Saturday, February 12, 2005

DVD Review: Evil Remains

I just finished watching this movie and I have to say I'm glad it's over. The first half of the movie is okay, and then it just goes down hill and fast! Even the box is misleading. The girl standing on the left isn't even in the movie, nor is the blue guy in the background! The movie's supposed to be about a curse that's been laid on the land of a bunch of plantations, and anyone who trespasses on the property goes crazy. The legend must be true, because these filmmakers were crazy to release this crap. Anyway, the story revolving around the three guys was interesting, and their acting wasn't even that bad. But then the movie gets centered around the two girls, Estelle Warren(Kangaroo Jack)the only recognizable one in the film, and some dreadlocked girl who is as annoying as they get. To make a long story short, this is where the film drops like a lead turd. And don't look for any extras on the disc. It's bare bones, not even a 5.1 audio track is included. Evil Remains gets *1/2 out of *****. Oh yeah, the best acting comes from the guy that plays the dad on TV's That 70's Show. He has a small cameo in this film, maybe he owed someone a favor or is related to the filmmakers or something.

Friday, February 11, 2005

Watchmen Movie to be Made

D.C. Comics is finally going to try to put an end to Marvel's dominance of the superhero genre at the cinemaplex. David Hayter is writing andDarren Aronofsky will develop and direct the adaption of Alan Moore's critically acclaimed comic. With Watchmen and Superman Returns, D.C. could be putting up some stiff competition this year.

House of Wax Poster Unveiled

This is the poster for the upcoming House of Wax remake. The poster looks cool, but who's idea was it to put Paris Hilton in the movie? Hopefully she does a Drew Barrymore ala Scream and gets killed off quick!

Thursday, February 10, 2005

CD Review: St. Anger by Metallica

Let me start by saying that I love Metallica. But not this Metallica. I don't know what happened to them over the last few years but kicking Jason out of the band couldn't have caused this drastic of a change, could it? Everything about this album is lousy. The producer should never work again. You have a group whose first album sounds lightyears better than their latest release and it's not like they can't afford better production. The drums sound like tin cans, the guitars sound like wet farts and James' singing sounds worse than ever. "Invisible Kid" is possibly one of the worst songs ever made, I mean EVER! Here's the only way I can think of to fix this runaway train to crapville-#1 Hire a decent producer, #2 get rid of the human crab and bring back Jason, #3 Hire the dude from Godsmack to sing and keep the mic away from James and #4 Take this album off the shelves and pretend it never happened! I don't know, if these guys don't right this ship, this will be the LAST Metallica album I ever download!! Uh, forget that last part. It gets one crappy *.

SciFi Channel Movie Airdates

SciFi finally released the airdates for two of their upcoming monsterfests. Man-Thing is scheduled to air Saturday, April 30th at 9 P.M. and the Bruce Campbell vehicle Alien Apocalypse will air Saturday, March 26th at 9 P.M. I'm looking forward to both of these films as Marvel is on a roll of sorts with decent superhero movies and anything starring Campbell is worth a look in my book.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Horror/SciFi DVD Releases for 2/15

Angel: Season Five
Donnie Darko (Director's Cut)
The Greatest American Hero: Season One
Ghost of the Needle
Horror Set
The Ice Pirates
Justice League Unlimited: Season One, Volume One
Rachel's Attic
Scourge of Worlds: A Dungeons and Dragons Adventure
Ufo's and Area 51: Volume 2: Bob Lazar
Ufo's and Area 51: Volume 3: David Adair at Area 51
Ufo's and Area 51: The Complete Series
Unsolved Mysteries: Legends
Vampires: Out for Blood

CD of the Week: The Eyes of Alice Cooper by Alice Cooper

This disc marks a return to origins of sort for the Coop. The album has a more garage band sound to it and I say "Amen, Brother"! Gone are all the metal pop songs and big haired guitarists from the eighties and here are straight laced rock songs from the man that's been pumping 'em out since the sixties. Among my favorites are Novocaine, Detroit City, This House is Haunted and the Elected-esque Man of the Year. I was surprised by this album, because I just thought that maybe Alice has had his turn and was getting a little moldy, but he shook it off and created an original, rocking good album. I wonder if I'll eventually retire before the Coop? Gets **** out of *****.

Movie of the Week: Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning

Alot of bad reviews followed this final release of the Ginger Snaps Trilogy, and i'm here to say they were greatly unfounded! In my estimation, this is probably the best of the three films about the Fitzgerald sisters. For a low budget film, the set pieces and filming were amazing. All the little details such as costumes, hairstyles, accents and such were spot on and that's gotta be tough when doing a period piece. The acting is as good as I've seen in any oscar worthy film. You get the feel that the people behind the scenes and the actors themselves truly believed in this project and they really hit it out of the park. Although this is the third film in the series, it's actually the first, hence The Beginning in the title. Much better than most direct to video films, it's made so well you can't consider it a "B" movie. I truly enjoyed all three films and you can see the filmmaking progress through them. I give this movie ****1/2 out of *****. Start with the original, then see the next two. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Boogeyman Sequel?

This week's number one movie at the box office was the horror film Boogeyman with a reported 19.5 million bucks taken in. There are already talks at Screen Gems about a sequel. It's too early for details, but it does prove once again how hot a commodity horror is in today's cinema.

Book of the Week: Black Creek Crossing by John Saul

I have to admit that I'm not exactly the biggest Saul fan out there. And if my library didn't carry this title, I'd have to say I probably wouldn't have read it. What I've read about this book is that it's not one of Saul's stronger stories and it's basically a paint-by-numbers horror tale. Having said that, I did like the story, although it was a little short and could have been better if it was a little more fleshed out. It's got a lot of good old horror staples in it like witchcraft, haunted houses, ghosts, misunderstood teenagers and revenge. Sure, at times this book is predictable and not that scary but it's a good way to wile away a few hours because the story moves. Did I like to book? Yes. Am I now a true Saul fan? No. It was good enough to be enjoyed but not good enough for me to be excited about his next one. If my library get his next book, I'll give him another shot. I rate this book ***1/2 out of *****.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Wolverine Film in the Works

Rumors abound around the net surrounding a Woverine spinoff film after X-Men 3. Supposedly, David Benioff(Troy) is to pen the screenplay to be directed by Len Wiseman(Underworld). Hugh Jackman is expected to continue portraying the clawed one. As for X3, Halle Barry's character Storm is to be included in the film, but she is not reprise her role. Original director Brian Singer has left the project behind to helm the new Superman film and Joss Whedon(TV's Buffy) is slated to write and direct the third X-Men project. Other superhero movie news states that a Magneto film is in the works, as well as Iron Man, and a Wonder Woman feature that is reportedly being directed by Whedon also.

Halo the Movie

Alex Garland, the screenwriter of 28 Days has been signed on to write the screenplay for the highly anticipated Halo movie. This could be a very good sign for the feature as 28 Days was brilliantly written. The movie has the marketability to draw the legions that love the game. And as long as Uwe Boll is staying away from this one, it could be rather good.