Lots of nonsensical things happen and there is never any information revealed about the killer or why he is doing the killings.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
A group of friends goes camping for the weekend and meets up with a serial killer in a gas mask. A guy with a guitar wanders up to the group's campfire the first night, warning them to leave and playing a song he's written about the serial killer. For some reason, they aren't alarmed.
aka One Tough Bastard
After John North's daughter is killed by a man in federal protection, North decides he will seek justice - which includes teaming up with a drug dealing kid and lots of killing. Fairly forgettable action flick with a title that should have been used by Steven Seagal.
Idiots who fall or are pushed off docks in the marina are eaten by a shark, which consists of a fin in the water. The people flounder, then submerge. Yup, shark got 'em.
Meanwhile Earl Molar must call his father Commodore, which leads to a standing joke that will make you want to shoot yourself. "Father... I mean, Commodore Molar..." It's endlessly repeated and not funny the first time.
At the beginning of the movie, there are around four minutes of nothing but sailboats in the distance on the water. Then at the end, there are minutes full of a shot of ripples in the water. Since there are no credits anywhere in the video, I'm assuming this is where they were supposed to go.
One of the worst movies I've ever seen, and that's saying something.
A group of ill-prepared navy seals set out to rescue an elite operative held hostage by terrorists and end up on an island inhabited by dinosaurs.
Oh Lorenzo Lamas, why must your navy seals be so inept? They have an inflatable boat, but no repair. They are weighted down with high tech equipment and huge knapsacks, but they do not seem to have anything they need.
And let's not even talk about the cave full of dinosaurs or the ridiculous female operative, who seems incapable of taking care of herself.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
aka I Nuovi Barbari
Post-apocalyptic ridiculousness ripe with bad hair, future cars, explosions, laser sounds, big should pads, and a beheading all in the first ten minutes! This is a combination of fourth rate Mad Max mixed with Megaforce's motorcycles and gangs dressed in white. It would seem like a bad idea to dress in white after the apocalypse, but their outfits are spotless.
The Templars want to kill everyone, while Fred Williamson is a mercenary who helps out our loner hero, Scorpion. There are cars with bubble tops, a little kid mechanic, a bad guy with a disturbing cod piece, and cars so slow that a woman wearing high heels in sand can out run them. Yup, everything in the future looks super cheap.
Bad hair and big shoulder pads.
Another Herschell Gordon Lewis film with gore and strip clubs. Obnoxious detective Abraham Gentry is hired by a newspaper to investigate a series of stripper murders. Gentry carries a walking stick, has a distinguished mustache, wears a suit, and demands a clean glass when ordering his seltzer water.
The strippers are dispatched by various methods involving gore, such as cleavers, meat tenderizer, and boiling oil. A woman's liberation group is protesting the strip clubs, and one stripper says the leader of the group has threatened to kill the strippers. There is also a large insane gentleman who sits at the bar, draws faces on vegetables and then smashes them to bits.
Gentry is too clever for his own good, but does crack me up with the question, "please tell me everything you can about Suzy Creampuff." Also amusing is the bottle brought to the scene by the killer, which has a label on it that states "Acid, Made in Poland."
I don't like gore, but I love Herschell Gordon Lewis's movies. The music is great and the actors sound like they just came off the stage at a community theater. Montag the Magician has a delivery similar to Criswell from Plan 9.
Montag's show consists of him telling his audience that they will see live gore on stage, and then asking for a volunteer. Surprisingly, the audience does not look alarmed.
When the poor woman gets on stage, Montag butchers her, pulls her guts out, and at the end of the act, shows that it was all an illusion as she doesn't have a mark on her. Later that night, the woman is found murdered by the same method that Montag used on stage.
A sports reporter, who was at the show with his news reporter girlfriend Sherry, figures out this connection. His first thought is that a maniac at Montag's shows is following the girls and killing them in the same fashion. Later he begins to suspect Montag. His girlfriend is skeptical, as are the police.
After five women are killed after being on stage with Montag, Sherry volunteers to be the next woman who Montag performs his trick on. When her boyfriend professes his concern, Sherry cluelessly asks, "What can go wrong?"
There is bad acting all over this film and some of the hairstyles are ridiculous. Perhaps my favorite moment was when two of the reporters eat at a place called Chicken Unlimited! Wow, I would totally eat there. With that name, how could you not?
There is a twist ending that I didn't see coming, and which is now cliche. But at the time I believe it was less common, so is forgivable.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
The owner of a failing strip club stashes a crate of government marijuana in his back room, not realizing that it also contains some strange bugs. The bugs attack his bartender and strippers, so an exterminator is hired. The bugs resemble those Cootie kids toys, and are totally unscary.
I'm not a fan of this movie, but my friends thought it was pretty good. What I liked best about the movie was that the strip club had a giant dinosaur behind it, which didn't figure much into the movie but was amusing nonetheless.
aka I Corpi Presentano Tracce di Violenza Carnale
Female students are being strangled and stabbed, but the police have no clues except that the killer has a red and blue scarf. One co-ed suspects a man she knows until she realizes his scarf is a blue design on red. I was unaware that they were being so specific in their scarf descriptions.
A few girls decide to go out of town to get away from it all at a big estate overlooking the village. Unfortunately terror follows them and they become the next victims.
I'm not sure what it is about Italian films, but they are so creepy and leave me feeling disturbed and slightly sick when the movie is over. So although I don't enjoy them, they are quite effective.
This movie also reminded me that CGI has robbed us of all the fantastic falling dummy scenes. There is nothing better than a body going off a cliff when it's legs bend unnaturally and it's obvious that it is only a lifeless dummy.