Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Friday the 13th: A New Beginning


1985 Slasher Horror Film

Director: Danny Steinmann

Writer: Martin Kitrosser, David Cohen & Danny Steinmann

Cinematography: Stephen L. Posey

Running time: 88 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: The mindless, murderous fury that was buried with Jason has been reborn. And suddenly, terror has become child's play!

Cast:
John Shepherd as Tommy Jarvis
Melanie Kinnaman as Pam Roberts
Shavar Ross as Reggie
Richard Young as Matt
Marco St. John as Sheriff Tucker
Juliette Cummins as Robin
Carol Locatell as Ethel
Vernon Washington as George
John Robert Dixon as Eddie
Tiffany Helm as Violet
Jerry Pavlon as Jake
Caskey Swaim as Duke
Mark Venturini as Vic
Anthony Barrile as Vinnie
Dominick Brascia as Joey
Richard Lineback as Deputy Dodd
Corey Feldman as Tommy Jarvis (age 12)
Bob DeSimone as Billy
Jere Fields as Anita
Ric Mancini as Mayor Cobb
Miguel A. Núñez, Jr. as Demon
Corey Parker as Pete
Rebecca Wood as Lana
Ron Sloan as Junior
Debi Sue Voorhees as Tina
Dick Wieand as Roy Burns

Plot
Still haunted by his gruesome past, Tommy Jarvis - the boy who killed Jason Voorhees - wonders if somehow he is connected to brutal slayings occurring in and around the secluded halfway house where he now lives.

Awards: None

Trivia
This is the first film in the Friday the 13th series where Jason is actually referred to by his full name: Jason Voorhees. In Parts I & II, he is only referred to as Jason, while he is not referred to by name at all in Part III.

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5 star out of 5 stars

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter


1984 Slasher Horror Film

Director: Joseph Zito

Writer: Barney Cohen

Cinematography: João Fernandes

Running time: 90 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: This is the one you'll be dying for...

Cast:
Kimberly Beck as Trish Jarvis
Erich Anderson as Rob Dier
Corey Feldman as Tommy Jarvis
Peter Barton as Doug
Crispin Glover as Jimmy
Clyde Hayes as Paul
Barbara Howard as Sara
Lawrence Monoson as Ted
Joan Freeman as Mrs. Jarvis
Judie Aronson as Samantha
Adrienne King as Alice Hardy
John Furey as Paul Holt
Amy Steel as Ginny Field
Betsy Palmer as Pamela Voorhees
Rex Everhart as Enos the truck driver
Walt Gorney as Crazy Ralph
Camilla More as Tina
Carey More as Terri
Lisa Freeman as Nurse Robbie Morgan
Bonnie Hellman as Hitchhiker
Bruce Mahler as Axel
Ted White as Jason Voorhees
Marta Kober as Sandra Dier
Kristen Baker as Terry
Steve Daskawisz as Jason Voorhees
Richard Brooker as Jason Voorhees

Plot
After being mortally wounded and taken to the morgue, murderer Jason Voorhees spontaneously revives and embarks on a killing spree as he makes his way back to his home at Crystal Lake.

Awards: None

Trivia
Joseph Zito based Rob's death scene - in which he screams "He's killing me!" as Jason attacks him - on a newspaper story he read about a murder victim in New York City who begged his attacker to stop stabbing him. Zito had intended the sequence to be particularly gut-wrenching, as Rob had been established as a capable opponent for Jason. Upon viewing screenings of the film, however, Zito realized that the way in which the scene was filmed made Rob seem pathetic and impotent rather than make Jason appear merciless, and often caused audiences to break out into laughter.

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Friday the 13th Part III


1982 Slasher Horror Film

Director: Steve Miner

Writer: Martin Kitrosser, Carol Watson & Petru Popescu

Cinematography: Gerald Feil

Running time: 98 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: A New Dimension In Terror...

Cast:
Dana Kimmell as Chris Higgins
Paul Kratka as Rick
Tracie Savage as Debbie
Jeffrey Rogers as Andy
Catherine Parks as Vera Sanchez
Larry Zerner as Shelly
David Katims as Chuck
Rachel Howard as Chili
Richard Brooker as Jason Voorhees
Marilyn Poucher as Pamela Voorhees
Amy Steel as Ginny Field
John Furey as Paul Holt
Nick Savage as Ali
Gloria Charles as Fox
Kevin O'Brien as Loco
Cheri Maugans as Edna
Steve Susskind as Harold
Perla Walter as Mrs. Sanchez
David Wiley as Abel


Plot
Having escaped in the last episode, Jason is back, hockey mask and all, to continue his murderous rampage across Crystal Lake.

Awards: None

Trivia
This was the first of the Friday the 13th films to use the hockey mask, which has been in every sequel since.

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5 star out of 5 stars






Friday, May 25, 2012

Friday the 13th Part 2


1981 Slasher Horror Film

Director: Steve Miner & Sean S. Cunningham

Writer: Ron Kurz & Phil Scuderi

Cinematography: Peter Stein

Running time: 87 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: Just when you thought it was safe to go back to camp...

Cast:
Amy Steel as Ginny Field
John Furey as Paul Holt
Adrienne King as Alice Hardy
Kirsten Baker as Terry
Stu Charno as Ted
Steve Daskawisz as Jason Voorhees
Warrington Gillette as Jason Voorhees (unmasked)
Walt Gorney as Crazy Ralph
Marta Kober as Sandra Dier
Tom McBride as Mark
Bill Randolph as Jeff
Lauren-Marie Taylor as Vicki
Russell Todd as Scott
Betsy Palmer as Pamela Voorhees

Plot
Mrs. Voorhees is dead, and Camp Crystal Lake is shut down, but a camp next to the infamous place is stalked by an unknown assailant. Is it Mrs. Voorhees' son Jason who didn't drown in the lake some 30 years before?

Awards: None

Trivia
The first Jason scene in the movie is a shot of Jason's legs walking across the street toward Alice's house. This is the only time in the series Jason was played by a woman. Jason's legs belonged to Ellen Lutter, the film's costume designer.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Friday the 13th


1980 Slasher Horror Film

Director: Sean S. Cunningham

Writer: Victor Miller

Cinematography: Barry Abrams

Running time: 95 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: Fridays will never be the same again.

Cast:
Adrienne King as Alice Hardy
Harry Crosby as Bill
Laurie Bartram as Brenda
Jeannine Taylor as Marcie Cunningham
Kevin Bacon as Jack Burrell
Mark Nelson as Ned Rubinstein
Peter Brouwer as Steve Christy
Robbi Morgan as Annie
Betsy Palmer as Mrs. Pamela Voorhees
Ari Lehman as Jason Voorhees (child)
Walt Gorney as Crazy Ralph
Rex Everhart as Enos the truck driver
Debra S. Hayes as Claudette
Willie Adams as Barry

Plot
Camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to re-open a summer camp that was the site of a child's drowning.

Awards: None

Trivia
One critic was so angry at Betsy Palmer's role in the movie (which had angered many of her fans), that he published her address in his magazine, and encouraged people to write her and protest her. He published the wrong address.

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5 star out of 5 stars

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Idiocracy


2006 Satirical Science Fiction Comedy Film

Director: Mike Judge

Writer: Mike Judge & Etan Cohen

Cinematography: Tim Suhrstedt

Running time: 84 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: In the future, intelligence is extinct.

Cast:
Luke Wilson as Cpl. Joe Bauers, a.k.a. "Not Sure"
Maya Rudolph as Rita
Dax Shepard as Frito Pendejo
Terry Alan Crews as U.S. President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho
Anthony Campos as Secretary of Defense
David Herman as Secretary of State
Kevin McAfee as Bailiff
Robert Musgrave as Sgt. Keller
Michael McCafferty as Lt. Col. Collins
Justin Long as Dr. Lexus
Andrew Wilson as Beef Supreme
Kevin Klee as Hormel Chavez
Brad 'Scarface' Jordan as Upgrayedd
Thomas Haden Church as Brawndo CEO
Stephen Root as Judge Hank "The Hangman" BMW
Brendan Hill as Secretary of Energy
Tom Kenny as voice of the IPPA Computer
Sara Rue as the Attorney General

Plot
Private Joe Bauers, the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes 500 years in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed-down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive.

Awards: None

Trivia
Although the marketing campaign for this film went unnoticed, 20th Century Fox decided to actually license out the "Brawndo" drink for sale. The drink itself has gained a cult following and is still available for purchase as of October 2010 at www.brawndo.com.

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5 star out of 5 stars



Monday, May 21, 2012

Halloween: Resurrection


2002 Slasher Film

Director: Rick Rosenthal

Writer: Larry Brand & Sean Hood

Cinematography: David Geddes

Running time: 94 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: Evil Never Dies. You can burn it, you can shoot it, you can lock it up forever, but evil never dies.

Cast:
Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode
Bianca Kajlich as Sara Moyer
Busta Rhymes as Freddie Harris
Ryan Merriman as Myles Barton
Tyra Banks as Nora Winston
Sean Patrick Thomas as Rudy Grimes
Luke Kirby as Jim Morgan
Daisy McCrackin as Donna Chang
Katee Sackhoff as Jennifer 'Jen' Danzig
Thomas Ian Nicholas as Bill Woodlake
Brad Loree as Michael Myers

Plot
Serial Killer Michael Myers is not finished with Laurie Strode, and their rivalry finally comes to an end. But is this the last we see of Myers? Freddie Harris and Nora Winston are reality programmers at DangerTainment, and are planning to send a group of 6 thrill-seeking teenagers into the childhood home of Myers. Cameras are placed all over the house and no one can get out of the house... and then Michael arrives home!

Awards: None

Trivia
This is the second Halloween film to make any sort of reference as to what exactly Michael Myers eats. In the original Halloween, when Sheriff Brackett and Dr Loomis enter the Myers house, they see something on the floor, which turns out to be the corpse of a dog. Dr Loomis simply says "He got hungry."

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later


1998 Slasher Film

Director: Steve Miner

Writer: Robert Zapia & Matt Greenberg

Cinematography: Daryn Okada

Running time: 86 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: The face of pure evil is back for Laurie Strode. 20 years later.........

Cast:
Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode/Keri Tate
Josh Hartnett as John Tate
Michelle Williams as Molly Cartwell
Adam Arkin as Will Brennan
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe as Sarah Wainthrope
Adam Hann-Byrd as Charlie Deveraux
Janet Leigh as Norma Watson
Nancy Stephens as Marion Chambers
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jimmy Howell
LL Cool J as Ronald "Ronny" Jones
Lisa Gay Hamilton as Shirley "Shirl" Jones
Chris Durand as Michael Myers

Plot
Laurie Strode, now the dean of a Northern California private school with an assumed name, must battle the Shape one last time and now the life of her own son hangs in the balance.

Awards: None

Trivia
The reports that Kevin Williamson's original treatment for "H20" included a scene in which "Halloween 4" through "6" are acknowledged as being "in continuity" and "canon" are completely accurate. The scene did exist, and involved a bitchy student at Keri/Laurie's school giving a class report on the "Haddonfield Murders", and going into great detail about Jamie Lloyd, Danielle Harris and JC Brandy's character from "Halloween 4" through "6". The student talks about Jamie losing her parents in an auto accident, as was the explanation in those sequels for Laurie Strode's absence. (In fact, the only reason for Laurie to be in the Witness Production Program with her son under an assumed name as "Keri Tate" at all was because the original story for "H20" was conceived like this, with "Halloween 4" through "6" in continuity, and Williamson thus being required to create an explanation for Laurie's "death" in the previous movies and her subsequent resurrection.) The student's report chronicles Jamie's being hunted and eventually killed by her uncle, Michael Myers. Upon hearing this oral presentation in the classroom, a grief-stricken Keri/Laurie then retreats to a restroom and throws up. This scene was of course omitted from the actual film.

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3 star out of 5 stars

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers


1995 Slasher Film

Director: Joe Chappelle

Writer: Daniel Farrands

Cinematography: Billy Dickson

Running time: 88 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: Terror Never Rests In Peace!

Cast:
Donald Pleasence as Dr. Sam Loomis
Paul Stephen Rudd as Tommy Doyle
Marianne Hagan as Kara Strode
Devin Gardner as Danny Strode
J.C. Brandy as Jamie Lloyd Carruthers
Mitchell Ryan as Dr. Terence Wynn
Kim Darby as Debra Strode
Bradford English as John Strode
Keith Bogart as Tim Strode
Mariah O'Brien as Beth
Leo Geter as Barry Simms
Susan Swift as Mary
Janice Knickrehm as Mrs. Blankenship
George P. Wilbur as Michael Myers

Plot
Six years ago, Michael Myers terrorized the town of Haddonfield, Illinois. He and his niece, Jamie Lloyd, have disappeared. Jamie was kidnapped by a bunch of evil druids who protect Michael Myers. And now, six years later, Jamie has escaped after giving birth to Michael's child. She runs to Haddonfield to get Dr. Loomis to help her again. Meanwhile, the family that adopted Laurie Strode is living in the Myers house and is being stalked by Myers. It's the curse of Thorn that Michael is possessed by that makes him kill his family. And it's up to Tommy Doyle, the boy from Halloween, and Dr. Loomis, to stop them all.

Awards: None

Trivia
Daniel Farrands' original script was far more moody and psychological than the final draft. After reading the script, one of the execs at Dimension films could not sleep that night and therefore called Farrands immediately and told him that they wanted go forward with it. Donald Pleasence himself supported the original script and immediately signed on to make the film only to find out that the script was being rewritten. 

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4 star out of 5 stars

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers


1989 Slasher Film

Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard

Writer: Michael Jacobs, Dominique Othenin-Girard & Shem Bitterman

Cinematography: Robert Draper

Running time: 96 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: Michael Lives, And This Time They're Ready!

Cast:
Donald Pleasence as Dr. Sam Loomis
Danielle Harris as Jamie Lloyd
Ellie Cornell as Rachel Carruthers
Beau Starr as Sheriff Ben Meeker
Jeffrey Landman as Billy Hill
Tamara Glynn as Samantha Thomas
Jonathan Chapin as Mikey
Matthew Walker as Spitz
Wendy Foxworth as Tina Williams
Betty Carvalho as Nurse Patsey
Troy Evans as Deputy Charlie
Frankie Como as Deputy Nick Ross
David Ursin as Deputy Tom Farrah
Harper Roisman as Mountain Man
Max Robinson as Dr. Max Hart

Plot
Its one year later after the events of Halloween 4. Michael survives the shootings and on October 31st he returns with a vengeance.

Awards: None

Trivia
The film had been fighting an X rating with the violence, blood, and gore. Some scenes were trimmed down to keep it Rated R, including a shot of Mike quivering on the ground after Michael stabs him in the head with a hammer claw, a shot of glass embedded in Officer Eddy's face after Michael punches through the windshield, and Billy's leg being hit by the camaro.

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4 star out of 5 stars


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