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trebor8273 22nd April 2020 09:09 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgQe31n-C7Y

A group of elderly war vets have to defend themselves from crazed and deranged druggies whom come looking for there stash which was stolen by a young woman. Nice and gory with lots of familiar b movie faces as the vets. really enjoyed this and Can see it getting many more viewings.

Can see this is heavily influenced by John Carpenter ( especially Assault on Precinct 13) . The familiar faces are

Stephen Lang
Fred Williamson
Martin kove
William Sadler
George Wendit

7.5/10

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2ww4HZJWMk

Some nonsense involving possession and a haunted house. Glad I watched this with the free month of arrow video from amazon. Would of been a bit up set of had spent money on it. Last 10 minutes where OK at best the rest was just terrible. 4/10

nicholasrope 22nd April 2020 10:19 PM

Bloodfight & Nightmare City
 
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Hong Kong version of Blood Sport which stars Bolo Yeung as Chang Li (The dubbing makes it sound like Chong Li) A former Martial Arts champion trains a student to compete in a tournament where he's killed and therefore seeks revenge. A little difference is they do most of the tournament scenes at the beginning then do a flashback before going back to the present. The fight scenes are decent and you can see that they took thought into showing damage to the fighters and some of the fight scenes were a bit comical (A Sumo Wrestler smothering his opponent) even as fan of this type of film, this was very passable especially with some over the top acting and a particular annoying song during the film. Released by VPD, who believe obtained mostly Martial Art films from around the world and give them cool looking packaging which attracts fans of the genre but are the kind of films Video Shops would only order 1 copy of and rent it out cheap as well as placing the cases next to the popular films (which may already have been rented)

Nightmare City

Umberto Lenzi Zombie (I think they were Zombies) movie in which Zombies? infiltrated a plane and start killing people. (These Zombies? had weapons) Gory and has a Song that gets repeated a lot. This is one of those films I'm unsure in whether I actually like it or not? Had a very strange ending though

nicholasrope 22nd April 2020 10:21 PM

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Originally Posted by trebor8273 (Post 625598)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgQe31n-C7Y

A group of elderly war vets have to defend themselves from crazed and deranged druggies whom come looking for there stash which was stolen by a young woman. Nice and gory with lots of familiar b movie faces as the vets. really enjoyed this and Can see it getting many more viewings.

Can see this is heavily influenced by John Carpenter ( especially Assault on Precinct 13) . The familiar faces are

Stephen Lang
Fred Williamson
Martin kove
William Sadler
George Wendit

7.5/10

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2ww4HZJWMk

Some nonsense involving possession and a haunted house. Glad I watched this with the free month of arrow video from amazon. Would of been a bit up set of had spent money on it. Last 10 minutes where OK at best the rest was just terrible. 4/10

What were these movies please. All I'm getting are black boxes?

trebor8273 22nd April 2020 10:25 PM

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What were these movies please. All I'm getting are black boxes?

VFW and Scared Stiff.

MrBarlow 22nd April 2020 10:37 PM

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The Terror. 1963.

A soldier in the Napoleon Army pursues a young girl only to be saved by a young man and a old woman. He tells them of a young girl he saw. His questioning leads him to a castle and a Baron but something darker may await him.

This has always been a great movie to watch from Roger Corman and even Francis For Coppola, Jack Nicholson plays the young stranded soldier who seems intrigued by the young Elaine, and heads to the Baron's castle played by legend Boris Korloff and his servant Dick Miller.

This was done on a quick note and a somewhat low budget even had 5 directors and at one point Jack sat in the directors chair. It does have some plot holes, and twists, are we watching a ghost story or a witchcraft/black magic film, it doesn't really matter as we are drawn into the movie with a gloomy gothic castle and brilliant acting by all and good make up effects.

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Demdike@Cult Labs 22nd April 2020 10:45 PM

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The Terror. 1963.

A soldier in the Napoleon Army pursues a young girl only to be saved by a young man and a old woman. He tells them of a young girl he saw. His questioning leads him to a castle and a Baron but something darker may await him.

This has always been a great movie to watch from Roger Corman and even Francis For Coppola, Jack Nicholson plays the young stranded soldier who seems intrigued by the young Elaine, and heads to the Baron's castle played by legend Boris Korloff and his servant Dick Miller.

This was done on a quick note and a somewhat low budget even had 5 directors and at one point Jack sat in the directors chair. It does have some plot holes, and twists, are we watching a ghost story or a witchcraft/black magic film, it doesn't really matter as we are drawn into the movie with a gloomy gothic castle and brilliant acting by all and good make up effects.

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I love the idea that an additional scene of exposition was filmed at the end with basically talking heads, because the sets had been removed, as Corman realised the whole thing made no sense whatsoever. :lol:

MrBarlow 23rd April 2020 12:33 AM

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Ra-animator. 1985.

After a new student arrives on campus, Herbert West, his new roommate and girlfriend become involved in the re-animation of dead tissue with disastrous results.

One of the best and goriest films from the 80s (i want my childhood back), this was when films were at the height of being good with proper make-up and special effects with no CGI in them so they can't be ruined. Jefferey Combs plays the student Herbert who studied under another doctor of bringing the brain back to life after death. Bruce Abbott plays the promising student Dan Cain who is with the dean's daughter Megan played by Barbara Crampton (who has a nice figure). Things never go to plan with David Gale's part as Doctor Hill who wants the serum but ends up become a head on the table. After seeing this for ages you forget about how much black humor was put into the script with the horror, thank you Brian Yuzna and Stuart Gordon (RIP) for this film.

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Demdike@Cult Labs 23rd April 2020 03:21 PM

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Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)

This is how to do comedy horror.

Well meaning hillbillies Tucker and Dale (Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk) are so likable, especially Labine's Dale, you can't help but warm to them, the same goes for the gorgeous Katrina Bowden's Alison, the subject of all the confusion. Her on screen chemistry with Dale holds the whole movie beautifully together.

The story takes in many backwoods horror tropes but basically reverses them as the city folk become the crazed madmen out for blood whilst our two heroes remain in a state of confusion about, well most things really.

The laughs come thick and fast and are cleverly devised rather than say going down the Scary Movie parody route, and the gore is suitably bloody in a story which engages, thrills, scares and just as importantly warms the heart.

Absolutely brilliant, i've seen this several times now and anyone who enjoys outdoors / backwoods horror films should love it.

MrBarlow 23rd April 2020 05:41 PM

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Contracted: Phase I. 2013.

Samantha, a 20 something ex heroin addict is talked into going to a house party with her girlfriend Nikki who never shows up, she meets a guy called BJ, they hook up for a bit of back seat bunk up. The day after she thinks she is hungover and gets worse, she thinks she has a STD but something else is wrong with her.

The film takes place over three days and the pace is picked up well from the first 5 minutes and never seemed to get boring just more interesting, with moments of suspense and bodily changes as to what will happen. Najarra Townsend plays the part of Samantha well and Caroline Williams (TCM2) plays her overbearing mother. The film does have it's moments of being squeamish and any one with a weak stomach may wish to avoid. Worth a watch.

Remember people..always use protection.

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MrBarlow 23rd April 2020 07:48 PM

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Contracted: Phase II. 2015.

Riley who has the same disease as Samantha tires to find a cure and look for patient zero known as BJ,and a detective is trying to track him during the epidemic.

The film takes off from where the previous film ended on day 3, Matt Mercer plays Riley who is infected and goes on a search for answers. This is one the same wave length as the previous film and although it seems like Riley has a good immune system to others who seem to change quickly. It may not have the same suspenseful build up but does have some more gore and a unexpected ending and don't eat anything while watching this.

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nosferatu42 23rd April 2020 09:37 PM

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After playing the game the other week i set about rewatching the Paramount Friday the 13th films for the first time in over 10 years and i was surprised by my reaction to a few, some i didn't rate at the time moved up my ratings and some dropped.

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4 - The Final Chapter.
6 - Jason Lives
7 - The New Blood
Part 3
Part 2
Friday the 13th
5 - A New Beginning
8 - Jason Takes Manhatten

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All were enjoyable, undemanding and easy to watch at around 90 mins a piece,
I really disliked part 8 at the time but it was watchable enough although dragged a bit in places, still the worst one of these though.

Part 2 was always one of my favourites, but i found the fact that half the councillors disappeared down the pub left me a bit deflated as i was looking forward to more kills.

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I remember being disappointed with the later ones on VHS but realise now that a lot of gore scenes were cut at the time, bit of a shame really as that was always the series selling point.

The Final chapter is still my favourite, it's still original brutal Jason but has more interesting characters than the early ones and some classic kills and
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I've always had a soft spot for 7, it's just goofy ridiculous fun so can't face putting it any further down the list.:pop2:

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nicholasrope 23rd April 2020 09:59 PM

Paganini Horror & Double Impact
 
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Paganini Horror

Well it least it was short. A Rock Band use some old Classical Music which then causes them to get murdered. All I can say is if you watched it when it 1st came out and it was one of the 1st Horror Movies you saw, maybe just maybe, you will hold it in higher regard. Watching it for the 1st time in 2020 is not a good thing.

Double Impact

After Blood Sport, Kickboxer & A.W.O.L, Jean Claude Van Damme was my favorite actor and every new release in the video shop was the film I wanted to rent the most (I don't have that feeling regarding a Actor having a new film out being a most see ASAP) Whilst this story of Van Damme playing 2 brothers seeking revenge on the Criminals who murdered their parents isn't my favorite film of his, it is still an enjoyable watch.

MrBarlow 23rd April 2020 10:36 PM

Zombie Brigade. 1988.

When a small town mayor proposes to build a amusement park on a burial ground, the dead rise up and seek revenge on the living.

This was very low budget and the zombies haven't really lost their marbles and seem to have mud on their faces, sharp teeth and that's the new look of the 80s zombies from Australia. It doesn't have much going for it except some of the acting is passable, the main actors do try their best not to make a muck up of it. I think it be listed as a bad movie that's funny to watch

MrBarlow 24th April 2020 12:23 AM

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I Bury The Living. 1958.

A cemetery director discovers by changing the plots on a a map from being empty to occupied the people around him start dying mysteriously.

This may seem like a cheap amateurish movie that looks and sounds daft, don't be fooled by it, this was a enjoyable 50s flick. Richard Boone plays the caretaker of the cemetery who moves the pins on the map and soon people start dying and he doesn't believe it's coincidence. It does have a great background score that mixes with the mystery of the map and does have a interesting ending that may baffle a bit.

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nicholasrope 24th April 2020 09:50 PM

Critters, Life Force & The Burning
 
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Critters
Alien creatures escape from a space prison and make it to Earth where they invade a small town and terrorize a family on a farm. Alien Bounty Hunters who are able to change faces arrive to assist. Not sure if this was meant to be a serious Horror movie back in 1986 but today as a Comic Horror film, it's still a lot of fun. By The Way, I love the original VHS front cover and the RCA Colombia logo. I also remember watching Critters 2 more than once, certainly going to give that a go soon.

Life Force

Space Vampires arrive to cause chaos on Earth, I really couldn't get into this one. The effects really didn't look all that great. Oh well.

The Burning

A Camp Caretaker is burned alive and 5 years later he stalks and kills a group of Teenagers. Very similar to Friday The 13th but it's entertaining and considering Tom Savani was involved the Effects were gory and bloody. Just what you want to see in this type of movie. This is one of my favorite Video Nasties

Boo Radley 25th April 2020 10:51 AM

M.O.M.
On Netflix or Prime, I cannot remember which. Shot on hidden cams, phones, etc but don't let that put you off. An over zealous mother is worried her 16 year old son is about to commit an atrocity like a school shooting. She secretly films him around the house and starts a blog trying to warn other mothers of the dangers of having a psychopath as a son. After 10 minutes I nearly turned off but stick with it and you might find yourself pleasantly surprised like I did. Wait till the end of the credits (Marvel style) for the last bit.

Trauma.
No, not the one you're thinking of, this effort is from director Lucio Rojas in Chille. Wow! Nasty, nasty, nasty. Probably the most vile and disturbing film I've seen since A Serbian Film. That is no recommendation by the way! A group of girls in a cabin held hostage by a severely deranged man and his son. I cannot even write down the carnage and sexual deviation portrayed in this. If you want to see it you'll have to import the BD as there is no way the BBFC would pass this.

Room 237.
Conspiracy documentary on the many theories abounding about Kubricks version of The Shining. As there are so many different interpretations it skates past as many as it can, some well worth a thought or two, some preposterous depending on your own preconceived ideas. Worth a watch if you love the film but ultimately I found it lacking and a bit boring to be honest.

Suspiria.

The remake. I wanted to like this, I hoped it would be good. I was wrong. Utter pretentious bollocks that made me wish I could catch Covid 19. In the list of worst remakes ever made this must be in the top three. The best place for this disc is in your microwave where you can watch pretty blue lights sparkle across the disc, much more entertaining than actually wasting precious hours of your life watching the feature.

MrBarlow 25th April 2020 05:28 PM

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Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence. 1992.

When a female cop is gunned down during a robbery and is accused of excessive force, with a help of a voodoo priest, Matt Cordell rises from the grave to seek retribution.

This was a decent solid sequel even though 3/4 of the film is set in a hospital and seems to not go anywhere but Cordell seems to have a lot available to use in his way of justice served. Robert Davi returns as the detective from the second film and Robert Z'Dar as Matt Cordell. There is some good action sequences but seem to be far apart from the previous two films and little suspense build ups but i'm sure we are rooting for Matt to kill people.

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Demdike@Cult Labs 25th April 2020 07:17 PM

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Just a heads up!

The excellent British found footage horror The Borderlands is on BBC2 at ten past midnight tonight.

https://www.cult-labs.com/forums/att...3&d=1587842197

Recommended.

bleakshaun 25th April 2020 08:23 PM

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Haven't really posted up a review here for a while, but here's what I've been watching over the past while, been too busy working
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MrBarlow 25th April 2020 08:41 PM

Secret Screams (aka Grave Secrets). 1989.

A woman reaches out to a parapsychologist as she believes she is being haunted by something from beyond the grave. As the ghost hunting goes on there is more that's haunting the woman.

This could have been good if some behind the scenes wold have taken it seriously, the main leads Paul Le Mat and Renee Soutendijk do try to keep to it entertaining, even a small appearance by David Warner becoming possessed was a bit creepy, but there is a few plot holes with Lee Ving's character who some how appears to be a jealous man then disappears only to return to meet a ghost. The effects seem to be something you would see out of a children's ghost story. Not the best ghost story film.

trebor8273 25th April 2020 09:09 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D05YjZmVSI

Come to Daddy.

Not a prequel to Hellraiser about Frank!


A man tries to reconnect to the father that left when he was a young boy, when he receives a letter to come and see him.

We soon learn that his farther appears not to be firing and all cylinders and is unhinged and tries to kill his son but promptly has a heart attack.

This is when things hit the fan and the son starts to hear and seeing things and he seems to be being watched. Not going to spoil the plot anymore as plenty of twists and film has a very dark vain of comedy running through it and extremely violent in places. Woods gives a great performance but dear god he doesn't suit that pudding bowl haircut and that porn star mustache! 7.5/10

nicholasrope 25th April 2020 09:32 PM

Critters 2 & Robocop 2
 
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Critters 2

Critter eggs that were seen at the end of the 1st film are mistaken for Easter Eggs during the town's festivities. Brad returns home along with The Bounty Hunters. I remember enjoying this film when I rented it and it's still enjoyable now and it's a regret that I never re-watched it until today. It also managed to balance the seriousness of the attacks with comedic element. It was funny seeing one of the Bounty Hunters trying to transform into looking like Freddy Kruger. It's recommended along with the 1st film.

Robocop 2

I remember renting it when it 1st came out on Video and may have watched it another time so therefore I barely remember what happens in this film. It's not bad but not a patch on the original. Must admit the actor who played the criminal kid played the role so well, I wanted him to get his comeuppance. Also I believe James Cameron may have gotten his inspiration for Avatar from that Sunblock 5000 commercial.

MrBarlow 25th April 2020 10:56 PM

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G.B.H. 1983.

A recently released ex-bouncer is asked to be a bouncer for a small club where the local gangsters try to take over.

One question, was this movie released to cinema or was it a made for T.V. movie? With a tagline "More brutal than The Long Good Friday" this had me intrigued. It was probably brutal back then but now this was F&*king tame. The acting was not great even though the actors have moved on to better things, the fight scenes seem so daft and very bad editing doesn't help. You can only laugh at this film now.

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iank 26th April 2020 01:15 AM

D.E.B.S. A young female spy finds herself being romanced by a young female super-villain in this wacky mid-2000s spy spoof/romantic comedy. Very silly, very cute, very fun, always been one of my "guilty pleasure" favourites from the 2000s, and still is. :nod:

Demdike@Cult Labs 26th April 2020 10:51 AM

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Philomena (2013)

Stephen Frears directs this Oscar nominated British drama in which BBC journalist Martin Sixsmith helps a woman who was forced to give up her son for adoption

Based on a true story, Philomena is a wonderful film. It's a film that made me laugh, it's a film that pulled at my heart strings, it's a film that brought a poignant tear to my eye as well as making me angry and it's also a film i found remarkably uplifting.

Both Steve Coogan and Judi Dench are an absolute delight and basically carry the film entirely, their rapport is genuinely life affirming in what is a film of rare beauty despite it's at times bleak story.

Inspector Abberline 26th April 2020 12:35 PM

The Irishman
 
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The Irishman.
Well at 3.1/2 hrs long I felt like I had been taken out to the car park and shot in the back of the head and left in a dumpster.
Scorsese like his favourite actors are getting old,but he and neither has his mates have lost any of there magic,that said some of the de-aging effects did look odd at times,but the acting shone through it all.All three leads ,Pesci,De Niro and especially Pacino were at there best..Keitel was under used but Stephen Graham was excellent as Tony Pro....I just had to rewatch Goodfellas and Casino again.

bleakshaun 26th April 2020 03:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Demdike@Cult Labs (Post 625720)
Just a heads up!



The excellent British found footage horror The Borderlands is on BBC2 at ten past midnight tonight.



https://www.cult-labs.com/forums/att...3&d=1587842197



Recommended.

Thanks for the heads up watched it on iplayer.
A very good slow burner if I'm honest. I second you recommendation

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Demdike@Cult Labs 26th April 2020 03:58 PM

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Originally Posted by bleakshaun (Post 625773)
Thanks for the heads up watched it on iplayer.
A very good slow burner if I'm honest. I second you recommendation

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Delighted you enjoyed it, Shaun.

The fact that it's well acted really helps make the film convincing. Plus i love the final scenes.

bleakshaun 26th April 2020 04:00 PM

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Delighted you enjoyed it, Shaun.



The fact that it's well acted really helps make the film convincing. Plus i love the final scenes.

I actually preferred the build up to the climax

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Nordicdusk 26th April 2020 05:36 PM

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An axe murderer is stalking a sleepy town not used to any sort of crime apart from the odd bar fight. There are plenty of shady characters in this town so anyone could be to the killer.

There is a real mixture of acting talent in this from decent to people who keep mixing up their lines and mispronouncing normal words its bloody hilarious. Two of the main lead actors are two assholes the bug killer and the computer geek they just both have this cocky manner about them that feels really out of place in their scenes.

When it comes to the kills its a mixture between cut aways and full on in your face but it's always entertaining. When they show the kills the killer really goes to town where actually looks like the actor is having the time of his life :lol:

7/10

Demdike@Cult Labs 26th April 2020 05:56 PM

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Swimfan (2002)

The genre that probably isn't called 'Jilted lover turns psycho bitch from hell' is well worn. Standout's include Jessica Walter in Clint Eastwood's Play Misty for Me (1971) and Glenn Close in 1987's Fatal Attraction and now i'd add Swimfan to that list.

Plot wise the film is nothing particularly new, it's basically a high school version of the aforementioned films but in Erika Christensen it has a standout loony femme fatale as good as any. Her performance as she sets out to destroy swimming champ Jesse Bradford's life kept me on edge throughout in what was a fast moving 85 minute thriller.

Don't be put off by the 12 certificate. This is an entertaining psycho thriller.

Dave Boy 26th April 2020 08:17 PM

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A WEEKEND WITH LULU (1961)

Tim (Leslie Phillips) and Deirdre (Shirley Eaton) have planned a weekend away in Folkstone. Fred (Bob Monkhouse) loans them his brothers caravan 'Lulu' which he will toe down to the coast behind his ice cream van as he intends to sell some ices on the side. Deidre's mother Florence (Irene Handl) comes along as chaperone. After taking a short cut to avoid a traffic jam, they become lost in a storm and end up on the back of a train heading for France..

Hammer Films comedy with a great cast also including Sid James and Kenneth Connor. Lively piano playing by Russ Conway is the soundtrack for the most part in this enjoyable knockaround movie.

MrBarlow 26th April 2020 08:21 PM

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Graveyard Shift. 1990.

In a very old textile mill, the workers try to stop a rat infestation, only to come across something bigger in the basement of the mill.

Based on the short story by Stephen King, this one seems to be getting a bashing by critics as the worst story/adaptation, it isn't full of blood and gore as his earlier works but seems to rely on more suspense than anything else. Stephen Macht (The Monster Squad) plays the owner of the textile mill with a southern accent , every time he talked i was expecting him to come out with "the south shall rise again" don't hate me for thinking that :behindsofa:

Brad Dourif stars as the exterminator who like the sling shot and can move and Andrew Divoff (Wishmaster) makes a small appearance. David Andrews stars as the new employee and somewhat of a reluctant hero. Maybe due to poor casting choice or direction the film was going that people seem to hate but personally i enjoyed this film, i'm sure we have our worst King's adaptation.

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nicholasrope 26th April 2020 09:12 PM

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G.B.H. 1983.

A recently released ex-bouncer is asked to be a bouncer for a small club where the local gangsters try to take over.

One question, was this movie released to cinema or was it a made for T.V. movie? With a tagline "More brutal than The Long Good Friday" this had me intrigued. It was probably brutal back then but now this was F&*king tame. The acting was not great even though the actors have moved on to better things, the fight scenes seem so daft and very bad editing doesn't help. You can only laugh at this film now.

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This was featured on the 2nd part of The Video Nasties Guide released by Nucleus Films so believe it or not this film was part of the Section 3 List.

From what I recall they did say that it was a popular film when it came out Rental wise but I saw the trailer and it looked awful. I keep on saying this but it may be a case of it being better when it was out for Rental and had nothing else to compare it to.

MrBarlow 26th April 2020 09:24 PM

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This was featured on the 2nd part of The Video Nasties Guide released by Nucleus Films so believe it or not this film was part of the Section 3 List.

From what I recall they did say that it was a popular film when it came out Rental wise but I saw the trailer and it looked awful. I keep on saying this but it may be a case of it being better when it was out for Rental and had nothing else to compare it to.

May of been popular back then but i was..ahem years old when it came out i don't think it would be great match with The Long Good Friday. One scene involves a broken glass to the face, done POV style but don't see the after effect (nor want to), it has a few goofs in it that are easily noticed. Maybe our minds have been corrupted with other violent films over the years and we are use to seeing a lot of violence.

nicholasrope 26th April 2020 09:32 PM

Cyber Tracker, Trading Places, Planet Terror & Olympus Has Fallen
 
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This is a 1994 Don "The Dragon" Wilson movie where he's a Secret Service Agent who is framed of a murder of a Technology Company Whistleblower by an evil owner specializing in Cybernetics. He is hunted by Cyber Trackers (Robots that act like Judge Dredd) and eventually teams up with a resistance group. This is the B-Movie equivalent of more bigger films but it's good fun. If you like your B-Movie Action films and you can find it cheap, then you'd do worse.

Trading Places

This is the classic Eddie Murphy and Dan Ackroyd 80's Comedy where 2 which Stockbrokers bet on whether 2 people can cope if they swapped lives. This is the 1st time I've seen it and quite enjoyed it. Must say however I was a bit shocked by part of the scene on the Train which I'm sure wouldn't have happened if it was filmed now.

Planet Terror

Part of The Great Grindhouse project which didn't do as well as first thought. This was the Zombie part and it wasn't bad, it was nice and gory but the scratches on the film got a bit grating for me (Yes I know that's what it was like back then)

I remember a comment saying that people don't pay all that money to go to the Cinema to see scratches and lines (Even it was intentional)

Olympus Has Fallen

Gerard Butler is a Secret Service Agent who is a one man army when Korean Terrorists take over the White House. A bit of a throwback to the straight up no-brainer Action movies that were adored in the late 80's-Early 90's and this wouldn't be out of place if it was released back then. The storming of the White House was exhilarating.

nicholasrope 26th April 2020 10:33 PM

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May of been popular back then but i was..ahem years old when it came out i don't think it would be great match with The Long Good Friday. One scene involves a broken glass to the face, done POV style but don't see the after effect (nor want to), it has a few goofs in it that are easily noticed. Maybe our minds have been corrupted with other violent films over the years and we are use to seeing a lot of violence.

I agree

MrBarlow 26th April 2020 10:35 PM

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Weekend at Bernie's. 1989.

Two guys try to make out their murdered boss is still alive during a weekend party and elude the hitman who is trying to finish him off.

One decent black humor comedy to finish off the 80s, at a party you can't pretend nobody is dead but always a joy when someone is passed out drunk and this film springs to mind with others to imitate it. Andrew McCarthy and Johnathan Silverman play the unlucky duo who find their boss Bernie played by Terry Kiser dead. What makes it more funny is the islanders don't realize he is dead and keep calling him. Don Calfa plays the hitman who thinks he done the job then slowly looses his mind. Certainly recommended.

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MrBarlow 27th April 2020 01:08 AM

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Sid and Nancy. 1986.

Biography tale of bassist id Vicious and his relationship with girlfriend Nancy Spungen.

This is one ride of self destruct, or as Johnny Rotten once said "The only thing they got right about this film was the name". Gary Oldman's performance as the bassist Sid is quite amazing, intriguing and scary as he slips into the heroin addiction and Chloe Webb's take on Nancy is unpredictable. It does show the high's of being on tour, singing, having a laugh to the downside of having little money and coming off a high with the sweats and tempers flaring up. Roger Deakins did a great job with the cinematography, even upto the end with New York being in the background and clouds filling the sky as if it were a cloud were to be over Sid.

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Deepwater Horizon (2016) ★★★★

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A story set on the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded during April 2010 and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
I'm a big fan of Peter Berg's films and his approach to stories based on true events I've yet to see Mile 22 and consider this as good as, or better than The Kingdom, Lone Survivor, and Patriots' Day. It's an extremely loud film, it should be loud because of the on-screen events, which is great demo material for anyone with a Dolby Atmos set up, and a thoroughly engrossing watch which isn't diminished by repeated viewings.

Midsommar (2019) ★★★★★

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Several friends travel to Sweden to study as anthropologists a summer festival that is held every ninety years in the remote hometown of one of them. What begins as a dream vacation in a place where the sun never sets, gradually turns into a dark nightmare as the mysterious inhabitants invite them to participate in their disturbing festive activities.
Watched the Director's Cut and loved it just as much as the theatrical version I watched at the cinema. Even though I feel I need to watch both versions several times to fully appreciate everything in the film, I consider this to be a modern day masterpiece.

The Water Diviner (2014) ★★★

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In 1919, Australian farmer Joshua Connor travels to Turkey to discover the fate of his three sons, reported missing in action. Holding on to hope, Joshua must travel across the war-torn landscape to find the truth and his own peace.
Despite some questionable CGI and slow motion, this is a fine directorial effort from Russell Crowe, and a film where he is an engaging presence in front of the camera. Olga Kurylenko is surprisingly convincing as a Turkish widow, and something of a love interest for Crowe's bereaved Cooper, but I was surprised (and not in a good way) there was a brief history lesson of the Ottoman Empire without a single mention of the Armenian genocide, a glaring omission from the screenplay.

It's an engaging and well acted film with some extremely good combat scenes, but a film which could have been much better.


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