The Editor Review

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IMDB:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3067274/

 

TRAILER:

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Sorry about large sized trailer and poster, but I am not in sizing or editing mood.

So, Shudder, so far decent start with 31,  I was very pleased to see Astron 6 titles, I own the multipack, I have yet to watch it, been 4 years?  It recently moved to my desk when I was prepping for my next move.  They also have Manborg, and Father’s Day, which I own, but I was so stoked to see The Editor, amongst titles, part of reason I took this membership.  So in the void til Divorced Dad, if it ever does come out, here is my other must see.

I am not huge on Giallos.  I have dabbled in the genre, but have issues often with them dragging or being cookie cutters to each other, so nervous on this one.  Astron 6 tho, suspecting will be batshit crazy and fun.

A giallo film editor, has a series of murders going on around him, cutting and editing his newest masterpiece.  People are dispatched by the regular offscreen, black gloved killer, all leading back to the editor.

That is all I will say for plot, there are a lot of twists and a what the fuck ending, I would not give away.  This is a well made, fun, often hilarious film.  Nicely splattery with loads of well done gore, and a lot of nudity.  It captures the perfect feel of the early 80s giallo, including the dubbed over italian accents badly done.  I won’t lie, true to it’s source, this film is a bit of a slow burn, for quite awhile, but it more than makes up for it, much like the majority of it’s source.  Odd sex, in jokes, a scene inspired by Hitch-Hike parodied well, and not terribly predictable climax, with an ending, that is completely unpredictable.

I was sure I would like this, shocked it exceeded expectations.  Pacing is only issue really, which is intentional as goes with the genre.

RATING: A- (81%)

PROS:

Has a fun sense of humor, likeable lead, is very well adapted to it’s genre and time,  very violent and gory, well done effects, some great nudity.

CONS:

Drags for about 20 minutes total.

Shudder is really starting to be worth it..No issues with this whatsoever

 

 

 

 

31 Review

 

IMDB:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3835080/

 

TRAILER:

Trailer uploaded to youtube by:  JoBlo Movie Trailers

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Again been away, since life continues to suck but enough of me.  Got a Shudder trial, and some of the limited titles on there looked pretty decent, at 5 bucks a month likely keep it. My first pick off this, had not been in a free venue, I would not have bothered.

 

Don’t get me wrong, I like Rob Zombie, his music is fine enough, some of it bordering on classic, I like his image and his love of the genre.  I loved House of 1000 Corpses,  Devil’s Rejects is my favorite film ever.  However,  Hallowe’en was underwhelming, bordering  on brainless, the sequel was sub par, made very little sense, and I absolutely hated Lords of Salem.  Oh I forgot how unwatchable El Superbeasto was… Or was that time he preached on about remaking the Blob, without any blob in it….  Then came the fact this was crowd funded. sounded cliched, a mixture of various sub par films jammed together.  I am expecting flashy, boring , dreadful schlock, and not in good way we all love every now and then.

Ok, first off Shudder, your controls should be visible by default, this was an annoyance.  And buffering, what the hell?  I don’t have fastest highspeed, it’s 60mpbs, but should not be buffering this much, especially this quickly.  Alright this will become a dual review.  Oh now it crashed completely, and wont reload…

So, bugs worked out, So quick word, from opening sequence, slightly feels familiar, even into title sequence, wow Meg Foster has not aged well, maybe I was wrong on this one?

Alright, well, as expected, is a mishmash of been done before.  Rob seems to have issues with original thought, instead opting for combining things, that often don’t work.  A masterpiece, this is not.  However, as a junk food horror film, it’s loaded with some deliciousness.

The basic premise is your standard, road trip gone wrong.  With mostly unlikeable characters, led by of course,  Sherri Moon Zombie, on a cross country carnival trip, with little to no carnival equipment with them.  Characters are your stock variety, half of which are dispatched immediately, rendering some devolpment they had, oddly as nothing characters, wasted, while leads, had little to none whatsoever.  Characters and dialogue range from mundane to cringeworthy awful.  The leads, besides a Jamaican gentleman, are bland, boring, whiny or deserving of their fates, thru acts of stupidity, or being mundane as hell.

The antagonists, well, some are slightly creative, in the ooohhhh how shocking,  sickhead, being a nazi, hispanic, fould mouthed dwarf, to typical chop top knock off clown brothers, and some rich folk betting on this all, which they all did, for ummm reasons.  There is no explanation as to why, other than wager, over a pentagram.  There seems like a lot of missing plot, plot holes come fast, furious and often.  There is foreshadowing, that either leads to nowhere at all, or doesn’t pay off.  This reminds me a lot of the Barburrito nachos at the local big box centre,  they look pretty good, are messy but not as much as you would want, but also overblown, over priced and don’t really pan out.  They get the job, sure, but when other similar options are available, you wouldn’t choose them.

The story line is most Dangerous game cum The Running Man.  People are randomly lured to a factory of sorts, forced to compete against various serial killers and try to last 12 hours.  No one having done so somehow, despite incompetent and weak killers.  Then for reasons, they’re are all circus themed, cause umm plot sure?   And person’s running this,are dressed in victorian age french garb and wigs, and powder, because…   The 5 survivors, try to work together, to get out of the dark, hopeless, endless mazes, bicker and lose their humanity, having to become psychotic themselves.

That’s all I am putting out for plot, really, that is over stating it.  There is very little.  Atmosphere, as normal is great here, again a 70s setting, which somewhat works and somewhat also makes plot less sensical due to technological limitations.  It’s very dirty, grimy, and dark, has great lighting, and works well in visual sense.  Doomhead, whom is introduced in the opening segment then vanished until climax, was intriguing and underused character.  The other umm heads, ok again why ? on these ridiculous character names?  Were standard tired Zombie cliches, ranging from mundane again to annoying. There was a lot of missed opportunity here,  some odd casting,  Lew Temple doing Bill Moseley as Psycho head aka diet coke of choptop was odd, since Moseley and Zombie work well together.  I liked Richard Brake as Doom-head, he had a great presence and was the perfect military man go mad in 70s much like in Combat Shock, or Forced Entry.

I was expecting this to be a right disaster.  Instead I came out pleasantly surprised with a good mindless little time waster, that looked pretty damn good, flawed as hell and some frustrating points, but was satisfying in the junk food way.  I may lose IQ points for it, but I recommend it, as a fun B movie, drinks or riffs.

 

RATING:  B- (71%)

PROS:

Atmosphere, some great sets, visuals are strong.  Decent gore effects, doesn’t lag too much, and Richard Brake is great.

CONS:

Dialogue, dialogue, and more dialogue, often Eli Roth levels bad.  Mostly unlikeable mains, cliched villains.  More plot holes than I have seen in a very long time.  Why is Sherri Moon the main again, although she is alright in this, it’s tiresome.

 

 

 

 

Phantasm: Ravager

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Trailer uploaded to Youtube by User Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films

 

It’s been a long time past since last post, Hitch-Hike, since, well really life has hit all time lows, I have not watched anything, pawned 2/3s my horror collection for nickels on the dollar,  and I haven’t found any enjoyment in anything.

Fair warning:  I am still in same mind set, so this review could be impacted.  However, this is fucking Phantasm 5…. Been waiting forever for this.  Well here I dive in.

 

Alright, the opening, was perfect.  It was a fun throwback, good exposition and had a great energy to it.  However, already one complaint, HD….. I know, I know the times right?    The HD is slightly taking me out of this,  it’s just started …ok one more bitching point… CGI spheres …

 

Wow…I am just not sure what to say nor think… It’s very short, well paced, has the typical Phantasm feel of broken and unstable realities, expanding through out the film.  One reality, which is also a potential ending, had me praying it did not end there.  Although now considering it further, as well as the promo’s with the definition of the word… It does make sense.   So the Tallman has won, has captured our reality, and seems multiple other ones, and offers Reggie, his nightmare, a chance to have it all back, if he gives up, or be damned and tortured trying to fight it.  His choice, is as expected and warps us through, time, space and realities.

I wanted to love this, I did, but like part 4,  kind of left a bad taste in my mouth.  It is kind of convoluted, flash cuts, jumps all over the place, sometimes hard to follow.   The brevity , I suspect due to budget, makes the open ending suspect, had they had funding, would it have resolved, or did it even?   I may have to re-watch, actually maybe the entire series, since the theory of overlapping realities,  may make this make more sense.    The gore was decent, it was nicely violent, the characters mostly likeable, including a new addition, that was surprisingly fun.  A very aged, Angus,  in his final months, was perfectly above the top and still looked great,  Reggie showed his aging more.

I was super depressed walking into this, and a caveat, it made it worse.

Existential depression does not fare well with multiverse type films.

 

Rating :  I wanted to do an inconclusive, since requires a re watch, and really revisit to entire series, since have noticed a common theme in boards and other reviews, since it does line up well if you do.  So for now a B(75%)

PROS:  Reggie Bannister makes this movie, still likeable as ever, the general plot is intriguing, good gore effects and violence.

CONS:  Open ending again, and with death of Angus and struggle to get this one out, there will never be an end – which also could be the point – one potential reality had me cringing but made a lot of sense, the climax of the film is very rushed.

 

 

 

 

 

Hitch-Hike

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077188/

 

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…Well it has been 18 months or so since I last updated, my life took a huge turn.  I got over the failed marriage, got close to someone that has meant the world to me for awhile, lost that, a year to date of losing my marriage, and been kind of drifting in the world.  So I have not had any desire for horror, or anything.  As something came to an end tonight, I needed an escape and during that entire amazing high and crushing low, Hitch-Hike haunted me.

I put it off so many times…. Well as things ended and needing some release, how about some David Hess mayhem?

Damn… that BluRay from Japan has an awesome cover.

 

Hmm the theme and ending of this really hit a nerve with what has happened to me lately.  This movie is very thought provoking and has a serious moral dilemma at the climax.  I think, being the way things transpire and recent real life events, I would do the same.

Franco Nero is great as Walter, the protagonist.  He is legit bad ass, and plays well against the over the top David Hess, in all his slimiest glory.  A broken couple, with odd sexual habits, pick up a hitch hiker, on their way back from a holiday.  From there, they are held hostage, party to several shootings, and their marriage and future is put to the test.  Can they survive this ordeal?  If they can, can their marriage survive?

This movie is a great example of the road movie exploitation, done right.  The desert settings work well in their bleak misadventure.  David Hess, is perfect, and their some revenge elements, of course, since that is his genre.  The pacing has some issues, and there is a completely inexplicable plot hole, a big one.  However, it definitely gets the job done.  There is some oddly premonitory social commentary, about gay relationships, and it makes you really ponder morality.

RATING:  A-  (80%)

PROS:  David Hess is over the top, great scenery, thought provoking, decent gore and characters.

CONS:  Some pacing issues, a major plot hole, gun violence is not big for me.