They Bite (1996) – Film

“They Bite”

Movie #7: 31- Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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Sea Creatures attack a little coastal town while a group of filmmakers are trying to film a porn movie. When some photos get mixed up because the director, Mel Duncan and the Ichthyologist Mel(ody) Duncan are staying at the same motel, the producer decided he wants a fish themed porno.

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Chawz (2009) – Film

“Chawz”

Movie #6: 31- Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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The “crimeless village” Sam-mea-ri starts having some excitement when a  grave is found dug up and the remains spread about, and Officer Kim and his family movie there just in time to be swept up in it.    Continue reading “Chawz (2009) – Film”

All Souls Day – Dia de los Muertos (2005) – Film

“All Souls Day – Dia de los Muertos”

Movie #5: 31- Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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After getting into a car accident trying to avoid a funeral procession, Alicia and Joss become stranded in a mysterious little town in Mexico, on their way to Alicia’s parent’s home, on Dia de los Muertos, The Day of the Dead.   They become swept up in the village’s haunted history. Continue reading “All Souls Day – Dia de los Muertos (2005) – Film”

Little Shop of Horrors (1960) – Film

“Little Shop of Horrors”

Movie #4: 31-Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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At Mushnik’s flower shop in Skid Row, Seymour Krelborn is trying to live his dream of growing things.  He starts a seed, grows a rare plant, which he names Audrey Junior, after his love interest, his co-worker, Audrey Fulquard.  Such an exciting, exotic new plant brings a rush of interest, fame, and business to the flower shop, but to keep Audrey Junior healthy, Seymour is forced to take awful, sinister actions.  Continue reading “Little Shop of Horrors (1960) – Film”

Hellbilly (2003) – Film

“Hellbilly”

Movie #3: 31-Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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Day 3 Hellbilly (2003)
 
Another Prime find. Micro budget. Shorter than I expected, less than an hour, I probably should have paid more attention to that when I selected it. As it is advertised as Massimiliano Cerchi’s lost work, perhaps it was an unfinished project that someone found and released without trying to finish or polish it, but that’s just speculation and conjecture.

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Killer Nerd (1991) – Film

“Killer Nerd”

Movie #2: 31-Days of Horror 2018

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I stumbled across this on Amazon Prime and didn’t realize it was picked up by Troma until I went to find a trailer to post. That made it much easier to describe as it is exactly what you would expect from a, early 90’s Troma release.

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The Raven (1935) – Film

“The Raven”

Movie #1: 31- Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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I decided to kick off this year’s challenge with this film, inspired by Poe’s classic story and brought to life by the estimable talents of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff.  Though this version does not hold up very well, it does have some fine and haunting scenes.  Especially when held up to the outstanding interpretation years later which Karloff did with Vincent Price.    Still, these classic films are always worth watching.  It’s like a domino effect, you watch one, then you need to find another from the same period, and pretty soon you’ve immersed yourself in every Poe inspired film or film starring Lugosi and Karloff made in the 1930’s.  A worthwhile way to spend time during our favorite horror themed month, indeed.

Jurassic Park Trilogy- Films

Jurassic Park Trilogy

I decided to revisit these because the franchise is still alive and the newest one will be out on Blu-ray on Tuesday.

Jurassic Park (1993)

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On an island off the coast of Costa Rica, John Hammond has built a park with some very unusual attractions and a whole lot of complications.  The story is fairly straight forward, John uses the cloning technology from InGen Bio-engineering and fossilized dinosaur DNA to breed dinosaurs, creating a theme park on an Isla Nebular.  Before the park opens, he has an archaeologist and paleontologist, a lawyer representing his investors, another scientist, and his grandchildren visit the park for a test run.  One of John’s employees, trying to make extra money on the side, causes a catastrophic failure in the security system, allowing the dinosaurs to run amok.

A great cast with scene stealing performances by Lord Richard Attenborough is simply wonderful in this!  Fantastically well cast as the overly optimistic, overly ambitious, and overly naive John Hammond; and Jeff Goldblum as Ian Malcolm, the overly overtly sexy chaos theorist.

As this is the first film of the series, the story is very clear that the technology and concept of the island park is new and needs a lot of work, so even the “dated” aspects work for the franchise as a whole.   Although the sciences in this film are dated, and there are some serious eye-roll moments, the extraordinary animatronics and CGI more than make up for it.  Over-all, 25 years later, this movie is still worth watching.

This one gets 4 fru-fru drinks.

 

 

 

The Lost World: Jurassic Park 2 (1997)

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Ian Malcom’s reluctant adventure with the dinosaurs continues on Isla Sorna, the Park Site B, an island where Hammond’s dinosaurs were allowed to roam free and create their own ecosystem.   A research team has been sent by Hammond to photograph and learn about the dinosaurs in the habitat they’ve created, but InGen, a bio-engineering company, arrives hunting and collecting the dinos to bring them to a zoo in San Diego, an amphitheater of Hammond’s design which he had abandoned for the island park featured in the first film.

The concept of the story is really good.  They maintained the spectacular effects, with animatronics, maybe relying a little too heavily on the CGI than they had on the first.  However the script, specifically the dialogue is not so much with the good, regardless of the terrific cast.   Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm was a poor choice for a leading character.  His negative, paranoid yet swaggering, “rock star,” declarative personality doesn’t make him a believable action hero, mostly because the character doesn’t seem to have evolved much, if at all, from the first movie, and nor does he appear to develop during this one.  Where in the first film, Malcolm was hot, in this he is simply lukewarm.  Vince Vaughn’s Nick Van Owen made a much more convincing hero, and could easily have been re-written to be the leading man.  The addition of Malcolm’s daughter, who stows away, was an unfortunate choice to keep the franchise “family friendly” and add the “child peril” tension.   Julienne Moore’s Sarah Harding starts out as a strong, passionate, professionally driven, independent character who very quickly is reduced to simply defer to all that Ian Malcolm commands, after a token argument.    And Pete Postlewhaite, as Roland Tembo, steals every scene he is in with his unparalleled charisma and talent.

I’m sure you have noticed, dear reader, that I was minimally impressed by this movie.  It has all the thrills and tension that made the first so good, but spending more time and effort on the human element of the film would have made it so much better, and as I have frequently said, being able to connect in some way with the characters is one of my highest priorities in a movie.

I gave this one 2 fru fru drinks.

 

 

 

Jurassic Park 3 (2001)

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Dr. Alan Grant is tricked to go to Isla Sorna on what he is told is a fly-over tour, but is actually a mission to rescue the child of a couple who was lost while on vacation.

While this is better written, by far, than The Lost World, it has no passion.  This, too, is a rescue story, however, it seems that people have decided to essentially quarantine Isla Sorna from the outside world, ineffectively.  The action, thrilling, and more violent scenes are softened significantly.  Again, it is filled with a talented cast, but this is a safe family movie.  By which I mean, no real risks were taken, everything is nicely predictable from the revisiting of Dr. Grant and Ellie, to the feel-good ending, including the fact that the audience enjoys it for the “popcorn flick” it is, and it made money.  It also means that it’s rather unmemorable.  I’d forgotten that I’d seen it until I started watching it, and then realized why.

I gave this 2 1/2 “virgin” fru-fru drinks.
1/2

 

 

 

The franchise is definitely worth watching and revisiting periodically.  I love the fact that the sequels are separated by several years and they don’t try to pick up where each had left off.  It makes re-watching the movies, and accepting the dated parts, more palatable.  Even though the character set up is formulaic, specifically the consistent themes of romance and child peril, it is a story we grew with, and is worth continuing to grow if they keep building in this world.

The whole franchise gets 3 1/2 drinks for working, for not trying to pretend not to be dated, and for building a wonderful exciting new world which as been the fantasy of kids for generations!
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It (2017) – Film

“It”

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A group of children, are hunted by a creature who feeds on the fears and phobias of the young people who live in the small town of Derry, Main.   Continue reading “It (2017) – Film”

Necronomicon: Book of the Dead (1993)- Film

“Necronomicon: Book of the Dead”

Movie 24: 31-Days of Horror Challenge 2017

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H.P. Lovecraft visits an old library maintained by monks who guard a locked room containing the Necronomicon.  Lovecraft steals the keys to the room, sneaks in and begins copying stories.   Continue reading “Necronomicon: Book of the Dead (1993)- Film”