Gross Movie Reviews #462
King of the Zombies (DVD) – This is a fun old school film about three people who crash land on an island that just happens to have a mad doctor on it. This doctor has turned some of the people who live there into zombies as he tries to get answers from a military man who landed there. The doctor is going to give these secrets to the Nazis. The evil doctor convinces the three plane-wrecked folks to stay in his mansion but they soon learn the good doctor is up to no good. He uses a radio signal to lure planes in and take advantage of them. A pretty funny flick about voodoo, zombies, and ghosts as I give it 3 stars.
Gods and Monsters (DVD) – The film follows the last few weeks of James Whale’s life as he flashes back to a child to making “Frankenstein” to a gay man in Hollywood. He makes friends with his gardener claiming to want to draw his pictures but eventually just keeps telling him stories of his life that no one ever knew. An Interesting and entertaining film to say the least as I give it 3 stars.
Overlord (On Demand) – A group of soldiers are sent in behind the enemy lines on June 5th, 1944 with the sole mission to take out a radio tower on top of a church. Destroy the tower then American forces can catch the Germans by surprise the next day. There was supposed to be more support but most were killed in the fire fight in the air or just never made it to safety once hitting the ground. The small group soon makes friends with a French villager who like them wants the Nazis gone. But the American soldiers soon learn of experiments being done in the basement of the old church. The Nazi’s super soldier program that is going to jump start the thousand year reign of The Third Reich! Now the American soldiers’ debate on what should be done as they fight amongst each other as time is running out. A very gory fight to the end that makes for a fun piece of fiction but plays on all the rumors you have ever heard or read about Hitler’s plans for the Third Reich as I give the movie 3 ½ stars.
Rio Bravo (Blu-ray) – I will be the first to admit that I am not a John Wayne fan. I have always been more of a Clint Eastwood western fan. But after podcast buddy Kyle informed me about the Blu-ray version of this film had a commentary done by John Carpenter. You it was only a matter of time before I gave the film a chance. So the other day I sat down and started watching this flick that pits a sheriff, a former drunk, some kid, and a crippled old dude against a gang of bandits who want their cohort released from jail. Hell, who would of guessed Dean Martin knew how to act outside of comedy? The most impressive thing I took away from the film wasn’t John Wayne but the role Angie Dickinson played. She was absolutely perfect and gives the movie that right kind of mix that made me now a fan of the film. Anyway John Carpenter goes in depth about his love Howard Hawkes films and how this film inspired his career. He includes some interesting stories about John Wayne and others while filming the movie. This flick gets 4 stars all the way.
Cherokee Creek (DVD) – We begin with two rednecks out in the restricted area of the woods trying to hunt for Bigfoot for a million dollars. This sets up the rest of the film as they are killed of course we get a home invasion and kidnapping of a man named Pat. They reach the same restricted woods and we learn that it wasn’t a home invasion/kidnapping; it was just a way to get Pat to his bachelor party. His friends who happen to be movie people that includes actor Vinnie Blades have things set up knowing Pat is also a Bigfoot fan. Pat completely upset listens to his friends and makes due with the bachelor party happening. Once the strippers show up chaos ensues as the Bigfoot in the woods isn’t happy with all the sex, pooping, and drinking in his woods. I loved the concept of the movie and it was well thought out but the length of the movie kills the buzz for the love I want to give the Bigfoot film. “Cherokee Creek” nears the two hour mark and could have easily been edited down to 85 minutes. Also wasn’t impressed with the Bigfoot costume but willing to get over that because of the fun mix of Bigfoot, blood, and sex. Honestly folks this could be one of the better Bigfoot films out there if the filmmakers go back and edit this long ass film as I give it 2 ½ stars.
Vampire Time Travelers (DVD) – An absolutely terrible thing called a movie that is from 1997 and shot-on-video making it look like it was done 1987? A sorority was haunted by a vamp named Natalia but the girls found a way to kill her. Now Natalia’s sister seeks revenge on the same sorority Alpha Omega. Since one sister by the name of Sue Ann Marie is pure, Natalia must gain strength in order to take over Sue. The only to go about this is biting the other sorority sisters in the butt. Be warned this is one of those dream sequence movies as I give this a ½ star.
The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (On Demand) – Sam Elliott plays a man named Calvin Barr who is older now but remembers the days of when he killed Hitler. He has regretted it ever since. Calvin lives alone and is pretty isolated from any family. As Calvin debates with himself and what he has or hasn’t done with his life he is visited by a government man and a scientist. They explain to him that there is a Bigfoot that is carrying the ‘nightmare plague’ that threatens all of mankind as the Bigfoot is making its way out of the Canadian woods. The U.S. wants to drop the ‘bomb’ on the 50 square mile area but the Canadian government wants to exhaust every option before they do. So Calvin is faced with saving the world again and he takes to the wilderness. What makes the film interesting is first it not played for laughs but completely serious. Second the movie is actually more of a love story that never got to happen? Third, some interesting twist about Hitler lure is thrown into the story including Hitler being a shell of a man at the end and his hand twitching from possible Parkinson’s. This movie easily could have fleshed out several things in the film but chosen to keep it a reasonable. I am of the belief this will be one of those films that audiences will find about five or ten years from now and make it a cult favorite as I give it 3 stars.
The Bat People (DVD) – A man and his wife are out checking out some caves and he happens to be bitten on the forehead by a bat. Worried about rabies he listens to the wife and gets checked out. When he has an allergic reaction to the rabies serum it is chalked up to “shit happens”. Things seem to be good now but he slowly dreams of radical changes and eventually goes out to kill. With each episode he slowly is changing into a bat that needs human blood. A mid-70s flick that I am surprised I never seen on “Chiller Theater” or a “Svengoolie” show as I give it 2 stars.
Dead Ant (On Demand) – A stupid but hilarious film about a supposedly popular metal band that wants to return to rock band greatness. So the manager and the band ‘Sonic Grave’ decide in order for this happen they must stop for drugs on their way to a music festival they are going to play at. They pick up some peyote and head to the red rocks only to disobey what the Native American man told them while using the drug. Now they have giant ants attacking them and trying to eat their bodies. The movie is dumb but it so damn entertaining because of Tom Arnold’s character as the manager who offends all involved as I give the film 3 stars.
Mad Warrior (DVD) – Hey people I found another post-apocalyptic flick from the Philippines made in the mid-80s that you may know it as “Clash of the Warlords”. Rex is man who is supposed to be one of the best fighters for a weirdo Malzon. Malzon gives him the choice of killing his best friend for his freedom. So Rex does the task but gets screwed in the deal. Rex still wants to escape the compound with his son so when a young woman comes calling with a plan he jumps on it. Once out of the compound Malzon’s men kill Rex’s son and the young lady. So of course Rex now wants revenge and Malzon just wants to howl at the moon and blood in his arena. It all comes down to a generic light saber fight in a cave that is lit with sparklers! Yes, I know you are interested as I give it 2 stars and it can usually be found YouTube.
Rush (DVD) – An Italian post-apocalyptic film about one man named ‘Rush’ trying to survive the wasteland in his little six-wheeler. He gets captured by the supreme master who keeps all survivors as slaves on the inside of his compound. The supreme master has just learned the contamination in the wasteland maybe gone as plants are starting to grow and Rush knows this also. Rush finds it tough to gather people that want to follow him on the inside and overthrow the place so they can live free their last days. 75% of the film is the supreme master’s men trying to track Rush on the outside as he runs circles around them. Outside of the beginning film that used the set from the film “Rats: Night of Terror” I don’t think a whole lot happens in this flick as I give it 2 stars.
Chosen Survivors (DVD) – It is 1974 and nuclear war has broken out. The U.S. government has certain people picked out for the survival of mankind. They are taken to one of the several underground shelters to live and stay until the radiation levels have gone down. The 11 people are safe but have an unwanted guest or guests as vampire bats have made their way into the shelter. Besides the survivors paranoia of being trapped in this shelter for unknown amount of time with bats about five days in they find out they were a part of an experiment. An experiment to see if the shelter was well-equipped and how people would react under these conditions. A well-produced horror film with blood-thirsty bats that uses the fear of the 70s and nuclear war. And you wonder why people don’t trust the government as I give it 3 stars.
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