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September 24th, 2017 Movie – Sleepy Hollow (1999)

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It may not feel like it in some places, but it is Fall and that means the weather is going to, hopefully, get colder, night will come sooner, and the movies will start getting a little darker as we get closer to Halloween. One director who is somewhat synonymous with dark movies, even if they have nothing to do with Halloween, is Tim Burton. I have always liked his movies, ever since Beetlejuice, and when I heard that he was making a live action movie of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, I was immediately on board and ready to see it. So lets see how good of a job he did with today’s movie, Sleepy Hollow.

The plot: In 1799 in the village of Sleepy Hollow, wealthy land owner Peter Van Garrett is writing a new will and testament and has it witnessed by Jonathan Masbath, one of his servants. Van Garrett rides off in his stage coach, driven by his son, to deliver the new will when he hears a horse pass by them followed by a strange sound. When Van Garrett looks out of the stage coach, he finds his son has been decapitated and he quickly jumps from the now out of control coach. Making his way through a field, he pauses when he comes to a scarecrow only to hear a sound and as he turns around, his head is cut off. In New York City, Constable Ichabod Crane discovers a body in the river but while Crane wants to determine the cause of death, the police chief says the cause of death is drowning and has the body burned. As Crane argues that with the new century almost upon them, they should work on using more accurate, scientific means to solve crimes, the Burgomaster decides to have him put his methods to the test. He tells Crane about Sleepy Hollow and how 3 people (the Van Garretts and the widow Emily Winship) have been killed there within the past fort night, with their heads cut off, and tells Crane to use his methods to find the killer and bring him to justice. Crane arrives in Sleepy Hollow and heads to the home of the Van Tassels, where a party is underway and Crane ends up caught up in a game where he is kissed by Katrina Van Tassel. When Katrina’s suitor, Brom van Brunt, gets jealous, Baltus Van Tassel and his wife appear to calm things down and Crane introduces himself. Lady Van Tassel invites Crane to stay at their house while he is there and after he gets settled in, Crane heads downstairs and meets with Van Tassel and the other leaders of the community; Doctor Thomas Lancaster, Reverend Steenwyck, Magistrate Samuel Phillipse, and Notary James Hardenbrook. As Crane goes over what he was told of the murders, they tell him that the heads were never recovered and Hardenbrook tells him that they were taken back to hell by the Headless Horseman. They explain that the horseman was a Hessian mercenary that fought for the British during the revolution but was killed by American soldiers and beheaded with his own sword, then buried in the Western Woods, which has since become a haunted place. Crane doesn’t believe their stories of a ghost being behind the deaths and claims a real person is responsible and he will find out who it is. That night, Jonathan Masbath is killed by the horseman and the next day, Crane makes his own examination of the body. At the funeral, Jonathan’s son, Young Masbath, approaches Crane and asks to help but Crane refuses at first until Phillipse approaches him and tells him that Masbath was the 5th victim even though there were only 4 graves, and Crane tells Young MAsbath to find a room in the servants quarters at the Van Tassel house. At dawn the next day, Crane has the bodies dug up and discovers that along with her decapitation, the widow Winship also has a sword thrust into her stomach. Crane takes her body to Dr. Lancaster’s office and performs an autopsy, which upsets Steenwyck, and discovers that the widow was pregnant when she died. That night, Brom plays a joke on Crane by pretending to be the Headless Horseman and scare him off and Crane ends up fainting after being hit in the face with a jack-o-lantern and begins dreaming of his mother. When he wakes up, he finds himself in his room and as he heads downstairs, he finds Katrina reading by herself. The two start talking and Katrina explains how her family came to be in the position they are now, then takes Crane to the remains of her childhood home. That night, Crane sees an argument between Lancaster, Steenwyck, Phillipse, and Hardenbrook and after Phillipse leaves, Crane questions him about the widow Winship’s child and who the father is when the Horseman appears and kills Phillipse and takes his head. Though cowering in fear at first, Crane has more dreams about his mother which causes him to overcome his initial fears and vow to find the Horseman’s grave and asks for volunteers to go with him into the Western Woods but only Young Masbath volunteers to go. They head into the woods and after Crane asks if his father had dealings with the Van Garretts and Young Masbath explains that his father worked for them and a week before the murders started, there was an argument between Van Garrett and his son, after which Van Garrett sent for Masbath. The two come to a cave in the woods and find a reclusive witch inside, who sends Young Masbath outside while keeping Crane inside and summons the spirit of the Horseman to tell him where the grave is. As they make their way to the grave, they see someone on a white horse ahead of them and when Crane approaches the horse, discovers it is Katrina. The three find the Tree of the Dead and as Crane cuts away some of the lower branches to clear out a hollow, he finds the missing heads. Suddenly, the Horseman and his steed emerge from within the tree and heads towards town and Crane follows after him. In the town, the Horseman enters the home of the town’s midwife and kills her, as well as her husband and child, and goes to leave. Brom, who is on watch with his friends, tries to stop him but is injured and as he moves to continue fighting, Crane tries to stop him. Crane tells him that the horseman is only fighting because Brom attacked them and is not trying to kill them but Brom refuses to listen. As Brom begins fighting again, Crane joins in but soon realizes they are outmatched and convinces Brom to run but as they move through the bridge, the Horseman catches up to them and stabs Crane in the shoulder before cutting Brom in half. As Crane deals with his injuries, he tries to explain to Van Tassel and Lancaster that the Horseman is killing specific targets which means he is being controlled by whoever took the Horseman’s skull. Katrina gives him a drink to help him sleep and he ends up dreaming about his mother again and when he wakes, he tells Katrina about her death. The next morning, after he has recovered, Crane starts going over all of his notes and tries to figure out what the secret is that Phillipse and the other town leaders were keeping and decides to head to Hardenbrook’s shop. When they get there, they find Hardenbrook hiding and Young Masbath discovers his father’s satchel and they find the new will that Van Garrett had made, as well as the marriage certificate for Van Garrett and the widow Winship. Crane realizes that the new will left everything to the widow Winship but if nobody knew about it, then it would end up going to Baltus Van Tassel. When he returns to the Van Tassel house, he finds Katrina in his room and she says her father thinks it best that Crane head back to New York, as the notes crane wrote in his ledger upset him. After she leaves, Young Masbath discovers a design on the floor underneath Crane’s bed and says that someone is casting an evil spell on him. That night, Crane follows a cloaked figure out into the woods but discovers it is Lady Van Tassell, who is having an affair with Steenwyck. When Crane returns to his room, he finds all of the evidence is missing and heads to the Van Tassel’s former house, where he finds Katrina burning it. She admits she did so to prevent Crane from accusing her father and he tells her that he has no choice but to follow where the evidence leads him and the two argue over their feelings for each other before Katrina leaves. That night, a town meeting is called in the church and as Van Tassel is waiting on his wife to finish picking some flowers, he sees the Horseman approaching behind her and quickly flees. When he arrives at the church, he tells Katrina that her step-mother is dead but Steenwyck tries to force him back outside, telling him that he is the one the Horseman wants. As Crane notices that the Horseman can’t enter the church yard because it is holy ground, he goes to tell them but Van Tassel grabs Crane’s pistol and threatens Steenwyck. Lancaster starts to tell Van Tassel the truth about the conspiracy but Steenwyck kills him, prompting Van Tassel to shoot him. As some of the townfolk approach him, Van Tassel grabs another pistol and heads up to the balcony, declaring that there is a conspiracy against him. Outside, the Horseman has grabbed some rope and a fence post, which he uses as a make shift spear, and he throws it through the window and strikes Van Tassel, then drags him outside until his head is past the church yard, allowing him to cut it off. Seeing what happened, Katrina faints and as Crane stares at her, he looks up to see the same design that was under his bed drawn on the floor in the church where Katrina had been kneeling. Crane burns all of his notes and prepares to leave, with Young Masbath questioning why he thinks Katrina was the one to control the Horseman but Crane tells him that that can never be spoken. As his coach is leaving town, Crane notices them bringing the bodies of Baltus and Lady Van Tassel to the morgue and as he suddenly looks at the book of spells and charms Katrina had given him when he first came to town and discovers the design she had drawn was one of protection. Crane tells the driver to turn around and heads to the morgue, where he discovers that the body assumed to be Lady Van Tassel is not her, as the wound on her hand was inflicted after the body was dead, as opposed to the cut he saw Lady Van Tassel give herself. At the Van Tassel house, Katrina is approached by Lady Van Tassel and faints and it is revealed that she is the one who controls the Horseman and she summons it to kill Katrina. Lady Van Tassel takes Katrina to an old windmill and explains that she and her family lived in the cottage before the Van Tassels before her father died and Van Garrett kicked them out. Their mother was a witch and taught her and her sister her ways before she died and the two girls lived in the woods, where they saw the Hessian die and Lady Van Tassel swore her soul to Satan if he would resurrect the Hessian to help her get her revenge. She then explains why she had everyone killed, while also explaining why she killed the servant and her own sister. Young Masbath, who had followed Lady Van Tassel to the windmill, tries to knock out Lady Van Tassel but she knows he is there and he and Katrina run. Crane shows up with the stage coach just as the Horseman arrives and they lure the Horseman inside, then use the windmill blades to reach the ground while Crane lights a fire to blow up the windmill in order to slow it down. As it emerges from the wreckage, Crane and the others leave and head towards the Tree of the Dead, with the Horseman chasing after them and Crane does his best to slow it down. When they get there, they find Lady Van Tassel had beaten them there and Crane tells Katrina to run but Lady Van Tassel shoots him, then grabs Katrina and holds her for the Horseman. Crane didn’t die, as the bullet was stopped by Katrina’s book, and he tackles Lady Van Tassel and after Young Masbath knocks her out, he grabs the skull and throws it to the Horseman. The Horseman puts the skull back on his body and his face is restored and he then grabs Lady Van Tassel and, with the tree suddenly opening up, he takes her back to Hell with him, as her deal with him is finished since he has her head, and the tree closes around her as she screams, with only her arm sticking out among the bramble of roots. Crane heads back to New York City with Katrina and Young Masbeth, just in time for the new century.

Sleepy Hollow met with mixed to positive reviews from the critics, holding a 67% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is, “Sleepy Hollow entertains with its stunning visuals and creepy atmosphere.” In October of ’99, one month before the movie was to be released, the studio launched a website that featured live interviews with the filmmakers, a short behind the scenes featurette, view photos and trailers, and was described, at the time, as “the most ambitious online launch of a motion picture to date.” The movie would be a modest hit at the box office, earning $206.1 million off of a $100 million budget.

I always enjoy watching this movie, even if it does have some faults. The acting was pretty good and Burton gathered an incredible cast of talent to take part in this movie. Johnny Depp (Crane) and Christina Ricci (Katrina) were both great and I also liked how well Michael Gambon (Van Tassel), Miranda Richardson (Lady Van Tassel), and Richard Griffiths (Phillipse) did in their roles and how they would all be part of the Harry Potter world a few years later. The story was a bit of a departure from the source material but I think those changes were honestly necessary to make for a more compelling full length movie. I did think the change of Ichabod Crane to a police officer was interesting and they had an interesting bit of “science vs supernatural/superstition” theme going there. However, the whole flashback scenes regarding Ichabod’s mother really didn’t make a whole lot of sense, even if they were meant to show that Ichabod had some experience with the supernatural before coming to Sleepy Hollow. The special effects were very well done and I loved the visuals involved in the movie, as the colors were mostly dark while even some of the brighter colors seemed a little muted except for the color red, which seemed visibly brighter most times and seemed to pop off the screen to be noticed. I also liked the bit of a running gag that seemed to occur with Crane constantly getting blood squirted in his face. While I will always have a bit of a soft spot for the original animated short, this is a fun movie to watch and definitely something for the Halloween season.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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September 23rd, 2017 Movie – Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland

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Another weekend is upon us and I have to deal with some internet issues. It has actually been going on for most of the week but it has just been really annoying the past few days. It will work for a while, then suddenly stop working, then come back on for 30 minutes, then stop for 5 hours. Since that has no bearing whatsoever on my ability to watch a movie, I might as well go ahead and take care of that, then post this when I am able. So let’s finish up my wandering through summer camps with today’s movie, Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland.

The plot: Maria wakes up early one morning and heads to the bus stop so she can go to camp but along the way, she is chased down and run over by a garbage truck. The driver, who happens to look like Maria, gets out and throws Maria’s body in the compactor and turns it on, then heads to the bus stop herself. When the van for the camp pulls up, the killer gets in and as it drives away, some graffiti on a nearby wall says that Angela is back, indicating that the killer is none other than Angela Parker, the camp killer. At Camp New Horizons, news reporter Tawny Richards is speaking with the owners, Herman and Lily, who are trying an experiment of having kids from different social backgrounds try to get along with each other. After introducing all of the kids attending, Tawny says that Camp New Horizons used to be Camp Rolling Hills but changed it’s name after the murders that happened last year, which upsets Lily. After the report is finished, Tawny approaches Angela and asks if she can get her some cocaine and Angela tells her to give her a few minutes. Angela heads to the supply closet and pours some Ajax cleaner into a baggie, then hands it to Tawny as she is leaving and when Tawny stops and uses the “cocaine”, it ends up killing her. Back at the camp, Lily is discussing the itinerary and how they will be splitting up into three groups and going camping for a few days. When their third counselor arrives and Lily introduces him as police officer Barney Whitmore, Angela tries to be inconspicuous as she realizes that he is Sean’s father and knows who she is. As they are assigned to their groups, Angela ends up in Herman’s group along with Jan, Peter, and Snowboy. After they get their camp set up, Herman tells them that it is time to go fishing and Angela, Peter, and Snowboy head off but Jan refuses to go and Herman tries to convince her to go but once the other’s leave, the two end up having sex. At the lake, Peter lights a firecracker inside a fish’s mouth, chasing off Angela as it explodes and she heads back to the campsite. Once there, she interrupts Herman and Jan and kills them both, then hides their bodies in Herman’s tent. Peter and Snowboy return to the camp and continue to harass Angela, with Peter lighting more firecrackers and throwing them at her while Snowboy spray paints her tent. That night, Angela places a firecracker in Peter’s nose and lights it, killing him, and as Snowboy starts screaming, she hits him in the head with a log. Angela then drags him, as well as Peter’s body, into Herman’s tent and sets it on fire, killing Snowboy, while she sits outside and roast marshmallows in the fire. The next morning, Angela heads to Lily’s campsite, telling Lily that she is supposed to switch with Arab. Angela leads Arab to the camp site but as Arab looks around for the others, Angela decapitates her with an axe. Angela returns to the camp site, where Lily is trying to get Bobby, Cindy, and Riff to all get along. Lily has them do a trust exercise where they pair off and one person is blindfolded while the other leads them around. Angela is paired with Cindy and she leads the blindfolded Cindy to the main camp site and hooks her up to the flag pole, then raises her up high and lets her drop down, killing her. Angela heads back to the camp site and tells Lily Cindy has a headache but Lily has her take the trash out and grab her some more bug spray. While at the main camp, Angela is haunted by memories of her experience last year as a camp counselor. When Angela returns to the camp site, Lily proposes another trust exercise and ties Angela and Bobby’s together and has them go catch some fish. While they are at the lake, Bobby tells Angela he likes her and tries to kiss her but she freaks out and tells him to meet her at the main camp that night. After lunch, Angela asks Lily to do the trust exercise with her, saying they can check on Cindy while they are out, and Lily agrees. Angela leads Lily to the camp but then pushes her into the garbage pile and buries her up to her neck, then runs over her head with a lawnmower. That night, Bobby meets Angela at the camp and she ties him to a tree, as he has a fetish for being tied up, but she then hooks the rope to a jeep and drives off, ripping Bobby’s arms off. Angela returns to the camp and then kills Riff by nailing tent stakes into him. Meanwhile, Barney is talking with his group (Anita, Greg, Marcia, and Tony) about the murders and his son and how nobody knows what happened to Angela since she disappeared. At the same time, Marcia and Tony are getting closer and start a relationship. The next morning, Angela shows up at the camp and tells them that she is supposed to switch with Marcia, but Barney chooses to accompany them. While they are walking, Maria loses her footing and hurts her ankle so they head to the main camp so Barney can tend to her injury. After wrapping her ankle, Angela tells him how Herman and Lily are horrible counselors and tells Marcia that Lily is just laying about outside. When Marcia goes to check, she finds Lily’s headless body sitting in a chair and screams. Barney goes to check on her and then yells at Marcia to get out of there, but Angela tries to stop her. Marcia gets away and heads outside and Barney confronts Angela, taunting her by asking how she is planning on killing him and she pulls out Riff’s gun and shoots him. Angela then gets into the jeep and chases after Marcia, eventually catching up to her but doesn’t kill her. That evening, Angela brings Anita, Greg, and Tony to the main camp and ties them together, then shows them Barney’s body. She then tells them that Marcia is in one of the cabins and they have to try and find her but if they don’t find her before time runs out, or if they try to hurt her or escape, then they will die and so will Marcia. The three search the cabins, finding some of the bodies that Angela placed inside, and eventually find Marcia but as the move towards her, Anita and Greg are killed by a booby trap Angela had placed in the cabin. Angela then enters the cabin and says that she thinks they are a cute couple and that there is a phone at a convenience store down the road they can use to call for help before walking out of the cabin. As she is about to get into the jeep and leave, Marcia manages to free herself and chases after her and the two start fighting but Marcia gets the upper hand and stabs Angela several times in the stomach before Tony can pull her off of Angela. As the police and paramedics arrive, Tony tries talking with Marcia about a possible future together but Marcia tells him that she already has a boyfriend and he was just a fling. Meanwhile, Angela is being transported in the ambulance to a hospital but the police officer accompanying her is trying to convince the paramedic attending to her to let her die. As the officer turns his attention away, Angela grabs a large syringe and uses it to kill the paramedic and the officer, then lays back down as the ambulance keeps driving.

I have to tell you, this series did not end on a high note. While Pamela Springsteen did a decent job reprising her role of Angela, and I admit that I liked the short blonde hair she was sporting in this movie as opposed to the longer brown hair, everyone else was pretty boring. The story was pretty weak, with no explanation how Angela knew Maria was going to the camp or how she looked like her and they spent too much time making silly jokes and one liners, such as Angela catching a hockey mask when she was fishing and when she asks Peter and Snowboy the date, they tell her it is Saturday the 14th. They didn’t really do much original with the various kills and several of them were done somewhat off camera so they didn’t have to waste much on special effects for them. Honestly, find something else to watch because this really isn’t worth it.

Rating: 1 1/2 out of 5

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September 22nd, 2017 Movie – Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers

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Yay for sequels of slasher movies. Actually, I am being a little sarcastic with that cause most times, the sequels can get pretty stale and the only thing I liked about them was to see how creative the director/writers were in killing people off. Yes, I may be a little warped when it comes to movie watching. Anyways, as memorable as the original movie was, I remember seeing the box for today’s movie on the video shelf countless times back in the day but I never got around to renting it. So when I bought the original movie, I decided to go ahead and get this one as well on an impulse. Let’s see if that was worth it as I watch today’s movie, Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers.

The plot: 5 years after the events at Camp Arawak, T.C., head counselor for Camp Rolling Hills, is at a campfire with the other male counselors telling ghost stories. When he finishes, Phoebe, a girl that snuck out of her cabin to hang out with the guys, starts telling them about the events at Camp Arawak when her counselor, Angela, shows up to bring her back to her cabin. After they leave, one of the guys asks what happened to the killer and another guy, whose dad was one of the cops that arrested her, tells them that Angela had been committed to a mental institution and while there, had undergone a sex change operation. Meanwhile, Angela and Phoebe are heading back to the cabin, with Angela chastising Phoebe for her behavior and threatening to send her home. Phoebe yells at Angela and storms off only to get lost in the woods. When she calls out for Angela, Angela appears behind her and smashes her in the head with a log, then cuts off her tongue. The next morning, Angela wakes up the girls in the cabin and when they wonder about Phoebe, Angela explains that she had to send her home. During breakfast, Uncle John, the camp’s owner, announces that Angela has been named counselor of the week and brings her on stage to lead the campers in a song. As the campers head out to do their various activities, Angela, who has the day off, heads off into the woods and finds the Shote sisters, Brooke and Jodi, getting drunk and stoned in the woods but chooses not to do anything. Meanwhile, Molly is getting close with one of the counselors, Sean, but another girl, Ally, is jealous and tries to get Sean’s attention, then gets upset when he ignores her. The next day, Angela finds out that the Shote sisters never came back to the cabin and a boy is missing as well. She heads back into the woods and finds the boy attempting to have sex with one of the sisters, while the other one is passed out. Angela chases the boy off while the girl passes out but when she wakes up, she finds herself tied to a grill, with the charred remains of her sister sitting next to her as Angela proceeds to pour gas on her and set her on fire. As another camper gets sent home, Angela tells Uncle John that she had to send the Shote sisters home and he gets upset at first and tells her to tell him or T.C. first next time. That night, some of the guys pull a panty raid on the girls’ cabin when Angela catches them and kicks them out. The girls decide to get even and raid the boys cabin and Angela shows up as Mar is flashing her boobs. Mar decides she wants to go home and Angela starts to drive her home and tries to convince her to stay but when she can’t, Angela uses a drill to kill her. The next day, Angela is sitting by herself next to a boarded up cabin in the woods when Molly approaches her, asking some advise about Sean and Angela helps her out. Angela catches two kids, Emilio and Charlie, looking at pictures that they have taken of the various girls and shows them to T.C., who says he will handle it. T.C. then warns Angela that he overheard some of the boys talking about trying to scare her and she says she will handle it. That night, Molly, Ally, and some of the other girls are camping in the woods and comment about Angela going back to get her pillow and wonder when the boys are going to show up. Meanwhile, Anthony and Judd, dressed as Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees, are on their way to scare Angela and the girls but Angela kills them both; Anthony with his own glove, which he had lost, and Judd with a chainsaw. Angela returns to the campsite only to be told that Ally had gone to the bathroom so Angela heads over there with plans to kill her but her chainsaw won’t start so she is content with merely stopping Ally from having sex. The next day, Ally insults Molly before heading off to have sex and Molly confides in Angela about what she said. When Ally returns to the cabin, she finds a note written by Sean saying to meet at the abandoned cabin but when she gets there, she finds Angela waiting for her. Ally starts to leave but Angela stabs her in the back and then forces her into the outhouse and stuffs her down the hole, where she drowns in the filth that is down there. That night, Demi talks to Angela about how she tried calling some of the girls that had been sent home only for their parents to say that they are still at camp and Angela proceeds to strangle her with a guitar string. When she goes to leave the cabin, she ends up falling victim to a prank by Charlie and Emilio and stalks back inside to try and find another way to get rid of the body but when another girls shows up in the cabin, Angela is forced to kill her. When Molly enters the cabin later that night, she finds that all of the beds are empty except hers and she is shocked that Angela said she had to send them all home. The next morning, Uncle John and T.C. fire Angela for sending too many kids home without telling them. Angela goes and tells Molly goodbye and then heads off into the woods and Molly goes to talk with Sean and get his help to try and cheer her up. They find her by the cabin and as Molly talks with her, Sean decides to see what is in the cabin. Angela tries to stop him but Sean goes in and finds the bodies of all the campers that Angela has killed, forcing Angela to knock out Sean and tie up and gag both him and Molly. When T.C. hears that Sean and Molly had gone to find Angela, he heads up to the cabin to find them but when he enters, Angela throws a cup full of battery acid in his face, killing him. When Angela removes the gags in order to feed them, Sean realizes that Angela is the same Angela from Camp Arawak and asks how she got out. She explains that after years of therapy and medication, they had cured her. When Sean says his dad was one of the cops that arrested her, Angela cuts off his head and then leaves. While she is gone, Molly manages to get free and when Angela returns with the body of another camper, Molly knocks her out and grabs her knife before running. Angela comes too and chases after Molly and catches up to her but as Molly tries to get away, she falls off a drop and appears to have died on the rocks below. Angela returns to the camp and kills Charlie, Emilio, Rob, Uncle John, and Diane before leaving the camp. She is picked up by an old woman in a pickup but when the woman starts smoking and won’t roll down the window, Angela kills her. Meanwhile, Molly isn’t dead and after coming too, she makes her way to the road and flags down a passing truck to ask for help but when the truck stops, Molly heads to the driver’s window only to find it is Angela in the truck and Molly screams.

You take a marginally unique horror movie and basically make it a joke of itself. That’s pretty much my opinion of this movie. The acting was ok, with Pamela Springsteen (Can you believe they got Bruce Springsteen’s sister to play Angela) doing a decent job in the role, and I also liked Renee Estevez (Molly) and Tony Higgins (Sean) but everyone else was pretty forgettable. The story was ok and I liked how they poked fun of slasher movies, particularly Friday the 13th and Nightmare On Elm Street. That being said, I think sometimes they tried too hard to put the dark humor and jokes in some scenes which made it less scary and more stupid looking. The special effects regarding the different deaths were a step down from the original movie and I think part of that is definitely the low budget involved. All told, it’s more laughs than actual scares and even the laughs are the forced ones you do so as not to hurt someone’s feelings.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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September 21st, 2017 Movie – Sleepaway Camp

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Ok, you can totally blame Robot Chicken for my owning today’s movie. But to back track, I first saw this movie years ago when I was spending the night at a friend’s house and we had rented this movie and Predator. I will say that the ending was a bit shocking for me at the time and did stand out but the movie itself was pretty forgettable. Flash forward to about 12 years ago, and one of the segments on Robot Chicken referenced this movie, which made me think back to it and I got an itch to watch this again. The end result of that was that I wound up getting today’s movie, and it’s two sequels at the time, so let’s see if this movie can still hold up as I watch Sleepaway Camp.

The plot: In 1975, John takes his two children, Angela and Peter, out on a boating trip but the two kids pull a prank when he isn’t looking and end up capsizing their sailboat. When John’s friend Lenny tells them that Dr. Martha Thomas, Angela and Peter’s aunt, will be there soon, John tells them that they need to head to shore. Meanwhile, a motorboat from nearby Camp Arawak is towing a water skier and the passenger convinces the lifeguard/counselor to let her drive but she doesn’t pay attention and they end up striking John and one of the kids, killing them. 8 years later, Angela has become a quiet, withdrawn girl and has gone to live with Martha and her cousin Ricky. The two are preparing to go to Camp Arawak, which will be Angela’s first time leaving the house for an extended time since the accident. When they get there, they meet Paul, who is friends with Ricky and see Judy, who was Ricky’s girlfriend last year but now has no interest in continuing their fling. As Angela gets set up in her cabin, the female counselors Meg and Susie introduce themselves but Meg and Judy take a dislike to Angela due to her not talking and staring all the time. As a few days go by, Meg brings Ronnie, the head counselor, over to their table and tells him about how Angela hasn’t eaten anything. Ronnie takes Angela into the kitchen and asks Artie, the head cook, to see if he can find something for Angela to eat. Artie takes her into the walk-in cooler and gets set to rape her but Ricky, who had gone looking for Angela, shows up and stops him and the two make a run for it. Some time later, Artie is boiling some water in order to cook some corn but someone sneaks in and as Artie is standing on a stool and leaning over the pot of water, the push him and cause him to fall, dumping the boiling water all over him and severely scalding him. The camp owner, Mel, is more worried about the camp’s image over anything else and he hurries the ambulance out of there, then pays off the rest of the kitchen staff to say that Artie got another job. As time passes at the camp, Angela continues to be mocked by several of the kids. When some guys ask her to go skinny dipping with her but then start teasing her, Ricky tells them to stop and ends up getting into a fight with one of them, with Paul helping him out before the fight is broken up. As Ricky is taken out of the building to cool off, Paul goes to talk with Angela and offers his condolences for her family, as Ricky had told him what happened. As he goes to leave, he says good night to Angela and she says good night back, causing him to get excited that she actually spoke to him but they don’t notice that Judy had been watching them. Meanwhile, the guys that had asked Angela to go skinny dipping had managed to get several girls down to the lake and while the guys go into the water, the girls refuse. One girl, Denise, is convinced to go on a canoe ride with Kenny but Kenny flips over the canoe as a joke. While Denise swims back to shore and the girls all leave, Kenny had ducked under the canoe to try and play another joke when someone appears under there with him and proceeds to drown him. When his body is found in the morning, Mel wants to say it was just an accident but the sheriff is unsure and says that the autopsy will know for sure. Paul invites Angela to go see the nightly movie with him, which she accepts, and afterwards he pulls her aside to sneak a kiss which causes her to freeze up. As she goes inside her cabin, Paul runs into Judy, who taunts Paul about his new relationship with Angela. The next day as everyone is swimming, Paul talks with Angela, who isn’t swimming, but Judy goes and tells Meg on them. When Meg starts yelling at Judy to try and get her to go swimming, then starts shaking her, Ronnie stops her and tells her to go back to her post. Back at their cabin, Judy blames Angela for getting Meg in trouble and then starts taunting her until Susie has enough and slaps her. Angela goes to see Ricky but she ends up being pelted by some water balloons thrown by Billy and a couple of other kids. Ricky sees this and starts yelling and threatening all of them but Mel holds him back and tells the kids that they lost canteen privileges for a week, including Ricky for his mouth. Later that day, Billy is using the restroom when someone locks the stall and then drops a hornet’s nest into the stall, causing Billy to be stung to death. Mel is upset about what happened and believes he is financially ruined. After asking how many kids are left, Ronnie tells him 25 and Mel says that they need to get them out of there before anything else happens while believing that Ricky is the one responsible for the deaths. Meanwhile, Paul and Angela meet up and head to the lake, where they end up kissing and as Paul attempts to take off her shirt, Angela thinks back to the times that her and her brother saw their father and Lenny in bed together, then tried touching each other, prompting her to push Paul off of her and run off. The next day, during a game of capture the flag, Paul tries talking to Angela but she says she wasn’t ready, then walks away and after she leaves, Judy approaches Paul. Ricky comes up to Angela and convinces her to help him sneak up on the flag but the end up seeing Judy kissing Paul and Angela runs off, with Paul chasing after her while Judy laughs at Ricky. The next day, Paul tries talking to Angela but when Judy shows up, he quickly leaves. Judy then starts teasing Angela about going in the water and Meg shows up and grabs her and carries her to the lake. As this is going on, Mel is talking to Ricky and when Ricky sees what Meg is doing and tries to go help Angela, Mel holds him back and accuses him of attacking the other kids until Ronnie stops him. Meg throws Angela into the lake and her and Judy laugh as the lifeguard saves her, then Ricky comes and takes Angela away. That night, Meg is given the night off from counselor duties and so she arranges a date with Mel for that night. When the line for the shower is too long, she heads to the cabin next door to take a shower but someone sneaks in and stabs her in the back then slices her all the way down. Angela is leaving the rec room and runs into Paul, who tries talking to her but as they see Judy leaving with another guy, Angela asks Paul to meet her by the waterfront after the social. Mel goes looking for Meg and when he heads to her cabin, he interrupts Judy, who was making out with a guy and has him hide under the bed. Judy tells Mel that Meg had gone next door and he finds her body then believes Ricky is the one that killed her and goes to find him. Meanwhile, the guy with Judy leaves and as Judy sits there in the cabin, the killer comes in and slaps her, then proceeds to kill her by raping her with a hair curler, muffling her screams with a pillow, then hides the body underneath the bed. Elsewhere, one of the counselors, Eddie, had taken a group of kids camping but two of them want to go back. Eddie takes them back to camp but when he returns to the campsite, he finds the other kids have been hacked to pieces and he quickly calls the cops. Mel finds Ricky and pulls him into the woods, where he proceeds to beat Ricky half to death. Realizing that he has to get away, Mel starts to leave but as he reaches the archery field, he sees the real killer, just before he is shot in the throat with an arrow. When the sheriff arrives at the camp, Robbie and the other counselors say that Angela, Judy, Paul, and Ricky are missing so they split up to go find them. The sheriff and a counselor find Ricky and carry him back to the camp, just as another counselor finds Meg’s body. Robbie and Susie hear singing coming from the lake and they see Angela sitting there and start to approach her. In flashback, we see the day that Martha took Angela in, saying how she always wanted a little girl, but then learn that it was actually Peter who survived the accident but Martha, saying she already had a boy and another one wouldn’t do, made Peter dress in girl’s clothes and started calling him Angela. Back in the present, Angela stands up, dropping Paul’s severed head, and Robbie and Susie look in horror as they realize the blood soaked Angela is really a boy.

Sleepaway Camp met with relatively high praise from the critics, holding an 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While there isn’t a critical consensus on the site, many of the critics felt that the surprise ending made this movie memorable, though some felt it was still an average slasher movie on the whole. This would be Mike Kellin’s (Mel) last film, as he hid the fact that he was sick while filming but died of lung cancer 3 months before the film premiered. The movie would spawn 2 sequels in the late 80’s, which had more of a comedic tone to them, while a 4th movie, directed by original director Robert Hiltzik, was filmed in 2003 and would be released in 2008, serving as a follow-up to the original movie while ignoring the two sequels.

The end scene alone makes this movie one of the more memorable slasher movies to come out of the 80’s. The movie itself was about what you would expect from an 80’s slasher film, but it did have some good scenes. The acting was good, with Felissa Rose (Angela), Jonathan Tiersten (Ricky) and Mike Kellin (Mel) doing good jobs in their roles. The story was interesting to say the least, with the side story of “Angela’s” sexual awakening being a good decoy for the true secret that is revealed in the end. The special effects regarding the death scenes was a lot better than I expected and pretty well done for the most part, though there were one or two that looked a little cheesy. A decent movie with a memorable ending that is worth watching if you are a horror fan.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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September 20th, 2017 Movie – SLC Punk

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Sometimes a movie will come out and you know almost immediately that it will be a cult classic. That was definitely the case when I first saw today’s movie, as it’s subject actually has to do with a sub-culture of the music scene. Now in the mid to late 90’s, punk music was becoming a little more mainstream with acts like Green Day and The Offspring becoming huge hits, while long term punk acts like Bad Religion and Social Distortion were getting more notice and air play from their records. So a movie talking about two punks in the 80’s, in a severely conservative state such as Utah, just screams out cult hit. Now, let’s see how good this cult classic really is as I watch today’s movie, SLC Punk.

The plot: In 1985 Salt Lake City, Utah, Steven “Stevo” Levy and his roommate “Heroin” Bob attack a pair of Rednecks. Stevo then explains how he and Bob are anarchists, which is tough to do when they have no job, no money, and no future. Despite his name, Bob doesn’t use any drugs as he is afraid of needles and when he cuts his hand after smashing a mirror, he doesn’t do anything about it and just wraps it in a dirty T-shirt. After passing out, Stevo and their friend Mike take Bob to the hospital to get some treatment and the hospital security have to hold him down in order to get some penicillin injected in him to treat the infection. Stevo explains Bob’s anti drug policy through a flashback, where Bob is ranting about how drugs are bad for you to Stevo. Bob tells Stevo what happened to their friend Sean. Sean was selling acid to some Mods (Yuppies that wear suits and ride around on scooters) at the local high school and when the school police officer tries to bust him, Sean runs from him but as he runs across the football field, the sprinklers are on and cause the acid in his jeans to dissolve onto his skin. The 100 hits of acid fry his brain and Bob finds him sitting on a chair outside his house a week later, having attacked his mom during a hallucination and the police were called to take him away. Stevo explains that he and Bob had gone to college to try and “take down the system from the inside” but they ended up graduating instead, Stevo with grades good enough that his father tries to get him to go to Harvard Law school. At a punk show, Stevo starts hooking up with Sandy while Bob goes out into the mosh pit. When he gets on stage and gets attacked by a bouncer, Mike gets on stage and starts beating the bouncer, prompting a fight to start on stage. The police end up breaking up the show and arresting several of the people attending it but Stevo, Sandy, Bob, Mike, and several others manage to get away. Later that night, they attend an after party and Mike apologizes to the bouncer for beating him, while Bob talks with the band, who says they will never play there again. Back in the present, Bob had been placed in quarantine due to his infection and Stevo, Sandy, and Mike go to see him on the day he is to be discharged and decide to hold a welcome home party. During the party, Stevo introduces the audience to some of the other people in his “tribe”; including Trish, the owner of a local head shop and who Bob likes, Mark, a rich man who tends to keep them in pot, Jennifer, and underage girl who looks older than she is and is tough as nails, John, a Mod who is more of a diplomat and able to move freely among the different tribes, and Eddie, a romantic at heart who likes the music but isn’t really a punk. John asks Stevo where they got the beer and he says Wyoming, prompting Stevo to explain to the audience the alcohol situation in Utah and how it is better for them to drive the 90 minutes to Wyoming to get beer as opposed to going to one of the state run liquor stores, where police officers work as cashiers and he and Bob had been harassed by the police the last time the bought beer there. When a group of rednecks show up at the party and starting with Stevo and his group, Stevo starts explaining the different “tribes” in the area; the rednecks, the punks, the mods, the neo-nazis, the heavy metal guys, and the new wavers. A week later, Stevo and Bob are at head shop that Trish owns when Mark shows up and tells them that he is leaving town and heading to Florida but he will come back one day, but Stevo says he never does and rumor is that he died in a plane crash. After Trish and Bob leave, Stevo meets up with his dad, who tells him that he sent an application to Harvard Law out for Stevo and he got accepted. Stevo rejects the application as he feels like he would be selling out just like his parents did and it goes against his anarchists beliefs. When Stevo and Sandy run into Sean, and see that he has become a beggar, Stevo starts to question his punk lifestyle but he puts it off to drop acid with Sandy. Later, Stevo and the others are at a party and Stevo catches Sandy having sex with another guy and, even though they were never an exclusive couple, he proceeds to beat up the guy. Then Stevo starts feeling like he is the only still living the lifestyle and even it is letting him down. Mike tells the group that he is heading off to Notre Dame for college, which shocks everyone. Later, Stevo is hanging out with Bob and Trish and Trish tells him that she wants to introduce him to a friend of hers named Brandy and at a party at Trish’s place, she introduces them. Brandy and Stevo talk and Brandy asks him about his dyed hair and his clothes, saying it seems like more of a fashion choice than a political policy, and Stevo actually takes her suggestion to heart and the two end up kissing. Meanwhile, Bob complains about a headache and one of the guest gives him some pills, saying they are vitamins. After Bob breaks a bathroom mirror, Stevo grabs him and takes him home, with Bob saying he is going to marry Trish as they drive home. The next morning, Stevo discovers Bob had died during the night of an overdose and he breaks down and starts crying, as he feels like he lost all of his friends. At Bob’s funeral, Stevo shows up in a suit and with a shaved head and realizes that Bob was the one who got him into the punk scene in the first place. Stevo says that he is going to go to Harvard to become a lawyer and has given up the anarchist lifestyle, with plans to marry Brandy, and as he thinks back to his youth, he says his younger self would probably kick his future self’s ass for being nothing but a poser.

SLC Punk met with mixed to positive reviews from the critics, holding a 63% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While there isn’t a critical consensus on the site, the critics all praised Matthew Lillard’s performance while calling the movie itself a fun watch. Originally, Stevo was supposed to have bleached blonde hair but the peroxide seriously burned Matthew Lillard’s scalp so they dyed it blue to hide the mess. The movie was given a limited release, earning $299,569 at the box office, and years later, a sequel would be released titled Punk’s Dead, with Devon Sawa, Michael Goorjian, Adam Pascal, and James Duval reprising their roles of Sean, Heroin Bob, Eddie, and John the Mod respectively, but Matthew Lillard and Jason Segel declined to return.

This is such a fun movie to watch, though I admit that I like the soundtrack more. The acting was good, with Matthew Lillard doing a great job as Stevo, showing a pretty wide range of emotion throughout his performance. I also liked the performance of Michael Goorjian (Bob), Jason Segel (Mike), and Annabeth Gish (Trish). The story was interesting, doing a good job of showing Stevo’s trying to figure out his life and whether he was going to stay a punk or become something else. The story felt a little off since you didn’t quite no when things were occurring during the movie, as they would sometimes go into a flashback, and then a second flashback right after that first one ended, before continuing with the present story. A fun movie and definitely worth watching.

Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5

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September 19th, 2017 Movie – Slaughter High

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It’s kind of funny. When I was watching the last couple of Silent Night, Deadly Night movies, I kept seeing the trailer for today’s movie. Made during the height of the 80’s slasher craze, I mainly remembered today’s movie due to the cover of the VHS tape back in the day (which was different than the poster pictured above). I never got around to renting it but did catch it on late night cable and managed to catch bits and pieces of it. Then, a few years ago, I bought an set of 8 horror movies and, lucky for me, this happened to be one of the movies included. Now let’s see just how good, or bad, Slaughter High really is.

The plot: At Doddsville County High School, popular girl Carol Manning is leading the school nerd, Marty Rantzen, into the woman’s locker room under the pretense of having sex. Unknown to Marty, this is all part of an April Fool’s prank as several other students enter the locker room and proceed to embarrass and torture Marty. When the school’s coach sees what they are doing, he tells Marty to leave while telling the others to meet in the gym after school. As the majority of the group show up, Ted Harrison and Carl Putney catch Marty in the locker room changing clothes and off him an apology, then give him a joint as a peace offering but as Marty heads into the chemistry lab, Ted and Carl comment about the joint being another joke. In the lab, Marty is mixing several chemicals and decides to light the joint but it ends up making him sick and he races to the bathroom to start throwing up. Meanwhile, Skip Pollack tricks the coach into letting him out of the gym briefly and he sneaks into the lab and pours some powder into one of the beakers of liquid. When Marty returns to the lab and continues his experiments, the beaker explodes and causes the hose for the bunsen burner to accidentally come unhooked and the gas to ignite. As the table catches fire, Marty tries to shut off the gas but his efforts cause a huge jar of acid to fall off the shelf and break open, splashing Marty in the face while causing an explosion to occur. Carol, Skip, and the others hear the explosion and head to the lab only to see Marty screaming in pain as his face is badly burned from the acid and flames and as he is being carried away on a stretcher, Carol tries to apologize only for Marty to try and strangle her. Carol wakes up from the nightmare she was having about that day and after talking to her agent, goes to take a shower. She is surprised by her roommate Susan, who informs her that she just got engaged, and when Carol asks if she is going to miss the reunion, Susan says she will be late but will show up after meeting her fiance’s parents. Carol, Skip, and all of the other members of the group that tortured Marty arrive at the school for the reunion only to find that the building is closed down and nobody else appears to be coming. They wait around for a while and Skip and Joe decide to find a way inside the school. They eventually make it inside only to find that the insides are trashed and everyone thinks Skip had played a joke on them but he swears he had nothing to do with it. As a storm starts up outside, they decide to look around the building till it passes and soon come to a room decorated for their reunion, with food and alcohol laid out for them. They find their lockers have been moved into the room as well as Marty’s locker and they wonder what happened to him. Skip tells them that he had 6 month’s of plastic surgery but not all of the skin grafts took so he still looked like a mess and he had been locked in a mental institution because his mind had snapped. When Nancy has to use the restroom, she has Skip and Frank walk her there and they run into the former janitor, now the caretaker, who tells them that the place is set to be demolished next month but he doesn’t see a problem with them having their party. As leaves them and continues walking the halls, he encounters someone in a jester’s mask, who lifts Carl up and impales him on a coat hook, then proceeds to nail his hands to the door. Back in the room, the group is having fun and Ted decides to shotgun a beer only to start feeling sick and his stomach ends up bursting open. The group all run from the room but find the doors have all been locked and the windows electrified. Meanwhile, Shirley, who ended up covered in Ted’s blood, got separated from the group and goes to take a bath and wash off the blood. Carl kicks the window screen loose so that he can slip through and he grabs Carol’s keys in order to go and get help but he is stabbed by someone hiding in the back of the car. Inside the school, the others see the car start to leave but then it turns around and the headlights show Carl’s body. Meanwhile, Shirley runs some more water for her bath but acid begins pouring out of the faucet and as she starts screaming in pain, she sees the man in the jester mask watching her. The others hear Shirley’s screams and go look for her, except for Skip who is watching over the unconscious Nancy, and they find that Shirley has been melted down to a skeleton and Carol believes Marty has come back to kill them. Skip sees Susan arrive and tries to yell out a warning but she doesn’t hear him and heads inside. Susan calls out to see if anyone is there and comes across a giant picture of Marty in the hallway and as she approaches it, a pair of hands rip through the picture to attack her. Frank goes to tell Skip about Shirley and Skip tells him that he saw Susan but doesn’t know what happened to her. Frank remembers seeing a tractor when they came in and he, Joe, and Skip go to take a look and see if they can use it to get out of there and Joe says he can fix it and starts working on it as the others leave. Stella gets Frank alone and tries to sleep with him but Frank is reluctant as Stella is married to Joe and they have a kid. Stella then tells Frank that the kid is his and she tried to tell him but he had left town already and Joe was there to lean on. Meanwhile, Joe is working on the tractor when someone removes the jack and as Joe tries holding the tractor off of him, the killer starts up the tractor, then cuts Joe’s arms so he can’t hold it up and the tractor blades end up killing him. Frank and Stella start having sex but the killer had rigged the bed they are on and electrocutes them both. Nancy goes to check on Joe and when she finds him dead, she tells Skip and Carol and the go check on Frank and Stella to find them dead as well. Skip then starts yelling out at Marty and goes to grab a javelin from the school gym, then tells Carol and Nancy they have no choice but to wait for Marty to come. As the girls nod off, Skip hears something and opens the door to look out in the hallway but he ends up being grabbed. As Nancy and Carol go looking for him, Skip is hanged in the gym but the rope ends up coming loose and he manages to survive. As Carol and Nancy look around, they find that the bodies of Joe, Frank, and Stella are missing and soon come across a room that is showing the video they took of the day they tortured him. Nancy sees Marty’s yearbook and when she sees that her picture is marked out, she screams and runs, with Carol yelling at her to wait. Nancy finds the doors unlocked and heads outside, only to be confronted by the man in the jester mask and as she runs from him, she ends up falling into a cesspit. She tries to climb out of it but the killer shoves her back into the pit and she ends up drowning. Carol discovers the body of the caretaker and hides in the girl’s locker room but when the toilet starts overflowing with blood, she runs out of there. She manages to grab a bat to use as a weapon and when the jester bursts through Marty’s picture, she hits him repeatedly and knocks him down, then makes a run for it. The jester chases after her and as Carol grabs a hatchet to defend herself with, she accidentally kills Skip with it and as the jester continues chasing her, she throws him from the second floor window onto the gym floor but the jester survived and after trapping her in the shower, takes off the mask to reveal it is Marty. Marty impales her with the javelin and starts laughing out, yelling about how he got his revenge on them for what they did. Suddenly, Marty starts hearing Carol and the others calling out his name and he finds they have become ghouls that attempt to kill him. Marty wakes up from his dream, finding himself still in the hospital and a nurse tells him they will be taking off the bandages on his face in a few weeks. Marty strangles the nurse then kills a doctor that had come to check on him by stabbing him in the eye with a syringe before facing the camera and proceeding to peel the skin off of his face.

I will give props for a couple of death scenes but on the whole, this is a pretty average, and rather bland, slasher movie. The acting was ok, with Caroline Munro (Carol) and Carmine Iannaconne (Skip) doing good jobs in their roles, while Simon Scudamore did an equally good job playing the deranged Marty. The story was pretty boring and while I did like the idea of this all being a fantasy in Marty’s mind while he is still in the hospital, the whole sequence of his tormentors coming back as ghouls to attack him after he killed them all was honestly a little dumb. The special effects involved with some of the deaths was pretty good, particularly Ted’s death after drinking acid and having his stomach explode. At a time when slasher movies were a dime-a-dozen, you will get your 2 cents worth with this, but that’s about it.

Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5

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September 18th, 2017 Movie – Slashed Dreams

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I have to say that this year really seems to have flown by. I mean, can you believe that it is almost October. That has absolutely nothing to do with today’s movie, I am just amazed at how quickly time flies. Now, today’s movie comes from the Chilling Classics box set, so there is no telling how good of a movie I will be watching. So let’s see how the day is going to start out with today’s movie, Slashed Dreams.

The plot: At college, Jenny gets a letter from her friend Michael and is reading it when one of her classmates, Robert, sits down next to her on the bench. Jenny starts to tell Robert about what Michael wrote, how he built a cabin in the woods and has never been happier, when her boyfriend, Marshall, shows up and jealously pulls Jenny off the bench and walks away with her. During a philosophy class, Marshall and Robert get into an argument and later, Jenny tells Marshall that she isn’t happy with what he is saying and is finding herself unhappy with her life. At a party at Marshall’s house, where he is hazing a pledge for his fraternity, Marshall complains to another girl, Tina, about Jenny and Robert being too close and Tina tells him that they have been friends since they were in grade school. As Jenny and Robert talk about Michael and discuss going to see him, Marshall gets jealous and yells at them, telling them to get out of his house. Robert and Jenny decide to go ahead and head out to see Michael but as they are driving along the highway, Marshall, Tina, and another kid drive past them and throw something on their windshield, causing them to pull over. When Marshall turns around and drives right towards them, then swerves at the last minute, Robert gets out of his car to yell at Marshall but the other guy tries to calm him down. Marshall tries pleading with Jenny to come back with him but she tells him it is over between them and tells him to leave. Robert and Jenny continue driving and eventually reach the county store that Michael had mailed the letter from. When they ask the store’s owner about Michael, he tells them that he knows Michael but hasn’t seen him for quite some time. When they ask for directions to where Michael is staying, the owner tries to talk them out of going but eventually tells them the area and offers them a knife, saying that strange things have been going on there, but they refuse it and head out. Robert and Jenny begin hiking along the mountain and make camp for the night but in the morning, they find a bear has entered their campsite and are forced to lie still as it proceeds to eat some of their food before eventually walking away. As they scrounge for food in the woods, Robert and Jenny have some fun and end up getting closer to each other. As Jenny goes to use the bathroom, she finds a cabin in the woods and quickly approaches it, looking inside to see if Michael is there. Robert soon joins her and as they look around for a bit before Jenny decides to get cleaned up in the nearby pond and convinces Robert to join her when he shows up. As they are fooling around in the water, two men, Levon and Danker, are watching them and Danker eventually calls out to them. As the surprised couple face the strangers, Levon apologizes and introduces themselves to the two, then asks what they are doing up there. Robert explains that they are there to see Michael and ask if they know him. Levon says he does and asks if they have a gun, as they are hunting poachers. After the two leave, Robert and Jenny head back to the cabin and settle in for the night, deciding that if Michael doesn’t show up in the morning that they will head back. Jenny says she doesn’t care if Michael shows up as she is glad to be there with Robert and they two start kissing and eventually have sex. That night, Robert wakes up when he notices that the fire has gone out when Levon and Danker suddenly burst into the cabin, knock Robert unconscious and proceed to rape and beat Jenny. When Robert comes too, he tries to comfort Jenny, then heads outside to give her some time to herself. As he is waiting outside, he sees Michael walking up and greets his friend. Michael is happy to see him and when he hears Jenny is here too, he starts to head inside and go see her but Robert stops him and tells him about the rape. After asking Robert if he is ok, Michael heads inside the the cabin and tries to tend to Jenny and help her deal with what happened. Meanwhile, Robert is walking through the woods and comes across Levon and Danker arguing, as Danker wants to head back up to the cabin and attack Jenny again but Levon is trying to stop him. When Levon cut’s Danker’s leg and moves to finish him off, Robert leaps out of the bushes and starts to attack Levon. Michael and Jenny hear the commotion and run out of the cabin, stopping Robert from killing Levon. As Levon and Danker make their escape, Robert apologizes to Jenny as she holds him and Michael soon joins them. As Robert and Jenny both deal with what happened, Jenny reads an excerpt from a book in Michael’s cabin, as the two are seen walking through a field hand in hand.

Well that was an interesting, and slightly disturbing movie. The acting was ok, with Peter Hooten (Robert) and Kathrine Baumann (Jenny) doing good jobs in their roles while Robert Englund (Michael) put in a brief but very well done performance. The story felt pretty disjointed, starting off with Jenny dealing with her jealous and possessive boyfriend, then moves to the trip to the mountain by Robert and Jenny, then ending with the rape and everyone dealing with it afterwards. Honestly, I feel like the writer wasn’t sure what kind of movie he wanted to make so he just put in every idea he had brainstormed. There was a decent amount of drama involved in the movie, particularly centered around Jenny; first with he relationship with Marshall and his jealousy and then later with her being raped and dealing with it afterwards. Most likely, this was prime material for a drive in but I don’t know if that many people will want to watch it.

Rating: 2 out of 5