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Music / Rate the music above you
« on: January 11, 2019, 09:57 am »
You are all pretty familiar with this one. Rate the song (out of 10, 1 being bad and 10 being great) that the user above has posted and then post a song of your choice (preferrably in the form of a Youtube link) to be rated by the next user. No double posting!


I'll go first.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r00ikilDxW4

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General / Holmes & Watson
« on: January 08, 2019, 02:19 pm »
I am so glad that someone before me watched the movie Holmes and Watson. Will Ferrell and John C. Reily are possibly two of my favorite comedy actors. They happened to have appeared in Talladega Nights (good movie) and Step Brothers which just so happens to be one of my favorite films of all time. (A review maybe?) So when I heard the news of another film starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reily I was excited but I was also bummed because I was kind of hoping for another Step Brothers film. I was planning on going to the movie but luckily I saved myself the trip because basically all of the reviews for the movie were negative. One of my cousins said that they found it to be one of the most unfunny comedy movies ever. Upon further investigation, I read stories about people walking out of the theater within 10 minutes of the showing. Thanks to the internet, I am several dollars richer than I would have been had I went to go and see this movie. If anyone here has a valid reason as to why I should see this movie, I will personally go and buy tickets for the movie and watch it from beginning to end.

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Video Games / What games should I write reviews for?
« on: January 08, 2019, 12:23 pm »
I mostly play classic games. But I can do modern games. I will update this post so that it includes a list of games that you request. If I do not add the game you request, that means that I do not have the game and will not review it. If it is a game that you REALLY want me to review, then I will take the time and money to get the game and play it and review it. Thus in hope that I fulfill your wants. When you do make your request, please do state what system the game is on (just because some games are going to be on multiple consoles and some people would probably rather prefer me to review a game on one system rather than the other.) If you want me to review all ports or a handheld vs console thing, then please state in your post.


The consoles/platforms that I have:
  • Playstation 2
    Original Playstation games will work
  • Nintendo 64
  • Nintendo DS
    GBA games will work
  • Nintendo Wii
    I have many emulators with many games of which include:
    NES
    SNES
    N64 (doesn't work well)
    GameCube (emulator and hard copies will work)
    GameBoy, GameBoy Color, and GBA
    Sega SG-1000
    Sega Master System
    Sega Genesis
    Sega Game Gear
    Sega CD
    Neo Geo Pocket and Pocket Color
    Atari 2600
  • Nintendo 3DS (have plenty of money on E-shop)
  • Mobile
  • PC
  • I do have access to PS Vita, Xbox 360, and PS4 but there is a good chance that I won't review any games on those systems unless I already played them



List of games you want me to review
  • Super Mario World for SNES
  • Super Paper Mario for Wii
  • Super Mario Galaxy for Wii
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 for Wii
  • Super Mario 64 for N64
  • GoldenEye 007 for N64
  • Black for PS2
  • GoldenEye: Rogue Agent for Nintendo DS (possibly home console versions)
  • Grand Theft Auto III for PS2 and mobile
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for PS2 and mobile
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for mobile, PC, and possibly PS2
  • Any game that AVGN has reviewed (but toned down in written from my perspective
  • Super Mario 3D Land for 3DS
  • Call of Duty Finest Hour for PS2
  • Call of Duty World at War Final Fronts for PS2
  • Call of Duty World at War for Nintendo DS, Wii, and Xbox 360
  • Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3D for 3DS
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D for 3DS

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General / AMA
« on: January 07, 2019, 08:48 am »
Just ask me anything and I will answer.

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General / Is this it?
« on: January 04, 2019, 10:31 am »
Is this all who decided to stay with the forums? It seems that there are only 4 to 5 users online when I am online.

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A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET series


A Nightmare on Elm Street is possibly one of the scariest slasher series of all time. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre made people scared of chainsaws and Texas, Halloween made people scared of Halloween, Friday the 13th made people scared of camping in the woods, and A Nightmare on Elm Street took a different route. The series decided to make people scared of sleeping. There are 9 films and a TV show (which is on every now and then). The series was created by Wes Craven who created the classic Hills Have Eyes and would eventually create another slasher series. Scream. The movies are mostly about Freddy Krueger who was a child killer who was then burned alive by a group of parents. Freddy then comes back and haunts people via their dreams. What makes these films different, is each film is connected and each film is not the same thing over and over again like the Friday the 13th series. So, let’s delve in to the world of Freddy Krueger and review the films that make up A Nightmare on Elm Street.


A Nightmare on Elm Street

1984 was the year of greatness in the movies. We had The Terminator, Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, Temple of Doom, and many more. But most importantly, there was A Nightmare on Elm Street. A movie that is said to be one of the best in the slasher genre and one of the scariest. The film had great success with critics and the box office and has since become a classic. I do need to mention that Johnny Depp is in this film. Well, without further ado, let’s get to the plot!

We see this girl named Tina wake up from a nightmare involving a mysterious man. She tells her friend Nancy and she stays at Nancy’s house that night along with her boyfriend and Nancy’s boyfriend Glen (played by Johnny Depp). Tina has a nightmare which involves her being chased by the mysterious man. While she is in the dream world, her boyfriend is laying next to her and sees her moving around and eventually witnesses claw marks appear on her body which results in her death. Rod (the boyfriend) runs away and Nancy and Glen find the body of Tina. Eventually Rod is arrested and tries to convince the police that he did not kill his girlfriend but fails. Nancy falls asleep (but she does not know that at first because you won’t know until the weird stuff start happening. It’s kind of complicated to explain.) We learn the name of the man (Freddy Krueger). We see Freddy as this man who is burned all over and wearing a striped sweater and a fedora. On his hand is a glove with blades on the tips of the fingers. Nancy wakes up and when she does she realizes she is screaming out loud. (Every action you do in the dream world happens in real life except for walking. Meaning, if you die in the dream world, you die for real.) We later see Nancy visit Rod but Rod is killed by Freddy (Freddy still remains in the dream world and is thus invisible in the real world unless he is pulled into the real world.) Eventually she tells her parents about her dreams and manages to pull Freddy’s hat out of the dream world while at the doctor’s. We learn that Freddy Krueger was a child murder who was then approached by a group of parents who then killed him by dousing him with gas and burned him alive. This reveals Freddy’s motive (to get revenge on the children who told on Freddy.) We then see Glen get killed by Freddy. We see Nancy then rig up some traps and lures Freddy by falling asleep. She then pulls Freddy out of the dream world and into the real world. Eventually Freddy is caught on fire and locked inside a room. Nancy goes and gets her dad (who is an officer) only to see Freddy killing Nancy’s mother. Then Nancy kills Freddy by becoming not scared of him. The end of the film shows that everyone killed is alive and Nancy gets in a car with her friends only to have the convertible top (which is the pattern of Freddy’s sweater) fold down. Nancy’s mom gets pulled in through the small window in the door way and the film ends with kids jump roping and singing a song.

This film was amazing! I had doubts about this film before I watched it but was amazed at how wrong I was and how amazing this film is. The concept of being killed in your sleep was a great idea especially when slasher films are becoming popular. The way the dream world is portrayed is perfect despite my inability to accuarately describe it. The acting is great and I must say that the characters worked well. You have the tramuatized teen who has parents who do not believe anything she says and the one boyfriend who wants to believe her but at the same time does not. It just works so well. The scare factor is top notch. The effects in this film were done well with plenty of blood and gore. Wes Craven is god because of this film. I have to say this has to be the best slasher film that I have ever seen. A must watch for horror fans but not for bed wetters.


Rating: 10/10


A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

One year after the success of A Nightmare on Elm Street, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge was released. The film saw success with box office but did not share the critical success that the first film did where it recieved mixed reviews upon release. This is one film in the series that I don’t hear a lot of talk about. Which made me want to watch the film even more. Without further ado, let’s get to the plot.

We open up with a kid on a school bus. It turns out it is a nightmare and we see Freddy about to attack our main character Jesse. It later turns out that Jesse and his parents moved in to Nancy’s old house (from the first movie). Jesse and this girl find one of Nancy’s diaries that talks about Freddy Krueger. We see Jesse and this kid get in trouble and the two become friends. Jesse has more nightmares and eventually starts walking around town where he runs into his P.E. teacher at a gay bar. The teacher tells him to go run laps. We see the P.E. teacher get killed and see Jesse with Freddy’s glove on his hand. We then see Jesse attend some party and Jesse goes to sleep and Freddy comes out of his body and kills this guy. Jesse eventually tells this girl about it all. Eventually Freddy kills people at the party and eventually it is Jesse versus Freddy. The girl kisses Freddy and Freddy dies. The end of the film results in Jesse back on the bus and having the same nightmare he had in the beginning. The End

I do have to agree that this film is not better than the first film. I do have to complain about the absence of any kills for the first 20 minutes or so of the film.The acting is good, but the way that Freddy “died” made since but could have had another way to make Freddy “die”. The kills are nothing too special and the scare factor is there but not like the first film.  I can see why this film is not talked about a whole lot. This film had nothing too special about it. In conclusion,  tt is not a terrible film but rather an average slasher of the 80’s. I am just glad it is not filled with ridiculousness that a lot of slashers are filled with.


Rating: 5/10


A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

It was 2 years after A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 that A Nighmare on Elm Street 3 was released. This film was to bring back the cast from the first film whose characters survived. From what I know, after A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 the people who made the film were unsure of another sequel. Wes Craven said that A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 would be the last in the franchise. Obviously, that is not the case. I was really hyped to watch this film because I heard a lot of good things about this film. The film achieved mostly mixed to positive reviews and did good at box office. Well, without further ado, let’s get to the plot.

We see this girl who is having a nightmare with Freddy. Freddy tries to kill her but only manages to slash her wrists. The parents of the girl see the wounds on her wrist and send her off to a mental hospital. We then see Nancy (the main character from the first film). She is working at the hospital. We then meet all of our characters who are the children of the parents who killed Freddy before he became a dream killer. We then see Freddy attack again but this time we see the girl (who is one of the main characters named Kristen) drag Nancy into the dream. This is one such character who has an ability and one that will be used to defeat Freddy. More kids keep getting killed and it starts to worry people. Some nun later reveals some back story on Freddy Krueger. Freddy’s mother was a nun who was raped and who gave birth shortly after. The only way to kill Freddy is to lay his remains to rest properly. This is where Nancy’s father comes in because supposedly he knows where the remains are. We then come to this big dream scene where we see our Dream Warriors. Some of the warriors get killed and the surviving warriors manage to rescue Joey who does not talk. Nancy’s dad is burying the remains and the remains attack and kill him. Freddy disguises himself as Nancy’s dad and stabs Nancy. Freddy tries to kill the others only to have Neil (a character who appears to be major, but the only important thing I see him do was finish the job of burying Freddy’s remains). Which is what he does. The film ends with Neil at Nancy’s funeral and he sees the nun who is revealed to be a ghost of Freddy’s mother. Then we see a model house that looks like Nancy’s house from the first film lit up as if someone is living inside it.

This film is good and does a great job at getting the series back on track. But I do need to mention that it is still not as good as the original. The concept of having Dream Warriors is quite an interesting idea and in my opinion, it translated well. It is almost like a comic book but on film. I like the characters and the acting was good for the new characters. As for the returning characters, the acting could have been better. Nancy was only there to guide the characters and I honestly felt that she could have done even more. The effects were pretty good as well. I like the fact that more of Freddy’s back story was introduced. This film is good and is possibly one of the best sequels in the franchise. I just wish it could have been one that surpassed the original.


Rating: 7/10


A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

A year later, we had a new A Nightmare on Elm Street film. In my opinion, if a film series has a film released the next year after an installment, it is not going to be good. But that is before a watch a film and the end result varies. The film saw the return of the surviving Dream Warriors (only for a bit). So, when it came to watching this film, I had no idea what to expect. The film had mixed reviews but came out to become one of the highest grossing in the franchise up until Freddy vs. Jason. So, without further ado, let’s get to the plot!

We open up with Kristen. She believes that Freddy is returning and she drags the remaining Dream Warriors in to a dream. There is a lot of fighting between Kristen and the Dream Warriors and this goes on until Freddy gets ressurected by dog piss. Freddy eventually goes and kills Joey and Kincaid who were the Dream Warriors. Kristen eventually falls asleep and Freddy tells her that she is the last Elm Street kid and that he wants more people to kill. Kristen drags one of her friends into the dream before she dies. When she dies, her friend Alice gains her dream powers. More people start to die and Alice realizes that when someone dies, she gets some sort of power. Eventually, the showdown between Alice and Freddy. Freddy is killed by his own reflection. The film ends with Alice seeing a reflection of Freddy in a wishing well, who ignores it and walks away.

Well. This film starts to show that the series is running out of ideas. I mean, Kristen has to drag people who are not even apart of the Elm Street business. I did not like how the Dream Warriors die early in the film and I would have liked them to fight Freddy and kill him for good which would make this film have a fitting conclusion. This film does a decent job at being a slasher film. I would compare this film to A Nightmare on Elm Street 2. There is nothing too special about this film but there also is nothing terrible about this film. It is one of those films that some love and some hate. I am just in between.


Rating: 5/10



A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

In 1989, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5 was released. This was one year after A Nightmare on Elm Street 4. This film brings back the surviving characters from the previous film and focuses on their survival against Freddy Krueger. This film was the first in the series to have gained negative reviews upon release. So, without further ado, let’s get to the plot!

We see Alice and her boyfriend graduating from high school. She has a nightmare and witnesses what appears to be Freddy Krueger’s mother give birth. The baby crawls and grows in to a full sized Freddy. She wakes up and tries to call her boyfriend but her boyfriend has fallen asleep whil driving on the road. He is attacked and killed by Freddy. We then learn that Alice is pregnant. Freddy goes on to kill some of Alice’s friends in many gruesome ways. We are then introduced to this boy who claims to be Alice’s son. There is a lot of running around and eventually Alice goes to sleep to face Freddy. Alice finds Freddy’s mother and eventually Freddy’s mother kills Freddy by sealing him away in time. The movie ends with Alice having a picnic and the sound of song playing.

I have mixed opinions about this film. It is not as bad as what many would say. The plot seemed really confusing when I watched this the first time around and had to watch this again to get a better grasp. Even still, I am still confused. There were not a whole lot of kills but the kills were fairly gruesome. There is a much darker tone to this film which is one thing I enjoyed from this film. The acting could have been better in my opinion but the Freddy is still great. In conclusion, I wanted more from this film and got about half of what I wanted. There really is nothing too special about the film except it is just another average slasher film of the 80’s.


Rating: 5/10

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Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday

In 1993, the last film in the Friday the 13th series was released. Yeah, that is a lie because Jason X was the last film in the series and Freddy vs Jason was just a crossover film. I always wanted to watch this film because of how cool this film looked (from pictures). This film did decent at box office and was mixed among critics and viewers. So, let’s get to the plot!

We open up with Jason chasing this lady where eventually Jason gets blown to hell. For some reason, Jason’s heart survives and the coroner eats the heart and the spirit of Jason takes over the body of the coroner. So, people who are possessed by Jason go around and kill and possess people. We then meet this guy who seems to know everything about Jason and reveals that if Jason kills a blood relative, he will become immortal. Jason attempts to kill one of his relatives but our main character Steve attacks Jason and the half sister of Jason is killed. Steve is at the wrong place and wrong time and is arrested. Steve gets out and Jason goes and chases Steve. Eventually, the bounty hunter takes a baby, who is a relative of Jason and says to have Steve and the daughter of Jason’s half sister come. They do so and the bounty hunter gives them this dagger that will kill Jason once and for all. Jason eventually is reborn after this creature (which is Jason) crawls into the half sister of Jason’s splode. Eventually Jason is stabbed with the dagger and is dragged to hell. We see Steve and the daughter of the half sister of Jason walk away. We then see Jason’s mask lying in the dirt and all of a sudden, Freddy Krueger’s hand grabs the mask and drags it into the earth. The End.

Between Parts VIII and IX, there was a Friday the 13th TV show, but it had nothing to do with the film franchise. (Just a little triva for you all). This film is not the worst, but not the best either. I liked the look of Jason, when he is in hockey mask form. It is an interesting take on the series. It is definetly the most supernatural of the series. It is gory, but not scary. The ending is amazing. Now, this is the first film in the series that was produced by New Line Cinema (who owns the rights to A Nightmare on Elm Street). So, the fact that a Freddy vs Jason film was confirmed is amazing. But, it would be another 10 years for the film to be released. In general, it is a decent film, it could have been better.


Rating: 5/10


Jason X

So, after the ending for Jason Goes To Hell, Freddy vs Jason was in the making. From what I know, production was slow and so it was decided to make a film in between just to keep audiences busy. The film turned into Jason X. This film does not take place on Earth, but rather in space. Much like Leprechaun 4 (but that is for a later review). The film was released in 2001 (2002 for the US) and critcs slammed the movie. The budget for this movie was really high at about $14 million. The box office was OK, but in conclusion this movie bombed (despite meeting it’s budget). Well, let’s get to the plot!

In the future, Jason is having people try to kill him with many failures. Eventually Jason is cryogenically frozen along with this girl. Hundreds of years later, Earth has become uninhabitable, so people are going in spaceships to a new planet. A group of people pick up the frozen bodies of Jason and the girl. The girl wakes up and Jason appears to be dead. Jason goes on to kill some people (including one where he drowns this girl in liquid nitrogen and smashes her face). After killing people, Jason causes a spaceship to crash into another. Jason goes on to fight this android and is defeated. Jason reanimates into a much more powerful, Uber Jason. Eventually, one of the survivors sacrifices themselves by grabbing Jason and flying into the atmosphere of the planet that is supposed to be inhabited by the Earth population. The End.

This film is not good. But to be fair, it is not the worst film. This film does have a fair deal of everything that should be in a slasher film. Violence, nudity, and language. This film does have some of the most memorable kills in the series. Many dislike the space setting of the film, but I thought it was OK. I got kind of lost with the film when Uber Jason was introduced. To be honest, I don’t like Uber Jason. The idea of having the main killer/villain killed only to be resurrected and become more powerful is cliche. The acting is not the greatest and even Kane Hodder’s role as Jason was not the greatest. In general, it is a film that was not supposed to be good and for me it was not neccessarily bad. Many would describe this film as a film that is so bad, that it is good. So, is it the worst in the series? No.


Rating: 4/10


Freddy vs Jason

In 2003, every horror movie fan’s dream came true. Freddy vs. Jason. As you may know, this film is a crossover film starring Freddy Kruger and Jason Voorhies. The film had a high budget, but had one of the highest box office returns for both of the series. This is the last film in both series where there have been reboots for both series. The film has become a fan favorite since it’s release. Without further ado, let’s get to the plot!

Freddy Kruger is weak due to people forgetting about him. He convinces Jason to kill people so that Freddy can become more powerful. Jason goes on to kill people and eventually Freddy sees that Jason is taking all of the credit for the killing. Then there is the group of teens who are trying to make sense of all of this. They side with Jason and develop a plan to bring Freddy into the real world. There is a couple fight scenes between Freddy and Jason. Eventually the group of teens are starting to get killed by both Freddy and Jason. It is revealed that Freddy caused the death of the mother of one of the teens (but who cares). There is another fight between Freddy and Jason and one of the teens kill Freddy (even though they were trying to kill both). The end scene shows Jason holding Freddy’s head (which means Freddy must be dead. Right?) Then we see Freddy wink. The End.

The film did its job by focusing on Freddy and Jason. Sure, they tried to add a little bit of story for the teens, but Freddy and Jason is the only reason why anyone would watch this film. It is a decent film to watch. This film is a gore fest that fails to disappoint. The first time that I watched this, I was a little confused. So, I watched it again only to get a better understanding. Sure, any film pitting two monsters/killers like Alien vs. Predator are awesome. But, we all know that there is never a clear winner. Which seems cliche now these days. The film has it’s cheesy moments. The fight scenes were few, but the fight scenes were great. In one fight, one opponent would win only to have their asses handed to them in the next fight and the final fight would end up in a draw. In conclusion, the film is a good crossover, a must watch. It has some minor flaws, but nonetheless, a good film. Not the best film, but a good film.


Rating: 6/10


Friday the 13th


2009 saw the Friday the 13th series recieve it’s first film reboot. The film was supposed to be an “origin of Jason” film much like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and later Leatherface. But the film was a reimagining of Parts I-IV. I do not remember this film being in theaters but I watched it when it first came on TV. The film had a high budget but had a great run at the box office. But critcs gave negative reviews of the film. Well, let’s get to the plot.

We see Pamela Voorhies get her head chopped off with Jason being a witness. Many years later, we see a group of people come to Crystal Lake. Adult Jason kills all but one. Later, we see our main group of characters at the camp where the brother of the girl that Jason kidnapped, looks for her. The rest of the film is a search for the main character’s sister and people getting killed by Jason. Eventually, our main character rescues his sister and eventually Jason is killed after the sister pretends to be Jason’s mother. The film ends with Jason being dumped in the lake and waking up and dragging the sister underwater.

I do like this remake. This film does have a better plot than the first film and the sequels. Jason’s character was done well. He is muscular and strong. The film adds plenty to the series and the slasher genre as a whole. I really like how the film is a mix of the first four films. The acting is still not the greatest and that is to be expected when it comes to the slasher genre. There is plenty of gore and with modern horror movies, that is to be expected. The scare factor is at a level that has not been seen since the early days of the series. Other than that, it is one of the best horror remakes I have seen and I do recommend watching this if you are wanting to see a modern slasher.



Rating: 6/10


In conclusion, the Friday the 13th series does not have a standout film but collectively the films are average to mediocre. Though I do love the series for what they are. I love how the series managed to have such an impact that it has on society. In general, the Friday the 13th series is a must watch series for anyone wanting to get in to the slasher genre. These are films that you can pretty much watch on any day (though some people try to binge watch them all on Friday the 13th.) So, if you ever get the chance, watch some of the films in the series. It is something you will not regret.

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Friday the 13th: A New Beginning

One year after The Final Chapter, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning was released. Many people back then either thought that Jason returned because the poster shows Jason. But many people were not quite interested in the film because nobody knew what to expect. The film was weak in the box office and did not do well with critics. So, let’s get to the plot!

We meet young Tommy having a nightmare of Jason. Then we meet an older Tommy Jarvis who is staying at a mental hospital. This is where we meet all of our people who have their own personalities. We see this guy who has a temper kill this fat kid who eats a lot. The guy is arrested. We then see people starting to get killed and then people start thinking that Jason has returned. A bunch more people get killed and eventually the end scene starts. The killer appears to be Jason (not surprised) and Tommy thinks it is not real. He then realizes that Jason is real. Eventually Jason is killed but we then see that it was not Jason, but the father of the kid killed earlier in the film who decided to get revenge and dressed up as Jason. At the end of the film, we see Tommy have a hallucination and gets scared and attacks one of the survivors. The End.

The film did a decent job in tricking us in thinking that Jason was the killer. At the same time, it is dissapointing that it is not Jason. Many people thought that Tommy was to be the killer. But why would that happen? The film series should have ended with The Final Chapter. This is an uneccessary installment in the series. I do like to note the amount of kills in this movie. This film has more kills than in any other film in the series. So, an ambulance driver is suddenly able to kill more people than Jason? Quantity does not always mean quality. The deaths get boring after a while. But, if you were an optimist, than you would have hoped that this film did better than The Final Chapter. In my opinion, it is not as good. One positive thing I have to say is that there is a much stronger plot about a survivor having hallucinations of a killer and have killings go on around him. This film attempted to apply the same suspense seen in the first film, but it did not work well.


Rating: 3/10


Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

In 1986, the 6th film in the Friday the 13th franchise was released. The title states the return of Jason. This film was supposed to have Tommy return as a villian but Part V sucked so much, they had to bring back Jason. I heard that Part VI is supposed to be the best of series so I just had to watch it. The film actually got good reviews when it was released, but had a poor box office. This film sees Tommy return as the main character and the first in the series where it takes a supernatural turn. So, let’s get to the plot!

We see Tommy and his friend in a cemetary. Tommy wants to end all the hallucinations that he has been suffering through. Him and his friend dig up Jason’s grave and Tommy stabs Jason’s body with a fence stake. As he walks away, lightning strikes the post and Jason is ressurected. Jason kills Tommy’s friend while Tommy runs away. Tommy warns the police but nobody listens and he is arrested and put into a jail cell. The sherrif’s daughter and a couple of friends come to the station and Tommy warns them about Jason. They don’t believe him. The sherrif’s daughter and friends go to Camp Crystal Lake (which has a new name). Tommy is released from jail only to be arrested and booted out of town. Jason murders some people and the sherrif finds the bodies and believes that Tommy is the one to blame. Eventually Tommy is arrested again only to escape. The sherrif gets killed and is about to kill the Sherrif’s daughter only to have Tommy distract him. Jason drowns Tommy and the sherrif’s daughter wraps a chain around Jason and eventually, Jason is killed. Tommy is then resuscitated thanks to the sherrif’s daughter. The end of the film shows Jason’s body in the bottom of the lake. The End.

So, what did I think? The film was good. Not the best, but a major improvement. I like how Jason is the zombie type of killer that most people remember him as. This film fixed all of the previous problems with the series and did so with great success. There are some minor flaws with this film, of which I am not going to mention. Except for this: Why did people be generous to Jason, by giving him a grave? The ending of the film was very cliche. Of course they decided to have Jason appear alive when we at first thought of him to dead. In conclusion, it is one of the best in the franchise and I do recommend watching this on your spare time. A classic.


Rating: 5/10


Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

In 1988, Friday the 13th Part VII was released. The concept of the film was to pit a Carrie type character against Jason. It is like brains versus brawn. The film was expected to do better than the previous film. The film got mixed reviews but has become a favorite among many fans of the series. This film had a low box office with only $19 million in box office. This film also is the first film to star Kane Hodder as Jason. Without further ado, let’s get to the plot!

We see a little girl (Tina) kill her father by unleashing her her telekinetic powers. Many years later, Tina and her mother go to the place where Tina’s father died. We also see this guy who wants to do experiements on Tina and does so with dissapointing results. Tina then somehow accidentally wakes up Jason and Jason rises from the lake and starts killing people. Next door, there is some people having a party which supplies Jason with enough people to kill. Everyone eventually gets killed except for Tina, this guy, and another girl. Jason goes and kills the girl and the guy tries to fight Jason but fails. Jason goes to kill the guy but Tina uses her powers to unmask Jason. Then Tina and Jason fight. Jason gets caught on fire (which is a pretty cool part) and eventually the whole house blows up. Tina uses her powers to make her dads body awake and drag Jason into the water. Tina and the guy are taken away to the hospital and the film ends.

The plot is quite short but interesting. The film is quite decent and I rank it with Part VI. I like the concept of Carrie versus Jason. A lot of the kill scenes are censored and from what I heard, the DVD includes low quality versions of the full death scenes. I just happened to have watched this on the IFC channel on TV. This is one of the few films in the series that was not completely filled with cliches. Jason in this film looks really bad ass and the part where he is on fire is just awesome. The film is not the best film, but it makes for a good Friday the 13th film.


Rating: 5/10


Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
1989 is an interesting year for the Friday the 13th franchise. First of all, Friday the 13th Part VIII was released. This film was intended to be the final film (obviously it isn’t). It is also the first film in the series to not entirely take place at Camp Crystal Lake. The filmakers wanted Jason to be somewhere new and New York eventually was the place to be. This film was and is deemed one of the worst in the franchise by many (my opinion will be presented at the end of this review). It also one of the lowest earning at box office. Without further ado, let’s get to the plot!

We see this couple on a boat on Crystal Lake. We see the guy talk about Jason. He then pulls a prank to scare her. Then Jason gets resurrected by electricity, dons the hockey mask, and goes to kill the couple. We then see our main characters. There is this trip going on where these recent graduates go to New York. We see two teachers and this girl who is scared of swimming in water. Jason sneaks on to the boat and kills some people before people realize what is going on. The survivors eventually get to New York and eventually the girl who is scared of water is taken hostage by some dudes. (Now it just became Friday the 13th: A Hostage Situation). One of the characters actually tries punching Jason to death but fails and is killed. Eventually Jason gets some toxic waste thrown on him and he dies and the film ends.

The more that I watch this film, the more I grow more interested in it. Despite the title being called Jason Takes Manhattan, most of the film took place on the boat. This film is not scary at all, which is really a departure from the series’ original intention. But, to be fair, the film is gory and I do like that they decided to have Jason kill outside of Crystal Lake. To be honest, I actually liked this film better than Parts VI and VII! This film has some of the most iconic moments in the series like Jason standing in Times Square. Of course, I would have liked to see more of New York, which is probably one of the reasons that keeps this film from being the absolute best in the series.


Rating: 6/10


Part 3 of the series review will be posted in another thread.

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FRIDAY THE 13TH series


Friday the 13th is without a doubt the biggest slasher series and one of the most popular. Everywhere you go there is Friday the 13th. T-shirts and posters and everything else. The series started with the release of the first film in 1980. In the last 38 years the series grew up to a whopping 12 movies. The movies are known for there gore and nudity which means I will be talking about the MPAA a lot! The main killer of the series is machete wielding Jason Voorhies. The movies mostly take place at Camp Crystal Lake. Well, without further ado, let’s begin the Friday the 13th series review!


Friday the 13th

In 1980, we seen the release of a film that would go on and start a whole series of slasher films. Friday the 13th is considered a classic by many and I do agree. This film did suffer heavily from the MPAA but I did happen to have the Uncut version of the film on DVD. The film had mixed reviews upon release and had a fairly low budget which made this film a box office hit. I am going to say that this is the only film in the series where Jason is not the main killer. Many people who know the series and might have watched some of the newer films would find themselves dissapointed with this film because their mindset is that Jason is going to be the killer. Well, let’s get to the plot.

In 1958 at this camp called Camp Crystal Lake, we see two counselors start having sex when someone kills them both. Many years later, we see this girl who is a counselor for the newly opened Camp Crystal Lake. She gets a ride and gets to town and starts hearing stories of a curse and the drowning of a young boy and the murders that followed. This girl gets another ride and is eventually killed. We see the rest of the counselors at camp rennovating some of the cabins. We see 2 of the counselors go into a cabin and have sex in a bunk with a dead body on the top bunk, but they don’t know that. The girl leaves to go into the restroom leaving the guy (played by Kevin Bacon) to then be killed with an arrow to the throat. Eventually the girl is killed with an ax. We see some more kills until we are left with 2 more counselors, this one guy and our main character Alice. Eventually they notice that things are not right and they do some searching. The guy counselor eventually is killed leaving us with Alice. Alice finds some of the dead bodies and then she sees a vehicle pull up. Alice goes up and meets this lady named Mrs. Voorhies. We then learn that she is the mother of the boy who drowned all those years ago. Mrs. Voorhies starts going ape splode and eventually Alice kills her by using a machete on her head. Alice then gets in a canoe and it drifts out into the lake and she falls asleep. She wakes up and sees cops on the shore and then this corpse who is obviously Jason snatch her and tips the canoe over. Alice wakes up in a hospital with cops surrounding her with Alice insisting that there is a body in the lake and the officers insist there wasn’t. Then the film ends.

The ending of the film is literally the scariest part of the film. I see that this film, rather than being scary, went with the gore and suspense approach. Which is fine with me because slashers are not neccessarily supposed to be scary. I do like the suspense leading up to the revealing of the killer. It worked but I would have liked having Mrs. Voorhies introduced in the beginning as one of the people who are helping with the opening. The special effects are great (thanks to Tom Savini) but the only way to see the film in it’s entirety is to watch the Uncut version. The film had it’s boring moments and that would be the entirety of the middle portion of the film. This film has its flaws but in general was a good film.


Rating: 6/10


Friday the 13th Part 2

After the financial sucess of Friday the 13th, film makers decided to make the Friday the 13th into a series. One year later, we got Friday the 13th Part 2. This is the film where Jason is the main killer. Many people will find themselves dissapointed much like I explained with the first film. People see Jason as the hockey mask killer and this film is not the one with hockey mask Jason. This film, he wears a bag over his head. This film had a higher budget, but was still a box office hit. The reception was mixed but over the years it has grown its own following. This film, along with the rest of the films, had a hard time with the MPAA. To be honest, I have a feeling many recent editions of this film (along with others) add all the deleted scenes because I do think that now these days we have films much gorier than any 80’s slasher so they decide to add the deleted scenes. That is completely my opinion and anyone who thinks otherwise has the right to do so. Without further ado, let’s get to the plot!

We open up with Alice, (the main character from the first film) at her house. She opens her fridge and finds a decapitated head and then someone kills her (at the time nobody knew it was Jason, but now you do!) We then move on to Camp Crystal Lake where we see a new group of counselors. We see this girl and her boyfriend, this wheelchair guy, and other people too. We move to this scene where our characters are gathered around a campfire and the story of Jason is brought up. Then this prankster guy scares the people around the fire. We see this guy who appears to be a tramp (he was in the first film as well) walking around the woods and he is eventually killed. Later we see the girl and her boyfriend walk around the woods but are caught by the sherrif. The sherrif drives the couple to the camp and starts heading back to town when he sees Jason. He follows Jason into this shack where he is eventually killed. We see Paul (one of the main characters) and the rest of the counselors (except the girl and her boyfriend, the wheelchair guy, another girl, the prankster, and another girl) go into town to have a couple beers. The counselors who are still at camp get killed one by one. The girl and her boyfriend get killed while having sex, the wheelchair guy gets the machete to his head, the other people get killed in uninteresting ways. Paul and Ginny (the other main character) come back to camp early only to have Jason chase Ginny. Ginny comes across the shack which has all the bodies and on an altar, there is the head of Mrs. Voorhies and the sweater. Ginny puts on the sweater and makes Jason thinks that she is his mother. Jason eventually attacks Ginny but Paul comes and stops Jason and Jason is about to kill Paul but Ginny uses the machete on Jason. Paul and Ginny go to another cabin and they think everything is fine until Jason crashes through the window. Ginny wakes up and sees herself being taken away to the hospital. The end.

The ending was really unclear. Did Paul die or what? Many people (including myself) wonder how Jason is grown up when we last saw him as a child. The film in my personal opinion is not as good as the first which goes against almost everyone’s opinion. It is a nice introductory film for Jason but could have done better. One other complaint that I have is why does Jason go out of his way to kill Alice? He never does that again and yes I know this is an introductory film but how does Jason know where she lives? There was plenty of suspense but this film lacked the mystery that the first film had. This film did have the nudity that you would expect but lacked the gore (thanks to the MPAA.) In conclusion, this film fell short of my expectiations.


Rating: 4/10


Friday the 13th Part III 3D

After the release of Friday the 13th Part II, there was a sequel in the works. There was also the idea to make it a state of the art 3D film as well. So, here we are with a 3D Friday the 13th film. The 3D effect probably worked better in the theater because all you get with the DVD is two cheap red and blue 3D glasses and it is not the greatest 3D effect. Luckily there is the option of watching the film in 2D. The film did good at box office but recieved negative reviews. This is the first film to have hockey mask Jason, which is something that many fans love. So, without further ado, let’s get to the plot!

The film does a recap of the scene where Jason is attacked with the machete. After that, we see Jason get up and walk away. This can only mean that the part where he crashed through the window was either a dream scene or completely forgotten. Then we see this guy and his wife who own a store close by. They are watching the news which reports of killings at the camp and that there was only one survivor (Ginny). This means that the film will take place on Saturday the 14th. Anyway, the store people are killed by Jason. We then meet our characters. We have Chris, our main character who was attaked by unmasked Jason years ago but she does not reveal this until later. We have Debbie and her boyfriend Andy, Shelly. They go to pick up this girl to take with them on a weekend camping trip. We see Shelly (who is this prankster character who only pulls pranks to get people’s attention because he feels like a nobody) scare everybody. They all realize that the van is on fire but it is actually the two pot smoking hippies in the back of the van. (Honestly this made me laugh.) They all drive to the camp and they notice police cars and they are all smoking pot and they frantically try to get rid of it but soon realize that the police are going to the store where Jason killed the two people. They meet this homeless man who tells them that they are doomed (much like in the first film). When they get to the camp, we meet Rick who is the boyfriend of Chris. Shelly and the one girl go to a nearby store and get into it with a biker gang and eventually Shelly drives in to their bikes. This action causes the bikers to get mad and they go to their camp and take all of the fuel out of the van. One biker chick gets distracted and goes into a barn and is killed by Jason and then the 2 others go and are killed. After they are all killed, Rick and Chris go out and this is where Chris reveals that she was attacked by Jason. Back at camp, Shelly pulls another prank and this is who Jason gets the mask from. Everyone starts getting killed and Jason cuts the power. One of the pot smokers goes and checks out the fusebox but is killed. Chris and Rick come back to camp and realize something is not right. Rick gets killed and Chris starts finding the bodies. Jason starts chasing her and it turns out that one of the bikers survived but he gets killed and then Chris hits Jason in the head with an ax and he dies. Chris takes a canoe and takes it out and falls asleep. She wakes up and sees Jason running towards her but then she does not see him. Then dead Mrs. Voorhies comes out of the water and capsizes the canoe. But this is all a dream because Chris wakes up with cops at the cabin and Jason dead in the barn. The End.

This film was worse than the 2nd film. This film recycled old material from the first film and did nothing better with the recycled material. A lot of the effects were not all that great. Rick’s death is one such example. This film is gory with more kills but there is less nudity. Trust me, one of you out there are going to want to know this. I like the nice backstory with Chris but it was not a major focus which was something I was hoping for. The only character I felt that I could relate to was Shelly and he was not really a main character. The biker gang was something I thought was going to prove as a challenge to the main characters but that is the complete opposite. It would have been nice to have seen them a little bit longer. In the end, this film fell short and was some what of a dissappointment.


Rating: 3/10


Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

From my knowledge, Friday the 13th Part III was supposed to be the final film but when it was released, it decided that the 4th film would be the final film and the series would eventually go on to become an anthology series. But we all know that is not the case. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter was released in 1984 with negative reviews from critics, but did good in box office. This is the start of what I like to call the Tommy Jarvis trilogy because Tommy Jarvis is a character in Parts IV, V, and VI. Without further ado, let’s get to the plot.

The film shows police at the camp where Part III took place. Meaning the film now takes place on Sunday the 15th. They take the bodies of Jason and the characters from Part III to a morgue. Jason wakes up and kills the only two people in the morgue and goes back to his hunting grounds. We then meet our group of teenagers. We see two couples, a prankster named Ted, and this one guy named Jimmy. He thinks he is a “dead splode” because he does not have a girlfriend. We see this hitchiker who gets killed by Jason almost for no reason. We then meet Tommy Jarvis, his sister, and his mother. They live in a house in the woods because of a divorce issue. The house next to them is going to be occupied by the group of teens. There is a scene where Tommy is trying to sleep and he looks out his window and sees two of the teens having sex. We see the teens meet these twin sisters. They all get naked and go swimming in the lake. Tommy and his sister stop by the lake but have to leave because Tommy is a twelve year old boy who does not need to be seeing this happening. They start heading home when they are having car trouble and a man named Rob helps out. Later that night, the teens start partying. Everyone starts getting killed. There is this one part where Ted is watching this silent, black and white porn film and all he does is laugh while watching it. While he watches it, Jimmy is killed and then Ted is killed. Tommy, his sister, and Rob get back home but the mom is nowhere to be found. Tommy stays at the house and his sister and the Rob leave. Rob reveals that his sister was killed by Jason. They both start worrying about Tommy and they head back home. They go next door and see the bodies and Rob gets killed. Then the final scene involves Tommy shaving his head to look like Jason when he was a boy. Tommy uses a machete to Jason’s head and Jason dies. Tommy’s sister is at the hospital and Tommy comes to see her and all we see is Tommy staring. The End.

This film is better than Part III. But not better than the original. It is about as good as Part II. There is more gore and nudity and swearing. Which is what people want in a horror film. The ending was good (the Deluxe Edition includes a lost ending). The film appears to be a good film but the first film just set a standard so high that a film like this could not match it. The fact that this film is called the Final Chapter when it is not, is just dumb. In conclusion, it is just your average slasher film of the 80’s. Nothing new to add to the series except the “death” of Jason.


Rating: 4/10




Part 2 of this series review will be posted in another thread.

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Halloween H20: 20 Years Later


After the failure of Halloween 6, hope for the Halloween series began to fall. The ending of the Halloween 6 made it out that there would be a sequel. But what we got was not a direct sequel. Halloween H20 (or Halloween 7) basically ignored Halloween 3 through 6. Halloween H20 was released to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Halloween franchise. What better way to do it than bring back Laurie Strode! The film did good in box office and with critics. But before I give my personal opinion, lets get to the plot.

We open up the film with a lady finding her house got robbed. Her neighbors go to call the police. They also go to look inside the house. The lady finds some file over Laurie Strode gone. Thinking her neighbors took it, she goes over and finds them dead and is then killed by Michael. The police come and discover the bodies and find a room filled with everything about Michael Myers (remember, Halloween 3, 4, 5, and 6 are completely ignored.) Then we go to California where Laurie Strode is living under a new name and she is the principal at a school. She has a son but appears to be single but does have some sort of affection for one of the counselors. We learned that she faked her death to get away from Michael. Laurie does still have nightmares of Michael and they appear to be getting worse as Halloween gets closer. We then see this lady and her daughter at this rest stop and this is where Michael steals their car and goes to California. Back at the school, students are getting prepared for a camping trip. Laurie fears that Michael will strike at the camp ground and does not want her son to go. Her son only stays to celebrate Halloween with his girlfriend, his friend, and his friend’s girlfriend. One character to mention is the security guard Ronny who is played by LL Cool J. Michael sneaks in while Ronny checks out the car that Michael abandoned. Michael kills Laurie’s son’s friend and his friends girlfriend. Laurie and her boyfriend sense that Michael is in the school and the boyfriend pulls out a gun and accidentally shoots Ronnie (he doesn’t die). The boyfriend is eventually killed by Michael and this is where the chase scene happens. After Laurie’s son and his girlfriend are safe, it’s Laurie versus Michael. Michael falls of a balcony and appears dead. Police come and an ambulance takes Michael away. But Laurie isn’t done and she steals the ambulance and as she is driving, Michael wakes up and Laurie wrecks. Michael is trapped and Laurie grabs an ax. Michael then reaches his hand out and Laurie and Michael touch hands and then Laurie chops Michael’s head off. The End.

This has to be the best Halloween film since the original. The film returns to the series’ roots and that makes this a better film than the previous. It was not as scary as the original but it is nice to see Michael and Laurie return in the same film once again. I do think that as the years go by this film seems to be aging. It’s one of those films that you only want to watch once because there really is no reason to rewatch it besides a marathon. Overall, it is a fairly good film but not better than the first.


Rating: 8/10


Halloween: Resurrection

Many thought that after H20, the Halloween series was finally concluded. But we were all wrong. In 2002, Halloween: Resurrection was released. It did good at box office but was critically panned by critics. Obviously, movie makers thought it was a good idea to bring back Michael in the most absurd way possible. Plus, the subtitle is kind of cliche. Without further ado, let’s get to the plot.

After the events of H20, it is revealed that Laurie did not kill Michael but killed someone that Michael swapped clothes with. Laurie is this hospital for the wackos. Laurie believes that Michael is to return. Michael comes to the hospital and kills some people before eventually killing Laurie. Then Michael leaves. We then see this internet competition where people have to stay in the Myers’ house for the night. There are cameras everywhere for people across the world to view. Michael kills some people but nobody knows Michael is in the house. That is until Michael kills this girl while people are watching. Only one person believes that the death was real. Then we have a guy dressed as Michael accidentally run into the real Michael and the guy yells at Michael and Michael just walks away. Michael goes on to kill some more people and then the final chase scene begins. Our main character Sara and Freddie (the guy who dressed up as Michael) are in a bedroom with help from internet viewers who by now finally realized that the deaths were real. Freddie and Michael fights and then Michael gets electrocuted and the Myers’ house starts to burn. All the dead bodies (including Michael) gets taken away. In the closing moments, we see Michael wake up. The End.

I do like the modern take of the film where they implemented the internet into the film. The movie is a mixed bag. I liked the kills and the final chase scene was good. The fact that Michael didn’t die in H20 and the explanation as to why he didn’t was uneccessary. I didn’t like that Laurie dies in the beginning of the film even though she is on the poster. Which at first makes one think that she is going to be the main character. I think they should have kept Laurie alive till the end and have her killed.  Many people hate this film but I don’t hate it but I also don’t like it. Like I said, a mixed bag.


Rating: 5/10


Halloween

After Halloween: Resurrection bombed in the eyes of the majority of viewers (not me), the possiblities of another Halloween sequel were getting slimmer and slimmer. In 2007, the Halloween series got a remake. The film (along with it’s sequel) is refered to as the Rob Zombie Halloween films. Rob Zombie movies in general, are mixed bags. Halloween was the first Rob Zombie film that I ever watched and the first Halloween film I had on DVD. The film is one of the highest grossing films in the series. So, people were wanting a remake more than a sequel! Let’s get to the plot!

We open up with young Michael in school where he gets in a fight with a kid. He then goes and beats a kid to death with a shovel. Michael goes home to his stripper mom, her boyfriend, sister Judith, and a baby sister. On Halloween, Michael kills his mom’s boyfriend and his sister where he then is taking away to the mental hospital where Michael meets Dr. Loomis. Michael’s mother comes and visits only to have Michael kill a nurse and his mother goes home and comits suicide. While at the hospital, Michael becomes interested in making masks and starts to grow a collection. Michael then escapes the hospital by killing some people. He kills a truck driver and takes his clothes and goes to his old house. We meet Laurie Strode who keeps seeing Michael stalking her. Laurie goes babysit while one of her friends make out with her boyfriend and Michael kills them. Michael then goes on to kill the Laurie’s parents. We see Loomis become aware of the escape of Michael and he goes and buys a gun and he tells the Sherrif, whose daughter is friends with Laurie (and is played by the same person who played Jaime Lee in Halloween 4 and 5.) The Sherrif’s daughter has Laurie babysit some other kid and she goes and makes love with her boyfriend. Michael kills the boyfriend and injures her and Laurie comes and calls 911 but only to encounter Michael and to be chased back next door. Michael cathces Laurie and takes her to the Myers home and tries to explain that Laurie is the sister of Michael. Laurie stabs Michael and runs only to have the Sherrif and Loomis arrive. Eventually Michael and Laurie fall off a balcony and Laurie then shoots Michael. The film then ends.

I actually enjoyed this film. It was better than Halloween; Resurrection but not quite as good as the original. I do like the prequel elements that were implemented but most of the scenes felt recycled from the original. The one thing to expect in a Rob Zombie film is blood, language, and nudity which there is plenty of. I do not like how Rob Zombie made Michael a brutal killer. In the original films, Michael is a silent killer who stabs a person once and calls it done. The Michael in this film is the complete opposite. This film is actually one of the best horror remakes I have seen in quite a while. Yes, this film does seem recycled, but it is better than another sequel. It has its flaws but in general, it is a good film.


Rating: 6/10


Halloween II

So, the first remake movie was good. It didn’t neccessarily force the possibility for a sequel. In 2009, Halloween II was released. It was not neccesarily released as a remake of the original Halloween II but rather as a sequel to the first remake. The film did not do as good with critics and box office as much as the previous film. Like the previous film, this film is done by Rob Zombie. We do see the main characters who survived in the first film return for this film. Well, without further ado, let’s conclude this review and get to the plot!

We open up with this flashback scene where Michael’s mother visits him at the mental hospital where she gives him a statue. Then (back to present day) we move to where Michael is being transported and the vehicle crashes and Michael wakes up and kills the driver and goes away. Then we meet Laurie (living with the Sherrif) have a nightmare of Michael. That nightmare being this: Laurie and Annie (her friend who survived the attack from Michael in the previous film) are in a hospital. Laurie wakes up and Michael comes into the building and starts brutally “killing” everyone. There is a big chase and Laurie ends up outside where she alerts someone but eventually that person is “killed”. Laurie seems to be having all kinds of hallucinations and nightmares quite frequently. Then we see Dr. Loomis write a book, which people are criticizing him for. Every now and then we see Michael walking. There is one scene where he kills a nude stripper and this one guy. Laurie and two of her other friends go to a Halloween party where Michael kills one of the friends and goes on to attack Annie. Laurie and her other friend head back and find Annie who then dies and Michael goes on to kill Laurie’s other friend and Laurie escapes. She stops a car and gets in only to have Michael kill the driver and take Laurie away to this shed. The police surround the shed. Loomis goes in and tries to convince Michael to stop but Michael grabs Loomis (after being unmasked and saying DIE) and stabs him (I suppose that Loomis dies cause that is the last we see him, but then again, I don’t picture such a big character like Loomis dying.) Michael is then shot and then Laurie stabs Michael. The last scene shows Laurie having a hallucination of her mother and all Laurie does is smile. The End.

This film was a step down from the previous film. It does have more gore, nudity, and swearing, but that just comes to show that quantity does not equal quality. The opening scene was pretty cool but the rest of the film felt boring to me. I do like how Laurie’s character changed from the previous film to this film. I do not like how Loomis became the hated character in this film. It just does not work for me. The kills are brutal which is what people want, but it does fit Michael’s style. The hallucination scenes were ridiculous which maybe why this film in general is boring. It is not the worst film in the series but it could have been a whole lot better than the end result.


Rating: 4/10


In conclusion, the Halloween series has more movies worth watching than the TCM series. With the new movie coming out here soon, I feel that the series is going to get back on the right track. Then again, I feel that the new movie will bring the series to a conclusion. The series in general, had its good times and its bad times but what is most important is that the series in general delivered scares, kills, and one of the most popular killers in the history of film. This series is a must watch on Halloween. I would recommend watching all the films (even though I said don’t for some of them) because it is a tradition that I and many others celebrate. So, do yourself a favor, watch some of these films on Halloween by yourself or with a friend with the lights out and the TV on. Because believe me, you are going to have one hell of a time with these movies.

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HALLOWEEN series


The Halloween series started in 1978 with the movies first release. While the series is not as absurd as the TCM series, it has had it’s ups and downs. The series differs from the TCM series because it is focused on a killer (Michael Myers or The Shape) in a neighborhood rather than a family of psychotic killers in a secluded area. Plus, Halloween has a bigger fanbase than TCM and more movies. Other major differences will be explained throughout the review. Without further ado, let’s begin!


Halloween


In 1978 the first in a long string of slashers was released. Halloween (1978) was the movie that made slashers popular. Sure, there was Texas Chainsaw, but the film was not as popular until later on. The film like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a classic. Making it must to watch on Halloween. Halloween acheived critical success with critics and did fairly well in box office. Which is something because there was very little advertising for the film. The film was created by John Carpenter who has had made numerous of films. Without further ado, let’s get to the plot!


1963. Halloween night in Haddonfield, Illinois, A kid named Michael Myers kills his sister. He is taken to a mental hospital under the supervision of Dr. Sam Loomis (don’t talk about Psycho references please.) 15 years later, Michael escapes and kills a man steals his boiler suit and steals from a store including the iconic white mask. Michael then stalks the main character Laurie Strode. Dr. Loomis finds out that Michael’s dead sister’s headstone is missing. They go to search the old Myer’s house. Then Laurie and her friend are all babysitting separate kids then the friend decides to give Laurie the kid that she is babysitting and is killed by Michael. Another one of Laurie’s friend is with her boyfriend. Boyfriend gets killed and soon does Laurie’s other friend. For some reason Laurie goes to the house next door and finds the bodies of her friends. She escapes but then Michael finds her. Laurie is then chased around the house by Michael until Dr. Loomis comes and shoots Michael who falls of a balcony. Loomis goes to check on Michael and finds him missing. Then the movies ends.


The movie ended on such a great cliffhanger. Like, I cannot think of a better way to end a movie like this. Sure, I knew Michael survives because knew that there were more films in the series. The movie had a more realistic feel rather than the documentary style of TCM. The music is eerie and classic. There are some moments in the film that are kinda boring, but the overall film is great.  I like how John Carpenter developed Michael to be the silent killer. It makes it more suspenseful and even more creepy. Without a doubt a must watch. Horror movie fan or not, it is great.


Rating: 9/10


Halloween II

After the success and cliffhanger ending of Halloween in 1978, it was obvious that there had to be a sequel. Three years later, Halloween II was released. All the major characters who were in the first film and survived were brought back into their respective roles. The film did good with box office returns. Many people say that the first film was better than Halloween. As for me, that remains to be seen later on. So, let’s get to the plot!

After the events of the first film, Michael escaped and kills someone early on in the film. Laurie is taken to the hospital and Loomis is searching Michael Myers. Some police officer accidentally kills someone because they thought it was Michael. (It was not). Michael finds out that Laurie is at the local hospital and goes to the hospital. Michael manages to kill a lot of people in the hospital (except Laurie). Loomis finds out that Laurie is the sister of Michael Myers. Loomis ends up the hospital and Michael kills the rest of the supporting characters that are left in the hospital. The final chase scene involves Michael trying to kill Laurie and Loomis. Michael injures Loomis and Laurie shoots Michael in the eyes. Laurie leaves the operation room and Loomis decides to save Laurie by flooding the room with gas and igniting the room. Loomis dies and Michael walks out of the room burning and he then dies. Then the movie ends.

I do like how the film setting changed from an open neighbor hood to an enclosed hospital where we see the main characters struggle to escape and survive. The film had its scary moments but the first film had more to offer. There is more blood and gore than the previous film which is good.  The movie for some reason was not entirely a good film on it’s own but did good as a sequel. The ending was good but would have been better if Halloween II was the last in the series. Which I cannot blame on the film itself. It is not the best slasher film but I would not ignore this one. In general, the film is a mixed bag and I cannot find anyway to make the film seem more likeable than unlikeable.


Rating: 4/10


Halloween III: Season of the Witch

Before I watched this film for the pupose of this review, I was contemplating on whether or not to watch it. Season of the Witch is the only film in the Halloween series because it does not have Michael Myers in the film. The series was meant to continue on as an anthology series. To be honest, I would have liked to see the Halloween series be an anthology series. Nearly everyone I know that has seen the film has said bad things about it because of Michael Myers being absent from the film. In this review, I am not going to be that person. The film did not do good at box office and with reception (take a guess). So, let’s get to the plot.

Our main character is Dan who is a doctor at a hospital. We see a man go to the hospital and is later killed by another man who then kills himself. A relative of the patient (Ellie) and Dan decide to investigate and end up in this small town. It is revealed that a company called Silver Shamrock Novelties might be the cause. Some townsperson gets injured and is driven away. Dan and Ellie decide to go to the Silver Shamrock Novelties and they confirm that Silver Shamrock is the cause for the death of the patient in the beginning of the film. Ellie gets captured and Dan attempts to rescue and then finds himself captured. The CEO of SSN, reveals his motive. He wants to return Halloween to its sacrificial ways. The CEO says that when a certain commercial on TV comes on, the masks will react and cause the wearer to die. Then the CEO kills some people. Dan is then put into a room with a TV and mask but manages to escape and rescue Ellie. He kills the CEO and tries to stop the commercial from being aired. He does so, but of course there has to be the one station that airs the commercial. The film ends with Dan screaming.

I stated before that I am going to do my best to review this film without stating that Michael Myers is not in the film. I do feel that the creators did try their best at making this film. One thing I do criticize this film for is that it is not really a slasher. There is no scary aspects of this film. It was somewhat suspenseful and the ending was OK. The kills were OK but all we see is people dying because of these masks. Could they have changed it up a little bit? The story and acting is decent and in my personal opinion, this film was better than Halloween II. Because by itself it is not entirely a bad film. Sadly, it had to be part of the Halloween franchise.


Rating: 5/10


Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

Due to the fact that Halloween III was a failure in the eyes of many, many began questioning whether the Halloween series would continue being an anthology series. Nobody expected (or maybe did) movie makers to bring back Michael Myers. But it was 5 years after Halloween III that we saw Michael Myers (but a further 7 years after Halloween II). Of course, bringing back Michael Myers meant bring in more money for box office. Halloween 4 not only had the return of Michael Myers, but Dr. Loomis! More about that later. Let’s get to the plot.

Halloween 1988. Michael Myers has been in a coma since the events of Halloween II. (Do remember the second movie takes place right after the first.) Michael breaks out of the coma and kills the ambulance people. He then learns that Laurie had a daughter Jaime. (Which makes Michael an uncle.) We then learned that Laurie died sometime after Halloween II. Loomis finds out that Michael escaped and follows him only to have Michael escape. Then we see Jaime who has been having nightmares of a man. Jaime is living with a foster family. We also have Jaime’s foster sister Rachel as a main character. Of course the parents have Rachel babysit Jaime. Jaime goes trick r’ treatin with Rachel only to then have the whole city blackout. (Michael’s handy work.) Michael kills some officers and some mob forms to kill Michael. Rachel, her boyfriend, and Jaime are then inside a house hiding from Michael but Michael is inside the house. Boyfriend gets killed. Jaime and Rachel escape and meet up with some of the mob members who take them along in a truck. Mob guys get killed and Michael is on the truck only to be rammed off. Michael then is shoot by every single bullet that Haddonfield can spare and Michael falls down a mineshaft. Rachel and Jaime safely get back home only to have Jaime kill her foster mother. Loomis then realizes that Jaime has become like her uncle. Then the film ends.

So, Michael Myers returns. Great. What I am wondering is why they kept Michael. How Michael could have survived being burnt to a crisp. But, Michael is like immortal but we won’t be told that until Halloween 6. It is nice to see Dr. Loomis but how he survived is another big question. But the movie makers and a vast majority of movie goers didn’t care, they wanted to see Michael Myers back. The film looked cheap for many reasons. Michael’s mask looked cheap and to be honest, it is not the best looking of the Halloween movies. A lot of the film felt recycled and cliche. I did like that we see Jaime as a main character and the role was played well. The scare factor matches with Halloween II if not lower. It was a good film to show the return of Michael but fell short of being a great or good film just by itself.


Rating: 4/10


Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

After the return and “death” of Michael in the 4th film and the possibility that Jaime could be the new killer, many were wanting answers. A year after Halloween 4, the next film was released. I will be straight with you and say that many were disappointed. The film did good at box office but in general many were dissappointed. But before I input my own opinion, let’s talk about the plot.

After the events of Halloween 4, we see Michael find a hermit. Michael goes into a coma and then kills the hermit. He then sets his sights on finding Jaime. We then see Jaime at a hospital due to the events of Halloween 4. Somehow Jaime developed some telepathic link with Michael among other psychic skills. Rachel is killed early on and we see a new main character named Tina. Some people who are making love in a barn are killed by Michael. Jaime, with help from her psychic power, senses trouble and goes to warn Tina. Michael steals a car and chases Tina, Jaime, and this one friend of Jaime’s. Tina dies and Michael escapes before Loomis and the Sherrif arrives on scene. Jaime and Loomis go back to Michael’s childhood home and wait it out. Michael arrives and Loomis tries talking to Michael but only fails doing so. The final chase scene involves Jaime having Michael take his mask off and then getting bet up by Loomis. The cops come to arrest Michael Myers. Some guy comes and helps Michael escape. Then the film ends on another cliffhanger.

The film was not that good. Words are failing me. I would have liked to see the role of killer go to Jaime and not have Michael be revived yet again. Yes, it is nice to see Michael on screen, but it starting to become a pattern. When we think Michael is done for, he really is not. This is the first film in the series (besides Halloween III) to actually go down the supernatural path. The deaths were weak. The main characters are really the only redeeming factor of this film. I honestly cannot think of another reason why this film should be enjoyed. If you are a fan of the Halloween series, you will not enjoy this one as much.


Rating: 2/10


Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers


So, Halloween 5 left us on a cliffhanger, but fans of the Halloween franchise waited and waited. Almost to the point that nobody cared that there might be a sequel. Six years after Halloween 5, Halloween 6 was released but of course the number six is not in the title. The film was panned but did well at box office. To my understanding, there is a Producer’s Cut where there is an alternative ending and extra scenes, but since I don’t have it and never scene it myself, I have to review the film as I have seen it. Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers was Donald Pleasance’s last film before he died. To be honest, Halloween 6 is not the final movie that I would work on before I died. Without further ado, let’s talk about the plot.

Six years after the events of Halloween 5, we see Jaime give birth. She then tries to warn people that Michael is returning. Then we see a retired Dr. Loomis who then hears Jaime over the radio. There is a chase scene and eventually Jaime is killed by Michael. We then meet our new main character. Tommy (who was in the first film) is kind of into Michael after what he witnessed in the first film. The Strode Family is now living in the old Myer’s house. Somehow, Tommy finds Jaime’s baby and takes care of the baby. Tommy and Loomis meet up and the eventually believe that Michael is going to be returning. Michael goes to his old house and kills one of the Strodes. Tommy goes on to say that Michael is under a curse which appears on the arm as a thorn. Those with the curse must kill the next of kin. Meaning, Michael has the curse and his motive has been revealed. Michael goes on to kill some people and the man in black is revealed to be a friend of Loomis. A lot of things happen including Michael getting beaten with a pipe. Tommy and the two Strode kids escape with Loomis going back and all we hear is the screaming of Dr. Loomis. Then the film ends.

This film without a doubt is terrible. I do like how we got around to Michael’s motive, but that could have been explained much earlier in the series. It is kind of riduculous but at the same time it does make sense. I do not like the supernatural feel of the movie because it ruins the series for me. The acting is not good even with Dr. Loomis in the film, it feels somewhat old. The script to me was really weak. To my knowledge, the Producer’s Cut is supposed to be better with many changes. But of course I have not seen the Producer’s Cut. It is one of the most absurd films in the Halloween series and probably the most absurd slasher film.


Rating: 1/10


I will be posting Part 2 of the series review in a separate thread.

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

So, after the failure of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, it was unlikely that another sequel would appear. There is in fact an unreleased 1 hour prequel filmed. But, it was not a true next installment (which was probably why the film was never released). In 2003, we seen a remake rather than another sequel.  The film was quite successful at box office for the time with the film earning over $100 million at box office. The film was produced by Michael Bay who you may be familiar with. This film was the one that was heavily influenced by Ed Gein. Whereas past films were loosely based upon Ed Gein. The question is, was it a good movie? Let’s talk about the plot.

We see a group of friends driving through the country. The are all getting high and all of that. They pick up a hitchhiker who looks lost. She starts freaking out because a bad man will get kill all of them. The hitchhiker girl pulls a gun out from under her skirt and shoots herself in the mouth. Not wanting to be caught, the group of friends come across a restaurant and ask for the police. They are told to meet with the Sheriff at a mill. They are then told by a boy to go to the Sheriff's house. Two of the friends go and come across what appears to be the Sheriff's house. They go inside the house and get separated and then Kemper (one of the friends) is killed by Leatherface. Erin (our protagonist) is unaware of what has happened and goes back to the mill. The sheriff arrives at the mill and examines the body and wraps it in plastic. Erin realizes that Kemper is missing, her and Andy (another friend) go back to the house. Andy sneaks inside while Erin talks to an amputated man named Monty. Andy gets his leg cut off and is dragged into the basement of Leatherface. Erin goes back to the mill where the sheriff finds drugs. He orders them to stay where they are and then the sheriff interrogates Morgan (another friend). He hands him a gun and asks how the hitchhiker died. Morgan tries to shoot the sheriff but fails in doing so. Morgan is arrested and is taken to the house of Leatherface. Erin and her other friend Pepper are left alone. They come across Leatherface who is wearing Kempers face. Pepper is killed and Erin runs. She comes across two ladies. One has a child which turns out to be the hitchhiker’s and the other lady likes drinking tea. Erin is drugged after drinking some tea.  She wakes up in the house and is later taken to the basement where she finds Andy on a hook with his leg amputated. He tells Erin to kill him and she does so. She finds Morgan and the two escape thanks to the boy who told them about the sheriff and the mill. Morgan is later killed and Erin is chased by Leatherface. She injures Leatherface and escapes. A semi truck comes by and she gets in. She tells the driver about what happened. The driver goes to the restaurant where the Hewitt family is. Erin steals a car and the gets the hitchhiker's baby. The sheriff tries stopping her and she kills him by running him over. That is how it all ends.

So, as you can see, the film follows the same plot as the original with some minor tweaks. One of them was contradicting to the whole series. The family name. Ever since the second film, we all knew that Leatherface’s last name was Sawyer. Not Hewitt. But, this film does give us more back story about Leatherface. The film does talk about why Leatherface is the person he is (he was picked on due to his deformed face). Speaking of which, we do see the unmasking of Leatherface. We see a much more expanded family as well. Some nitpicky things about this film is the van that we see in the beginning. I am pretty sure it is a year older than what it should have been. But maybe that is just me. Another thing is the song Sweet Home Alabama. The film takes place in TEXAS. NOT ALABAMA. But, it is a good song but it was in the wrong film. We had some familiar faces in the cast. Most importantly was the late R. Lee Ermey. He was put in the perfect role for this film. We also see Jessica Biel but her role in this film is not as memorable as much as other films. The script was still a little below average in my opinion. The gore level was upped. These days, you can have that stuff in movies. I wish that were the same for horror movies back then. Leatherface’s appearance is not scary. You can tell that the people making this film tried too hard. I did not find Leatherface scary but I found him looking ridiculous. People describe this film as an unnecessary remake. I don’t find it unnecessary because a reboot was needed for this film series. Was this remake scary? No it was not. I find this film to be somewhat mediocre. The events were very predictable and not much suspense. It is watchable but it did not quite appeal to me as it may have to others.

Rating: 5/10


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

After the below average success of the latest Texas Chainsaw Massacre film, there was room for another film. Only problem was how does the story continue? Will the second film be remade? What we got was a prequel to the 2003 film. Which ultimately is a prequel to all of the films. The film had some returning cast members from the last film. Namely anyone who played a member of the Hewitt family returned. The film had a higher budget but managed to meet it in box office returns. When you look at it though, 50 million is kind of a low number for box office returns. The film itself was not as well recieved by critics as the 2003 film. But let’s get to the plot.

A woman gives birth to a son and she then dies. The baby is later found by another lady. The baby then becomes Thomas Hewitt. Leatherface. The lady raises Thomas as her own. Years later Thomas is working at a slaughterhouse where he then kills his manager and finds a chainsaw. The local sherrif then attempts to arrest Leatherface but is then killed by Charles Hewitt who then becomes Sherrif Hoyt (which explains why he became a Sherrif in the first place). Then we see two brothers with their girlfriends taking a road trip. They meet some bikers and then the two brothers with their girlfriends are finding themselves being chased by the bikers. A crash happens. Sherrif Hoyt arrives kills one of the bikers and takes the rest of the group minus the other biker and one of the girlfriends. The girl and the other biker meet up and go to the Hewitt House where the rest of the group is being held hostage. The two brothers are tortured by Hoyt and eventually they escape along with the other girlfriend. Their attempt at escape fails with the other girlfriend being caught by Leatherface, one of the brothers by a bear
trap, and the other brother knocked unconscious. The biker and the other girlfriend find the
house and they go searching for their friends only when the biker guy gets captured and killed.
The other girlfriend finds her boyfriend and tries to help him escape only to fail. She hides only
to witness Leatherface kill her boyfriend, who then skins his face and wears it. The girlfriend goes to search for the other girlfriend. Eventually they are both captured and one of the girlfriends are killed. Eventually the last girlfriend escapes along with the other boyfriend. They make it to the slaughterhouse. The last boyfriend is eventually killed. The last girlfriend gets into a car and attempts to make an escape only to be killed by Leatherface.

The plot is obviously the same as the original 1974 classic and the 2003 remake. So, it is starting to become an overused plot. There does seem to be more gore than the previous which is what we want as viewers. Leatherface has a cool look and is a step up from the previous film. But that is the only scary part about the whole film. Due to the over used plot, the films which incorporate the overused plot, become less frightening. Even the characters start to be over used. The acting is at the same level as the previous film. The only redeeming factor in this film is the gore and a better looking Leatherface. This film was no better than the 2003 film. If not worse.

Rating: 2/10


The Texas Chainsaw 3D

In 2013, The Texas Chainsaw 3D was released in theaters. I never saw it in theaters but I do remember the trailer. The trailer actually gave me hope for the failing Texas Chainsaw series. I never did get around to watching the film until a year or so ago. Of course this was all before I decided to rewatch them for the purpose of Monster Madness. (Don’t worry I will explain it later.) As the title suggests, the film was shown in 3D. Of course it is not the case when watching it on TV. The first slasher that done this to my knowledge was Friday the 13th Part III 3D. Reviews were generally mixed to negative with a few positive here and there. Box office was decent though I honestly would have expected better. Let’s get to the plot!

After the events of the first film, (like directly after), the mayor of the town gathers a group of people to burn down the Sawyer house. Of course the sherrif wants to approach this situation differently but fails to do so. The house burns down and kills everyone except Leatherface and a mother and her baby. The mother eventually dies after one of the people from the rally finds her and the baby. The man takes the baby and raise her as his own. Many years later the girl (Heather) recieves a letter from her grandmother that explains that she was adopted. The letter also includes that the grandmother left a house to Heather. Heather, her boyfriend, her friend and her friend’s boyfriend all decide to go and take a look at the house. They pick up a hitchiker and eventually arrive at the house. They decide to sleep in the house. The hitchiker decides to steal some of the items but eventually is killed by Leatherface. Eventually Heather’s friend’s boyfriend is killed. Heather finds the bodies and is attacked by Leatherface. Heather, her friend, and Heather’s boyfriend escape in a van but eventually wreck due to the tires getting slashed by Leatherface. Heather eventually becomes the only survivor and walks upon a carnival. Leatherface chases her around where Heather eventually finds a deputy and Leatherface runs off. Heather is at the police station and eventually learns of her relations with the Sawyer family. She escapes and at the same time the deputy sends an officer to take a look at the house. That officer eventually is killed and the mayor wants Heather and Leatherface dead. He eventually catches Heather and they take her to the slaughterhouse where Leatherface shows up and eventually finds out that Heather is his cousin.  Leatherface helps Heather escape and the mayor is eventually killed and Leatherface and Heather go back to the house. Heather reads a letter she found earlier and learns that Leatherface is there to protect Heather.

After all these years of cliche plots, movie makers found a way to change the plot in someway. One thing I have a split opinion on is the fact that every single film except the first are completely ignored. Why split opinion though? Of course the sequels were somewhat uneccessary. They did not expand the storyline at all. Then again, I am one of those that prefer films to be tied in with each other. Something interesting that came out of this film was that Leatherface was not really the main villian. It is the mayor. I think what the people behind the film were trying to get at is that people are monsters to those that are different. Sure, Leatherface killed people only because he is scared much unlike the towns people who killed almost an entire family. The kills are cool but fall short of great because the effects are all CG. Blood splattering looks like a red mist. I really would have liked to see this film in 3D because many of the shots (like where Leatherface throws his chainsaw) are unecessary without 3D. The plot is an improvement because as I said before, it is not the same overused cliche plot. One complaint I have to mention is the constant sound of a chainsaw. The sound just gets downright annoying. There is not enough chainsaw kills which is quite disappointing. The acting is better than the last film but not great. In conclusion the film is an improvement but is far from great.

Rating: 5/10


Leatherface
In 2016, there was news of a new TCM film called Leatherface to be released. Of course, it was not released until the next year. But does anyone even remember this film being released in theaters? I remember wanting to see it but never seen a screening for it. The film did recieve a limited theatrical release. What makes this film even more interesting is that it was made available via DirecTV owners. Luckily I came across this film by pure chance and of course watched it. The film due to the limited release did not do well in the box office. The film was made to be a prequel to the original 1974 classic. What we have here now is the canon TCM films. Leatherface, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), and The Texas Chainsaw 3D. Without further ado, let’s get to the plot.

We see a couple driving through Texas when they come across a child. They follow a child where eventually they come across the Sawyer family and are killed. The wife’s father is the Sherrif and finds out that his daughter was killed and takes the child (who is Leatherface) to a mental hospital. Years later we see Leatherface and a nurse who have developed some sort of friendship. Leatherface’s mother decides to visit her son only to cause some chaos within the hospital. Leatherface and the nurse eventually escape but are soon taken hostage. The kidnappers along with Leatherface and the nurse arrive at a restaurant and kill everyone in the diner. They all escape and the Sherrif arrives on scene. The nurse attempts to escape and fails to do so but then suceed in doing so after one of the kidnappers go missing and the other is killed. The nurse and Leatherface find a deputy and gets his attention. Then for some reason, Leatherface kills the deputy. The get into the deputy’s car and are then chased by the Sherrif. The car that Leatherface and the nurse are in crash and the Sherrif takes the nurse and Leatherface hostage. The Sawyer family show up and kill the Sherrif and the nurse escapes only to get hurt. Leatherface eventually kills her and the film ends with Leatherface making his mask of human faces.

I do like that we see an origin of type of movie. I do feel like the movie did a decent job at explaining Leatherface’s motive for the earlier films. Is the film rememerable? No. The film in general is a mixed bag. The Sherrif and the nurse were the only good characters in the film while Leatherface was not really an interesting character despite the film supposed to be about him. The film is about a Sherrif who wants revenge for the death of his daughter.


Rating: 5/10


In conclusion, the TCM is loved by many. I like it to an extent that it is horror garbage for my eyes. Despite many of the movies being terrible, I like watching them because it is a major series in the slasher genre. I can ignore many of the negatives of these films unless it is damaging to the series. All the films within major slasher franchises seem to fall victim to negative critic reviews but consumers love them. With the TCM series, it is no exception. In this case, the TCM series is not great but not terrible. Somehow, I love it. That is why the TCM series is loved. People like me love them for what they are, the kills and the main killer. Try wrapping your heads around that one! The next series I will be reviewing will be the Halloween series.

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THE TEXAS CHAINSAW series

Introduction
The Texas Chainsaw series never had been much of a popular series. With only one truly good movie, the other movies are somewhat considered to be terrible by critics. With movie fanatics like me, I can agree that The Texas Chainsaw series is not all too great but somehow they are not terrible. Most of the movies have gained a cult following. The first film was released in 1974 with the most recent one being released in 2017. Despite it being a series with only a few films to its name and most of the films receiving mostly negative reviews by critics, the series was able to give birth to the first slasher character. Leatherface. Today I will be reviewing the 8 films in The Texas Chainsaw franchise. You do not have to agree with me because everything is based on my opinion. I will talk about each movie in order of release and will rate each movie out of 10. There also will be some spoilers.  Without further ado, let’s start!


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

To start this off, I must say, this movie made history. A movie that had such a low budget and made millions. It is the first slasher film of its kind (besides Psycho) to actually scare people. In general, I classify a slasher movie as scary if the events happening could actually happen in real life. In the sense of this film, the events could happen.  A chainsaw wielding killer could be dwelling in Texas as I reviewing this franchise.

The plot is this. This girl hears that her relative’s grave was vandalized. So, her, her paraplegic brother, and 3 other friends go to said grave. After doing so, they pick up a hitchhiker who then starts acting very strange. They drop him off and then take a detour. Then 2 of the friends go off and come across a house. One friend goes inside the house and is killed by Leatherface. The other friend later is killed as well. This happens until our main character Sally, witnesses Leatherface chainsaw her brother Franklin. She is chased by Leatherface and eventually outruns him. She comes across an old man who runs a little off-the-road-in-the-middle-of-nowhere-shop. She tells of what happened to her friends to the old man. The old man claims that nothing will happen but then knocks her out and brings her back to the house. Sally wakes up and joins Leatherface, the old man, the hitchhiker, and “Grandpa” at dinner. She witnesses their cannibalistic ways and makes an escape. She is chased by the hitchhiker and Leatherface. The hitchhiker is eventually killed by a semi truck and the driver gets out and throws a wrench at Leatherface. Leatherface falls and his chainsaw cuts his leg. The driver runs away and leaves Sally running with the limping Leatherface in pursuit. A pickup truck drives by and Sally gets in and drives off. Leaving Leatherface in the dust. This is where we see the film end with Leatherface doing the famous chainsaw dance.

There is not much strength in this plot which is usually the case with most slasher films. The script was amazing but the dialogue was week. But the way the film was shot made it look like a documentary. Which added to the scare factor. There is not a whole lot of gore in this film which can be explained by the MPAA. The film was originally given an X rating. Which resulted in the film having to be edited. That was the downside of the series in general. THE MPAA. (I will be referring to the MPAA a lot in this review.) In general, the film is a masterpiece despite having a dialogue that is less than what it could have been. Something that  would never be repeated in the series. This is without a doubt, the best film in the series and most likely will always.

Rating 9/10


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

So, after the success of the original Texas Chainsaw film. Could there possibly have been another film? This was a question being asked by many after watching the film. A sequel did arise. 12 years later. 1986 had several horror films other than The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. Friday the 13th Part 6 and Aliens to name a few. The film was released and was able to pass it’s budget at the box office. But the film was criticized for being way different from the original film. Some called it a black comedy. All of which I can agree with.

The beginning starts with two people driving. They are talking to a DJ named Stretch (who is our main character). They are then attacked by Leatherface while the phone is still on. The next day, a police officer (who has being investigating chainsaw killings and Texas and is the uncle of Sally) arrives on the scene and the DJ arrives with a recording of the call. The tape is broadcasted and Leatherface’s family arrives upon hearing the tape. DJ Stretch is then confronted by Leatherface and his brother Chop Top. She escapes Leatherface and Chop Top. The officer confronts the family which consists of Leatherface, Grandpa Sawyer, Drayton, and Chop Top. A battle takes place and ends when a grenade explodes killing all except Stretch and Chop Top. They fight and Stretch grabs a chainsaw and kills Chop Top.
Again, there is not a strong engaging plot. The level of gore has been raised for this film which was absent from the first film. I do like the fact that they reveal the name of Drayton (who was the old man from the first film). I also enjoy that they gave the last name of the Sawyer family. I did not like the change from slasher to black comedy. It just did not seem right. The special effects were neat. This film did have a problem with the MPAA originally giving it an X rating. Thankfully there is the uncut and unrated versions of the film around. But, was the film better or as good as the original? No, it was not. The film fails to establish the characters and it was not a true horror movie. Only the gore (at least some of it) is the only redeeming factor along with the info that the original movie failed to explain. The end fight between Stretch and Chop Top was really neat. The film has gained a cult following. Plus, you had better horror movies that were released the same year which might have caused this movie to not be that popular. You kill off the main antagonist. Which, at the time led many to ask this. If there was another film, would Stretch be the new killer? I mean after killing Chop Top and dancing with the chainsaw, it is hard not to consider. Overall the film was not that good. But, it is watchable. It just did not appeal to me.

Rating 4/10


Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III


First of all, I must complain about the title of this movie. First of all, the series is not called the Leatherface series. It is The Texas Chainsaw series!!! It confuses people. But, I suppose I can ignore it. Now, I must first talk about the trailer. (The trailer will be posted at the end of this movie review.) Have you ever seen a cool trailer and when you come to watch the movie, the movie is terrible? One other movie I can think of is The Punisher of 1989. Cool trailer but the movie is not that great. I mean, you have a silver chainsaw fly out of the water and Leatherface catches it with ONE HAND and LIGHTING STRIKES THE DAMN THING!!!!! It is cool. But as I said, the movie is terrible. The movie was released in 1990 but was supposed to be released a year before hand. The film was a commercial and critical failure. But the big question was, who was the killer? You know, coming to think of it, maybe that is why this film is called Leatherface. Because, they wanted people to know that Leatherface is back. Which happens a lot in slasher films. Just when you think the main antagonist is dead, they find a way to bring back the antagonist. Some thought of it maybe as a remake but it seems that it could not be so. It would seem like it could because the film goes back to the original format. Let’s talk about the plot.

We see Leatherface kill a girl. Someone winesses it. Later we see our main character Michelle with her husband/boyfriend. They come to this gas station and meet this hitchhiker named Tex. Tex is attacked by the owner of the gas station and Michelle and Ryan (husband/boyfriend) run. Obviously, they get lost and they are then chased by Leatherface. They meet Benny who is a survivalist. He, Michelle, and Ryan crash when they come across Tex. They escape and then decide to find Tex again and they come across this hooked handed man. They realize that he is part of the Sawyer clan and they attempt to escape but run into Leatherface. They escape but Ryan is caught. Michelle finds a house is then captured by Tex. Leatherface’s family gathers around and kills Ryan. They prepare to kill Michelle but thanks to Benny, she escapes. In the escape, Benny kills Tex and Benny is killed by Leatherface. Or so it seems. They escape knowing that Leatherface is still alive. 


Sounds like the plot was stolen from the original with minor tweaks. It is nice to see the Sawyer family expand. Especially with children. I do enjoy the look of Leatherface. In the second movie, he looked like a clown. His mask was scarier and probably the scariest in the original series. But this movie has bad things to say than good. This movie took a major toll with the MPAA. Again, the film was originally given an X rating. So, cuts were made. But, this time, the cuts were largely unnecessary. I would have kept it at an X rating. But, thanks to the Unrated and Uncut versions, you can view all the gore that was removed from the original theatrical release. But the thing is, the movie could have been any horror film. Just replace Leatherface with something else. It did not seem original in it’s own right.  Though, I can cut it some slack because it returned to being a horror film and not a black comedy like the second film.

Rating 4/10
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRIU9ulSa1A

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation

So, the worst film of the whole series. I knew what this movie was going to be like before watching it. First of all, the title. The title of the film was originally Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. That was what it was when it was originally released in theaters in 1994. Colombia Pictures shelved the film and waited for a time where a profit could be made. That was around 1997 when the film was re-released as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation. But why wait? Because the film stars Renee Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey. At the time, they were unknown. So Colombia decided to release this film when they both made it big. Course the film was a failure anyway. The film achieved less than $200,000 in box office. So, that means nothing. A film with a very low box office can be a great film overall. Can it? Not with this film. My point is, the re- release title (and the one that the film is commonly referred to) does not make any sense. Next Generation? Sounds like Star Trek: The Next Generation to me. Let’s talk about the plot.

You have our main character Jenny who is with 3 other friends who are going to their High School prom. They start arguing and end up getting into a wreck and thus leaving them stranded in the woods. Jenny and 2 of her friends look for help while the other waits back. Jenny and her friends come across this building. The person in the building calls this man named Vilmer. Jenny and her friends go back to the wreck but somehow get separated. Vilmer shows up and kills the driver of the other vehicle and chases Jenny’s other friend. Jenny’s 2 other friends come across this house and meet Leatherface and W.E. One of Jenny’s friends are killed by Leatherface. Jenny finds her way back to the wreck and meets Vilmer. She finds out what Vilmer did and she escapes back into the woods only to confront Leatherface again. She comes across the house and finds a gun. Jenny shoots but does not shoot Leatherface. She attempts to escape and almost does so until W.E. finds her and knocks her out. Jenny and her other friend are then tortured. They join the family for dinner where Jenny’s friend is then killed. Then a man named Rothman comes in and says some weird stuff and then leaves. Jenny escapes and is chased by Vilmer and Leatherface. An airplane eventually flies down and kills Vilmer and Leatherface stops chasing Jenny who jumps into a limousine with Rothman inside.

I mean, the summary does not look too bad. Thing is, it was not executed well at all. I cannot find an ounce of good in this movie. The cheap Leatherface mask was gross. It looks very cheap. Then all of a sudden, Leatherface turns full TRANSGENDER!!! I do not have a problem with transgenders at all. It just seemed weird for this movie. Then again, Leatherface did have the Pretty Lady mask and the Grandma mask in the original film, so I should not be complaining. Many describe it as the worst horror film of all time. I will say that is not true. Because, I have seen worse. This movie was crazy. From gun barrels in the mouth and transgender chainsaw wielding murder, it is crazy. Dialogue was terrible. Everything I have to say is negative about the movie.

Rating 1/10



Part 2 of the series review will be in a separate thread.

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