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Old 19th November 2020, 07:01 PM
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Doing something a bit different with the F13th set from SF.

Watching the commentaries first (not in order),

Friday the 13th: Good selection of info, however NOT A COMMENTARY. INTERVIEWS CUT TOGETHER.

Next up, Friday Part 4 (this has 2 comms!)
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Old 19th November 2020, 08:59 PM
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Tremors: Shrieker Island. 2020.

When a nature preserve comes under attack on Solomon Islands, they recruit Burt Gummer to help and picks up a new protege. On the island a hunting party has mutated the Graboid eggs to make the hunt exciting.

I had no high hopes for this as they all seem to be the same, same Graboids different place but this was better than I thought even though it still has the campy feel to it like the first and see some more Graboid guts. Michael Gross returns as the Graboid survivalist Burt who has a good band pf a army behind even though they do reference and copy Predator a bit. There is a good interview with cast and crew from the original Tremors and Tremors 3 and the 30 top best bits of Tremors saga and Burt's phrases (Burtisms).

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Old 19th November 2020, 09:30 PM
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Sorry because this is another negative review (I usually feel more compelled to share thoughts about dodgy viewing experiences).

Game of Death (1978).

I've owned the UK Bruce Lee blu-ray boxset for quite a while but had put off revisiting this fifth film in the set. Sadly it's every bit as bad as I could recall, the passing of time certainly hasn't made it any better.

You're not really sure what they were attempting to accomplish here: whether it was cinematic grave robbing or some sort of tribute. Including actual footage of Lee's funeral as part of the plotline certainly seems to be in bad taste.

It's incredibly inept almost throughout. The classic moment is when you see a cardboard cutout of Bruce Lee's face pasted onto a mirror. The effect does not convince! Hard to believe that this was helmed by the same director as Enter The Dragon.

As I'm sure most here will know, Bruce Lee hardly appears in the movie and quite often, when you do see him, the footage comes from previously released films (and usually very clumsily edited in).

The blu-ray has 39 minutes of excellent footage (standard definition) from the original postponed 1972 shoot which manages to make it worth keeping. But I have put it inside a two disc case alongside Enter The Dragon as it doesn't deserve it's own place on the shelves.

I listened to ten minutes of the Bey Logan commentary out of curiosity. He states that Game of Death was the first Bruce Lee film that he saw. It's probably remarkable that it didn't put him off from seeing the other (classic) films.

Terrible film.
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Saw: The Final Chapter

Detective Hoffman puts another game together while avoiding detection. However friction between him and Jill Tuck starts to take over. This was done in 3D and whilst there were a couple of gory scenes, there were certainly weaker ideas for some of the traps. The FX didn't seem to be good for some of the scenes either. There is a customary twist at the end and in a way it did make some sense.

Harry Brown

Michael Caine goes vigilante when youths kill his friend. Pretty good but it is slow in places. I find these films are better when it's an Actor who you wouldn't associate with these types of roles instead of someone like a Jason Statham (I like most of his films BTW)

Shootfighter

Martin Kove is exiled from Shootfighting when he willingly kills his opponent, therefore he runs his own Shootfighting Tournaments where he entices a student trained by his rival, Bolo Yeung (Playing a good guy) Again a really enjoyable Fight Film with some very bloody, brutal Fight Scenes. It is also an unofficial Karate Kid reunion with Kove and William Zabka.

Blackbeard's Ghost

A favorite Disney Movie of mine which sees the in-limbo ghost of Blackbeard (Peter Ustinov) having to do a good deed. So he decides to help save a Hotel from Developers. In doing so, he appears so that only Athletics Coach (Dean Jones) can see him therefore assisting The Coach's bunch of weakling Atlhletes win a Track And Field Competition much to Jones's annoyance as he didn't want to cheat. Dean Jones is really good at maintaining his character's seriousness whilst bizarre things are happening that the other people are not aware of how it's happening.

Scream 2

Sequel to the hit Film, in which a copycat is again murdering people associated with Sydney Presscott and the In-Film Movie of Stab. Lot's of nuggets for Movie Buffs to smile about in this entertaining Film but just a tad too long.
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Old 19th November 2020, 11:08 PM
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Troll Hunter. 2010.

A trio of students investigate a spate of bear killings in Norway, join a man who seems to be investigating the killings is hunting something else, giant trolls that have escapes their captivity area.

This movie may deserve some praise as it plays on the Norwegian folklore and myths that trolls do exist and roam the hills and countryside, when I first saw the trailer, I knew it be in POV found footage style which seemed to be popular. With it being Norwegian I had no idea who the actors were only to find out some of them are actually well known comedians in their home city.

The CGI effects are actually decent to enjoy even with a three headed troll and that they turn to stone or blow up, there is a in joke of the fairy tale three goats on a bridge while a troll is underneath it. This isn't just a horror it is mockumentary blended in with fantasy and urban legend. Worth a watch if you like found footage films.

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Old 20th November 2020, 04:22 AM
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Doing something a bit different with the F13th set from SF.

Watching the commentaries first (not in order),

Friday the 13th: Good selection of info, however NOT A COMMENTARY. INTERVIEWS CUT TOGETHER.

Next up, Friday Part 4 (this has 2 comms!)
The commentaries for Parts 6 and 7 are excellent.

Tom McLaughlin has a lot of genuine affection for the series, and talks a lot about his methods and ideas for Jason Lives.

Carl Buechler and Kane Hodder are great fun together on the commentaries for The New Blood. Their memories are excellent, and they relentlessly tease each other.
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Old 20th November 2020, 01:27 PM
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Jailhouse Wardress (1979)

The Nazi Cult Collection is a fine boxset of Nazisploitation films from French / Spanish company Eurocine. With one duffer among the six films on offer. From the first time i watched the set i remembered one of the films was an incoherent, unwatchable mess. Last night it became apparent from the first minute that Jailhouse Wardress was the one.

It seems like the cast wish that they were in a different film and it quickly becomes clear that they are.

We all know Eurocine take liberties with the footage they film and often use scenes in different films, or the same scene from differing perspectives. However in the case of Jailhouse Wardress there isn't a film there in the first place for the odd scene to be mixed and matched from other titles. The entire film is just scenes ripped from their other jail / Nazi titles. The film has no story line and characters come and go every so often. Hell even Jess Franco himself has a love scene in it for no apparent reason other than his missus in real life, Lina Romay, is dreaming about it from her cell.

It's an incomprehensible mish-mash of scenes from other Eurocine films such as Elsa Fraulein SS and Special Train For Hitler but mainly it's footage from Franco's Barbed Wire Dolls reused and clumsily edited. Lina Romay is escorted around a prison courtyard a couple of times and Paul Muller wanders in and out of shot occasionally. The rest of the film is mainly idle chatter with nude inserts thrown in. I'm not actually sure if there is any footage specifically shot for this film or not. It doesn't appear so.

The worst thing about the film as well as its total lack of coherency is how the scenes are edited together. Its not just scenes which don't follow on from one another, no, in the case of Jailhouse Wardress conversations between characters are from differing films, you can spot this a mile away due to the different film stocks and even more obviously as characters are in different rooms from one another - you'll notice walls are decorated differently during 'scenes'.

Having said that i'd knowingly re-watch this again rather than modern shite like The Gallows.
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Old 20th November 2020, 01:36 PM
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Jailhouse Wardress (1979)

The Nazi Cult Collection is a fine boxset of Nazisploitation films from French / Spanish company Eurocine. With one duffer among the six films on offer. From the first time i watched the set i remembered one of the films was an incoherent, unwatchable mess. Last night it became apparent from the first minute that Jailhouse Wardress was the one.

It seems like the cast wish that they were in a different film and it quickly becomes clear that they are.

We all know Eurocine take liberties with the footage they film and often use scenes in different films, or the same scene from differing perspectives. However in the case of Jailhouse Wardress there isn't a film there in the first place for the odd scene to be mixed and matched from other titles. The entire film is just scenes ripped from their other jail / Nazi titles. The film has no story line and characters come and go every so often. Hell even Jess Franco himself has a love scene in it for no apparent reason other than his missus in real life, Lina Romay, is dreaming about it from her cell.

It's an incomprehensible mish-mash of scenes from other Eurocine films such as Elsa Fraulein SS and Special Train For Hitler but mainly it's footage from Franco's Barbed Wire Dolls reused and clumsily edited. Lina Romay is escorted around a prison courtyard a couple of times and Paul Muller wanders in and out of shot occasionally. The rest of the film is mainly idle chatter with nude inserts thrown in. I'm not actually sure if there is any footage specifically shot for this film or not. It doesn't appear so.

The worst thing about the film as well as its total lack of coherency is how the scenes are edited together. Its not just scenes which don't follow on from one another, no, in the case of Jailhouse Wardress conversations between characters are from differing films, you can spot this a mile away due to the different film stocks and even more obviously as characters are in different rooms from one another - you'll notice walls are decorated differently during 'scenes'.

Having said that i'd knowingly re-watch this again rather than modern shite like The Gallows.
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Old 20th November 2020, 02:25 PM
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Saw: The Final Chapter

Detective Hoffman puts another game together while avoiding detection. However friction between him and Jill Tuck starts to take over. This was done in 3D and whilst there were a couple of gory scenes, there were certainly weaker ideas for some of the traps. The FX didn't seem to be good for some of the scenes either. There is a customary twist at the end and in a way it did make some sense.

Harry Brown

Michael Caine goes vigilante when youths kill his friend. Pretty good but it is slow in places. I find these films are better when it's an Actor who you wouldn't associate with these types of roles instead of someone like a Jason Statham (I like most of his films BTW)

Shootfighter

Martin Kove is exiled from Shootfighting when he willingly kills his opponent, therefore he runs his own Shootfighting Tournaments where he entices a student trained by his rival, Bolo Yeung (Playing a good guy) Again a really enjoyable Fight Film with some very bloody, brutal Fight Scenes. It is also an unofficial Karate Kid reunion with Kove and William Zabka.

Blackbeard's Ghost

A favorite Disney Movie of mine which sees the in-limbo ghost of Blackbeard (Peter Ustinov) having to do a good deed. So he decides to help save a Hotel from Developers. In doing so, he appears so that only Athletics Coach (Dean Jones) can see him therefore assisting The Coach's bunch of weakling Atlhletes win a Track And Field Competition much to Jones's annoyance as he didn't want to cheat. Dean Jones is really good at maintaining his character's seriousness whilst bizarre things are happening that the other people are not aware of how it's happening.

Scream 2

Sequel to the hit Film, in which a copycat is again murdering people associated with Sydney Presscott and the In-Film Movie of Stab. Lot's of nuggets for Movie Buffs to smile about in this entertaining Film but just a tad too long.
Totally agree on the Harry brown comment, better without the muscles and brawns etc.
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Old 20th November 2020, 05:26 PM
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The Killings At Outpost Zeta (1980, Robert Emegger, Alan Sandler)

From the folks who brought you Lifepod and Warp Speed, so you know what to expect. It's actually quite fun tbh. The quality of the print sort of makes the alien planet look alien haha ahem.
A Fisher Price mish mash of various tropes. Undemanding is the buzz word here.
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