Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Bacon’

darkness-titleKevin Bacon became a huge star in the 80’s and 90’s after appearing in Friday The 13TH, but every now and again he would always make his return to the genre (e.g. Stir Of Echos, Flatliners, Tremors). That was definitely the case this year when he starred in his latest horror film The Darkness which is today’s film. Peter Taylor (Bacon) is a hot shot architect who seems to have everything going right for him until his family returns home from a trip at the grand canyon. Peter’s autistic son Michael (David Mazouz) may have unleashed the kind of demons that nobody wants on their case. The demons begin to slowly rip their family apart until Peter decides that the family needs help relinquishing them from their home. The film also stars Radha Mitchell (Olympus Has Fallen) as Bronny Taylor, Lucy Fry (The Preppie Connection) as Stephanie Taylor, Matt Walsh (Old School) as Gary Carter, Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon A Time) as Joy Carter, Paul Reiser (Mad About You) as Simon Richards, Ming-Na Wen (Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Wendy Richards, Trian Long Smith (The Company We Keep) as Sammy, Ilza Rosario (Hands Of Stone) as Gloria, Alma Martinez (Cake) as Teresa, and the film was directed by Greg McLean (Wolf Creek).

downloadI am actually shocked to know that Greg McLean was the director of this film. The man directed some of the most brutal horror flicks in Wolf Creek 1 and 2 and then he does this film. It has a 4.2 overall on IMDB and it has only 5% on Rotten Tomatoes and I am sorry to say, but those scores are not wrong. They are downright justifiable and I will definitely explain why. This film lacked any real scares to it, I mean they didn’t even have any real cheap scares in it. The scariest thing about the film was the fact that the daughter had a eating disorder. The idea was there, but the execution was just not there at all. The demon guys which are Native American evil spirits were very cool looking and I almost wish they had done more with them cause then the film would have been a lot cooler to watch. The way the movie ends too was kind of lame, it left you saying, “OK now that this is over what to do.” 2016 for the most part has been a real disappointing year for horror on the big screen and that is because Hollywood has watered them down by making them PG-13. That was definitely the case with this film as it had so many lost opportunities that quite frankly this one is avoidable. I am going to give the film an C- for a final grade.

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blackmassheader2It has been a while since the last time I did a Based On A Truesday Story (a play on the words Tuesday and True Story), but I had to bring it back for a special movie. This past Friday, Black Mass, the film about one of South Boston’s most notorious gangsters in James “Whitey” Bulger was released into theaters. The film stars Johnny Depp (Donnie Brasco) stars as the notorious gangster himself as it looks at how Whitey got the push he needed in the game thanks to corrupt FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton).  It takes you deep into South Boston as Bulger goes on a rampage as he becomes one of the most powerful gangsters and second on the list of the FBI’s most wanted men behind Osama Bin Laden. The film is based on the book of the same name by former Boston Globe writers Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill and it looks at what Kevin Weeks, Steve Flemmi, and John Martorano had to say about Bulger. The film also stars Dakota Johnson (50 Shades Of Grey) as Lindsey Cyr, Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) as Billy Bulger, Kevin Bacon (Footloose) as Charles McGuire, Peter Sarsgaard (Jarhead) as Brian Halloran, Rory Cochrane (Dazed And Confused) as Steve Flemmi, David Harbour (The Equalizer) as John Morris, Adam Scott (Step Brothers) as FBI Agent Robert Fitzpatrick, Corey Stroll (This Is Where I Leave You) as Fred Wyshak, Julianne Nicholson (August: Osage County) as Marianne Connolly, W. Earl Brown (Scream) as John Martorano, Jesse Plemons (Observe And Report) as Kevin Weeks, Juno Temple (Killer Joe) as Deborah Hussey, and the film was directed by Scott Cooper (Out Of The Furnace).

black massAs with every film that is based on a true story, there are always those who doubt how true each event is and whether or not Hollywood expressed their creative liberty with some of the film. Kevin Weeks, one of the men depicted in the film recently spoke out on the film calling it fiction. He commented on Johnny Depp’s performance of Bulger and how it was written saying, “The only resemblance to Whitey’s character was the hairline. The funny thing is, Whitey’s look didn’t really change at all, just his clothes. It’s like we were stuck in a time warp. And the mannerisms—the way that Whitey talked to us—he never swore at us. In all the years I was with that man, he never swore at me once.” He later commented on a scene in the film that was depicted in Miami when a deal was being made to take out an important figure. Weeks says, “That never happened. In fact, I didn’t know about Roger Wheeler’s death until the Callahan murder. So just by having me be there giving Halloran the money, they have involved me in a conspiracy to kill Roger Wheeler. I’ve been libeled. I wasn’t involved in that at all, so I have a big problem with that. I just don’t know where they get the right to put events in there that did not happen.” There is also a very cool article from Time Magazine that describes what was fact or fiction about some important events in the film. In the film, they claim that the violence increased once Bulger’s son died. While it’s true that his son did die, they claim that he had ordered several hits before then with Weeks telling The Daily Beast, “Whitey was violent long before his son’s death.” Nevertheless, I thought Johnny Depp’s performance was masterful and that he was the best part of the film. I do feel that they made Flemmi and Weeks minor characters in the film than what they probably were in real life. The film itself was good, but Edgerton and Depp absolutely steal the show. One of my favorite elements of the film was the cinematography because they take some amazing shots of the city of Boston and Southie. Overall, my final grade for the film is a B=+

friday the 13thFor today’s Filmfest Friday, we are looking at a classic film that may seem like it was released by a major company, but in reality it was independently made before Paramount picked it up to distribute. Not to mention that it’s also Friday The 13TH and what a better way to celebrate then watching the 1980 classic that stars Betsy Palmer (Mister Roberts). It’s been 20 years since Camp Crystal Lake has been open due to some mysterious unsolved murders that occurred at the once beloved campgrounds. The new owners of the campground now dubbed camp blood don’t understand that there’s a death curse on the campground as they get set to re-open along with some counselors until one by one they are all hunted and killed by a mysterious and violent killer. The film also stars Adrienne King (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) as Alice, Jeannine Taylor (The Royal Romance Of Charles And Diana) as Marcie, Kevin Bacon (Animal House) as Jack, Robbi Morgan (What’s The Matter With Helen?) as Annie, Harry Crosby (The Private History of a Campaign That Failed) as Bill, Laurie Bartram (Emergency!) as Brenda, Rex Everhart (Superman) as Enos, Ron Millkie (A Return To Salem’s Lot) as Officer Dorf, Peter Brouwer (Arthur) as Steve, and the film was directed by Sean S. Cunningham (The Last House On The Left).

fridayHalloween is still one of my all time favorite Horror films and it started the slasher genre, but Friday The 13TH took the genre to a whole new level and it’s been often called the first true slasher film. What I love about this film is that it started that whole mystery side of slasher flicks where you are wondering throughout the whole film just who the killer is, when is he going to strike next, and you see things from the killer’s perspective with the special camera for most of the film until they are revealed. This truly was a classic film and even though a lot of the actors didn’t do much later on, this all started the six degrees of Kevin Bacon as he starred in this film and instead of a real glimpse at the girl, you get a glimpse of his behind in this film. This film was truly special as it was one of the rarest cases of Independent films that got distribution overseas which was rare for indies. It’s funny because if you’re not thinking properly and you get asked who was the killer in Friday The 13TH you may answer the question wrong like Drew Barrymore did in Scream, but I know who it is. The film cost them just over $500,000 so they had to save some of the money for special kill scenes while leaving others to the imagination which is OK by me. There’s a website on the web that gives compares shots from the film with shots from the real town 23 years later and a lot of it hasn’t changed. The locations were perfect for this film and check out the website here. This is a classic that all horror fans should check out especially on a day like today (it’s Friday The 13TH after all). I am going to give the film an A for a final grade.

superI wanted to once again choose something that was completely outside of the DC or Marvel Universe for today’s Super Sunday film. The film I chose for today however has a connection with a Marvel smash hit because the writer and director of today’s film Super is James Gunn. Gunn is the man that wrote and directed last summer’s smash hit Guardians Of The Galaxy, but before that he had this film. Super stars Rainn Wilson (House Of 1000 Corpses) as Frank, a guy who has never been that lucky in his life until he married Sarah (Liv Tyler). One day, Frank is so oblivious to what is really going on that Sarah leaves him for Jacques (Kevin Bacon), a strip club owner and overall jerk off. One day, Frank is given a vision by The Holy Avenger (Nathan Fillion) and Frank decides to become a super hero named The Crimson Bolt. Alongside, Boltie (Ellen Page), they’ll do their best to clean up the crime in the city and hopefully win Sarah back. The film also stars Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead) as Abe, Gregg Henry (Guardians Of The Galaxy) as Detective Felkner, Andre Royo (The Wire) as Hamilton, William Katt (The Greatest American Hero) as Sgt. Fitzgibbon, Linda Cardellini (Grandma’s Boy) as Maria, and Rob Zombie as God.

super 2One thing that you are definitely going to say is that the film has a similar tone to Kick Ass in where a regular person decides to dress up as a superhero in order to fight crime. You have every right to believe that, but just for your information, Gunn actually wrote this film back in 2002 and he had trouble shopping the film around because they felt that it was too violent. Kick Ass had Hit Girl and The Crimson Bolt has Boltie and that is where the similarities end between the two films. One thing that you will also notice is that Gunn makes excellent decisions as to what music to use for a soundtrack because this film’s soundtrack is actualluy very good as compared to the excellent one used in Guardians Of The Galaxy, but what I am saying is that you can see’s Gunn’s evolution unveiling right before your eyes. You’ll also notice that Lloyd Kaufman once again makes another cameo appearance and why shouldn’t he, James Gunn starred in Tromeo & Juliet. I really liked the film and thought it was a cool and different take on the genre. I am going to give Super a B+ for a final grade.

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220px-TheburningposterThe movie I chose for today features a lot of whose who of 80’s and 90’s star in a film directed by Tony Maylam with the story written by Harvey Weinstein and adapted into a screenplay by Bob Weinstein called The Burning. A janitor or caretaker of a summer camp gets pranked by a bunch of the kids that go there. The only problem is that the prank caused a fire and left him severely burnt and he survived the whole ordeal. It’s now five years later and he’s getting out of the hospital and he is out for revenge as heads for Camp Blackfoot. The movie stars Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Leah Ayres (Bloodsport), Brian Backer (Fast Times At Ridgemont High), Larry Joshua (Dances With Wolves), Ned Eisenberg (Flags Of Our Fathers), Fisher Stevens (Short Circuit), Holly Hunter (The Incredibles), and a quick appearance by K.C. Townsend (How To Murder Your Wife).

They say that all the greats get their start in Horror like Kevin Bacon (Friday The 13TH), Johnny Depp (Nightmare On Elm Street), and even Jason Alexander who became great in television. The idea for the movie was there and the execution was pretty good, but there was one thing that bothered me. On some of the scenes, Joshua’s character is going from one side of the island to another side to get wood for a fire. When he is with the girl before he leaves it’s just before dawn. When he goes to steal the matches from the other side, it’s dark out, and when he returns it’s back to just before dawn. When the caretaker is burning, you can tell the stuntman is wearing a fire suit and a helmet instead of the sweatshirt and jeans he had on in bed and to make matters worse he kicks the skull onto the bed which engulfs the bed in flames. Other than that, the film has everything I ever loved about slasher flicks of the 80’s. It’s got girls, corny jokes, violence, and naked girls on occasion. The Weinstein’s would go on to produce better films in their careers. On a scale from 1 to 5 with 1 being close to a Hollywood a-list movie and 5 being the cheesiest movie of all time, I give this film a 2.7