Posts Tagged ‘The Video Dead’

maxresdefault-1I figured since We have been watching all of the Dirty Harry films with the one and the only Clint Eastwood (Sudden Impact) and I figured we’d finish off the series. Do not confuse today’s film The Dead Pool with that hilarious Marvel Comics movie because this one is based off a twisted game. The Dead Pool is a game where they write a list of celebrities that each person believes will die within the year an the person with the most deaths wins the game. It all becomes a little real though when a musician is found dead and his name is on the very list of a director (Liam Neeson). Harry Callahan (Eastwood) is put on the case as more and more celebrities start to turn up dead that are all linked to the director. The film also stars Patricia Clarkson (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials) as Samantha Walker, Jim Carrey (The Number 23) as Johnny Squares, Evan C. Kim (V) as Al Quan, David Hunt (Jade) as Harlan Rook, Michael Goodwin (Stuck In Love) as Lt. Ackerman, Michael Currie (Sudden Impact) as Captain Donnelly, Anthony Charnota (The Rookie) as Lou Janero, Victoria Bastel (The Video Dead) as Suzanne Dayton, and the film was directed by Buddy Van Horn (Any Which Way You Can). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

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dirtyharry5_02As far as the stats are concerned, it’s not the highest in the series, but it’s also not the lowest either. Harry Callahan has about 12 kills in the film and he still has no origin story and he shouldn’t this far deep. I didn’t know how to answer the love interest question because at first he doesn’t like her because she is a reporter, but he is eventually staying at her place in the film so that is why I wrote yes and no. His partner is wounded (first time not killed in the series) and she is taken hostage by the killer so I would say yes to that next question. The big boss is defeated and you’ll have to see how it’s done cause it’s really cool. Now as far as the series is concerned, I really liked this one because it embraced all of the 80’s in it’s glory, but it’s definitely not my favorite in the series. One thing that I have to comment on is tat I just can’t take Jim Carrey serious as a rock star in the film because everything he does is just cheesy. It’s almost like he is poking fun at the 1980’s while he pretends to be Axl Rose. You do get to see a cameo by at least Slash and Izzy Stradlin in the film during one scene in case you were wondering. It just seems unnatural when you are watching him during the scene. Liam Neeson I thought was great in the film playing an English low budget/b-movie horror director and Patricia Clarkson was amazing as well. I liked who they casted as Harry’s partner for sure because he was a nice balance for the tough as nails Callahan. The cinematography is cool and the story is pretty good as it would inspire our favorite Marvel Character’s origin. So, I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.

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This week’s edition of Cheeseball Cinema comes courtesy of Netflix and it’s called The Video Dead. Before I watched the film, I had liked the idea of the dead coming out of a television set. The movie had promise, but you’ll find out below what I really thought of it. The movie is about a television set that ends up in the wrong hands. This particular television is very evil and the dead come out of it as the first man that we see in the beginning finds out. So, we fast forward three months and Zoe and her brother are trying to set up the new house her parents bought before they come home from a trip. They get more then they bargain for when weird things start happening around the neighbourhood and people start to die. The direct to video film was directed by Robert Scott and it starred Rocky Duvall (Jeff), Roxanna Augesen (Zoe), Vicki Bastel (April), and Sam David McClelland (Joshua Daniels).

My biggest problem with the movie was that they had the right idea, but the story was not executed as well as it should have. The zombies are apparently very special kind of zombies in that they have feelings, think their still alive, and are afraid of looking at themselves in a mirror. The acting in this film is so terible that it makes the movie so cheesy. I would be very surprised to learn if any of these actors went on to make bigger films. In typical B movie cheesiness, there was bound to be a boob shot somewhere within the first twenty minutes of the film and they did not let us down. I will tell you that it is the only one in the whole entire film. Some of the music in the film seems very similar to the music in Halloween especially when the zombies are approaching. One of the scenes that boggled my mind in how cheesy this film really was happened in April’s house. They go in to kill her parents and instead their sitting in the kitchen smelling cheerios and laughing about appliances. I will say that some of the zombies were very cool looking, but they weren’t consistent. Some of the zombies had blue skin while others had decaying black flesh. On a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being close to a hollywood A grade film and 5 being the cheesiest film of all time, I give this movie a 3.75 based on the acting. I didn’t want to give it a full four because I liked the film.

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