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Hatchet

Director/Writer: Adam Green Stars: Kane Hodder, Joel David Moore, Deon Richmond Hatchet (2006) – IMDb Remember the good old days of horror with Robert Englund, Tony Todd, and Kane Hodder? I do… and this movie not only relives them, but adds the right amount of comedy to make it absolutely hilarious. I haven’t seen effects like this in quite a long time. The blood and gore are on point for practical effects in a Horror/Comedy. The acting is both good and bad, seeming to dance between them in perfect rhythm, according to what it is the movie might be demanding at the moment. The serious moments are serious, and the comedic moments are gold. It’s rare that I feel this strongly about a Horror/Comedy, but even though the scare factor isn’t as high as I would like it, everything is else right in line with where it should be. This is a movie I see myself watching over and over again… and as such it gets the rare distinction of five out of five bloody kitties – seriously, you need to watch this...

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The Theatre Bizarre

Directors: Douglas Buck, Buddy Giovinazzo, David Gregory, Karim Hussain, Jeremy Kasten, Tom Savini, Richard Stanley Writers: Zach Chassler, Richard Stanley, Scarlett Amaris, Emiliano Ranzani, Buddy Giovinazzo, John Esposito, Douglas Buck, Karim Hussain, David Gregory Stars: Udo Kier, Virginia Newcomb, Amanda Marquardt The Theatre Bizarre (2011) – IMDb Another day, another movie anthology. Though this one really isn’t like all the others – when it says the Theatre Bizarre, it really does mean it. The interwoven sequences that bind the individual screen plays together aren’t all that great, but the stories themselves are definintely somewhat chilling. The first story seems to give it a pretty slow start, and to be honest, the second is only slightly better. Where it really begins to improve is in the third offering, and if you’re a male, you likely won’t agree too much after you watch it – but do watch it. The fourth offering is a little strange, but a concept I like none the less, and the fifth and final one is my absolute favorite. Having watched it a few times now, I feel like there may be some bit of poitical messaging in the shows, that you wouldn’t normally expect form a movie, but at the same time, it’s very enjoyable, just because it’s nice to see something just that little bit different. This movie earns itself a nice quite three bloody kitties...

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Door to the Other Side

Director: Norman Lesperance Writer: Nicholas Bianchi Stars: Nicholas Bianchi, Robin De Lano, Leann Donovan Door to the Other Side (2016) – IMDb So this is a case of mistaken identity – I picked this movie thinking it was a different one, and boy, was that not a good thing. It starts of with a sweet little girl in bed saying her prayers, and then, her night light breaks… And then it’s all down hill from there. Seriously. The pacing and the story line just weren’t there at all. I found myself a number of times wish it were over – or that something, anything would happen (like the dog would randomly hit the remote and end my torture). The barking of my dogs during the movie was full of far more suspense than anything I watched on the screen. The acting really wasn’t too terrible, but when the script isn’t there – it just doesn’t matter. So while this wasn’t the worst movie ever, it’s definitely one I will never willingly watch again. It was a long like watching paint dry – just without the excitement of having the paint be dry. Two bloody kitties for this one!...

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The Wicker Man (1973)

Director: Robin Hardy Writer: Anthony Shaffer Stars: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento The Wicker Man (1973) – IMDb   So this is one of those movies that I’ve been told over and over “See the original, it’s so much better than the remake” – and I’d been meaning to get around to it. Now, it does star the ever fabulous Christopher Lee, and that is a plus to any movie, so it did help encourage me to finally sit down and watch it. I have seen the remake, but it’s been a while so it’s difficult to make a direct comparison. I will say at first when you’re watching the movie it’s difficult to determine if you’re watching a horror movie, or a musical. But the dedication to the religion of Summer Isle is rather astounding, and interesting to say the least. The beginning does drag a bit – and I have a sneaking suspicion that a portion of the reason that some people tell me that this original is so much better than the remake is the amount of nudity involved in it (meaning: a lot). But all in all, it is a good movie once the action and intrigue get going, and one I would definite re-watch on occasion. So while age and a somewhat slower script bog it down, it earns a respectable three out of five...

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The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

Director/Writer: Wes Craven Stars: Suze Lanier-Bramlett, Robert Houston, John Steadman The Hills Have Eyes (1977) So this is one of those long talked about classics I hadn’t gotten around to seeing yet. So often you hear about how the original is so much better than the remakes, and I’ve yet to see the remake, so I am going in to the experience with an open mind, and nothing to compare it to. Watching it with only the comparison of modern day effects, acting, and writing, I’m not impressed. The acting has that stilted feel of a poorly written 70’s soft core porn. The effects for the most part consisted of the “keep it just off camera” method – which in general there’s nothing wrong with, if it’s done effectively, which it’s just not in this case. And finally, the script really could have just used some help to improve the story line and speed up some of the parts where it managed to drag due to what seemed to be inactivity in the story line – making you wait for something to happen. Generally with an older classic such as this, I’m willing to grant a little more latitude, since I can typically say if I’d seen it earlier, I’d think it was a good movie, but in this case, I don’t believe that is the case. This movie is...

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