Because it is an unspoken goal of The Film Dump to review every film made in the 80s (Hint: film review 300 is an 80s films) it was only a matter of time before I got to Jim Henson’s master work, Labyrinth. Also, because Labyrinth is a great film it was also only a matter of time before I got to it. This is a film I probably watched fortnightly as a kid. I was actually unaware, until recently, that it had failed critically and financially upon its original release. I had always assumed it was a huge deal because it was a huge deal to me, my friends and pretty much everyone around my age and younger today. The film is still referred to as a cult classic. There’s nothing cult about how poplar Labyrinth is. This film is legit, so, click the link below and I’ll tell you just how much Labyrinth is one of the most legitist films ever.
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I got chills. Click the link below.
For the last few weeks I have pretty much abandoned the plan I had to up the importance level of the films I did review. I had decided to focus more on the cinematic masterpieces and artistically unique/interesting. Today will not be the day that I change that. I’m carrying right along with the big silly fantasy and sci-fi nonsense with Dylan Dog: Dead of Night starring the George Lazenby of Superman films, Brandon Routh. Maybe soon I’ll cover a more important film. I make no promises though. That said, I’ll be doing the Godzilla films soon so… well, the first is important… that counts, right? Click the link below.
I may have mentioned this before but Troll 2 is pretty much some kind of work of cinematic genius. By “some kind of” I mean somewhere between Manos Hands of Fate and Citizen Kane. I’m not sure exactly where it sits, but it is clearly between those two films. Best Worst Movie follows the cult fandom of Troll 2 that has built over the course of nearly 2 decades after it’s initial release. The film explores why Troll 2 is so adored and how that adoration has effected the lives of the cast and the film’s director Claudio Fragasso. Quite brilliantly this documentary is directed by possibly the best person for the job, star of Troll 2, Michael Stephenson. Click the link for my totally unbiased review of Best Worst Movie!
That’s a hell of a title… if you’ll excuse the weak, and genuinely unintentional, pun. What would you expect a film called Hell Comes To Frogtown to be about? You’d probably imagine that the title has some sort of figurative meaning. That “Frogtown” is referencing something in the film that you’re not privy to yet. That the “Hell” is a person or a force that represents death and destruction. Unfortunately got Hell Comes to Frogtown this potential metaphorical title isn’t that at all. Hell Comes to Frogtown is about a man called Sam Hell that’s been sent into a place called Frogtown. That’s not a parallel for Paris either, oh no. The Frogtown of the title is a town inhabited by frog people. Also, Sam Hell needs to rescue some babes so he can get them all pregnant and stuff. Yeah… click the link.
Godzilla is tough creature to get right. Ever since the original Japanese film in 1954 there has been many interpretations of our favourite giant lizard monster. From the original’s depiction of the creature as a force of nature, to a Super Sentai influenced superhero of a monster fighter all the way through to whatever the hell Roland Emmerich was thinking when he made the U.S. Godzilla film. He’s a character that, much like James Bond, can be presented in many different ways from light comedy to dark drama/horror. If you were lucky you may have seen the trailer for next year’s Hollywood produced Godzilla film. It was one hell of a teaser trailer. Probably one of the best since the 1998 Godzilla teaser. Which may not be a good omen. So, let us discuss the trailer and what we can hope to expect from the completed film. Click the link for my thoughts.
God damn it I have been slacking off recently. Had all sorts of things pre-occupying my time though what with my recent redundancy. But now I am unemployed and so have nothing better to do than watch films and write reviews. Well, other than try to find a new job that is. 90 reviews ago I covered Alien, and right before that Prometheus. I did toy with the idea of doing a season of all the Alien series but I was headed to Sweden for a few days at that point and decided I’d just skip the review season idea. This may or may not have also been because I really don’t want to watch Alien Resurrection and the two Alien Vs Predator films. I will get to them someday, but believe me, I am in no rush. So, Aliens then. Click the link.
So I had no idea that this existed until I started searching for Batman films to review a few months back. It was never released here in the UK as far as I can tell and it’s based on a series that I gave up on halfway through it’s second season. There’s actually some unofficial Batman films from the 60s where he faces Dracula, obviously they’re lost to time, and Batman has faced vampires and Dracula himself in various incarnations of the comics. So this isn’t actually that batty a premise. Yes I’m still doing Bat-puns. Naturally I had to buy this because I like Batman, I like vampires and I felt like padding out this review season a much as possible. Click the link for the review!
Recently I reviewed the cinematic epic that is Troll 2. The last review I did was the found footage film Chronicle. Combine them two together and what do you have? Other than a really confusing story about a vegetarian super-powered teenager? Why you get Norwegian adventure flick Troll Hunter of course! You’ve probably heard of this film by now. It’s proved to be a bit of a cult smash, and quite rightly so. Well I guess I just gave away that I liked it. I suppose you should click the following link if you want actual reasons why it is a good film…
So you know how videogames get blamed for every evil in the world these days? And how apparently murderers and pedophiles didn’t exist until the internet made them? Well that’s all lies. Shocking I know. You see the truth is horror movies are to blame. At least they were when I was a kid. They were labeled by popular British comics such as The Sun and the Daily Mail as “Video Nasties” and that was a phrase I knew very well as a child. Video Nasties the documentary covers the period in British film history when 72 films were banned and removed from sale, when people were arrested, fined and jailed for selling them and when a group of attention seekers and politicians decided to make it their goal to milk this campaign for all it was worth. Read on for what is likely to stop being a review of the documentary and likely to end up being me bitching about how stupid this all was and how we’re still letting people repeat the same mistakes.