Posts Tagged ‘horror’

Well I definitely feel that slasher films are full of the same old clichés. Having said that; it can be part of their charm. This is a very typical slasher that has a lot of clichés, but still has some fun sequences. It also has quite a few cameos from franchise favourites.

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The plot is quite simple in that a bunch of people end up getting slashed to death. It’s funny to say that but that’s basically it. The soon to be victims are all on a haunted swamp tour and soon cross paths with Victor Crowley. Victor is a deformed killer who stalks anyone that comes near his home. We have seen it all before, but there are some good laughs and some inventive killings. Also I have to give credit to the special effects team, as there is no CGI in this film at all. Well there’s not much else to say really, it’s a fun slasher that brings nothing new to the genre but can be fun in moments.

Well this is a pretty awful movie by Tobe Hooper. Tobe Hooper is responsible for the masterpiece “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” That film is one of the most gritty, tense and terrifying masterpieces ever filmed. How the hell did he end up making a shitty film like this? Its got a few fun bits in it, which is why it scores a 2 but over all, its pretty lame to be honest. Its full of the clichés that we all recognise, stupid kids go about being irresponsible and end up being stalked by a maniac. Yeah we have seen this kind of stuff before and done way better. It centres around a small theme park and after its closed down for the night, the kids decide to sneak in to a ride called the funhouse.

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It is here that they accidentally witness a murder by the parks “Frankenstein” mascot. They end up being pursued by this guy who is actually a freakishly deformed monstrous looking guy. On the whole there is a couple of interesting sequences, but this film doesn’t really grip your attention for long. The acting is pretty terrible too and there’s nothing stunning in the visual department either.

I was a bit disappointed by this movie. For one, I personally felt it was definitely more of a wolf man movie than a crossover. It seemed to me to take ages to get Frankenstein’s monster involved. Its pacing is quite slow and the characters are starting to feel tired to be quite honest. Its starts with some grave robbers who accidently release the wolf man. Talbot ends up in a hospital and escapes to leave Britain and find Dr Ludwig Frankenstein in the hope that the doctor will help him end his life. Ultimately though he accidently sets Frankenstein s monster free and they end up duelling.

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The script seems really weak and it just feels like they were coming up with any old idea to get the monsters to meet up and its feels weird to say it but it felt far-fetched. That sounds crazy considering the content, but it really does. Yeah this one definitely doesn’t have the magic that the previous movies had.

The fourth in the series of universal Frankenstein movies sees Ygor rescuing the monster from the  sulphuric tomb as the villagers come to destroy Frankenstein’s castle. He flees with the monster, who is revived but not yet his full self. He decides to take him to the second son of Frankenstein Ludwig. Ludwig is a doctor himself and has a practice alongside  his assistants Dr. Kettering and  Dr. Theodore Bohmer. As Ygor and the monster arrive in the town of Vasaria they end up getting into trouble and the monster is captured.

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The town prosecutor asks Ludwig to examine the monster and soon Ygor pays Ludwig a visit and bribes him into helping to heal the monsters sickness. When Ludwig meets the monster at the police station the monster appears to recognise him before breaking free and going berserk. Ygor helps lead the monster away. Ygor and the monster break into the Frankenstein home and the monster kills Dr Kettering. However Ludwig subdues and captures the monster and asks his assistant Bohmer to help in dissecting the monster to end its reign of terror. However Ludwig is soon visited by his fathers spirit who instructs him to perfect his creation and not destroy it. He decides that he will put Dr Ketterings brain into the monster to give it intelligence. Ygor has other plans though and tries to get Bohmer to help him with his quest for power.

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I did enjoy this take on the story. It felt fresh and new and was entertaining enough. It doesnt quite match the first 3 but is still a really good film. Its the first one not to have Boris Karloff playing the monster. This time the role is given to Lon Chaney Jr. Legosi does another great job as the crazy Ygor as he gets more power hungry. I am looking forward to completing all these early classics, they are great fun.

This is the third entry into the universal “Frankenstein” series and its really entertaining. It follows the story of Frankenstein’s son Wolf who, years after the events in the last movie is returning to live in his fathers castle with his wife and child. He is however met with a bit of hostility from the locals who remember the monster and the chaos that his father had unleashed years ago. His only friend it seems is a local policeman Inspector Krogh. While searching his fathers castle he meets the demented Ygor who has survived a hanging and now has a deformed neck.

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He soon shows Wolf that he has been hiding the monster and now he wants Wolf to revive the monster. He does so trying to restore his family name and prove the genius of his father in that he was a maker of men and not maker of monsters. However when the monster is revived it will only answer to Ygors demands and he uses this to exact revenge on the jury who sentenced him to death.

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I really enjoyed this entry and particularly liked the character Ygor. He is completely insane and really well played by Bela Legosi. Really well written and nicely filmed, I am really enjoying this series so far.

Regular readers to my blog will know that I have been on a couple of projects lately, one is looking at the films of David Cronenberg and the other main one is looking at Mark Kermode’s top 10. This one is on his list so I got it for Christmas. It’s a fascinating movie that really is quite creepy even to this day. It’s quite a simple story but its charm is that it’s really gripping and oozes style and general creepiness. It follows the story of a doctor who goes about trying to save his daughters horribly disfigured face. This would seem quite normal apart from the fact that he does this by kidnapping young women and literally surgically peeling their face off and applying it to his daughter.

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He is driven by guilt, in that he is the one responsible for the car accident that has caused her disfigurement. She spends almost the entire film behind a creepy expressionless mask. Although she wants her face to be renewed she does start to empathise with his victims and would rather just die. There are some great creepy moments in this movie and a lot of it is achieved through rather dark gothic visuals. There is actually one sequence in this movie that made me actually feel quite grossed out and I havent felt this disgusted for a while. It was a really realistic surgery “face peel.” There are even stories of people walking out of the cinema when this film was released.

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Well I really loved this movie and I was thinking about it long after it ended and that is always a good sign that you have watched a fantastic movie. I am coming to realise that I have a very similar taste to Mark Kermode and I think his top 10 have all been really good so far. Looking forward to the next one.

Yet another 5 star film here. This is a real kick up in gear for the universal Frankenstein series. It follows on directly from the first movie. We see the burning windmill and Henry falling from the top. After it is burned down the father of the little girl from the first movie wants to make sure the monster is dead. He falls into a flooded pit under the mill to discover that the monster has survived the fire. The monster strangles the man to death and escapes. He goes on to have a few kind of mini adventures and eventually meets a blind musician in a cabin who welcomes him and tries to teach the monster to talk. This is a beautiful scene as we find that the musician has really needed a friend. Meanwhile Henry is coaxed into another experiment by a former mentor, Dr Septimus Pretorius. Pretorius wants to work with Henry to create a mate for the monster. Henry doesn’t want to but events take a turn when Pretorius wins the trust of the monster.

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This is a great film and widely considered to be a masterpiece of classic horror. I can see why, there is lots of character development in this movie and some great heart warming moments. This movie does have a lot of heart and also some great action scenes.

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Boris Karloff gives an amazing performance as the monster and really leaves a legacy behind him. I really am enjoying this series so far and cant wait to watch more. I received all of the Frankenstein series and Dracula series for Christmas so I will be watching more soon.