Saturday, August 20, 2005

DVD Review: Sleepover Nightmare

Seven years ago, while partying with his friends, a seemingly fine upstanding young citizen loses track of his girlfriend. While he was away getting hamburgers, it turned out she was in the mood for a hotdog, and not his! The clean cut lad goes carayzaay and does a number on the hotdog deliveryman. Then drives his car over the bonfire, oh the humanity! Fast forward to him being transported to a different prison in one of the most secure vehicles around, the Ford Aerostar! While playing around, the driver loses control and the madman is freed! He happens upon a gaggle of twenty-somethings having a party on an isolated estate on the lake. They begin to drop like bored flies in variously lame ways. As crappy as a film I've watched in a while! Very bland and not very entertaining. The house on the lake was the star of this film, that's how bad it was. I wonder what it is about the insane that enables them to have superhuman strength, the silent capabilities of a cat and the dissapearing qualities of Houdini? Maybe it's the straw hat. Sleep through this one. 0 out of *****.

Remember Your Favorite Hosts

An upcoming DVD titled American Scary will soon be released and it has a coffin-load of footage from the old television horror shows with hosts like Zacherley, Svengoolie and Cecil Creepe just to name a few. Check out the trailers for the film HERE.

BOO! Just in Time for Halloween

The DVD release of the haunted hospital film Boo is scheduled for October 25th. I know I can't wait for this one either. Perfect timing for the release if you ask me. Also on tap for the Halloween releases will be George A. Romero's Land of the Dead hitting the shelves on October 18th.

Rejects Release Date

My favorite film of the year so far, The Devil's Rejects, will be released unrated on DVD on November 8th. Oh I can't wait!

Movie Review: Ichi the Killer

I had the opportunity to catch Takashi Miike's violent film Ichi the Killer the other day on the Sundance Channel. Everything I heard about this movie was how utterly violent and brutal it was. I thought the film was very good and not the hardcore gorefest everyone makes it out to be. The story is very engaging, the acting very good and the direction was pretty ahead of it's time for a film made in 2001. When an underworld Boss gets brutally murdered, his main hitman, Kakihara (pictured on the cover) goes on a rampage to find his killer. Kakihara is a sadomasochist and anxiously awaits the showdown. The killer of course is Ichi, a young man so troubled internally that he constantly cries and can't control his killing tendencies. The duo have a date with fate that ends with very questionable results, I have my own theory about what happens at the end of this film. If you would like to discuss it, leave me a comment and I'll tell you what I think. I really liked the movie and will search out Miike's other films to see how they stack up against this one. I give it **** out of *****.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

CD Review: X&Y by Coldplay

I didn't want to like this CD, I really didn't. But I do. It's mellow melodies flow from your speakers enveloping your ears in cool soothing sounds. Coldplay finally finds its style and sticks with it throughout the album. You can forget all the Radiohead comparisons, they come into their own on this album. The album starts off with Square One, a song that says we're all the same and finishes with the beautiful Twisted Logic. Their hit Speed of Sound isn't even the best track on the album. It truly is a beautiful sounding CD and their best so far. It gets ****1/2 out of *****.

DVD Review: Hide and Seek

It really doesn't take much for people (mainstream movie reviewers mostly) to be frightened by a movie. I say that because there was alot of talk about Hide and Seek while it was out at the theaters. It got mainly good reviews and did well at the box office. Many reviewers said the movie was truly scary. They're all lame and pawns to the Hollywood machine. This is just a run of the mill thriller, tailor made for the Hand That Rocks The Cradle type moviegoers. Despite having some top notch actors involved, the movie plods along at a snails pace and any decent horror lover can figure out the "twist" long before the mid point of the movie. On a good note, it did have good sound, the 5.1 surround was very good. But it takes more than sound to make a movie. I give it **1/2 out of *****. Oh yeah, as for the 4 alternate endings, they're just different variations of the same thing and not much of a bonus.