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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 9/1/2014 12:57:53 PM   
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Oh its piffle, no doubt. All of his work is. But, as a late night, had a few too many drinks and zoning-out kinda film... it worked for me.

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 9/1/2014 5:43:25 PM   
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ORIGINAL: dannyfletch

Glad to hear more appreciation for Lone Ranger and I mostly agree with your opinion!

Just received the Blu Ray of Big Trouble in Little China today and am very pleased to report that Arrow have done a gleaming job on the picture and sound transfer. The special effects hold up pretty well to this day and I still love it as much as I did when I was a kid! Also I forgot what a cool character Jack Burton is!

Love BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA!! and glad to hear of another job well done by Arrow, I have Inferno, The Beyond, and Deep Red all re mastered by Arrow and am well impressed, so just might add this one to my must have Blu-Rays..

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Interested to know your thoughts on Salem, Evil Bill. I'm thinking of picking up the US blu-ray since the visuals are excellent and the disc supposedly has a terrific transfer.

Wish I had a multi region Blu-Ray player, as we seem to be limited to what we can get on the new shiny HD disc.

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 9/1/2014 9:02:34 PM   
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All good movies to add to the Arrow collection, think I may have to order The Beyond steel case soon! I've also got the excellent Day of the Dead but am annoyed to find that they have discontinued Romero's Dawn of the Dead on arrow blu ray, does anyone know if they are re-releasing it soon?

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 10/1/2014 10:32:26 AM   
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Speaking of Arrow - their upreleases of Hellgate and Hell Comes To Frogtown are both limited to 1,000 copies each.

I'm still yet to watch The Beyond (went for the amarary rather than the steelbook). Might have to watch it tonight!

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 10/1/2014 7:04:04 PM   
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Both of those films are pretty poop to be honest, although Hell Comes To Frog Town is good for a laugh!
As for The Beyond, it's an excellent and underrated Zombie flick. A little too morbid in places and does take itself very seriously but it's great fun at the same time with some inventive ideas and some pretty gory moments throughout! A firm favourite and possibly Fulci's best film!

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 12/1/2014 1:22:59 PM   
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ORIGINAL: dannyfletch

Both of those films are pretty poop to be honest, although Hell Comes To Frog Town is good for a laugh!
As for The Beyond, it's an excellent and underrated Zombie flick. A little too morbid in places and does take itself very seriously but it's great fun at the same time with some inventive ideas and some pretty gory moments throughout! A firm favourite and possibly Fulci's best film!

I have The Beyond steel box from Arrow, it's my forth buy of the same film,one on VHS, two on DVD, a cut and uncut Grindhouse release. For me it is the best Zombie flick of all time and Fulci's best film, very inventive and truly strange, a gothic masterpiece.


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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 12/1/2014 5:34:55 PM   
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I have always loved Fulci's The Beyond and Zombie Flesh Eaters and will soon add them to my collection. I can fully understand why you would choose it as your favourite zombie flick but I'm more of a Romero fan and his directors cut of Dawn of the Dead is my firm favourite followed by Day of the Dead, I think The Beyond would be 3rd in line.

Glad to see that Arrow are releasing the excellent serial killer flick White of the Eye! A film I watched years ago and loved so am very much looking forward to watching it again.
They are also releasing Brain DePalma's Phantom of the Paradise, a film that I confess I haven't seen yet but I have heard that it's great stuff, think I may have to pre-order it!

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 13/1/2014 1:41:32 PM   
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Well after some thought, ignoring the bad reception it had at the box office and listening to a few positive reviews from Empire and friends/clients I finally gave Gore Verbinski's up to date version of the old classic western series (which I loved as a kid) The Lone Ranger a go and was quite satisfied with the results!
Based on the classic tv series which ran from 1949-1957, Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) brings us an up to date film version of the much loved western, giving us a different take on with more of a comedy approach. This is pretty much an origins story which tells us how man of the law John Reid became the masked avenger in the saddle who becomes known to locals as the Lone Ranger.
The film opens pretty much smack bang into the set up of a big action set piece involving the escorting, breakout and escape of psychotic criminal Butch Cavendish ( played by the ever reliable William Fichtner) who is being escorted on train with armed guard to be publicly executed for his long list of various crimes.
There's your set up which pretty much sets the tone of this fun, amusing and action packed western/comedy which is very much in the style of Verbinski's Pirates movies, which inventive action, silly humor and Johnny Depp doing what he does best and playing another odd ball but likable character and pretty much steals the show from little known leading man Armie Hammer (got to be a ridiculous screen name!).
Now admittedly I don't recall ever seeing or hearing about Armie Hammer so to me he is unknown until now so maybe that was one reason this didn't take off as he doesn't exactly have the experience or the caliber to be a leading man in a big action blockbuster as he just seemed way out of his depth and didn't quite convince. Having said that he has more than one facial expression (unlike Keanu Reeves in 47 Ronin, you would think after all these years of trying to act he would've got to grips with it by now!) and was ok handling the action scenes, Johnny Depp on the other hand was on top form for me, very funny and was a great choice to play Tonto.
At 2 hours and 29 minutes this is a pretty long film and does feel a bit stretched at times, Armie Hammer as I have mentioned probably wasn't the right choice to play the lead and some characters/actors failed to convince (Tom Wilkinson just doesn't do it for me as an american bad guy, even in Batman Begins) and also the pacing did feel a bit off at times. However this certainly isn't the disaster some will lead you to believe and there is much fun to be had (got to give credit to leading horse Silver, hilarious!), it's good old fashioned sunday matinee style entertainment that happily passes the time. 7/10


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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 13/1/2014 6:10:41 PM   
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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 13/1/2014 6:25:43 PM   
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The Lords Of Salem (2012)

Heidi (Sheri Moon Zombie), a radio station DJ living in Salem, Massachusetts, who receives a strange wooden box containing a record, a "gift from the Lords." Heidi listens, and the bizarre sounds within the grooves immediately trigger flashbacks of the town's violent past. Is Heidi going mad, or are the "Lords of Salem" returning for revenge on modern-day Salem?

Took me a long time to get a copy of this film, but hell i'm glad to say it's now in my collection, I just wish I had been able to get the Blu_Ray of it, but i'll not moan on about that. Now Rob Zombie is not to everyone's taste and i'm sure he could not care less, as with his music he will always do his own thing, but what is surprising here is he has matured as a filmmaker, as witnessed by this well-structured old style Gothic horror shocker, which plays with both historical events and steals from films like Rosemary's Baby, The Shining and a few Argento classics. Compared to his first lot of films, this feels a little tame, though don't get me wrong, we get a fair dose of gore, it's genuinely creepy and nude witches, plus there some real freaky scenes that look and feel like some mad acid trip put to film, and of course a rock backing tracks like The Velvet Underground "All Tomorrow's Parties," used to great effect. Minor Gripes would be the script, it's a bit silly at times, there's also the feeling the film was rushed, as some scenes seem out of control with lack thought, but I still feel this is for me Zombies best flick to date. 

Another surprise to me was Sheri Moon Zombie playing a pretty tame role, Heidi a radio dj who is a recovering addict,yet giving her all, and proving she can act, without being a crazed psycho woman all the time, I found myself really taking to her character, and this helped keeping me interested in what comes next. Another great bonus to the film is having the adorable Dee Wallace teamed up with Judy Geeson and Patricia Quinn as the revived coven of wicked twisted witches who are out to avenge there ancestors. They looked like they where having a ball, and play the friendly nutty old ladys from downstairs who are in fact witches with a deadly evil plan for Heidi's future. And  came close to stealing the limelight from Sheri Moon, but she holds her own and even out shines Bill Moseley and Sid Haig, who pop up here too, and in nearly every Rob Zombie film too. The rest of the cast Jeff Daniel Phillips and Ken Foree work well together as Heidi's (Sheri Moon), with two close friends, both named Herman, and help shore up the weakness in the script and story. 

Last great surprise was the cinematography,lighting and set design, which is beautifully presented in all its twisted
glory towards the mind twisting ending, it was very like Argento meets Lynch in the end, but that is the sort of crazy Gothic horror I love. I think this movie will get very split reviews from horror fans, as this is his most art-house horror film to date, for gone is the grindhouse style gory action of his early work, which i'm sure will surprise and divide Rob Zombie fans too. Up until now, Zombie has earned a very well-deserved reputation for films that push the limits of good taste, and has made his name in pure gut turning splatter films, with raging hillbilly psychos. He did take risks though with his re boot of Halloween and Halloween 2, but for me this is his biggest leap, for Lords of Salem showed that he is not a one trick pony when it comes to his writing, directing and producing. Rob is a talent I will keep my eye on, as he flirts between  his music career and films, he has proven to be a very unusual director/ musician who is steeped in the horror genre of the 70's and feeds off it to create his music and films, so long live the new god of Gothic horror. 8/10

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 14/1/2014 1:41:43 PM   
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For me there's two Rob Zombies - the one who made the so-called Halloween films and the one who made his other two, really good, films, and Lords Of Salem sounds like the latter, thank God. Cheers Bill, I will now look forward to seeing, maybe even buy, this now as I was so put off by his Halloween pictures I was actually getting ready to call it a day on this director.

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 16/1/2014 5:46:17 PM   
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Great review on Lords of Salem mate. Visually stunning, creepy and confusing in a good way, I think it is probably Zombie's best film yet and hopefully he keeps this up for whatever his next project will be.

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 16/1/2014 9:25:05 PM   
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ORIGINAL: evil bill

The Lords Of Salem (2012)

Heidi (Sheri Moon Zombie), a radio station DJ living in Salem, Massachusetts, who receives a strange wooden box containing a record, a "gift from the Lords." Heidi listens, and the bizarre sounds within the grooves immediately trigger flashbacks of the town's violent past. Is Heidi going mad, or are the "Lords of Salem" returning for revenge on modern-day Salem?

Took me a long time to get a copy of this film, but hell i'm glad to say it's now in my collection, I just wish I had been able to get the Blu_Ray of it, but i'll not†moan on about that. Now Rob Zombie is not to everyone's taste and i'm sure he could not care less, as with his music he will always do his own thing, but what is surprising here is he has matured as a filmmaker, as witnessed by this well-structured old style Gothic horror shocker, which plays with both historical events and steals from films like Rosemary's Baby, The Shining and a few Argento classics. Compared to his first lot of films, this feels a little tame, though don't get me wrong, we get a fair dose of gore, it's genuinely creepy and nude witches, plus there some real freaky scenes that look and feel like some mad acid trip put to film, and of course a rock backing tracks like†The Velvet Underground "All Tomorrow's Parties," used to great effect.†Minor Gripes would be the script, it's a bit silly at times, there's also the feeling the film was rushed, as some scenes seem out of†control with lack thought, but I still feel this is for me Zombies best flick to date.†

Another surprise to me was Sheri Moon Zombie playing a pretty tame role,†Heidi a radio dj who is a recovering addict,yet giving her all, and proving she can act, without being a crazed psycho woman all the time, I found myself really taking to her character, and this helped keeping me interested in what comes next. Another great bonus to the film is having the adorable Dee Wallace teamed up with Judy Geeson and Patricia Quinn as the revived coven of wicked twisted witches who are out to avenge there ancestors. They looked like they where having a ball, and play the friendly nutty†old ladys from downstairs†who are in fact witches with a deadly evil plan for Heidi's future. And †came close to stealing the limelight from Sheri Moon, but she holds her own and even out shines Bill Moseley and Sid Haig, who pop up here too, and in nearly every Rob Zombie film too. The rest of the cast Jeff Daniel Phillips and Ken Foree work well together as Heidi's (Sheri Moon), with two close friends, both named Herman, and help shore up the weakness in the script and story.†

Last great surprise was the cinematography,lighting and set design, which is beautifully presented in all its twisted
glory towards the mind twisting ending, it was very like Argento meets Lynch in the end, but that is the sort of crazy Gothic horror I love.†I think this movie will get very split reviews from horror fans, as this is his most†art-house horror film to date, for gone is the†grindhouse style gory action†of his early work, which i'm sure will surprise and divide Rob Zombie fans too. Up until now, Zombie has earned a very well-deserved reputation for films that push the limits of good taste, and has made his name in pure gut turning splatter films, with raging hillbilly psychos. He did take risks though with†his re boot of Halloween and Halloween†2, but for me this is his biggest leap, for Lords of Salem showed that he is not a one trick pony when it comes to his writing, directing and producing.†Rob is a talent I will keep my eye on, as he flirts between †his music career and films, he has proven to be a very unusual director/ musician who is steeped in the horror genre of the 70's and feeds off it to create his music and films, so long live the new god of Gothic horror. 8/10




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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 19/1/2014 11:20:41 AM   
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After Earth (2013) 1 out of 10

Embarrassingly bad. I say this as well as someone who was rooting for the movie. The reviews were so bad that I thought they had to be exaggerating slightly. It seemed possible that there was a plodding, watchable straight to rental B movie to be found in it if you were generous and gave it half a chance. I even really liked Lady in the Water when I finally got around to watching it, so Iím not joking when I say I wasnít determined to hate it. Itís as bad as they say it is. Really bad acting from the kid. Will Smith plays his role with a dull, emotionless monotone so he also gives a bad performance. The depiction of the future is very half-arsed. The script is full of clichťs and is just very obvious. They made it with a muted, flat tone that goes out its way to suck out all possible entertainment from the film. Itís just so bland and lazy feeling. They apparently spent $130,000,000 on this? For that kind of money you would at least expect convincing computer effects and decent editing (the ape chase had multiple shots were the apes almost reach the kid, then in the next shot they would be a large distance away). There is no fun or entertainment to be found here. For an adventure it was so bland and lacking in any sense of danger. He is poisoned. He injects himself. Danger over with. So indifferent and un-dramatic. I gave up 40 minutes in when the kid lied to his dad about his oxygen rations for no obvious reason. My brother fell asleep before the crash and woke up again when the kid finds the leech on his hand. The film must have really bored him as he has no notable history of falling asleep when watching movies. Itís a very bad dud of a movie.



The Place Beyond the Pines (2012) 7

SPOILERS: The advertising was very bad on this as I was under the impression it was a bland little relationship drama. I had no idea it was a fairly epic multi-section drama with bank robberies. The first hour with Ryan Gosling was very good. There was a certain hint of stylised poverty to it, in that it was all a little too posed and orchestrated, but it was very good stuff. The robberies had a kinetic energy and excitement to them and the direction was stylish. The film then artfully changes to follow a new character. It feels like a new movie bolted onto the back of the previous story. The connection between them isn't that convincing. This story with Bradley Cooper's cop was quite good and interesting but its climax was a mostly off screen which wasn't very satisfying. Then it jumped fifteen years to follow Gosling's and Cooper's teenage children. It was a good idea but the story for them wasn't very good. Ultimately the dramatic potential was mostly squandered in this weak last section. I liked the movie but I feel a bit like I'm being browbeaten into being impressed by the sheer size and scope of the movie - like I'm just being difficult if I didn't love it. The ideas are great, the execution very good and stylishly directed but there was something slightly hollow about the whole thing. I think the script was maybe more clever than heartfelt.

This is on LoveFilm for 'free' streaming if you have a package.




Blue Valentine (2010) 6

It was an interesting idea of cross cutting the happy start and the unhappy end of a relationship. By design there are funny bits and depressing bits. The pace is a little slack and it does seem to go on too long. The director favours tight close ups on peoples faces which is visually boring when he uses them so much. There are hints of French nouvelle vague techniques in a few places. There were a lot of strong sections in the film but parts did drag on and it ended up hammering its message home after a point. It was quite good but not wholly convincing as a dramatic story. It was too mannered and acted feeling (those close ups really shove the acting in your face). It worked okay but it was no masterpiece.

This is on LoveFilm for 'free' streaming if you have a package.



The Art of Getting By (2010) 8

Interesting story about a depressed school kid rebelling against life and institutions. It's not got the anarchy of If... to it, but it has a bit of that antiauthoritarian thing going on. It starts as an okay, above average mumblecore indie film. The school wasn't clichťd with bullies or endless kids hating the rebel. It develops into a decent romance thing but then really kicks up a gear when she asks him to sleep with her and he rejects her. It becomes this sort of existential thing about self-loathing and feeling betrayed. There is some really good dialogue, especially the scene in his bedroom when he's trying to sulk to Leonard Cohen but his mum interrupts him. There are some very strong scenes throughout the movie. It wasn't a great movie but it was very good. I really liked it.

This is on LoveFilm for 'free' streaming if you have a package.



Big Trouble in Little China (1986) 9

Great action film with lots of funny dialogue, interesting characters and surreal images. Very well directed with good action and adventure. A very impressive film. One of my all time favourites.


Pickpocket (1959) 3

A big nothing of a film. Nothing much happens and it's a bit boring. The ending was particularly drab and unexciting with the banal 'conclusion' of the 'romantic' plot. A film of no substance that is trading on a certain existential emptiness to suggest depths it doesn't have. The odd interesting montage of pockets being picked is the only pleasure the film has to offer, and it's a very minor pleasure at best.




8 Women (2002) 7

The stagey setting and colour designed female cast remains great. I love the idea of the film but I think I've seen it too many times now as I'm starting to see the cracks in the script. The endless revelations (and they are endless, like nonstop exposition) become increasingly random and bizarre. By the end the plot stops making much sense and has many lapses in logic and character behaviour. It's so determined to keep topping itself and coming up with more secrets that the thing becomes silly, and not necessarily in a good knowing way. Maybe the sheer silliness of it is half the camp fun but it's now starting to look like a shaky script. It is a good film but the script lets it down slightly.



The Women (2008) 7 [Posted here as it's connected to 8 Women]

It's a good film and very enjoyable with some interesting quirks, such as a completely all female cast right down to the extras (a baby boy is the only male ever seen on screen). It's a very expensive, glossy looking movie. I like the stage roots which allows for good high quality dialogue. It's quite a tight, clever script. Even the extravagantly rich existences of the characters didn't annoy me. It's 8 out of 10 stuff until the last half hour. A tweeness creeps in and it loses its bite and is just a bit awkward and unconvincing in many of its later scenes. The street reconciliation between Ryan and Benning doesn't work as a scene, the ease in which Ryan finances a new business and has instant great success with her clothes line and the climactic scene of a baby being born is one twee, convenient and clichťd moment after another. The last half hour is much weaker than the earlier scenes but it's still a good film. I like it maybe more than I should.



Rosemary's Baby (1968) 8

Creepily funny and nasty little film. I think the ending could be more ambiguous.



Frances Ha (2012) 10

Utterly charming little film with a strong French New Wave look and feel to it (especially in its use of music). Highly amusing with a witty script and great acting from everyone. A great film.


Frances Ha (2012) 10

Its charms survived a second viewing. It's so fast and dense with detail. A real knock out of a film.



Greenberg (2009) 6

I think it worked better this second time as I had lowered expectations and I knew exactly what I was getting. It does seem a bit aimless with no real purpose or reason to exist. The lead character isn't quite interesting enough to really deserve a whole movie about him. Greta Gerwig made more of an impact this time as in my mind she's now a big star. So the rather tepid romance storyline felt more substantial due to her newly acquired star wattage. The story is so-so (not that it tried to be eventful or important) and the characters only of so much interest. The ending was too sudden with no particular resonance or meaning given to its abruptness. It's a decent film but it's no great shakes.



What Maisie Knew (2012) 7

Good film with a seven year old as the lead. Easier to admire than actually enjoy as the bitter divorce subject matter isn't laugh a minute. My only problem with it is that the kid was so passive and well behaved. Never once does she throw a tantrum or become difficult. Kids in my experience are a lot more demanding on everyone's time and patience. They do not do exactly as they are told without complaint as this kid does all the time. The kid was not realistic in my opinion. Otherwise an impressive movie with good acting from everyone.


Terminal Invasion (2002) 1

A TV movie trying to do The Thing (1982) with sitcom production values (including the acting, direction, camera work, script and set). Very, very, very feeble. I gave up after about 45 minutes. I could have finished it, but I would only have done so for the sake of it. I'm amazed it was even released on DVD. I guess the lure of Bruce Campbell and the director of Friday the 13th makes for an okay piece of cover art - it worked as it suckered me in based on their names.



Side by Side (2012) 7

Interesting subject matter about 35mm film versus digital. It was well handled in a good, solid documentary that has access to a fair amount of big names.




The Frozen Ground (2013) 2

It starts okay, if very generic and plodding. Then it becomes boring. After about an hour I split my time between paying attention and reading a magazine. It was a big waste of time. It bored me silly long before the disappointing ending. Not a film of any merit.




INLAND EMPIRE (2007) 1 [Two year old review]

The first hour is mildly compelling after a rocky first ten minutes. I was entertained and interested. It was working, it had a well enough paced story with some momentum behind it. Things were happening. Time was passing quickly. Then Dern entered the house with the pink walls. And then it turned into a long stretch of random, meaningless scenes that didn't mean anything, or lead anywhere. I sat through half an hour of pointless incoherent sequences. I got the impression the remaining eighty or so minutes weren't going to get back on track. I gave up when the husband squirted ketchup on his shirt and asked for paper towels. I'm authentically saddened as that first hour was good and held so much promise for the rest of it. I could have taken another half hour of this dribble, but there was just too much left to go.


INLAND EMPIRE (2007) 3 [New review]

SPOILERS: The first hour is decent, watchable stuff with a plot and a story with some intrigue and mystery to it. It isn't wonderful but it works okay after the awkward and off-putting first ten minutes. If the film continued in this style for another half hour or hour and kept to its story then this might have been a 5 out of 10 movie. Some of it's even funny. Then Laura Dern enters the set which turns into the pink walled house. The film gives up on telling its story and descends into random scenes of nothing much. The scenes on a scene by scene basis are not interesting, and when put together they don't add up to anything of substance. First time I tried to watch it I gave up at the ninety minute point at the outdoor barbecue. I kept at it this time, but it was becoming increasingly boring. Dern being stabbed on the street and the Japanese woman's monologue are about the only good bits in a sea of nothing much. The last part is particularly pointless and aimless. The screen fades to black in a seemingly random place that doesn't bring anything to a conclusion. I'm not sure if it really has a proper ending. The story is a total mess that doesn't entertain enough or justify its excessive length. The low quality shaky video tape cinematography looks very rough with way too many tight close ups. Lynch shows no technical technique as a director to overcome how unappealing the visuals are. It's a bad movie, and an endurance test after the first hour, but it's not a terrible film. There is some merit to it. Just not a lot.



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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 22/1/2014 8:20:19 PM   
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Watched this on Blu-Ray at the weekend;
 
INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 (2013)
Now I've already reviewed it, as I watched it in the cinema last year, but I must say I enjoyed it just as much second time round, and loved the story, so very temped to raise the score, but i'm not going too. It worked well on Blu-Ray and I might just buy it along with the first, as I really like this directors style, and look forward to his next films, which I hope we don't have to wait to long for.

Also watched;
LOVELACE (2013)

In 1972-before the internet, before the porn explosion-Deep Throat was a phenomenon: the first scripted pornographic theatrical feature film, featuring a story, some jokes, and an unknown and unlikely star, Linda Lovelace. Escaping a strict religious family, Linda discovered freedom and the highlife when she fell for and married charismatic hustler Chuck Traynor. As Linda Lovelace she became an international sensation-less centerfold fantasy than a charming girl-next-door with an impressive capacity for fellatio. Fully inhabiting her new identity, Linda became an enthusiastic spokesperson for sexual freedom and uninhibited hedonism. Six years later she presented another, utterly contradictory, narrative to the world-and herself as the survivor of a far darker story.

Co-directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, bring a story of two parts to the screen, for here we get the story of a porn star, and that of a girl dragged into the world of porn by her husband. It tells the story of Deep Throat first from the view point of those that made it, and then from Linda Boreman (Lovelace) book that claimed she was abused and forced at gun point to star in the film. But there's the catch it never mentions in the film the fact she made a film porn film involving a dog before Deep Throat, or the fact she made two other porn films Deep Throat 2 and The Devil And Miss Jones. Leaving those in the know in doubt about her claims, about the producers of Deep Throat and her abusive husband Chuck, who always denied he forced her to do anything. Saying that it still a great film about how easy it is for a woman to be abused, how the world in the 70's was a lot darker than some would admit too, and how being from a strict religious back ground, can sometimes be just as abusive to the mind as anything else from porn to violence can. It's this deep message that keeps this film alive, and I liked the two story's mixed together to great effect, where first we get the glamorised version of a girl with a sexual talent like no other, who becomes a huge star of the porn film world, and escapes her strict up bringing. Then it switches gear to the dark seedy world of porn and family abuse, where a girl thinks she has escaped one form of abuse, only to enter a nightmare world of violence and abuse, but in the end become a loving mother and an out spoken and strong women's rights activist against the odds.

But in truth it's the acting talent that really lifts this film, and what a cast, with co producer Amanda Seyfried staring as Linda Boreman) Lovelace bringing the myth/facts of Lovelace to life in a surprisingly touching, and powerful preforamce. My only gripe is she's better looking than the real Lovelace, as I did see the infamous film back in the 80's on VHS biopic, and that's it, she helps keep the film grounded, even if at times the film seems un balanced in it's look at the porn industry of that time.Her best scenes include a surprisingly touching moment with an unexpectedly cordial publicity photographer (Wes Bentley), and her begging her emotionally cold mother for asylum from her abusive husband, with Sharon Stone. Another scene where she is raped by five men at Traynor's behest, and even though it shows very little, it was disturbing, and that's down to both actors. Though Peter Sarsgaard as the greedy charismatic Chuck Traynor, looked uncomfortable during the abuse scenes, but did have a chemistry with his co star/producer, which worked well. Scene stealer every time she appeared on screen was  Sharon Stone, as Dorothy Boreman, Linda's mother had the movie's best performance, and not just because she is indistinguishable as the more glamorous Stone of old, but scenes like where she does everything except console a visibly frightened Linda, who is looking for help. Stone played this role with real vigour and heartbreaking honesty, and for my money delivered another Oscar winning performance. That said the rest of the cast are just decent but carry there roles well enough not to become completely become forgettable, and help capture that 70's feel and look the directors work hard to capture.

Lovelace in the end certainly stands up well against Boogie Nights (1997)  and Hardcore (1979) as one of the few good feature films about the porn film Industry, and avoids glamorising but also dose not over do the demonising of it also. It's a story of survival, of sexual and violent abuse of women, and in the end delivers a film that will split  the viewer, as to what it delivers in the final reel. It's not a strong enough  'Linda Lovelace' biopic, as it only seems to deal mainly with the making of Deep Throat, and her story feels heavily edited, and this is a major weakness, even if you do not completely believe Linda's book, you know in your heart there is a lot of truth in between the two versions of what happened to this small time girl. The end title cards tell you that Linda Lovelace died from injuries suffered in a car accident at age 53, and Chuck Traynor went on to marry another famous porn star Marilyn Chambers. It also tells how the movie Deep Throat went on to become the most successful porn film of all-time raking in hundreds of millions of dollars, while Linda collected less than $2,000 for her starring role. I feel the makers could have used this information to give the film more bite, and going for the US rating 13 was a mistake, this could have been such a awesome film, but just fell short. It won't get the viewers it deserves because of Deep Throat still being a film and story that is still controversial will put many off in the rating group they have aimed for, and those that go for exploration films, will avoid it because it's too tame. Yet it is a good film, with great acting and a great story that needs told, so give it a try if you loved Boogie Nights, just don't expect a classic, and do expect the sad tale of a woman looking for love in her life but getting ripped off both emotionally, physically and in money terms too, but she did survive long enough to have found love in her own family she created. 6/10  


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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 25/1/2014 3:16:07 PM   
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Wolf Creek 2 will premiere at this year's Glasgow FrightFest. I'm not interested, as the first movie was repugnant. Video Nasties: Draconian Days, Jake West's follow-up to Moral Panic, Censorship and Videotape, will also be shown. Really looking forward to this, as West's previous documentary was excellent, and very insightful. No news on a DVD release yet but I'll keep you informed .

Watched Piranha 3D last night. Utterly trashy nonsense, but enjoyable. Plenty of gore and nudity and tongue-in-cheek humour made it a lot of fun.

Also, We Are What We Are is on BBC4 tomorrow night at 10pm, followed by a repeat of Horror Europa.

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 27/1/2014 11:53:14 AM   
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Watched Insidious 2 last night and was overall pleased with the outcome. I really liked the way it went back and tied things in with the first movie and I think it stands up well against the original. I do think some of the scares fell flat though and did miss the demon from the original! Also Patrick Wilson ( one of my favourite actors) did start to go a bit over the top and hammy in his possessed role. That said it was great fun, inventive and the ending was great, leaving us wanting more! Overall a strong 7/10 would be my verdict!

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 29/1/2014 5:00:18 PM   
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Well, my day has been well and truly made by this...

Brian Yuzna's gloopy classic Society is finally getting a Blu Ray release on March 31st in the UK.




4k restoration, new audio commentary from Yuzna, and awesome packaging.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00HWALNDO/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1391014755&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX110_SY165

Get in!!!


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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 29/1/2014 8:12:01 PM   
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Well, my day has been well and truly made by this...

Brian Yuzna's gloopy classic Society is finally getting a Blu Ray release on March 31st in the UK.




4k restoration, new audio commentary from Yuzna, and awesome packaging.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00HWALNDO/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1391014755&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX110_SY165

Get in!!!



Looks awesome mate, must add this to the must have list, as ye old DVD is a bit nackered.



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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 29/1/2014 8:26:32 PM   
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Time to get Blu, Bill...

I also saw this release of Stage Fright coming up (ltd to 3,000 though will they shift that?) - click

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 29/1/2014 8:48:34 PM   
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Happy 2014 guys... its been ages since I last logged on here. Life and work have yet again got in the way.

I notice Society BR has been discussed. I pre-ordered this the other day. I've been to see Wolf of Wall Street (4/5) and Delivery Man (2.5/5). I'm seriously looking forward to the Dallas Buyers Club next week. I'm currently working my way through Shameless USA: Season 3... it's shocking, more so than the UK version but in many ways it's also better. I also saw Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (3/5).

I've been a bit poor cinema and horror wise I'm afraid. I did contemplate Last Exorcism 2 for a fiver the other day... is it any good? Worth a blind buy?

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 30/1/2014 9:18:08 PM   
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Oh, someone else who loves SHAMELESS USA... bloody love that show! Never got into the UK version, but the US version...

William H Macy and Emmy Rossum are fantastic in it...

I feel a new 'Small Screen' thread coming on...

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 31/1/2014 1:36:38 PM   
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Oh, someone else who loves SHAMELESS USA... bloody love that show! Never got into the UK version, but the US version...

William H Macy and Emmy Rossum are fantastic in it...

I feel a new 'Small Screen' thread coming on...


More4 are currently showing S3 and have also picked up the rights for S4 aswell. However, I've imported the complete third season from the US on DVD so I'm currently about 5 weeks ahead of the UK broadcasts.


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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 31/1/2014 2:01:59 PM   
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I watched the Carrie remake last night, thoroughly enjoyed it, thought it was great in fact. To be honest I think i like it more than the original. Recently I really enjoyed You're Next and Insidious Chapter 2 also.

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 31/1/2014 9:47:54 PM   
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Uwantmetokillhim? (2013) is one of the finest movies I have watched, it's totally strange and it's based on a true story! What more can you ask for!? House of the devil is another movie that pops in my mind when I think of a strange film.

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 2/2/2014 11:21:04 AM   
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Will there be a worse film this year?


Director: Stuart Beattie; Writers: Stuart Beattie (screenplay), Kevin Grevioux (graphic novel); Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Bill Nighy, Jai Courtney, Kevin Grevioux; Running time: 92 minutes; Certification: 12A

There have been many iterations of the Frankenstein fable over the years, ever since the monsterís cinematic inception with Boris Karloff back in 1931, but none of them have quite reached the clawing depths of Stuart Beattieís reanimated creation. Next year comes yet another take on the story and itís one you can count me in for as it sounds like great fun, not least due to the casting choices of James McAvoy as Victor Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe as Igor, but, if we still needed a prerequisite for the existence of a new Frankenstein film, I, Frankenstein has provided it on a golden platter. Thank heavens we got this one out of the way first.

All joking and mockery aside, you have to ask what genuinely goes through oneís head to open a script like this and think, ďYeah, I wanna do this.Ē. I mean itís awful. Truly awful. The dialogue is filled from start to finish with the most cliche-ridden nonsense as it feebly attempts to capture some semblance of a Lord Of The Rings-like mythological dialect, interspersed with the most patronisingly dumb lines to explain that which is already blatantly obvious Ė all of this while trying to invest us in a story, a new spin on the Frankenstein tale, that we just donít care about. Itís based on a graphic novel, and maybe it should have stayed there. Yet all of that pales in comparison to the most cringeworthy moment in the entire film; the vigilante-esque speech sludged out by the monster as he vows to protect the world from demons Ė a moment made all the more embarrassing when you remember Eckhart was in The Dark Knight, a vigilante film with a little more going on.

The real shame is that there are some decent names in this; Aaron Eckhartís a good, solid actor, Miranda Otto has done some interesting work over the years, and we all know what Bill Nighy can do (though admittedly he looks less than interested in being here). Not only that, but Stuart Beattie, the Victor Frankenstein who attempted to bring this corpse of a film to life, has written some decent stuff over the years (Collateral, 30 Days Of Night). Why, therefore, is it such a mess? Whatís perhaps even more surprising than the actors who took the roles is the studio who financed it. Maybe they took a gamble on knowing it would turn out terribly, but would probably make a profit thanks to the title and actors attached (which, sadly, is a distinct possibility).

There are further problems with the technical side of things; the mediocre CGI and the useless 3D, but theyíre more the things to get upset about when thereís nothing else do Ė and believe me, it gets boring enough to start reciting all of Snow Whiteís dwarves or trying to spell antidisestablishmentarianisms in your head (both of which I actually did). The kicker, in the end, is that it takes itself FAR too seriously. Itís a film that, judging by that aforementioned vigilante speech, thinks itís The Dark Knight of Frankenstein movies, when in reality itís the Batman & Robin. And that's being harsh on Batman & Robin.

One of the most boring experiences Iíve ever had at the cinema; a clunky, soulless, hollow attempt at brining a fresh spin to a classic tale. There really is nothing to gain here.

1/5

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 2/2/2014 2:10:52 PM   
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thinks itís The Dark Knight of Frankenstein movies, when in reality itís the Batman & Robin.


You make that sound like a bad thing

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 2/2/2014 4:03:53 PM   
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thinks itís The Dark Knight of Frankenstein movies, when in reality itís the Batman & Robin.


You make that sound like a bad thing


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thinks itís The Dark Knight of Frankenstein movies, when in reality itís the Batman & Robin. And that's being harsh on Batman & Robin.


How's this?

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 2/2/2014 6:00:49 PM   
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Well let's just say, that concerning the Bat, I'm much more of Schumacher guy than a Nolan guy. That is well known around these parts!!

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies? - 4/2/2014 9:31:16 AM   
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In 1795, Dr Victor Frankenstein creates a monster and then rejects it. In a fit of rage, the creature kills Frankensteinís wife Elizabeth, and Victor chases it to the Arctic to get revenge, but succumbs to the weather. The being buries its creator and is then attacked by demons before being rescued by two gargoyles who bring it before the gargoyle queen, Lenore. She explains that they were created by the Archangel Michael to battle demons on Earth, and names the creature Adam, inviting him to join them, but he declines and departs after being given gargoyle weapons that allow him to destroy demons. Throughout the centuries, Adam fends off the demons that pursue him until the present day, where he encounters the gargoyles againÖ.

So here we have, coming almost right after 47 Ronin and fairly soon after The Lone Ranger, another film that was being spoken of as a stinker before its release, is now getting poor reviews, and is also being largely avoided by the film-going public [though I wouldnít used the latter as a judge, considering some of the dreadful stuff that has become big hits of late]. It seems to me that far too many folk make up their film that a film is going to be crap before theyíve seen more than a trailer of it. 47 Ronin and The Lone Ranger were considerably better than general opinion seemed to tell you [though there does seem to be an increasing school of thought saying that The Lone Ranger is actually really good and I donít agree with that either]. I, Frankenstein seems to be disliked even more than the other two films Iíve mentioned. They werenít universally hated, but this one seems to be. I still went into the cinema thinking it might actually be quite good Ė I mean couldnít understand the generally poor reception given to Van Helsing, which may have gone ludicrously over the top towards the end but for my money succeeded quite well with putting Universalís classic monsters into a period Indiana Jones-type action adventure. And, much like with Dracula, the Mummy and the others, I almost always get a kick out of seeing one of those monsters on the screen, though the horrible recent Dracula TV series, which I gave up on after three episodes, should have alerted me to the fact that this latest Frankenstein movie might not be very good at all.

Of course I already knew by then that this wasnít a horror movie or have much to do with Mary Shelley. Itís another Underworld/ Constantine/ Van Helsing/ Legion-type movie, and with I, Frankenstein, the producers seem to be especially trying to recapture the commercial success of their Underworld franchise, a series which to me fell short of its main premise and only occasionally delivered what it promised. I, Frankenstein succeeds in one area where the Underworld films, or at least the first two, failed Ė abundance of action. In a movie where demons are at war with gargoyles, you want to see lots of scenes of demons battling gargoyles. These fights are quite well shot and directed, something which is a rarity at the moment. The trend at the moment is to shake the camera about wildly and edit the life out of action, as in most of the horrible final half hour of Jack Ryan. Director Stuart Beattie and cinematographer Ross Emery deserve credit for not doing this. Though I could have done with more and longer static shots, the oft-used technique of the camera swooping around and above the action works well, and for once the 3D buildings and people donít look too much like cardboard cut-outs. I was annoyed I had to see this in 3D, due to the insidious [it makes more money] method of limiting showings of films in the format they should be, and as usual it doesnít add anything, but I didnít regret it either.

Unfortunately, there isnít much of an attempt to ring any changes on all this action. Everyone just runs and jumps at each other, every fight is the same, none of them are allowed to run a decent length to make some impact [this is especially disappointing towards the end], and it all gets a bit tiresome. Generally I, Frankenstein really is quite poor. These days, Iím willing to praise any film where we can actually see what is going on in an action scene and which doesnít seem like it was shot by an epileptic, but there really isnít much else to recommend about this one. Itís not quite as bad as some are saying, but is still pretty painful for fans of the title character [well, his monster really, and at least the film gets that right!] who have to watch a man with a few facial scars rushing around fighting and hardly getting any time to either be frightening or inspire pathos, the two main qualities that any filmic Frankenstein Monster should possess. Aaron Eckhart just isnít given any opportunities to do the role justice, though there are times he looks distinctly bored. So does Bill Nighy as the main villain, though heís such a good actor that he canít help but get into his part a bit and try to have at least a bit of fun.

The film opens with a two minute flashback sequence, kind of like the original story reduced to its very basics, and though itís too quick, some of it is well handled, especially when the Monster is born and looks at his hand. There is actually a real feeling of horror here, but that soon goes, and even in the first scene we have to suffer a shoddy score by two genius composers called Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek who, as many others seem to do these days, copy the Hans Zimmer Batman score style to a tee because thick and tone-deaf producers and directors think itís cool. Thereís the same rhythmic patterns, the same synthesisers and orchestral samples, the same lack of actual melodies, the same bloody taiko drums [in fact you hear the bloody things constantly in this movie], you know what I mean. The score hardly ever attempts to elevate the movie and stays at one level throughout. Then again, the film stays at one level too. The idea of the immortal, indestructible Frankensteinís Monster alive in our times is actually one with some potential and Iím surprised it hasnít been used before. The idea is wasted here though, the Monster spending nearly all his time either chained up or fighting demons and gargoyles.

Said demons and gargoyles do look quite good in their monstrous form Ė I think gargoyles make great and interesting monsters and are not used nearly often enough Ė though the interminable CGI shots of them flying around and exploding donít look very convincing. The CGI sets are decent Ė thereís a great pullback to reveal the enormous cathedral that the gargoyles reside inside Ė but itís hard to believe that humanity is in danger when the streets are strangely devoid of people. They obviously thought that the gargoyle/ demon/ Frankensteinís Monster action would be enough so that people wouldnít notice. I, Frankenstein was originally set be released on February 22, 2013. The film was pushed back to September 13, 2013, only to be shuffled once again to January 24, 2014. Though I havenít read anything to this effect, it seems like the film has been heavily cut down and scenes shuffled around, but to a detrimental effect. Too much happens off-screen or rushes by too quickly and some scenes really seem like they have been inserted in the wrong place, though you could probably put them anywhere else and it wouldnít improve things much. On at least one occasion it looked like one scene had been badly split in two. It seems like they didnít know what to do with this movie. I personally would have gone for a more bloody, violent approach for a start: that didnít seem to harm the Underworld series commercially for a start, and I yearn for when a filmmaker will have the guts [sorry] to have a Frankenstein Monster ripping off limbs and such as in Paul Morriseyís notorious 1973 film. Then again, Iím the bloodthirsty kind of sould who also dreams that the Kenneth Branagh version will one day be released in its gory original cut.

I wasnít sure I would be able to write a full-length review for I, Frankenstein and I know I havenít entirely succeeded in not going off on tangents, because basically there isnít that much to say about it, and it doesnít contain much of interest. It isnít that bad, and passes the time more pleasantly than Jack Ryan, not to mention several pictures that came out last year. Itís just your archetypal, generic comic-book adaptation that both dumbs and tones everything down, sucking out most, if not quite all, life, originality and even soul. I liked certain things like the Monster being called Adam, a reference to the book where the Monster is obsessed with Miltonís Paradise Lost, but nice things like this are few and far between. Call me a crude male, but the main thing thatís stuck in my mind at this very moment from I, Frankenstein is the gorgeous Miranda Otto looking fabulous in a striking blue outfit [though also sadly struggling with some of the worst expository dialogue in years]. Call it clutching at straws if you like. At least there wonít be a sequel, despite the toe-curling final scene, which sets up the Frankenstein Monster as some kind of vigilante super hero.

Rating: 4/10

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