On an island photographer Robert Z'dar takes sexy pics from model Julie Strain. Later Julie finds a bottle with an elixir, drinks it and rolls around in pain. From that moment on she starts running around naked throughout the whole island with a sword in her hand, she poses on a rock with that sword and is having a shower in a lake. The camera can't get enough of showing her perfect and beautiful body. Intercut with a beautiful dark-haired girl dressed in wild clothings stumping on the ground, wild drum sound in the background. Later another photgrapher, Kenny (Nicholas Celozzi) travels to the same island with 3 models, the most beautiful of them is gorgeous Lori Jo Hendrix as Bobbie. Then they meet Damian (Jeff Hutchinson, here looking like a mixture between actor David Keith and Popstar Phil Collins), who they thought was missing. He forces the girls to drink from the elixir and soon the girls turn into sexmaniacs and call him a "Love God" (God, wish I had that elixir in my teenage years). Lori's character Bobbie makes love to Kenny but is too smart to drink from that elixir.
Again we see Julie Strain running around the island, another girl runs around, too and the beautiful dark-haired girl in her wild clothings stumps on the ground. Photographer Kenny gets interviewed in his home by a journalist. He then mixes her a drink (with the elixir!) and she gets all wild and hot for him. "This doesn't make any sense" is one of his last lines and he is so right because then the film suddenly ends after 74 minutes.
A wild and crazy movie from cult movie director Donald G. Jackson but Julie Strain and Lori Jo Hendrix really make it worth to watch!
"Doublecross on Costa's Island" is a perfect example how to save money on a movie. Director, writer, producer and star Franco Columbo took the footage from his film "Taken Alive", made 3 years earlier, added some new scenes with him and actor William Smith and cut it together.
William Smith is fantastic as always but if you have seen "Taken Alive" then don't waste your time because more than 2/3 of the film is used from the same footage. Even for the ending Columbo used the same as from "Taken Alive".
"Exterminator" Robert Ginty as Senator, who's mistress Angela (gorgeous Frankie Thorn from "Bad Lieutenant") gets kidnapped (in a very funny scene), while they tried to kidnap the Senator. L. E. (William Smith), head of a special agency, hires his best female agent Veronica (beautiful Barbara Niven) to rescue the girl. Veronica mistakes sculpturor Enrico Costa (Franco Columbo) for an agent and hires him to help her. In the meanwhile Angela falls in love with her kidnapper Marty Moretti (good as always: Frank Stallone), who's just a nice guy.
The Senator, a married man, already plays his own game, because Angela owns a sex tape, on which they made love together, and sends out some killers to take care of Angela and Veronica.
Writer, producer, star Franco Columbo tries to be Arnold Schwarzenegger, he even has this thick accent and wooden acting from Schwarzenegger but is only 5'5" tall. Nevertheless this film is lots of fun, shot on beautiful location in Sardinia and has a great cast. With Robert Ginty, Frank Stallone, Frankie Thorn and William Smith you can never go wrong!
This movie looks more like a home video. The shaky camera is anoying from the beginning on. The lead actress runs through the woods most of the time. Her actions seem stupid and the ending is just ridiculous and unsatisfying.
I only wonder what Bruce Dern is doing in here. He has a very short but fine cameo. Stay away from this movie, it is only a waste of time and a waste of money!
When a huge guy who behaves like a real weirdo with a look on his face that tells you he will kill everyone getting close to him follows you on the street/into the subway/to an elevator and no alarm bells ring in your head than you know you're in a real bad movie like this one. That's the way he kills his victims and they did not have the slightest suspicion when he gets close to them. How weird is that? It gets even weirder when the psycho killer has a masturbation scene (what for?).
Joe Estevez as police detective who is after the killer gets lots of screentime and he has some good scenes in here, Todd Bridges is second billed but has only two short scenes in a police car. It's clear that the scenes with him and the interaction from the reporter Rita to him were shot in two different nights with two different camcorders because these scenes don't match. Even Joe Estevez' scenes are out of focus sometimes. Learn how to use your equipment, kids!
Some of the actors are really bad, especially the killer, the priest and Rita's mother for example. Joe Estevez really deserves better films!
Pinocchio, a simple-minded, irascible, rough wooden block, his annoying duck Gina, the woodpecker Rocco, Gepetto, the good-natured, rather naive woodcarver, his lazy cat Guilietta and of course, the unappealing, bourgeois fairy were the so-called "heroes" of this gruff cartoon series.
On closer look, the "bad guys" weren't that bad anymore. Back then, the likeable characters were the mangy fox and the street cat for me even as a child, even if life (or the screenwriter) always played pretty bad, they were always looking for a little piece of luck and never gave up. Pinocchio is just right for them, since he only lets himself in his simple-minded stupidity put in too easily. Basically, however, it is only harmless rascals that the fox and the cat do with him.
But the punishment by the irascible Pinocchio is sometimes severe for me. Then the fox, which is already defenseless and half passed out on the floor, is kicked several times in the face by Pinocchio (episode 19), in many episodes Fox and cat are bitten in the foot and head until they howl in pain and sit whimpering on the floor.
Especially the tender, small and defenseless fox gets it pretty hard in almost every episode: about in episode 13 "The Adventurous Night", where he gets constantly beaten from a big, fat and sadistic innkeeper for every little thing because he was just hungry, hadn't eaten for days, had no money and bounced the colliery.
The fox was kept as a bargaining chip to process his debts. Towards the end of the episode, the poor fox is beaten half dead by the fat innkeeper for something he hasn't anything to do with because it was Pinocchio who threw the tray with the dishes on the floor. This injustice annoyed me immensely as a child and it still does now.
I cannot really understand that children are supposedly given special values, here it's quite the opposite. Always on the weaker I think that is not okay.
The so-called "villain" here rather awakens my protective instincts because he is just defenseless.
Nothing is really scary here in Blair Witch. Shaky camera-work like in the original "Blair Witch Project" makes the viewer dizzy. The endless shots of actors running around through the woods at night screaming and shouting while you can not really see why they are behaving that weird will drive you nuts. Most of them just scream because it's dark. If you think just because the technology has changed you get better footage you are wrong.
The character development is zero. You really don't care about the actors. No likable person like Heather in the original movie is here in this 2016 version. The lead character James is a real douche-bag who really thinks his sister Heather is still alive just because he saw a YouTube video that made him believe Heather is in this video. His girlfriend Lisa is just pretty but nothing else. Their friends seem to be idiots and the weird couple they meet who follow them into the woods are also not really likable persons. Nobody really cares if anyone of them dies.
This best thing on this film are the sound effects. Especially in the woods and at the end of the movie after James and Lisa have entered the house and scream, scream, scream and you cannot see anything. And of course the ending, which I don't wanna spoil here, is really funny.
Dear Filmmakers, please stop giving us movies with endless shaky camera-work. We as Horror Movie Fans have deserved much better than movies like this one!
I loved this show when I was a kid. Now thanks to the German label Koch Media all 13 episodes are remastered on DVD including the pilot that was never shown here.
If you liked "The Sting" with Paul Newman and Robert Redford than "Barbary Coast" is something you must see. William "Kirk" Shatner as Jeff Cable in various costumes including fake mustaches and wigs and Doug "Trampas" McClure as casino owner Cash Conover are fighting against crime at Barbary Coast. Both enjoy their parts and never take themselves much too serious. Richard "Jaws" Kiel as bouncer Moose has also some really funny scenes.
It was also enjoyable to see guest stars like Neville Brand, Henry Gibson or Eric Braeden showing up and having a good time.
"Barbary Coast" is a funny TV series from the 70ies and a must-see for fans of William Shatner. Unfortunately the show was canceled after its first season. The show brings back great childhood memories.
A wonderful comedy and a typically french amour. Vincent Cassel and Francoise Cluzet as two fathers in their 40ies who spent their holidays with their teenage daughters in the sunny south of France.
First the daughters don't like the idea of spending their summer holidays in a house in the Provence but things change.
Lola Le Lann as Cluzets film daughter Louna is charming, beautiful, charismatic and a real wonderful actress with a great future in the business. Her character Louna fells in love with the best friend of her father (Cassel) after they spent a night on the beach together. While the elder man tries to forget what happened on the beach the girl is in love for the first time. She is wonderful when she tries to seduce Cassel and even her suffering after he rejects her in the next days is very much believable.
The funniest moments in this film has Francois Cluzet when he goes hunting the wild boars who ruin his garden but never gets them.
Alice Isaaz as Marie, Lounas best friend, gives also an impressive performance.
If you love funny and emotional films this one is a must-see!
The main problem with El Gringo is that the lead actor can't act and has absolutely no charisma. The other problem is that there is almost no story. The hero of this movie is running around or shooting most of the time so I really miss a script.
Christian Slater has also seen much better days. He's a good actor but hasn't much to do here so he gives us a Jack-Nicholson-for-the-poor performance.
The story reminds me of a mixture between El Mariachi and Desperado but without the coolness and the sense of humor that Robert Rodriguez films had.
Stay away from this film and better read the book!
I really loved the book "About a Boy" from Nick Hornby. Its a wonderful story about a selfish man who makes friendship with a young boy because he dates his mother. The young boy reminds him much of himself, so he helps him to make the best out of his life and at the end the selfish man becomes a caring person.
There also was a subplot in the book about a Nirvana fan named Ellie who became the boys best friend. The book was funny, smart and heartwarming and I couldn't wait to see the film. What a disappointment!
They turned this great book into a really bad and boring movie! Only 20 percent from the story of the book is used in this film. It's really strange because Nick Hornby himself wrote the script.
You cannot blame it on the actors: Hugh Grant gives a fine performance, even when you read the book Grant comes in your mind. But the film has no drive, no humor, nothing. Just boring.
Stay away from this boring film and better read the book.
"Chloe" is a just bad remake from the french film "Nathalie" (2003) which starred Fanny Ardant, Emmanuelle Béart and Gérard Depardieu in the leading roles.
Director Atom Egoyan just added some senseless drama stuff into his version. If you compare both versions, this remake can only lose.
Amanda Seyfried is a real sweetie and I liked her even in "Lovelace" but here she is just miscast: While Emmanuelle Béart in the original version was gorgeous and really convincing as prostitute, Seyfried looks more like a lost little girl. Not one single moment you will think she is a prostitute.
Julianne Moore and Liam Neeson both did a great job but had no chance against the bad script. But Moore has one fantastic moment in the scene when she confesses her husband that she feels that she lost her youth and beauty while he gets more attractive with every gray hair and thinks he doesn't like her anymore. A very sensitive and wonderful moment that lets you forget the rest of the film.
Seyfrieds character Chloe is just a lost girl who is at first looking for friendship and then for love but at the end Moores character Catherine rejects her in both ways.
Better watch the French original version "Nathalie" which is much more enjoyable.
If you expect some stupid and primitive horror slasher with lots of blood and gore than stay away from this movie. This is pure cinema art.
The cinematography is just beautiful and so is lead actress Anna Skellern. The rest of the actors are okay. It plays with the Greek mythology about Odysseus and the Sirens. Their songs drive everyone insane.
The story here is about a young couple, Ken and Rachel who went on a yacht trip with their best friend Marco. To make the story a little bit more complicated Rachel once was Marco's girlfriend, so there is lots of jealousy between the two men. One day a stranger comes on their ship. He bleeds out of his ears and dies.
So they enter the island to bury him. Here they meet the mysterious Silka and from now on nothing is like it was before. The boundaries between fiction and reality become indistinct and we see them all lost in a surreal fantasy.
What is real and what is fiction? Like Marco said in a scene: It's like an LSD trip. Silka turns out to be a Siren. When she starts singing everyone gets insane. I won't spoil the ending here but as I said: it's mystery not horror, more in the style of the Spanish cult movie "Amer" and films like "The Ring".
I like especially the surreal scenes in this movie and the brilliant cinematography. Pure art cinema!
There are good films and there are bad films and – there are films like Get Even", a film just made for the ego of one-time writer, producer, soundtrack composer, lead actor and director John De Hart.
The man fights, shoots, sings, meditates, makes love to a very beautiful woman (the lovely Pamela Bryant), tells bad jokes and all with the same impression on his face. The funniest scene is when he enters a stage that looks more like a recording studio and sings a country song called "Shimmy Ride", looking like he's not feeling very comfortable with this situation and not always hitting the right notes. The audience is poorly edited into this scene and I am sure if this clip would be uploaded on youtube it could become a huge hit.
The only good performance comes from William Smith who plays an evil cop here who later becomes an evil judge who is also a satanic priest – wow! So much evil in one man but Smith is really impressing in his scenes.
Another B-movie legend in "Get Even" is Wings Hauser, who probably gave the worst performance of his whole career in here.
Harts fight scenes look just ridiculous and they are poorly edited. He would have needed a fighting choreographer for that scenes. Especially when he fights against William Smith at the end of the film this scene is just laughable. Smith, then 60 when this was made but looking much younger, is taller, stronger and tougher than Hart. Hart doesn't even hit him but he wins the fight. Of course, because he is the writer, producer, soundtrack composer, lead actor and director of this.
"Get Even" is also shot on bad video and the editing isn't good, too but it is a film so bad that it's funny. If you liked "Bride of the Monster" or "Plan 9 from Outer Space" you will love this one. Come on and do the "Shimmy Ride"!
This is such a wonderful film that you will never forget in your life. It's not "Rainman", no big studio film to entertain masses. "Fly away" digs so much deeper into reality. It will touch you so deep inside.
The story of Jeanne and her autistic daughter Mandy. It's almost impossible for the mother to manager her life because she always has to take care of her daughter. Even a love romance with the new neighbor looks impossible and so does work when she loses a deal because Mandy deleted some files on her laptop. Jeanne visits a school for autistic kids and has to make the hardest decision in her life: to let Mandy go to live her life and to start living her own life.
There are so many intense scenes between mother and daughter. Even when they go out eating pizza and just having fun people look at Mandy without any understanding and tell her mother if she can't handle her she shouldn't go out with her. One of the most beautiful scenes in this film is when Jeanne already has an car accident because of Mandy's behavior during the drive. Jeanne stops the car and starts crying. Then Mandy sings for her "Ladybird", the song Jeanne always sang to her daughter when she woke up in the middle of the night crying and then she also tells her to breath in and breath out like her mother always did to her.
Ashley Richards gives an impressive performance as Mandy. She is so deep in her role that you just realize in the "Making of" that she is not really autistic. Beth Broderick plays Jeanne very sensitive and heart-touching. She is a great actress and this is one of her best parts ever. Both play their roles without makeup and give up all vanity. Beth is such a beauty she even looks great without makeup.
In the "Making of" everyone talks about their motivation about this project and so we hear that director/writer Janet Grillo has an autistic son and that Beth Broderick's sister works with autistic persons so that is why this film is so impressive.
The documentary "Diary of a Michigan Migrant Filmmaker" shows how director Donald G. Jackson, legendary for his cult movies "Rollerblade", "Hell comes to Frogtown" or "The Rollerblade Seven" tries to shoot his new film.
He drives on the set with his lead actor, Ed Wood regular Conrad Brooks but they are the only ones on the set. The other actors didn't even show up or gave him a call they couldn't make it. I don't need to mention that he gets upset and frustrated about it.
But not only the cast makes troubles also some crew members. And this is the real truth about Independent Filmmaking. Actors show up for a day on the set and they never come back again without any reason or they do not even show up on the set.
Finally here cast and crew members are on the set and Jackson can start with the shooting of his new film. But there are still some obstacles to pass by.
At the end of this documentary Jackson states that he will never ever shoot a movie again, he will only make documentaries. Sadly, Donald G. Jackson, who's work has inspired so many young filmmakers, passed away in October 2003 and this was really the last film he made.
"Cartel" would be just a simple low budget action flick with Miles O'Keefe as boring hero Taylor but what makes this film really worth to watch are the heavy's.
Don Stroud gives an impressing performance as King, the evil mobster. Stroud, a legendary film veteran, knows exactly how to give life into a character and not to make it look stereo-type. His presence shines throughout the whole film even if he is not in a scene.
And then there is Gregory Scott-Cummings as Rivera, the left hand of King. He too gives an outstanding and really unforgettable performance as villain. Those two actors make this film really worth to watch.
William Smith's appearance as prison guard Mason is much too short and he is really underused here. Wished he had more screen time.
"Cartel" is good entertainment with some action and two great villains who make this film really worth to watch.
The wonderful Beth Broderick (who would forget her as the clever, smart and sexy Aunt Zelda in "Sabrina the Teenage Witch") plays Alyssa, a TV stars who's best times are over long ago. She now does commercials for her husband's air condition company.
After the accident of their daughter, Alyssa's husband (a fine performance by Chris Mulkey) tries to find his inner peace in Buddhism. Alyssa sees no other way than to kill her husband. He will not be the only one. The body count rises and so does Alyssa's career.
I just loved the weird sense of humor in this film (which director Robert Lee King also used in Psycho Beach Party) and the funny inside jokes.
Beth Broderick's performance as washed up TV star is really outstanding. She is not only a great actress, she also looks great in this film. She has two gorgeous funny nude scenes in "Bad Actress". Her beautiful face, pretty legs and that perfect body makes every 20-year old girl fade away.
If you liked the funny "Psycho Beach Party" (which is from the same director) and "Slap her she's French" (where he wrote the script) and you are a fan of Beth Broderick than this is the right film for you. Highly recommended!
One decade before Wrestling became a popular sport for the masses and was shown on TV channels this film portrays the downside of the scene, without any glamor.
William Smith plays Dan, an aging wrestler with alcohol problems and he gives one of his finest performances. Smith is a great character actor if he gets the chance.
It's a typical drama from the 70ies. Dan is the great showman on stage and helps a young wrestler to get into the business. Offstage we see his life problems. After getting a heart attack Dan is told to slow down a bit.
A mobster wants to take control over the wrestling shows and how the fights end. It looks like the bad ones win this time but at the end Dan gets the mobster.
"Blood and Guts" is a low budget film and very rare to find. If you are a fan of William Smith this one is a must-see.
When Sandy, a young, 16-year old prostitute gets killed, her only friend in this world, her driver Jake, tries to find her murderer.
Told in narration from Jake and with many flashbacks we get a modern film noir with a real dark and depressive atmosphere that tells the story of real friendship. The visual style is brilliant and the acting is excellent: Samantha Streets gives a fine performance as Sandy, especially in the scene, when she reads her poems to Jake, Gary Stretch as Frank makes a great villain, Dominique Swain shows up for a few but much too short guest appearances but my favorite was Jason Yee as Jake.
Jason Yee not only gives a great performance as desperate revenger, his acting and fighting really reminds at Bruce Lee. Charismatic and full of energy he fights against his enemies.
But this leads us to the bad side of this film: Jake loses himself in too many endless fight scenes. Although Yee is a great fighter the fighting scenes start getting boring after 40 minutes. And when one fight is over the next one starts. This slows the whole story down.
Anyway, this is an interesting movie, told as modern film noir and especially for the acting and the visual style really worth to watch.
As a huge fan of Julie McCullough this film was a must-see for me. Julie was famous for being in the cast of "Growing Pains" for one season (1989-90). "GP" was one of the worst and boring shows ever but her appearance made it even watchable for one season.
Julie still looks pretty today and here in "2012: Ice Age" she plays Terri who is together with her husband (played by Patrick Labyorteaux from JAG and - correct - he was little Andy on the legendary Michael-Landon Show "Little House on the Prairie") and her son on the search for her daughter. The way to New York to find their daughter becomes a real adventure.
Another highlight of the DVD is the great making of. Not only you get fine interviews with Julie and the cast and crew who looked all like they really had fun making this movie, you also see how they made the effects: I love the scene when the camera guy is standing in the studio in front of the car and starts shaking around with the camera in his hands.
2012: Ice Age looks like it's made with a very low budget, the special effects look really cheap but the team behind this production was so creative that it doesn't really matter. It is fine, funny and action-driven entertainment and Julie McCullough in the lead is a pleasure to watch.
I'm not kidding: this is really one of Donald G. Jacksons best films.
As a huge fan of Lori Jo Hendrix I'm glad that she has the female lead here: she plays Jeannie, the owner of a Strip Club. Due to some gambling debts of her father, the dubious Rinaldi (played by a very charismatic Jeff Conaway) is co-owner of her club. And he does everything to get the club closed. Great to mention are also the scenes Conaway has here with Indie veteran Gino Dentie as Sal.
Robert Z'Dar in a few great but much too short appearances plays the Barkeeper Jack, who gets fired after offering the girls they should play in his porn movies. Jack wants revenge.
Tim Abell plays Mark, who just came into town. He saves Jeannie from Jack and Jeannie and Mark both start a beautiful romance. Jeannie offers him a job as barkeeper.
A lot of beautiful girls dancing around naked in the club (one of them is Jill Kelly who also was dance consultant here), and Don Stroud has some great scenes as Banger dancing around in the club and scaring people (and Stroud was always at his best when he played heavies).
The whole film has been given a Grindhouse-Look, like Robert Rodriguez did it with "Planet Terror", and it does well to this film, too. It gives him a nice 70ies Look.
Beautiful girls, the prettiest of them to me is the lovely Lori Jo Hendrix, a charismatic Jeff Conaway and great appearances by indie veterans Don Stroud, Robert Z'Dar and Gino Dentie and a cool Dance-Soundtrack - this is really a good film.
Despite the fact, that Stefan Lysenko in the role as Father William looks much too young to have served 1971 in Vietnam this is a very interesting little film with a great cinematographic style.
It is about a conspiracy in the catholic church. Father William, a Vietnam Veteran, who promised to dedicate his life to God when surviving the war, is witness, when his best friend gets murdered. His murderers think, he has told anything to William so they sent out a sexy Femme Fatale (Carla Sofia Lescius in a fine role).
She seduces him and gives him acid so he would tell the truth. Father William is now on his acid trip. When he came back from his trip he finds out more about the conspiracy but falls in love with the girl. Bad for him: Frank Love (William Smith, good as always as the bad guy) and his mobsters think, that Father William knows much more than he tells.
It finally comes to one last showdown ...
Great music, brilliant cinematography, who pays references to Roger Corman's "The Trip", a fascinating but sometimes confusing story and great actors even in the supporting roles. The bad guys here are the best actors from the US-Independent scene: William Smith as mobster Frank, the always great Joe Estevez, Robert Z'Dar (who gets killed much too soon here) as Dino in a very funny role, Airwolfs Jan-Michael Vincent and Timothy "That's my Bush" Bottoms.
This film is really worth to watch. Give it a try!
I have been through so many Trash movies that I'm really hardboiled but this one ... Argh! You know you have a problem when you see a few editing mistakes in the first minute of this "movie". The actor here who plays Dracula is probably the most ridiculous Dracula in movie history. The other "actors" are not better.
But the real horror here are the very bad music and dancing scenes who make absolutely no sense and do not even fit into the other scenes. Like in later so-called "Bollywood-Films" there are a lot of these scenes to make the movie much longer.
At the end you will have the most laughable and ridiculous fight scene ever shown in film history. (Well, a stunt coordinator wasn't in the budget, they spent to much on the senseless music and dance scenes.) You see that the actors never hit each other, fall on a table and cry "Argh" and "Ough" - like kids who play action scenes.
There are a lot of bad Vampire movies out there but this is really the worst I have ever seen. Don't waste your time with this "movie"!