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The original Wicker Man has it's quirks, so I can understand why people (particularly those use to modern day sensibilities) would be a bit “eh?” about it. But it has a unique atmosphere that works with the story. It’s a bit bizarre and surreal. Probably a bit camp as well.

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Cage is bloody hilarious in The Wicker Man :lol: It's his craziest performance after Vampire's Kiss.

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After seeing some more clips on youtube I might give it a go. Seems like it falls under the ''so bad it's sort of good'' category, you know. :lol:


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VENGEANCE THE DEMON
aka PUMPKINHEAD
(1988)

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Stepping behind the camera for the first time, special effects artist Stan Winston (The Terminator, Predator, Aliens) directs this tale of monster-based revenge set deep in the heart of Hillbilly country. Lance Henriksen (The Terminator, Aliens, er... Piranha 2 - Flying Killers) plays farmer Ed Harley whose young son is accidentally killed by some teenagers riding motorbikes.

Not taking his son's death too well, he takes the body to Haggis, an old witch who lives in the woods, to help him get revenge. According to legend (and the prologue, conveniently) a monster can be summoned in times of grief to rise up and kill the person or people responsible. What the old witch fails to mention is that the creature and the person who summons it will be inextricably linked. Whenever the monster kills someone, the summoner will experience all the pain and terror.

After a few of the teenagers are thrown around and torn to pieces, Ed starts to feel remorse for his actions and decides to call the monster off. Unfortunately, as you would expect, that proves to be somewhat trickier than he anticipates.

Although it's not the best monster film you'll ever see, Vengeance the Demon is still a very enjoyable little B-Movie. Fast faced, with some great effects and a top performance by Henriksen, it's only let down by the supporting cast of jobbing actors who spend most of their time running through the woods trying to look scared.
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PUMPKINHEAD 2 - BLOOD WINGS
(1993)

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Changing the premise entirely, the sequel which came out five years later when nobody really cared any more, is about a deformed orphan kid/offspring of Pumpkinhead called Tommy (JP Manoux from one episode of pretty much every comedy show from the mid '90s onwards), who is looked after by an old woman and his one and only friend, but is killed by a bunch of nasty teenagers in the 1950s prologue.

Cut to modern day 1993 and Tommy's friend is now the town Sheriff and the nasty piece of work who killed him is the local Judge. Falling in with the judge's equally bad son, the Sheriff's daughter (Ami Dolenz - daughter of Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees) goes off with him and a few delinquent types to try and resurrect Tommy.

After accidentally killing the old lady, Tommy comes back to life in the form of Pumpkinhead and sets about slaughtering the naughty teens. All except the Sheriff's daughter of course, because she's nice, and Tommy still remembers her father.

Nowhere near as good as the original, the sequel is just about worth watching for the special effects and death scenes, but only just. The only decent actor in the film is Andrew Robinson (Dirty Harry, Hellraiser, Deep Space Nine) and everyone else is just sort of there.
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PUMPKINHEAD 3: ASHES TO ASHES
(2006)

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Shifting the filming location to Eastern Europe in the same way that the Wrong Turn series would do in a couple of years, the third Pumpkinhead film is a Sci-fi channel movie with a Sci-fi Channel budget, and a cast made up of Brits and Romanians trying to speak with US yee-haw accents.

Doug (Hellraiser) Bradley plays a nasty mortician with a particularly confused accent who has a sideline in removing people's organs to sell on the black market. After discovering his deeds, some of the townsfolk get together and tell Haggis from the first film to resurrect Pumpkinhead to kill him and his cronies.

Of absolutely no interest to anyone except sad completists like myself, the only saving grace of PH3 is that it features a brief appearance by Lance Henriksen, and reintroduces the children of one of the characters from the original, at least adding a bit of much needed continuity.
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PUMPKINHEAD 4: BLOOD FEUD
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Shot in Romania, back to back with Part 3, the third sequel, and despite a much larger role for Lance Henriksen (not bad as his character has been dead for two decades now) somehow manages to be even worse than everything bad in the world you can possibly think of.

This time, the ludicrous story is basically a horror movie version of Romeo and Juliet. Two feuding families have another reason to fight each other when it turns out that a girl from one family has fallen in love with a boy from the other. When the boy's sister is accidentally killed, he takes the body off to blah blah blah you know the rest.

Absolute nonsense from beginning to end, the only entertainment to be derived from this absolute shower of monkeyspunk is watching a selection of seriously rubbish European actors and actresses attempt to get through their lines without reverting to their natural accents halfway through. Oh, and the monster looks especially shit this time too.
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PRIMAL RAGE
(1988)

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An unethical university scientist (Bo Svenson from legendary yeti TV movie Snowbeast proudly sporting an equally unethical ponytail) accidentally creates a rage virus while trying to reactivate dead brain tissue in a grumpy baboon. Of course, the experiment goes predictably awry and when university magazine editor and activist Frank Duffy, breaks into the lab one night, he is attacked by the angry primate and immediately becomes infected with monkey lurgy.

Soon sporting a lovely suppurating, pulsating bite mark on his arm, the terminally stupid Duffy remains blissfully unaware that he might actually be a bit contagious, and after a bizarre evening of slow-dancing to upbeat 1980s rap with his new girlfriend, takes a welcome nibble on her neck later in the evening, infecting her too.

Luckily, we have Sam Nash, Duffy's hunky co-worker and loyal best friend on hand to save the day. An awesome moped rider and all round good egg, when he's not taking photos of tug-of-wars and trombone practices in the park, or saving lovely redheads from evil tow-truck guys, Sam keeps busy trying to get rid of three perma-randy jock types from hitting on girls, and uncovering the mystery of why his best friend has suddenly turned an unhealthy shade of green and gone a bit bitey.

After going completely snooker loopy in the campus doctor's surgery, trashing the place and hurling furniture around while screaming like an angry ape, the increasingly mental Duffy goes on to attack a cop before eventually getting Sam to shoot him before he dies a hideous death. Meanwhile, Duffy's sexy girlfriend is attacked by the three randy blokes but sees them off, chomping on them and inadvertently turning them into sex crazed boil-monsters. However, whereas the victims thus far have been unhappy about being infected with a deadly virus, the randyboys seem positively chuffed about it, getting baddier by the minute and donning creepy skeleton costumes for the convenient campus Halloween party, killing anyone they like in full view of everyone and getting away with it because, you know. Halloween.

After avoiding inquisitive Sam for most of the film, Bo the unethical scientist suddenly decides to explain everything in explicit detail, pretty much the same way a bond villain reveals his evil plans. Of course, things don't end well for Bo and his ponytail, and he ends up getting predictably bitten himself. This leaves the final twenty minutes of the film as a cat and mouse affair with three murderous, infected jocks trying to kill sexy Sam and his red-haired girlfriend.

Directed by Vittorio Rambaldi - son of special effects artist and creator of E.T., Carlo Rambaldi (who also helped with the make-up effects along with other son, Alex), written by Umberto Lenzi (director of Cannibal Ferox, Eaten Alive, and Nightmare City), and featuring a largely unsuitable music score by Dario Argento regular Claudio Simonetti (who even reuses the same heavy metal song which plays over the classic throat stabbing in Opera), Primal Rage is every bit the cheap straight to video Italian American crossover you imagine it to be.

Full of gloriously stupid moments, Primal Rage is never dull. Whether it's the inappropriately bouncy 1980s theme song which sounds more like the soundtrack to German porn (the same track keeps coming back over the course of the film, and at one point the band even perform it on stage themselves), the hilarious squashed baboon and exploding facial boils, the mandatory shop-window-mannequin-falling-from-a-balcony death scene, the classroom of sexy female students (most of whom are apparently more than willing "to go that extra mile" for good grades (and no, that doesn't end well), or the police armed with warrants who don't even bother to search apartments and who also seem to be under the impression that student journalists are immediately granted full access to active crime scenes, it's never less than entertaining.

However, the best moment surely has to when one of the (as yet uncontaminated) baddies threatens our hero, Sam, by shouting "STICK IT IN MY FACE, PUNK!" which surely has to go down as one of the most peculiar threats to ever be issued during a fight.

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I recall Pumpkinhead having a strong atmosphere, but the film making was a little shoddy. The first sequel is like a Full Moon film.

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The Favourite - Enjoyed it, loved the madness of it all, despite the sadness behind Colman's character. Looked astounding, too, very Barry Lyndon in its lighting.

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Got new Rocky Horror & Bo Rhap


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Has anyone seen The Possession of Hannah Grace? GOing by the trailer it's probably a shitty movie, but part of me feels like checking it out anyway.


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