Kenny ends up in a coma, and Catherine is the only one who feels bad about it. She tries to save him with an experimental drug. Unfortunately it activates the part of his brain that causes out-of-body experiences. And he uses this power to possess peoples' bodies. His aim? Bloody vengeance on the people who destroyed his life!
The murder spree is suspenseful but not overly-graphic. It is certainly superior to the Director's previous effort, Shrooms . The final act is a bit too fast-paced, the script evidently trimmed down, but it all comes to a thrilling conclusion.
The villainous preacher seems to have inspired the character of Caleb in Buffy: Season 7 . His menacing presence, disguised by a Puritan attitude of godliness, permeates the entire film. He marries the robber's widow ( Shelly Winters ), then stalks the children.
The cinematography in this effort is wonderful. The aerial shot of the opening sequence, the nature shots of wildlife as the children flee through the darkness, the murderer's silouette on the skyline as he pursues them.
The third act come to a conclusion too rapidly for modern tastes, though it is filled with irony and deeper meaning that may well elude fans of the Friday the Thirteenth series.
A babysitter is left to look after a couple of children. Late at night, someone makes prank calls to her. Things get more and more sinister ...
The Sheriff (Gavan O'Herlihy - Willow ) decides to lead a rescue team down into the cave system. He takes his deputy (the token dark-skinned Latina), the sole survivor of the original trip (who has shell-shock and Amnesia), and a trio of pot-holers.
We're used to horror movies like this where screaming teens act like complete idiots and always make the wrong choice. This time it is the Sheriff who messes everything up on a regular basis! In fact, the characters generally act so stupidly that it is almost impossible to root for them. And if you don't care about the characters' fates, why bother watching?
The climax of the film creates so many plot holes that one can only hope it was all another hideous delusion.
Sound familiar? Well, while we are waiting for Jared Padalecki's appearance in the Jason Voorhees reboot, we are treated to Jensen Ackles being chased by The Miner. This is part remake of the original MBV film, combined with ideas for the planned sequel.
Harry Warden, a thuggish miner, goes on a kill-crazy rampage in a small backwoods mining town. Ten years later, the survivors reunite. Tom (Ackles) has inherited a controlling stake in the town's mine, while Alex is now the Sheriff.
This is more than a simple hack-and-slash affair. It is a horror-dunnit, as we try to work out who the Miner is before we run out of likely suspects. And it is all in glorious 3-D. No cheap cardboard glasses this time, but hefty ones that you can wear over your prescription spectacles. Unfortunately this means you have to pay extra for admission.
Donna sells her great-grandaddy's paintings to a Latino Art dealer. He has a big showing of them at his gallery in a Spanish-speaking part of Los Angeles. This is a great opportunity for us to meet the bunch of cliched stereotypes that Candyman will spend the rest of the movie slashing his way through.
Like so many low-budget horror movies, this was written and directed by a single person. The only thing that saves this from being categorised as terrible is the fact that in this case the person responsible was Wes Craven . The cast are a group of unknowns. The only one who went on to bigger and better things is Dee Wallace , who was menaced by Cujo .
This film was made in the care-free 1970s, when the idea of a PG-13 horror movie was unthinkable. As a result, it is also politically incorrect. The father, an ex-cop, complains that he was never scared - even when the N-words shot arrows at him. To a modern 21st-Century audience, the use of a slang term to describe cop-killers is worse than any of the murderous acts portrayed on-screen. But we should think of this another way. This film is a modern-day western, with killer hill-billies instead of Native Americans. And an old-fashioned western, with a white family threatened by people of colour, would be deemed even more politically incorrect.
By incredible coincidence the shortcut they take ends up taking them through exactly the same bomb range where the cannibal family live! Despite knowing the villains are around, the idiots still split up and act as if there were nothing to fear. Naturally, they get bumped off in unspectacular methods.
Director Wes Craven indulges in extensive use of flashbacks to ratchet up the tension. On the one hand, this enables the audience to appreciate the original film. However, it is a cheap and nasty storytelling trick.
The radlands are inhabited by a family with hideous mutations (which actually look more like Vietnam-era Agent Orange birth defects). The mutants ambush the family, attack them and generally do terrible things. Bob's son-in-law, a bespectacled non-violent type, ends up laying down whup-ass like Hoffman in Straw Dogs.
The level of violence in the original film was ground-breaking. With this film, in contrast, the extreme violence is run-of-the-mill. The big break with Hollywood tradition is the depiction of sexual violence. It is a big no-no, even in Horror films,
On the face of it, one could compare this to Southern Comfort rather than Aliens or Predator . Unfortunately, the kids making up this platoon of rookie part-timers (including a couple of supermodels) are in no way convincing as members of the US Military. Fair enough, the film is about cannibalistic humanoid underground dwellers, but when even the human protagonists are unbelievably stupid (invoking every cliche in Horror Movies) then suspension of disbelief is a thing of the past.
This is filled with sickeningly OTT violence. The monsters kill and eat any men they catch. Worse, and more controversially, the female victims are used for breeding.
Jared Padalecki visits the ruins of Camp Crystal Lake to discover what happened to his sister, who went missing while camping there. He and a bunch of twenty-something television actors playing college kids (including Ryan Hansen from Veronica Mars ) are stalked by the machete-wielding freak.
This is pretty much a wasted effort. It is a nasty little shocker, full of plot holes and cliched characters. The humour of the original series is gone. This is to the original series what the Daniel Craig films are to the original Bond series.
These scum of the earth (they did not make the grade for the SS!) end up trapped in a blizzard, with nothing to eat ...
Ten years later, Hannibal is a medical student. He gets the chance to get even with the militia, bumping them off one at a time in a series of gruesome murders that regularly splash blood across his face. Dominic West ( 300 ) is a Police Detective investigating the gruesome slayings.
This is an impressive period piece, a film noir suspense thriller with touches of gore.
A handful of people wake up in a room. One is the detective's son. Another is Amanda ( Shawnee Smith ), a survivor from the first film. The victims have been dosed with poison, and have only two hours to find the antidote. Jigsaw has conveniently left the antidote hidden in the house, but the victims have to risk an array of hideous boobytraps.
With most of the original cops left, it is up to Riggs (the SWAT Commander) and Costas Mandylor ( Fist of the North Star ) to solve the mystery. Unfortunately, they are part of JigSaw's next twisted game ...
We get yet more backstory on Jigsaw - when the first was the best, really. Now he has an ex-wife, and a pitiful tale of how they lost their unborn child. Tear-jerking, but not really what this kind of film needs. There is plenty of gore and complicated murder-machines, of course ... but there is just too much being thrown at us. And as terrible as this sounds, it is just more of the same!!!
One of the survivors of the last massacre realises that Jigsaw is still alive. He goes after the surviving killer - never realising that he is completely out of his depth. Jigsaw's specific and sadistic targeting of police officers shows his complete and utter hypocrisy.
Meanwhile, five people wake up in a dungeon. Julie Benz is in a black wig, but still looks good. Dexter and Rambo are nowhere in sight, but while she is not Darla from Angel she still does a reasonable job of surviving ...
Meanwhile, the FBI are closing in on Jigsaw. They have evidence that they have not even shared with the local police detective in charge of the case.
In the flashbacks we get to see even more tension between Jigsaw and his accomplices. The whole thing is remarkably convoluted, compared to the relative simplicity of the first film. And the problem is that there are no sympathetic characters. There is nobody to cheer for, just a bunch of idiots who are doomed to an unpleasant ending.
Sean Patrick Flannery ( Dead Zone ) is a self-help guru who attends a support group for Jigsaw victims. Cary Elwes ( Princess Bride ) makes an appearance, although it is a pity a few other familiar faces are missing.
Can Young Indiana Jones survive the Death-trap Dungeon? More importantly, can he save his Entourage?
Meanwhile, Internal Affairs are closing in on the perp. But he is willing to kill as many cops again as he has already done!
Chuckie is rebuilt by slimy yuppie Gregg Germann (Ally McBeal). Naturally, a bloodbath ensues.
Chucky the killer doll looks up an old flame, Jennifer Tilly . They have a falling out, and she ends up with her soul trapped in a female doll. Yes, now there are TWO killer dolls on the loose!
Billy Boyd ( Lord of the Rings ) is Glen, a young puppet who wants to find out who his parents are. He tracks them down because he recognises his birthmark (Made in Japan). He realises they must be the evil puppets, Chucky (Brad Douriff - ) and Tiffany ( Jennifer Tilly ). They're now just on the set of a movie - a movie about them!
The real Jennifer Tilly is on the movie set, voicing Tiffany's character. The killer dolls follow her home so they can artificially impregnate her. Of course, bystanders like Jennifer's assistant ( Hannah Spearitt ) and paparazzi John Waters get in the way! Jen meets Redman (the rapper director behind Xtina's Dirrrty), who wants to cast her as the Virgin Mary.
With Glen fighting his murderous subconscious (is he Glen or Glenda?), Tiffany insists that she and Chucky make a no-murder pact. But how long can they hold out?
This is a long way from the original film. It has got a much bigger budget - but is incredibly tongue-in-cheek. It was probably filmed in the UK, because of all the British actors.