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 ...
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.
The women run into difficulties in their adventure. There is a cave-in, and they have to find another way out. Worse, it turns out that Juno has taken them into an un-explored cave system. But worst of all, they are not alone. A group of albino humanoids infest the caves, and they soon develop a taste for human flesh.
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 are 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 do not 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.
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.
Five years later a new Camp starts up on Crystal Lake, with a whole new gang of tweenagers interested in premarital sex. It is not a new Camp Crystal Lake, it is the Packanack Lake Region Counselor Training Centre. The boss gives Jason's backstory as a campfire tale. This takes the story back to its roots as an urban myth, created by camp counsellors in upstate New York in the 1950s in order to stop the kids from wandering around after lights-out. Perhaps he would have more luck if he stuck to his other story, the one about there being wild flesh-eating grizzly bears in the woods.
Jason's identity is not yet fully established. He does not get the mask until the next movie, and he becomes undead a couple of films after that. At this stage is just a lurking presence, seen mostly as a shadow. However, it moves a lot faster than the original and does not sacrifice pace for the benefit of suspense.
The local Sheriff, wearing a patch for Sebastopol County, seems to know that something is up in the area. However, just like the average cop in this kind of movie he does not have the sense to know when he is walking into an ambush situation.
Since none of the tweenagers has a backstory, we do not know who the Final Girl is going to be until the Third Act has begun.
The story starts with the State Police cleaning up the mess from the previous film. Rather than wait for the Medical Examiner to check the bodies, they just put Jason in an ambulance and ship him off to the Wessex County morgue. Unfortunately the night-shift staff do not put up much of a fight. Then he walks home in broad daylight.
A nice suburban family live in a nice house nearby. One of the kids is 12-year-old Tommy (Corey Feldman - The Goonies ), who is obsessed with horror movies. Not in terms of the writing tropes, like in Scream , but in terms of latex prosthetics. However, he might just be Jason's nemesis.
Some tweenagers, including Crispin Glover ( Back To The Future ), get lost while out for a drive. They eventually get to their destination, the house next door to Tommy's family. This is an undefined distance from the lake, probably at least a mile or so by the direct route through the woods. However, a couple of tweenagers nip out for a midnight skinny-dipping session so it cannot be too far.
That night the local evening paper, the Wessex County Register, has a headline that states Mass Murderer's Body Missing. Nobody seems to care about the two murdered hospital staff. However, a young man with a hunting rifle goes hiking in the woods. If he is hunting for Jason he does not do a good job of it. He seems unfamiliar with concepts like camouflage and concealment. This may be an amateurish attempt to set a trap, but he also leaves his rifle lying around where it can be easily destroyed. A professional would never leave it more than six inches from his fingers.
The director tries to create some suspense, so we do not see much of Jason on-screen.
Someone starts to murder the local residents. Perhaps Tommy has been driven insane by his obsession with Jason, or it might just be a copycat killer. The Sheriff thinks it is Jason Voorhees himself, raised from the dead somehow. The Mayor claims that Jason was cremated, although nobody can really verify this fact.
The scares are by-the-book, with the standard jump-scare used twice - once with a cat, once with a rabbit. The kills are pretty standard too, and it is all a bit formulaic.
When the third act starts, Tommy is absent. This makes sense for a couple of reasons. Firstly, he is the main suspect. Secondly, he beats up everyone who gets in his way so we know he should stand a good chance of surviving. Instead there is a Final Girl, a young blonde woman who looks like Kristen Bell . And since Tommy was most popular as a 12-year-old there is a little 12-year-old black kid to fill the role.
Tommy insists they dig up Jason's grave, even though there is a lighting storm (but no rain). Unfortunately, Tommy's attempt to destroy the body backfires. All it takes is a lighting bolt to the chest and Jason's wormy maggot-ridden skeleton regenerates enough tissue (including an eyeball) to go on another killing spree.
Tommy tries to get help. However, nobody wants to believe that Jason can come back. The town of Crystal Lake has been renamed Forest Green, and the summer camp is about to be re-opened. The head counselor is Megan ( Jennifer Cooke ), the daughter of the local Sheriff. This was the 1980s, when a Sheriff was a big man with a bushy mustache as opposed to the female-as-standard Sheriff of the twenty-first century.
Jason's kills tend to be off-screen, with minimal bloodshed. This is probably more a result of the low budget as opposed to a deliberate dumbing-down for a lower rating.
The sound-track includes a couple of 1980s rock songs. The theme tune on the final credits is an Alice Cooper song, He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask), and clips from this movie were used in the song's music video. However, unlike the disappointing Demons (1985) the rock songs are used sparingly and only when appropriate.
The climax has another Tommy-versus-Jason face-off. However, Megan is more than just a love interest. She fulfills the role of Final Girl.
The story starts on October 13th, and unfortunately it is a Friday. Tina Shepard, a young girl with a nylon blonde wig, goes all Carrie and wishes that her daddy was dead. Unfortunately their house is beside Crystal Lake, and Jason Voorhees is chained to the bottom nearby. Property prices must have rocketed after the murder sprees stopped.
Ten years later, the girl is now a beautiful young woman. Her mother brings her home from a mental hospital, where her telekinesis was being analysed by a scientist. She has now added precognition to her skills. The scientist comes along to continue the research.
Presumably dady's body was never recovered from the lake. Our heroine tries to bring him back from the dead, but unfortunately brings Jason back instead. He is well rotted, with ribs and spine visible through rips in his shirt. Still, he was well decomposed at the start of the previous film.
A bunch of tweenagers hang out next door, at a birthday party in a cabin In The Woods . The old Crystal Lake signs are up again, but nobody seems to have heard of Jason or the curse.
The previous three movies all centred around Tommy as the hero. His absence means that this film focuses on Jason (Kane Hodder - ) - more in line with standard horror-movie tropes. The Final Girl's telekinesis means she is strong enough to take on a superhuman monster like Jason, and yet her love interest does not look weak in comparison to her.
Finally we get to the Third Act, and this is where most of the budget must have gone. In the fight they demolish the entire interior of the house. We get to see Jason without his mask, and the prosthetics on Hodder are quite impressive.
Meanwhile, a couple of tweenagers have pre-marital sex in a motor-cruiser on Crystal Lake. The boy gives the girl some helpful exposition, a run-down of the events of the first couple of movies. Unfortunately their anchor ruptures an underwater power cable, and revives Jason from his watery grave.
Jason takes the cruiser down the river, to a dockside somewhere that looks like the Canadian Rockies. A bunch of teenagers have a High School graduation party aboard a ship, the MV Lazarus, en route to New York City. Jason hitches a ride.
The Final Girl, Rennie, is a psychic - although somehow her pet dog can see her visions too. It seems that she was originally meant to be Tina from the previous film, but was down-powered because Tina became an uber-powerful telekinetic. However, the new girl also has a back-story concerning Crystal Lake. She keeps having visions of a deformed boy drowning, apparently memories of what happened to her when she was younger. How this fits into the timeline is not explained, Because she is too young to be Jason's age.
The supporting characters have storylines of their own, some of them more interesting than those the Final Girl herself. The bossy headmaster is the Final Girl's Uncle Charles, while the other teacher is the her aunt. The ship's captain is her love interest's father.
The stereotypical American High Schoolers are played by a bunch of Canadian actors like Gordon Currie ( Codename Eternity ). Asian-American actress Kelly Hu has a couple of scenes as a scream queen. The ship's deck-hand (Alex Diakun - X-Files ) seems to have the sixth sense when it comes to Jason's presence. Will this keep him alive, or will he have a crappy off-screen death?
When the survivors realise that there is a murderer aboard the ship, they try to hunt down whoever is responsible. Unfortunately they split up to cover more ground, which just means Jason can pick them off one at a time. Worse, Jason apparently has the power of teleportation. Some people claim that he moved unseen through the woods in previous films due to his knowledge of secret underground tunnels, but there are no secret tunnels he can use a
Finally they get to Manhattan - well, some stock footage of the skyline. The streets look more like Vancouver or somewhere, so with the execption of a couple of scenes it really does not have the right feel for Manhattan.
Jason stays intent on killing the Final Girl and her love interest, even to the extent of ignoring other potential victims on the subway and in Time Square. The exception is for anyone who gets in his way, like a massive hulking fry-cook who later played Jason in Freddy Vs Jason .
The ending ties up Jason's story by totally destroying his body. Of course, the Franchise started up again in the 1990s with Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday - which led on to Freddy Vs Jason . Well, Jason X was released in between them - but it is outside the continuity.
Freddy's strategy is simple. The final shot of Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday indicated that he existed in the same universe as Jason Voorhees (Ken Kirzinger - Jason takes Manhattan ). All he has to do is revive Jason and get him to wreak havoc.
The Final Girl ( Monica Keena ) and her friends ( Kelly Rowland and Katharine Isabelle ) team up with a helpful cop (Lochlyn Munroe - ). Can they defeat both monsters? Or will the monsters take each other out?
Jared Padalecki visits the ruins of Camp Crystal Lake to discover what happened to his sister ( Amanda Righetti ), 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 - Alien: Resurrection ) 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.
The story is set in a big house in the countryside. A package arrives, containing a vintage Chucky doll. The family's child now has a plastic pal that's fun to be with. However, people start to die mysteriously.
The ending has a cameo of Tiffany ( Jennifer Tilly ), which explains how this ties in with the rest of the series.