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Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Director: Kevin Strange
Cast: Kevin Strange, Joshitso Montoya, Cris Deveroux, Chad Cockstriker, Matt Ringering
Dream Reaper is like a poster child of everything no budget and then some. I remember hearing about this movie at another site and getting the chance to see the trailer. I knew right then and there that I have to see this movie and luckily for me, a screener was definitely sent to me.
Kevin Strange is one crazy mofo and I will tell you why!
Dream Reaper tells the story of Willy Nutsack who is the leader of a metal group known as Dream Reaper (that's convenient, huh? hehe!).
Things begin to escalate when Willy and bassist Dick start arguing about where the direction of the band should go. Willy just wants to do songs about sea monsters in a fantasy metal type of thing while Dick wants to do songs about love and relationships, in an emo fashion (oh god!).
When they don't agree, Willy storms off to his place and starts watching "In Search Of" with Leonard Nimoy. However, when he falls asleep, a mysterious figure invades his dream and tells Willy that if he doesn't disband Dream Reaper, then he will kill the entire band.
Willy tries to warn the other band members, but they don't believe him and soon, the band members start getting killed...one by one.
Will anyone be able to stop this Dream Reaper?
I give lots of props to Kevin for making what I thought was a really fun and gross no budget film. I can tell that he has a passion for filmmaking, especially gross-out comedies (got enough ejaculations for ya???) and I can't wait to see what he can come up with next.
Besides Kevin being the star of the film (and I'd like to say he was definitely the funniest one too), I thought the other cast members did a fine job as well, especially Cris, who was the only female member in this movie.
If you like fake blood, fake body parts (a watermelon was used too) and lots of simulated ejaculations...then Dream Reaper is right up your alley!
Director: Brett Kelly
Cast: Brett Kelly, Caitlin Delaney, Anastasia Kimmett, John Muggleton, Ella Rose
Zombie films are a dime a dozen these days. They all seem to have the same kind of formula, zombies rising up from their graves to munch on the living, but that's where the latest Brett Kelly flick, MY DEAD GIRLFRIEND differs. This one is a horror-comedy that really delivers on the laughs and the gore.
Brett Kelly plays Steve, a college professor who just adores his girlfriend Amy. He wants to make the relationship a permanent one, but things go horribly wrong when he accidentally backs over her with his car, killing her instantly.
After constant interruptions, Steve goes about trying to revive his lady love by using one of her witchcraft books and it works...she is now one of the living dead.
To make sure that no one knows about this whole incident, he takes Amy to a cottage out in the woods, so they can be alone, but that's where the fun begins when their friends show up to have a little fun and Steve tries to hide the fact that Amy is dead.
Laughs and gore ensue!
MY DEAD GIRLFRIEND is quite possibly the best film that Brett Kelly has made thus far. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy all of his films, but I believe this one has a much better production value and has one of the best casts yet! Plus I think John Muggleton wrote one of the best scripts and I hope that him and Brett work together again in the near future.
Now, I don't know if Brett actually considered this when he was making this film, but as I was watching it, the first thing that I thought of was that this film reminded me of those 80's horror films that are set out in the woods. The only difference is that this one has a zombie in it. It worked out great, in so many ways!
Tempe Entertainment will be releasing MY DEAD GIRLFRIEND this fall and I hope that everyone picks it up...you won't be sorry!
Director: Mark Pirro
Cast: Forrest J. Ackerman, Bea Lindoren, Rachel Latt, Braddon Mendelson, Darwyn Carson, Dan Hartel
In the early 90's, I used to listen to this radio show that was hosted by Dr. Demento. I'm sure everyone knows who I'm talking about, he used to play all kinds of novelty songs from back in the day. Well, I was more in tuned to his Halloween show every year and I will always remember one song he would always play called NUDIST COLONY OF THE DEAD. It was such a great song and one that you could just sing too...or maybe that was just me, I don't know.
Anyway, it wasn't until years later when I found out that this was a real...honest to goodness movie. I was quite surprised because I had never heard of it when I used to listen to the song, but always thought "man, what a cool movie this would be".
I tried my best to hunt down this movie because I was very anxious to see it. I'm not sure if I saw it in a catalogue or maybe I found it online...my guess would be online though. I think I bought it at Amazon.com, but not 100 ure.
Well, when it finally got here, I popped it into the VCR and let me tell you, I had one of the greatest times watching what could be the cheesiest zombie-comedy-musical films I have ever seen. And yes, you heard me right, this movie IS a musical and a funny one at that.
The story revolves around a group of nudists who are forced out of their nudist camp by a bunch of religious fanatics. This doesn't set well with the nudists, so when they get back to their camp, they make a suicide pact and proceed to drink what seems to be poisoned punch or something like that. You know, pretty much the same way that Jim Jones did it many years ago. Anyway, the nudists dies, but not before vowing to come back for revenge.
Fast forward years later, a group of teens are sent on a religious retreat to the same area where the nudist camp used to be. While there, these nudists come back to life to exact their revenge with a little song, a little dance, ripping limbs off everywhere. You know what I'm talking about.
Will anyone survive this NUDIST COLONY OF THE DEAD?
As stated earlier, this is definitely one of the most cheesy zombie flicks I have ever seen. If it were to ever make it to DVD, I wouldn't be surprised if Troma would release it. It's pretty much right up there ally.
NUDIST COLONY OF THE DEAD does indeed have some naked bodies in it. No full frontal stuff, but it does have some boobs and a few asses. What would a movie about a nudist camp be without nudity anyway, right? There is one female in this movie that has the droopiest pair of boobs I have ever seen. I am happy to say that they were not really her's though. You can see as clear as day that she was wearing some kind of nude suit. Once you see her, you wouldn't be able to stop laughing.
This movie does have some blood in it, but none of it looks real. Many of the severed limbs looks like parts of a mannequin, but that's ok with me because I think they were going for more of a spoof then a serious zombie film.
I will say that I think it's the musical numbers that truly make this film. The songs are easy to remember and you can dance to them as well. Well, I don't dance, but I'm sure there are people out there that would.
NUDIST COLONY OF THE DEAD is one of the funniest and cheesiest zombie films ever and you if haven't seen it yet, I think you better hunt for a VHS copy as soon as you can!
Monday, August 28, 2006
Director: Gary Cohen
Cast: Paul Kaye, Art Neill, Jackie Neill, Bart Sumner, William Toddie
Back in the 80's, I remember going to these mom and pop video stores and heading straight for the horror section. Those were the good old days. Nothing like it is now, with big chains like Movie Gallery and Blockbuster.
This brings me to the movie that I am about to review entitled VIDEO VIOLENCE. As I was watching this film again, it brought back tons of memories. I don't mean what the actual movie is about, in which I will get to in a minute, but the video store that this movie takes place in. I used to go rent movies from a store like this one and I wonder if these types of video outlets even still exist. If they do, let me know because I miss them so!
But I digress....anyway, let me get on to what this movie is all about.
A video store owner has just discovered that the locals are not what they seem. All they want to rent are violent and gory horror flicks.
When a mysterious videotape is found among the many titles in this store that is not one of theirs, they come to find out that someone is making what appears to be real snuff tapes and sneaking them into the store for others to view.
The owner tries to get the sheriff to believe him, but without success, so it's up to him and his wife to figure out what the fuck is going on this new town that they have just moved to.
VIDEO VIOLENCE shows alot of heart when it comes to SOV types of flicks. Sure, you can tell that it was made with a video camera, but they sure knew how to create effective gore f/x, which really surprised me because I've seen alot of SOV films where they didn't know shit or even have the right resources to make good gore effects.
The acting in this movie was suspringly good. Even though this movie was done in New Jersey, you could've sworn that it was down somewhere down in the south, especially with the accents of these people in the movie. I loved the location, it reminded me so much of a little town down here with a local video shop and deli, not together mind you.
VIDEO VIOLENCE is one of the best SOV horror flicks that was released by the now defunct company Camp Video ( a company that I really miss!). Check this movie out!
Director: Brett Piper
Cast: Misty Mundae, Julian Wells, A.J. Kahn, Caitlin Ross, Erika Smith, Rob Monkiewicz, Michael R. Thomas
The first time I ever saw a Brett Piper film was just 2 years ago, which I think was SCREAMING DEAD. I was quite impressed with what he came up for with that film. Next up was BITE ME and I knew that it couldn't get any better than this, but boy, was I ever wrong. I was fortunate enough to get a copy of Brett's newest film entitled SHOCK-O-RAMA, which is actually the name of the company that released this awesome flick. I love how that works out, like they are being spoofed themselves.
Anyway, SHOCK-O-RAMA stars Misty Mundae as famous horror actress, Rebecca Raven, who is so tired of being the object of sexual desire in the horror flicks that she stars in and when she gets ready to tell this to the studio execs, she gets fired from the company. After telling them off, she decides to take a vacation out to the country for some quality alone time. Of course that alone time turns to terror when a zombie shows up to cause havoc.
Meanwhile back at the studio the execs are trying to find a new actress to star in their next horror flick. That's not an easy task though, so they check out a couple past productions for a quick solution.
The first film is about some killer aliens that crash land in a salvage yard and come face to face with the pissed off owner. The second film is about a large brain that controls the dreams of sexy young woman for the purpose of experiencing human sensual pleasure.
Can the studio execs find that new actress that they are in need of or will they have to resort to getting Rebecca Raven back, if she hasn't already become zombie food yet?
So, what we have here is a movie-within-a-movie type of scenerio and those are some of my favorite type of flicks, whether it's horror or not, I have always thought those were really fun movies.
I loved the whole wraparound story involving Misty Mundae and the zombie. Those were some of the funniest scenes in the movies, especially when it got way too silly and used a three stooges approach to it. I loved the scene with the chainsaw. That was so freakin' hilarious, that I can't stop laughing because I think about it all the time.
I think the entire cast and crew did a splendid job and I've gotta give props to Brett Piper for the f/x, which I thought were amazing.
SHOCK-O-RAMA is one hell of a good time and I think everyone should check it out!
Director: Marc Fratto
Cast: Gina Ramsden, Joshua Nelson, Christa McNamee, Constantine Taylor, Gaetano Iacono, J. Scott Green, Mary Jo Veruto, Kevin T. Collins
LAST RITES OF THE DEAD is the newest film from New York-based company, Insane-O-Rama and quite possibly the greatest zombie flick of our time, not counting Romero's zombie films, but that's another story that can and will be discussed at a different time.
After the success of Insane-O-Rama's vampire epic, STRANGE THINGS HAPPEN AT SUNDOWN, I was anxiously awaiting what the compnay would come up with next and how they could top such a great flick.
By George, I think they've done it!
LAST RITES OF THE DEAD follows the story of Angela, a young woman who has just been killed by her angry ex...however, Angela isn't dead....she's one of the undead. She's not the only one though, all over the world the recently deceased have come back to life and these are not your typical zombies either. They are organized, intelligent and crave the flesh of the living.
However, a crazed cult of undead terrorists and a militia of brutal zombie-hunting humans fight for dominance in the shadow of the apocalypse.
Now it's an all out war between the living and the dead and what we get is the ultimate showdown that will leave you wanting more.
LAST RITES OF THE DEAD is a breath of fresh air, sort of speak. I wasn't sure that these new zombie films that I have seen lately had any originality to them, but this film screams originiality and that made me so happy. I love watching zombie films that surprise me at every turn and Marc Fratto doesn't disaappoint.
I really enjoy reviewing screeners, but I am looking forward to the final release of this DVD, so I can get myself a copy and check out the extras and such that would be added, so I could go on and on.....hehe!
On a final note, LAST RITES OF THE DEAD is one of the smartest zombie flicks of recent years with great acting, intense dialogue/scenes and incredible f/x. As soon as the film gets released, hurry up and check it out!