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MANIAC (2012)

Friday, 13 December 2013 12:00

The Buzz:

     Shock horror pretty much died in the 80’s, or I should say shock horror of any decent quality at least.  One of the most shocking and disturbing films from that genre is one of Tom Savini’s  greatest works, a little film starring Joe Spinelli called Maniac.  I only discovered recently that one of the most detested films of all time was remade in 2012; basically the same movie with new faces.  Having seen the original and felt dirty for years after doing so, I made the brilliant decision that I gotta watch this one too.  I am glad I did!  I was treated to a well-acted piece of modern shock horror that all fans should see.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRAVEHEART (1995)

Friday, 27 September 2013 02:51

~The Buzz:

     Back in the '90s, the three-hour epic film was still a fairly rare thing, restricted pretty much to a pair of wildly-fictionalized accounts of historical events. The second and most successful was James Cameron's Titanic in 1997, but the other was the ultimate Mel Gibson vanity project, Braveheart. When I was a young lad, I remember being amazed when my parents rented this movie from Blockbuster and it came as a set of two VHS tapes. TWO OF THEM. Nowadays, the LotR series has made us all accustomed to extremely long movies filled with sprawling battles, gorgeous vistas, and a love story tacked on just for fun, but it was still a pretty big deal when Braveheart was made almost twenty years ago.

     So, what does this film have to offer now? Though Mel Gibson has become pretty ridiculous nowadays, there's no denying he's a good actor and a skilled director, who's unafraid to take risks to put his vision on screen. It's kindof a shame this particular vision sacrifices historical accuracy for cartoonish villains and “look at how handsome I am” cinematography, but that doesn't make it any less fun to watch. On the contrary, Braveheart is worth watching today because it's a serious film, but is selectively over-the-top just often enough that it never gets dry.

IRONCLAD (2011)

Thursday, 04 July 2013 17:22

The Buzz:

     Set in Magna Carta-era England during the reign of King John (the same one from all the Robin Hood movies), Ironclad is basically a remake of The Seven Samurai, but set in medieval Europe instead of feudal Japan. It follows the central character of Marshall, a retired Templar Knight back from the Crusades, as he becomes embroiled in an ideological struggle between the autocratic King John and the more forward-thinking Barons, who want to uphold the Magna Carta’s principles of rule by consent of the people and democracy and all that good stuff. The important thing is, we get to watch a group of British badasses fight Vikings in a castle for two hours, and it’s awesome.

 

THE THING (1982)

Monday, 15 April 2013 02:06

The Buzz:

     The cold makes for terrible pains in the joints and bad driving in the snow, but also it lends itself to amazing sci-fi/horror.  A small team of men in the artic are interrupted one day by a bunch of Norwegian men in a helicopter seemingly hunting a malamute.  The American camp takes in the dog and unwittingly lets something horrible into the rest of their short lives.  After the dog literally peels apart like a banana and assimilates other beings.  One by one the people at the camp become “things” and paranoia takes the place of good sense and one of the best horror films ever made ensues.

 

 

 

SLITHER (2006)

Friday, 29 March 2013 12:00

The Buzz:

     In a sleepy town in South Carolina something strange is happening.  A bright light in the sky one night leads to a series of strange events leading to the end of life as the town knows it.  As with most “it came from outer space” films a meteor crashes to earth and the first thing that we do is touch it.  The toucher in this case is Michael Rooker, who is great in his role as a sleazy car salesm…human being.  After he is infected by the parasite he creates a “mother” for them and it is up to his wife (Elizabeth Banks) and her former lover (Nathan Fillion) to save the town.  They fail.

 

 

 

 

TUCKER AND DALE VS EVIL (2010)

Thursday, 28 February 2013 12:00

The Buzz:

     Tucker and Dale are two life-long friends who put their money together to buy a vacation home in the mountains.  The rest of the cast are your normal array of college kids looking to have a good drugged out and drunk time in the woods.  The combination of the redneck humor and naivety, combined with the jaded college “rednecks are evil” vibe, go together well and create great comedy all the way to the wood chipper.

 

NEAR DARK (1987)

Monday, 25 February 2013 02:30

The Buzz:

     We all know that for years vampires have roamed the night in search of a chance at a normal life.  This film is about one of these families and the humans that sought to destroy them.  Well...okay this is just the opposite; in fact it is the story of a family of vampires that bring chaos wherever they go.  As far as vampire films go it is one of the better ones out there and a lot of fun.

CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH (1986)

Sunday, 24 February 2013 20:23

The Buzz: 

     A leak of radioactive waste from the nearby nuclear power plant in Tromaville, New Jersey leads to mutants and murder in the local high school. After smoking pot contaminated by nuclear waste Chrissy and Warren begin having odd side effects which culminates in the upchucking of a mutant baby and a confrontation with the school's honors-students-turned-punk-gang called The Cretins. When The Cretins threaten to harm Chrissy and their mutant baby has grown up to a full sized death machine the only option is for Warren to blow up the school with science!

 

BRAINDEAD (1992)

Saturday, 23 February 2013 14:47

The Buzz:

     Known to American audiences as Dead Alive (hence the poster) this is the third film that Peter Jackson made during his years in New Zealand.  This was long before he struck money with Lord of The Rings and shows his roots as a filmmaker.  This is by far one of the most fun horror films available on the market and I have forced many people to give this film a chance.  The story is a basic one, guy loves mother, rat monkey bites mother, mother becomes giant zombie, boy kills everyone!  It's a hoot!

 

 

 

HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN (2011)

Friday, 15 February 2013 07:36

The Buzz:

     In this homage to 70's grindhouse ultra-violence Rutger Hauer plays a Hobo in a downtrodden world who picks up a shotgun and slowly takes out the evil gangsters that rule the land.  Wrath on both sides ensues and the film goes exactly where you expect it to go.  What it lacks in story it makes up for with a big dose of Rutger Freaking Hauer!

 

 

 

 

 

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Everyone knows "The Godfather" is a great movie, but is it as great to drink with as "Roadhouse?" We can appreciate "Citizen Kane" as a masterpiece of cinema, but is it as good a centerpiece for your party as "Santa Clause Conquers the Martians?"

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