Because I’m a terrible person, there are a number of films I missed in my youth that friends of mine like to remind me that I haven’t seen yet. Along with The Princess Bride and The Godfather, one such film was The Monster Squad. This has now been remedied. Below is my review. Now shut up. I’ll get to The Princess Bride eventually.
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Now here’s a film I’ve been wanting to review for some time. I did consider it as a candidate for this year’s Horror Week that’ll be coming in October, but then I was able to get a copy for a great price from Arrow Films and figured I couldn’t really wait much longer. The 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a sci-fi horror classic that, when I was a youngster, was one of my favourite works of both genres. Let’s see how it holds up today after having not seen it in its entirety for quite a few years.
Just over 130 reviews around I covered the Lucky McKee directed film The Woman. I really liked that sick little piece of work and so have had my eyes on his follow up All Cheerleaders Die for some time. Last night I spotted it was on Netflix, wondered how long it had been there and why I hadn’t noticed, and then figured I should probably stop staring at the website itself and just start staring at the film instead. This was a good choice. Click below for my review.
Sometimes I’ll buy a random film by one of my favourite cult directors purely because it’s one of the odd ones I haven’t seen yet. After attending the London Film and Queuing Con I got inside a building that was selling all sorts of film and comic related stuff and picked up a few classics from the Arrow Films booth. Amongst them was one of them films I just mentioned, The House By The Cemetery by Lucio Fulci. Last week, after seeing Guardians of the Galaxy, myself and my friend Paul decided to sit and watch this film for the first time each. We’re not entirely sure we followed the whole thing. After the link below is my review. If that’s what you could call my ramblings.
In the interest of being transparent I should tell you know that I am quite a fan of the works of James Gunn. Slither is a cult horror classic. Super was my favourite film of 2011 by some margin. I own a signed copy of the screenplay for that film, in fact. His script for the Dawn of the Dead remake helped craft what is probably one of the best examples of a horror remake in recent years. Hell, I even quite liked what he did with Scooby Doo. Some of it anyway. When I saw that he was signed on to direct guardians of the Galaxy I may have cheered a little. So yeah, I may be a bit bias here. That said, the 3 friends I watched the film with and almost all the response online agrees with me on the following opinion: Guardians of the Galaxy may be the best Marvel film so far. Click the link below for my full review.
Remember Rise of the Planet of the Apes? That mostly forgettable despite being fairly decent reboot/prequel to the Plant of the Apes series. It wasn’t a bad film by any means. The human characters were flat and uninteresting but the apes, led by Andy Serkis as Caesar more than made up for that. There’s running theme in Hollywood for sequels to be worse than the original. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is one of the biggest steps up in quality from one film to the next that I have ever come across. It’s not just good, it is full blown excellent and possible near masterpiece level. I was not expecting that. Click the link below for my more wordy review.
So last weekend I went to a queuing convention held outside the London Film & Comic Con. When the Queuing convention was over, and event that ran for 6 hours in a 30 degree heat with no shade, I decided to pop into the LFCC for a laugh and see if there was anything worth getting. As it was nearly 16:30 I was too late entering to meet Stan Lee so instead I went to the Arrow Films booth and purchased a set of blu rays. The lovely young lady working there even gave me a discount. My haul included today’s film along with Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The House By The Cemetery, Cinema Paradiso and (ahem) The Exterminator. These will likely be the next set of films I review. So tonight we start with John Carpenter’s classic fusion of east meets west with Big Trouble in Little China. Click below for that review I mentioned.