Sunday, July 12, 2015
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Saturday, July 4, 2015
This is the first in a series, which will then all be compiled and possibly result in a so-called top 10.
Jack (Kevin Bacon) in Friday the 13th. This quick kill is one of the most memorable scenes from all of 1980. The last couple seconds were cut from the original release.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
No hard candy. No one said "hard candy" either. An extremely androgynous teenage girl overworks her introspective speeches and knows more than she should, including how to perform a castration. And a successful one at that. Okay, we can't be sure exactly how well the job was completed because it's never on screen. Her motivations are a little confusing, which painfully wrecks the film. Somehow Sandra Oh was thrown into the mix. [rating: $4] -Kenyon
Monday, May 25, 2015
A survivor of the first Hatchet has the urge to immediately return to the New Orleans swamp-forest--where maniac semi-spirit Victor Crowley dwells--to retrieve remains of her relatives that were slayed by Crowley. Meanwhile a shady business man (you know him as Candyman) and his crew join the search with ulterior motives.
This is a rare time when the quotes on the cover are on point. Hatchet II takes gore to an outrageous level. The victims are decapitated, impaled or literally torn apart in all kinds of interesting ways. A sensitive backstory about Crowley connects to the first film, which was an overly aware horror-comedy. Amazingly, the follow-up liberates itself from the nonsense of Hatchet and establishes a meaningful presence within modern day slasher horror. [rating: $9] -Kenyon
Friday, May 15, 2015
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
First cube is gold, second cube (a "hyper" cube) is garbage. Third cube falls in between. But more towards garbage. In the first Cube there was no outside view of the cube, we only knew the people stuck in the multiple chambers of the cube, half of which are set with deathtraps of all kinds. Cube Zero--which is loaded with new traps that cause side-splitting gore--adds the perspective of "employees" who are monitoring the victims, which means that more is learned about the purpose of the intriguing cube and who is responsible. And it all could have been profound if not for the miscast lead character, whose acting and dialogue undermines such a heavy topic. A unique idea for a film, sadly, isn't given justice. [rating: $4] -Kenyon