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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.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Quatermass II (TV :1955)

I must confess that I find it rather sad that ‘Quatermass II’, seems to have taken the title of the ‘weakest link’ in the original Quatermass Trilogy. Personally, I fail to understand why, as despite having some weak moments I think it stands up well next to ‘Quatermass and the Pit’ (Easly the best instalment) and in many respects betters ‘The Quatermass Experiment’. Reasons as to why ‘Quatermass II’ doesn’t seem to get the respect it deserves includes the facts that since ‘Quatermass and the Pit’ is undoubtedly the best and ‘The Quatermass Experiment’ was not only the first, this is often forgotten. Also the serials leading man, John Robinson, was nervous about taking over from Reginald Tate and so has been accused several times of giving a stilted and wooden performance. The final episode in which Quatermass journeys to an asteroid in a rocket has also been accused of being incredibly fake and difficult to watch. The last issue especially was corrected in the 1957 Hammer Films adaption which most people count as being superior. Whilst I do admittedly prefer the Hammer film and can understand some of these arguments, there are many reasons why I still love Quatermass II and I think it’s about time it is viewed in the same light as it’s peers.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Few independent horror movies can be said to have gained as much prestige and respect as The Blair Witch Project has, earning a 20,000% return on its original cost whilst systematically causing critics worldwide to sing its praise. 15 years later and it has spawned slews of imitators, most notably the Paranormal Activity franchise (2007-) and whilst some of these have been extremely inventive and used the ‘found footage’ style of filmmaking to great effect, others seem to do so out of pure laziness, barely managing to explain why their characters have cameras watching them constantly. Despite having seen many of these imitators, some good some bad, I subconsciously seemed to avoid seeing ‘Blair Witch’ for reasons I can’t quite explain. I suspect though that perhaps this was not the best idea because after years of having the film explained to me as nothing short of a masterpiece, I came away strangely disappointed. Whilst not slow, the film did in places appear boring particularly when all the cast seemed to do was wander round and round in circles arguing and whilst I understand the film is designed not to create its scares from jumps, I think the end could have packed a bit more of a punch.