This 1989 post plague apocalypse film, set in a compound beneath the desert in America is a tough watch.
A plague has laid waste to almost the entire population, with small pockets in underground outposts surviving. A vaccine has been developed to combat that plague, but as noted next to no one is left to administer that vaccine to. Add to that, monster/mutants called “Gargoyles” terrorize the remaining humans. One group, trapped in their underground complex, is terrorized by one of the =creatures that escaped as they attempted to abort it from a lone woman they found, frightened and lost outside their bunker… That’s right: the monsters are impregnating humans. If that wasn’t bad enough, those foetus grow at an alarming rate – maturing in hours and killing their host mother. Most of the 87 minutes is spent watching these people running around trying to kill this creature loose in their base. Oh… And one of the hold outs gets attacked, raped and then dies trying to abort her monster baby.
The creature is interesting looking, and the film starts (for a short period of time) vetran “that guy” actor George Kennedy. Even so, this movie is rather lack lustre and kinda’ boring. To me it had the feeling of a made for TV movie (which it isn’t).
I can’t recommend this film as it just doesn’t have enough going for it.
That being said, the film seems to be available on Youtube in it’s entirety so if you want to check it out, it’s not going to cost you anything other than 87 minutes of your time. That link can be found below the trailer (for as long as it lasts, that is).
Check out the trailer here:
1978’s Magic is a twisted, psychological horror tale of an introverted mouse of a man, Charles “Corky” Wither, a professional magician and ventriloquist (played by the great Anthony Hopkins) who loses his grip on reality just as he is poised to make it big in show business.
Corky attempts to hone his stage skills at the insistence of his dying father (a one time magician that that worked the Catskills scene), who believes in Corky’s talent. After lots of work, he is discovered by big time agent, Ben Greene (played by the always great Burgess Meridith) who get’s him a deal with a major network, with the caveat that Corky must take a medical exam – nsomething that Corky refuses to do on “principal.” Upset, Corky takes off to an old place that rented cabins in the Catskills. It turns out that the lodge is run by a woman, Peggy Ann Snow (played by the gorgeous Ann-Margret), who Corky had a crush on as a child.
Peggy Ann, now in a bad marriage, engages Corky and they end up in bed together and talking about her leaving her husband and taking off with Corky. Little does anyone know (at this point), that Corky is being controlled by his schizophrenic alter ego that manifests itself through his ventriloquist dummy, Fats.
Ben Green walks in on Corky while he’s having an argument with the dummy, realizing that the reason Corky refused the medical exam was that he was worried that the doctor would discover that he was stark raving mad. After a tense test (that Corky fails), Ben goes to leave, vowing to get Corky professional help. Shortly after walking out the door, Fats convinces Corky to kill Ben… And then the carnage begins.
I don’t want to give away anymore of this masterpiece. Let me say this: I have ventriloquist and their acts – I do not find any entertainment in this form of show business. That said, Magic is a fantastic movie with a great cast and great acting. A good movie.
Watch Magic – you owe it to yourself!
Here’s the trailer:
Another fun groaner, Sssssss stars a youngish Dirk Benedict (the Original Starbuck from the first Battlestar Galactica and Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck from the A Team) as David a student sent to work with Doctor Stoner, a world famous (but apparently underfunded) herpetologist played by Strother Martin who ends up becoming the subject of a diabolical experiment to change humans into snakes. Dr. Stoner gives David a series of shot that he tell him are inoculations against the venom of the King Cobra, but are actually the Dr.’s secret serum that transforms humans into snakes.
So, I guess it comes down to would I recommend it or not. Probably not. If you have Netflix and want to check it out, then go for it. If you have to go and look for a copy of this film, then I’d say forget it.Through in the Dr.’s nerdy and semi attractive daughter as a love interest,
a couple of police and the weird bit about the Dr selling his not as successful earlier attempt at
transforming a human to a snake to a freak show as a “Half Man Half Human” exhibit and you have most of what makes up this movie. There is some unexplained animosity between Dr. Stoner and a Professor at the local college or University – or if it was explained, I didn’t take the time or effort to absorb that information. Also, it’s the only movie with a mongoose that I’ve seen in quite some time (I haven’t seen Rikki-Tikki-Tavi since I was a kid).
Check out the trailer here: