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

 

 

 

 

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31 Review

 

IMDB:

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

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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 – # 18 – Hallowe’en 4 – The Return of Micheal Myers

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IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095271/

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This is a re-watch, I am so beyond behind on this, since my life this year is a disaster, and has had moments that rival a lot of the films on here in grotesqueness. This is also a film that I did not like, the single time I saw it. I remember being disappointed in the lack of gore, the smaller, quicker Micheal, and the crappier mask design. Does my dismay for this film continue…..

In the short answer No.

This is actually a great film. It picks up 10 years after the events of Hallowe’en 2, where Loomis and Myers were supposedly killed in the ether induced explosion…. Well they were not. Myers was in a coma, and Loomis had some minor burns and a limp. Micheal awakes from his coma in a patient transfer ride, and begins his journey back to Haddonfield, to finish off his blood line, via his niece, Laurie’s daughter.

This goes back more to the initial films style, and look more than the second incarnation. It is less graphic and more menacing, which works in some places and fails massively in others. The lack of gore in a very key scene, despite all logic, actually harms this film a lot. If you are looking for a drag out slasher in the series, check out 2, or 5, which while universally panned, I love Hallowe’en 5. I understand the love for this sequel now, it’s a solid film, but still I prefer 5.

RATING: B+(78%)

PROS: Some inventive kills, Loomis has more of an edge to him, good pacing, great atmosphere of the 1980s Hallowe’en evening and feel.

CONS: One scene is so cheaped out on, it harms the film, since it’s in the climax. The lack of gore in it, defies logic. I also really dislike the clean look of the mask in this film, and the smaller, slimmer Micheal was off putting.