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A Teenage boy with a passion for all things nerdy! Expect a lot of Doctor Who, Cult/Horror Movies, Literature and Novels, History, Comic Books and random thoughts. Posts published weekly on a Friday evening. DISCLAIMER: I do not own any of the items reviewed on this site and i also do not own of the pictures (unless stated so). If you own one of the photos and wish for it to be removed contact me at this adress: Super.pig@live.co.uk. However all of the written work is my own and is protected under copyright law.

Friday, 29 March 2013

Halloween 2 (1981)

I’m just going to come straight out and say it. Halloween 2, whilst I admit not being the BEST of the franchise is without doubt my personal favourite. The original Halloween (1978) is a classic, one of the greatest horror films ever made and without out a doubt the best slasher movie ever. In its 90 minute run time, Carpenter created some of the most chilling scenes in a horror movie up until that point. Even today Halloween still has the power to terrify audiences. It set the mark for many similar films and personally I think few have bettered it. So although the original Halloween is the more stylish of the series, it doesn’t mean it has to be either my favourite or the one I find the most enjoyable. No, that honour falls to Halloween 2. Similar to its predecessor in many ways this sequel ramps up the gore, action and pace to levels that do make it distant from the original to a certain extent, but also make it a great deal more watchable for repeated viewings. As a sequel admittedly it’s a step down, it’s not as artistic as the first but something drags me back to H2 time and time again. With that in mind expect nothing but pure love and adoration in this review.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Dr Cyclops (1940)

Maybe it’s just me but I just couldn’t bring myself to like Dr Cyclops. Admittedly I was expecting something different; I was expecting a chilling horror film and what I got was a kid’s sci-fi adventure flick. Now in theory there is nothing wrong with this kind of movie, many of the 50’s sci-fi films were aimed at this audience as well as one of my favourite movies ever Dr Who and The Daleks (1965). The problem with Dr Cyclops falling into this genre is that to me anyway it just comes across as corny and cheesy and not in a good way either. The jungle setting is used to minimal effect and the supporting cast is laughable, not to mention the cheery musical score! Indeed the films only saving grace is Albert Dekker as the titular mad scientist and the use of impressive special effects.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Spookies (1986)

Viewing Spookies is an unusual experience and I expect reviewing it to be even more so. Originally an entirely different movie called “Twisted Souls”; Spookies began life in 1984 and reached the editing stage in the same year when a disagreement between the producers and the financial backer prevented any final post-production work from being carried out. So what’s a guy to do when he has an unfinished movie? Hire a new director to shoot new footage of course! So this results in essentially two movies being stuck together, one rather good and the other extremely bad.

Friday, 8 March 2013

The Black Cat (1934)

At the end of my review for Island of Lost Souls, I stated I wanted to keep looking at horror cinema of the 1930’s and 40’s but stressed a desire to stay away from the main “Universal Monsters” for a while. As I said then and repeat now it’s not that I have anything against these films, they truly are classics but I always felt like they have been reviewed and discussed so much that my interpretations would add little. There are so many other great and extremely original horror movies from the period, often overshadowed by the likes of The Mummy (1932) and I feel I’d rather spend the time on these than simply go on about how great The Wolf Man (1941) is for example. However in doing this I’ve discovered a want to go back and view the Classic Monster Movies again, hopefully with fresher eyes. So expect plenty more on the lesser known 30’s/40’s horror but also reviews of the greats as well.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Island of Lost Souls (1932)

I must confess to being slightly annoyed at myself. I have been running this blog on and off for some time and as of yet I have never reviewed a film that was pre-1950. So not once have I examined any of the delights from Horror’s early and in the opinion of many, Golden days. Now the film I am looking at today is not one of Universals famed Monster Movies, but it is one of my favourites and considered and considered to be a classic. Amusingly H.G Well’s, the author of the novel “The Island of Dr Moreau” on which Island of Lost Souls is based, apparently loathed the film. It isn’t always difficult to see why though; the film differs a great deal from the book, not only in terms of plot but also in style. None the less as much as I am a fan of H.G Well’s I adore Island of Lost Souls. Stylish, slick and with a slight touch of sadism thrown in for good measure, it’s an excellent example of why no one should ignore this age of horror cinema.