Wednesday, September 06, 2006

I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer Review

Director: Sylvain White

Cast: Brooke Nevin, David Paetkau, Torrey DeVitto, Ben Easter, Seth Packard, K.C. Clyde, Clay Taylor, Michael Flynn

When I first heard that there was going to be a new flick in the I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER franchise, I was expecting Jennifer Love Hewett and Freddie Prinze Jr to reprise their roles. At least that was the rumor last year, but we all know that alot of rumors don't come true.

I'LL ALWAYS KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER (catchy title, ain't it?) was recently released on DVD, my sister picked it up for me at Movie Gallery, with a brand new cast and a new location.

During a 4th of July celebration, a group of teens decides to play a prank on everyone at the local carnival with one of their friends' dressed as the fisherman with the hook.

We all remember him from the first 2 in the series.

Anyway, they thought the prank went off without a hitch, but soon finds out that one of their friends was accidentally killed during this ruckus.

The friends band together and promise never to tell what happened of this incident...that they are supposed to take it to their graves. Poor choice of words, huh?

Now it's a year later. They have all returned to this town and someone knows what really happened the year before as they start getting mysterious messages. They play it off as maybe a prank, but things go from bad to worse as these friends are being brutally killed one by one.

Can they figure out who is doing the killing before it's too late?

When I first popped the DVD into the player, I really wasn't expecting much at all. I love watching slasher flicks, but they are all so predictable. This one is no different because you know what's going to happen next. However, I actually didn't see that ending coming, which made me very happy. I'm not going to say what happens, you'd have to watch it yourself.

The acting was pretty decent, especially from people that I don't really know. I'd have to look the names up, just to make sure about that, but none of them seemed familiar to me. The gore was pretty good too. It's not really all that gory, but with what their was, made me quite impressed.

If you're not sure that you want to add this movie to your collection, then I suggest that you rent it first, like I did, which is rare for me, since I usually buy movies before watching them. That's a huge flaw of mine, but hey, I collect horror movies, so there!

Anyway, check out this decent slasher flick. I think you'd be surprised at how good it really is.

Dead Clowns Review

Director: Steve Sessions

Cast: Debbie Rochon, Brinke Stevens, Lucien Eisenach, Jeff Dylan Graham, Eric Spudic, Robyn Griggs, Kimberly Lynn Cole

I have never been one to be afraid of clowns. I always thought they were too silly for words and all the movies that I have seen, pertaining to clowns, were not serious enough in my book to even want to check out. Well, I can't say that about KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE. It's not a serious movie, but a fun one at best.

This brings us to the following movie that I recently got to check out entitled DEAD CLOWNS. Have you ever pictured a movie about clowns that were zombies? Well, that's what this movie is about and I gotta say that it rocks...hardcore!

DEAD CLOWNS tells the story about a group of people that are being butchered and eaten by a group of dead clowns that have risen from the bottom of the ocean due to a fierce hurricane that have struck a southern sea port town.

They may be clowns, but there's nothing funny about these zombified killers, so you better watch out!

The first movie that I got to see from Steve Sessions was CREMAINS. I thought that was a pretty cool movie. Next up was a little film called HELLBOUND: BOOK OF THE DEAD. I thought that one was ok at best. It was really slow and I was kinda disappointed with the ending. DEAD CLOWNS is definitely different then anything I'd ever seen from Steve. Sure, it was slow in parts, but it picked itsself right up soon after. It kept me interested from beginning to end, which is very rare in my book.

DEAD CLOWNS has an all-star cast in the b-movie world with the likes of Debbie Rochon, Brinke Stevens, Jeff Dylan Graham and Robyn Griggs. Everyone was great, even though I was disappointed that Robyn was only on screen for a couple of minutes. I guess you can't have it all, right? Debbie and Jeff were in a majority of the film, which was great, even though they didn't share any scenes together, like they did in DEAD & ROTTING, but I digress.

Another actor that I'd like to focus on for a minute is Eric Spudic, who portrayed a wheelchair bound guy that is trying to escape from these clowns. I always thought he was a good actor, but after seeing this performace, you have to wonder why he's not getting much bigger roles. He was incredible and I hope that big time directors notice this guy and grab him up in a hurry! Seriously!!!!

DEAD CLOWNS has some really great f/x, especially for a low budget film that was made in the south. When I first saw what these clowns looked like, my first question was, did Steve watch ZOMBIE way too many times? That's exactly what they looked like, those zombies from Fulci's flick, ZOMBIE. That's what impressed me the most, being a fan of Fulci, I thought it was great to see zombies look and act just like those from the Italian master of zombie films. Once you all see this film, you'll know what I mean.

On a final note, DEAD CLOWNS is a really freaky, atmospheric and gory zombie flick that I highly recommend.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Wolfster (Part 1): The Curse of the Emo Vamp Review

Director: Steve Rudzinski

Cast: Shawn Shelpman, Steve Rudzinski, Keegan Teel, Jessie Deep, Christine Schwesinger, Nic Pesante

Back in May, I was introduced to the crazy world of Dark Mullet Cinema when I purchased a movie entitled LEGENDS.

Upon viewing this little film, I was quite impressed. I really didn't know what to expect, but it came highly recommended and I am so glad that I checked it out.

I might do a review of LEGENDS later on, but right now I'm doing this review of Dark Mullet Cinema's latest production called WOLFSTER (PART 1): THE VURSE OF THE EMO VAMP.

That is such a great title, isn't it?

Dave is having a terrible day. His best friend has forced him to go on a date with a girl who isn't quite his fancy. Not only that, but a vampire has moved into town and he wants a pet werewolf and he chooses Dave to be that werewolf.

When this emo vamp starts reading his bad poetry halfway through his spell it causes Dave to be able to keep his free will and control his werewolf transformations.

However, there is another side effect that Dave is going through, he knows that he's in a movie.Will Dave get rid of the emo vamp?

Will he turn into a full werewolf? Is he just in a movie? I guess you'll have to find out when you watch...WOLFSTER ( PART 1): THE CURSE OF THE EMO VAMP.

Steve Rudzinski sure knows how to make fun of himself and that's a great thing, I must say. This movie isn't meant to be taken seriously, it's a spoof and that's what I really love.

The scenes of Dave with Deacon Sloan (that's a reference to the film MARTY JENKINS AND THE VAMPIRE BITCHES. Once you watch it, you'll understand. And btw, why the hell haven't you seen MARTY JENKINS yet? Have you gone mental? It's a great movie...dammit! Ah well, let me continue on....) are priceless. I really enjoy the presence that Nic Pesante gives on screen and hopes he will continue to do so and hopefully he will portray Deacon Sloan once again (maybe in the sequel? hint hint!)

I think everyone did an excellent job and I think Steve should be very proud of himself. He came up with such a great story, portrayed the main character (he played Dave for those that haven't seen it yet) and even edited it together. Now that is seriously alot of work that was put into this film...or maybe not, it looks it to me and that's my opinion, dammit!

WOLFSTER (PART 1): THE CURSE OF THE EMO VAMP is a hilarious little spoof that will have you rolling on the floor with laughter and I hope that a part 2 will be coming soon because I need more of this kind of fun cinema.

Steve Rudzinski and Dark Mullet Cinema freakin' rules! Check out this movie as soon as possible. I highly recommend it!

Marty Jenkins and the Vampire Bitches Review

Director: Henrique Couto

Cast: Shawn A. Green III, Michelle McLaughlin, Lisa Clarke, Henrique Couto, Plexi Starr, Amy Lynn Best, Nic Pesante, Andrew Shearer

Marty Jenkins and the Vampire Bitches is the long awaited film from Freak Productions' own, Henrique Couto and quite possibly the best vampire film that has been made since The Lost Boys. Ok, there are probably other ones after The Lost Boys, but I don't have the time to think of them all, so I'm sticking with what I'm saying.

I have been a fan of Henrique's work for over 2 years now and all of his movies have been a wild ride to watch and I mean that in an ever-so-loving way, so when I popped Marty Jenkins into my DVD player, I was thrown for a loop, as this film rocked my socks off and everything in between. I will explain more about that as I continue this review, but here's a little of what the plot is about.

Marty is a loveable loser, who has just been dumped by his very annoying girlfriend. With Marty being depressed, his friend Tyler tries to convince him to seek out a new girlfriend, but that's not what he really wants. Enter 3 sensuously, gothic-clad women, who just happens to be vampires. Things go from bad to worse as Marty is the only one left that can try to rid the town of these bloodsuckers.

Will Marty succed? And will he be able to move on and find the right girl? I guess you'll have to watch the flick and find out for yourself.

The one thing I always pay attention to when watching Henrique's films is the dialogue. He always comes up with some really great lines. However, I have never laughed so hard until I cried when I was listening to the lines that Andrew Shearer had to say in this film, he portayed Marty's father. I think his part was incredibly funny that he'll have you rolling around on the floor, seriously! I would love to see him act alot more, he has a natural ability for acting.

One of the best scenes, which was actually filmed in Pittsburgh, involves one of my favorite actresses, Amy Lynn Best. I know her from Happy Cloud Pictures, but it was so great to see her in one of Henrique's productions. Her performance was very funny and I loved the outfit that she wore, it fit right in with her scene. I hope that she'll be in more of his movies, I'd love to see that happen!

For the first time in a Henrique Couto film, this one actually has a little nudity thrown in to the story and it worked very well. When I first heard about this, I wasn't sure what to expect, but when I saw this particular scene, I thought it was both funny with a little bit on the erotic side. The scene was well done and I think alot of people, who has seen his other films, will be quite surprised, just like I was.

I was also blown away by the special effects in this film, they were so well made for the budget that this film was done on. I give a triple kudos all around!

On a final note, Marty Jenkins and the Vampire Bitches is one of the greatest vampire films to date with really great dialogue, excellent special effects and quite possibly one of the most well rounded casts I have seen.

I highly recommend this film!

Monday, September 04, 2006

Cannibal Sisters 2006 Review

Director: Andrew Shearer

Cast: Natalie Cardona, Melisa Cardona, Mitsu Bitchi, Monica Puller, Arinn Dembo

Back in 2004, I had the pleasure of checking out a short film called CANNIBAL SISTERS. It was a disturbing and pretty freaky little film that was directed by Andrew Shearer. If I'm not mistaken, I think I was the first person to have gotten the chance to check it out, that is before it was included on a DVD for the film DISASTER FOR CHRISTMAS.

Anyway, fast forward 2 years later to the news that Andrew was going to be remaking his own film. I'm not too big on remakes, but I just knew that he could pull it off and let me tell you, he did not disappoint. I believe that the cast he got for this version is even better, although Monica Puller is in both versions, but for very different roles. It all worked out in such an unbelievable way that I never thought that this version could be even more freaky than the original.

The plot is basically similar.

A man attemps to rob a young woman after he forces her into her house and ties her up. When he looks around for some cash, he stumbles upon a dead body. However, when he goes back to confront the woman with what he saw, she turns the tables on him and ties him up only to be the next meal for herself and her...cannibal sisters!

Andrew has definitely progressed as a filmmaker and it shows. The look and the feel are quite impressive and I was also impressed with the f/x.

I think Mitsu Bitchi had one of the best roles. She portrayed a character named Rose, who looks and acts like a child. It was definitely a different role that she normally plays and I thought she did a great job!

From the opening the shot to the final moments, CANNIBAL SISTERS is one hell of a freaky ride. Make sure to check it out when it's included in the anthology, FACES OF SCHLOCK 3.