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Vampire Week Movie 2 – Near Dark (1987)

NeardarktheatposterYou like bad ass vampires? Then you will like 1987’s Near Dark.

A gritty, dark Vampire movie that tells the tale of Caleb Colson (Adrian Pasdar), a small town young man who meets an attractive woman one night and offers her a ride home one late night. Along t he way, insisting on a kiss from her before he drives her home. She kisses him, but also leaves him with a bite on his neck, shortly before she jumps out of his truck and takes off running (home, I guess).

Soon Caleb is struggling , stumbling home in the early daylight hours, smoke billowing from his exposed skin. Spotted by his little sister and father before he arrives at their home, all of a sudden a blacked out recreational vehicle (and RV) drives up and someone quickly scoops him up. Who’s inside the RV but a bunch of bad ass vampires, debating on how to kill Caleb… until the girl that bit him reveals that while she bit him, she did not bleed him, meaning that he too, is now a Vampire, and pleads for his life. They vamps decide to give him a little time to prove himself. Unfortunately he’s not a killer at heart and has trouble doing the deeds that a Vampire must do. The girl that turned him feeds him to keep him alive, though this is something that cannot go on… Failing test after test, the other Vampires want to get rid of Caleb, though he does manage to buy himself a little time by orchestrating a daring escape while the crew of Vamps are holed up and under fire from the police. An incident later leaves Caleb with a decision between the Vampires and his own family… A choice Caleb has no real trouble deciding. Of course the Vampires won’t let someone leave quietly, right?

This is a dam fine Vampire movie. Unfortunately whit was released around the time of the Lost Boys (also a good Vampire movie – but not as good), and did poorly at the box office, despite good reviews. Great performances from leathery tough guy, Lance Henriksen and then up and comer Bill Paxton are just the cherry on the top. If you haven’t seen this movie (and are into Vampire movies), then you must, and if it’s been a while since you have seen it, then it deserves a re-watch.

Check out the trailer below:

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Slugs (1987) – Oh My God – Don’t Watch This

1987’s horror (I think they meant horrible), movie Slugs is another waste of time.

A town, built on a toxic waste dump (no, this isn’t Tromaville), has become infested with carnivorous slugs that are travelling through the sewer system, killing the residents. If only they were all killed before this movie was made.

Bad special effects combined with even worse acting make for a particularly  crappy movie – and I like bad movies.

Word to the wise: Just watch something else.

Here’s a trailer for those compelled to watch:


Creepozoids (1987) – Late 1980’s Post Apocalypse Silliness – With Boobs :)

Watched this weird one last night. We’ve been watching a number of film that start 1980’s scream queen Linnea Quiggley after seeing here at the second annual Callgary Horror Convention on September 22, 2012. If you don’t know who she is, watch Return of the Living Dead – she’s the pink haired punk rocker that seems to have issues keeping her clothes on.

This movie is a short one, coming in at just one hour and eight minutes. That’s good, as there really isn’t very much meat to this one. A group of survivors and deserters that are trying to keep away from the mutants and the killing acid rain. They manage to find shelter in an abandoned government compound/lab.  A fortified structure that they can use to keep danger out – only one problem: the danger is already inside with them.

There’s not a lot here, but it’s fun, nonetheless. And if you are a fan of the 1980s horror genre, then go ahead and check this one out if you can find it. It’s not the worst, and 68 minutes,it doesn’t take a lot of time from your life.

Here’s the trailer for this silly film:


Hard Ticket to Hawaii (1987) – Hard Movie to Watch

I only watched this movie because of a silly clip I saw on Youtube from it. I should have stuck with the clip.

Diamond smugglers, a “contaminated” escaped killer Boa constrictor (a snake), a number of 80’s Playboy Playmates, some cheezeball hunky almost actor dudes and you have this movie. Oh, and lets not for get a killer Frisbee scene. Show tits every 5 – 7 minutes and you have this shitty movie. 

Want to read about the plot and such? Too bad, as you’ll have to elsewhere for that.

Shitty movie – very shitty, but al least the clip I originally saw still makes me laugh. 

Here is that clip:


Timestalkers (1987) – Made for TV Time Travelling Turd

Slow, boring… it’s like they just barely tried.

Timestalkers, a 1987 made for TV science fiction movie with Western overtones just barely manages to entertain.

A history professor,Dr. Scott McKenzie (William Devane) who specializes in the early days of the settling of America’s West is drafted by traveller from the future, Georgia Crawford (Lauren Hutton) to help stop a fellow traveller from the future, Joseph Cole (Klaus Kinski) from changing to past.

Dr. McKenzie and his good friend, and fellow Western history buff General Joe Brodsky (John Ratzenberger) go half on an auction of two steamer trunks full of memorabilia from the old west. Included in the trunks are some old photographs (“tin types”), in which one of them, upon closer examination shows a gunslinger with a 357 magnum, a gun from the 1980s, an not he 1800s. Dr. McKenzie writes a paper that receives ridicule about the anachronism in the photograph, that all tests show to be actually from the 1800s. Fortunately, the paper didn’t go completely unnoticed, as it was preserved, and used by Crawford to look for clues as to where Cole went when he escaped to the past in an attempt to destroy the Crawford Family, the one’s he believes are keeping him from monetizing his discovery of time travel..

Cole, 600 years in the future, has developed a method of time travel, and wants to profit from the discovery, but that goes against future convention, and is told that the idea must be shared by Georgia Crawford’s father, Dr Crawford (John Considine). Upset by the news, Cole travels back to 1866 in an attempt to Kill Crawford’s forefather, Matthew Crawford (also played by John Considine) assistant to the president. By destroying Crawford’s ancestor, he should therefore destroy the future Crawford family.

This movie, of course, is the store of how they must stop Cole while doing the least damage to the timeline, though they don’t seem to concerned with this…

Kinda’ boring, and kinda’ slow – still, I’ve watched much worse. Should you watch it? Well, I wouldn’t go out of your way to, if I were you.

I’m pretty sure this will disappear soon, but since I can’t find a trailer or clip of the movie, here is a link to the entire movie on Youtube:




Bad Taste (1987) – Grossly Awesome

Peter Jackson… You know the, the guy that made Lord of the Rings – that guy made this movie. Wow… just wow.

Released in 1987 in New Zealand, this film is probably best described as a cult horror/science fiction film. Low budget, this is Peter Jackson’s first full length feature film. The effects are done by Jackson himself who also stars in the film on screen.

Basically, a New Zealand town’s residents all disappeared and a team of 4 paramilitary/anti-alien fighters are sent to root out the danger.

Turns out the dangers are aliens disguised as humans, who have packaged up the residents of the town as meat for the intergalactic fast food market. Our heroes must defeat the aliens and stop the slaughter.

As stated, this is a low budget film that I read took about 4 years to complete (due to the stated low budget). It definitely feels low budget, but don’t let that stop you: Peter Jackson created an interesting and original, if gross film here. gore and humour interspersed, if you are not easily grossed out, and actually enjoy the kind of movies I write about on this blog, then you might like this. It definitely is interesting to see the expanse of Peter Jackson’s film making skills when you compare this to the Lord of the Rings trilogy that the rest of the World knows him for.

Definitely recommending this one – to those without a weak stomach. Check out the trailer here: