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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
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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
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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
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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 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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I finally got round to the new Criterion cut of The Tree of Life last night.

I'll start by saying whilst I enjoyed it, and I wouldn't necessarily cut anything... 3 hours and 10 minutes is probably too long.

What's interesting is that it isn't just that it's 50 minutes longer. There's a lot of the original cut that isn't present here. I'd go as far as to say maybe an hour of the run time is the original cut, and the rest is new footage, or extended versions of those existing scenes. This was my 5th time watching the film so I'm quite familiar with it, but it got to the point where I was almost surprised when I recognised a scene.

The timeline also feels different, with some shots getting different musical cues, or coming earlier or later. There are characters who we only briefly glimpsed who get fleshed out and get back stories, there are characters who didn't appear at all in the theatrical cut who get a reasonable chunk of time, and I think most importantly the father gets more time. There's a lot more about why he is the way he is, but then there's also more loving scenes too where you see that he does care for his boys. It paints him in a very different light.

I think I would say it is an alternate version of the film, not an extended cut. I think it's really interesting if you are already a fan of the film, but I'm not sure I'd recommended this version over the theatrical cut. And I think actually in future I'll probably alternate between the two. I definitely don't feel like this is the definitive version, just a different version.

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I heard from a hardcore Malick fan that it doesn't flow well; and he loves the DC of The New World.

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It flows no worse than the original, it's pretty consistent in that sense. I just think that the youth segment goes on too long. Like you can have too much of a good thing. No matter how much you enjoy it, when you have 2 hour solid hours of it, it gets a little tough. But at the same time, I appreciated some the new information it offers and the way it expands on other scenes.

I read an interesting article suggesting it there was in theory a way to exploit a random chapter feature on a blu ray player, and that there might be like 10 hours worth of film, but that the player would only play 2 hours of scenes drawn at random. The idea being that it's this every changing entity that you get to really explore. It seemed a really cool concept, but I think the practicalities got in the way of it.

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I guess you have to really like that style to get something out of it.

I revisited TOL (theatrical) last year and liked it less than I did in 2012. I expected the opposite reaction.

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SPLIT SECOND
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Grizzled, caffeine addicted cop Rutger Hauer snarls and sneers his way through rainy, dimly lit sets as he searches for a ten foot monster that munches on people's hearts and may or may not be the devil. Paired with an irritatingly chirpy Scottish partner, Rutger (armed with the appropriately macho name of HARLEY STONE) goes monster hunting in the futuristic setting of 2008 London while a pre-Sex and the City Kim Cattrall wears a black wig and gets in the shower.

Although hindered by obvious budgetary limitations, Split Second is never dull and features a fairly witty script (the "we're going to need bigger guns" scene is especially amusing). Pete Postlethwaite and Ian (Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick) Dury turn up. One can act while the other most certainly can not, and Alun Armstrong (that northern bloke you recognise from loads of things but can never remember his name) does a fine job of being the overly shouty superior in a police department which can't seem to make its mind up if it's English or American.

The monster itself - as is usually the case in these films - is a bit of a let down, sort of looking like the xenomorph from Alien wearing a blacked out motorbike helmet visor. Still, thanks to director Tony Maylam (The Burning) the horror sequences are fairly tense and occasionally quite bloody. However, due to the constant script changes, design changes and different endings, Maylam eventually quit the production and the final scenes were directed by Ian Sharp (Lewis Collins SAS thriller Who Dares Wins). Unfortunately, everything is thrown together so badly during the last section that it almost undermines the whole thing. Luckily though - some terrible lines and appalling visual effects aside - Split Second (originally given the much better name of Black Tide) manages to stagger over the finish line and into the realm of cut-price cult sci-fi.

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APRIL FOOL'S DAY
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A bunch of unlikable college kids in their mid twenties head to a friend's creepy looking mansion and prank each other at every opportunity. Eventually, a killer gets pissed off with the film's plodding pace, bad acting, and inane jokes, and thankfully begins to kill them all off one by one until only a couple of them are left alive.
Friday the 13th Part 2 final girl Amy Steel gets to run around looking scared again, and Biff Tannen from the Back to the Future films shows up to prove why he's only ever known as Biff Tannen from the Back to the Future films.
Oh, and there's a twist which you'll probably see coming a mile off.
The whole thing is just an elaborately planned April Fool's prank and nobody actually dies at all.
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Most 80's slashers are shit though, let's be honest.

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Yes, they're mostly shit, but I enjoy them way more than I should despite that.
April Fool's Day is just shit though.



THE DEEP
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After the success of Jaws in 1975, Hollywood did as Hollywood still does, and went back to the author of the source material to scrabble around for more work to adapt. The problem is that Peter Benchley only had one other novel to choose from, and it wasn't anything to do with great white sharks.

The story was quickly turned from a novel into a screenplay by Benchley himself and the results are less than whelming. Louis Gossett Jr plays a Bermudan drug kingpin who terrorises a young couple (an awful Nick Nolte and an unbelievably sexy Jacqueline Bisset) with voodoo after they discover treasure and drugs in an old shipwreck. Robert Shaw plays Quint from Jaws without the sideburns and in a slightly different hat, and due to the lack of big shark action, a giant moray eel is crowbarred into the story to pop up at the right time for shock value.

With most of the dialogue being nothing more than history lessons and exposition, it's left to the action sequences to drive the film forward. Unfortunately, that never happens and the underwater scenes appear lethargic and resoundingly unexciting while the above water action is even more disappointing.

The music score is terrible too, either absent when needed the most or third-rate James Bond when not required at all, leaving the film only really memorable for a giant moray eel, and Jacqueline Bisset's wet t-shirt and sexy voodoo scene.

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THE ISLAND
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A couple of years after The Deep was released, Benchley published his next novel, The Island, which was quickly snapped up by producers still hoping his name carried some weight. However, with the non-Benchley Jaws 2 having absolutely slaughtered The Deep at the box office - and without a killer shark or even a giant moray eel this time - the crowds stayed away in their droves, The Island only taking a fraction of The Deep. Of course, such is the way with these things, The Island actually turned out to be miles better than its predecessor. Completely ridiculous in every way, of course, but still better.

Michael Caine plays Blair Maynard, a journalist investigating the disappearance of several boats and yachts in the Caribbean. It seems that folk have been turning up missing near a little island chain for a while now and the reason for this is pirates. Not funny, wobbly Johnny Depp pirates, though. No, these are vicious, murdering old style buccaneers, inbred for centuries, who steal supplies, and murder and kidnap tourists in an effort to survive.

Believing his latest assignment will be a walk in the park, Maynard takes his rather independent and wilful gun enthusiast son along for the jaunt but the two end up getting kidnapped by the old time pirate types, Maynard forced to marry the wife of a pirate he kills in self defence, the son taken away by the priate leader to be trained and raised as his own.

The speed at which Maynard's son accepts his new life is a bit silly, but any film where Tinker from Lovejoy, and Don Henderson get to play swashbuckling psychopaths is never going to be altogether serious. Maynard tries escaping several times, his efforts dashed either by his new wife, his rebellious son, or in one particular nasty instance, a Portuguese Man o' war.

David Warner (The Omen, Star Trek V, VI) is excellent as pirate clan leader, Nau, and Michael Caine gets to run around, punch people and play the hero. Surprisingly gory in places, the opening attack where one guy gets an axe in his head and another has his stomach graphically split open, was predictably removed for TV broadcasts, and the dialogue and direction for the first half an hour is notably, and deliberately, Spielberg-esque.

Every bit as silly as it sounds, The Island is heaps of fast paced fun with a cracking music score, and where everyone looks to be having a great time (apart from those who end up with axes in their heads, or threatened with rape, jellyfish or death).

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Speaking of films nautical - Deepstar Six, worth bothering with?

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My favourite out of Leviathan and The Rift which came out around the same time. Most of the monster action comes in the last half hour but there's enough action to keep the interest up. Miguel Ferrer's character is such a fucking weasel.

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