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Night Of The Demons
Night Of The Demons
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good "bad" movie., July 6, 2015
This review is from: Night Of The Demons (Amazon Video)
Easiest way for me to describe Night of the Demons = Re-Animator + Evil Dead + Return Of the Living Dead(Quigley was in that one too). A bunch of 30 year old teens have a party on Halloween night in a abandoned mortuary. Demons that reside there want to get in on the fun too. If you are looking for story or great acting move along. A couple quick items of interest:
NOTD is one of those movies that is so brainless that it actually is pretty smart,
while never really scary it is never boring and the pacing is good,
It does get more tense as it goes along,
the camera work and set design are top notch,
it has some great quotes"eat a bowl of f***",
a great use of a Bauhaus song,
the lipstick scene,
almost all of the special effects are good,
and the ending wall climb is pretty cool.
If anyone tells me this is the worst movie they ever seen must see Manos: the Hands of Fate immediately(and not the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version).

The Ugly
The Ugly
DVD ~ Paolo Rotondo
Offered by Premier Video Games
Price: $12.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars More like PI than Friday the 13th., November 3, 2012
This review is from: The Ugly (DVD)
After being caught and locked away in a mental institution for five years, serial killer Simon Cartwright requests a re-evaluation from recently famous and headstrong psychologist Karen Schumaker. The head of the hospital Dr. Marlowe and the two thugish orderlies warn Karen that Simon is much more than she can handle. After laughing it off, Karen starts sessions with Simon. The only problem is that while in sessions, told in flashbacks, Karen starts seeing things but is determined to get to the bottom of why Simon killed over 20 people. What Karen doesn't know is that the seemingly sane Simon has plans for her after all.

The serial killer sub-genre has been done to death but director Reynolds tells it in such a way that it is totally original and a breath of fresh air. He uses a lot of color schemes and well used quick cuts. Not to mention a LOT of symbolism. I spotted homages from evey horror film from The Exorcist to The Beyond and I say homage, not rip-off. With a low budget most of the secondary actors are average to grating. All the primary cast are excelent, especially Rotondo, Ward, Wallace, and Ward-Leeland.

My favorite type of horror flick is the ones that do not treat the audience as idiots. The Ugly definately does not treat the audience like idiots. None of the answers are given, you have to find your own. This may fustrate a lot of people but I always say that monsters are scarier in the dark.
I would say rent first. But if you like it you will definately want to own.

Damned Damned Damned
Damned Damned Damned
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly primal, April 24, 2012
This review is from: Damned Damned Damned (Audio CD)
The Damned's first album might just be their best. The orginal album is short(about 30 minutes) but bursting with energy, sounding relatively unproduced, of the first few "punk" albums released Damned Damned Damned is the one that most sounds like it was recorded in a garage but that works in its favor. The band sounds hungry and while playing its almost like you can hear them sweat.
Nick Lowe's production makes the band sound raw, Rat Scabies' drums sound like a falling skyscraper, Captin Sensible's bass sounds like a jackhammer, Brian James' guitar cuts through the songs like a knife, Dave Vanian's give the music a strange edginess with his baritone vocals.
Stand outs are: "Born To Kill" where Vanian sounds almost sedated while the band creates all sorts of chaos behind him. "Fan Club" sounds like it could be Love it to Death era Alice Cooper. "New Rose" has a great 60's Kinks style guitar riff, is cool personified, and was the 1st single ever released by an English punk band. "So Messed Up" has one of the most amazing stop-start rythms from Scabies. "Stab Your Back" is a funny one munite goof. "Neat Neat Neat" has an awsome chorus. The Stooges cover "I Feel Alright(1970)" equals and maybe surpasses the original with the band sounding like they are comming apart at the ending.
Well worth the listen and don't forget primal energy.

Twisted Metal 2
Twisted Metal 2
Offered by You Name the Game
Price: $96.98
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still one of the funest games ever., December 17, 2010
This review is from: Twisted Metal 2 (Video Game)
Having browsed through my old PS1 games I came across this one and decided to try it out. I forgot how fun and addictive this one was. Basically you run around is a customized car and blow stuff up. People, landscapes, other cars. Its a demolition derby with machine guns, missles, and each of the charater's "special" abilities. True the grapics are crud and the AI not all that good. But, wait until you nail your 1st opponent and try and beat the Holland board with 1 life if you think this is not challenging(open area against 10 opponets). One of the best video games ever created. Period.

Bad Music For Bad People
Bad Music For Bad People
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4.0 out of 5 stars As cool as the cover., July 29, 2010
I 1st heard of ther cramps on the Return Of The Living Dead Soundtrack. Then went out an bought this disc. While Songs the Lord Taught Us is the better album. This "best of" collection is very good if you are on a budget. The 1st 2 tracks are quite possible the two best songs in the entire Cramps cannon. Garbage Man is a put down of sorts to the people who decide what is punk and what's not, with some awsomely cool guitar howls from Brian Gregory, and the best inuendo line ever "stick out your can. I'm the garbageman". New Kind Of Kick is just as good. With Lux lamenting that he is just a emotional baby and there are just not enough drugs to take(energy, formaldeide, helium). He really makes quite possible every vocal noise immaginable, while the guitars play a simple 5 chord assention/desention, and the drums go wild. From then on things calm down a bit but there are really no bad songs on the entire disc.

Count Yorga Vampire & Return of Count Yorga
Count Yorga Vampire & Return of Count Yorga
DVD ~ Robert Quarry
Offered by Media Favorites
Price: $5.99
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deadpan cool, June 22, 2010
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O.k., the bad first: the hot and cold acting from most of the cast, the budgets, the plots of both movies are decent but too simple, the camera mostly point and shoot, 70's fashion, the soundtracks.

Now for the good stuff: I do not know about you, but if there ever was a true vampire in the world Count Yorga would be just how I can see one looking and acting. Egotistical, introverted(would a vampire want to be around people?), sarcastic, evil, elegant, cruel(look at what he did to Paul and the priest), diabolical, lonely, logical, and worst of all smart("they usually do not last very long if they are not"). The way he completely fools Dr. Hayes in part one is awesome "MICHAEL, hahahaha". Best of all he is something most modern movie made vampires are not: scary. Quarry was never this good in anything else. He takes pretty much the best parts of every movie vampire before him and combines it into Yorga. He takes both movies from average to awesome.
The other vampires are basically just drones for him but, in the 2nd one they have a mind of their own. They portray then a vicious creatures that attack in packs and use strategy(you can only point a cross one way remember).
The directing on the budgets at hand is very good for both movies. They get to the point quickly even though the plots are very simple.
Certain scenes in both films are very creepy: his army of the dead, the 1st attack scene in part 1, the entire ending of both films.
I liked the 1st one better, even though the 2nd one is the more well made movie. the 1st one has just a more authentic feel. Anyway, see it, its worth your time.

In closing I'd like a quote:"Unfortunately, I find it difficult to evaluate life and love on the basis of purity. However, truth, cold, unemotional truth, one's loss of innocence holds it. Excuse me, I should be telling you over and over again how elegantly beautiful you are. Instead, my cynical philosophy jumps to defend itself." cool.

Flash Gordon: Saviour of the Universe Edition
Flash Gordon: Saviour of the Universe Edition
DVD ~ Sam J. Jones
Offered by Outlet Promotions
Price: $19.88
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flash! AHHH. One of the funest movies ever, May 7, 2010
"Klytus, I'm booorred. What plaything do you have for me today." -Emperor Ming

Wow, one of the most perfect summer action movies. I remember seeing it in the theater. Basically the earth is being attacked from the kingdom of Mongo in outer space and a spacecraft built by mad scientist Dr. Zarkov(Topol) is hurled with him, Dale(Melody Anderson), and, accidentaly, football star Flash Gordon((Sam J. Jones))("Quaterback, New York Jets") to stop them. Zarkov and Dale realize later that ultimate athlete Flash is their only hope against the EVIL emperor Ming, played with excelent gusto by Max von Sydow.

If any part of what I just wrote does not make you interested. DO NOT SEE THIS FILM. If you think that its cheesey, it is, but its also a LOT of fun.

Ther set design is cool(30's serial with everything over the top), the leads bland(Jones and Anderson just roll through the motions, with Anderson getting the better part), the soundtrack loud(Courtesy of Queen), the action pieces exciting(love the final battle), the effects old fasioned(lot of paintings), and the supporting cast awsome:
von Sydow makes this one and he's the best thing here, Topol brings in a lot of doubt to weather Zarkov is friend or foe, Timothy Dalton shows you why he eventually became Bond, Ornella Muti is VERY attractive and get the meatiest part here, Brian Blessed doesn't overact; he expoldes and it works, and Peter Wyngarde just oozes evil as Ming's #2.

Just turn off your brain and enjoy the fights, double crosses, and Blessed shouting and you will have a hell of a time.
DVD is cool too with a 30's FG serial and interviews(but no Von Sydow darn it).

The Mario Bava Collection: Volume One (Black Sunday / Black Sabbath / The Girl Who Knew Too Much / Kill Baby Kill / Knives of the Avenger)
The Mario Bava Collection: Volume One (Black Sunday / Black Sabbath / The Girl Who Knew Too Much / Kill Baby Kill / Knives of the Avenger)
DVD ~ Barbara Steele
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! Probably the best Collection from Bava, May 6, 2010
Mario Bava once told John Phillip Law in Danger: Diabolik "I'm not that good of a director, but I am really good with a camera." I disagree. His use of color and atmosphere still inspire many today. I think he was both a good director and an even better cameraman. Every film in this collection is a winner all showing how to make a low budget film correctly. As for the films:

Black Sunday - Bava's 1st film as a director is a gothic horror tale about an executed witch(Barbara Steele who's awsome here) getting revenge on the village that destroyed her. Even in black and white his cinematography could shine. The outside and graveyard scenes alone are worth the price of purchase.**** Some people claim that this is his best, but I think its:

Black Sabbath - the best horror anthology film. Three stories of horror hosted by Boris Karlof. Bava's use of color here is awsome as is his tight direction. As for the stories:
"The Telephone"-A woman returning home late at night is terrorized by a man over the telephone. Very simple and basic giallo-ish story, but the way its done is anything but. Probably the worst story of the three.***
"The Wurdalak"-A grandfather(Karloff again) kills an evil villan who terrorized his family but finds out that the murder comes with a price. Bava's twist on the vampired film with a gothic formula is awsomely done with some really chilling moments("Mama, I'm cold.").***1/2
"A Drop Of Water"- I always thought Bava did his best with ghost stories and here is one of the best ones and the best section of the film. A nurse learns that crime does not pay when she is called to a house and steals a ring from a dead psychic. Absolutely terrifying, he really pulls out all the stops here.****

The Girl Who Knew Too Much-And then the giallo was invented. After witnessing a murder a tourist can't convince the police that a crime actually occured(or did it?). Bava's in full Hitchcock swing here and still great in black & white. Acutally has a very engaging (if imperfect story)One of his more sucessful giallos is also maybe the 1st.***1/2

Kill Baby Kill- Basically, a mix between "A Drop of Water" and Black Sunday. After arriving at a small village to investigate some suicides that have been occuring a coroner discovers that they might not be suicides, and why is everyone in the village not cooperating. Bava did his best with ghost stories and here is no exception. Man is that little girl creepy.****

Knives of the Avenger- My favorite of Bava's Heculies clones. A barbaric stranger protects a helpless woman and her son from thugs. But then things start to get complicated. Like I said this is my favorite of Bava's sword and sandal films. It may not be the best but its at least entertaining and gets to the point quick.***
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Toys In The Attic
Toys In The Attic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome, April 3, 2010
This review is from: Toys In The Attic (Audio CD)
Awesome, but the one before and after it is a little better. Aerosmith is already in their prime here and they deliver one of their best albums. The whole band sounds tight and ready to breakout into super stardom and they actually did.
Their three best albums were this Rocks and Get Your Wings, and this is the most musically diverse of the three. That is not to say that they do not rock on it. Check out "No More No More", The title track, "Adams Apple" and the smash hit "Sweet Emotion." But there is a lot of diversity on this "Big Ten Inch Record" sounds like an old blues tune, "Uncle Salty" has a very weird, but cool guitar riff, "Round and Round" has some good studio experimentation, a very good power ballad(before they became the norm)"You See Me Crying", and who could forget the fast talking "Walk this Way".
The only weakness to Toys is that the album as a whole is a little bit weaker than Get Your Wings or Rocks. But that's just one person's opinion. Check it out, then check out the other two and form your own one.

Hair Of The Dog
Hair Of The Dog
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably Nazareth's best, May 24, 2009
This review is from: Hair Of The Dog (Audio CD)
For me this one is tied with "Loud n Proud" as Nazareth's best, but while that one had all he best songs. This one is the most consistant. Only $8.00 I'm sold. Some really great songs are here too. "Changing Times" could be Zepplin. "Love Hurts" is a cover that is better than the original Everly Bros song. Ditto for "Beggars Day". "Rose in the Heather is a beautiful intrumental with some great slide guitar work fom Manny Charlton. "Whiskey Dringing Woman" goes back to their sense of humor side and sounds like Skynrd. I'm not even gonna go into the two opening tracks, lets just say they kick major butt. As fo the band they are in great form. McCaffrey doing his best Rod Stewart meets Brian Johnson vocals. We already mentioned Chalton. Darrel Sweet & Pete Agnew were a very good rythm section & had their game down by now. Everyone who has a slight interest about how 70 rock was should check this one out.

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