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Remake Week Movie #5 – Fright Night (2011)

FrightNight2011We decided to take on the 2011 remake of the 1985 classic Vampire film, Fright Night last night and were not disappointed.

Fright Night tells the story of Charley Brewster (played by Anton Yelchin, now famous as Chekov from the Star Trek reboot) a teenager living in the suburbs of Las Vegas. Charley discovers that his neighbour, Jerry Dandrige (played by Colin Farrell) is actually a Vampire and must defeat him to save his family and friends.

Initially Charley just thinks Jerry is a normal guy that just moved in next door – that is until former best friend, Ed (played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse) opens his eyes to what is going on around him. Ed and Charley have become distanced and do not hang out any more, but Ed blackmails Charley to come with him to one of there mutual friend’s place to check on him as he seems to have disappeared without a trace. When they get there they find no trace of either their friend or family. It is here where Ed reveals that Charley’s new neighbour is a Vampire – something that Charley refuses to believe. Events at home, between himself and Jerry change his mind when Jerry asks him if he could borrow some beer for an upcoming liaison between himself and a girl – Charley obliges, and notices that Jerry cannot go past the threshold of his open door… Everyone knows a vampire cannot enter a home without being invited.

Soon things ramp up, and Jerry, being a Vampire starts feeding more and more and more people that Charley knows start disappearing. Jerry discovers that Charley has learned his secret and tries to get to Charley and his family, in any way possible. Charley seeks the help of a world famous occult/vampire hunter/Vegas Magician guy, Peter Vincent (played by David Tennant who at first just kicks him out, but eventually looks over a pile of information Charley left behind and realizes Charley is dealing with a real Vampire and decides to help… well, is forced to help when Jerry forces his hand. A note: in the original Fright Night, this character was played by the late and very great Roddy McDowall, and was the host of a late night horror movie show.

What follows is an action packed human’s versus Vampires battle(s) that is actually quite entertaining. There’s a cool battle between Charlie and former buddy, now turned Vampire Ed that in a way made me sympathetic to Ed. The final battle between Charley, Jerry and Jerry’s new brood of freshly changed Vampires is exciting and in a way pays homage to the original.

Is this better than the original? Oh, hell no. Is this movie good? Oh, yes. I found it a fun, entertaining Vampire movie and would not hesitate to recommend it as a watch.

Check out the trailer:


Explorers (1985) It Can Still Make Me Smile After 27 Years

I absolutely loved this film when I was a kid. I am ld enough to say I saw it in the theatres without my parents. 

For years I have occasionally thought of this movie, fondly of corse. When I saw that it was available here on Netflix I was hesitant – I didn’t want this to be one of those situations where I watch a movie that I loved as a kid and then end up walking away hating it for being a piece of garbage, ruining a great memory, After watching this I am very happy to say that isn’t the case with this film: it’s still a fun movie.

It’s the story of three good friends that build a space ship based on some schematics that one of them, Ben Crandall (played by Ethan Hawke) dreams up his brainy friend Wolfgang Muller (played by the late River Phoenix) builds into a circuit board and contrlloed by his might Aplle IIC, combines it with part of an old Tilt-a-Whirl. Along the way they pick up a new friend, tough guy with a big heart Steve Jackson (played by Jason Presson) and it’s off they go. After a few bumps during test flights (including just about getting caught by a chopper pilot), they make the big flight and fingd themselves brought aboard a larger spaceship where they finally get to meet the aliens that set the whole thing up… with a twist.

This is a fun movie and admittidedly is a kid (teen) movie – that said, it’s a fun adventure that has aged well.

Here is the trailer:


Creature (1985) – 97 Minutes of Sub-Par Alien Rip Off

Somebody owes me 97 minutes.

1985’s Creature takes place on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. An expedition is sent to Titan to find out what happened to a previous group. once there they encounter ancient alien artifacts – one problem: an evil Alien with the ability to reanimate corpses after dead, is feeding in them.

Stupid, slow and uninspiring. The actors suck – even Klaus Kinski. I like crappy movies, but didn’t like this – what does that say about the movie?

Stay away from this one. If you have to see it, the whole movie can be found after the trailer below.

Here is the Trailer:

And if you REALLY need to see it, here is the whole, dumb movie:


Zone Troopers (1985) – Aliens, Allies, Nazis and World War II

I don’t recall ever having heard of Zone Troopers before last week. That’s 26 yeas and two months after it was released. I’m not sure why it took so long to watch as it was pretty fun.

Taking place some time in World War II, a patrol of American G.I.s, behind enemy lines in Italy discover a big secret: they stumble upon an alien ship that has crashed to Earth.The Nazis are rushing to get to the ship, and have already captured an Alien. Snooping around by one of the troop and a reporter gets them captured by the Nazis complicating things even more. Luckily for these two they have a few things going for them: the Nazis obviously learned to shoot from the same folks that teach Star Wars Storm Troopers to shoot, and secondly that they’re led by the Sarge, played by penultimate “Oh that guy”, Tim Thomerson. The Sarge is the toughest Sarge out there I guess, and he shows it. There’s one scene where he mows down a bunch of Nazis that had what was left of his depleted patrol pinned down. It was like one man versus the Nazis. Pretty cool, if stupid stuff. Then there’s the scene where one of the captured G.I.s punches Hitler right in the face. You don’t see that every day. Anyway, the Sarge and a G.I. rescue their two captured comrades and the captured alien. They start off towards their lines while being pursued by Nazis looking to recapture the alien. After some battles and such, the alien meets up with there own kind – they show up the Nazis in a silly battle and eventually mostly everyone lives happily ever after…except that it would still be World War II, which I imagine mostly sucked for all those involved. But i digress. The special effects aren’t much to write home about, but neither are they terrible for what I must have been a pretty low budget production. In a couple of places I might even call them good. The Bug Eyed alien was interesting looking too. Not too bad at all for a low budget flick.

In a nutshell Zone Troopers was a fun watch. Nothing amazing, so don’t set your hopes high, but altogether a fun, cheezy sci-fi flick. If you get a chance, go ahead and watch it – I don’t feel like I wasted my time. And you know what? As of just now – while writing this, I just discovered that it is available on Youtube for however long that lasts. That link, of course, will be under the trailer, so you really don’t have any good reason not to watch it! Hehehehe…

Here’s the Trailer:

And here’s the whole freakin’ movie:


The Stuff (1985) – The Food You Eat – That Eats You

I just watched a very silly 1985 movie called The Stuff. Loved it too…

Here’s the basic idea: A man discovers a white goo like substance bubbling from the ground, weirdly decides to taste it, and it turns out to be sweet and delicious. Soon the product was being mass marketed as “The Stuff” and takes America by storm.

Marketed in a tub like Ice Cream, but with what seems like the consistency of a cross between marshmallow paste and shaving cream, people start eating it as a desert but quickly it becomes the only meal it’s fans eat. Slick commercials sells the products to the masses selling it’s flavour and the fact that it has zero calories – a practically miracle food it would seem. Well, have you heard the saying that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true.

Well, the Stuff becomes so popular that it starts killing the Ice Cream industry. Dairy officials hire former F.B.I. agent turned industrial saboteur, David “Mo Rutherford (played by Michael Moriarty) and Junk Food King,  Charles W. “Chocolate Chip Charlie” Hobbs (played by the always great Garrett Morris), to find out what’s actually in The Stuff, and help destroy it.

The more he looks into just what The Stuff is, the more he realizes just how diabolical and dangerous The Stuff actually is. Teaming up with an Advertising guru that helped popularize The Stuff, a kid who discovered early how dangerous the Stuff is when it took over his family and a Militia leader (played by Paul Sorvino), the take on the manufacturer, distributer and The Stuff itself.

A definitely silly film that takes a poke at mass marketing and how the public easily falls prey to it, I have to recommend this film – it has a charm that is so rare in film. Sure it’s weird – so am I and people like me (well, they say they do). Watch this film. Go out and buy the DVD, or watch it on Netflix (that’s what I did)… Or even watch it for free on Youtube (I didn’t know it was available there until about 30 seconds before writing this sentence). – Just watch it.

Here’s the trailer:

And here is the whole damned movie in it’s entirety:



Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985) – This Movie Deserved to Be Part of Series

Well, we watched the 1985 action film Remo Williams, the Adventure Begins, last night and like a number of these films I’ve watched over the last few months, I find myself asking the question: why have I not seen this movie earlier.

Based on the paper back book series, The Destroyer, the film is a bout a police officer, Sam Makin (played by Fred Ward that has his death faked (without his knowledge), and is forces/recruited into a secret organization named Cure that gets justice against big shots that appear to be above the law. Sort of like an Equalizer against guys like Bernie Madoff. 

Our Hero, Police Officer Sam Makin, is given a new name, Remo Williams (I laughed so hard during the scene where he gets his new name) and is sent to live with Korean martial arts master Chiun who is to teach Remo on how to be a martial arts killing machine. Chiun is a lean, mean bullet dodging machine who seams slightly racist against non Koreans. This Chiun is a great character. Remo learns the ways of Sinanju” despite a rushed training and is set out to take care of the antagonist George Grove, president of an arms company ripping off the Government and producing weapons that are almost as dangerous to the soldier using it. Throw in an inquisitive Major Rayner Flemming (played by Kate Mulgrew) and some bad-guy 

lackeys and you have a fun film. That and a pretty cool scene that takes place on and in the Statue of Liberty.

One of the coolest things about this film is the fact that the good guy, Remo doesn’t use a gun – he uses his new found prowess in martial arts to defeat opponents that are armed.
 This is something that you don’t see too often outside of Jet-Li films nowadays. There’s some star power (kind of) in the fact that Wilford Brimley as Harold Smith, leader of Cure

I say watch this film if you like action adventure films, as it really does seem fresh compared to most. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Check out the trailer here: