Last year, in the run up to and over Halloween, I did a season of 6 horror movie reviews. Well, 5 horror movies and Showgirls. I was planning to do one this year but that gargantuan Bond marathon got in the way. I’m not missing Halloween night though, and in doing so I plan to begin a Film Dump tradition. Every Halloween night I intend to cover an entry in the Halloween film series. I did the first film last year so tonight is the turn of Halloween 2. Let’s see how many years I can keep this going before either running out of films or being purchased by Google for a cool billion dollar-pounds at which point I would bugger off and be a big rich slob. Maybe. Click the link yo!
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About 8 months ago I introduced a friend of mine to the glory that is Tremors starring Kevin Bacon. It’s a film I’ve loved since I was a kid. Kevin Bacon didn’t star in the sequels. I’m not a fan of the sequels. So much so I never bothered watching the prequel Tremors 4 the Legend Begins. That was until a few days ago when the same friend of mine revealed that she had a copy and I’m gonna pretend she forced me to watch it. To be fair this prequel isn’t entirely bad though. So how entirely not bad is it? Click the link to find out!!!
First off, apologies for not doing a review for a whole week. Basically I’ve had a week off work and got myself some new toys to play with that will hopefully allow me to do a few new things around this here web blog thing. Hopefully what I’ve acquired will pay off and I won’t just get bored with the added effort they’ll require. Watch this space and all that for details. To make up for it I have two reviews coming, this one and one tomorrow, for films that I probably shouldn’t have bothered watching. But I have anyway because this is the slowest expanding movie review database on the internet and as such it needs to be filled. Slowly… like the dirty whore that it is. Also, before I start this review, yes I am aware that there is a picture of some kittens at the top of the page. You try finding tasteful screenshots from this film. Click the link for the review.
You see that title? Yeah, Death Bed – The Bed That Eats. It’s a real thing that happened. A film about a bed, that eats people. Pretty bizarre plot idea huh? You wouldn’t forget that right? Except director George Barry pretty much did until about 25 years after its completion he saw someone reviewing a pirated copy of the film online and set about getting Death Bed a DVD release. So how exactly do you tell the story of what could be the least animated killer in horror film history? I just got done watching Death Bed and I’m still not sure…
Well I’m back from my little holiday to Sweden. Stockholm is a lovely city and it’s worth visiting Gamlastan and getting a boat ride around the Archipelago. It’s also worth going to a Swedish cinema to watch an American film presented with Swedish subtitles. An odd experience it is. Partly because usually when I see subtitles they’re in English and it’s because the film is foreign, not the other way around. It is also odd because everyone in Sweden speaks English, many better than the average Brit, so the purpose of subtitling their films seems redundant. Anyway, whilst there I saw Prometheus for a second time, in 2D (I suggest seeing it in 3D first) and I also saw the Cabin In The Woods, hence the title of this review. Click the link for my thoughts.
So a few hours before seeing Prometheus yesterday I got talked into watching Alien in anticipation of the new film. Literally watched Alien and left for the midnight showing of Prometheus. Now I love Alien. It’s one of my favourite films of all time, up there with Chinatown, Double Indemnity and Ghostbusters. That said I had never seen the director’s cut version. I purchased a copy back when it was released on DVD but couldn’t bring myself to watch it. For some reason the idea of watching a re-cut version of one of my favourite films bothered me. I was worried something would be lost or that, worse yet, Ridley Scott would have done something distasteful to one of my most loved films. A while back I got around to watching the Final Cut of Bladerunner. It was very good. It may be my favourite version of that film. So when a friend suggested we watch the director’s cut of Alien I thought, screw it. I can’t avoid it forever. Click the link to see if I nerd raged.
Check it out. I got a sort of review scoop. Prometheus has been released over here in the UK a full week before it’s US release which means I can bring you my review a little earlier in the films release schedule than usual. I’ll start by answering both your questions with one answer. That answer is “yes it is”. You’re questions are “Is that a Mass Effect 3 t-shirt you’re wearing?” and “What would be a nonsensical answer to this second question?” right? Oh your questions are “Is Prometheus a good film?” and “Is it actually a prequel to Alien?”. Then yes it is would still be the correct answer. Now this review may get a tiny bit spoilery so warnings have been given. Click the link for the review!
This should be a fun review. For a start it’s a remake, a real one too, not just another adaptation of a book that happens to have been a film at some point. Also, I have never seen the original. So not only will I risk the ire of people who think all remakes suck, I’ll also be arousing the ire of anyone that feels the original is far superior and I’m an idiot for thinking that this remake isn’t all that bad. If it helps I have the original on my Lovefilm rental list so who knows, I might get to see it soon anyway. So, click the jump for the review and to count how many times I spell the name as Fight Night by accident.
Post-modernism is all over the place these days. It is possibly the biggest creative force in artistic works of the last 15 – 20 years, especially in film. No genre has been through the post-modern cycle more times than horror. From Wes Craven’s first Scream film all the way through to Cabin In The Woods people have been taking a subverted look at the horror genre for new ways to twist it around for the younger, more culturally aware age. It’s a time where films are always letting you either peek behind the curtain or are flipping the curtain around to show you how it’s stitched. Does that make sense? I have no idea. Tucker & Dale Vs Evil everybody!!!
I’ve reviewed quite a few foreign language films on here. Even been commended on featuring these less obvious films before now. There’s one director though who’s films I have not touched yet. He is possibly the greatest director of world cinema currently active and easily goes in my top 10 directors of all time. Not sure where, I don’t actually have a list. Let’s say behind Kubrick. Polanski and Hitchcock, but only just. That director is Pedro Almodovar and the film of his I watched last night, and am reviewing today, is the Skin I Live In. This is gonna be a tricky review. I shall do my best to avoid spoilers but you are being warned right here.