Archive for October, 2017

Teeth

Posted in Horror, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on October 28, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

High school student Dawn works hard at suppressing her budding sexuality by being the local chastity group’s most active participant. Her task is made even more difficult by her bad boy stepbrother Brad’s increasingly provocative behavior at home. A stranger to her own body, innocent Dawn discovers she has a toothed vagina when she becomes the object of violence. As she struggles to comprehend her anatomical uniqueness, Dawn experiences both the pitfalls and the power of being a living example of the vagina dentata myth.

What people are saying:

“Smart, original, and horrifically funny, Teeth puts a fresh feminist spin on horror movie tropes” 4 stars

“Teeth is both different enough from the usual teen trash to earn itself distinction and bold enough to go where other horrors wouldn’t dare venture.” 3 stars

“I must begin by saying that if male frontal nudity bothers you… especially when it comes into contact with toothed female parts… then just skip this movie altogether. If you can handle those kind of visuals, have a twisted taste for gore, or if you’re recently a woman scorned this movie is highly entertaining! Teeth may truly be for those who enjoy horror spoofs. I think this would fit nicely into those films aired on USA Up All Night during the 80s-90s… but generally better because the quality is fantastic and the acting is great — something similar movies lack. The humor throughout the movie was very dark and campy, which I consider to be a good thing and one reason I rated the movie so highly. Last but not least, for all you guys out there that watch scary movies so your girl will grab onto you for dear life, avoid this movie at all costs. ” 4 stars

“I watched this movie with my then-boyfriend, thinking we’d have a fun night with a corky dark comedy. I say “then-boyfriend” because we aren’t together anymore. I’m not saying that this movie ended our relationship, I’m just saying is that for a stretch of time we were dating, then one day we watched this movie, and now we’re not dating. Whether or not this movie was the direct cause of our not dating anymore, I’m not sure. One thing is certain though, we did not have sex afterward.” 1 star

“A film about a vagina with teeth, what’s there not to enjoy? A lot actually. This was a terrible film in all aspects. I’ve never been a horror type of fan although ironically my favourite film is alfred hitchcock’s psycho but seriously, who came up with this idea? It’s just a really weird film that I’ve wanted to see for a while due to some critics giving it decent reviews.. However I don’t get why at all. The acting, the story, the everything is terrible.” 1/2 star

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Trailer Thursday 10/26

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on October 26, 2017 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

Tuesday is Halloween, so this is the end of this series of horror themed trailers. I hope you’ve enjoyed them.

I thought about sharing one of the trailers for those Michael Myers Halloween films, but then I remembered Trick ‘r’ Treat might be the better option.

This is a film that has garnered some cult status over the years and actually isn’t half bad. Check it out…

 

Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde

Posted in Classics, Horror, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on October 26, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

An African-American scientist develops a formula to regenerate dying liver cells, but it has the unfortunate after-effect of turning him into an albino vampire with a mania for killing prostitutes. A tough police lieutenant investigating the murders discovers the existence of the dual-personality killer, and determines to bring him in.

What people are saying:

“Blaxploitation classic tells the story of Dr. Henry Pryde (Bernie Casey) who is working tirelessly to find a cure for liver disease. He develops a serum that shows potential but, he can’t perfect it without human experimentation. After a failed test on a dying woman, Henry decides to test the serum on himself. The result transforms the valiant doctor into a super strong, violent tempered… white man. Directed by Blacula‘s William Crain, this 70s horror treats it’s story with respect despite how silly it is and Crain, as with Blacula, gets good performances out of his cast that also includes Rosalind Cash (The Omega Man) and Marie O’Henry as Pryde’s love interest, a local hooker named Linda. Sadly, Larry LeBron’s script from an idea by Lawrence Woolner doesn’t nearly make as much use of the classic story it’s based on as did Blacula, nor is Crain able to give this film the Gothic flavor and style he did with that film. It’s pretty much a generic monster movie with Mr. Hyde stalking and killing Linda’s fellow hookers and their pimps and the police trying to find and stop the killer. The obvious blaxploitation elements are present but, seem a bit forced here as opposed to Blacula where they were just part of the characters and their life at that point in time. Still the film does have that 70s nostalgia and is worth a look for those interested in the blaxploitation era of filmmaking. Also noteworthy as, the Mr. Hyde make-up effects on Bernie Casey are by the legendary Stan Winston.” 2 1/2 stars

“Intriguing and entertaining, the film suggests — visually and thematically, if not in so many words — that being white causes a person to become aggressive, brutal and evil, and that the very state of whiteness is a state of corruption.” 3 1/2 stars

“The black Dr. Henry Pride (Bernie Casey) takes a formula that turns him into an evil white man. Here’s another blaxploitation film but this one here is actually pretty good thanks in large part to the very good performance by Casey. The film is over the top in every way possible from the non-stop Kung Fu fighting to the wonderfully funny pimp. The first scene where the evil white guy is about to get jumped by three hoods is priceless.”1 1/2 star

“We watched this on YouTube and found ourselves to be compelled by this ‘so bad it’s good’ 70s flick. Some of the acting in this film is near awful, LOL. (You will recognize the main character.) However, the storyline makes up for it. In addition, it has a funky soundtrack and some moments that are funny if you pay attention to all the little nuances and subtleties.” 3 1/2 stars

“Just so people realize, this film’s title is misspelled. Dr. Black & Mr. Hyde has a great trailer, but the movie itself could’ve been better. VERY strange to see Stan Winston, Johnny Pate, and Tak Fujimoto all worked on this movie, however. Crazy as hell. Fun for blaxploitation B-movie weirdness, and definitely better than Blackenstein. But it’s no Blacula.” 2 1/2 stars

The Beast Must Die

Posted in Classics, Horror, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on October 24, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

In this little horror film, a wealthy sportsman (Calvin Lockhart) invites a house full of guests to a big-game hunt that he’s devised. He’s sure that one of the guests is a werewolf, and he intends to stalk it, find it, and kill it. As a film viewer, you are alerted at the outset that a mystery awaits and that clues will be unveiled that can point to the identity of the werewolf. In fact, near the conclusion, the film has inserted a 30-second interlude during which you must decide, once and for all, who the hunted beast is. This film is based upon a story by James Blish titled There Shall Be No Darkness.

What people are saying:

“The non-anthology output of Amicus Productions tended to be hit-and-miss, but The Beast Must Die is an interesting if lightweight horror-mystery hybrid from the studio.” 3 stars

“The Beast Must Die is worth a look, as long as you enjoy unintentionally campy kitsch from the swinging 70s and werewolf myths.” 3 stars

“Unbelievably nonsensical, this film has two things (only two) going for it: a cast that’s game, and the “Werewolf Break,” an absurd concept that is, somehow, kind of cool.” 2 stars

“this film is just fantastic. it’s about five genres within one – a blaxploitation, an exploitation, a lowbudget, made for television-looking, british, mystery, werewolf movie. that itself is quite the feat. and on top of it all, it has a werewolf break. perhaps the most genius idea in the history of cinema, they tell you at the beginning that, right before the end of the film, they will pause everything so that you, the audience, can spend thirty seconds finalizing your guess as to who the werewolf is. this is pure camp fun. watch this with friends and you are guaranteed a great time.” 4 1/2 stars

“Undemanding and completely silly fun where the audience is asked towards the end to guess the identity of the werewolf. A hopeless lead with an equally hopeless gun aim is determined to find out which of his guests are a furry killer. Dig that score too, no atmospheric chills here, the emphasis is on funky percussion! Big dumb fun.” 2 1/2 stars

The Wayward Bus

Posted in Classics, Drama, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on October 24, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

This drama was adapted from a novel by John Steinbeck and chronicles a fateful bus ride. Much of the tale centers around the interactions between the passengers and the driver as he attempts to safely navigate the bus through a series of potentially dangerous storms.

What people are saying:

“Rather good adaptation of the Steinbeck novel although Victor Vicas’ direction is somehow nondescript, but the film is worth seeing for its cast. Jayne Mansfield was a good actress and she shows it in this unglamourous role.” 4 stars

A motley group of passengers travel in a rundown bus from a small bus stop town called Rebel Corners to San Juan De La Cruz, another small town but with a mission that attracts tourists. The journey proves quite intense, both physically (landslides, floods) and emotionally (romance and conflict). Based on a lesser John Steinbeck novel, the film plays out like one of those 1970s disaster films: a group of disparate characters are thrown together as fate toys with them and by the end of the journey, they’ve all learned a lesson. The execution is rather trite and, as written, the script doesn’t deal a fair hand to its cast. The 23 year old Joan Collins looking quite lovely is hopelessly miscast. Clearly, the role was written for an older woman (probably late 30s) whose looks are fading and has turned to booze. The part cries out for a Jan Sterling or Ann Sothern. Jayne Mansfield as a stripper involved in a tabloid scandal surprisingly gives the film’s best performance. The film could have used more grit instead of polish.” 3 stars

“You would expect a total bitchfest with a movie starring both legendary bombshell Jayne Mansfield and soap opera diva Joan Collins….but what you get is a fascinating film based on the John Steinbeck novel of a bus driver and his passengers and their adventures as they get detoured and sidetracked…both on the bus and in life. Joan Collins is the wife of driver Rick Jason (so gorgeous). It’s a small and run down little bus that makes side trips. Joan Collins is the owner of a little restaurant who likes the bottle a bit too much. Unhappy with what has become of her life, she decides to “surprise” husband Jason mid-way through his bus trip. Jayne Mansfield is the shamed burlesque dancer on the way to a heavy paying gig in San Juan and gets caught up in the flirtation by a traveling salesman, played by Dan Dailey. Delores Pritchard gives a great performance as the “fast” daughter traveling with her parents on this trip” 5 stars

“This is not a terrible movie, but I would not recommend it if you’re looking for a classic Steinbeck story. The book was a fascinated nuanced look into how people perceive themselves and others, often wrongly. A big part of the book was exploring the thoughts of the various characters as they are judging each other silently (or openly!). All of this in a story of a crowd of completely different people stuck on a bus. Making a movie of the book must have been a hard task, and it seems like they opted to go for streamlined versions of the characters, focusing on the melodramatic aspects of the book. However, without the thought of the characters explaining the motivations behind their actions, the movie ends up being about Thing Happening. Because there’s such an ensemble of characters involved, you only briefly get to know each character. I know I’m judging this movie a bit harshly, and it’s unfair to hold the movie up against the book – after all, the book is (almost) always better. But when the movie misses the point of the book and only keeps the uppermost layer of it, it’s doing itself (and the book) a great injustice.” 3 stars

“Well done! This is 1957 black & white movie and it has everything! Thrill, comedy, romance, danger, action, sad, shock and surprise!” 5 stars

Trailer Thursday 10/19

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on October 19, 2017 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

This week, I want to share with you the first horror film I ever watched, Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Dead. This thing was so scary to little me that I had nightmares for a few nights afterwards.

I haven’t watched it since…I wonder if I’d still have nightmares. Hmm…

In the meantime, check out the trailer…

Trailer Thursday 10/12

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on October 12, 2017 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

Continuing with our horror theme this week, I bring you the trailer for the 80s flick, House. I don’t know much about this flick, other than it looks like something I may be checking out at some point in the future.

Have a look and see what you think…