Fortress (1992)

FORTRESS

(Thriller, Sci Fi, Action, 1992) (18) D: Stuart Gordon W :Troy Neighbors/Steven Feinberg S: Christopher Lambert, Kurtwood Smith and Jeffrey Combs. 1h 35m. Australia USA

A Futuristic prison movie, Protagonist and wife are nabbed at a future US emigration point with an illegal baby during population control.

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This is probably one of best movies by Gordon, who has a Jeffrey Combs fetish, he’s directed him in Re-Animator (1985) and From Beyond (1986).

This film is based around a futuristic computer-automated underground American prison that uses robots and lasers to control the inmates, who also have “instestinators” installed that cause pain or death depending on the which line to cross..  A married couple Brennick and Mrs Brennick (Christopher Lambert and Loryn Locklin) are imprisoned because she became pregnant with a second child (a felony). The prison is run by Director Poe (Kutwood Smith) who is a genetic human who can’t handle his drink. Jeffrey Combs is a radical computer whiz and Maddox and Stiggs (Vernon Wells and Tom Towels) run around being general ass raping douchbags.

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It’s quite typical of the age but it’s that area of sci fi that I really love, I prefer the doomed mankind theme in my futuristic movies and even though the subject of human population control has been covered it never looked so good. You know a good 1980’s 1990’s sci fi movie when you hear the phrases Mainframe, Corporation and Fucking A, this movie overdoses in them!

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There isn’t anything outstanding about the movie, it’s just cool!! REALLY COOL, I just get so psyched with dodgy retro sci fi..

BS :  The fight scene between Lambert and Wells is pretty cool. It starts out with a kick in the face and ends up a bloody mess!

T: The lead role was originally case for Arnie.

Q : “Rise and fucking shine sweetheart” This film also uses a lot of “fucking a”, “mainframe” and “corporation” phrases.

R: Fortress 2 (2000) The Handmaid’s Tale (1990) , Death Machine (1994)

8/10

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Ex Drummer (2007)

EX DRUMMER (Crime, Drama, Surreal, Comedy, Music 2007) (18D: Koen Mortier W: Herman Brusselmans 1h 41m. Belgium

Three handicapped losers who form a band ask famous writer Dries to be their drummer. He joins the band and starts manipulating them.

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Wowies! I have been trying to get hold of this movie for some time. Any film with a dude standing on the celling on the cover is bound to be “up my street”. The movie is beautifully surreal, stark, gritty and pretty much plays like the most disgusting scenes from Trainspotting (1996) mixed with the best of any local drunken battle of the bands night. It’s got a paramount assortment of anal rape, vomiting, parent beating, comedy, drug abuse, murder, violence, talking corpses and music any modern movie can give.

The movie starts with the outsider; Dries, explaining the story. He stands out from all the others, he’s not handicapped, he doesn’t play any instruments and even thought he’s not all there it’s not on the same level of depravity as the others, his house is clean, his girlfriend is err.. mostly normal and everything surrounding him is pretty clean and organised.

The rest of the cast are generic fuck ups, all with several physical and mental disorders. As the movie progresses things spiral further out of control and into the darker pits of the disabilities and paranoia, sadly I never quite work out why the lead guitarist/singer lives upside down, it’s cute seeing him wander around brushing is teeth and coughing up blood while walking around on the ceiling but it all adds to the oddball nature of the entire movie.. I mean why not!? Fuck it!? He’s obviously happy up there.

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The movie doesn’t claim to be pushing any boundaries, it will be shocking to some, funny and exciting to others. If you’re happy looking at life from an alternative scumbag point of view then it will interest you as much as any other lowlife point of view movie. Sadly if you think that there should be some “high” standard of living then this will disgust you to no end.

Q : “ I hear you can’t drum” OST : Mogwai –Hunted By a Freak, Millionare –Mongoloid. RTrainspotting (1996) Spun (2002) Pusher (1996), Requiem for a Dream (2000)

8/10

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Cyborg (1989)

CYBORG
(Action, Sci Fi 1989) (18D : Albert Pyun W : Kitty Chalmers : JCVD 1h 26m USA.

A Martial artist hunts a killer in a plague-infested urban dump of the future.

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Holy fuck JVCD to the rescue all of man kind.

We’re screwed if we had to depend on him now; the only people who can rely on him are the canines of the world.

really liked this movie, it’s not the most complex or involved movie of all time but it has it’s charms. You soon learn that some brutish thug and his gang murdered JCVD family which forces the splits champion into a revenge road trip across America. Nothing new about that, chuck in a dying world and a skin job (yes a reference to Blade Runner (1982)) and we have many excuses to kung fu everyone to death! There is a little side story going along with it involving a cure to save the worlds population but that’s the general idea. If you don’t mind a bit of dated futuristic ass kicking then this should please, you’ll need to look past the bad hair and retro Mad max (1979) clothes to see the beauty of the movie. Hold on… No need, this is Mad max! Its just on the disgarded set of Masters of the universe II

OK it’s not the best movie ever, it’s not aged as well as other older sci fi movies but then it wasn’t the biggest budget movie ever but its one that I am fond of from my childhood.

As much as I hate wanky guitar solos that go on too long I also really hate the battered hero finding amazing strength to beat the bad guy only because good must conquer bad.. but the final fight scene is pretty epic in the rain and all the slow mo repeated shots you can wish for..

Q: “I like this world”. RThe Quick and the Dead (1995), Android (1982), Mad max (1979)

6/10

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The Keep (1983)

The Keep
(Horror, Supernatural,War, 1983) (15) D : Michael Man W : F. Paul Wilson ,S : Scott Glenn, Gabriel Bryne, Ian McKellen 1h 36m. USA.

TAGLINE : They were all drawn to the keep.

Nazis are forced to turn to a Jewish historian for help in battling the ancient demon they have inadvertently freed from it’s prison. At the Keep they will face EVIL.

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A group of German soldiers in the Romanian mountains during WWII use an ancient stone fortress as their makeshift headquarters. The nazis are being eaten alive by an unseen force. Scott Glenn appears like a modern day superhero named Glaekon Trismegistus. Meanwhile a crippled professor (Ian McKlennen) and his daughter are brought in from a concentration camp to help the nazis who are also trying to raid the fortress to a Tangerine Dream OST.

The Monster is remarkable; I really admired the effects used to produce it, despite looking like a Marvel super villain it was hard to believe he was created when I was only 2 years old.

This movie is based on the Jewish legend of the Golem, but he’s been liberated from a creature fashioned of mud and stone into a creature that has forged itself from death and stone.

I felt that the film switched loyalty part was through, it seemed that we are herded to Scott Glenn as a saviour, where I was all for the Golem liberating the Jewish people in their time of need! I reckon it could have made a better story if the fall of the third reich was down to the Golem. Apart from that  I really enjoyed the film, it was quite original.
T : In the original novel by F. Paul Wilson, the Character Glasken calls himself Glenn, and in the movie he’s played by Scott Glenn.

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Q : “A Devil? Now you listen to me, The devil in the Keep wears a black uniform , had a death’s head on his cap and calls him self sturmbannfuhrer.”

OST : Tangerine Dream throughout

R : Der Golem (1916/1920), The Bunker (2001)

7/10

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The Believers (1978)

THE BELIEVERS
(Supernatural, Horror, Thriller, Mystery, 1987) (18) D: John Schlesinger W: Nicholas Conde, S : Marting Sheen, Helen Shaver and Robert Loggia. 1h 54m. USA

TAGLINE: Nothing can stop them, No one can help you, They know who you are.

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A New York Psychiatrist finds that a voodoo cult which believes in child sacrifice, has a keen interest in his own son.

I’m not entirely sure how I ever missed this movie up until now! I adore everything about it. It goes from a shocking morning breakfast to Fulci style insect crawling out of the face gore! Obviously there is a little more going on..

Basically Cal (Martin Sheen)’s son is hot property to some voodoo cult, there are some mysterious child murders and apparent suicides of adults. After the shocking breakfast tragedy, Cal and his son move to New York where he then has to fight what he doesn’t know or understand to save his son from a “Brujeria” who needs his son to preform one of their rituals.

The film is exceptionally made and despite being long (not in my books) people have crucified it for being slow and padding things out, I suppose it’s just not for everyone but I felt that it kept to the story and kept that story flowing. A lot of Voodoo cinema deal with the history or the cult personalities etc, there is not deep history lesson or anything with leads the viewer though any lanes of belief, you really have to do all this hard work yourself.

The first passing of the wife is something that you could possibly see as happening but if the next scene went to spiders crawling gout of someone’s face then you would switch it off, but by the time your introduced to the workings of the cult, the mutilations the mental breaking down of a seasoned police officer, your taken in by the power of the magic.

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If you can appreciate an older horror that can scare without the use of CGI then you might find this interesting.

Q :  “Alright, I understand. You don’t have any reason to trust me yet. But you don’t have any reason to distrust me, do you?”

R: The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988), Angel Heart (1987), Borderland (2007), Marked for Death (1990)

7/10

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WENDIGO WINDIGO…

WENDIGO/WINDIGO MOVIES

My horror bro The Creepy Critter mentioned Wendigo Wednesday’s on his/it’s blog and that got me thinking about Wendigo movies.. It’s an odd subject as they are portrayed in many different ways in many different movies. Some they are spirits, other movies just another name for a werewolf…

What’s the dictionary definition? “Well a Wendigo is a creature appearing in legends of the Algonquian peoples, it is thought of variously as a malevolent cannibalistic spirit that could possess humans or a monster that human could physically transform into.”

Sounds pretty cool huh! Personally I don’t think any movie has done it full justice yet, but out of the ones I have seen I think Ravenous would be my favourite.

I would love to see a movie where the Windigo/Wendigo is shown as a possession that spreads from one person to the next feeding as it goes. Similar to the Thing (1982) or Evil Dead (1981).

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list

CABIN IN THE WOODS (2011) – Horror/sci fi flick that features ALL of our nightmares and monsters, and you can just about twig a little windigo killing it’s way around the facility.

RAVENOUS (1999) – A wendigo is portrayed as a cannibal spirit/behaviour in this glorious thriller.

WENDIGO (2001) – George is a high strung professional photographer who is starting to unravel from the dress of his work with a Manhattan advertising agency. After moving to the wilderness a wendigo starts to haunt his family.

WINDIGO (1994) –A reporter Struggles to cover a Native American Groups Battle with the government for independence in a remote area of Canada. It sounds like the name is just being used to sell movies here..

WINDIGO (2011) – Horror movie portraying a Windigo.

WENDIGO (1978) – Adventure, Horror, Thriller.

THE WENDIGO (2008) – A Dark, robed figure recounts his tale of discovering the secret truth behind the fabled Wendigo…

GINGER SNAPS BACK THE BEGINNING (2004) – The third Ginger Snaps movie, which brings both sisters back together and makes up for a poor sequel. This story explains how the Wendigo is the reason for the curse of the sisters from the 19th Century.

THE LAST WINTER (2006) – The Wendigo is portrayed as large prehistoric caribou type ghosts.

THE LURE OF THE WINDIGO (1914) –  A young woman in the Canadian wilderness, seduced and then abandoned by her Canadian Mountie Lower, turns for help to her old Indian friend.

A WINDIGO TALE (2010) – Two stories woven together, one profoundly affect the other, a native Canadian grandfather drives north accompanied by his grandson.

THE WINDIGO (2000) – 16 minute short of the Windigo myth.

WIKI PAGE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendigo

I will add to this list and link to reviews as I write them.

La Weekend June 1

LA WEEKEND…

Pretty uneventful weekend but one that I spend a lot of time working out and spending time with my mama. I did re discover tales of the unexpected which took up a lot of my time but there is no point in reviewing each one, I might do it season by season.

  • JAWS 2
  • GET  CARTER
  • CABIN IN THE WOODS
  • MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH
  • PROMETHEUS
  • JAWS OF SATAN (COBRA)
  • CREEPSHOW
  • HAMMER OF THE GODS
  • WHEN THE LIGHTS WENT OUT
  • THE BAYTOWN OUTLAWS
  • REQUIEM FOR A DREAM
  • THE LODGER

JAWS 2 – I always find it odd that they did such an amazingly good job with the first movie but then really make the second look like a fake crap shark!? I worked out why none of the other movies are as good as the first, it’s simply missing Quint! “Here’s to swimming with bow legged women”.

*GET  CARTER – I don’t often watch remakes and this is another reason why! I tried really hard not to swear at my TV during the whole movie.. I gave up after the first 20 minutes.

*CABIN IN THE WOODS

recommended by a good movie buddy Gav(meister), and he’s right it is a good movie, not a GREAT movie but I really did enjoy seeing the hordes of monsters. I was first put off by the sci fi element in a cabin movie but in the end I really enjoyed it.

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MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH – I never get sick of this movie, it’s a pleasure to watch. Lavish colours, great plot and if you have great DVD controls a dubstepping dwarf.

PROMETHEUS – Mama hadn’t seen this, despite it being in the house for so long, after a long discussion about robots and how they shouldn’t be pricks we eventually watched the film. I do like the film but I get really annoyed that it doesn’t answer any questions.

*JAWS OF SATAN (COBRA) –Oh!! I’ve had this on the to watch list for a week or two.. I was hoping for an old school gem, but instead I got a comedy.. but a few beers and it’s quite enjoyable.

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CREEPSHOW – another film I never tire of even though I know it all off by heart! I wish we could have some more creepshows.. I fear that modern cinema would balls it all up but you gotta keep the dream alive.

*HAMMER OF THE GODS – It was hard watching this because it was so bad but I like to give everything a chance..

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*WHEN THE LIGHTS WENT OUT – I had a lot of expectations for this movie, I was hoping for dodgy retro prints, council fireplaces and things being chucked around the room and it did not fail to supply that, sadly for some reason my end credits were in German!???

*THE BAYTOWN OUTLAWS– One of my little sisters newest all time favourite movies, it’s not Hell Ride BUT it is a brilliant thrill ride!

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*REQUIEM FOR A DREAM – I think this is on the disturbing list.. not sure why!? It tackles a few difficult subjects but they aren’t anything which isn’t already commonplace? I know it’s hard for some people to look into the lives of addicts but addiction isn’t all that rare. Maybe I’m too hardcore.

*THE LODGER  – urgh I thought this was the Alfred Hitchcock 1920’s movie it has that cover.. but this is the 1940’s movie!!! How do people get away with this. Either way it still tells a creepy story about a mysterious lodger during the Jack the Ripper killing season.

*New Movie

Reviews to come..

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