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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:50 am

Delusion rising from the ashes and getting some attention! I Love You I think I'm going to try to find it on YouTube in a little bit - I take it that there's no a DVD version out there aside from VHS incarnations, though? Too bad...

Street Trash! Crazy coincidence you mentioned that one and I just watched Death Spa last night/this morning (fell asleep - I was tired). I know you posted this last night but I swear you didn't influence me in any way, shape, or form... sometimes the magic just happens. Razz What do you think of that one? I'd probably group it in with a movie like that. I think it might be the birth child of Street Trash and Microwave Massacre, though. Microwave Massacre because of technology causing some of the deaths and being the source of the possession; Street Trash because of the tendency of people to bubble and explode in both movies. I can't say I loved any of them though, lol... I think the only movie that I've ever truly loved from this crop of 80s cheese is The Toxic Avenger (the first one and the first only). That one is shamelessly comedic and goofy though.... the rest, including Death Spa, seem more played straight.


Btw I actually remember William Bumiller (the lead in Death Spa) in the late 90's on the soap opera Guiding Light in a bit part. Too bad he doesn't have more of a career like Johnny Messner... he's pretty handsome and charismatic.

Tane McClure (Crawlspace) and Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead) were the only other ones I knew, but their parts were pretty small. Tane is in perhaps one of the most memorable scenes with the exploding face, though.
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:33 am

I haven't seen Death Spa! Killer Workout is a total hellcat though Laughing. It's also the mother (respect) of all flaming tanning booths and has a few jams on the soundtrack too. Ha, having characters either disintegrate, melt, or explode was the trendy thing to do in the 80's. Fantastically nasty shit.

lol you watched Guiding Light? The only soap that was ever on while I was growing up was General Hospital. I remember in the late 90's the actress from VR Troopers joined the cast as Carly Corinthos Laughing.
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:40 am

Sarah Brown is the name of the actress you're talking about. Yes, I know her name ^_^

Carly was such a bitchy character though.... I hated her! Every single actress who has played her got into a memorable catfight with Kelly Monaco's character, who was (and probably still is lol) Carly major rival for several years.

My entire family was pretty in the know on soap operas because my mom watched them (likely story, but entirely true in this case). I liked them, as well, but obviously I was in school so I didn't get to keep track of them that much except if I was home sick, summer vacation, or on days off. Our family only had one TV in the living room so you could bet that mom had it on when she was doing housework. Guiding Light was her favorite, but she also watched As the World Turns. Fun fact: My dad had nick names for my mom, my sister, and me. He called my mom 'Meg' (her real name is Deb), my sister 'Little Meg' (her name is Denise), and me 'Gavin'. I never really knew why until I realized that he got these names from a few characters on As the World Turns back in the 1980s/early 1990s: Meg Snyder and Gavin Kruger. When mom started working at the school (aka normal hours), she veered away from GL/ATWT and more into the likes of General Hospital, One Life to Live, All My Children... the ones that played on SoapNet along with Beverly Hills 90210, One Tree Hill (hated that show), and Melrose Place. There was this episode of BH90210 where they were showing the 70s in what seemed to be to me very stereotypical clothes and attitudes, and I asked my mom if people really dressed that way because it looked so silly. She just looked at me and was like "Dan, even *I* dressed like that..." That still makes me chuckle to this day. I loved GH, though... probably the heavy crime element which has always been one of my favorite genres.

Btw, another funny memory with my dad: For the longest time, he would say "Way, cool!" randomly out of the blue because of the Clarissa Explains it All intro would say it. He picked up the oddest things from the stuff my sister and I would watch.
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:59 am

Wind River (2017)



I was sitting on this one waiting for the right night to watch it. That seems to be a problem for me... I know a movie will more than likely deliver, but it's hard to pick the right time to see it. As sad as it is, sometimes timing makes or breaks the viewing experience more than the film itself. Luckily for me, there was a night a week or so back where we got ice and snow in that order, so that finally inspired me to give this one my time. A professional FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) is sent to an Indian reservation in Wyoming to investigate the murder of a woman. Knowing her limits not so much as a person but as an outsider looking in, she enlists the help of a local (Jeremy Renner) to aide her in the investigation. For a critical darling, this one has a straightforward story which is not to say that it's not interesting and effective because it was. It was played for real, which I suspect is how the movie earned its well-deserved praise. We are shown the heinous crime in a seemingly-ill-placed flashback scene, but I think it works because not all investigators are given exposition from criminals especially when its shoot to kill or be killed. Much like Winter's Bone, I can't say that I loved the movie to give it a high rating, but I did come away from it feeling like I watched something interesting and realistic. Recommended. 7/10

The Snowman (2017)



I've heard some fairly awful things about this one, so I wasn't rushing out to see it despite its formidable cast. Crime mysteries/thrillers are a dime a dozen, anyway. Broken man (Michael Fassbender) hunts the elusive serial killer, with a cute assistant (Rebecca Ferguson) in tow. We've seen it way too many times before. The silly title and even sillier promotional materials (see: above) didn't really excite me much either, but there did come the day where I was in the mood for something with a winter setting and this movie at least was guaranteed to deliver on that front. Okay, I'll be honest... I got the DVD from Netflix so I had to watch it soon. ^_^ Still, what surprised me the most about this one was just noir-ish it was; this is coming from someone who has constantly and consistently seen these types of movies set in the sunny, rundown California. To see the style transplanted to a winter Norwegian setting and maintain the sinister atmosphere more than makes up for the strange storytelling and uninspired acting by several of the key players. But I'm probably being too nice and I tend to forgive even the most cliché movies so long as the mood is nailed down well which this one's was. Bottom line, the atmosphere is really the only saving grace to this film, which is still basically a twisted whodunit where the serial killer is way too easy to guess. Watch at your own risk. 6/10
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:46 am

I'm so far behind on my new watches. Some titles I have my eyes on:

Insidious: The Last Key
The Sandman
Cloverfield Paradox
Mom and Dad
Nails
The Recall
Sweet Virginia
Braven
Children of the Corn: Runaway
The Shape of Water
Death Passage
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (sorry Rob, haven't gotten to it yet)

I will say though, do not even bother with Jeepers Creepers 3. Awful movie that does not even compare to the first, or the second which itself wasn't anything great either. I gave it a scathing 2/10 which says a lot coming from me.

Hellraiser: Judgement was okay, but it felt more like a Hellraiser sequel than a Hellraiser film. Most fans of Hellraiser know that there very well is a difference. It was below the original three or four films (and Revelations - yes, I still defend this one to the death), but above Inferno, Deader, and Hellworld. I may be forgetting one there...? The Pinhead does look better than the one in Revelations, thankfully. It's a crime story infused with a Cenobite twist, but none of it really had much to do with a dead person reanimating himself with fresh flesh which is what Hellraiser is all about. 6/10
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:52 am

lol yes there is a difference between a Hellraiser film and a Hellraiser sequel. I'm not even sure if I watched them all? I caught Hellraiser: Revelations on Netflix some time back though! Who was the chunky new Pinhead? Laughing Was that Will Sims?

Jeepers Creepers 3 was so bad! So bad I couldn't even appreciate Meg Foster. What year did that woman die? Laughing Even the creeper was shook. Probably the worst horror movie of last year.
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:11 am

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Jeepers Creepers 3 was so bad! So bad I couldn't even appreciate Meg Foster. What year did that woman die? Laughing Even the creeper was shook.

Laughing Laughing Laughing There's an iconic horror movie role for her yet, you just wait. These days she's pretty much a sure bet to be in a Rob Zombie film, but that bizarre appearance would do wonders in the right role. This one, unfortunately, wasn't it. Even in her heyday ("They Live" comes to mind) she just looked creepy with those eyes, but now she's a few notches down from being the Cryptkeeper's ancient-but-kicking sister. I still like her though.



Victor Salva even fucked up Trish's cameo appearance at the end and made it stupid, and to me that was the part I was most looking forward to. Too bad Gina Phillips didn't have a bigger role in the whole thing. I thought she was supposed to? I recall reading a sypnosis during pre-production about Trish having a son...? Maybe we have to wait until 2023 to see Trish square off against the Creeper in the true sequel.
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:09 am

How did you get that image to slide in from the side?
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:26 am

When you're a wizard, you can do anything. Smile



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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:42 am



Laughing you forgot the img part, but I figured that out myself Razz


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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:43 am

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When you're a wizard, you can do anything. Smile



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As long as we don't have to start calling you Dumbledore lol
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:52 am

I think I've finally got it lmao
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:01 am

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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:01 pm

I imagine the novelty would wear off very quickly lol
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:33 pm

Reading a long post in that style would be hard on thon eyes.
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:25 pm

Children of the Corn: Runaway (2018)



Thumbs down for Children of the Corn: Runaway, the newest sequel in the franchise that should've probably died six or seven films ago.. John Gulager who directed the amazing Feast did this one, but unfortunately things just don't pan out well for anybody. His dad who played a big role in all three of the Feast films and his wife (I think?) were back in roles for this one. The movie starts off promising but manages to first bore you and then piss you off. A movie very much with its feet stuck in the mud. It's very gory for a Children of the Corn film, but not surprising given who the director is. The lead actress Marci Miller did a great job. I recognized her from underrated slasher Most Likely to Die. I highly doubt many besides diehard completists would check this movie out anyway.  At least it's not as bad as Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Revenge or whatever ridiculous title that one had, but you can't help but wonder why they keep making these sequels? Is this franchise really a cashcow to keep churning out all these subpar installments?

It hasn't been a good year for horror sequels, IMO.

Hellraiser: Judgement - Okay, but nowhere near the greatness of the first three or maybe four films.

Cult of Chucky - Surprisingly fun, but I don't think as many liked it as I did.

Leatherface - Not bad, but stumbled a bit.

Jeepers Creepers 3 - godawful

Insidious: The Last Key - The last one I need to see yet. The trailer looks promising, but I think critics hated it which might be a good sign.

Let's hope that Halloween H40 does better. Laughing
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