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October 24th, 2016 Movie – Monsters Gone Wild

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So today’s movie is somewhat interesting. When I bought the Mega Monsters box set, this was one of the movies that was included. Well, movie is a pretty loose description for this because it is actually just a collection of clips from various movies that have been produced by Full Moon Features, as well as some older movies that are released by Full Moon. The good thing about this is that, for me, it can serve as a sort of shopping list of movies. If the scene looks interesting, then I will be more inclined to buy the movie so I can watch the whole thing. I did like how they had a cut away that would list a theme, such as “Vampire Victims” or “Magic and Mayhem”, then show various clips that fit into that theme. However, the one thing I didn’t like about this is that they didn’t list what movie the clips came from. Every other compilation style movie/documentary that I have seen always lists the movie that the scene is from but for some reason, they don’t here. That is really annoying because if the clip looked interesting, then I would like to be able to watch the whole movie but I can’t if I don’t know what movie the clip came from. Fun little time killer but I have seen better compilations and the whole not listing the movies used still annoys me.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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October 23rd, 2016 Movie – Kraa! The Sea Monster

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Ok, I know what you are thinking but there is a good explanation for this. See, at DragonCon this year, I attended a panel on lesser known Kaiju (giant monster) movies, because I do love a good Kaiju movie, so that I could find out about some more movies to buy. I wound up with a couple of recommendations (a.k.a. movies I didn’t already own), so I decided to see about buying some of them. Now, I found one movie, Zarkorr! The Invader on Amazon for a decent price. However, I found a set of three movies, including Zarkorr! The Invader, up for auction that, while not exactly cheaper, was a better value (3 movies for just $2 more than one single movie). So I put in my bid and honestly, forgot all about it…until I got an email last week saying I won. So I paid for the movies and yesterday, they arrived and that is how I come to be watching today’s movie, Kraa! The Sea Monster.

The plot: On Proyas, the Dark Planet, the evil Lord Doom is plotting the conquest of a new planet and orders Chamberlain to send his warrior, Kraa, to Earth while they also fire a barrage at the Planet Patrol to keep them occupied. On Planet Patrol outpost 1645, new recruit Curtis is being shown around by team leader Captain Ruric, Lt. Able, and Garth when they receive an alert about an object heading towards Earth. The Planet Patrol sees Kraa arrive on Earth and Curtis uses her psychic powers to learn where he came from but before they can do anything, they are struck by Lord Doom’s plasma cannons. After making sure everyone is ok, the Planet Patrol learn that they are unable to leave the base, and with only auxiliary power running, they need to make repairs to the power core before it goes critical and they explode. Realizing that they have to do something to help the Earth, they find the nearest available agent, Mogyar, and send him to Earth. On Earth, a biker named Bobby Machek enters a diner just as the owner, Alma James, is about to close but as he orders some tea, they hear a whistling sound and are surprised when a pyramid shaped object crashes through the roof and Mogyar, a small tentacled alien speaking in an Italian, is inside. Bobby and Alma take Mogyar back to Alma’s apartment, where Bobby brings some language books so that they can communicate with Mogyar. Meanwhile, a military unit arrives at the diner to investigate the crash site and are joined by Federal Agents Pritchard, Monroe, and Wheeler. Back at Alma’s place, Mogyar quickly learns English and learns that instead of Napoli, where he had intended to go, he has landed in New Jersey. He tells Bobby and Alma about Kraa and Lord Doom and how he was heading to Napoli, as a nuclear research facility there could have helped him make weapons to fight Kraa. Suddenly, Alma’s door is kicked in as the military come in and take Bobby and Alma away in handcuffs while placing Mogyar in a glass tank. As Kraa proceeds to start attacking cities, Lord Doom learns of Mogyar being sent to Earth and orders Kraa to kill Mogyar. At a secret federal detainment center, Agent Pritchard questions Bobby and Alma about Mogyar and Kraa but they refuse to answer his questions. Pritchard is called out of the room and given a message, which he reads and quickly walks away. As he watches news footage of Kraa trashing a nearby city and heading in their direction, Pritchard asks if there has been any word from Washington but learns that they are still in committee. As Kraa approaches the facility, Mogyar manages to escape the containment unit and Pritchard sends soldiers to look for him. Mogyar makes his way through the ventilation system to the interrogation room and helps Bobby and Alma escape. Trying to figure out a way to help Mogyar, Ruric sends a transmission to Mogyar’s mothership, sending it crashing to Earth and colliding with Kraa, temporarily stunning the monster and allowing Bobby, Alma, and Mogyar to escape. Hiding out in a hotel, the three try to figure out what to do and when Mogyar says he remembers the tones for when Monroe made requests from Washington, Bobby calls the number and, pretending to be one of Monroe’s staff, requisitions a takeover of a nearby nuclear reactor and their staff to build Mogyar’s device. Meanwhile, Pritchard is trying to track down the three fugitives by plotting Kraa’s course when he hears about the request and heads there with his squad. At the reactor, Bobby and Alma show up, with a hidden Mogyar, and thank the scientists for their work, then power up the weapon as Kraa approaches. Meanwhile, Pritchard and his team arrive and head inside, and when Bobby goes to check on a power short, he is captured by Pritchard while Monroe captures Alma and Mogyar. Mogyar tries to offer himself to Kraa in exchange for Pritchard letting Bobby and Alma go but when Pritchard refuses, Mogyar renders Monroe unconscious allowing Alma to go help Bobby. Back on the Planet Patrol’s station, they try to figure out a way to stop Kraa and Curtis tries using her psychic powers to stall him, while Able figures out a way to restore power and keep them from exploding. Alma gets the drop on Pritchard and tells Bobby to reconnect the cables while she handles Pritchard but Pritchard knocks her out and heads after Bobby but is unable to stop Bobby. The beam strikes Kraa but Able is able to reroute it to hit the station and jump start their power, allowing them to destroy Kraa. The Planet Patrol then go after Lord Doom and after a brief fight, take him prisoner but Chamberlain smuggled in a skeleton key which they use to escape. As the Planet Patrol regroup, Able asks about Mogyar’s accent and he explains his speech program was on his mothership, which they destroyed, so he is stuck talking the way he does, which causes the others to laugh.

This is exactly what I thought it would be; low budget but pretty fun to watch. The acting was ok, with nothing really exceptional in the movie itself but it is notable for being Alison Lohman’s first feature film. The story isn’t very original. I mean, there are hundreds of movies where an alien being sends a giant monster to attack the Earth so they can conquer it. Ok, maybe there aren’t quite that many movies but that is the plot for dozens of TV shows (*cough* Power Rangers *cough*). I will say that there was one scene that really did have me laughing. When Kraa was attacking a city, at one point he smashes through a building which had a poster for the 1998 Godzilla movie on it (because this movie came out in the same year). While the special effects were what you would expect for a low budget movie, the monster suit for Kraa looked pretty decent but Mogyar looked like a slimy crab monster wearing a turtle shell. On the other hand, the fight scene between Ruric and Lord Doom was so bad that you couldn’t help but laugh at how bad it was. There are definitely better Kaiju movies out there but this is still worth watching for some laughs.

Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5

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October 22nd, 2016 Movie – Planet Terror

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Man, it has been a while since I watched part of the Grindhouse double feature. As a matter of fact, it has been just over two years since I watched Death Proof. So when Grindhouse came out, this was the part of the double feature I was most interested in seeing, because I do enjoy a good zombie movie. So like I said back then, my friends and I went to go see this when it first came out and I was glad that this was the first movie shown. So here is today’s movie, Planet Terror.

The plot: Cherry Darling is a go-go dancer who gets tired of dancing and quits her job. As she is walking home, she is nearly run over by a military convoy and injures her leg falling into some garbage. The military convoy, led by Lt. Muldoon and a chemical engineer named Abby, reach a warehouse, where they are meeting with some of Abby’s men to pick up a chemical called DC2. When Abby learns that his test subjects have escaped, he has the leader castrated and killed when a beeping sound is heard, and all of the gas canisters that the military men are breathing from have gone empty. Muldoon and the soldiers end up in a firefight with Muldoon and his men over the gas but as Muldoon, whose face is starting to deform, approaches Abby, Abby shoots the canisters of gas, releasing it into the air, and is able to escape as Muldoon and the soldiers step into the gas cloud, but as he drives away, one of the scientists leaps onto his car and tries to attack him, having been turned into a deformed psychopath by the gas. Meanwhile, Dr. Dakota Block is speaking with her babysitter on the phone, while texting her lover, Tammy, to pick up her son while she is at work with her husband, Dr. William Block, so they can run away together. Cherry walks to the Bone Shack, a BBQ restaurant owned by J.T. Hague, where she is soon joined by her ex-boyfriend El Wray, who offers her a lift after they talk for a while. At the hospital, Block is examining a patient with a bite on his arm when they notice lesions on his tongue and arm. He tells the patient they are going to have to amputate the arm so that the infection doesn’t spread to his chest, then calls for Dakota, who is the anesthesiologist, to knock the patient out. Tammy’s car breaks down and as she tries to flag down passing cars, she is attacked and killed by some deformed people. Wray and Cherry pass them but think it is people picking up a dead deer. When Wray swerves to avoid hitting someone in the road, his truck ends up flipping over and someone grabs Cherry and drags her from the truck. Wray grabs a rifle from his car and follows after them, finding them just as the two people rip off Cherry’s leg, but even though he shoots them, they don’t die and instead run off into the woods. Cherry is taken to the hospital and while Wray talks with Block, Sheriff Hague and his deputies arrive to question Wray. As Hague speaks with Wray, Wray notices several people being admitted into the hospital with lesions on their face and asks if they can go somewhere else to talk and Hague arrests him and takes him to the sheriff’s station. Back at the hospital, Block sees some more bodies being brought in and calls Dakota down to show her the body of Tammy. Getting her alone, he confronts her about Tammy, using the anesthetic on her hands so he can grab her phone and confirm she was in contact with her, but before he can do anything else, he is called away so he locks her inside an office. Block is taken to where the bodies where and finds that they have disappeared and as more patients are being admitted with lesions on their bodies, he decides to get out of there but goes to deal with Dakota before he leaves. Making his way back to the room, he is attacked by the man whose arm was amputated and the man pulls off some of his mutated flesh and smears it all over Block’s face, infecting him. Back at the sheriff’s station, one of his deputies comes in saying a man bit off his finger and when the sheriff and the other deputy go check, the second deputy is killed by some of the deformed people. Wray manages to free himself from his restraints to help the sheriff, then leaves to go get Cherry and the sheriff and the rest of his deputies go with him in his truck, calling in some other deputies and friends and saying to meet at his brother’s place. Back at the hospital, Dakota jumps out of the window and makes her way to the car, breaking her wrist in the process of getting the door open, and manages to drive off just as Wray and the police arrive. Wray heads inside the hospital to get Cherry, who is depressed over what happens to her leg, and he quickly grabs the leg off a table and jams it into the peg for a prosthetic, allowing her to walk out of there and they head to J.T.’s. Dakota gets to her house and after kicking the babysitters out, she grabs her son Tony and gets in the car, where they are attacked by the babysitters before she is able to escape. At J.T.’s, Hague deputizes everyone and gives them a gun, except for Wray as there are past issues between them, then heads inside where he finds J.T. passed out on the floor, with the bodies of two mutated people on the other side of the counter. Dakota and Tony arrive at her father’s house and she tells Tony to grab the revolver in the glove compartment and shoot anyone that comes near the car, including his father, but as she heads to the house, Tony accidentally shoots himself in the face. A horrified Dakota goes back to the car only to be attacked by Block but she manages to get free and grabs Tony’s body and runs to the house, where her father quickly ushers her inside. Back at J.T.’s, Wray and Cherry talk and Wray has search the jacket she took from him, where she finds an engagement ring and the two end up having sex when the film breaks. When the movie picks back up, J.T.’s place is on fire and Hague has been shot in the neck. He apologizes to Wray for how he treated him and hands him a  gun. Wray covers Cherry as she goes to get his truck, then leads the survivors out of there using his truck and some of J.T.’s vehicles to escape in. When they come across a horde of mutants on the bridge out of town, they get ready to make their last stand but are saved by Muldoon and his soldiers, who knock Wray out and take the others prisoners. When Wray comes too, he finds himself in a cell with everyone else, including Abby, who recognizes Wray. Abby informs Wray about Muldoon and the others stealing the chemical because they need a constant dose of it to stay normal otherwise they mutate and that a small percentage of people are immune to the chemical, which he hopes to be able to find a cure. Two soldiers come down and order Cherry and Dakota to come with them and Wray tries to stop them but is beaten by the guards and thrown back in the cell. Cherry and Dakota are taken to a separate cell, where two soldiers plan to rape them. Meanwhile, J.T. and Wray wrestle with their guards and Wray kills them but not before J.T. is shot in the stomach. Wray and Abby go to confront Muldoon, who explains that he had killed Osama Bin Laden but his reward was to have him and his team infected with the gas and as his tank runs out and he starts to mutate, Wray and Abby kill him. Meanwhile, Cherry is forced to dance for the two soldiers but she strikes one of them across the face with her wooden leg then jabs him in the eye with the broken stump. When the second soldier drags her away, the first one gets up and moves towards her when the mutation causes his penis to start falling apart. Dakota regains the use of her hands and uses a syringe gun to shoot the second soldier in the leg and the first in his other eye. Wray and Abby show up and Wray gives Cherry a modified M4 with a grenade launcher attachment to use as a new leg, which she uses to kill her attempted rapist and some of the other soldiers. Heading back to the cell, they arm everyone and prepare to lead them out but J.T. and Hague stay behind, as they are too wounded to move, and Wray gives them a detonator to blow the place up. Outside, the prepare to make their way to some nearby helicopters but Abby ends up getting shot in the head. When J.T. and Hague hit the detonator, Wray has Cherry go out to deal with the soldiers, then he leads the others towards the helicopters but ends up getting shot. As the survivors get on board one of the helicopters, Dakota goes to check on the second one and finds Block there but her father shows up and kills him and they head back to the first helicopter. Cherry goes to see Wray, who says she has to save herself and their child, indicating that he got her pregnant when they had sex and as the helicopter leaves, using the rotors to mow down the infected, Dakota yells out for Cherry and lowers a rope to her. Some time later, Cherry is leading some more survivors to the area that they have made for themselves, using a prosthetic mini-gun on her leg to take out a zombie that attacks them. As she looks at the temple, she thinks of Wray and wishes that he could see their daughter, who she carries with her.

Planet Terror met with mostly praise from the critics, holding a 77% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While there isn’t a critical consensus on the site, most of the critics praised the movies visual aspects in recreating the exploitation schlock films of the 70’s. Robert Rodriguez had apparently come up with the concept for years ago while working on The Faculty, as he felt that zombie movies were dead and due for a comeback, but other projects kept him from working on it. When zombie movies did indeed make a comeback, Rodriguez revisited the idea for the movie when he partnered with Quentin Tarantino on Grindhouse.

While everyone loves the trailers out of Grindhouse, this was definitely my favorite one of the two feature films. The acting was pretty good, which I know is funny to say because this is supposed to be a “low budget” movie, but it really was. Rose McGowan did a good job as the female lead, though I was rather indifferent towards Freddy Rodriguez (Wray). I did like Jeff Fahey (J.T.), Josh Brolin (Block), Marley Shelton (Dakota), and Naveen Andrews (Abby) in their roles. The story was pretty good and really reminded me of some of the late 80’s/early 90’s zombie movies, primarily Zombi 3. I also loved the whole “missing reel” part, as it cuts out during a sex scene and when you come back, the place is on fire and you are left wondering what the hell happened here. The special effects were very good and so off the wall that it helped with making the movie more entertaining. A fun throw back movie that is worth watching, if you can handle all the blood and gore that is.

Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5

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October 21st, 2016 Movie – Planet Outlaws

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Buck Rogers, a somewhat unsung hero in science fiction. I remember watching the TV show years ago and thought it was pretty cool, though I also remember wanting to rip Twiki’s head off to keep him from talking. Anyways, The TV show was not the first appearance of Buck Rogers in film as there was an old movie serial that came out in 1939. Then someone decided to re-edit the serial into a movie in the 50’s, so they condensed an almost 4 hour long serial into a 69 minute movie. Man, I hope they didn’t cut out anything important, like the plot, when the made those edits to form today’s movie, Planet Outlaws.

The plot: Lieutenant Buck Rogers and his co-pilot George “Buddy” Wade are flying a dirigible over the North Pole when the weather causes them to crash. Centuries later, two men find the wreckage of the dirigible and discover the bodies of the two men perfectly preserved in suspended animation. Buck and Buddy are taken to the hidden city to see Dr. Huer, the scientific leader of the city, who informs the two men that due to the gas that they were carrying in the dirigible, they have managed to stay alive for over 500 years. Lt. Wilma Deerling informs Huer that Killer Kane has captured one of their pilots and Huer turns on a video screen, where they are able to observe the pilot being interrogated by Kane. Buck asks who Kane is and Huer explains that due to the world’s inability to stamp out lawlessness in the 20th century, the criminals ended up ruling the Earth. Learning about their plans to seek aid from Saturn, Buck speaks with Air Marshall Kragg, Huer’s military counterpart, and comes up with the idea to send a radio controlled ship out to act as a decoy so that Buck can slip through Kane’s blockade. Kragg agrees to the idea and orders Wilma to go with Buck and Buddy to Saturn. When the enter Saturn’s atmosphere, they come under attack by two of Kane’s ships and are forced to bail out before their ship crashes. The make contact with Earth and set out towards a nearby city but are soon captured by Kane’s men. Kane’s men take them to their ship but they all end up captured by some Saturn soldiers. They are all taken to see Aldar, leader of the Council of Wise, and Buck pleads his case but Kane’s emissary says that Kane is a benevolent ruler and that Buck and his companions are part of a revolutionary force. Aldar believes Kane’s men and orders Buck, Buddy, and Wilma to be put in jail, saying that Saturn wants no part of a revolution, but Buck overpowers a guard and the three escape, then steal one of Kane’s rockets to head back to Earth. As they approach Hidden City, they don’t radio ahead and Kragg, believing it to be an attack by Kane, has the ship destroyed but Buck and the others survive and are taken back to the city. Back on Saturn, Aldar sends Prince Tallen to Earth to verify the story of Kane’s emissary and if it is true, to have Kane sign a treaty which gives Saturn’s pledge of support. When they see the ship approaching, Buck decides to disguise himself and Buddy as Kane’s soldiers to spy on Kane. They make their way to Kane’s conference room, where he and his council are about to sign Tallen’s treaty but Buck stops Kane from signing it and has Kane show Tallen how he treats his prisoners. Tallen agrees to go with Buck to speak with Huer and Kragg and joins Buck and Buddy as they escape from the city. Flying back to Hidden City in Kane’s personal ship, they encounter a squad of ships from Hidden City, and are fired upon by Deerling but they land and after she realizes who they are, they all head back to the city. Tallen pledges his support to Huer and Kragg’s cause and they attempt to make contact with Saturn but are unable to. Buck, Wilma, and Tallen make plans to fly back to Saturn, and Huer uses an invisibility ray to cloak their ship long enough to make it through the blockade. The three make it to Saturn and after the treaty is signed, Buck and Wilma return to Earth. Unknown to them, an emissary of Kane’s had gone to Saturn and managed to stow away on their ship when it heads back to Earth. The spy opens the gates to Hidden City and radios Kane to inform him of where it is. Buck and Kragg show up and try to stop the spy and Buck is shot in the arm during the scuffle before Kragg is able to knock out the spy and close the gates. While most of the ships are destroyed, two manage to sneak in and are captured. Buck decides to use one of the ships to fly to Saturn and get them to help attack Kane’s forces, then heads back to Kane’s city, where he and Bucky start removing the robotic helmets from the prisoners. As Saturn’s forces destroy the air blockade, Buck and the freed prisoners manage to capture Kane and his council, then place a robotic helmet on Kane, ending his reign of terror.

As short as this was, this was a pretty decent movie but it could have been better. The acting was good, with Buster Crabbe doing a great job playing Buck Rogers. The story was ok but the pacing felt weird and incredibly sped up due to all the cuts. Granted, I know a lot of stuff was cut out to make this into a movie but it just felt like you were missing stuff throughout the entire movie. The action and special effects were probably pretty decent in 1939, but look pretty laughable now. I will be honest, it is worth a watch but it really made me want to watch the serial more than anything else.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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October 20th, 2016 Movie – Planet Of The Sharks

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So it looks like I have fixed all my mistakes (please let me be up to date) so let’s get back to where we should be. Now back during Sharknado Week, there were sooo many shark movies that I was able to enjoy and today’s movie is one of the few new ones that were released on DVD. Now since it was a shark movie and it was from The Asylum, there was absolutely no chance that I would not be buying it so when it came up for pre-sale, along with Sharknado: The 4th Awakens and Ice Sharks, I immediately pre-ordered it. So let’s dive into today’s movie, Planet Of The Sharks.

The plot: In the future, global warming has caused the polar ice caps to melt, flooding the earth. On a floating settlement called Junk City, a lookout spots a large school of sharks heading towards the city and warns the citizens, just as the sharks start attacking the city and killing everyone. One of the citizens sends up a flare, which is spotted by the residents of Salvation, a larger floating city, but when they try making contact with Junk City, the don’t get an answer. Dillon Barrick, captain of the supply boat Osprey, radios Salvation and tells them he will check it out, then receives a call from Dr. Roy Shaw, head of the Westron Reseach Facility, asking about some materials he is bringing them. After getting off the radio with Barrick, Munro goes to talk with some of her team and Dr. Shayne Nichols tells her that the rocket they are building will work but they only had enough materials for one scrubber, making this their only shot at trying to cool the planet down. Salvation sends out Nathan Terry in a mini-copter to check on Junk City and locates the sole survivor, a tennage girl named Bea, and radios Barrick to pick her up. Barrick pulls up to the dock and pulls Bea aboard the boat, then quickly leaves as the sharks, led by a large mutated shark, head towards them but as Barrick heads out into the open water, the alpha shark turns away and the school follows it. Barrick heads towards Westron while the Nathan heads back to Salvation to report what he saw but Joanne D’amato, the leader of Salvation, has a hard time believing his story. When Barrick and Bea reach Westron, he tries to get her to leave his ship but she refuses and Nichols tells her she can stay as Barrick has to take her and Shaw to Salvation to pick up some supplies for the rocket and that D’amato needs to talk to Barrick and Bea about what happened to Junk City. When they arrive at Salvation, D’amato and Shaw talk about the materials Shaw needs and D’amato wants Shaw to relocate some of Salvation’s people to Westron. When Shaw asks about Salvation’s defenses for sharks, D’amato says that they got rid of the nets, then shows her how they deal with sharks. D’amato and several people begin pounding on the walkways and making noise, luring the sharks towards them, where they then begins spearing and killing the sharks before dumping them back in the ocean. When the alpha shark grabs the hook they use to capture sharks and swims away, causing the large wench to break and fall into the sea. Barrick and the others quickly head back towards the Osprey as the sharks start to attack the city. Seeing someone trying to steal his boat, Barrick jumps in the water and starts swimming towards it and Shaw, Nichols, Bea, and Moffat jump in later . Barrick manages to make it on board and fights with the man who stole his boat, eventually beating him after a shark bites the man’s head off, then Barrick helps Bea and the others get on board the boat and they head back to Westron as they watch Salvation be destroyed. Shaw contacts Westron and has Dr. Caroline Munro and Hideo Ishiro get the HARP, a device that was used to attempt to create new landmasses by causing volcanic eruptions, ready to fire. She then builds a signal device to lure the sharks into the caldera of a volcano, and gives it to Nathan, who had survived the attack on Salvation. Nathan takes the device out to attract the sharks but he flies to low and a shark jumps out of the water and brings the mini-copter down and kills Nathan as he tries to swim away. Nichols uses some paraskiing gear that Barrick has on board to sail out and grab the device, then lure the sharks to the target zone. Shaw contacts Ishiro and tells him to fire the harp and the beam heads into the atmosphere and bounces down to strike the target, triggering an eruption which kills most of the sharks, but the EMP from when Munro shuts the device down causes the power to go out at the station. Out in the ocean, Barrick spots a tsunami approaching them and manages to get the Osprey to ride over the crest, and they head out to pick up Nichols, who is being pursued by the alpha shark. The shark manages to knock Nichols off the ski but she makes it safely on board the boat, while Shaw is able to tag the alpha shark with a transmitter. Returning to Westron, Shaw is told of the problems and that the Westron is sinking and decides to use the alpha shark to help power the launch of the rocket. As the station starts to sink and sharks attack the people, Moffat is killed while trying to keep Bea safe. Nichols goes with Barrick onto the Osprey to try and find a way to drive the sharks away while Shaw manages to lure the alpha into an enclosed area underneath the rocket and jab some electrodes into it, enabling Munro to receive enough power to initiate the launch. As the countdown progresses, the bottom of the container breaks and Shaw and the alpha are dropped into the water, just as the rocket launches and the scrubbers start to work. Shaw swims towards the Osprey but is killed by the alpha but Nichols manages to figure out how it controls the other sharks and causes them to start attacking the alpha. The alpha kills several of the sharks, then jumps onto the Osprey to try and kill Barrick and Nichols but they escape as Barrick steers the Osprey towards some fuel tanks, causing an explosion that kills the Alpha while Barrick and Nichols swim back to Westron to rejoin Bea, Munro, and Ishiro. 6 months later, Barrick, Nichols, and Bea are out on a boat and they see that the water levels have started to go down, as the look out over the parts of New York City that have risen out of the water.

When I first saw the list of movies for Sharknado Week, this is one of the ones that I was really looking forward to. However, when I did watch it, I enjoyed it but was a little disappointed with it. The acting was pretty decent, with Brandon Auret (Barrick), Lindsay Sullivan (Shaw), and Daniel Barnett (Moffat) being my personal favorites. The story was interesting but honestly reminded me a little of Waterworld, just with more sharks. I did like the idea of the alpha shark controlling the other sharks as that was a rather unique twist in what could be a boring movie. The special effects were pretty decent for the most part, with a few exceptions here and there, and helped make the movie more enjoyable. Not my favorite new shark movie but an enjoyable viewing none-the-less.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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October 19th, 2016 Movie -Piranhaconda

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Ok, so there is an interesting situation regarding this DVD. See, when this movie debuted on Syfy years ago, I was all excited because it was another Roger Corman movie for me to enjoy. After watching it, I eagerly awaited for it to appear on DVD but, to my great despair, it was never released on DVD…or at least not in the US. I have seen several copies online in other regions but since I don’t have an all-region Blu-Ray/DVD player, none of those would do me any good. However, I would still go online and try to find a copy that was playable in the US and one day, I managed to find one….sort of. What I wound up getting was a set of promotional disks for all of the movies that debuted on Syfy that month, including Arachnoquake and Jersey Shore Shark Attack. Well the three other movies in the set were all finished products but today’s movie was not, which I admit makes for some interesting, and often entertaining viewing. So let’s get right on with today’s movie, Piranhaconda.

The plot: Professor Robert Lovegrove and his two assistants take a helicopter to a remote part of the Hawaiian islands to search for a legendary creature. Reaching a waterfall, they find some eggs and Lovegrove grabs one and places it inside a plastic container. Suddenly, a piranhaconda bursts out of the water and kills the two assistants, while a second one attacks the helicopter and causes it to crash, leaving Lovegrove stranded there. On the other side of the island, a film crew is filming the latest installment of a horror movie when the director decides to stop for the day. As they pack everything up, one of the crew goes off on her own to look for a missing light meter and ends up getting attacked and killed by the piranhaconda. At the hotel, Rose (the scriptwriter) and Jack (stuntman/killer) are talking and Rose is showing him an article online about how a legendary Polynesian creature was spotted on the island last week but they are soon interrupted by Kimmy Weston, the movie’s female lead, who convinces Jack to put some suntan lotion on her back. When a man, Rick,  sitting next to them recognizes Kimmy and asks his girlfriend Jamie to take a picture of him with her,  Kimmy tries to get Jack in the shot with her but he leaves and goes back to the table with Rose, only to have her leave as soon as he gets there. Elsewhere, Lovegrove makes his way towards an abandoned sugar factory and tries to see if there are any keys in the vehicles there when he is taken captive by a woman named Talia. Talia takes him to her boss Pike who, despite Lovegrove’s warnings about the monster in the jungle, decides to hold him for ransom and keeps him in the factory. Meanwhile, Dr. Masters, her assistant Vicki, and their guide Leilani are looking for a rare flower and find it only to be killed by a piranhaconda. At the film location, the director Milo calls a cut to the first scene and asks the girl with Kimmy to practice screaming while he takes a call so the girl wanders off and ends up getting eaten. When Milo gets off the phone, he informs everyone that the film has been shut down so they all pack up to leave. On the way back to the hotel, Jack, Kimmy, Milo, Rose, and Gunner (the film’s explosive’s man) are taken hostage by some of Pike’s men but Gunner uses some mini explosions to create a distraction which allows him and Jack to escape. The lead kidnapper, Arturo, sends two men after them but one of them is killed by a piranhaconda and the other returns holding the camera dropped by Lovegrove’s assistant when she was killed. The lead kidnapper watches the camera’s footage and decides to take the three prisoners to the sugar factory. Meanwhile, Rick and Jamie decide to go hiking to a remote beach but after they go for a swim in the ocean, Rick goes off to use the restroom and ends up being killed by a piranhaconda. Back at the kidnapping site, Jack and Gunner meet back up and decide to go after Rose and the others so Gunner grabs some supplies from the back of their van. At the factory, Arturo shows Pike and Talia the video camera and after seeing the footage, Pike decides to try and sell the egg that Lovegrove had in order to make some more money, though Arturo and Talia seem uneasy about it. Meanwhile, Lovegrove is explaining to Rose and the others about what he was doing there when Arturo has Rose, Kimmy, and Milo go outside. The three are taken to a field, where a masked Pike films them while giving his ransom demands, then they are taken back to the factory but Rose pretends to seduce Arturo then knees him in the crotch and escapes. One of the kidnappers chases after her and catches up to her after she trips and falls into a nest of piranhaconda eggs but he is killed by a piranhaconda. Rose runs back to the factory and tries to warn the kidnappers and they take her back to the room with the others. Jack and Gunner arrive and see Rose being taken inside so they make a plan to get them out. After taking out a guard and grabbing his gun, Jack goes to get the others while Gunner plants some explosives around the area. After freeing the prisoners, Jack leads them towards the van and Milo, who had been shot in the foot earlier, chooses to stay behind to help cover their escape as he won’t be able to make it to the van. Jack, Rose, Kimmy, and Lovegrove head to the van, with Pike and the kidnappers shooting at them when a piranhaconda appears and kills Talia. Gunner sets off the explosives but ends up getting hit by a stray bullet so Jack is forced to leave the body. As they drive off with the piranhaconda in pursuit, Lovegrove notices his satchel in the back of the van and quickly grabs it. When the piranhaconda appears on the road ahead of them, Jack stops and then notices Pike had shown up and fired a bazooka at them so he quickly speeds towards the piranhaconda then swerves so that the rocket hits the creature instead. As they drive off, Pike watches as a second piranhaconda nudges the wounded one before killing it. Pike returns to his men and they head off after Jack and the others. Meanwhile, Milo manages to wander through the jungle and reaches the beach where Jamie is waiting for Rick to return. When Milo tells Jamie about what is going on, she thinks he is crazy and goes running off yelling for Rick, with Milo chasing after her. When Jamie reaches the nest of eggs, Milo tries to warn her that they should leave but she decides to break the eggs instead, attracting a piranhaconda to them which quickly kills Milo then Jamie. Jack and the others run out of gas and decide to make their way down river in hopes that there is a boat nearby. When they reach a dock and see a boat, they start to get inside but Rose finds the egg in Lovegrove’s satchel and they realize that the egg is what attracted the piranhaconda to them. Since the studio vans are nearby, Jack decides to use the egg as bait to kill the piranhaconda and heads back there to get some explosives. As Jack and Rose are working on rigging up the bomb, Jack is shot by Pike, who plans on killing them all. When a piranhaconda appears and starts killing Pike and his men, Lovegrove uses the opportunity to grab the egg and run while Kimmy goes to get the detonators but she ends up being killed by the piranhaconda. Jack tells Rose to head back to the dock and get help while he deals with the piranhaconda, planning to use a gun he grabbed from a dead worker to set off the explosives. Rose sees Lovegrove getting on the boat and jumps on with him and they leave. When the piranhaconda chases after them, Rose discovers the egg and Lovegrove quickly grabs it back from her. She manages to knock him overboard, where he is killed by the piranhaconda, then beaches the boat and runs through the jungle with the egg, eventually catching up to Jack. The two ride off on Pike’s ATV and head back to the waterfall, where they are cornered by the piranhaconda. Jack places the bomb in the container with the egg and throws it at the piranhaconda, then he grabs Rose and they jump into the water just before they detonate it, killing the creature. Jack and Rose embrace each other and kiss due to surviving but are quickly killed by a third piranhaconda.

As is common with any Roger Corman/Jim Wynorski movie, I found this movie very entertaining. The acting was pretty decent in several aspects, primarily Michael Madsen (Lovegrove) and Rib Hillis (Jack), and pretty corny in others but that is to be expected. The story was decent as far as the main plot goes but there where the random plotlines that didn’t really seem to make much sense but just seemed to be filler, such as the Dr. Masters looking for the flowers. The special effects were pretty decent and I liked the simplistic design of the creature, with just the facial area showing the melding of the two animals and it really worked. Now I have to admit, watching the DVD that I have, where you see words appear on the screen to denote the special effects that will be inserted (such as “blood mist” or “chunks of meat fall to ground”) or seeing a woman’s leg painted green to show where the editing will make it look like it was bitten off was pretty entertaining, but I honestly would really like to have a normal copy. Still, if this comes on TV it is worth watching for some cheesy sci-fi fun.

Rating: 3 out of 5

 

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October 18th, 2016 Movie – Arachnoquake

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So this has been one screw-up after another. See, when I noticed I forgot to review Piranha Sharks the other day, that led to me noticing I forgot to review another movie I own. Well, there is a reason why that one wasn’t necessarily reviewed, which I will bring up when I review that movie, but it did bring up the fact that another movie that was also included in that particular collection was left off of my list. So, I am forced to backtrack…again…and take care of my own oversight. So here is today’s movie, Arachnoquake.

The plot: At a chicken farm outside of New Orleans, some of the workers are talking about an earthquake that occurred the night before while one of the men complains about something biting him the night before. The owner of the farm, Jean Jacques, hands the man who was bitten a shotgun and tells him to go check out the hen houses as something has killed two of the hens so he heads out and stops when he sees a large hole has opened up in the ground. Suddenly, his shoulder starts to seriously hurt and as he takes off his shirt to check it out, a small spider bursts out of a boil on his shoulder and comes towards him, backing the man up until he falls into the hole. In New Orleans, Paul shows up two hours late and his dad, “Pops”, berates him for costing them their first charter of the day due to his not bringing the boat back to the dock so he demotes him to driving the trolley bus while he and Petra, Paul’s sister, go get the boat .Meanwhile, Charlie, a high school girls’ softball coach, shows up to pick up his team and take them back to Houston but his assistant Barb is seriously ill after being bitten by something so Charlie is forced to drive them back to Houston, to the displeasure of his wife Katelynn, and his kids, Justin and Annabel, who had gone there on vacation to be with him. Katelynn and the kids, along with Glen, Tina, and an old man nicknamed Gramps, get on the tour bus that Paul is driving and they start the tour but are forced to stop after awhile when they come across a section of street that has collapsed. As Paul gets out to check the street, Annabel notices a small spider and captures it and all of the passengers get out to look at it before Justin grabs the container and tosses it down a storm drain. Paul shows back up and they notice a spider on his back but Paul knocks it off of him and Gramps knocks it away with his cane. When some larger spiders get on the bus, Paul quickly gets everyone back on the bus and they drive off. When Paul stops at a gas station to refuel, Glen, Tina, Justin, and Annabel head inside to look for bug spray while Paul, Katelynn, and Gramps stay outside but they quickly head inside when the giant spiders show up. Inside, the have the clerk call the police but he complains about not feeling good just as a boil on his neck explodes and he falls to the floor dead, where a baby spider crawls on his face. Paul and Glen manage to kill some more baby spiders but when a giant spider breaks into the store, they all run back to the bus but Gramps is killed by one of the giant spiders. Katelynn starts to have an asthma attack and Paul tries to get her to a drug store but Glen argues with Paul and tries to take over driving the bus. When Paul is forced to stop as police have blocked off the way ahead of them, Annabel tries calling her father but when Charlie picks up the phone, he ends up wrecking the bus he is driving while trying to avoid a giant spider on the road. As Charlie and the team try to get the bus free, they are attacked by a giant spider and manage to kill it but get back on the bus when more spiders appear. Meanwhile, Pops and Petra go get their tour boat but while making sure the boat isn’t caught on the reeds, they notice the body of Armando, a famous local alligator, floating in the water. When they get back to the dock, they notice fires coming from the city and Pops goes looking for Paul and escorts the bus back to the dock. On the dock, Glen wants a refund for the tour and starts ranting about what is going on but he ends up getting killed by one of the spiders and Pops has everyone get on the boat. Once they get on the water, Paul gives Katelynn a tank of Heliox to breathe in order to combat the asthma attack but when they see another boat that has been attacked by spiders, Tina panics and heads for the bridge, where she pushes the throttle forward. Petra loses her balance but Paul is able to catch her and drags her back on the boat just before they crash onto the shore. Tina is killed by the spiders and Pops tries to distract them so the others can escape but he ends up getting burned by one of the spiders. Paul and Petra run to help him and a spider approaches them but it is killed by Mary, Armando’s mate. The group makes its way through the swamp and run into Jean Jacques and two of his workers, who take them back to the farm to tend to Pops’ wounds. Back on the bus, Charlie and the others are rescued by Major Crandle, whose daughter is on the team, and while the girls are taken back to Houston, Charlie rides with Crandle to rescue his family. Back at the farm, Katelynn asks them to try and capture or kill a spider so she can dissect it and learn a possible weakness to them. The farmers manage to kill one in a pit trap and bring it back for Katelynn to study and as she learns what she can about them, they figure out that recent fracking is what caused the spiders to come to the surface. When the spiders suddenly attack the farm, most of the ranch hands are killed while the group ends up getting split up. Katelynn, Justin, and Annabel head off with Jean Jacques but when Katelynn is snared in  spider’s web and dragged off, Annabel chases after he while Jean Jacques prevents Justin from following. Meanwhile, Paul and Petra notice that they have become separated from Pops so Paul goes back to look for him, managing to save him from another spider attacking him but when they return to where Petra was, they find that she has disappeared and Pops ends up dying from his wounds. Jean Jacques and Justin show up and Paul asks Jean Jacques to take Justin to the safe zone while he goes looking for Petra and the others. Returning to the boat, he sees Annabel grabbing something off the boat and running off into the woods and follows her, where he sees her jumping down into a hole. Following after her, Paul makes his way through the cavern and find Petra, then they locate Katelynn and Annabel, who are observing the queen spider. When the queen notices them, they head back to the boat and manage to get free just before the queen reaches the surface, where it starts to chase after them but Katelynn ends dying from her asthma. Back in the city, Justin and Jean Jacques arrive at the safe zone, where Justin is reunited with Charlie while Crandle is informed of the queen heading towards the city. As the queen makes its through the city and begins making a web between two buildings, Paul puts on his father’s diving suit and makes a bomb to use against the queen, then heads into the city after the spider while Petra and Annabel take Katelynn’s body with them. Paramedics take the body while Annabel and Petra are taken to the safe zone, where they watch Paul and Jean Jacques, who had grabbed a bazooka from the military, get captured by the queen. The queen kills Jean Jacques but when it goes to attack Paul, he manages to grab the ovipositor and gets swallowed by the spider. Inside, he attaches the bomb to the queens gas bladder and after managing to crawl out the spinneret, he ignites the bomb, killing the queen and causing all of the drones spiders to die as well. Everyone celebrates while Petra believes Paul is dead but as Crandle tells her that he is going to see that Paul is given the highest honor a civilian can receive, they see Paul had survived the blast and send a team to rescue him.

As far as spider movies go, this was a pretty decent movie to watch. The acting was pretty good, with some funny dialogue popping up every now and then, especially some of the dialogue between two of the farmers. The story was ok, although the whole hive mind idea is not exactly original. I did think it was interesting that they took their own stance on fracking, coming up with a very unique danger to what could happen. The special effects were pretty decent, with the spiders looking pretty good but the whole fire breathing part was a bit much, though the concept did come back in Lavalantula. On the whole, a decent movie to watch if you are in the mood for watching some creepy crawlers.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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