The story is simply a re-telling of the true-life tale of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Todd lived in London in the 1700s, and had a tendency to cut his customers' throats and bake their flesh into pies.
Gruesome as the facts are, this version actually plays upon his relationship with the woman who ran the pie-shop. In other words, it is played as a love story, not a gory horror-fest. Would a modern-day serial-killer have been treated so sympathetically? One scene mimics Psycho , with Todd cast as the voyeuristic Norman Bates. A pity the rest of the film didn't face Todd's monstreous nature so well.
Todd is underplayed by Winstone, who has been spectacular in everything else he has appeared in. This lacklustre performance is just one more disappointment.
The villain, a corrupt Billionaire in the US Military-Industrial complex, is also under investigation by US Army officer Kate Mulgrew .
This is an adaption of a series of paperback novels, Remo: The Destroyer. It's not entirely true to the original, but the spirit is close enough. Perhaps that's why it flopped at the box-office. It's too tongue-in-cheek to be a thriller, but not all-out enough to succeed as a comedy.
Jason [Kane Hodder] is a prisoner in Crystal Lake Research Centre, run by Lexa Doig . Her boss David Cronenberg tries to transport Jason, but naturally the maniac escapes. Probably using the teleportation skill he developed in Jason Takes Manhattan . Anyhow, he slaughters everyone. Lexa manages to cryogenically freeze him, and herself ...
455 years later the 2 corpsicles are recovered by archaeology students, including attractive robot Lisa Ryder . They are taken to a spaceship [Earth is uninhabited], and Lexa is revived by nanites.
Naturally, Jason slaughters everyone. The ship has guards - who are picked off one by one in an inferior homage to Aliens . Then he goes after Lexa and the students ...
This is actually one of the better films in the series. The budget is reasonable, as shown by the SPFX and the acting. The script itself is quite self-knowing, with references and joky lines. However, there is one major plot hole. Since unbelievable injuries can be healed by nanites, a murderer like Jason isn't really that scary any more!
A NYC Radio shock-jock [Jeff Bridges - Starman, King Kong ] is inadvertantly responsible for a massacre. A few years later, with his life destroyed, he encounters survivor Robin Williams [ Dead Again ], driven insane by the carnage. Williams thinks he is the Fisher King, and halucinates that he is on a quest to find the Holy Grail. In New York City, of course.
This is the second adaption of the 1930s novel. It has the dubious distincion of being a half-hearted musical!
A rather boring General [Robert Taylor] falls for a spoilt rich girl. The wicked, selfish girl is part of a secretive conspiracy, the Xians. These fish-worshippers seek to overthrow the government.
This is a swords-and-sandals epic of the 1950s, with the era's typical sympathy towards the Xians' morality.
The most shocking thing about this film is, of course, Van Damme. He's GOOD! He holds his own against Michael Henry , Portrait of a Serial Killer Rooker, and that's no mean thing to say about a Belgian ballet-dancer!
The action stuff is also well-directed. After all, that is what most people watch Van Damme films for.
Ten years later, McDowell's son Ken-Shiro [Australian Kickboxer Gary Daniels] goes on a revenge rampage. Not at the sight of his zombified father, that is, but when he find out that his ex is now shacked up with the villain.
Ken treks across a post-apocalyptic wasteland, encountering Melvin van Peebles. He fights off the villainous biker militia, who conveniently only attack one at a time, and don't like using guns.
This is a 1995 live-action version of one of the worst Anime sories ever. But at least it's in English, rather than an awkward dubbing over Japanese.
John Heard [ Cat People (1981) ] breeds super-locusts that are immune to DDT. They live 3 times longer and breed 4 times faster than normal locusts. But like all proper mad scientsist, he actually did it with innocent intent!
Predictably, the locusts escape and eat everything that moves. And anything that doesn't move. Lucy and Heard must find a peaceful way to destroy the swarms, before the US military do something stupid.