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feastAt one time, Project Greenlight was a super cool idea by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon that gave young filmmakers a chance to have their art seen. One of the films I chose for today was the winner of season three and that film is called Feast. In a remote bar in the middle of the desert, it’s normal everyday life for the patrons and the workers of the bar until a coupe show up on their doorstep. A character simply known as the Hero (Eric Dane) show sup and tells the patrons that he is being chased by monsters that want to eat him and everyone inside. After he is murdered almost immediately, his wife, the heroine (Navi Rawat) shows up to lead the bar in attempt to survive before the monsters get them. The film also stars Henry Rollins (Heat) as Coach, Balthazar Getty (Lord Of The Flies) as Bozo, Judah Friedlander (30 Rock) as The Beer Guy, Josh Zuckerman (Sex Drive) as Hot Wheels, Jason Mewes (Chasing Amy) as Edgy Cat, Clu Gulager (A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge) as Bartender, Jenny Wade (Brothers) as Honey Pie, Krista Allen (Liar Liar) as Tuffy, Duane Whitaker (The Devil’s Rejects) as Boss Man, and the film was directed by John Gulager (Piranha 3DD).

feast2005inhindibyimkhaIf you’re into having a little action and some comedy to go with your horror then this is definitely the film for you. I definitely was a fan of the way the film was set up because it was almost done like a TV show where they show a character, give a little something about them (see the picture to the left), and we wait to see what happens. The film is also a little unorthodox on who gets killed within the film, but they do it on purpose and it gets a little obvious after a while. The character named the hero gets killed almost as soon as he enters the door so that tells you something about the way the film is going. This is definitely one of those films where you pick a favorite and hope he lives. The acting in the film is actually very good and campy at the same time. The film does feature a legend like Clu Gulager to go along with the likes of Balthazar Getty, but Judah Friedlander definitely steals the show in my opinion. The poor guy suffers a lot in the film while keeping his comedy cool and I appreciate that. The monsters for the most part are cool looking, but nothing is explained about where they come from or why they are here. The film can get brutal like one of the monsters getting his appendage chopped off during the film and other stuff. You have to check it out for yourself because it’s so cheesy at times that its great. I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.

I am a huge fan of horror movies and I love every kind of sub-genre that there is in horror like slasher, vampire, supernatural, and especially the zombie genre. In 1985, a film called Return Of The Living Dead was released and it introduced us to brain eating Zombies. You see before the release of this film, Zombies were known for just eating human flesh, but John Russo (who had worked with George Romero on Night Of The Living Dead) changed the game forever. The film starred some legends like Clu Gulager, James Karen, Thom Matthews, and Don Calfa to name a few. Besides the fact that the film was a success, it also had a soundtrack that became widely popular for featuring a lot of punk rock bands of the time like 45 Grave, The Flesh Eaters, Roky Erickson, The Cramps, The Damned, and today’s featured artist T.S.O.L. (True Sounds Of Liberty or The Statute Of Limitations). The band contributed the track Nothing For You which would be featured on their album Revenge a year later. I love the band’s sound on this track as they mix their punk roots with some rock in vein of The Ramones. While you check out the song below, check out the film as well.

eddies-top-5I decided for this week’s Eddie’s Top 5 that I would choose my top five zombie movies that I swear by. One of the reasons I love the zombie genre is for the fact that it’s one of those things that mankind has been wondering about for centuries. Will the dead come back to attack the living? Or is this going to be something that was done by man like the zombies in the Caribbean. The bible states that the dead will rise to punish the living or to vanquish the living (it’s one of the two) and that is something that has honestly scared the crap out of people for a very longtime. Don’t tell me that you never walked into a cemetery and wondered in your head,”is someone going to pop out of their grave and attack me?” I know that I have thought that every time I have ever driven past one. So, here is my top 5 zombie films:

5.The Serpent And The Rainbow– This was one of the films that introduced me to the idea that maybe zombies are real considering the legend in the Caribbean. In the film an anthropologist learns that a doctor in Haiti is turning people into zombies using a drug and black magic. The film stars Bill Pullman and it was directed by Wes Craven.

4. Dawn Of The Dead– This is the first of two George Romero films you’ll see on the list and definitely a favorite of mine. Four people are trapped in a mall with zombies on both the inside and out. A honest look at America’s obsession with malls and other useless crap. Check this one out and avoid the remake.

3. 28 Days Later– I will never forget how impressed I was with this film when it came out. I thought that director Danny Boyle took the zombie genre and he reinvented it with this masterpiece that starred Cillian Murphy as a guy who wakes up to find that the world he lived in is not the same. It was definitely a film that made you think about life and what the government feeds you. Think of flu shots and all the other crap they tell you to take.

2. Return Of The Living Dead– As campy as this film may have been in it’s time and today, I still love the film. I remember the first time I watched this during a sleepover. I was mesmerized and couldn’t stop chanting BRAINS all the time. These guys took what George Romero did and they ran with it. They made it look as if the government was behind all of it by a chemical that regenerates the dead. The film was directed by Dan O’Bannon and it stars the legend Clu Gulager and a sexy scene featuring scream queen Linnea Quigley.

1. Night Of The Living Dead– One of the first zombie movies that I got attached to and it introduced me to the man that made the Zombie genre what it is today in George Romero. It featured the first black man to ever be the star of a huge horror film in Duane Jones and George looked to break conventions with this film. One of the greatest ever!!!

 

nightmareIf you ever want to watch a great documentary on the Nightmare On Elm Street series that goes through each film and gives you the inside scoop on the films then check out Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy on Netflix. I needed a movie to watch today and this was the only film in the series that was essentially available on Netflix so I checked out A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge which was released in 1985, a year following the release of the original film. It’s been five years since the Elm Street incident involving Nancy and a new family has moved into her old house. Jesse Walsh (Mark Patton) is just a kid trying to fit in when he starts to get some really weird dreams involving that ugly guy with the claws for hands. He dismisses it at first, but Freddy (Robert Englund) begins to try to possess Jesse and make Jesse do his dirty work until he can completely take over Jesse’s body. With the help of his friends Lisa (Kim Myers) and Ron Grady (Robert Rusler), they try their best to help him before it’s too late. The film also stars the legendary Clu Gulager (The Return Of The Living Dead) as Ken Walsh, Hope Lange (Death Wish) as Cheryl Walsh, Marshall Bell (Twins) as Schneider, Sydney Walsh (Point Break) as Kerry, Christie Clark (Children Of The Corn II) as Angela Walsh, and the film was directed by Jack Sholder (Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies).

nightmare 2Every horror film franchise has a film that everyone hates whether it be Halloween III: Season Of The Witch (which I liked), any Hellraiser after part 3, Leprechaun: Origins, etc. This was that film for a lot of people because the film was just plain weird from beginning to end. The sequel earned the nickname the gay nightmare back in the day with all the different homosexual tones that are buried within the film. Think about it for a second, the scene Mark Patton has in the bedroom when he’s cleaning his room, his girl like screams, the S&M club scene, the shower scene where Schneider is getting whipped by towels, and instead of going to his girlfriend for help, he decides to visit the good looking jock instead while he’s sleeping in his bedroom. All of that is not what bothered me about this film, it’s more about consistency for me. We established in the first film and all the films following this one that Freddy kills you in your dreams for a reason, you can’t harm him in the dream world. If Freddy were to come in to the real world, he could be killed so why in the world would he risk that just to possess someone. The other thing that bothered me about this film was the ending and I could have forgiven everything wrong about this film if the ending was better. Are you kidding me that the way to defeat such a vile being is by smothering him with love. This is probably why Wes Craven didn’t return to do this film. I’m mean he did have to battle Robert Shaye over the creative freedom of what the ending to the first film was going to be. For all the reasons listed above I am going to give this film a C- for a final grade because the beginning makes the film look promising, but the rest is a letdown.

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37 days until Halloween and I have another horror film for you all to check out on another edition of Cheeseball Cinema. This week I watched the sequel to the sleeper hit, Piranhaand this one was perfect for Cheeseball Cinema mainly because it was a straight to DVD release. So, here we have Piranha 3DD and it stars Danielle Panabaker (Friday The 13TH) as Maddy, Matt Bush (Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2) as Barry, funny man David Koechner (Waiting) as the sleazy Chet, Katrina Bowden (Tucker & Dale Vs Evil) as the virgin Shelby, and cameos from Gary Busey, Christopher Lloyd, David Hasselhoff, Clu Gulager, Paul Scheer, and Ving Rhames to name a few. So, apparently, the town of Lake Victoria has since been vacated since the attack of the Piranha and the Piranha are now moving to a waterpark called The Big Wet. Chet goes behind his step-daughter Maddy’s back and makes one half of the water park a strip water park and the other half for everyone else. The only problem is that the fish are going wherever they smell sulfur. After some early attacks, Maddy is trying to convince chet to close the water park before the Piranha come on opening day.

So, let’s talk about the other interesting stuff that happens in the film, you know the stuff I like to talk about. First of all, Gary Busey makes a small cameo appearance with horror veteran Clu Gulager in a scene when they trying to retrieve a cow out of the lake. The cow starts to fart as they prod it and Busey has the bright idea of lighting a match. The cow explodes and the piranhas come to feast on the two of them. We see a boat load of breasts in this movie from the beginning to the very end. I think the director made it a point that we don’t have enough breast shots, give us more. One scene that I loved was a culmination of scenes that lead to me cringing. So, Shelby is a virgin who wants to lose her virginity. She invites a boy named Josh to go skinny dipping in the lake (I know bad idea). She thinks that Josh is trying to insert his you know what into her, but it is really a piranha going up her vagina. So, the whole time your wondering if he indeed did go up or not? So, finally she’s alone when Josh comes in and asks her if she’s OK. She tells him that she doesn’t feel well and that she wants him to plow her then and there because she doesn’t want to die a virgin. I’m not going to tell you what happens next, you’ll figure it out. David Hasselhoff in my opinion was brilliant in this film and he definitely has his moments in the film. Ving Rhames comes back and he shines alongside Paul Scheer as Scheer is trying to help him overcome his fear of the water. There is one scene in the film that I wish I could tell who it is, but I don’t want to give too much away. So, I’ll say this, one character gets his head chopped off and a girl with really big breasts catches it and the head motorboats the girl. On a scale of 1 being an a-list film and 5 being the cheesiest film of all time, I give the movie a 3.

Return-of-the-Living-Dead-1For this weeks edition of Cheeseball Cinema, I decided to watch and review two of my favorite horror movies and I decided to the watch the both of them consecutively. The first one pairs up Thom Matthews (Friday The 13TH Part 6) and James Karen (Poltergeist) for the first time in the series as two bumbling idiots that work in a warehouse that contains cadavers and various other medical school supplies. The two of them manage to release a gas from one of the containers in the basement that contains a zombie. The movie also stars scream queen Linnea Quigley (Nightmare On Elm Street 4), Clu Gulager (Nightmare On Elm Street 2), Don Calfa (Weekend At Bernies), and John Philbin (Point Break). They all have to scramble and figure out what exactly they are going to do to stay alive. One of the key elements of this film that I found fascinating was that the zombies in this film were actually pretty smart. They planned an ambush against the paramedics and all the cops there was in Louisville and they actually succeeded at it. These zombies can talk and communicate unlike zombies from other films like The Night Of The Living Dead films. They even try and give you an angle where

return 2One of my favorite scenes in this film is the graveyard scene with Linnea Quigly. I truly believe that it’s that monumental of a scene because of what she does and what it sets up. I truly believe that Linnea was willing to do what ever it took when it came to film. The first part of the scene she is telling Spider (Miguel A. Nunez Jr.) that dying must suck and that her worst nightmare (or Death) would be to have a bunch of old guys all around her, eating her alive. She then gets up, strips completely naked, and dances in the graveyard. One of the other things I noticed in this film is that the acting was pretty good, it was almost flawless considering the people they casted for the roles in the film. The only zombie that I liked in this film was the one that came out of the container. I think he was the coolest looking zombie where as most of the zombies in this film looked like freshly buried corpses. This definitely improves when we get into the second film in the series. There is a line in the film that is said in this film and repeated in the second film by the same two guys. I’ll explain it in my review of the second film. On a scale of 1 being almost a hollywood film to 5 being the cheesiest film of all time, I give this one a 1.5.

Return-of-the-Living-Dead-pt-IIThe second of the two films once again stars Thom Matthews and James Karen this time as Joey and Eddie where as they were Freddie and Frank in the first film. These two play a couple of grave robbers in this film, but the breaking of the cannister is not their faults this time. A couple of kids stumble upon the container that has fallen out of an army truck and they bi-accidently open the container releasing the gas upon them. Joey and Eddie are hanging inside of a mausoleum when the gas enters inside and they breath in the gas once again turning the two of them in zombies. One of the lines that I love in this film that was said in the first film was Joey (Freddy in the 1st) tells Eddie that he’s a stupid asshole and Eddie tells him, “Watch your tongue, if you like this job boy.” Of course he replies to the extent that he does not love his job. I found that very odd about this film. Well now it’s up Lucy (Marhsa Dietlein), her brother Johnny (Michael Kenworthy), the cable guy Tom (Dana Ashbrook), and the doctor (Philip Bruns) to try and survive this zombie attack. I would have mentioned Joey’s girlfriend Brenda (Suzanne Snyder), but you’ll see what happens to her in this film.

rotld-22There’s no hot punk girl in this film getting naked and dancing in a graveyard, but I have always thought that this film was just as good as the first one. The zombies are definitely an improvement from the first to this one. One of my favorite scenes in this film is when the zombie is trying to attack Tom and the TV turns on to reveal an aerobics lesson. Every single zombie in the room gets distracted by it and Tom is able to escape. The other thing that I found very interesting and you would only get it if you’ve seen both films is when Eddie and Joey are together in pain because they are becoming zombies. Joey turns to Eddie and tells him that this all seems very familiar like we’ve gone through this before. I thought that was awesome although I wondered of this was a genuine sequel or a do over for the producers. One of the other elements I enjoyed was them throwing in the zombie Michael Jackson at the end considering Michael was huge at the time of the release of this film. You should definitely check out both of these films. Even though, they are a little cheesy, their still a lot of fun to watch. On a scale of 1 being close to a Hollywood film to 5 being the cheesiest film of all time, I give this one a 1.5 as well.

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