30 December 2009

ZOMBIELAND

ZOMBIELAND

USA, 2009
Director: Ruben Fleischer

9/10











Definitely one of the greatest zomedies ever made. Not as amazing as "Shaun Of The Dead" but still absolutely fabulous with a fantastic cast (Woody Harrelson, Bill Murray...), an awesome script full of brilliantly hilarious dialogue and fresh ideas, great-looking zombies, wonderful gore and an excellent fairground-finale.

27 December 2009

SCARECROWS

SCARECROWS

Alternate Title:
Paratrooper / Paratroopers

USA, 1988
Director: William Wesley

9/10






It's a shame that this little gem is still unbelievably unknown because it's undoubtedly one of the best horror movies from the 80s. Unbelievably scary and tense, incredibly atmospheric, shot on eerie-looking locations. Full of terrific scares, brilliant-looking scarecrows, great kills and decent actors. I daresay that this is really a little masterpiece. Highly recommended!

Wiki ~ Imdb

KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE

KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE

Alternate Title:
Killer Klowns

German Title:
Space Invaders

USA, 1988
Directors: The Chiodo Brothers

7/10


One helluva batshit insane 80s flick, undoubtedly one of the most entertaining horror-comedies and of course one of the most inventive, craziest and most bizarre clown movies ever made. Packed with weird shit like: creepy-looking space clowns, a circus tent spaceship, deadly popcorn, bodies in cotton candy cocoons, etc. etc.
A movie so freaked out and wacko, you have to see it to believe it!

Wiki ~
Imdb

SCARY MOVIE

SCARY MOVIE

USA, 2000
Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans

7/10










An entertaining and pretty enjoyable little horror spoof, full of super-funny gags and jokes, with a good script and surprisingly with some decent acting. Absolutely nothing special but at least it's popcorn cinema at its best.

Wiki ~ Imdb

26 December 2009

NEEDFUL THINGS

NEEDFUL THINGS

German Titles:
In einer kleinen Stadt / Needful Things - In einer kleinen Stadt

USA, 1993
Director: Fraser Clarke Heston

7/10





Splendid adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name. Pretty tense and thrilling with a great cast (Max von Sydow, Ed Harris...), beautiful settings, wonderful atmosphere, some ingenious plot changes (the ending in here is far better than the book's ending) and the '2-women-kill-each-other-off'-scene is just amazing.
Recommended!

25 December 2009

THE CROW

THE CROW

German Title:
The Crow - Die Krähe

USA, 1994
Director: Alex Proyas

9/10






A fantastically impressive comic-adaptation, visually and atmospherically stunning, pretty tense and action-packed with a great story, a brilliant cast (Brandon Lee R.I.P.), a wonderful soundtrack and a bunch of outstanding settings. A modern classic.

CANDYMAN

CANDYMAN

German Title:
Candyman's Fluch

USA, 1992
Director: Bernard Rose

9/10






- Review Coming Soon -

15 December 2009

THE CHANGELING

THE CHANGELING

German Title:
Das Grauen

USA, 1980
Director: Peter Medak

8/10






Very scary and frightening haunted house classic, extremely tense and atmospheric with a brilliant cast (George C. Scott - now that's what I call a brilliant actor!), some amazing camera work, a super-creepy house, a pretty great plot and a couple of scenes that nearly scared me to death (especially the séance and the toy ball scene). Simply excellent!

THE MUTATIONS

THE MUTATIONS

Alternate Title:
The Freakmaker / Dr. of Evil

German Titles:
Das Labor des Graunes - The Freakmaker

UK, 1974
Director: Jack Cardiff

3/10



Dull and stupid British mad-scientist flick, tedious and slow, poorly written, with quite bad acting and cheesy effects. Some of the monsters look pretty fun and of course it's always nice to watch Donald Pleasence, but overall this film is just pointless and forgettable.

Imdb

PANDORUM

PANDORUM

Germany / USA, 2009
Director: Christian Alvart

7/10









An interesting and pretty entertaining sci-fi/horror/thriller in the vein of "Alien". The story is intelligent and well-conceived (including a mindblowing end twist), the special effects look terrific, it's suspenseful, tense and action-packed, and the alien creatures look brilliant.
Flaws: a bit tedious in the middle and many of the actoring performances are quite mediocre.

02 December 2009

DOG SOLDIERS

DOG SOLDIERS

UK / Luxembourg / USA, 2002
Director: Neil Marshall

7/10









A highly entertaining kinda-werewolf flick, very atmospheric and creepy, but also very humorous, fast-paced and action-packed with a superb cast, loads of wonderful-looking settings, tremendous-looking wolf-creatures and a fabulous body count. Fun!

01 December 2009

DOOMSDAY

DOOMSDAY

German Title:
Doomsday - Tag der Rache

UK, 2008
Director: Neil Marshall

7/10






A movie like a rollercoaster: you never know what's coming next.
"Doomsday" totally divided critics and audiences. On IMDB there are people who hate it with such a passion, it's incredible. Well, of course, the movie is completely messed up and you definitely don't get what you expect (I mean, in the beginning I thought that this is a zombie/epidemic film and suddenly it transformed into a hilarious Punkrock-version of Mad Max!!) - but apart from that it's fun, it's extremely fun. It's loud and action-packed, thrilling and very amusing. The cast is great, the soundtrack is brilliant, the settings, costumes and the punks' equipment looks fantastic and the camera work is often really stunning.
Lean back, grab a can of beer and don't take anything seriously. You'll like it, I promise!

Wiki ~ Imdb

The PREDATOR series

PREDATOR

USA, 1987
Director: John McTiernan

10/10











Absolutely brilliant action/SciFi/horror-masterpiece, and a personal alltime favorite. Extremely tense, action-packed and atmospheric, with astonishing special effects, great settings, a cool story, a brilliant score and Arnold Schwarzenegger in top form. An excellent must-see classic - and never forget: "If it bleeds, we can kill it."




PREDATOR 2

USA, 1990
Director: Stephen Hopkins

10/10











I admit: I am an idiot. I never had any interest in watching this sequel just because there's no Schwarzenegger in it. Oh boy, little did I know how great this movie really is. Seriously, it totally blew me away! A badass sequel with a badass cast (Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Bill Paxton...), highly entertaining, fast-paced and action-packed with amazing special effects, a brilliant script and pretty amusing dialogue. One of the very few sequels which are as good as the original.

Wiki ~ Imdb



PREDATORS

USA, 2010
Director: Nimród Antal

6/10











An entertaining but unfortunately pretty disappointing quasi-sequel that can't hold a candle to its fabulous predecessors. Starts out very thrilling and interesting in the first third, gets too slow and lengthy in the second and in the third third... well, the last third is quite ok but in no way impressing.
The cast is a bit mediocre: some of the performances are just brilliant (Louis Ozawa Changchien, Laurence Fishburne...), some are just lame (Adrien Brody, Alice Braga...).
The Predators look absolutely fantastic, the soundtrack is great and the dialogue is decent with some really funny one-liners.
The effects are ok but there was way too much cheap-looking CGI. The script is too slow-paced and the movie is too reminiscent of Part 1. Not enough tension, not enough suspense.
Overall, an ok movie but sadly nothing special or outstanding. Could have been much better with a more fast-paced script and a better cast.

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