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Waxworks II – Lost in Time (1992)

 

Director: Anthoy Hickox
Starring: Zach Galligan, Alexander Godnov, Monkia Schnarre, Martin Kemp, Bruce Campbell . USA . 1h 44m

After the impressive Waxworks(1988) Anthony Hickox spoilt his loyal fans with a sequel only 4 years after the original, possible in an era when fans were honoured with such things rather than waiting a lifetime for nothing. It’s very typical for Hickox’s trademark horror lightly dusted with black comedy, evil henchmen drenched in black with lots of hints of magic and a bizarre array of special effects and fantasy.

The final scene of Waxworks has been re-enacted and the film flows on seamlessly from here. Although it’s a little scattered and less formed than the original where we saw a group of wayward teens visit an enchanted waxworks exhibition and its freakish staff. They one by one get seduced into a display and find themselves thrust into the fantasy world that it depicted. While this is rife in this comedic sequel, it has a very different atmosphere to it, nothing is really taken seriously here, and after all we’ve seen it all before with the original and it seems that Hickox was just out for a lark with this one. He does make the most of the original set up, so the film is presented in different segments each with a very unique feel and theme. Continue reading Waxworks II – Lost in Time (1992)

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La Weekend July 2017 – 3

Oh dear it was a bit of a crappy movie weekend, I had a lot of new stuff to see but I panned most it all for crappy stuff as I spent most of the weekend painting and being a general douchbag. So after watching hours of rubbish on YouTube I eventually got around to some TV movies.. yeah I know I say I don’t watch it and I don’t, unless there is a movie on..

Passenger 57 (1992) – I used adore this movie when I was a teen, mostly due to the hot 90’s hair action going on, but it was one of the more talked about action films (on the playground)..  John Cutter (Westley Snipes) is a former police officer and now has the pleasure of escorting a terrorist Charles Rane (Bruce Payne) on his flight to the FBI, somehow, he takes over the plane and the two men have to physically and mentally psych each other out. It’s a bit laughable now but I think it will always hold a special place in my heart, but it’s nowhere near as awesome as New Jack City.. It was possibly one of the last films Rane did while he was still semi hot. and Tom Sizemore was on his verge of slipping into a drug coma. All said and done I think I found Con Air more re watchable and that’s saying a lot… 5/10 Continue reading La Weekend July 2017 – 3

Bad Lieutenant (1992)

Director: Abel Ferrara.
Starring: Harvey Keitel, Brian McElroy, Frankie Acciarito, Peggy Gormley, Victor Argo, . USA. 1h 36m.

The 90’s were the golden revival era of disturbing films, and while this isn’t your average cop film, it is a brilliant cop drama but the main character is so massively flawed that you often forget that he’s supposed to be the good guy.

Harvey Keitel plays the ultimate asshole of a cop LT, who shambles about the city, taking drugs, pulling over and intimidating young girls, he’s a mess, stealing drugs from crime scenes and on the odd occasion babysitting his kids and racking up huge gambling debts. Continue reading Bad Lieutenant (1992)

Candyman (1992)

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Director Bernard Rose
Writer Clive Barker (novel)
Starring :Tony Todd, Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Kasi Lemmons, Ted Raimi, Michael Culkin, Vanessa Williams, Rusty Schwimmer. USA. 1h

This was one of those movies we used to talk about as high school kids, only the most badass dared to watch it and only a select group of those bad asses dare to perform the Candyman Ritual. I have to admit that I have NEVER done it and I never will.

Based on a short story by Clive Barker called the Forbidden, this visually stunning movie tells a very faithful rendition of the hook handed Candyman, an urban legend with a little more truth than anyone would like to admit to.  A beautiful Chicago doctoral student Helen (Virginia Madsen) is researching the urban myth in the area which he holds most influence, Cabrini Green. With her friend and assistant Bernadette (Kasi Lemmons) go into the gang run projects to discover more about Candyman, after running into some helpful characters Anne-Marie and her baby boy, Helen soon find herself captured up in the legend which is becoming more and more real around her as Candyman makes himself and his hook for a hand known to anyone who is involved in Helen’s life. Continue reading Candyman (1992)

Mikey (1992)

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Mikey (Horror, Thriller 1992) (BANNED) D: Dennis Dimster: W: Jonathan Glassner: C: Brian Bonsall, Josie Bissett, Ashley Laurence, John Diehl 1h 30m. USA.

TAGLINE : Remember, Jason, Freddy were kids once, too.

Synopsis: A seemingly innocent and sweet little boy causes murder and mayhem in his new neighbourhood and falls for he teenage girl next door.

A rather charismatic insight into the troublesome and disturbing behaviour of a darling monster of a child. Mikey (1992) is banned, therefore everyone had a copy. It’s a strange B-Movie that will have you more shocked at why it’s banned rather than the mild mannered carnage that the little cutie pie creates.

The movie starts out with the angelic faced Mikey (Brian Bosnall) taking out his family in a carefree manner and ending up in foster care. Due to his sweetness he’s soon snapped up and he falls in love, which sparks another killing spree as his little hormones just don’t know what is going on, there is possibly an argument here that as a cold blooded killer he can’t understand the concept of love.. but he defiantly has something for the girl next door Jessie (Josie Bissett). With everyone believing he is the sole survivor of a tragedy and an extra diligent teacher Shawn (Ashley Laurance  from Hellraiser) Mikey is allowed a certain amount of distance to try and help him heal.. pfft.. yeah right..

A beauty and beast child on a thrill kill, makes for a pretty cool movie, and it is a little subtle but it’s also effective. With the style and atmosphere of the average TV movie, the edge is just how far this while will go to and how devious he is covering his tracks. Almost to perfect for a youngster, it’s still pretty believable, he’s not rigging torture chambers but he’s pretty neat when it comes to using a bow and arrow and other unfussy tools, and when it comes to punishing anyone who stands in his way Mikey; with the calmness of Dr. Hannibal Lecter they are taken care of in a carefully plotted scheme.

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Amongst the camp silliness of his falling in lover there is a serious side to all of this. The movie was aimed for release around the time of the Jamie Bulger killings and the world was sickened by the sadistic nature of child killers and Mikey was scrapped and the ban has never been lifted.

Horror fans won’t be amazed by the slayings, they aren’t bloody or over gory and we’ve seen kiddy killers on the prowl before like in Pet Cemetery (1989) . On the whole it’s pretty tame. The commotion comes from the overall theme and actions of the living Chucky Doll as he slays and plays.

 

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Rating : 6/10

R: Omen IV : The Awakening (1991), Pet Cemetery (1989), Children of the Damned (1964),

 

Q: Mikey : “You know, dead people aren’t the ones to be scared of, living people are.”
L: Child Killers, Banned movies
5B: Banned Films

Fortress (1992)

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(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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