Red Dawn (1984)- Made towards the end of the Cold War, Red Dawn is a film about a group of teenagers who survive Soviet and Cuban paratroopers descending on their small Colorado town and systematically setting off World War III. It stars then up and coming stars Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen and Jennifer Grey. The story may seem ridiculous now, and the effects may be dated, but if you're looking for some action, you can do a lot worse than Red Dawn.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Director: Tom Holland
Starring: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowall
Plot (taken from IMDB): For young Charlie Brewster, nothing could be better than an old horror movie late at night. Two men move in next door, and for Charlie with his horror movie experience, there can be no doubt that their strange behavior is explained by the fact that they are a vampire and his undead day guardian. The only one who can help him hunt them down is a washed-up actor, Peter Vincent, who hosts Charlie's favorite TV show, Fright Night. Vincent doesn't really believe that vampires exist, but does it for the money...
Story wise, Fright Night is damn near perfect. It came out at a time when, as the Peter Vincent character put it, people "prefer a movie where a masked loony kills virgins". At the time this was true, with movies like "Friday the 13th" and "Nightmare on Elm Street" dominating the box office. This story knew what it had to be, and it capitalized on its strengths. It has a good story flow as well, there were no dull points, and there was always something happening on screen.
For its time, Fright Night also had some great effects. They didn't look too cheesy and were well done. Also it's interesting to note that the prosthetics used for Amy's vampire form were originally going to be used for the library ghost in Ghostbusters, but was decided against as it wouldn't fit the tone of the film.
Fright Night is my favorite vampire film of all time. I would go so far as to say that it's the best vampire film of the 80's, with "The Lost Boys" coming in at a close second. It's the best kind of horror film, because it's fun even when its scary. If you haven't seen it, check it out.
Final Verdict: king of 80's vampire films
Monday, October 27, 2014
Released: April 28th 2011
Director: Kevin Munroe
Starring: Brandon Routh, Sam Huntington, Anita Briem, Taye Diggs
Plot: Supernatural detective Dylan Dog is called out of retirement to track down a valuable artifact before vampires get a hold of it and unleash its power.
The story of "Dead of Night" is actually pretty interesting and has several elements that make it fun to watch. The idea that theres a single person that was hired to keep peace between the zombies, vampires and werewolves is a pretty cool idea for a story. I can't compare it to the comic books as I have never read a single page of it, but from a film viewers standpoint I feel this film hit the points it was aiming for story wise.
One big highlight from the film was the creature effects on the various vampires, zombies and werewolves. All of the effects were great, but the one that really stood out to me was the effects on the zombies. The effects range from subtle with hazed eyes and decaying skin, to the more extreme "hulked up" zombies.
Final Verdict: Enjoyable horror comedy