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Quick Daily Review #255: Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

October 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers The Halloween franchise, compared to Freddy and Jason’s series, is probably the most uneven of all the slasher series. Nothing will ever top the awful unconnected mess of Halloween III, which is why part four was such a welcome return to form, but this entry, while still at least a somewhat competent entry in the series has a whole crapton of WTF moments. The movie brings back the Jamie character, only now she is in a children’s hospital haunted by her previous experience being guarded by inept cops, who are also busy looking out for yet another [...]

Quick Daily Review #254: Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

October 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) Halloween 4 is the movie that brought the Halloween franchise into the same slasher-fest league as the movies that had imitated it. Whether or not that’s a good thing depends on how big a fan you are of these kinds of flicks. John Carpenter had big Twilight Zone like ideas for the series, of which H4 was supposed to be a ghost story—but after the abysmal failure of the third entry in the franchise, the producers and Mr. Carpenter decide to give the masses what they want—more Michael Myers. Never mind the fact that in the last scene of [...]

Quick Daily Review #253: Halloween 3: Season of the Witch

October 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) Only John Carpenter knows what he was thinking when he agreed to let Tommy Lee Wallace helm this strange non-sequel (which he both wrote and directed) which is the third entry into his iconic Halloween series. The plot, in as much of a nutshell as I can come up with is this: Michael Myers was (to be ret-conned in future films) burned to smithereens at the end of Halloween II—and is thus nowhere to be seen in this movie which may or may not take place in an entirely different universe (characters at one are seen watching the original film on a [...]

Review: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PC)

October 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PC [Reviewed], Xbox One, PS4, Ps3, 360) Developer(s): Kojima Productions Publisher: Konami Genre(s): Open world, Action Stealth shooter Released: September 1, 2015 ESRB Rating: M – Mature TEASER: Metal Gear Phantom Pain sets new standards for stealth and action gameplay in an open world. What do you get when you cross the best elements out of a Grand Theft Auto game, the Metal Gear series, stealth games like Splinter Cell,  and for grins an almost MMO lite online mode for a bonus? You get Metal Gear V: The Phantom Pain which is easily in contention for [...]

Quick Daily Review #252: Halloween 2 (1981)

October 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

Halloween 2 (1981) This is generally how I prefer sequels to be done. Halloween 2 picks up directly where the original left off, bringing back most of the original characters (those that survived) from Halloween and setting them up for a new round of terror. Most of the action this time out takes place at the local hospital where our , which makes for a great place for a horror flick. One thing this movie has going against it right off the bat is that, while John Carpenter stayed on to write this sequel, he did not direct, instead handing that duty off to Rick Rosenthal. Rosenthal is a [...]

Quick Daily Review #251: Black Mass (2015)

October 12, 2015 // 2 Comments

Black Mass (2015) Editor’s Note: Got a little carried away with this one—so this entry may not be quite as quick as usual! What an unnerving film—and just in time for Halloween too. ‘Black Mass’ is an interesting exercise in genre bending/blending. There are really two films playing simultaneously. The first is the historical account of real life gangster James “Whitey” Bulger—a sociopathic killer who used his political connections to reign over South Boston (Southie) for several decades. This offers nothing new to the well-trodden ‘gangster’ genre and plays like [...]

Quick Daily Review #250 – Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

October 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Freddy vs. Jason (2003) Notorious dream slayer Freddy Krueger has been dormant for years now in the little neighborhood of Elm Street. Business just ain’t what it used to be as teenagers just don’t really seem that afraid anymore, which, as the story goes greatly reduces his powers. Not one to take this lying down, he decides to lure old Hockey Puss himself out of hibernation to get the fear meter turned up a few amps so he can get back to what he does best. Only trouble is, once set loose, Jason Voorhees doesn’t exactly take kindly to the idea of just stepping aside so Mr. Krueger can [...]

Quick Daily Review #249: Jason X (2001)

October 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Jason X (2001) The folks at Digital Dream Door have this movie at number 35 on their list of the 100 worst movies ever made. In his review of this movie Roger Ebert echoes the meta qualities of a quote of one of the characters who, right before being eviscerated by a giant space vacuum screams “This sucks on so many levels!”… I have to say while I agree that yes, this movie is not good in that traditional sense of the word, for what it is (that being a ridiculous crossover genre monster movie like they used to make in the 50s and 60s), I thought it was a hoot. The premise is pure [...]

Quick Daily Review #248: Friday The 13th Part 9: Jason Goes to Hell (1993)

October 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Friday the 13th Part 9: Jason Goes To Hell (1993) This was the first movie of the series to be filmed by New Line Cinema, and boy did they take some liberties here. Like I said in one of the earlier reviews, this was basically Friday the 13th’s version of “Halloween 3: Season of the Witch”, that being a disconnected mess that has almost no continuity with the rest of the series whatsoever (not that the previous entries were big sticklers for continuity mind you). Although for continuity freaks, this movie is the set up to Freddy vs. Jason (which took ten years to finally come to [...]

Quick Daily Review #247: Friday The 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)

October 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Friday the 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) The last of the original Paramount series, this movie suffers from a couple of things. First of all, the budget for the movie was drastically cut, and so many scenes that were to be set in New York, such as Jason in Madison Square Garden, Jason in Central Park etc, had to be cut, and more scenes of Jason on the cruise ship were included. So for the bulk of this movie it is basically Jason takes the Love Boat (which has it’s own special charm to it). When he finally does get to the Big Apple though (after half the teenagers have [...]

Quick Daily Review #246: Friday The 13th Part 7: The New Blood (1988)

October 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

Friday the 13th Part 7: The New Blood (1988) Until the 2009 reboot, this was last traditional Friday the 13th movie that would be made for over two decades. Every movie after this featured an outrageous gimmick of some kind such as Jason in New York, Jason in Space, Jason as a body jumping Hell Baby (yeah…) but here it’s just good old hockey puss in his natural element, near Camp Crystal Lake dispatching with another horny band of teenagers, and what a horny band of teenagers it was this time. I believe this movie had the biggest cast to date in terms of disposable twenty-somethings. They [...]

Quick Daily Review #245: Friday The 13th Part 6: Jason Lives (1986)

October 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Friday the 13th Part 6 (1986) The third and final installment of the Tommy Jarvis trilogy (with each movie featuring a different actor in the role) goes out with a bang. Thom Mathews is by far my favorite actor to have played this particular protagonist in the entire series. He has a great every-man sort of quality to him, and is far more likable than the usual machete fodder that populate these kinds of films. This Friday the 13th flick has everything you could want from one of these splatter films. To begin with, Jason is brought back to life when his grave is struck by lightning during a [...]
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