The Editor Review

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IMDB:

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

 

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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 films # 19 – Hallowe’en 2

Not the fucking disaster Rob Zombie put out, that was damn near incoherent, but yet I still own an unopened copy for some reason.

And yes I know this is out of chronological order, but I liked it better this way …so mehhh

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IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082495/

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I outgrew the Hallowe’en series, maybe because I matured as a genre fan, or maybe it was the awful sequels, 3 in a row, that followed in the 1990s and 2000s. However, someone very important to me, has taken a liking to them, and it creates a nice bond between us and something to discuss and teach them about. Being a horror mentor is really cool, actually, so been revisiting these lately.

Hallowe’en 2, filmed 3 years after the massive success of the original, saw the success of the more graphic Friday the 13th, and gave it their own go. What a go it is.

Picking up direct;y after the first film, say 5 minutes after. Loomis and Laurie realize that Micheal was not killed by the shot to the head, which in the second film somehow changed to 6 shots, and Laurie is rushed to the local hospital. We follow Micheal through his escape at 1st, then he embarks on a journey to said hospital and enacts his bloody wrath.

Bloody is right. There is a substantial difference in the violence level of this film. It is way more graphic, particularly gruesome scenes involved a syringe and someone’s temple, and a hot tub gone very wrong. This is the series at some of it’s best. It is well paced, gory, has intriguing characters, and explores Loomis a little more. The climatic face off, with Loomis and Myers, in this, is the best of the series, and the ending is explosive.

RATING: A-(81%)

PROS: Although not my favorite of it, this is the best of the series. Great gore, well paced, and the Loomis/Myers dynamic gets some more insight.

CONS: Some continuity issues with initial film, somewhat predictable, nothing terribly new here. Lacks some of the atmosphere of the series, by confining the brunt of it to a hospital.

31 Films # 16 – Thirteen Ghosts – 2001

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IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0245674/

This is a re-watch, My niece really wanted to see it. I actually saw this in the theatres with my now ex wife in 2001, which before this year was the worst year of my entire life. For basically the same issues as this year actually. I didn’t remember a lot about it, besides it was alright.

This of course, is the remake of the William Castle classic of the same name, sans gimmick. If you have not seen the original, by all means do so. It is a fun film and the DVD version includes the gimmick version and the ghost viewer. It is one of the most fun ghost films ever, and was reviewed on here several years ago.

As far as remakes go, this is in fact still a decent one to me. It’s very different in theme from the original version, but has some of the fun of it, and is surprisingly well done. Arthur, after losing his wife, receives a video message from an Uncle Cyrus – never trust anyone named Cyrus – whom has passed away and left his substantial home, to his remaining heir. Arthur and kin move in, to an odd, mechanical and glass walled house, only to find, within it’s walls, a sinister secret, and a battle for the fate of the world itself.

The effects are earlier CGI, which I am not a fan of, but for their sake are done well. The variety of ghosts, is different and interesting enough, although a little more explanation would have been made them more appealing. It is surprisngly gory in parts, with a lawyer being sliced in half, and various ghost related carnage, especially in a very strong opening. It tends to lag a little bit, and the twist is not so shocking, but the ending is beyond sappy. All in all, one of the better modern remakes, does respect it’s source and takes it in a unique direction. It’s worth a look.

RATING: B+ (77%)

PROS: Some unique character designs, some good gore moments, a decent plot line, doesn’t disrespect it’s source.

CONS: Annoying side characters, awful, over sentimental ending.

The ghost viewer gimmick, while a plot point in the movie, would have been a fun DVD add on.

31 Films # 14 – Friday the 13th

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IMDB:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080761/

There seem to be two camps in the horror genre among fans. Those that like Friday the 13th, and those whom prefer A Nightmare on Elm Street, it seems if you like one series, you hate the other. Personally I am more into Friday the 13th.

So this is a re-watch obviously, this is another film, all genre fans have seen or will to earn their newbie stripes. I only watched this again because my niece, she is obsessed with Jason, imagine her surprise, I had to re-explain why this was over and over. This is actually Kevin Bacon’s film debut, as a side note.

So, this is where most of your kids go to woods, kids get killed tropes from. It sets a lot of the cliches for the slasher genre. Sex equals death, as do drugs, as does not listening to crazy old men, etc. Some mostly unlikeable campers are being slowly dispatched by an unseen killer, in a myriad of gruesome ways, until Alice discovers the truth of what is going on, and a bloody confrontation ensues.

This film, holds up pretty well today. It is violent, well paced and some nice gore. so all the things most horror fans enjoy really. It is not brilliant, not the best slasher movie ever, but definitely one of the innovators. Betsy Palmer is great in this, she is beautifully over the top in her role and adds a nice craziness to it. Overall, this is a decent film, but likely you have already seen it.

RATING A- (80%)

PROS: Violent, gory, well paced, well acted, nice dark and grainy feel and look

CONS: Some annoying characters, odd motivation for killings