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All Good Things Must Come To An End. The Same Is True With This Blog.

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Four and a half years ago, I started this blog as an addendum to a project I had already started, mainly to go through and watch all of my DVDs/Blu-Rays to make sure they are still playable. As I went about with the blog, I had a lot of fun with it and stuck with it throughout as I watched the hundreds of movies that I owned. When I finished, I took some time off but decided to continue doing the blog, bouncing between new movies that I bought and random movies that I decided to watch. I also decided to simply make it a weekly blog as opposed to daily, as I will be honest that trying to watch and review a movie every day did get to be exhausting at times. Unfortunately, recent events in my life have made even this slower pace hard to manage. With the new job that I have taken this year, plus my recently started going to school as part of said job, my free time has honestly dropped to next to nil. So unfortunately, this means that, as much as I wish otherwise, I don’t have the time to do this blog anymore. Therefore, I am essentially placing it on an indefinite hiatus. I don’t want to completely write it off and would like to say that I will pick it back up when my schedule eases up, but I will be taking classes for the next 5 years, and I can’t say for certain if I will be able to start this up again when I am finished. To all of my friends and those who have been following my blog over the years, I offer my sincerest thanks for the support and views you have given me. With that being said, I bid you all good night, and happy viewings.

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November 10th, 2019 Movie – Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

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We have now come to what is arguably the worst entry into the franchise. Now I am not saying this because of it’s low score on Rotten Tomatoes, but because many people, including the director, have stated that they do not like this movie. Now when you have the director apologizing to fans for the movie, you know it must be all kinds of terrible. Now myself, I have to admit that my initial viewing of this movie years ago would have me agree with the critics, but let’s see if the years have been a little kinder to this poor sequel and hope that maybe, just maybe, Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan might have something redeeming in it.

The plot: One year after Tina Shephard sent Jason back to the bottom of Crystal Lake, Jim and Suzy are drifting along the lake in a boat on their way to meet up with the rest of their class for a graduation trip to New York City. With it getting late, and the two wanting to fool around, they decide to drop anchor but their anchor unknowingly severs a power cord, causing a surge of electricity to go through Jason’s body and revive him. Freeing himself from his chains, Jason climbs on board the boat and quickly kills the two kids. The next day, the S.S. Lazurus is preparing to depart with the graduating class from Lakeview High School. The two chaperones, Dr. Charles McCulloch and Colleen Van Deusen, are talking about Jim and Suzy not showing up and when Colleen says that one more student is going, McCulloch is upset to see that it is his niece Rennie, as she has aquaphobia. As the ship prepares to get underway, Jim and Suzy’s boat floats into the harbor and Jason is shown to have left the boat and grab onto the anchor chain of the Lazarus. Climbing on board the boat, Jason kills J.J. as she is playing her guitar down in the ship’s lower holds. As night falls, Rennie has a hallucination about a drowning boy and as she is walking along the deck talking to Colleen, she is knocked into the water by Tamara, who thinks that Rennie had told McCulloch about her using drugs. As Rennie struggles to stay afloat, she sees the drowning boy again, this time dragging her down by her legs, before her boyfriend Sean is able to rescue her. After Rennie makes it back on board, McCulloch chastises Sean and Colleen for what happened and takes Rennie back to her cabin. Later, Tamara tricks McCulloch into a compromising position, which fellow student Wayne had filmed, and after Tamara rejects Wayne’s advances, she goes to take a shower and is killed by Jason when she is done. Jason kills the captain, who is Sean’s father, and his first mate, and when Sean and Rennie head up to the bridge to talk to Sean’s father, they discover the bodies. Sean makes an announcement over the PA, then tries to call for help but Jason disables the radio antennae. When McCulloch, Colleen, and some of the students arrive on the bridge, they see the bodies and Sean explains about the radio being dead. A deck hand shows up, telling them that Jason is on the ship, but McCulloch thinks the man is crazy and is the one killing people. One of the students, Julius, decides to go looking for the killer and convinces several other students to help him. Meanwhile, Tamara’s friend Eva goes looking for Tamara only to discover her body. She then encounters Jason as she leaves the room and tries to run but Jason catches up to her in the disco room and strangles her. Wayne goes looking for J.J. and comes across another of Jason’s victims when Jason attacks him and tosses him into an electrical box, electrocuting Wayne and causing the engine room to catch fire. As the fire alarm sounds, and the boat starts taking on water, Jason continues to kill the students and crew. Rennie, Sean, McCulloch, Colleen, and Rennie’s dog Toby get into a life boat and cast off, where they are joined by Julius, who had been thrown overboard by Jason. The group sets off and eventually reach New York City, where they try to call for help, unaware that Jason has followed them. As the group walk along the dock, they are accosted by a pair of muggers, who take their wallets and then grab Rennie and take off. McCulloch says they should split up and look for help but Sean decides to chase after Rennie. The muggers drag Rennie into an alley and then inject her with some heroin to keep her calm before they rape her but before they get started, Jason appears and kills them while Rennie is able to get away. Julius finds a phone and tries to call for help when Jason attacks him but Julius is able to get away. Julius climbs up to the roof of a building and when Jason shows up, Julius starts boxing him but when Julius gets exhausted, Jason decapitates him with one punch. Elsewhere, Sean manages to find Rennie and the soon meet up with McCulloch and Colleen, who have found a police officer. Sean tries to tell McCulloch that Jason is there but McCulloch doesn’t believe him as he ushers everyone into the back of the police car. As the officer opens the driver door, they see Julius’ head on the dash board and the officer tries to radio for help only for Jason to grab him and kill him. Rennie climbs into the driver’s seat and starts the car, running into Jason as he stands in their way but when she has another hallucination of the child Jason, she ends up crashing the car. Rennie, Sean, and McCulloch climb out of the car but Colleen was knocked unconscious and is caught in the car when it explodes. As they stare at the fire, Rennie has a flashback of being on the lake with McCulloch and realizes he had pushed her into the lake when she was a child, causing her aquaphobia. McCulloch tries to explain his actions but Rennie runs off, with Sean following after her, and as McCulloch collects himself, Jason recovers and kills McCulloch by dumping him in a barrel of toxic waste. Jason then goes after Rennie and Sean, following them onto a subway and when Sean pulls the emergency brake so he and Rennie can get off, Jason follows them but Sean jumps on him and knocks him onto the third rail, electrocuting Jason. Thinking their nightmare is over, Rennie and Sean leave the subway and start to wander the streets of New York, only to find that Jason had survived and is still after them. The two continue to run, eventually making their way down into the sewers, where the run into a sewage worker. The worker tells them the sewers are about to be vented with toxic waste and goes to lead them out of there but Jason attacks them, killing the worker and knocking Sean unconscious. Rennie leads Jason away and as he chases after her, she manages to dump a barrel of toxic waste on him, causing Jason to become even more disfigured. Rennie then goes back to Sean and after waking him, the start to climb out of there but finds their way out blocked. Jason then shows up and grabs Rennie’s legs, trying to drag her down but he is caught by the flood of toxic waste, which dissolves his body back to a child. Rennie and Sean manage to get out of the sewer and as they embrace, they are joined by Toby, who had run off when the muggers attacked them.

Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan was absolutely panned by the critics, holding an 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is, “Jason terrorizes a ship and nearly sinks the franchise in a clunky sequel that feels like self-parody without the charm.” Towards the end of the movie, as Jason chases Rennie and Sean through New York City, Jason tosses a man into the mirror of a diner. That man, Ken Kirzinger, would go on to play Jason in Freddy Vs. Jason. The movie earned $14.3 million off of a $5.5 million budget, making it not only the lowest rated movie in the franchise, but also the lowest earning movie as well.

Nope, I was right. This movie is absolute brain-agonizing terror that offered very few laughs or moments of entertainment to it. The acting was honestly pretty terrible, with nobody doing a particularly good job in their roles outside of Kane Hodder (Jason). The story was kind of a mess and I know that budget issues forced Rob Hedden to cut a lot of scenes he had planned to occur in New York City, but those cuts also hurt the story quite a bit. Honestly, there was only so much of “Jason on a cruise ship” that could happen before it got too ridiculous, and even the deaths that occurred on the ship felt somewhat uninspired. Also, there was a pretty glaring plot hole about the sheer number of kids that mysteriously disappeared, as you only saw Jason kill 6 kids on screen (as well as 4 crew members) so you have to wonder what happened to the other kids. Supposedly, they were all killed off screen, either by Jason during his rampage or when the ship sank. However, Colleen had located 4 kids and told them to wait for her there while she headed to the bridge, but when she got there and Sean said they had to evacuate, she didn’t even mention them or try to go back for them. In other words, she just left them to die without a care in the world. Then we get to New York City, and I have a couple issues with that regarding Jason’s behavior. Now, we all know that Jason has a pretty solid, single-minded focus when it comes to killing teenagers. However, as he was wondering through New York, there were plenty of times where he would somewhat interact with people in the city, but the only times he physically got involved was with the two muggers, the police officer, and the guy in the diner. When he kicked the punks stereo and they confronted him, he simply turned and scared them off by lifting his mask, which was honestly a bit out of character for Jason as in all honestly he would have probably just killed them for being a distraction, then continued after Reenie and Sean. Then we get to the end, where the toxic waste somehow turns Jason back into a child. I’m sorry, but that is the one of the biggest “WTF” moments I have ever seen in the hundreds of movies that I have watched. I mean, toxic waste is basically material that is dangerous when ingested or absorbed. It doesn’t magically turn an adult corpse into a child, not to mention removing the years of decay from the corpse so that it was a normal child’s body, not including the deformities Jason had as a child. (Sorry, but my brain can’t seem to function well enough to make that last sentence sound good grammatically.) The special effects were ok, though I will say that Jason’s decayed face looked the worse that it has ever looked after Rennie tossed the waste onto him. On the whole, this was a sad entry into the series and one that can honestly be skipped if you want to binge watch the series.

Rating: 1 1/2 out of 5

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November 3rd, 2019 Movie – Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood

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Well, Halloween has come and gone, but there are still plenty of Friday The 13th movies left to watch and review. So let’s continue our journey along the shores of Crystal Lake with today’s movie. Now this was another movie in the series that I watched pretty early on. In fact, It might have been listed as a “New Release” at Blockbuster when I rented it (ok, my mom and step-dad rented it but let’s not worry about the details). Even when I first watched it back then, my first thought was that they were getting pretty ridiculous with their ideas on this movie. I am curious to see how bad this movie is now so let’s dive right into today’s movie, Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood.

The plot: As Jason Voorhees’ body continues to lie chained to a rock at the bottom of Crystal Lake, a young girl named Tina Shepard is at a nearby cabin with her family. When she sees her father being abusive towards her mother, Tina runs from the cabin and gets into a boat on the dock. As her father comes out on the dock and pleads with Tina to come back, Tina yells at him to go away, then, utilizing a telekinetic ability she didn’t know she possessed, accidentally causes the dock to fall apart and send her dad into the water, where he is buried under the debris and drowns. Years later, a teenage Tina and her mother Amanda are driving back to their cabin at Crystal Lake, where they are meeting Tina’s psychiatrist, Dr. Crews, who suggested going there in order to help Tina get control of her powers. Upon arriving at the cabin, Crews wants to get started with his experiments immediately and as he films the tests, he tells Tina that her powers are connected to her emotions and he brought her here so she could deal with the guilt she feels over her father’s death. That night, after trying to convince Amanda that they should leave, Tina runs out onto the dock, reliving the death of her father and apologizing to him. Sensing something under the water, Tina uses her powers to unwittingly resurrect Jason and  when he bursts from the water, Tina sees him and faints. Amanda and Crews finds her on the dock and after bringing her inside, Tina tells them what she saw but Crews thinks it is just a hallucination brought on by her guilt. Meanwhile, Michael and Jane are heading to Crystal Lake, as Jane has arranged a surprise party for him there, when their car breaks down and as they walk to the cabin, Jason kills them both. At Crystal Lake, Michael’s cousin Nick invites Tina to the party, where she meets Melissa, Russell, Sandra, Eddie, Ben, Kate, Robin, Maddy, and David. As she is hanging out, Tina suddenly has a vision of Jason killing Michael and rushes from the house, only to see a tent stake driven through the door frame of her porch. She tells Amanda and Crews what she saw, as well as about the stake, but when Crews goes to check, the stake is gone. Meanwhile, Jason kills another couple that is camping out in the nearby woods. The next day, Nick, who is attracted to Tina, goes over to see her and they end up talking by the lake’s shore. Tina tells him about her father’s death and how she was in a mental hospital, unaware that Melissa, who wants to hook up with Nick, overhears her. Later, when Tina goes to the house to see Nick, Melissa uses Eddie to help her tease Tina, causing Tina to use her powers to break Melissa’s pearl necklace. That night, Tina continues pleading with Amanda and Crews that she wants to leave and when Crews argues against it, a frantic Tina telekinectically throws a TV at him. Tina rushes from the house and runs into Nick, who apologizes for what Melissa did. Tina asks Nick if Michael ever showed up and when Nick says no and shows her a picture of Michael, Tina tells him that Michael is dead before Amanda goes to tell Tina to pack so they can leave. Meanwhile, Jason arrives at the lake and kills Russell and Sandra as they are going for a swim in the lake. Crews takes a walk in the woods and discovers Michael’s body, then races back to the house, where he finds that Amanda had discovered Crews was trying to exploit Tina’s abilities for his own purposes. As the two argue, Tina overhears them and steals her mom’s car keys and leaves but as she is driving, she sees a vision of Jason killing Amanda and ends up crashing the car. Back at the party cabin, Melissa starts flirting with Eddie in order to try and make Nick jealous but Nick simply leaves to go look for Michael. Meanwhile, Maddy, upset that Robin is hooking up with David, decides to give herself a makeover so she can seduce David but as she wanders outside looking for him, she discovers Russell’s corpse and ends up being killed by Jason in an abandoned barn. Tina recovers from the crash and heads through the woods to get back to her cabin, encountering Nick along the way, and the two go looking for her mom and Michael, eventually finding Michael’s body. Back at the cabin, Jason kills Ben and Kate, who were having sex in a van outside, then cuts the power to the cabin before heading inside. Melissa tells Eddie the truth about why she was flirting with him, then sneaks out of the cabin to find Nick while Eddie sulks, unaware that Jason has entered the cabin and kills David, Eddie, and Robin. Tina and Nick return to Tina’s cabin and when she learns what Crews was up too, Tina starts to lose control of her powers again but Nick is able to calm her down. Finding Crews newspaper cuttings about Jason, Tina tells Nick that he is what came out of the lake and Nick wants to get the others to help her find Amanda so they can all leave together but while he heads to the other cabin, Tina leaves to look for her mom. Elsewhere, Amanda and Crews had gone looking for Tina and after finding the car, Amanda goes running through the woods calling out for Tina. Crews tries to convince Amanda to go back to the house when they encounter Jason and Crews sacrifices Amanda so he can escape. Back at the cabins, Nick finds Eddie’s body and races back to Tina’s cabin only to find her gone and Melissa there instead. In the woods, Tina encounters Crews, who tells her to come with him, but when she notices the blood on his clothes, she demands to know what happened and he tells her that Amanda is gone. Tina leaves to find her mom, and Crews ends up being killed by Jason. Tina finds Amanda’s body, as well as Kate’s, Sandra’s, and Maddy’s, and as she heads back to the cabins, she is confronted by Jason. Tina uses her powers to fight Jason, first by electrocuting him, then by bringing the porch of Russell’s cabin down on top of him. Tina heads back to her cabin and tells Nick about her mom and Jason but Melissa thinks she is lying and goes to leave, only to be killed by Jason. Tina continues to use her powers against Jason, eventually setting him on fire and both Tina and Nick run from the house before it explodes. As the recover on the dock, Jason attacks them again, knocking Nick unconscious and tossing Tina aside. As Jason moves towards Tina, she uses her powers one last time and is able to summon her father, who wraps a chain around Jason and drags him back into the lake. In the morning, the authorities have arrived and work to put out the remainder of the fire, while Nick and Tina are loaded into an ambulance to be taken to the hospital.

Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood met with negative reviews from the critics, currently holding a 32% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is, “As lumbering and bereft of conscious thought as its unstoppable star, Friday the 13th Part VII – The New Blood finds the franchise in desperate need of the title ingredient.” After the release of Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, Paramount pictures sought a partnership with New Line Cinema to create a crossover with Nightmare On Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger but after several failed concepts, screenwriter Daryl Haney suggested an idea akin to Jason vs Carrie, where Jason would battle a teenager with psychic abilities. The movie was a modest success at the box office, earning $19.1 million off of a $2.8 million budget, which was slightly less than it’s predecessor but still enough for the studio to release another sequel the next year.

Yeh, over 30 years couldn’t help this movie as it is still pretty ridiculous. The acting was pretty boring to be honest, with the only person that did a good job was Susan Jennifer Sullivan (Melissa), but that was because her role was to be a bitch and she played that part perfectly. The story idea was actually pretty neat on paper, because it kind of added to the supernatural aspect of the movie (yes, I know telekinesis isn’t supernatural but it does fit the theme sometimes). Unfortunately, what ended up on film didn’t quite live up to expectations as the story seemed to move to slowly to really build up any steam to get excited about. Having Tina struggle with her powers throughout the first part of the movie, then suddenly able to fully control them when she is fighting Jason felt like a cheap way to try and ramp up excitement but lacked any real believability in it. The special effects were a little weak when it came to Tina’s telekinesis, as it looked like something from the 70’s instead of the late 80’s. I will say that the makeup for Jason’s costume was good, as he looked even more decayed since he had been in the lake for several years, with portions of his ribs and spine showing to indicate how the fish and aquatic life had been feeding on him while he was underwater. It’s good for some laughs because of the ridiculousness of it, but it’s honestly a poor entry to the series.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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