30 June 2009

THE DESCENT Part 1 & 2

THE DESCENT

German Title:
The Descent - Abgrund des Grauens

UK, 2005
Director: Neil Marshall

10/10






Modern horror masterpiece and probably one of the absolute greatest horror movies ever made. A completely flawless horror movie, unbelievably suspenseful, incredibly scary and frightening, with a really amazing cast, fantastic-looking settings, loads of awesome gore and a bunch of outstanding-looking creatures. An excellent masterpiece!
Wiki ~ Imdb




THE DESCENT PART 2

German Title:
The Descent 2 - Die Jagd geht weiter

UK, 2009
Director: Jon Harris

9/10







Absolutely amazing sequel which is surprisingly almost as great as Part 1. Extremely tense, creepy and terrifying with a shit load of fantastic jump-scares (2 or 3 really made me jump outta my seat), gallons of gore, wonderful cinematography and again a brilliant cast. I just love it!

DUEL

DUEL

German Title:
Duell

USA, 1971
Director: Steven Spielberg

10/10






Probably the best made-for-TV-movie of all time and undoubtedly Spielberg's best movie - yes ladies and gentlemen, it might be offensive but IMO this low budget debut is so incredibly awesome, it's even better than 'Jaws' or 'Schindler's List'.
Unbelievably suspenseful, breathtakingly thrilling and stunningly atmospheric, with an amazing Dennis Weaver (his performance is mindblowingly genius) an amazingly creepy-looking evil truck, terrific camera work, terrific settings and a fantastic script.
A masterpiece, one of the greatest movies ever made.

HIGH TENSION

HIGH TENSION

Original Title:
Haute Tension

Alternate Title:
Switchblade Romance

France, 2003
Director: Alexandre Aja

10/10



(Extended Review coming soon!!)

The one movie that reawakened my interest in horror movies after some dull years. The movie is true to his name: it is probably one of the most suspenseful, thrilling and powerful movies ever made, incl. a couple of incredible actors (especially the uber-fabulous Cecile De France), a high amount of terrific brutality, gallons of brilliantly glorious gore, an outstanding soundtrack (incl. 'Muse' AND 'Ricchi E Poveri'!!), wonderful-looking settings, great camera work and terrific atmosphere.
A masterpiece.
(If you like this one, you will like Inside and Martyrs too.)

The HALLOWEEN series

HALLOWEEN

German Title:
Halloween - Die Nacht des Grauens

USA, 1978
Director: John Carpenter

11/10






One of the first horror movies I've seen (I was 9 years old) and for sure one of the best horror movies ever made. John Carpenter's masterpiece: the birth of Michael Myers, one of horror's most iconic characters. Unbelievably suspenseful, atmospheric and creepy with an amazing score, terrific actors, great editing, great camera work and loads of unbelievably intense and gripping moments. An outstanding and flawless horror masterpiece!





HALLOWEEN II

Alternate Title:
Halloween II: The Nightmare Isn't Over!

German Titles:
Halloween II - Das Grauen kehrt zurück / Halloween II - Die Blutnacht

USA 1981
Director: Rick Rosenthal

7/10


Solid sequel that may not have the same suspense and originality as the original, but still is entertaining and also a bit creepy. The extra brutality sure is completely unnecessary when compared to Part 1 but... well, at least some of the kills are just awesome.





HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH

German Title:
Halloween 3 - Die Nacht der Entscheidung

USA, 1982
Director: Tommy Lee Wallace

5/10





It's understandable that most Halloween-Fans hate Part 3 since it has got nothing to do with the first 2 parts - but if you just don't think about Michael Myers you'll get a proper 80s movie with an interesting story and a very good score. No masterpiece, but at least an entertaining time-killer.





HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS

German Title:
Halloween 4 - Michael Myers kehrt zurück

USA, 1988
Director: Dwight H. Little

8/10





Part 3 did not satisfy the fans, but Part 4 did - and how! A great sequel, very tense and creepy. Great new characters, interesting story, an impressive Michael, great kills and an amazing Donald Pleasance.





HALLOWEEN 5: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS

German Title:
Halloween 5 - Die Rache des Michael Myers

USA, 1989
Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard

7/10




Ok, the story is lame, the Myers house for some inexplicable reason looks like the Bates mansion and some of the actors are terribly annoying. Apart from that Part 5 is a terrifically entertaining sequel full of really brilliant kills, suspenseful moments and loads of brilliant atmosphere. Highlights: the barn scene and the laundry chute finale, 2 of the most thrilling scenes from the whole franchise





HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS

German Title:
Halloween - Der Fluch des Michael Myers

USA, 1995
Director: Joe Chappelle

4/10





It could have been a really good movie (a solid Michael Myers, great kills, nice suspense...), but sadly the terribly confusing plot and thousands of reshoots and script modifications just fucked it up (see Wiki for more details).






HALLOWEEN 6: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS
"THE PRODUCER'S CUT"
(The original cut of the film which was shown during test screenings. It contains 43 minutes of alternate footage that was either cut entirely or replaced in the theatrical release of the movie.
It was never officially released but it's available on bootlegs and on the internet.)

Working Titles:
Halloween 666 / Halloween: The Origin Of Michael Myers / Halloween 666: The Origin Of Michael Myers

USA, 1995
Director: Joe Chappelle

4/10


The plot in here makes much more sense and the 'new' ending is definitely quite interesting but overall it has pretty much the same quality as the theatrical version.




HALLOWEEN H20: 20 YEARS LATER

German Title:
Halloween H20 - 20 Jahre später

USA, 1998
Director: Steve Miner

9/10








IMO this is truly the best of all Halloween-sequels. A fabulous plot which ignores Parts 3-6 and continues the story of the first parts - a terrific idea realized brilliantly. The magnificent Jamie Lee Curtis is back on board and Michael Myers is as impressive as in Part 1. The whole movie is very creepy, very suspenseful and full of atmosphere, the soundtrack is beautiful and the ending is a magnificent shocker.


HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION

USA, 2002
Director: Rick Rosenthal

4/10









Reasonable sequel with a breathtaking beginning (thanks to Jamie Lee Curtis) and a great showdown. What happens in between is sometimes entertaining but unfortunately mostly dull because of the lame script and the annoying characters (Busta Rhymes, go away).





HALLOWEEN
(Remake)


USA, 2007
Director: Rob Zombie

5/10










Highly controversial but merely mediocre quasi-remake which feels like watching 2 movies. The first half (back story of Michael and how he becomes evil) is absolutely thrilling and very tense. The second half (the story from the original Halloween) is just lame, no tension, unnecessarily brutal, lousy actors. Overall a bitter disappointment.





HALLOWEEN II

Alternate Title:
H2

USA, 2009
Director: Rob Zombie

3/10






Yes, this is undoubtedly the worst of all Halloween movies. Much too long, much too lengthy, much too boring. The story is shit, those unintentionally funny dream sequences are awful and the hobo-like Michael is just unbearable. What was Rob Zombie thinking?
The only good things in here are the fabulous opening sequence and some gorgeous kills.

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June 30, 2009 - The day I started to blog. This was my very first post. Originally, this post included mini-reviews for the "Evil Dead" films. In the meantime, I already posted a larger and more extensive review about this awesome franchise (which you can find here). Nevertheless, since this was my very first post, I'll keep it as a milestone. Other reviews/posts got deleted and replaced. This one will remain forever... and ever... and ever ;-)

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