017

Suspect (1987)

Director: Peter Yates

Stars: Cher, Dennis Quaid, Liam Neeson, John Mahoney, Joe Mantegna

Carl Anderson, a deaf, mute and homeless war veteran, is arrested for the murder of a prominent judge's secretary. But Kathleen Riley, Anderson's lawyer, believes her client is innocent. She sets out to track down the real killer, and, as the trial proceeds, makes an unlikely ally in Eddie Sanger, a jury member. When they aren't in court, the two investigate the case and manage to uncover a massive conspiracy.

If you like courtroom dramas, then this is a movie for you. This movie has an equal amount of both drama and courtroom scenes throughout it. This movie is mostly made up of conversations. There is not really any action or cool stunts in the movie. Just a lot of arguing. I know this is soundly like a boring movie, but trust me that it is not at all.

The cast is the most important part of the whole movie. Cher is the star of this movie. She is not singing in the movie, over acting or anything like that. She is an overworked defense attorney who drives a crappy car. She is great in the movie. Dennis Quaid was still looking good in the movie. He is a solid actor. There is not many complaints with him at all. Anyone could have played this role. Liam Neeson was almost unknown when this movie came out. I did not know of him at all when this movie came out. John Mahoney is always a good character actor. He brings his characters to life. When he is on screen, you believe that he is that person. The cast is great, flat out.

This is a great movie about an interesting case that I am sure has really happened a few times. This movie may make you think about the guilt or innocence of a person. Who knows, at least you will be entertained. I really do like this movie a lot. I think that you will too. If you have not seen this movie, then you really need to. It is well worth watching. Enjoy.

Suspect (1987) Trailer

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Wolves (2014)

Director: David Hayter

Stars: Lucas Till, Stephen McHattie, John Pyper-Ferguson, Merritt Patterson, Jason Momoa

Popular high school student Cayden Richards wakes from a horrific nightmare, only to realize that he’s living it. He is changing into something vicious, unpredictable and wild. Forced to hit the road after the brutal murder of his parents, Cayden tries to hunt down the truth of what he is. In the remote, mountain town of Lupine Ridge, he discovers others like him. Including the beautiful Angelina, a young woman caught between two ancient clans of "wolves". And when he finally discovers the shocking truth behind his ancestry, Cayden realizes there is only one way to save the woman he loves, a grisly fight to the death against forces more savage than he could have ever imagined.

This movie was a less pretty and romantic version of the werewolf side of the Twilight movies. The story for the movie was pretty weak. A kid goes back to his hometown to discover who he is, just to find out that he is a descendent of a pure werewolf that leads the pack. Father and son also want to kill each other. That is really the sum of the movie. There is also the love story involving Cayden and Angelina. It is just an okay story.

When the characters started to change into werewolves, it just started out as tribal markings that would start to cover sections of their body. Their faces would become more wolf like. Conner and Cayden are the last of the pure blood werewolves in the area, so they are able to completely change. They ends up looking like your traditional werewolf. The rest started to change fully into werewolves through the movie. The make-up work and costumes were great in the movie. There was not that much blood and gore in the movie, and I think that is what this movie was missing. It needed more gore.

The cast was fine. This is one of those movies that almost anyone could have played these roles. For this movie, we got the man that will play Aquaman and the one that was Havok in the X-Men movies. They are fighting one another in this movie. The rest of the cast was completely forgettable. Not kidding.

This is a decent movie to watch. It is not the best or the worst movie out there. It is worth watching once, but that is all I would give it. Enjoy.

Wolves (2014) Trailer

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2000)

Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato

Stars: RuPaul, Tammy Faye Bakker, Jim Bakker, Pat Boone, Jim J. Bullock

Twelve years after the scandalous collapse of the multimillion dollar Christian empire built by Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, "The Eyes Of Tammy Faye" tells the fascinating inside story of the rise, fall and resurrection of "the Queen of the Eyelashes." One of the most adored and reviled women of her time, the film follows her amazing tale from her love at first sight encounter with Jim, through the glory days of PTL, to the scandal that brought both their empire and their family tumbling down.

This is one of the best documentaries that you will watch. Even though it is about Tammy Faye Bakker, this movie is not preachy at all. It tells the story of this woman who loved people and her Lord and Savior. This was the most important part of her life. This movie really looks into her life through her eyes and her stories.

Tammy Faye Bakker was a great woman that the media had a field day with. She was constantly made fun of by the media and comedians for the amount of make-up that she wore every day.  They never talked about what she did for people, only her eye make-up. That was the saddest part of her life. There was just not enough praise for her work for people and for God outside of the church community. Tammy Faye Bakker was the first person on a religious program to have a person with AIDS on their show. She showed her compassion for all of their followers to see. She later hosted a show with Jim J Bullock, who was an out actor. No one else in her industry would ever do what she did.

There is nothing at all wrong with this movie at all. While watching it, you really get to know more about her life than you could ever image. She was a great religious woman that truly cared for other people. If you have not seen this documentary, then you really need to. It is well worth watching. Enjoy.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2000) Trailer

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Jeepers Creepers III (2017)

Director: Victor Salva

Stars: Stan Shaw, Gabrielle Haugh, Brandon Smith, Meg Foster

On the last day of the Creeper’s twenty-three day feeding frenzy, skeptical Sargent Tubbs teams up with a task force hell bent on destroying the Creeper for good. The Creeper fights back in gory glory as its enemies grow closer than ever before to learning the secret of its dark origins.

I was really looking forward to this movie coming out. It took over ten years for this movie to come out, so one would think that they took their time working on this movie to make it the best. That is not true at all. He just could not get the money to make it, then he had trouble getting the movie released. The end product was not really worth the wait. My expectations were just way to high. I just wanted it to be as good as the first two movies. It was just an average movie.

The story was fine, even though it happened between the other two movies? Whatever. I had no problems with it. The Creeper still looked great. The make-up and the costume was still on point. The other special effects for the movie were not as good. Look I wanted blood and gore all over the place. I liked seeing the Creeper being torn apart, and he puts himself back together again. I wanted more of that in this movie. The Creeper's truck came to life in this one. That was a really nice surprise.

The cast for the movie was fine. I really had no complaints at all. Stan Shaw has been in several well known movies. Meg Foster is one of those faces that you have not seen in a long time, until she pops up in this movie. I was surprised to see her in this movie.

I really do have mixed feeling about this movie. I like it, and I don't. It is just not as good as the first two movies. I still think that you need to give it a chance, if you are a fan of the series. Enjoy.

Jeepers Creepers III (2017) Trailer

Saturday, December 9, 2017

UHF (1989)

Director: Jay Levey

Stars: 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Victoria Jackson, Kevin McCarthy, Michael Richards, Fran Drescher, 
Emo Philips

George Newman is a daydreamer whose hyperactive imagination keeps him from holding a steady job. His uncle decides George would be the perfect man to manage Channel 62, a television station which is losing money and viewers fast. When George replaces the station's reruns with bizarre programs such as "Stanley Spadowski's Clubhouse", "Wheel of Fish" and "Raul's Wild Kingdom", ratings begin to soar again. Mean-spirited and cynical mogul R.J. Fletcher becomes furious that the UHF station is getting better ratings than his network's programming. Because of gambling debts, the uncle is forced to consider selling the station to Fletcher, who would only too happily shut down (he cannot legally own two stations in the same town). George and his friends organize a 48-hour telethon to raise the money by selling investment stock from Channel 62 to save the town's new favorite station.

I am just going to guess that those of you that have seen this movie, must really like it. Well, I was hoping so. This is a really funny movie. 'Weird Al' Yankovic had been riding high through the 80's, so it was only natural then that he would have his own movie. In those days, almost anything that became popular got its own movie or TV show. This one worked so well. There was many bad reviews when this movie came out. Those people that watched it and got the joke and fun of this movie, kept the movie known for years to come. The movie was ridiculous in a good why. It raises the question of what shows would you start, if you had your own TV station? It would be so much fun.

The story for the movie was just like so many movies in the 80's, the big man is trying to take over the little man, so we are all going to gang up together to defeat him. There are way too many movies from that decade that has the basic plotline. It was pretty popular with a happy ending. They only wanted happy endings in those days.

The cast was great. First off, this was 'Weird Al' Yankovic first starring movie role where he has more control. This movie was made for his silly visions and ideas. Victoria Jackson was just blah in this movie. They could have got anyone else to play a sad pathetic woman that did not have a clue. She has turned into a hater anyway. Kevin McCarthy is always great as the bad guy. He just has that voce and presentence that could make you dislike him. I was just so surprised by how funny Michael Richards was in this movie. I never was a fan of his, really, but he was great in this movie. Fran Drescher just does no wrong in my book. Younger people now days do not know Emo Philips, but they all know the term Emo.

I really do like this movie. The best part are the made up TV shows and the fake commercials. They are the best. If you have never seen this movie, then you really need to do this. It is well worth watching over and over. Enjoy.
UHF (1989) Trailer 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Director: Jon Watts

Stars: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tyne Daly

Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine, distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.

Here is the second reboot of Spider-man. I guess that the first two sets of Spider-man movies were just not good enough. There are other movie makers that thought that their versions of the story were going to so much better than any of the others that have been made so far. I just wonder if there will be someone else that thinks that they can do a better job at telling the story than this guy. It had already happened twice. I know that they needed to tie into the Avengers movies. I get it, but this one was just not as good as the other movies.

For this new look into Spider-man, they made some chances to the original story. They got rid of Peter's Uncle Ben, and made Aunt May a lot younger than any other telling of the story. Peter has other friends in school, instead of him being this weird misunderstood loner. I like Peter more as an awkward loner, then this cute little teenager. It just does not feel right to me.

For this version of Spider-man, they have yet another new villain that they have introduced from the comics. This time we get to see the Vulture on the screen. The creators made the suit of the Vulture pretty close to the same as the one that they made for the Falcon. It is all of these mechanical wings that are flapping around.  Adrian Toomes, aka the Vulture, is still just a man. He does not have special abilities or powers in this movie, not really. He has those mechanical wings that are powerful, but without those wings, he is merely a man that wants power and money. The whole sections of the movie that included Ironman was just not that needed. I know why that they did it, but all of that keep you from getting into the story of Spider-man. I think it could have been left out, and the movie would have been a lot better.

I thought that the cast for the movie was pretty good. It was just mostly the same people that we are going to see for many more movies. Tom Holland is good at the role, but I just think that Toby McGuire and Andrew Garfield did a better job at it than he did. He was good, but I just was not that impressed. Michael Keaton was solid as the Vulture, but he is at most roles that he takes. He tried to bring the character to life. It could have been better. Marisa Tomei was way too young to play the role of Aunt May, and she looked too good for the role as well. They could have found another actress that would have been a better fit. I am always glad to see Tyne Daly in any movie or whatever.

The look of this movie was the best. If you ignore the cast and the weal story, then you are seeing an amazing movie. The action and fighting scenes are details and great to watch. The suit for the Vulture was really neat. There was a lot of detail in that suit. The special effects is what really made this movie worth watching. The story just did not do it.

I liked this movie for the most part. It is the worst of the Spider-man movie for storyline, but this one looked better than the other movies. If you are a hardcore fan, then you need to go out a pick up a copy of this movie. This is a movie that needs to be seen at least once. Enjoy.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Trailer

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Wolf (1994)

Director: Mike Nichols

Stars: Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Spader, Richard Jenkins, Christopher Plummer, David Hyde Pierce

After being bitten by a wolf in rural Vermont, aging book editor Will Randall finds himself full of youthful vigor. Randall then discovers that he's been fired and replaced by Stewart Swinton, a vicious young executive. As Randall struggles to regain his position, he becomes enthralled with Laura Alden, his former boss's daughter. And, as increasingly animal-like urges begin to overwhelm him, Randall worries that he may be a werewolf.

This movie was a chance to bring back the famous Universal Monsters back that were once loved so much. They believed that these movies and characters needed an update. This movie was Columbia Pictures answer to the Wolf Man. The best part about it was that the movie worked and worked well. This was not intended to be a horror movie. I mean they tried to market the movie that way, but there was nothing scary about this movie at all. This movie was nothing more than an intense drama.

The story behind, the werewolf part, was pretty interesting, to me. It was a story about a man finally living up to his true potential. He was a brilliant editor for a publishing house that was been taken over by another company that knows nothing about the business. He challenges the owner of this company to protect his own job and livelihood. The story was well written. It is just not something that most Americans want to watch.

The look of the Wolf man was pretty good. They did not create the whole face and body morphing process that you normally see in werewolf movies. They just added teeth and more hair on their faces and hands. They just decided to keep it simple instead of the pulsing veins and  extending of the mouth like it is in most werewolf movies. With the little special effects for this movie, all of it still worked so well to create this movie. You just bought that he was a real werewolf without him being on all fours and looking somewhat dog like.

Jack Nicholson was great in this role. It was not a role that you would think to see him in, a horror movie. This would be the last type of movie that you would think that he would want to do, but he was became that man and monster. Michelle Pfeiffer was still beautiful in this movie. Her grace and body flow can still be seen and felt throughout this movie. It was just a shocker to see her in a love affair with Jack Nicholson. There are just too many years between the two. It just looks so odd to me. James Spader was the best villain for this movie. He is so good at playing the ultimate ass kisser in movies. He is that greasy slick man that you really just cannot trust, but he is the main person that always seems to be on your side.

I think this is a great movie. It is the best werewolf movie out there, not even close, but this is one of the best werewolf dramas out there. It is one of those movies that simply disappeared over the years. If you have not seen this movie, then you should go out and find a copy. It is well worth the watch. Enjoy.

Wolf (1994) Trailer