Evil Dead Fan Film!
So, I was this posted over at the reddit.com horror sub-reddit: an Evil Dead Fan Film… Very funny stuff!!!
Evil Dead (2013)–This Remake Rocks so Go See it In the Theatre… GO!!!
My awesome wife and I saw the new Evil Dead remake this weekend and I have to say it was fantastic. Not a direct remake as much as a re-imagining of the original, but it manages to keep the basics of the original.
This movie was a great horror on it’s own and a great addition to the Evil Dead movies as a whole. If you are a horror fan then you owe it to yourself to see this film.
Here’s the trailer if you’re not convinced:
Mindwarp (1992) – Bruce Campbell Cheeziness to the Max
Mindwarp (also known as Brain Slasher) is a 1992 post environmental apocalypse sci-fi/horror film staring Bruce Campbell. Three groups of humans exist: those that were saved and brought to a complex, shielded from the destructive rays of the unshielded sun, and those forced to live outside. Most of those are mutants called Crawlers, who live in an underground, hellish society, coming to the surface to scavenge for old technology, and the occasional straggler to be captured and most often used for food, but occasionally used as breeding stock. The other, smaller group are regular humans, struggling to survive against the deadly sun and the evil crawlers – Bruce Campbell is one of this group. The movie surrounds a young lady who is part of the “lucky” group that is protected. She questions her existence as it is just comprised of sleeping and then being hooked up to the Infinisys sytem that allows them to enjoy a simulated reality of their choice, as there is nothing to do locked away from the outside. She hates it and rebels, getting herself expelled fron the safety of the indoors. Finding herself outdoors, she is quickly captured by crawlers, and almost as equally quickly rescued by our trusty hero, Bruce Campbell.
Bruce explains to her where she is and what exactly he saved her from. Then they make out and promptly both captured by crawlers and brought below to the subterranean world of the Crawlers.
In this dank evil world, Bruce is relegated to a work gang, while the girl is brought to a room to be tested for breeding comparability Here are back and forth skirmishes, they escape, get captured, escape again, get captured again. Then there’s a big twist when we find out who runs the Crawler world. Throw in a couple more little twist and then run the credits.
This is a typical early 90s Bruce Campbell film: low budget and cheezy dialogue. It’s silly, and yet I liked it – like I said, it’s got Bruce Campbell in it! If you’re a Bruce Campbell film then you know you have to see this film, and it is better than some of his other post Evil Dead movies.
Sorry folks, but I couldn’t find a trailer anywhere!
Maniac Cop (1988) – A Little Cheese? Yes Please…
I watched the 1988 Cop-Horror film, Maniac Cop with my friend last night and have to say I enjoyed it. Starring Tom Atkins and Bruce Campbell, and a whole bunch “oh… that guy” actors, it gets moving kinda slowly but ramps up around the one hour mark.
The gist of the story is that a police officer was wrongly convicted on charges to benefit some officials, apparently gets killed in prison (apparently, mind you), and then goes on to seek his revenge upon everyone, guilty or not. Definitely not the best movie, it is still enjoyable, if you’ve like the movies I’ve blogged about so far. The fact that Bruce Campbell is in it automatically garners the film some “cool” points.
As I said, the film does start slowly, but none the less gathers speed, like a crescendo, near the end and sets the stage for two sequels, which I have not seen – yet. Should you watch it? Well, do you like cheezy movies? Do you like Bruce Campbell? If you answered yes to either (or both) of these questions, the yes you should watch it.
Check out the trailer below:
Alien Apocalypse (2005) – Only Watch If You Like Bruce Campbell
Ok… This movie really sucks. I liked it because Bruce Campbell is in it, but that is about it. Made in 2005 simultaneously with The Man With the Screaming Brain (also 2005, and also with Bruce Campbell), and both were presented to the Sci-Fi Channel. Sci-Fi purchased one of the two (I don’t know for sure which one – I believe this one), and the other went right to DVD. This movie was filmed in Sofia, Bulgaria and most of the secondary actors did not speak English, and dialogue dubbed over later. This feels so much like a made for TV production (which it is), that I felt cheaper for watching it…kinda’.
The premise is that Humans have been enslaved by an Ant-like alien race. A group of astronauts, in space for 40 or so years, return and attempt to destroy the alien’s grasp on humanity. The Aliens are here to take Earth’s trees – they like wood I guess), and humanity has been enslaved to work in Concentration camp Lumberyards.
Yeah… These aliens are wimps and easily enough foiled. That’s enough – This film doesn’t deserve any more of a description.
Watch it if you like…
Here’s the trailer:
Army of Darkness (1992) – Evil Dead Gets Medieval
Tonight we’re watching the third and final (so far, that is) episode in the Evil Dead trilogy. This one takes place in medieval times (see The Evil Dead 2 to see why this is so), and is another over the top Horror romp starring our buddy Bruce Campbell as Ash once again. Thrust into the middle of…ummm the Middle Ages, it’s once again up to him to save the world from the Darkness that we were introduced to in the first two movies.
Two things remain consistant in all three Evil Dead movie: Bruce Campbell and the humour. Despite being horror films, they manage to be quite fun. Little off hand remarks by minor characters go along way in these films… And Bruce Campbell ALWAYS rocks.
Lots going ioon in this film and the big battle against the army of the Dead iis like a giant Homage to Ray Harryhausen (the stop motion master behind the great Sinbad films and the original early 1980s Clash of the Titans). Nothing like an army of smart-ass Skeletons doing battle!
This movie has a lot going for it but please, watch the two precursors, The Evil Dead and the Evil Dead 2 first – It will be worth it!
Check out the trailer below:
Evil Dead 2 (1987) – Even Better Than The First One
Evil Dead 2 was the movie of the night last night. Released six years after the original Evil Dead, this is more of a re-imagining of Evil Dead than a sequel. Still starring Bruce Campbell as Ash and the same scary cabin as the first movie, Evil Dead is set as if the first movie did not happen.
This time it’s just Ash and his girlfriend that heads to the cabin, where they unwittingly awake demons by playing a recording or phrases from the Book of the Dead. All Hell breaks loose (yes, again an intentional pun – deal with it), and Ash is left bouncing between battling the Demonic forces and being part of those forces.
Soon joined by the daughter of the Cabin’s owners and a hillbilly and his girlfriend, the battle between humanity and the darkness just intensifies. Visually creepy, and full of campy horror goodness, I believe Evil Dead take what was started with the Evil Dead and raises it to a new level. While the whole movie is great, there are a few particularly great scenes, including a great eye-ball in the mouth scerne and a psychotic/psychedelic scene where Ash absolutely loses it in a room full of laughter – you’ll know both scenes when they happen.
In the six years between the original Evil Dead and this movie, Bruce Campbell seems top have honed his acting skills a little, and creator and director Sam Raimi seemed to have managed to drum up money for a larger budget.
Like the original Evil Dead, this too is a must watch for Horror fans.
Check out the trailer below:
The Evil Dead (1981) – The beginning of Some GREAT Movies
Last night we began the first of the three great films that make up the Evil Dead Trilogy. We watched the original 1981, Evil Dead – a movie that I have seen many times, and will match many more time most likely.
This as a great, cheezy and ground breaking horror film that introduced the world to the acting Juggernaught that is Bruce Campbell. The gist of things? 5 friends travel to a cabin in the woods, accidentally raise some Demons and then the fun starts. Creepy looking, evil voiced demons take over most of the group and all Hell breaks loose (yeah, pun is intended).
This movie was (and is) very influential for horror movies that went forward, and while low budget, very watchable. If you are a horror fan, and haven’t seen this film, then you must.
Over the next few days I’ll be talking about the next two movies in the series, also.
Check out the original tailer from The Evil Dead below: