Posts Tagged ‘Scream’

13568It has only been a year since we lost horror legend Wes Craven (he passed away in August 2015) and with that said I needed to watch a film of his for this year. Not only did Wes Craven direct films (Scream), but he also served as an executive producer for a lot of them including today’s film entitled They. Back in 1983, young Billy (Alexander Gould) was victim to an attack from the monsters under his bed, but it haunts him for the rest of his life. Now we go 19 years later and Julia (Laura Regan) is a psychology major that used to suffer from night terrors as a child. All of that is awoken when adult Billy (Jon Abrahams) pays her a visit and kills himself. Now Julia has to figure out a way to battle the creatures in the dark before its too late. The film also stars Ethan Embry (Can’t Hardly Wait) as Sam Burnside, Dagmara Dominczyk (The Count Of Monte Cristo) as Terry Alba, Marc Blucas (We Were Soldiers) as Paul Loomis, Desiree Zurowski (Big Eyes) as Mary Parks, Mark Hildreth (Planet Hulk) as Troy, Jonathan Cherry (Final Destination 2) as Darren, Jay Brazeau (Insomnia) as Dr. Booth, and the film was directed by Robert Harmon (The Hitcher).

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Stranger Things Anyone?

Wes has always found a way to ruin the idea of sleeping at night whether it was directly with A Nightmare On Elm Street or as the executive producer for this film. What is everyone’s usual fear as a child? It’s that there is monsters under the bed or in the closet and it so bad that you can have any part of your body hanging off the bed. So, they play off of those fears in this film because some people are still afraid of the dark. The things or monsters known as they remind me of a a popular Netflix series entitled Stranger Things and I’ll explain. Spoiler Alert Warning: Do not read any further for fear of any details getting spoiled for you. So basically “They” live in an alternate dimension in the film that we as humans cannot see which is exactly like the Upside down in Stranger Things because that is where you get dragged into in this film. When you watch the film, you’ll know exactly what I am talking about when you are brought there. The film definitely tries for those cheap scares with the lights going out and the monster stalking you while you hear him growl in the dark, etc.I definitely appreciated the film, but it wasn’t very scary in the end unless you’re afraid of monsters in the closet or the dark. With all of that being said, I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.

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masters of the universeFor today’s Cheeseball Cinema film, I wanted to watch the 1987 Masters Of The Universe film ever since I had watched the Cannon Films documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild Untold Story Of Cannon Films. The Masters Of The Universe film is based off the hit 80’s cartoon television series He-Man and it stars Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV) as He-Man. In this film, Lord Skeletor (Frank Langella) has just taken over Castle Greyskull on the planet Eternia and plans to dominate the Universe. The only problem is that a troll like locksmith has a prototype key to the universe in his possession that Skeletor needs, but it ends up on Earth in the possession of a couple of teens. He-Man and his crew will head to Earth to protect the teens before Skeletor’s evil forces get their hands on them. The film also stars Courteney Cox (Scream) as Julie, Meg Foster (They Live) as Evil-Lyn, Billy Barty (Body Slam) as Gwildor, Robert Duncan McNeill (Star Trek: Voyager) as Kevin, Jon Cypher (Hill Street Blues) as Duncan (Man At Arms), Chelsea Field (Commando) as Teela, James Tolkan (Back To The Future) as Det. Lubik, Christina Pickles (The Wedding Singer) as Sorceress Of Castle Grey Skull, Pons Maar (The Golden Child) as Saurod, and the film was directed by Gary Goddard.

skeletorI have to stop here and say that while the film can be typical 80’s cheese, it does have it’s moments where it’s fun. The 80’s were a fun and experimental time for cinema and people craved live action adaptations of their favorite cartoons. Well, back then the movies people loved went the other way and became cartoons like The Toxic Avenger or even Ghostbusters. You have to have an open mind going into this film that it’s not the greatest of films. If you can do that then you may actually have fun watching it. Dolph Lundgren doesn’t have many lines in this film and from what the documentary stated, Stallone asked the studio why they would give that guy lines. I think the fact that he didn’t have a lot of lines explains why he needed a speech and drama coach as it states in the credits of the film. One of the problems I also had with the film was Skeletor’s face, it just didn’t seem right and if I am correct, they bought a mask and placed it on him for budget purposes I believe. He also didn’t sound like the Skeletor we were all used to from the TV show which may have been a bold move n their part. I did think having the troll around was both funny and a little too cheesy and this was his first appearance. Overall, I had a lot of fun watching the film and it brought back some memories, but here is the final verdict. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give this film an 2.5 for a final grade.

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=+

wasp2015promo_638Here is the second of two Singles of thew week for today as I promised you. One of my all time favorite bands from the 80’s was metal band W.A.S.P. which features Blackie Lawless (the only surviving member of the band). The band is gearing up to release a brand new record in Golgotha which also happens to be the band’s fifteenth studio record via Napalm Records on October 2ND. The band has unleashed their first single to get fans ready for the release in the track Scream and here is what Blackie Lawless had to say about the track, “Scream was the track we felt really opened the album with the kick we were looking for. The animation on the video is outstanding and truly takes you on a trip. ‘You’re gonna cry if you want me, You’re gonna lie if you love me!’ It’s enough to make you wanna scream!” The track is amazing from beginning to end and it’s the typical songwriting quality that would expect from Blackie as it drives you from beginning to end. Blackie back at the Sweden Rock Festival in 2014 talked about the origin of the album title Golgotha saying, “Golgotha’ is Hebrew for place of the skull, and it’s the hill where Christ was crucified. And it’s interesting, when you see a lot of bands going around using Satanic images or images of death and things like that, and I’m thinking, all they need to do is look at the source, ’cause it’s right there. I mean, if you want death, there’s enough to go around there.” Drummer Mike Dupke recently left the band, but never fear because he has been replaced by Yngwie Malmsteen drummer Patrick Johansson.

wesIf you are a true fan of horror films, then you were saddened by the news of the passing of legendary horror director Wes Craven last night. To see the announcement last night was such a shock because it felt like it came out of nowhere. Wes Craven passed away at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 76 on Sunday after a three year battle with brain cancer. Wes Craven was known for such horror classics as A Nightmare On Elm Street, The Last House On The Left, Scream, The People Under The Stairs, The Serpent And The Rainbow, The Hills Have Eyes, Shocker, as well as directing films in other genres like Red Eye, Music Of The Heart (which earned Meryl Streep an Oscar), Paris, je t’aime, and so many more. He redefined the teen horror genre in the 80’s with Nightmare and did it once again with the Scream films in the 90’s. It is also known that he had a real knack for discovering some of the great talents of Hollywood like Johnny Depp (A Nightmare On Elm Street), Sharon Stone (Deadly Blessing), and Bruce Willis (in an 1980’s version of The Twilight Zone) to name a few of the many he has worked with in his whole career.

scream-1996-tou033011-620x400I remember the first time I was introduced to Wes Craven and it was through A Nightmare On Elm Street as Freddy Krueger scared the living daylights out of me to the point that I never wanted to fall asleep. I was spooked even more at night as tree branches used to scratch my windows, but in my head I thought it was Freddy. One of my other favorite films from him was The People Under The Stairs and how chaotic and psychotic that film was from beginning to end. It was thanks to that film that I was scared of basement steps because you never knew what was under them. The other fascinating thing about Wes was the fact that he was able to jump out of the horror genre and be successful at it was a true testament to Wes being one of the all time greats. The influence that he had on me and the slasher genre will forever live on and I thank Wes Craven for that and all the wonderful memories he provided me with his films. Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween will surely miss having the opportunity to review any future films he may have had, but at least we have so many to choose from his past. I want to send my condolences to all his friends and family over the loss of Wes Craven. R.I.P. Wes Craven (8/2/1939- 8/30/2015)

IMG_3463We decided to be generous today and we are giving you a double shot of Ass Whoopin Wednesdays. For today’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday film, I wanted to explore one bad ass film from a member of The Expendables 3 crew that I hadn’t reviewed a film for yet. Wesley Snipes (Passenger 57) has made a lot of bad ass films in his day, but for today’s film we are watching his vampire classic loosely based on the Marvel Comic Blade. In Blade, Wesley Snipes plays the legendary day walker known as Blade who has made it his life goal to track down and kill Vampires with the help of his handler The Whistler (Kris Kristofferson). One night while on a routine mission, a vampire known as Quinn (Donal Logue) bites a doctor (N’Bushe Wright) who looks a lot like Blade’s mother, so Bade decides to help her out. The only thing is that she leads him to a greater cause and that is to kill a vampire named Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff), who is hell bent on shaking up the order of the Vampires for his own personal greed. The film also stars Udo Kier (Flesh For Frankenstein) as Dragonetti, Arly Jover (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) as Mercury, Traci Lords (Not Of This Earth) as Racquel, Sanaa Lathan (Out Of Time) as Vanessa, Eric Edwards (Candyman) as Pearl, Tim Guinee (Iron Man) as Curtis Webb, Kevin Patrick Walls (Scream) as Krieger, Shannon Lee (High Voltage) as a resident, and the film was directed by Stephen Norrington (The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats.

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IMG_3464This is definitely one of my favorite films of the 90’s because it was a unique film and a very different take on the Vampire genre then what we were used to at the time. Plus Wesley Snipes plays one heck of a vampire wrecking machine bad ass. As far as the stats are concerned for the film, Wesley wracks up a whopping 94 knockout/kills in this film even though the number could be a little bit higher (Those were all I could confirm). As far as an origin story is concerned, it is shown to you in the beginning, but it’s not explained until later on when Whistler explains it to the doctor and gives her the complete story. As far as I can tell in this film, he doesn’t have a love interest even though she helps him out later on. As far as a friend, love interest, or a family member being hurt, his mother is bitten by a vampire when she is pregnant with him and Whistler is attacked in the film and that really pisses him off. The big boss is definitely defeated in this film and you’ll just have to see how it’s down for yourself. Coming soon, we are going to be doing something special every now and again when we take some of our subjects from Ass Whoopin Wednesdays that we have covered and we are pinning them up against each other. For example, when Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee fought in a film or Wesley Snipes going up against Sylvester Stallone. So, you’ll want to stay tuned for that when we bring it to you which is also why we decided to cover Wesley Snipes here.

Ghoulies Go To CollegeFor this week’s Cheeseball Cinema film, I wanted to get back into the style of films that made me want to start this piece in the first place which was low budget, straight to video horror films and I picked a good one for today. For this week’s film, we are diving into the Ghoulies franchise and checking out Ghoulies Go To College (Ghoulies 3). In this film, the Ghoulies literally go to college and are caught in the middle of a prank war between two fraternities. One member of the Betas ends up finding a comic book called Ghoulish Tales which ends up in the hands of Professor Ragnar (Kevin McCarthy) who summons the evil ghouls to do his dirty work in eliminating the fraternities for good. That is until one of them notices that something wrong is happening on campus during hell week. The film also stars Eva LaRue (RoboCop 3) as Erin, John R. Johnston (Loving) as Jeremy, Patrick Labyorteaux (Summer School) as Mookey, Hope Marie Carlton (A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master) as Veronica, Evan MacKenzie (Children Of The Night) as Skip, Jason Scott Lee (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story) as Kyle, Griffin O’Neal (The Wraith) as Blane, Marcia Wallace (Teen Witch) as Miss Boggs, Stephen Lee (WarGames) as Barcus, and the film was directed by John Carl Buechler (Friday The 13TH Part VII: The New Blood).

Hope Marie Carlton PicOne of the cool facts about this awesomely terrible film is that it was Scream star Matthew Lillard’s first ever film as he as an extra known as Stork and Kane Hodder (Friday The 13TH Part VI: Jason Lives) makes a cameo in the film as well. The film was also the first time in the series that the Ghoulies actually talked and it was done for comedic purposes. All horror characters at this point were being transformed into being funny while doing their evil deeds. It’s kind of unfortunate in a way cause they tried too hard to make it funny instead of trying to make it a horror film. While the acting wasn’t really that bad for the most part, the actors playing some of the roles looked a little old to be in college. I’m not saying that the film was completely terrible because it was very enjoyable at times, it was just that the ghoulies were too cheesy. You could definitely tell that the Ghoulies were being handled by puppeteers because any time it came for them to do some action, the camera would pan away and items would fly in the air to symbolize that something was being destroyed. I was surprised to see some of the faces I recognized in this film, but then again you have to start somewhere if you want to go anywhere in Hollywood. They would end up making one more film in the series after this one, but for right now this is available on Netflix as we speak. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give this film a four for a final grade.

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