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TV isolated vintageI have been in a deep search for new (old to most of your standards) films to watch and review for Cheeseball Cinema and I have stumbled across some that I think you’ll approve of as well. For today’s film, I wanted to check one out from the very sexy Austrian born B-Movie Queen Sybil Danning (Amazon Women On The Moon) who starred in the 1984 crime, horror, thriller They’re Playing With Fire which was written and directed by the late Howard Avedis (The Stepmother). Danning plays college professor Dianne Stevens, a woman who was promised so much by her husband, but his mother and grandmother stand in the way of their happiness. So, Stevens starts a relationship with one of her students in the naive Jay Richard (Eric Brown) who agrees to scare the folks a little, but walks himself right into a murder mystery that has him playing with fire (do you like what I did there?). The film also stars Andrew Prine (The Miracle Worker) as Michael Stevens, Paul Clemens (The Beast Within) as Martin, K.T. Stevens (Kitty Foyle) as Lillian Stevens, Gene Bicknell (The Warriors) as George Johnson, Dominick Brascia (Friday The 13TH: A New Beginning) as Glenn, Greg Kaye (Mortuary) as Dale, and Suzanne Kennedy (Waitress!) as Janice.

TV isolated vintageOne of my biggest complaints with the film rests entirely on the writing department because I felt as though that they were confused at times as to what kind of a film did they want to make. It has all the elements of a horror, crime, and a thriller, but the execution was where it went wrong in my opinion. I loved the crime, thriller aspect of the film because that actually made it an interesting story, but it kind of went flat for me as soon as they threw in the horror aspect of it. The story starts off and you think poor Jay is being used by this couple and when the subjects are murdered, it looks like its going to become this story of how is Jay going to prove that he’s innocent? Yeah, it didn’t exactly go in that direction which I was fine with, but at the last minute (Spoiler Alert!!!) they give you this story of another son that you don’t know about. The kills in this film are just awful as it seems like they had no money in the budget for good special effects which I feel bad because the actors put on one heck of a show. That was the actual strong point of the film was the acting, but if there was one part I could get rid of, it would be the fact that Jay is asking the dumbest questions during his first encounter with the beautiful Sybil Danning who was breathtaking in this film and she has no problem letting it all out. I only have one more complaint and that is Martin should have had a better fight in the film then he did since he was our killer, but whatever I can deal with it. 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 the film an 2 only because the acting saved it from further scrutiny.

Sybil Danning Theyre Playing With Fire

Tales From The DarksideThere are television shows that are so iconic that they were eventually turned into movies at one point like Tales From The Crypt (which we covered last year). There was another iconic horror TV series that was turned into a film and we have it for this year’s Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween in Tales From The Darkside: The Movie. The film starts out with the legendary Deborah Harry (Videodrone) as Betty, a woman who is about to cook a child (played by Matthew Lawrence) in her oven for her dinner party that night. In order to buy himself some time before he goes into the oven, the little boy tells Betty three stories from a large book he has called Lot 249, Cat From Hell, and Lover’s Vow. Lot 249 deals with a mummy while Cat From Hell deals with a rich man trying to hire an assassin to kill a cat, and Lover’s Vow is about a man who swears to never tell of what happened one faithful night. The film stars Christian Slater (Kuffs) as Andy (Lot 249), Robert Sedgwick (Die Hard: With A Vengeance) as Lee (Lot 249), Steve Buscemi (Fargo) as Bellingham (Lot 249), Julianne Moore (Boogie Nights) as Susan (Lot 249), David Johansen (Scrooged) as Halston (Cat From Hell), William Hickey (One Life To Live) as Drogan (Cat From Hell), James Remar (The Warriors) as Preston (Lover’s Vow), Rae Dawn Chong (Commando) as Carola (Lover’s Vow), Robert Klein (Two Weeks Notice) as Wyatt, and the film was directed by John Harrison (Book Of Blood). The film also features stories/screenplays written by Michael McDowell (Beetlejuice), George A. Romero (Night Of The Living Dead), Stephen King (Christine), Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes).

talesAs you can see in that last sentence of the first paragraph, some of the biggest names in horror worked on the screenplay and stories for this film and hence the reason this film was amazing. Some of the biggest names in film history of the last 20 plus years also worked on this film like Buscemi, Remar, and Moore just to name a few. I do have to say that out of all three stories, Lover’s Vow is definitely my favorite one from the film as it has that darker edge and feel to it than the rest of the stories in the film. It has a very Gothic love story feel to it and it has a cool twist at the end of it that you’ll have to check out. Michael McDowell who wrote one of the best films from the late 80’s in Beetlejuice as well as the adaptation to A Nightmare Before Christmas wrote Lover’s Vow. Johansen, who I believe at times would occasionally go by the name of Buster Pointdexter and I have to say he does a good job in this film especially after what he has to swallow. The film occasionally airs on Epix Drive-In and is also available to view on Netflix on occasion as well so check it out. I miss the days of horror anthologies and or horror themed television shows like these ones because it gave horror fans something to watch. I am going to give the film an A for a final grade.

For today’s Soundtrack Saturdays track, we are going way back in time and it 36 years back in the past to a film that was as iconic as the man who provided us with today’s song. I am talking about the legendary Joe Walsh of The Eagles and I am also talking about the 1979 film The Warriors. The film showed how New York and all of it’s Burroughs were divided into sections with various gangs that controlled all the turfs. Well, The Warriors are one of the gangs that are called to show up to a meeting where a charismatic leader is planning to take over all the gangs. The only problem is that this leader is killed and The Warriors are falsely accused of murdering him. Now they have to try and return to their turf before they hunted and killed by all the gangs of New York. In the original version of the film, the end credits were black for three minutes as our track by Joe Walsh which titled In The City plays. For those of you that remember The Eagles had a version on their album The Long Run, but the song first was recorded by Joe Walsh and appeared on this soundtrack before The Eagles re-recorded it. What can I say about the song other than it’s classic Joe Walsh at his best, the man is a rock icon period. Check out the track below and watch The Warriors.

FullSizeRenderFor this week’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday, we are checking out another action film starring the one and only Sylvester Stallone (Cobra). After the release of The Expendables and the success the movie saw, many of the stars of that film started making action movies and Bullet To The Head is one of those that Stallone made. In this film he stars as Johnny Bonomo, a New Orleans hit man that witnesses the death of his partner (Jon Seda) after the duo performed a hit on a rouge DC cop. Sung Kang (The Fast And Furious: Tokyo Drift) stars as Washington DC cop Taylor Kwong who is in town to investigate the death of his partner and who he was working with. Together the two make an unlikely duo, but they’ll work together to find the men who double crossed Bonomo and the crooks working with Kwong’s former partner. The film also stars Sarah Shahi (Old School) as Lisa, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World) as Robert Morel, Christian Slater (Pump Up The Volume) as Marcus Baptiste, Jason Momoa (Conan The Barbarian) as Keegan, Holt McCallany (Gangster Squad) as Hank Freely, Brian Van Holt (House Of Wax) as Ronnie Earl, Dana Rhodes (Django Unchained) as LT. Lebreton, Marcus Lyle Brown (12 Years A Slave) as Detective Towne, and the film was directed by the legendary Walter Hill (The Warriors). Now, let’s check out some stats before we head into the review of the film:

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FullSizeRender (1)So, I divided the stats between Stallone and Kang because both of them get some knockouts and kills during the film with Stallone dominating the stats. Kang’s character does finish the job on Momoa which is why you see a half between the two. Throughout the film, we are always reminded of what Stallone’s characters origins were. He had a tough life, he was in the Navy, and blah blah blah. Kang’s character we don’t find out too much other than that he is a tight ass that plays by the boo which doesn’t fly with Stallone, but their partnership works somehow. For Stallone, his daughter in the film is kidnapped while for Kang, we do remember that his partner was killed after all. The film makes a lot of reference to the title Bullet To The Head as Stallone reminds everyone that a bullet to the head gets the job done and that doesn’t only pertain to zombies apparently. Stallone was terrific in the film and Momoa plays one bad ass mercenary while Kang’s acting skills in this film leave more to the imagination. He plays a good thief in The Fast And Furious films, but a really bad detective. I also wanted to mention that I left out some stats because they didn’t pertain to this film. If there’s T&A you are looking for, this film has some of it especially in the party scene. Overall, I did like the film and I loved the style they filmed in and the editing team deserves some kudos as well. I am going to give the film Three and the half fists out of five for a final grade.

 

220px-Judge_Dredd_promo_posterFor today’s comic book/superhero movie of the week for Super Sunday, we are travelling overseas to England for the 1995 film adaptation of Judge Dredd by Rebellion Developments. The 1995 film stars Sylvester Stalone (Cobra) as the title character Judge Dredd in this film that takes us to a future time where the police are the judge, jury, and executioners. You see by 2080, too much of the Earth has become inhabitable with most of the citizens living in these mega cities that have populations over 500 million in capacity. To control these cities, they created a law enforcement called Judges and they controlled how things are done. Unfortunately for Dredd, someone on the council decides to frame the officer with the help of a ghost named Rico (Armand Assante) in order to further his master plan. You see Rico isn’t a literal ghost, just someone that is off the grid and he has plans of his own once he was set free and now it’s up to Dredd to correct all the wrongs. The film also stars Diane Lane (Man Of Steel) as Judge Hershey, Rob Schneider (Grown Ups) as Fergee, Jürgen Prochnow (Beverly Hills Cop 2) as Judge Griffin, Max von Sydow (Shutter Island) as Chief Justice Fargo, Joan Chen (On Deadly Ground) as Dr. Ilsa, Balthazar Getty (Lord Of The Flies) as Cadet Olmeyer, Christopher Adamson (Les Misérables) as Mean Machine, James Remar (The Warriors) as Block Warlord, and the film was directed by Danny Cannon (I Still Know What You Did Last Summer).

diane lane Judge DreddThis version of Judge Dredd was typical looking of any film from the 90’s where the sets were out of this world and quite frankly a little campy. Its amazing when you watch this film and Demolition Man, the sets are almost identical to each other where the future looks dark, and the buildings of the future are a little out of this world along with the costumes. What can be said about Sylvester Stallone’s performance in this film other than the fact that it was a typical performance from the 80’s action hero. One thing is for sure and that is that Armand Assante played the perfect villain in this film as he was everything that our hero was not, but no one knows our hero better than Rico. You’re probably wondering which film was better? The 1995 version of Judge Dredd or the 2012 version Dredd with Karl Urban? Each version served it’s purpose, but Stallone’s is a more humanized version where he actually takes his helmet off in the film and the acting was good. The 2012 version obviously has the better special effects because technology is more updated, but I did enjoy this film a lot especially since I thought Rob Schneider being the comedic relief wasn’t necessarily needed in the film and Diane Lane was terrific as usual. I am going to give the film a B- for a final grade.