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More fun Halloween movies!

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Last year I did 2 posts on fun movies to watch on Halloween, so I decided to make it a tradition. Last year I focused more on horror films and decided this year would add a few more family friendly movies into the mix. There is something for everyone, so lets get started with this years list!



Ernest Scared Stupid - It may be a horror comedy geared more towards kids, but Ernest Scared Stupid has some qualities that appeal to the young and the old. The jokes are corny, the monsters are laughable and the lead actor is a goofball that looks like he had fun making this movie.


The Witches - Based on the book by Roald Dahl, this film scared me as a kid due to its character design of the witches natural forms. Since it was brought to us by Jim Henson studios, that's no surprise. Now though I can appreciate this film for its story telling and visual style and its great in both aspects. Its visuals may scare some of the younger kiddies, but with great storytelling and acting, its a good fil…

Slither

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When an alien crash lands in a small town and starts turning the locals into zombies and mutants, its up to Nathan Fillion and Elizabeth Banks to stop them. Slither is a black horror comedy and parody / tribute to old 50's and 60's science fiction and horror films brought to us by writer and director James Gunn. The film also stars Michael Rooker, Tania Saulnier and Gregg Henry.


The plot to this movie is really as simple as it gets, but the fact that it was a mix of a parody and tribute to classic alien invasion films made it work. It may have its slow bits at times, but it wasn't anything that brings the movie to a complete stop. Despite its pacing issues, overall it was an entertaining story for what it was and was fun to see the story unfold. 

The acting in the film was great all around in my opinion. I always love Nathan Fillion in pretty much any role, and he was outstanding here as Bill Pardy. His style of acting worked well here in this setting and he delivered a b…

Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

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Robert Englund returns as Freddy Krueger in " A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream warriors". This time he is out to get the last of the Elm Street kids, who are locked up in Weston Hills Psychiatric hospital.The teenagers do have some hope in staying alive though, as Nancy Thompson has just taken a job at the same hospital. Can she help the kids beat defeat nightmares and stop Freddy once and for all?


I felt that the plot was outstanding in terms of story telling, and is the most creative of the series hands down. Not only does it tie itself to the original film by having Nancy return, it continues her story as well as introduce new characters. Giving the teenagers powers to fight back against Freddy was also great and added a bit of intrigue to the film: Could they finally kill him once and for all? I also liked that there was more of a classic horror element to the plot, similar to what you would see in an old vampire film in that they needed to bury Krueger's remains …

The Wraith

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The Wraith is a 1986 film about a small desert town that is being terrorized by a gang of drag racers, and the thing that comes looking to stop them . Its a revenge  film that is full of fast races, as well as great action and thrills. The Wraith stars Charlie Sheen, Randy Quaid, Sherilyn Fenn and Nick Cassavetes.


The revenge angle had been done in films before this one, and many times since. Here there was a different element, the mystery of who the person was behind the wheel of the car that was killing the gang members. While it was easy to guess early on, not that it was a huge surprise, the reveal was no less spectacular than it was meant to be. The film did have a good story all in all, and seeing these guys get what they had coming to them was satisfying as hell.


The acting in the film was mixed to say the least, but given that this was some of the actors first big film, or very early in their career, I'm going to give it a pass. Charlie Sheen did a great job with his role…

Ghostbusters

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1984's Ghostbusters is not only one of the best films of the 80s, but is one of if not the most quotable film of all time. It stars Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd  as 3 recently unemployed parapsychologists who go into business for themselves as paranormal exterminators. The film also stars Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis.



The Plot of this film is outlandish and creative, yet still has a strong tie to reality. That was one of the contributions Harold Ramis made while writing the script with Aykroyd, who originally wrote the film to take place in the future. I feel by having it set in the then modern time of 1984, it actually made the film funnier as it gave the film a grounding point in reality. The story is entertaining all the way through, and is clever and comedic from start to finish.



The acting in the film was outstanding from the main actors to the supporting cast. Bill Murray as Dr. Peter Venkman was great as the goof off of the group, and had so…

Halloween film reviews: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

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Review of 1984's A Nightmare on Elm Street

Written and Directed by Wes Craven
Starring Robert Englund and Heather Langenkamp

Thoughts on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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When I heard there was going to be a weekly television series dedicated to S.H.I.E.L.D., I was really excited at the possibilities. Where could they go with the story? Will any of the characters from the Marvel universe make an appearance? Will it be any good? Well now that I've seen a few episodes, I think its fair to get some of my opinions out there about the show.

The first thing that really does bother me to a degree is that most of the main characters feels so bland and generic. You have the "specialist" Grant Ward, the "renegade hacker who is now helping us" Skye, and the two "tech geeks" Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons. My issue isn't with the cast, I feel they all do a great job with the show and the material, but the characters are just a little too formulaic. You have the usual character types you see in a show like this and it hurts the show from having its own identity. Hopefully as the show goes on the characters change and become more i…

Action Wednesday: Armageddon

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When the world is in danger of being wiped out by an asteroid the size of Texas, its up to Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck to save the world.  Willis stars as Harry Stamper, the worlds best deep sea oil driller who NASA comes to for assistance. He is tasked with training a team of astronauts to go up, drill and detonate a nuke on the asteroid. Stamper says he wants to take his own team up since drilling is an art, not a science. After training and being prepped for their mission, our heroes make it to the asteroid and the race is on to destroy it.

The plot of this film, for as stupid as it sounds on paper really makes sense when you get down to it. I loved the "firecracker" explanation where if "you hold it in your palm? burn your palm. hold it in a fist? well your wife's gonna open your ketchup bottles from now on.".  It makes sense to have to drill down into the asteroid to blow it up, since detonating on the surface does nothing. Aside from that explanation of…