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beyond the gatesWhen I search for horror movies to watch for Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween, I always try to find films that strike some kind of interest from me. One of those things can be anything having to do with the 1980’s whether it be a theme or maybe a star from that era like the beautiful Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator). While cruising through Netflix’s horror section, I came across today’s film which is called Beyond The Gates. Brothers Gordon (Graham Skipper) and John Hardesty (Chase Williamson) are forced to see each once again when their father goes missing and is presumed dead. The two have to clean out their father’s video rental store that is made up of all old VHS cassettes. One day while in the office of the store, they stumble on an old VHS adventure game called Beyond The Gates. What they don’t realize is once they play the tape, they are forced to play the game or it will claim their souls. The film also stars Brea Grant (Rob Zombie’s Halloween II) as Margo, Matt Mercer (Contracted: Phase II) as Derek, Justin Welborn (The Final Destination) as Hank, Jesse Merlin (12 Deadly Days) as Elric, Sara Malakul Lane (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse) as Dahlia, Henry LeBlanc (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Dad, Pierson Ryan (Red Team Go) as Ghoul, and the film was directed by Jackson Stewart (Supernatural). 

barbaraI always give you guys my honest opinion on everything I watch because I am a horror fan and it’s my genre of choice. Beyond The Gates is an excellent film that while it had some quirks to it (not many), it was a well written film and very well acted. The story itself was a very interesting one where what if you started playing a game and it wouldn’t let you go until you either finished it or it took your soul. What would you do? You’d have no other choice, but to finish the game because now it messes with reality. The kills in the film were a very interesting part of the film where the main characters are doing it without really doing it. I know that makes no sense, but what if the game told you to go outside and find the X. You find it only to dig it up and you find a doll. The game tells you there is a key inside so you tear the doll apart looking for it without realizing that your tearing a friend’s insides out. That is what I am talking about and I actually liked that about the film. It was very different than usual and very cool. Barbara Crampton was amazing as usual as the gamekeeper from hell who forces our brothers to play the game. The camera work is great and the editing is on point as well. I love the intro to the film that kind of shows you how a VHS cassette worked. I thought that was a cool nostalgic thing. I am however going to give the film an A- for a final grade and it’s available on Netflix as we speak.

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witchboard 3I figured since I reviewed Witchboard 2 for yesterdays Cheeseball Cinema entry, I thought that I would take a stab at the next film for today’s edition of Cheeseball Cinema. So as I said yesterday, there are things in life I believe that people should not mess with and that is demons and Ouija boards because only bad can come from it. Brian (David Nerman) should have stayed away, but he couldn’t resist. Brian is a stockbroker who is down on his luck because he can’t seem to find a job in the industry. One day, he gets invited by his landlord Francis (Cedric Smith) place and that is when Brian finds out what Francis is up to. Francis introduces the Ouija board to Brian and even gives him investment advice from the spirit. That is when things take an scary turn for Brian who swears to get rid of it before his wife Julie (Elizabeth Lambert) finds out. But like most others before him, the spirits stop him from doing so and Brian’s body is possessed by a demon and someone he knows (watch the film to figure that out). Now, it’s up to Julie to try and save her husband from the demon that is inside his body before it’s too late.

Elizabeth LambertI truly believe that this film in some aspects was a lot better than the second film and I am not talking about the fact that there is some intense sex scenes in this film (that does help), but I felt the story was a lot better and the film was executed a lot better. I really feel that this film makes up for where the last one lacked and as I said if you’re a fan of horror films with some intense sex scenes then this is one for you. The film isn’t spookier than the last or any film out today, but that’s okay in my book. Elizabeth Lambert is amazing in this film as well as David Nerman, they made an amazing on screen couple and you were sold on it. I loved the demon when he is finally released from Brian’s body, he looks pretty cool, but some of the effects were a little cheesy, but they worked with what they had available to them at the time. I think this is a film that is definitely worth checking out especially if you’re into this style of horror that was popular in the 1990’s. On a scale of 1 being an A-list Hollywood film and 5 being the cheesiest film of all time I give it a 2.4 for a final grade.

 

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witchboard 2If there was always something in life that freaked me out completely I mean to the point where I am literally scared, it’s the idea of messing with the spirit world like using Ouija Boards. For Paige (Ami Dolenz), she is just a regular wholesome girl who is about to settle in a new apartment so that she can start a new life. She’s an accountant by day, but her true passion is her art and that is all Paige wants to do. One day, she stumbles upon a Ouija board that was left behind in the apartment and it instantly strikes her interest. What she doesn’t expect is that it actually works because she is unexpectedly contacted by a spirit that goes by the name of Susan (Julie Michaels). Paige becomes instantly interested in trying to solve the murder of Susan after she is told that. What she doesn’t expect is that Susan is going to try and possess her. The film also stars Christopher Michael Moore (City Heat) as Jonas, Laraine Newman (Problem Child 2) as Elaine, Timothy Gibbs (11-11-11) as Mitch, John Gatins (Need For Speed) as Russell, Marvin Kaplan (Wild At Heart) as Morris, and the film was directed by Kevin Tenney (Night Of The Demons).

Julie MichaelsA lot of people have complained about the acting skills of Amy Dolenz (the daughter of Monkees Micky Dolenz) saying that her voice was annoying and that her acting chops were not up to par, but I disagree with that. You can look at it however you want, but I don’t think she was the worst absolute choice there was for the role and most of these types of films cared more about what the women looked like more than her acting ability hence why there always here at Cheeseball Cinema. The only unfortunate thing is that if you’re looking to see what Amy Dolenz is packing then you might as well look somewhere else because it doesn’t happen in this film although you do get some leg. You do however get a quick glimpse at what Julie Michaels has to offer through some photos they show in the film. The kill scenes are ok although I look the wrecking ball kill scene they provide. Overall, it’s not a terrible film and it’s not the best, but it’s decent enough to watch. Do expect to see the type of supernatural horror they throw at you today because it’s not in this film. On a scale of 1 being an A-list Hollywood film and 5 being the cheesiest film of all time I give the film a 2.8 for a final grade.

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amityvilleIt’s the classic story of a house that caused quite the commotion in Amityville, Long Island, New York. In 1974, a boy murdered his whole entire family with a shotgun with the police unable to find a motive. A year later with the house on the market and going for cheap money, the Lutz’s move in to the house. George Lutz (James Brolin) along with his newly wed wife Kathy (Margot Kidder) move into the house with their three kids. What they didn’t expect to find is that the house is haunted by something that doesn’t want them there. The film also stars Rod Steiger (Mars Attacks) as Father Delaney, Don Stroud (Django Unchained) as Father Bolen, Murray Hamilton (Jaws) as Father Ryan, James Tolkan (Back To The Future) as a coroner, Helen Shaver (The Color Of Money) as Carolyn, and Amy Wright (Deer Hunter) as Jackie in what is believed to be a true story, but that may have been disproved.

amityville horror 3If you watched the Documentary My Amityville Horror that featured Daniel Lutz, then you would know that the movie goes exactly how he described it from the Priest and the window that fell shut on his hand. I know the film was based on the book, but this was also based off of the the testimonials themselves from the Lutz family. What I will say is that this is the only version of the film worth watching and I’m talking about this versus the remake. Of course, they were sequels left and right changing the names of the characters, but the story is generally the same. James Brolin is brilliant and it’s amazing to see how well he does as he transforms from a normal husband to the mess he becomes through out the film. Margot Kidder who was coming off of a huge role in Superman the year before also does a terrific job in the film where the normal descent into madness living in the house. Whether you believe that the story is true or not belongs to you, but every family that has since lived in the house claims that they’ve never had any disturbances with ghosts or demons. I love this version of the film so it gets an A from me for a final grade.