The Hills Run Red (2009, Dave Parker) - 81 min.
I picked this one up at the store because the cover was actually pretty freakin' cool. Too frequently, super-awesome cover equals sucky movie (e.g. Hellride, Sweet Insanity, Beyond the Wall of Sleep, etcetera). The Hills Run Red, however, was quite fun.
This one's a fun slasher flick about some friends who are on a quest to rediscover a film that has been missing for countless years. Along the way they find the mysterious director's daughter and she helps them to find her father. The slasher, Babyface, is actually creepy and an unusually intelligent slasher. The end of the film has been done before, but not overly so.
Although I doubt this one would hold up upon repeat viewings, it's fun for a one-time view. Check it out if you get the chance.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Gutterballs (2009, Ryan Nicolson) - 94 min.
Hmm, where to begin with this one? Well, there was quite a bit of hype for this one. I heard almost 100% great things about it. Unfortunately, I found Gutterballs to be all hype and absolutely no substance.
This movie is almost a porno, which is fine if that's what you're looking for, but that was not what I was expecting. I didn't care about any of the characters. The ending was ridiculous, predictable, and silly.
On the bright side, some of the kills were pretty interesting. The Bowling Bag Killer was also a pretty original idea. Kudos for those, but not enough to save the movie.
Essentially, this movie suffered from excessive hype and the inability to come even remotely close to living up to said hype.
Monday, October 19, 2009
It's Alive (2008, Josef Rusnak) - 85 min.
This is a remake of the 1974 classic of the same name. Although writer/director of the original, Larry Cohen, helped with the screenplay of this remake, it failed in all aspects. The acting was atrocious, the story was pretty much nonexistent, and the effects were crappy CGI.
I rarely find horror movies that I strongly dislike; usually I can find some enjoyment in the worst of them. That's why I love the horror genre so much. It's Alive, however, is another story. I had to double time the movie just to get through it.
Stay far, far away from this one.
........But mostly boobs.
The Haunted World of el Superbeasto (2009, Rob Zombie) – 74 min.
Well, make sure you are very comfortable with those whom you choose to watch this film with. You will be assaulted from start to finish with highly offensive material, such as full female nudity, gore, full male nudity, masturbation, sex, more violence, musical numbers, and more. Well, this may be offensive to some, I, however, enjoyed all of the mentioned above quite a bit.
Starring Paul Giamatti, Rosario Dawson, Sheri Moon Zombie, Tom Papa, and the rest of Mr. Zombie's usual entourage, this film is almost filled to the brim with actors. Paul Giamatti and Rosario Dawson were the best of the voice-actors, probably because their characters fit them so well. Sheri Moon Zombie, not so much. I still love her though and am insanely jealous of her beautiful hair.
The Haunted World of el Superbeasto is totally random and barely sensical, but still, amazingly, fun to watch. While far from Rob Zombie's best, The Haunted World of el Superbeasto was pretty darn entertaining.