28 February 2010

RAWHEAD REX


RAWHEAD REX

Alternate Title:
RawHeadRex

UK / Ireland, 1986
Director: George Pavlou

4/10










A silly but gorgeous low budget
Clive Barker adaptation, so bad you just have to love it. Packed with lame and below-average actors, extremely cheap-looking effects and many ridiculous scenes (f.e. the hilarious opening, the scene with the girl running though the woods with her friend's severed hand...) - plus: an awful but unintentionally funny and amusing rubber monster.
At least there are some really suspenseful moments, a few nice kills and (most important) it never gets boring - but overall, it's totally apparent why Barker hates this movie. :-)
Fun fact: a german metal-band named themselves after the movie - and I'm pretty sure their music is as good as the movie ;-D

27 February 2010

BLOOD CREEK


BLOOD CREEK

Alternate Title:
Town Creek

USA, 2009
Director: Joel Schumacher

9/10






It's really incredible: the
guy who is responsible for nonsense like 'Batman & Robin' brings us one of the best, most original and most intelligent horror flicks in a long time. A terrific story brilliantly written and fantastically shot, with many splendid actors, a huge amount of suspense and tension, great special effects, great gore and a fabulous score. I absolutely didn't expect this movie to be that good - breathtaking!

26 February 2010

The EXORCIST series


THE EXORCIST

German Title:
Der Exorzist

USA, 1973
Director: William Friedkin

6,5/10





Everyone, really everyone seems to adore this movie and really everyone was scared to death while watching it - that's why I feel a bit ashamed because I definitely don't adore it and it never managed to scare me.
I watched it 3 times: in theater, on TV on my PC and it never really impressed me.
Well, it's a decent 70s flick with brilliant acting performances, a terrific soundtrack, fantastic-looking make-up effects and some great effects but IMO it's waaay too long (half of it is utter boring), packed with way too many tiresome dialogue scenes and in no ways scary or creepy.
Overrated? I think so.

Wiki ~ Imdb




EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC

German Title:
Der Exorzist II - Der Ketzer / Exorzist II - Der Ketzer

USA, 1977
Director: John Boorman

2/10






Hilariously bad sequel with an atrocious storyline, and full of unintentionally funny scenes (that stupid brainwave synchronizer, the locust flights, all the Pazuzu and Kokumo shit...), horrible dialogue ("What's the matter with you?" - "I was possessed with a demon. Oh, it's ok. He's gone.") and some really lousy acting. At least the camera work and some parts of Morricone's soundtrack are quite good.

Wiki ~ Imdb




THE EXORCIST III

Alternate Titles:
The Exorcist III: Legion / Exorcist 3


German Title:
Der Exorzist III

USA, 1990
Director: William Peter Blatty

10/10



Finally an exorcist-movie that suits my taste. Part 3 blasts the first two parts directly to hell. It's incredibly creepy and scary, extremely tense, highly atmospheric - and surprisingly even a bit funny.
The cast is consistently strong with some terrific performances from the ever-amazing George C. Scott, the sinister Brad Dourif and the entertaining Ed Flanders.
The cinematography is outstanding: loads of tremendously fabulous shots and wonderful visuals.
The dialogue is also outstanding: all the humorous conversations between Kinderman and Father Dyer and all the weird conversations between Kinderman and Patient X are so incredible, you have to see it to believe it.
Furthermore, it's filled with many frightening and superscary scenes, most notably the infamous hallway scene - plus: it's probably the only film where I totally don't care that they are not showing the gruesome murders. In fact, they only talk about the kills but in a such a horrific way, it's probably more terrifying then it would have been if they showed it all.
Overall an excellent but sadly underrated movie, highly recommended!


The story behind the 2 Exorcist-prequels is full of drama
and totally unique in the history of Hollywood:
After the success of the director's cut re-release of "The Exorcist" in 2001, the film studios decided to do a new Exorcist-movie, not a sequel but a prequel. Initially John Frankenheimer was set to direct but stepped down from the project only 1 month before his death.
He was replaced with Paul Schrader who shot the movie under the title "Exorcist: Dominion". However, the producers were completely unsatisfied with the finished product (mainly because of lack of gore and violence).
So they shelved the movie, fired Schrader and replaced him with Renny Harlin who re-filmed the movie.
The final product was finally released into theaters in 2004 under the title"Exorcist: The Beginning" - but after pretty poor audience and critical response, the studios decided to give Schrader the possibility to finish his Film.
His version finally was released to a limited showing in 2005 under the title "Dominion: Prequel To The Exorcist".
So, now we have 2 Exorcist-prequels with similar stories and same actors. Which one is better? Well, I'll tell you...


EXORCIST: THE BEGINNING

German Title:
Exorzist: Der Anfang

USA, 2004
Director: Renny Harlin

5/10








Harlin's prequel is ok. Just ok. No more, no less. It's way too long but gladly it never gets boring as it's quite well paced. It's never really suspenseful but at least it has a couple of pretty scary scenes. The acting is great (Stellan Skarsgard, James D'Arcy...), the camera work is often extremly stunning and the dialogue is mostly decent. Unfortunately the script is a horrible and annoying mess (full of unnecessary scenes, a ridiculous climax), many of the effects look shoddy and it's packed with dumb and pointless satan/exorcist-clichés (crosses/reversed crosses, moving furniture, Linda Blair imitations etc.).
Absolutely nothing special but at least it's as entertaining as other Harlin-flicks ("Deep Blue Sea", "Elm Street 4", ...).




DOMINION: PREQUEL TO THE EXORCIST

Alternate Title:
Paul Schrader's Exorcist: The Original Prequel


German Title:
Dominion: Exorzist - Der Anfang des Bösen

USA, 2005
Director: Paul Schrader

1/10



Schrader's prequel is horible. Absolutely horrible. Now I totally understand why the studios wanted to have a different film.The only thing that I like in here is Skarsgard's performance. Everything else just sucks:
"Dominion" is so fucking boring, it's incredible. It's never suspenseful or thrilling or entertaining or anything, it's just boring, tedious and unbelievably slow-paced. Most of the actors' performances are terribly lame, especially from Gabriel Mann and that crippled boy.
The effects are laughable: CGI cows and hyenas that look live I've programmed them. The camera seems to be on auto pilot, the soundtrack is simply uninteresting, the possession scenes are hilariously ridiculous and it feels like every scene in that movie is twice as long as it needed to be.
An awful movie, even "Exorcist 2" is better than this pile of crap.

24 February 2010

THE WOLFMAN


THE WOLFMAN

German Title:
Wolfman

USA, 2010
Director: Joe Johnston

5/10








Average werewolf-movie. On the one hand we get 2 brilliant lead actors (Anthony Hopkins and Benicio del Toro), a beautiful setting, great chase scenes and some wonderful gore - on the other hand we get a completely messed up script, a bunch of extremely boring scenes with lousy dialogue, too much CGI and unfortunately not enough suspense.
Really, really disappointing.

23 February 2010

CURTAINS

CURTAINS

German Title:
Curtains - Wahn ohne Ende

Canada, 1983
Director: Richard Ciupka

5/10










Extremely atmospheric but sadly a bit too slow Canadian slasher, The story starts out great and interesting but gets boring and confusing very quickly. The score is nice, the cinematography is great, the acting is average. The killer is great, his mask looks amazing and the fabulous
ice skating scene is just breathtaking - unfortunately we don't get to see that bastard very often and most of the other kills are rather lame.

THE DEVIL'S GIFT


THE DEVIL'S GIFT

Alternate Title:
Devil's Gift

USA, 1984
Director: Kenneth J. Berton

4/10










Basically this is a crap movie full of huge plot holes, terribly annoying actors and really bad dialogue - but in some kind of way it was entertaining, mainly because of the impressive beginning, the nasty-looking toy monkey, a great score and 2-3 pretty tense scenes.

20 February 2010

The CURSE series


THE CURSE

Alternate Title:
The Farm

USA, 1987
Director: David Keith

4/10
A super-cheesy adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft's short story "The Colour Out Of Space", filled with tacky and poor-looking special effects, underwhelming and/or annoying acting (even the gorgeous Wil Wheaton is quite lame in here) and some horrendously bad dialogue
("What's the matter?" - "It tastes funny." - "What tastes funny?" - "The water." - "It's the minerals in it. It's good for you." - "It makes the vegetables taste weird.").
At least there are many brilliantly atmospheric scenes, a few super-disgusting scenes (the infamous worm-infested apple, the rotting lettuce, the chicken attack...), the amusing arrival of the meteor and the cool climax.





CURSE II: THE BITE

German Titles:
The Bite / Venom - Das Gift der Hölle

USA, 1989
Director: Frederico Prosperi (under the pseudonym Fred Goodwin)

5/10











Although Part 2 has got absolutely nothing to do with Part, it's pretty enjoyable and IMO surprisingly better. Sure, it's nothing special: I'd say, it's a typically cheesy end-of-the-80s horror flick with a quite ridiculous plot, many boring and tedious moments and a bunch of mediocre actors. Nevertheless, it's often also really thrilling and suspenseful, the special effects mostly look absolutely kick-ass, there's some decent gore and the ending is just brilliant.

CURSE III: BLOOD SACRIFICE

Alternate Title:
Witchcraft

German Title:
Blood Sacrifice


UK / South Africa, 1991
Director: Sean Barton

4/10









Guess what? Right, Part 3 has absolutely nothing to do with its predecessors. However, it's at least watchable and somewhat entertaining.
The first half is terribly slow and packed with endlessly boring scenes and terrible dialogue. Thankfully it gets extremely suspenseful in the second half, including loads of splendid edge-of-seat scenes and a quite cool-looking sea monster. The climax is a bit disappointing, the soundtrack is very cheesy and most of the actors are highly annoying - with the exception of Christopher Lee who is as cool as always.

CURSE IV: THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE
 

Original Title:
Catacombs

Alternate Title:
Catacombs: The Corridors Of Hell

German Title:
Catacombs - Im Netz des Dunkeln


Italy / USA, 1988/1993
Director: David Schmoeller

2/10






"Catacombs" was finished in 1988 but delayed after production company 'Empire Pictures' went out of business. It was finally released in 1993, but, for whatever reason, under the title "Curse IV" - which is completely illogical because it actually was made before the Curse 2 & 3.
However, in the end it really doesn't matter because it's just a pointless, super-boring and completely uninteresting flick that can't decide between horror and religious drama. There are 2-3 scenes that gave me a nice "The Church"/"Specters"-feeling - apart from that it's totally tedious, the plot sucks, the acting is underwhelming and the kills are all extremely disappointing.

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PIN: A PLASTIC NIGHTMARE

PIN: A PLASTIC NIGHTMARE

Alternate Titles:
Pin... / Deadly Friend / Pin

Canada, 1988
Director: Sandor Stern

8/10








Highly intelligent and disturbing psycho-drama with an interesting plot, some brilliantly chilling moments and a bunch of gorgeous characters played by great actors. I have to mention the slowness of the movie: it's very slow-paced but in a good and thrilling way - and that's something you don't get every day!

DEATH VALLEY

DEATH VALLEY

USA, 1982
Director: Dick Richards

7/10












A completely forgotten and totally underrated suspense-driven cat-and-mouse game, very thrilling, tense and atmospheric. Bit of a letdown in the end, and some of the actors are pretty annoying but overall pretty exciting.

18 February 2010

The PROM NIGHT series

PROM NIGHT

German Titles:
Prom Night - Die Nacht des Schlächters / Prom Night - Das Grauen kommt um Mitternacht

Canada, 1980
Director: Paul Lynch

5/10







A decent but highly overrated Halloween rip-off with a really nice cast (Jamie Lee Curtis, Leslie Nielsen...), a fabulous disco soundtrack and some wonderful camera work. The beginning and the finale are great and highly atmospheric - unfortunately nearly everything in between is absolutely tedious, boring and unspectacular, plus the killer and his kills are mostly weak.




HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT II

Alternate Titles:
Prom Night II: Hello Mary Lou / Prom Night II / Hello Mary Lou

Alternate German Title:
Mary Lou

Canada, 1987
Director: Bruce Pittman

6/10



A sequel that has got nearly nothing to do with Part 1 but is surprisingly way more entertaining. The story is nothing special and the acting is just average, but there are quite a few very funny, very scary and very tense scenes, neat atmosphere, some extremely good-looking effects and a terrific finale. Fun!

Wiki ~ Imdb



PROM NIGHT III: THE LAST KISS

German Title:
Prom Night III - Das letzte Kapitel

Canada, 1990
Directors: Peter R. Simpson & Ron Oliver

4,5/10






Part 3 is (a) a direct sequel to Part 2, (b) more of a horror-comedy that doesn't take itself too serious and (c) basically pretty entertaining: it's full of decent actors playing silly characters, quite amusing dialogue ("I don't get mad. I bake.") and some hilarious kills (death by icecream, death by battery acid...).
Yet, despite all the fun, the plot is extremely stupid, the script is highly predictable, it's never really tense or scary and the last 15 minutes are so ludicrously over-the-top, it's just annoying.

Wiki ~ Imdb



PROM NIGHT IV: DELIVER US FROM EVIL

German Titles:
Prom Night - Evil Of Darkness / Prom Night - Das Böse aus dem Dunkeln

Canada, 1992
Director: Clay Borris

3/10






Weak sequel that has neither nothing to do with the previous parts, nor with a 'Prom Night'. The story is pointless, the script is badly paced. Tension and atmosphere are scarce, the killer is a lame dork, cast dialogue are quite lame. At least the death/killing scenes are entertaining and Joy Tanner & Nicole de Boer are 2 wonderful eye candies.




PROM NIGHT
(Re-Imagining)

USA / Canada, 2008
Director: Nelson McCormick

2/10








A movie as boring and unspectacular as this one is really hard to find: there's absolutely no tension or suspense, no good actor, nearly no blood, an incredibly lame killer and some terrible dialogue. At least the finale is halfway ok, but overall this is just a lame stinker.

15 February 2010

DREAD

DREAD

UK, 2009
Director: Anthony DiBlasi

9/10











Impressive and disturbing adaptation of a Clive Barker short story. Slow-paced but never boring. Full of unbelievably suspenseful scenes, but also full of unbelievably shocking and disturbing moments. Great script, great actors, great soundtrack - a really fantastic movie!

14 February 2010

EDGE OF THE AXE

EDGE OF THE AXE

Original Title:
Al filo del hacha

German Title:
Axolution - Tödliche Begegnung

Spain / USA, 1988
Director: José Ramón Larraz

5/10





A decent blend of slasher movie, giallo and love story. We get one hell of a killer, some brilliant kills (especially the one in the carwash), an interesting plot and surprisingly no stereotype characters - unfortunatley we also get many scenes that are just too lengthy or unnecessary.

I KNOW WHO KILLED ME

I KNOW WHO KILLED ME

German Title:
Ich weiß, wer mich getötet hat

USA, 2007
Director: Chris Sivertson

3/10






This could have been really great but it turned out to be one big confusing mess. Too bad, because Lindsay Lohan is really great in here and the extensive use of the primary colors blue and red looks excellent. However, the movie is much too long, the script is horrendous and the twist just sucked.

MADMAN

MADMAN

USA, 1982
Director: Joe Giannone

1/10









Awful and forgettable, one of the worst 80s slashers. No plot, terrible actors, horrible dialogue, a horrible score, no tension, no scariness and the Madman himself is one of the stupidest things I've ever seen. Crap.

12 February 2010

THE PROWLER

THE PROWLER

Alternate Title:
Rosemary's Killer

German Title:
Die Forke des Todes

USA, 1981
Director: Joseph Zito

9/10



One of the best 80s slashers and at the same time one of the most underrated ones. Besides a good story and some decent actors, we get a high amount of fabulous gore (certainly created by Tom Savini), great atmosphere and some amazing suspense. The killing soldier looks very creepy and his kills are fantastic. Totally a must-see slasher!

THE MUTILATOR

THE MUTILATOR

Alternate Title:
Fall Break

USA, 1985
Director: Buddy Cooper

3/10









Terrible lowest-budget 80s slasher with an awful script, some horribly awful dialogue and and a bunch of lousy actors. However, the gore scenes are absoutely delightful (highlight: a huge fish hook through a girl's crotch) and I also really like the weird but effective score.

11 February 2010

NIGHT OF THE CREEPS

NIGHT OF THE CREEPS

German Title:
Die Nacht der Creeps

USA, 1986
Director: Fred Dekker

7/10







Highly entertaining cult classic from the glorious 80s. IMO a bit overrated but still a must-see because it's probably the only movie in history with aliens, alien slugs, zombies and a lunatic axe murderer in it. It's quite tense and atmospheric with a good cast, errific special effects and some extremely funny dialogue ("The good news is your dates are here." - "What's the bad news?" - "They're dead").

08 February 2010

BRAIN DAMAGE

BRAIN DAMAGE

German Title:
Elmer

USA, 1988
Director: Frank Henenlotter

9/10






Frank Henenlotter's second best movie to date is also one of the most amusing, most disturbing and most entertaining splatter flicks from the 80s. The unique blend of great gore and hilarious comedy, connected with a polite brainsucking monster (Aylmer's voice is adorable!), fabulous characters and a brillant script is so extraordinary, you have to see it to believe it.

07 February 2010

GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE

GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE

Alternate Title:
Grandma's House

Alternate German Title:
Die unaussprechliche Sünde

USA, 1989
Director: Peter Rader

6/10



Surprisingly decent psycho thriller from the late 80s. Sure, the plot is a mess (many huge holes and absurdities in it) and the acting is mediocre - but on the other hand the whole movie is extremely suspenseful, thrilling and fast-paced, and the shocking twist at the end is just brilliant.

THE OUTING

THE OUTING

Alternate Title:
The Lamp

German Title:
Klauen des Todes

USA, 1987
Director: Tom Daley

2/10




I have never seen so many horrible actors in one movie - but on the other hand... well, this is about a murdering genie from a bottle and in this case it really lives up to my expectations.
A lousy piece of 80s crap with terrible effects and nearly no tension. 2-3 ok kills, that's it.

06 February 2010

HELL NIGHT

HELL NIGHT

Alternate German Titles:
Paranoia / Scary Castle

USA, 1981
Director: Tom DeSimone

8/10







This must be one of the most underrated slashers ever: a brillant but unfortunately totally forgotten 80s flick, very scary, very suspense-packed, extremely tense, full of gorgeous ideas, funny dialogue and neat actors (Linda Blair, Vincent Van Patten...). Highly recommended!


Wiki ~ Imdb

05 February 2010

SPOOKIES

SPOOKIES

German Title:
Spookies - Die Killermonster

USA / The Netherlands, 1986
Director: Eugenie Joseph, Thomas Doran, Brendan Faulkner

7/10






A hilarious and totally badass 80s horror-comedy-trash, pretty thrilling and entertaining, full of goofy actors, freaky-looking monsters and creatures, and some highly amusing dialogue ("Uuuh, look at me, I'm Duke, the horny ghost!") Lousy plot? Dull script? Nevermind, turn off your brain and enjoy!

THE NESTING

THE NESTING

Alternate Title:
Phobia

German Titles:
The Nesting - Haus des Grauens / The Nesting - Landhaus des Grauens

USA, 1981
Director: Armand Weston

2/10




The only 2 good things about 'The Nesting' are the brillant but misleading cover artwork and the awesome-looking haunted house. The movie itself is a boring and unimaginative spookhouse-story without any tension or creepiness, and with a terrible plot.

EVILSPEAK

EVILSPEAK

Alternate Titles:
Evilspeaks / Computer Murders

German Titles:
Der Teufels-Schrei / Evilspeak - Der Teufelsschrei

USA, 1981
Director: Eric Weston

5/10




Man-eating boars, the Antichrist in a home-computer - welcome to 'Evilspeak', a pretty quirky 'Loser-strikes-back'-flick. It starts out very interesting (atmospheric and suspenseful) and the last 10 minutes are really, really amazing (fire, explosions, brutal deaths, satan, more fire) - but sadly the rest is just ridiculously pointless and often a bit laughable

DARK TOWER

DARK TOWER

German Title:
Hochhaus des Schreckens

USA / Spain, 1987
Director: Ken Wiederhorn and Freddie Francis

3/10







Super-boring 80s flick about a haunted skyscraper - well, there are a few ok special-effect scenes and a quite nice opening but overall this is just some totally boring and completely unspectacular mystery-crap with a lame plot and many below-average actors.

04 February 2010

THE REJUVENATOR

THE REJUVENATOR

Alternate Titles:
Rejuvenatrix / Rejuvenator

USA, 1988
Director: Brian Thomas Jones

4/10








An entertaining splatter/transformation-flick, probably made for fans of Re-Animator. The special/make-up are simply stunning and there's also some neat gore - unfortunately the plot is too predictable, the acting is lame and the first half of the movie is way too slow-paced.

02 February 2010

BLOOD BEACH

BLOOD BEACH

German Title:
Blood Beach - Horror am Strand

USA, 1981
Director: Jeffrey Bloom

2/10








Terrible actors, a horrible plot, a lame script and a lousy-looking monster that hardly ever appears - and the title is completely misleading as there is nearly no blood in the whole movie. At least there are 2 or 3 short scenes that are fairly ok, but overall it's just rubbish.

01 February 2010

MORTUARY

MORTUARY

Alternate Title:
Embalmed

German Title:
Hall Of Death - Die Todeshalle

USA, 1983
Director: Howard Avedis

4/10






A halfway decent slasher that could have been way better. The first 50 minutes or so are interesting and highly suspenseful - then the secret of the murderer suddenly is revealed and from then on it just goes downhill until it reaches a really ridiculous ending.

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