Gnome Alone (2015) – Film

“Gnome Alone”

Movie #30: 31- Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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When an old homeless woman dies in her arms, Zoe inherits a curse which leaves her under the protection of a senile gnome, who chooses the most flamboyant of methods of protection in order.   Continue reading “Gnome Alone (2015) – Film”

Dr. Moreau’s House of Pain (2004) – Film

“Dr. Moreau’s House of Pain”

Movie #29: 31- Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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A young man looking for his missing brother tracks him to a sexy dancer and a mysterious mansion with strange inhabitants. Continue reading “Dr. Moreau’s House of Pain (2004) – Film”

Fetish Factory (2017) – Film

“Fetish Factory”

Movie #28: 31- Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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A strip club/cabaret called “The Fetish Factory” is having a special show and the rainy night doesn’t stop the patrons from showing up in hordes.  Zombie hordes, that is! Continue reading “Fetish Factory (2017) – Film”

The Breed (2001) – Film

“The Breed”

Movie #26: 31- Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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In a rather dreary steampunk future where vampires have begun to openly and peacefully exist with humanity, a human cop and a vampire cop team up to catch what appears to be a serial killer attempting to destroy that fragile peace.   Continue reading “The Breed (2001) – Film”

The Menace with Five Arms (2013) – Film

“The Menace with Five Arms”

Movie #24: 31- Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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A small town of Santa Mira is thrown into confusion after their water tower collapses for an unknown reason, followed by a girl mysteriously going into shock.  The sheriff recruits the help of a professor of Marine Biology to figure out what happened. Continue reading “The Menace with Five Arms (2013) – Film”

I Was a Teenage Wereskunk (2016) – Film

“I Was a Teenage Wereskunk”

Movie #12: 31- Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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Curtis learns not to be a peek in windows the hard way when he is squirted by skunk while watching a woman through a window as she undresses.  Soon he finds out that it wasn’t an ordinary skunk,and has to come to terms with that idea his love interest, Mary Beth, may never be able to be his steady girl. Continue reading “I Was a Teenage Wereskunk (2016) – Film”

Faust (1926) – Film

“Faust”

Movie #8: 31- Days of Horror Challenge 2018

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This German, silent-era film is based on Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s classic tale.  A wager is made between the demon, Mephisto, and an Archangel for the fate of mankind.  Should Mephisto be able to corrupt the soul of the the alchemist, Faust, evil shall rule the Earth.   The story, though a tale of good vs evil, really explores doing the wrong things for the right reasons.   I fully appreciate the story for what it was at the time it was written, and then later filmed, it really shows how far we have grown in our societal mores.

Visually, the film is haunting, and with the score, it’s almost hypnotic.  The first 30 minutes passed and I barely blinked, it was so beautiful.  The special effects are fantastic and hold up wonderfully.   This film had the highest budget for its time, and it shows.

Although it drags in some areas,  I was not expecting a nearly 2-hour epic when I chose this, but was pleasantly surprised.

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”

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!
1/2

 

 

 

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”