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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 4th, 2017 Movie – Silent Night, Deadly Night 2

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We all know that sequels generally tend to be a worse movie than the original, which is definitely the case with today’s movie. In fact it is considered one of the worst movies of all time, and yet, it has one of the most infamous movie scenes of all time; the infamous “Garbage Day” scene. Now if you haven’t seen the clip, just look up garbage day on YouTube, but right now it’s time to focus on the whole movie. I honestly never saw this movie before buying it, but I always remember seeing it on the shelf at Blockbuster or various other video stores. So let’s see if Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 is as bad as everyone says it is.

The plot: Ricky Caldwell, the younger brother of Billy Chapman from the first movie, is being interviewed by psychiatrist Dr. Henry Bloom at a mental hospital, where he is being held awaiting trial for a series of murders he committed. After the guard/nurse sets up the recording equipment, Bloom tells him to leave and begins speaking with Ricky. After an initial angry outburst from Ricky, Bloom has him sit down and asks him how his parents died. Ricky tells him that Santa Claus killed them, relaying the story as Billy told it to him. Next, Bloom asks about their time in the orphanage and Ricky tells him of how Billy was treated there by the cruel and “naughty” Mother Superior. After changing the tape, Bloom asks about the Christmas Eve when Billy went on his killing spree, and how it affected Ricky. When Bloom comments about the orphanage being shut down after that, Ricky then talks about how Sister Mary managed to find him a family and he managed to live a pretty normal, healthy life, though there were times the trauma from his past would catch up to him. After the death of his adopted father, Ricky is walking through some woods and comes across a couple fooling around in a field. When the couple start to argue and the man attempts to force himself on her, the woman manages to fend him off and he heads to his jeep to get another beer before planning to come back to her. Ricky sees this and after the man grabs his beer, Ricky gets in the jeep and proceeds to run the man over. The woman sees what happens and as she approaches the scene, Ricky gets out of the jeep and the woman thanks him before walking away. Ricky then talks about how he got a job when he turned 18 but one night, he saw a loan shark named Rocco beating up a man for not paying the money he owes and Ricky kills the loan shark by stabbing an umbrella through him. When Bloom asks him about Jennifer, showing Ricky a picture of her, Ricky gets angry when she is first mentioned but reluctantly starts talking about her. Ricky met her when she accidentally hit his motorcycle with her car, having not seen him when she was pulling into a parking spot. The two begin dating but one day, while at the movies, Ricky is annoyed by a guy mocking them at the back of the theater and, after seeing a scene of a killer santa (re-used scenes from the original movie that are not meant to be a flashback), he leaves his seat and heads off. While she waits for Ricky to return, Jennifer is surprised by her ex-boyfriend Chip. Chip tries to get back with her but she refuses his advances, citing her reasons for not wanting to be with him while pointing out he has his own date with him. Meanwhile, Ricky had snuck up on the two people in the back of the theater and kills both of them, with nobody thinking anything odd was going on. Some time later, Ricky and Jennifer are walking through a neighborhood when they encounter Chip, who is working on his car. After Chip taunts Ricky over his past relationship with Jennifer, Ricky ends up using a pair of jumper cables to electrocute Chip. Jennifer sees this and attacks Ricky for killing Chip but when Ricky screams out “Punish”, she tries to escape only for Ricky to strangle her with Chip’s car antennae. A security guard witnesses this and tries to arrest Ricky at gunpoint but Ricky manages to get the gun and shoot the guard in the head, then goes on a killing spree throughout the neighborhood. When he is confronted by some police, Ricky tries to shoot himself but he is out of bullets and the police are able to take him into custody. Back in the present, Ricky finishes talking and addresses Bloom one final time, as Ricky had killed him during his last story, and then leaves the cell, killing the guards as he makes his escape from the hospital. 6 hours later, the police are questioning Sister Mary about what Ricky might do or where he will go and she says the orphanage closed down after Mother Superior’s stroke, and believes he will track her down. Ricky kills a Salvation Army Santa, then calls Mother Superior’s home before heading over there to attack her. Mother Superior, who is confined to a wheelchair after her stroke, tries to escape but Ricky chases her throughout the house and finally kills her when she chooses to face him. Sister Mary and the police arrive at her house and find that she had been decapitated and when Ricky attempts to kill Sister Mary, the police shoot him repeatedly and he falls through the window. As the police check on Sister Mary and tell her he is gone, she looks over at Mother Superior’s head and screams, as Ricky is shown to have survived the shooting.

Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 was panned by the critics, holding a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While there isn’t a critical consensus on the site, the critics all seemed to think that the massive reuse of footage from the first movie made the new footage seem even more trivial and lackluster. The movie only had a limited release in theaters, earning $154323 off of a $100,000 budget, but gained a cult following of horror fans, who viewed the movie as more of a dark comedy. The “Garbage Day” scene quickly became a Internet meme and catchphrase, with numerous clips of the scene being found online.

Oh yeh, this is definitely one of those incredibly bad movies that can be entertaining to watch. The acting was definitely pretty bad, with Eric Freeman’s portrayal of Ricky being really over the top, which actually made some of the lines/scenes pretty funny. The story itself was pretty disappointing to be honest. My biggest complaint was how they portrayed the timeline in the movie. The movie was 88 minutes long and here was how the timeline of events broke down. Take out roughly 4 minutes for the beginning and end credits, 40 minutes of the movie were essentially a recap of the original (with about 5 minutes of that being brief moments where Ricky is talking to Bloom), and roughly 32 minutes being a recap of past events that led to Ricky being in the mental hospital. This means that about 12 minutes of the movie was really set in the present time. I realize that they were given a limited budget but this still felt like a total cop out as far as what they could do regarding a sequel. Anyways, the various kills that Ricky did were a little over the top at times, such as the umbrella opening up after he stabbed Rocco, but they fit into the way the movie played out. This is a bad movie, but one that is entertaining to watch because of how bad it is.

Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5

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August 29th, 2017 Movie – Shoot ‘Em Up

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Sometimes, you just need your action movies to be completely over the top in their violence. Aside from the mass star power, I am pretty sure that is one of the reasons that The Expendables franchise has been so successful. Years before those movies came out, we had another dose of over the top violence in the form of today’s movie. Now I remember seeing the trailers for this movie when it came out and thought it looked fun but never went to see it. After it came out on video, a friend of mine brought it over one night when a bunch of us were hanging out watching movies and we watched it. I thought it was absolutely hilarious and immediately went and got my own copy of it. So let’s have some fun with today’s movie, Shoot ‘Em Up.

The plot: A man named Smith is sitting at a bus stop eating a carrot when he sees a pregnant woman walk past, showing signs of having contractions. When a man chases after the woman, she ducks into a warehouse and the man stares at Smith before pulling out a gun and following after her, prompting Smith to follow them. Inside the warehouse, the woman tries to shoot the man but misses and as he approaches her with a knife, Smith grabs him and uses his carrot to kill him. When some more men appear, Smith grabs the dead man’s gun and begins shooting them, telling the woman to get out of there. After killing several of the men, Smith is forced to help deliver the baby in the midst of the continued gunfight. As the leader of the men, Hertz, arrives, Smith grabs his gun and asks why they are after the woman but Hertz doesn’t answer and instead, tells Smith that the gun won’t work unless his thumbprint unlocks it. As more men arrive, Smith hits Hertz with the gun, then grabs the woman and leaves but as they make their way up the stairs, he realizes that the woman has been shot in the head. Smith starts to leave but has a change of heart and grabs the baby, then heads up to the roof. Once there, he grabs a gun from a man that followed him and uses it to shoot out the neon lights on the sign above the other men before jumping across the roof tops and making his escape. As he is walking along the streets, he notices someone watching him so he ducks into a bus terminal and hides in the restroom. As he tends to the baby, he drops the gun in the toilet and quickly strips and dries it just as the man arrives and tells him to give him the baby. Smith tries to shoot him but the gun still isn’t dry enough so he ducks under the stalls and turns out the lights, then struggles with the man before using the hand dryer to finish drying off his gun and after getting the upper hand on the man, he leaves. Smith heads to a park and leaves the baby on a carousel for someone to pick up but when a woman gets shot as she approaches the baby, he sees Hertz aiming a sniper rifle at the baby. Smith shoots the carousel, causing it to spin around, messing up Hertz’s shop and he grabs the baby and manages to escape. Smith heads to a brothel and goes to see Donna Quintano, a hooker who specializes in lactation fetishes, and offers her $5000 to take care of the baby for a while but she refuses. Meanwhile, Hertz figures out that the baby will need some food and tells his men to look for wet nurses or any such option Smith might go to. Hertz ends up at Quintano’s room and questions her about Smith, repeatedly firing his gun and pressing the heated barrel against her skin as a form of torture. Just before he can seriously burn her, Smith appears and throws Hertz out of the room, then uses a severed hand on the gun he stole so he can shoot Hertz. Knowing more people will be coming, Smith has come with him and as they are walking along the street, Smith sees someone park in a handicap spot without a sticker and steals their car. Smith heads to a pawnshop and attempts to buy some guns and ammo, signing over a check from the blood bank to cover some of the costs, while Quintano turns a quick trick in order to buy a bullet proof vest for the baby. Heading to the church Smith has been squatting in, Smith decides to call the baby Oliver, after Oliver Twist, but he and Quintano continue to argue about what to do. Meanwhile, Hertz had been wearing a bulletproof vest and after recovering, manages to track down Smith to the church and have some new men meet him there so they can kill Smith. Upstairs, Smith is flipping channels on the TV and realizes that Oliver stops crying when he hears heavy metal music. Suddenly, the men break into the room and start attacking them and Smith has Quintano use the old dumb waiter to escape downstairs, while he kills the attackers and manages to make it downstairs with Oliver. As Hertz uses a dog to track them, Quintano tells Smith to shoot it but he refuses, saying he likes dogs, and instead uses his pet rat and Oliver’s diaper to lure the dog away from them. Following his hunch about the music, Smith heads to a heavy metal club that is near where he first saw the pregnant woman and sees several empty diaper boxes outside. After Quintano tortures the manager, he leads them to the upstairs area and unlocks it for them and Smith and Quintano see several dead guards and two other dead pregnant women, as well as one man who is reporting in on the scene. As they look around, they discover that someone was setting up a baby farm to harvest bone marrow and Smith kills another guard so they can escape. Hiding out in a hotel, Smith tells Quintano that he called all the news channels and newspapers, as well as the FBI, and that once the story goes public, they should be safe. Quintano is still upset with Smith about having her care for Oliver, as her own child had been delivered still-born. Smith and Quintano end up having sex when some men show up to kill them but Smith, without manages to kill them all while continuing to have sex. As they are getting dressed, Smith notices that the men have Hammerson guns that are not available on the market yet. Smith has Quintano and Oliver hide in a tank at a museum and goes to investigate Hammerson. Inside the factory, he sees Hertz talking with Hammerson and Hertz reveals that he knows who Smith is. When Hammerson and Hertz, along with Hammerson’s men, realize that Smith is there and try attacking him but Smith had rigged some weapons on trip wires and uses them to kill all of the men and make his escape. Heading back to the tank, Smith tells Quintano what he learned and as Quintano is changing Oliver’s diaper, he sees the photo of Senator Rutledge and realizes that he is the one that needs Oliver’s bone marrow. Smith comes up with a plan to get Quintano out of town, telling her not to tell him where she gets off in case things go bad. Smith then fools Hertz and his men into chasing after him with a decoy baby, giving Quintano time to get Oliver and leave town. Smith then calls Rutledge’s security detail and arranges to meet with Rutledge as he flies to North Carolina. On the plane, Smith and Rutledge are talking but Smith notices the dog hairs on Rutledge’s pants and realizes that he had meet with Hammerson, as he recognizes the dog hairs as belonging to Hammerson’s German Shepherd Duchess. Smith grabs one of the secret service’s guns and holds Rutledge office as Hammerson and Hertz and tell him that Rutledge made a deal with them in order to save his life. Smith takes Rutledge to the lower portion of the plane and ties him to the ladder, then shoots him, figuring that Rutledge’s assassination would help get his bills to pass by a sympathy vote. Smith then jumps out of the plane but he is followed by several secret service agents, who attempt to kill him in mid-air. Smith manages to kill them all, but is shot in the arm in the process, and after landing safely, he heads to an empty building to rest only to wake up to fins Hertz pointing a gun at him. Hertz takes him to Hammerson’s home and proceeds to torture Smith by breaking the fingers in his right hand but Smith refuses to tell him where Quintano and Oliver are. As Hertz prepares to use more extreme methods of torture, Smith manages to get free and kills Hertz’s men and then manages to overpower Hammerson and have him shoot himself. When Hertz approaches him, Smith attempts to shoot him but his mangled hand causes him to miss. Smith retreats to another room and Hertz finds him leaning next to the fireplace and as he gets closer, he sees that Smith had placed the bullets from his gun in between the fingers of his left hand, which he sticks in the fire in order to ignite them and shoot Hertz. Smith goes to leave but Hertz stands up to try and stop him and they both raise their guns but Smith manages to shoot Hertz and finally kill him. Smith leaves Hammerson’s house, accompanied by Duchess, and heads to the bus stop that Quintona used to get out of town. Riding the Green Bus, Smith and Duchess get off at one of the stops and head to a Dream Queen ice cream shop to get some food. While there, Smith sees that Quintona works there and the two embrace and kiss. Suddenly, three armed men burst in and attempt to rob the place but Smith grabs one of their guns and, using a carrot to pull the trigger, manages to stop them as Quintona continues to hold him.

Shoot ‘Em Up received mixed to positive reviews from the critics, holding a 67% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is, “As preposterous and over-the-top as Shoot ‘Em Up may be, its humor and non-stop action make for a very enjoyable film.” The first gun Smith uses in the film is a Walther PPK and when it jams on him, he calls it a piece of crap, which is a subtle dig on the fact that Clive Owen had been considered for the role of James Bond but was passed over in favor of Daniel Craig. The movie did not fare well in theaters, earning $26.8 million off of a $39 million budget.

This is such a ridiculously funny movie. The acting was good, with Clive Owen (Smith) and Paul Giamatti (Hertz) doing a good job playing off of each other, while Clive Owen also had some great chemistry with Monica Bellucci (Quintano). The story was pretty intriguing, with the slight mystery surrounding Oliver making a good focal point for the all of the violence that occurred. The special effects involving the gun fights were really over the top, which made for a lot of entertainment and laughs throughout the movie, such as Smith shooting out the letters in the sign to spell “FUK U”, and as Hertz stares at Smith across the rooftop, he shoots out the “L” in TOOL, so that the sign now then reads “FUK U TOO”. A lot of crazy action that is a blast to watch.

Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5

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June 30th, 2017 Movie – Santa’s Slay

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Ahh, a holiday themed B-movie that has been a long time favorite among my friends. So I am a long time wrestling fan and after Bill Goldberg left the WWE in 2004, this wound up being one of the first projects that he starred in. Now I was intrigued by the idea of this movie so I picked it up on DVD and was immediately hooked after the opening scene, which was ridiculously fantastic. When I had a holiday movie night a couple of years ago, I showed this movie to my friends and they all loved it just as much as I did. So let’s have some fun with today’s movie, Santa’s Slay.

The plot: On Christmas Eve, the Mason family is sitting down for dinner when their dog starts barking at the fireplace. Everyone is surprised to see Santa Claus come down the chimney and bursts through the fireplace and after saying that he is real, he proceeds to kill everyone there. That night, in the town of Hell’s Township, Nicolas Yuleson and his friend Mary “Mac” Mackenzie are working at Mr. Green’s sandwich shop and dealing with Mrs. Talbot, their cranky last customer of the night. After Mrs. Talbot leaves, she is swerving all over the road as she drives home when Santa, riding on his sleigh, is stuck behind her so he has his reindeer bump into her car, causing it to wreck. Back at the shop, Mr. Green gives Nicolas and Mac some Christmas gifts before sending them home and Mac offers to give Nicolas a ride, where they talk about how Nicolas’ grandpa doesn’t celebrate Christmas. When Nicolas gets home, he finds the house completely dark and goes down to the basement to check to power, where he surprises his Grandpa. Grandpa explains he was replacing the lights in the bunker, then shows a shocked Nicolas the bunker he built in the basement. Nicolas is worried that Grandpa might finally be going crazy but Grandpa says he knows what the people say but he would rather be safe than sorry. When Nicolas asks Grandpa the real reason why he hates Christmas, Grandpa heads upstairs and pulls an old book out of his safe. He begins reading to Nicolas about how there were two immaculate births; Jesus Christ and Santa, the child of Satan. Before Grandpa can finish the story, he is interrupted when Mac comes over, bringing a gift for Nicolas. Meanwhile, Pastor Timmons is holding a Christmas Eve service at the church but when it is over, he takes the money from the collection plate and heads to Gold Diggers, the local strip club. As Timmons heads inside, Santa arrives at the club and, after killing the doorman, heads inside and ends up killing the bouncer, bartender, and another patron that attacked him before heating up some coal and setting the place on fire, killing everyone inside except for Timmons, who had managed to escape during the fighting. Back at the Yuleson’s house, Grandpa says he is going to bed and when they are alone, Nicolas ends up insulting Mac’s family and she gets upset and leaves. Nicolas continues reading from the book of Claus and learns that Santa used to enact a Day of Slaying every year but when the people of Earth prayed for help, an angel was sent down. The angel, disguised as an old man, challenged Santa to a contest to see who could slide their stone across the frozen lake and get it closest to the opening in the lake without falling in. Santa goes first, managing to get his rock at the edge of the hole but when the old man takes his turn, his rock hit’s Santa’s, knocking it into the water and giving the old man the victory. As a result, Santa is now forced to give up the Day of Slaying for 1000 years and turn it into a Day of Joy instead. Nicolas sees that this occurred 1000 years ago and worries that Santa will be coming to kill people but after looking at the fake Santa tracker, and being told via their chat function that Santa isn’t real, Nicolas thinks Grandpa is just crazy and goes to sleep. The next day, Santa shows up at Mr. Green’s shop and kills Mr. Green then leaves, pausing as he notices a picture of Mr. Green with Nicolas and Grandpa. Nicolas goes to the gas station to get some gum when he hears on the police scanner about something happening at Mr. Green’s store and rushes there only to find Mr. Green pinned to the wall with his menorah. The police show up and Nicolas is taken to the station for questioning, where he tries to explain what is happening to Captain Caulk, but he doesn’t believe him and sends Nicolas away. As Mac shows up to pick up Nicolas and take him back home, Santa shows up at the police station and proceeds to kill all of the cops there, including Caulk. As they are driving to Nicolas’s home, Mac and Nicolas are pulled over but Nicolas realizes it is Santa and tells Mac to go, then shoots Santa with a shotgun when he manages to get on Mac’s truck. They make it to the house and tell Grandpa what is going on as he ushers them into the bunker. When some carolers show up at the house, Mac and Nicolas try to warn them away when Santa shows up and begins killing them. Mac and Nicolas ran back to the bunker as Santa breaks into the house and Grandpa has Mac grab a can with some secret keys inside, then leads them through a secret passage into the garage, where he has some snowmobiles ready to go. Santa sees Grandpa opening the garage from the bunkers monitors and goes out to confront him, distracting Grandpa long enough for Santa’s reindeer to run him over. Nicolas and Mac escape on the snowmobile but Santa chases after them, throwing exploding presents at them to try and kill them. As they try to make their way through the town, Santa follows and ends up grabbing Timmons. Nicolas and Mac break into the school to try and hide out until it is midnight at the North Pole. Santa follows them and chases them through the school into the hockey rink, where he tries to kill them with a zamboni. Suddenly, a glowing curling stone gets wedged under the zamboni, stopping it in it’s tracks, and Grandpa, revealed to be the angel that originally bested Santa, challenges Santa to another match. Santa sets the terms and Grandpa goes first but when it is Santa’s turn, he grabs Grandpa and slides him into the hole leading to Hell. Santa then goes to face Nicolas and Mac, just as Nicolas’s alarm goes off, signalling that it is midnight at the pole. Santa informs them that since all time zones converge at the poles, the actual time at the pole is discretionary, then launches a fireball at them but Nicolas uses a nutcracker to break open a chestnut, which disperses the fireball before lodging in Santa’s chest. Nicolas and Mac hear Grandpa calling for help and manage to drag him out of the hole while Santa escapes. Grandpa explains that he fell in love with Nicolas’ grandmother and gave up his powers to be with her, then tells them that Santa is powerless and they can stop him but he is unable to go with them. Nicolas and Mac head to where her brother and some other hunters are gathered and Nicolas signals for Santa’s reindeer, so the hunters can kill it. The reindeer is eventually killed by Mac’s dad, using his new bazooka, and Timmons body is found impaled on a flagpole where the sled crashed, causing people to believe he was the killer Santa. Nicolas chooses not to say anything, telling Mac that Christmas is over and Santa is gone so why should everyone live in fear. The two end up kissing while in Canada, Santa is seen getting a ticket to head to the North Pole.

This is not a “good” movie, as in one that will get rave critical reviews, but this is definitely an entertaining movie. Bill Goldberg made for a pretty intimidating Santa while Emilie de Ravin (Mac) and Robert Culp (Grandpa) were equally good, but I found Douglas Smith (Nicolas) to be rather annoying. There were a surprising amount of cameos in this movie that were all well done, some with bigger roles such as Dave Thomas (Timmons) and Saul Rubinek (Mr. Green), but the best was the opening scene, with Fran Drescher, James Caan, Chris Kattan, as part of the Mason family that gets killed in the first 5 minutes. The story was interesting, basically making Santa the Antichrist, which honestly kind of reminded me of an old Church Lady skit on SNL where Dana Carvey commented about how similar Satan and Santa were. The special effects were decent, though laughably bad at times. A lot of the kill scenes were pretty funny and as much as I love the opening scene for how funny it is (seriously, I can’t say enough on that scene), the scene in the strip club was also funny, such as when Santa went to grab the stripper pole to use as a weapon and he stops, makes a face, and proceeds to wipe it down first. A fun horror movie to watch when you get tired of all the holiday cheer.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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June 20th, 2017 Movie – The Rules Of Attraction

the rules of attraction

Ahh, the memories of all of the random movies I was able to watch for free due to my old roommate. Back when she worked for Disney, my roommate would get advanced screening passes to all sorts of movies, even some that were not Disney films. Today’s movie was one of those movies and I remember enjoying it in the theaters so during a random movie buying binge several years ago, this wound up being one of those purchases. So let’s see if this movie is still enjoyable as I watch today’s movie, The Rules Of Attraction.

The plot: Lauren is attending the End of the World Party at Camden College and wants to lose her virginity to Victor but he had been having sex with her roommate Lara. So she ends up taking a film student upstairs to have sex with him but she passes out and when she comes too, she finds herself being raped by a “townie” while the film student films it on his camcorder. Paul is at the same party and stares across the room at Sean but ends up taking a jock up to his room to do some ecstasy. As the pills start to take effect, Paul tries to kiss the jock, who violently shoves him away and when Paul taunts him about being “closeted”, the jock throws him out of his room and spits on him. Sean sees Lauren taking the film student upstairs and rips up some letters written on purple paper. As he looks around the party, he heads towards a girl who he had sex with at the beginning of the term but when she asks him his name, he lies and says he is a freshman named Peter. Sean takes the girl back to his dorm and as they are having sex, he finds himself thinking that he can’t remember the last time he had sex while sober. Going back several months to the beginning of the school year, Sean checks his mail and receives a love letter written on purple paper. Later, Sean goes to see Rupert, his drug supplier, who is angry over the amount of money that Sean owes him and threatens to shoot him but Rupert’s friend, a Jamaican named Guest, tells him to leave Sean alone. When Sean says that all the new freshmen are coming to campus so he can charge them more for the drugs, Rupert agrees and allows Sean to leave but Sean has trouble getting his customers to pay the money that they owe him. At the Edge of the World Bonfire, Paul sees a guy, Mitchel, that he had flirted with before and continues flirting with him but Mitchel’s girlfriend shows up and tells Mitchel to take her back to her room. She invites Paul to join them but Mitchel tells her he can’t come. Paul goes to get a beer from the keg but Sean cuts in front of him and the two end up talking. Sean is only half paying attention to what Paul is saying and through miscommunication, Paul believes that Sean said he was bi and arranges to meet with him the next day. Saturday morning, Sean and Lauren both head to a Saturday morning class but the teacher is passed out in his office so the class is cancelled. Sean and Lauren start talking and after Lauren takes his sunglasses as she leaves, Sean pulls the letter from his pocket and thinks that she is the one writing to him. Meanwhile, Paul is getting ready for his supposed date with Sean when a friend bursts into his room saying another friend is overdosing and drags Paul away to help him. Paul reluctantly helps take the kid to the hospital and watches as his two friends panic over the fate of their friend. Elsewhere, Lauren is at her dorm looking through a book of venereal diseases in order to convince herself to not go to a party and hook up with a guy, though her roommate Lara tries to convince her to come. At the party, Lara talks with Sean for a while, who asks if Lauren is coming, and she explains about the book. Later, Sean is getting some more beer and Paul approaches him and apologizes for missing their date, then invites Sean back to his room to smoke pot. Lauren shows up at the party and asks Lara if she has seen Sean and when Lara tells her he went off with Paul, shoe worries at first but calms herself by thinking that he just went to sell Paul some pot. As Lara goes to hook up with a guy, Lauren’s teacher approaches her and asks about why she missed the tutorial on Saturday. Lauren accompanies him back to his house and they start making out but when she finds out he is married, she refuses to sleep with him but does end up giving him a blow job. Sean and Paul end up getting stoned in Paul’s room and Paul imagines sleeping with Sean. The next day, Paul receives a call from his mom telling him to come up to the city for the weekend and he asks Sean to give him a ride to the bus station. Returning to campus, Sean gets another love letter that says “Tonight is the night.” Meanwhile, Lauren and Lara are snorting cocaine in their dorm room and Lauren tells her that she plans on going all the way with Sean, saying that they have a connection. In the city, Paul meets up with Dick, the son of one of his mother’s friends, who will be joining them for dinner and ends up causing a scene at the restaurant before he leaves. Back at college, Sean attends a “dress to get laid” party and is talking to Lara as she snorts some more cocaine and when he asks about Lauren, she tells him that she isn’t coming and that she has a boyfriend. Sean ends up having sex with Lara but he imagines it is Lauren. Meanwhile, the girl who was writing the love letters is actually a student that works in the cafeteria. She sees Sean leave with Lara and ends up writing him a suicide note, then heads into the women’s bathroom and slits her wrists in one of the tubs. Lauren returns to her room and finds Sean finishing getting dressed and she slams the door as he tries to apologize and heads to the bathroom to cry, only to find the girl’s body. When Sean finds the suicide note, he tries talking to Lauren but she refuses to speak with him. When Lara tells him he is wasting his time, he ends up punching her, blaming her for what happened. Sean attempts to commit suicide through various methods but they all fail so he decides to fake it. Lauren shows up at his room and sees him lying in bed with fake blood and while Sean laughs at fooling her, she calls him sad and runs off. Victor, arrives back in town from Europe and he is telling Sean and Mitchel about his adventures in Europe. Victor asks Sean for some pot and Sean agrees to get him some but says Mitchel has to come with him. Sean and Mitchel head to Rupert’s house to get the pot but when they get there, Rupert demands his money. Sean gives him the money that Victor gave him but Rupert says it isn’t enough and ends up threatening Sean and Mitchel. A fight breaks out, with Sean cutting Guest’s hand, and Sean and Mitchel manage to escape and make it back to college, where Mitchel kicks Sean out of his car. Meanwhile, Lauren learns that Victor is back in town and heads to his dorm and runs into Sean, who tries to talk to her and asks to get to know her but she tells him he will never know her. Lauren reaches Victor’s dorm and knocks on the door and when he opens it, she hugs him and starts kissing him but Victor says he doesn’t know who she is and Lauren notices Lara jumping on Victor’s bed in her underwear. Paul sees Sean sitting on the steps at the stadium and tries talking to him, saying he wants to get to know him but Sean tells Paul that he will never know him and Paul starts yelling at Sean as he leaves. Sean goes and checks his mailbox but doesn’t find a letter inside. Rupert and Guest enter the mailroom and Sean tries to run but the stop him and proceed to give him a beating. Returning to the events at the beginning of the movie, Sean sees Lauren heading upstairs and then spies the blonde but it is shown that his sleeping with her was only a fantasy as Sean puts his drink down and leaves the party. Later, Lauren walks outside and runs into Paul, who is moping on the porch. The two start talking and Paul tells her that Sean loves her but Lauren says it doesn’t matter. Paul asks if she was the one writing Sean letters and Lauren tells him it was someone else, as the two watch Sean ride off on his motorcycle. As he rides, Sean starts a monologue about his thoughts on Lauren but it is cut off as the credits start to roll.

The Rules Of Attraction met with mixed to poor results from the critics, holding a 43% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is that it is, ” A tiresome movie about unsympathetic college kids engaging in self-destructive behaviors.” The movie originally received an NC-17 rating so the director made cuts to the film in order to get an R rating, however those cuts were retained in some of the foreign releases of the movie. The movie was a mild success at the box office, earning $11.8 million off of a $4 million budget and has since garnered a bit of a cult following.

This is a pretty dark look at an aspect of college life that most people don’t necessarily want to think about. The acting was good, with James Van Der Beek (Sean), Shannyn Sossamon (Lauren), and Ian Somerhalder (Paul) doing good jobs in their roles. The story was really good and from what I remember, followed the novel it was based on pretty closely. Like I said, this movie essentially focused on the other aspect of college life that did not involve grades or sports, sex and drug use, though some aspects of this felt like something out of the 70’s. Especially Lauren hooking up with her teacher, which felt similar to what happened in Animal House. There wasn’t much special effects work in this movie, but they did have a pretty effective use of split screen camera work a couple of times, especially when Sean and Lauren first meet. It’s probably not going to be your first choice for a college themed movie but it is worth watching.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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May 9th, 2017 Movie – Re-Animator

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H.P. Lovecraft. Now there is an influence that I honestly don’t think I have come across in my movie collection, and one that I might want to rectify. See, I enjoyed reading Lovecraft’s stories and also enjoyed playing the various games that were based in his literary world. So, being the type of person that I am, I would naturally watch any movies based on his works but never got around to actually buying any of them. Luckily for me, I have friends to help me out with those shortcomings. So let’s get into today’s movie, Re-Animator.

The plot: At the University of Zurich’s Institute of Medicine, the dean and two police officers head for the office of Dr. Hans Gruber, where they meet a frantic nurse outside the door. The nurse and dean knock on the door, calling out for Gruber and his assistant, Herbert West, but when they hear screaming coming from inside, the police smash through the glass and unlock the door. Heading inside, they see Gruber having convulsions on the floor, with Herbert kneeling over him with a syringe in his hand. The police quickly grab Herbert while the nurse goes to check on Gruber when he suddenly stands up and starts screaming before his eyeballs burst and he collapses dead. Herbert says that the dosage was too large and when they accuse him of killing Gruber, he tells them that he gave him life. Some time later, at Miskatonic University in Arkham, MA, medical student Dan Cain is attempting CPR on a patient who is flat-lining but the head doctor calls it, telling Dan that she admires his optimism but a good doctor has to know when to stop. Dan takes the body down to the morgue, where he sees Dr. Carl Hill drilling into another corpse’s head. Dan is surprised by Dean Halsey, who is showing their new transfer student, Herbert, around the campus. Halsey introduces Herbert to Dan and Hill, but Herbert insults Hill and says he is considered to be a plagiarist in Europe. Later that night, Dan is having sex with his fiance Megan, who happens to be the dean’s daughter, and as she is leaving, they find Herbert at the door, having come there to rent the room that Dan had listed on the bulletin board. As Herbert looks around, he asks if there is a basement and when he sees it, quickly agrees to take it and though Megan has some misgivings, Dan accepts. The next day, Dr. Hill is showing his class how to perform a lobotomy but is constantly distracted by Herbert, who snaps his pencil whenever Hill says something that he doesn’t agree with. That night, Hill is having dinner with the Halsey’s in celebration for the latest grant he earned the school. When Megan says that she has to go on a study date with Dan, Hill questions Halsey about her seeing Dan and tries to convince them to study there but the two kids quickly leave. At his place, Dan tries to make out with Megan but she is nervous, citing her unease about Herbert. When she notices that Dan’s cat Rufus hasn’t been seen, they go looking for him and Megan decides to look in Herbert’s room and finds Rufus’ body in Herbert’s fridge. As she screams for Dan, Herbert shows up and is upset about finding her in his room. When Dan gets there and sees Rufus, he asks what is going on and Herbert says that he found her dead and was going to tell Dan later but Megan says that he killed Rufus. When Dan asks about the strange, glowing liquid in the fridge, Herbert says it is none of their concern and asks them to leave his room. That night, Dan hears a strange sound and when he goes to investigate, he finds Herbert in the basement being attacked by something and when Dan helps him deal with it, he realizes it is Rufus. Herbert explains that he has found a way to reanimate the dead and wants Dan to help him. Dan refuses to believe him at first, thinking that Herbert had merely put Rufus in some sort of suspended animation but Herbert proceeds to inject his serum into Rufus’ body, bringing the cat back to life. As Dan looks on in shock when Rufus comes back to life, he is shocked to find that Megan had come down and seen what happened and he goes to calm her down. The next day, Dan goes to Dean Halsey to tell him what Herbert has done but Halsey believes that Dan and Herbert have both gone mad and suspends them both, as well as warning Dan to stay away from Megan. Dan sneaks Herbert down into the morgue, where they go looking for a fresh body to experiment on. They manage to find one and inject the serum into it but when the body eventually comes to life, he begins to attack them. Halsey shows up at the morgue looking for Dan and Herbert but when he bangs on the freezer door, the dead man breaks the door down and attacks and kills Halsey. Herbert finally manages to kill the dead man with a bone saw, then has Dan help him as he injects his serum into Halsey. Halsey comes back to life and starts to get violent but when Megan, who had come to the hospital with Halsey, enters the morgue and screams out, Halsey seems to regain part of his memory and retreats into a corner. When the security guard enters the room, Herbert explains everything that happened as if Halsey had gone crazy and attacked them. Halsey is placed in a padded room and under the care of Hill, who wants to perform exploratory surgery on Halsey. Halsey also uses this to try and get into Megan’s good graces but she is still shocked over what has happened to her father. When Megan heads home, she finds Dan waiting for her and she demands to know what happened to her father but breaks down when Dan tells her he is dead and starts to tell her everything. Meanwhile, Hill goes to see Herbert in his basement lab and questions him about why Halsey is dead, yet able to move and cry out. When Hill demands Herbert show him his work, Herbert reluctantly hands him his notes, then puts some dead cat tissue on a slide and some of his reagent for Hill to observe but as Hill looks into the microscope, Herbert strikes him with a shovel and then uses the blade to decapitate him. Herbert then places the head in a tray, then uses his reagent on the body and head while they are separate. When Hill’s head revives and begins speaking, Herbert starts writing down notes but is knocked unconscious by Hill’s body. Meanwhile, Dan and Megan break into Hill’s office and Dan starts going through Hill’s files, where he finds a folder full of information and items about Megan. Megan goes to check on her father and they discover that he has been lobotomized, and Dan thinks it is so Hill can control him. Herbert wakes up and discovers that his notes and reagent are all missing and when Dan shows up, he explains what happens, Dan thinks he will go after Megan and rushes off. Back at the hospital, Hill’s body carries his head into his office and, after placing some more blood in the tray for his head to absorb, he then goes to the window of Halsey’s padded cell and gains control of him. Dan gets to Megan’s house and finds that she is ok but suddenly, Halsey bursts through the door, knocks out Dan and then captures Megan. Halsey takes Megan back to the morgue, where Hill has been having his body perform lobotomies on some of the other corpses. Megan is placed on a table and stripped naked, and Hill then straps her to the table and begins to sexually assault her. Herbert wakes up Dan and they head to the morgue to confront Hill, but just as Dan frees Megan, Herbert reveals that he has injected the serum into the other corpses and proceeds to control them. Herbert is grabbed and placed on the table, and Hill is about to use his laser drill on him while Halsey and some other corpses attack Dan and Megan. Megan manages to get through to her dad, and he begins fighting the other corpses, then attacks Hill, grabbing his head and eventually crushing it. Herbert grabs his reagent and gives Hill’s body an overdoes but as they are trying to escape, he is attacked by Hill’s mutating body and tosses the bag containing his notes and reagent to Dan for him to save. Dan and Megan make it to the elevator but Megan is attacked by a corpse and though Dan manages to chop off it’s arm, she is still killed. Dan takes Megan’s body upstairs to the emergency room and the doctors try to revive her but to no avail. As they leave the room to give Dan a moment alone, Dan grabs a syringe from the bag and, saying he loves her, injects the reagent into Megan, with the last sound heard is Megan screaming.

Re-Animator met with high praise from the critics, holding a certified fresh rating of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is, “Perfectly mixing humor and horror, the only thing more effective than Re-Animator‘s gory scares are its dry, deadpan jokes.” Director Stuart Gordon had originally thought to make Re-Animator for the stage but, along with writers William J. Norris and Dennis Paoli, decided to make it into a half-hour television pilot, before being convinced to turn it into a feature film. The movie would make just over $2 million domestically at the box office off of a $900,000 budget and would spawn 2 sequels.

It may turn some people off, but if you can get past all of the gore, this is actually a pretty good movie. The acting was really good, with Jeffery Combs (Herbert), Bruce Abbott (Dan) and David Gale (Hill) all doing great jobs in their roles. The story was interesting, being somewhat reminiscent of Frankenstein with the whole aspect of a doctor trying to bring bodies back to life. I honestly haven’t read this particular Lovecraft story so I don’t know how close the movie follows the story. The special effects were pretty good, and very graphic in regards to the blood and gore, which almost caused this movie to get an X-rating until it was toned down some. I especially think they did a great job with the reanimated head of Dr. Hill, with the whole thing adding a really creepy aspect to when he molests Megan. Definitely a movie worth watching for any horror fan.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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