ORBzine - Slasher Flicks 2008 Movie Reviews

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Freakdog AKA Red Mist

Freakdog AKA Red Mist Kenneth (Andrew Lee Potts - Primeval ) is a stuttering epileptic janitor with a crush on Jessica Alba/Julia Stiles looklike student doctor Catherine ( Arielle Kebble ). Of course, Catherine would rather hang out with her fellow medical students, a gang of sociopathic malcontents and egotists led by Kim ( Sarah Carter ). Kenny bumps into the Medics on their night out on the town. They are high on drugs stolen from the hospital pharmacy, and poor Kenny becomes the victim of circumstance. OK, he is not really a nice guy - he is a peeper who undresses corpses in the morgue. But still ...

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.

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    Night of the Hunter

    Night of the Hunter This is a very early stalker/slasher film from 1955. Robert Mitchum ( Cape fear ) is a serial killer who preys on rich widows. He spends a month with a bank robber (Peter Graves - Mission: Impossible) as a cell-mate, and learns that the loot from the robbery has never been found.

    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.

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    When A Stranger Calls (2005)

    When A Stranger Calls (2005) This is a modern 21st Century remake of the little-known 1970s thriller, starring Charles Durning. Now, it has been said that modern remakes allow a modern audience see familiar stars of their own generation in a familiar plotline. This remake, in fact, contains no recognisable names or faces. In fact, the only really modern aspect is the presence of cellular phones. It is a relatively suspenseful film with none of the OTT SPFX and gore that permeate horror films from the 1980s Friday the 13th series to the more modern Saw torture-porn films.

    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 ...

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    Descent: Part 2

    Descent: Part 2 This starts soon after the end of the previous film. While the actresses have aged 4 years, this is set 2 days after the team originally entered the cave.

    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.

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    My Bloody Valentine (2009)

    My Bloody Valentine (2009) A remake of a low-budget 1980s slasher film about a masked killer on a rampage, chasing after one of the Winchester Brothers from Supernatural on the weekend of Friday 13th of February 2009 ...

    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.

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    Candyman Franchise

    Candyman: Day of the Dead

    Candyman: Day of the Dead Donna D'Ericco is the great-grandaughter of the Candyman. She faints every time she sees him, which is probably for the best.

    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.

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  • Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh
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    The Hills Have Eyes Franchise

    The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

    The Hills Have Eyes (1977) Released a couple of years after Texas Chainsaw Massacre , this is a similar story about a group of city folk who get terrorised by inbred rednecks.

    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.

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    The Hills Have Eyes 2 (1985)

    The Hills Have Eyes 2 (1985) A bus-load of tweenagers take a road-trip. One of them is a survivor from the first film. The token black babe is a young (and topless) Penny Jerald Johnson !

    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.

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    The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

    The Hills Have Eyes (2006) This was Directed by Frenchman Alexandre Aja and filmed in Morocco (sitting in for the New Mexico desert). It is a remake of a Wes Craven slasher from the early 1970s. Craven himself Produced this, so it retains the standards of the original.

    Ex-Cop Big Bob (Ted Levine - Silence of the Lambs ) and his family (including nubile teenager Emilie de Ravin ) take a detour off the highway, and end up in a remote former nuclear test site.

    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,

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    The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2008)

    The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2008) Yes, another horror sequel about a group of people who get stranded in the middle of nowhere and picked off one by one. Usually it is a pathetic bunch of idiots passing themselves off as College students. A pathetic bunch of idiots passing themselves off as National Guard reservists.

    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.

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    Friday The 13th Franchise

    Friday The 13th (2009)

    Friday The 13th (2009) A recent remake of a 1980s slasher, where a masked killer chases one of the Winchester Brothers from Supernatural ? Sounds a bit like My Bloody Valentine (2009) , doesn't it?

    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.

    Marcus Nispel directed the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake a few years ago.

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    Hannibal Franchise

    Hannibal Rising

    Hannibal Rising The film starts in Winter 1944. The Red Army (with REAL T-34s, very impressive!) is pushing through Lithuania. Nine-year-old Hannibal and his younger sister Misha get mixed up with local fascist militia types. Grutas (Rhys Ifans) and Kevin McKidd ( Rome ).

    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.

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  • Red Dragon
  • Silence of the Lambs
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    Saw Franchise

    Saw 2

    Saw 2 The Police, led by Dina Meyer , close in on Jigsaw (Tobin Bell - X-Files, Alias ). Unfortunately, the killer is actively targeting one of the detectives.

    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.

  • Saw
  • Saw 2
  • Saw 3
  • Saw 4
  • Saw 5
  • Saw 6
  • Saw 7 AKA Saw 3-D
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    Saw 4

    Saw 4 Every Halloween, regular as a clockwork boobytrap, we get a new SAW film. This starts after the previous film, but gives a completely different take on the ending ...

    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!!!

  • Saw
  • Saw 2
  • Saw 3
  • Saw 4
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  • Saw 7 AKA Saw 3-D
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    Saw 5

    Saw 5 This is directed by someone new, which explains the slightly flashier visual style. This film is slightly better than the previous couple of efforts. It still has a modicum of gore, but it also has something of a plot!

    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 ...

  • Saw
  • Saw 2
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  • Saw 4
  • Saw 5
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  • Saw 7 AKA Saw 3-D
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    Saw 6

    Saw 6 Yes, it is Hallowe'en time again, and everyone's favourite torture-porn franchise is back. Taking up where the previous film left off, Jigsaw has a new set of victims lined up. This time he is inspired by a popular theme, that of the US health-care industry. The victims are employees of a medical Insurance company.

    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.

  • Saw
  • Saw 2
  • Saw 3
  • Saw 4
  • Saw 5
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    Saw 7 AKA Saw 3-D

    Saw 7 AKA Saw 3-D This is the final episode in the hideously drawn-out torture-porn saga. This time, Jigsaw's apprentice targets petty criminals and the like.

    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!

  • Saw
  • Saw 2
  • Saw 3
  • Saw 4
  • Saw 5
  • Saw 6
  • Saw 7 AKA Saw 3-D
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    Child's Play Franchise

    Child's Play 2

    Child's Play 2 After the events of the first film, Andy's mother is sectioned. Andy is sent by a shrink (Grace Zabriskie) to foster parents ( Jenny Agutter and Gerrit Graham ( Philadelphia Experiment 2 ).

    Chuckie is rebuilt by slimy yuppie Gregg Germann (Ally McBeal). Naturally, a bloodbath ensues.

  • Child's Play
  • Child's Play 2
  • Child's Play 3
  • Bride of Chucky
  • Seed of Chucky
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    Childs Play 3

    Childs Play 3 Eight years since the events of the previous film, Andy has grown up to look like Justin Whalin ( Lois and Clark ). He is attending Military School, along with attractive female cadet Perrey Reeves . Commandant Andy Robinson ( Puppet Masters ) is in charge.

  • Child's Play
  • Child's Play 2
  • Child's Play 3
  • Bride of Chucky
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    Bride of Chucky

    Bride of Chucky This is the fourth film in the Child's Play series. Of course, after the third film was wrongly associated with the Jamie Bulger murder case, it was probably the right idea to pick a new title to go with the series' new direction.

    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!

    Katherine Heigl and Gay Best Friend Michael Gordon Wolvett ( Andromeda ) are among the unfortunate teenagers menaced by the rubber duo.

  • Child's Play
  • Child's Play 2
  • Child's Play 3
  • Bride of Chucky
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    Seed of Chucky

    Seed of Chucky This is the most recent installment in the series. Chucky seems to get destroyed at the end of every movie, but always comes back for more.

    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.

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