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It Lives Again

A fairly dark sequel
It seems after the events of the first movie, a Tucson married couple named Eugene and Jody Scott (Kathleen Lloyd and Fredric Forrest) are expecting their first child. However, Frank Davies (John Ryan) who was the father of the first mutant baby in the original that was gunned down flies from LA to warn the couple about their unborn child who might suffer the same effects as his own baby before of the vast and dangerous conspiracy to murder their baby and the other unborn mutant children who are being born around the country. And thereby in mortal danger from a nationwide task force dedicated to destroying the monster infants. Despite their initial apprehension, the Scotts eventually place a tenuous trust in Davis and a group of scientists who want to help couples cope with their child as they have 3 children to study. However there is a rival group lead by Detective Lt Perkins (James Dixon) who gunned down the Davies's baby in the first movie followed by Mr Malloy (John Marley) who was the father of the Seattle baby that was mentioned in the end of the first movie.

This sequel to the 1974 box-office hit sci-fi horror shocker has Larry Cohen write-produce-direct this sequel where the first one left off. This one is quite dark and humor free as it's more on the serious side than the original! yet it is interesting and nice to see Frank Davis from the first movie back in this one played by John Ryan again. The new couple is quite annoying and some characters aren't likable outside of Frank whom ends badly in this movie out of the picture.

Still a watchable sequel no doubt.

The People Under the Stairs

One of my favorite Wes Craven movies
In an L.A. Neighborhood, 13 year old boy named Fool (Brandon Adams) has problems as he just turn 13 and has a dying mother, there the landlords want to kick him and his family out. Leroy (Ving Rhames) who is a family friend wants to help Fool break into the wealthy greedy landlords (Everett McGille and Wendy Robie) where a fortune of gold coins is rumored to be inside the house. Yet what they discover once inside the house is terror like the dog that would attack them to finding out that they kidnapped and tortured boys to put them in the cellar like animals who are turned into deformed creatures. Fool must find a way to get out of the house with the help of the adopted daughter of the couple named Alice (AJ Linder).

Very entertaining, unsual and well made horror comedy thriller from Wes Craven is one of his finest films. He was inspired to write this film after reading a real-life news story about burglars breaking into a house. When authorities arrived, the burglars had disappeared but they discovered locked doors with noises coming from behind. Children had been locked up inside the rooms by their parents, never allowed to go outside. This movie deals with the themes of incest since the evil couple in this movie are siblings and cannibalism thrown into it along with the themes of abuse and all.

Wes's direction is quite fine for this movie and i like how suspensful and thrilling this movie is including about the screwed up darkside of some neighborhoods especially the Robeson couple being an incestious one who likes to kidnap young males to torture them even cut off their tounges or eyes or ears for speak no evil hear no evil or see no evil which is quite messed up subject matter. The performance by the lead kid who plays Fool is quite likable and does a solid job as this is one of the rare horror movies that has a kid for a lead and i like that aspect of it. The couple from Twin Peaks in this movie does a solid job as the psycho mother and father, you actually despise the evil characters in this movie and want them to die because they are totally despicable pieces of inhuman monster crap. Sean Whalen did a great job playing Roach the mute deformed young man in this movie who helps Fool.

Saw this in theaters as a kid and enjoyed it, this movie became a hit and a cult fave that influenced many films even the recent Resident Evil 7 as one of it's influences. Recommended if you want something fun.

Similar movies recommended: "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)", "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2", "Leatherface Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3", "Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Beginning", "The Burbs", "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003", "Flowers in The Attic", "House by The Cemetery", "House (1986)", "Fright Night", "Day of the Dead", "Basket Case", "Motel Hell", "Mother's Day (1980)", "Isand of Lost Souls (1932)", "House of 1000 Corpses", "The Devil's Rejects", "Hellraiser", "Crawlspace", "The Unseen".

Tales from the Crypt: Undertaking Palor
Episode 9, Season 3

One of my favorite episodes
Four teenagers Jesse (Jason Marsen), Aaron (Aaron Eisenberg), Josh (Jonathan Ke Quan) and Norm (Scott Fults) sneak into a morgue to film a movie. Yet they discover that the mortician (John Glover) is part of a conspiracy where a doctor has been poisoning some people to collabrate with the morticial to increase the weekly amount of funerals and they split the profits of the expensive burial services. Yet when one of the boy's dead kicks the bucket, they have their video camera to film the evidence for the authorities.

An excellent episode that has vibes of The Goonies/Stand by Me where the actors like James Marsten whom you know as Max from Goofy movies were quite excellent even the boy who played Data from Goonies/Shortround from Indiana Jones as Josh. I love some of the Richard Donner references like Goonies whom he directed that movie yet produced this show even directed some episodes to Lethal Weapon poster even a Joel Silver reference to Predator. This one has nice writing, likable characters including the teen leads and some over the top morbid humor like when the mortician is sucking organs out of a corpse with a vaccum he is eating pizza and drinking coke at the same time. Good gory make up effects too and a sense of dread with suspense makes this episode a winner.

Jingle All the Way

Fun holiday movie!
Workaholic Howard Langston (Arnold Schwartzeneger) is a busy man who hardly has some time for his family, after being very later for his son Jamie (Jake Lloyd)'s karate class he apologizes to his son for what he did and wants to make it up by getting him something special for Christmas. What the boy wants for Christas is a Turbo Man action figure yet what he doesn't know that its the hottest selling Christmas toy of the season and nearly impossible to find. He's now in the major city to find it as he has competition with a frenzied mailman father named Mairon (Sinbad) who wants the doll too.

An underrated and fun holiday comedy i always enjoyed since i saw it in theaters as a teen and been one of my guilty pleasures. Chris Columbus who produces this movie came up with the idea for this movie based on the Cabbage Patch Kids craze of the 80s even holiday hot selling toy fads especially Power Rangers to him trying to get a Buzz Lightyear toy for his kid the previous year before this was filmed in April of 1996. Originally Joe Pesci was considered for the role of Marion but was deemed too short for the role, Sinbad was casted yet i think Joe Pesci would had been interesting and here Sinbad is likable unlike some other films he did. Originally before Arnold was considered for the role, Tim Allen was gonna play Howard Langstron which would had been interesting but i'm glad Arnold got the role. Even though Twins is his finest comedic role, this one is far better than Junior which was terrible. Phil Hartman co-starts as the neighbor Ted as he is likable as usual and one of his last major roles in a movie before he was murdered 2 years later and Rita Wilson is fantastic as Howard's wife Liz and Jake Lloyd whom is the little boy everyone hated in Star Wars Episode 1 is likable here. James Belushi whom co-starred with Arnold in 1988's Red Heat is reunited with him again as a sleazy mall santa who runs an illegal operation. The world premiere was held on November 16, 1996 at the Mall of America in Bloomington where parts of the film were shot. A day of events was held to celebrate the film's release and Arnold Schwarzenegger donated memorabilia from the film to the Mall's Planet Hollywood.

It took five weeks in April of 96 and the largest production filmed in Minnepolis where the Holiday Wintertainment parade in the climax was filmed in Universal Studios Hollywood. Richard Moll even co- stars in a cameo as Dementor in this movie whom you know from House (1985), Bull from Nightcourt, Two-Face on Batman TAS etc. the project after development on a remake Planet of the Apes (1968), which had been a longtime pet project for the actor, fell apart. Sure some of the acting is OK and some situations are ridiculous as heck, but this is a fun movie i should say that is a satire on commercialism around the holidays plus has a good meaning in the end.

It's a cute and enjoyable holiday comedy i always enjoyed since i was a teen seeing this in theaters.

Wreck-It Ralph

One of my favorite Disney animated movies!
In the arcade since 1982, video game creator Wreck it Ralph (voiced by John C Reily) from the popular 80s arcade game "Fix It Felix" where in that game, Ralph is the bad guy who wrecks buildings and Fix it Felix (voiced by Jack Mcbryer) fixes things with a magic hammer as the game is kind of like Rampage meets Donkey Kong sort of thing. Ralph is just tired of being the bad guy over the years and wants to do something good like get a metal but some of the other video game bad guys and some Fix it Felix video game residents are worried that he's going soft as he's suppose to be the bad guy. So he decides to jump into another game in the arcade called "Hero's Duty" which is a sci-fi first person shooters game in the tradition of "Aliens" (1986) and Halo series which he gets a "hero" metal from the game but accidentally gets in a flying space vehicle as he accidentally goes into the game of "Sugar Rush" which is kind of a candyland-esque racing game. He not only is in the game but accidentally brings something deadly that will soon infect the game which would soon infect the arcade, he also meets Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) who is a glitz/outcast in her game as she wants to win the race so she can be a racer but everyone in the video game's kingdom is against her. King Candy (voiced by alan Tudyk) wants to get rid of her as he has a sinister secret, but can Ralph find out what makes a person truly a hero? as Felix with Hero Duty tough as nails Calhoun (Jane Lynch) can help him even fight the evil that will soon invade Sugar Rush.

Excellent and entertaining CG animated Disney feature that i saw 4 times in theaters and been one of my fave movies of 2012. Such an interesting, original and well made comedy-fantasy from Rich Moore who did Zootopia/Sit Down and Shut Up/The Simpsons/Mighty Mouse the All New Adventures and with a great script. The animation in this movie is quite stunning and one of the better CG animated Disney studios animated feature, i also love the concept of video game characters meeting each other and if the arcades close they would jump into other games for meetings, going to bars/restaurants and all that. It has cameos by Street Fighter characters, Sonic The Hedgehog, Bowser of Mario Brothers fame, Q-Bert, Root Beer Tapper and others as it has that Toy Story/Who Framed Roger Rabbit feel of crossover stuff in it.

The voice performances are very well done and witty with a good dose of humor in the script and some heart as well. The characters are likable and fun even the villain himself is quite hilarious as he's a comical villain. The movie captures the essence of classic and new games especially for the Root Beer Tapper on his movements, there's retroness of 80s/90s in this movie when they were 2 great times of arcade mania. One of my top movies of 2012 and the sequel should be awesome.

Executive Decision

One disappointing actioner!
On a flight from Athens Greece to Washington DC, it seems Islamic terrorists lead by Nagi Hassan (David Suchet) who carries stolen soviet tanks of a deadly gas that can take out the eastside of the US. Intelligence expert David Grant (Kurt Russell) suspects they are using the 747 to smuggle the deadly gas into the United States, where they intend to use it to wipe out Washington D.C. and possibly the entire East Coast. He believes the plane should not be allowed to enter U.S. airspace and decides to have a special team lead by Lt. Colonel Austin Travis (Steven Sagall) with troopers like Rat (John Leguizomo), Cappy (Joe Morton), Louie (BD Wong) and more who have to defuse a bomb and overpower the terrorists.

One of the most disappointing action films ever! with a script by Predator writers Jim and James Thomas you would expect to be a quality actioner even with a solid cast like what i mentioned to Halle Berry, Oliver Platt, JT Walsh (who would be in the next year's even better JT Walsh/Russell movie Breakdown), Charles Halahon, Richard Riehel and more you except to be a decent actioner or a good one. But sadly, it's none of those things as it's an overlong, poorly paced and not well written excuse for an action thriller when it's just a bore of a movie.

Sagall was only in the film for 30 minutes then gets killed off when he should had been in the rest of the movie as Sagall and Russell would had made a good team. It starts off action packed with some stabbings and neck slicing/shootings but after that it gets to yet another hour of waiting for solid action, all it is when they get on the plan they are taking an hour to plans of attacks even to spy on and Russell barely does nothing when he should be fighting the enemies. Jerry Goldsmith's score was generic and he is my fave composer and the script is poor at best, the director's direction was flat at best.

Joel Siegel said "If you like action adventure, this is the ticket" says Joel Siegel and "Faster than Speed and more fun than Broken Arrow" says Newshouse Newspapers, yeh right, this is the ticket to sleep and Speed/Broken Arrow are superior to this 2 hour borefeast. Even Air Force One, Die Hard 2, Con Air and more plane actioners even Passenger 57 are way better than this dud. Great ideas are wasted on this lackluster actioner that lacks thrills and suspense.


Decent sequel
After the events of the original movie "Willard" and after Willard's demise by Ben and his horde of killer rats, they have escaped from his house and Detective Cliff Kirtland (Joseph Campenella) is investigating the murders. A lonely disabled with a weak heart condition boy named A Danny Garrison (Lee Montgomery) befriends Ben and keeps it as a pet. Yet sometimes the rat would go out to lead it's friends to attack people in the city as it's up to the detective to stop the rats.

A fairly decent sequel to the 1971 shocker Willard which was a surprise box-office hit which made Bing Crosby Productions and Cinerama greenlite a sequel. The film co-stars Tobey Kenneth and Meredith Baxter Birney, it's a story of a boy and his rat with some gritty dark edge thrown into it and the theme song by Michael Jackson which was nominated for best song of 1972 at the academy awards. The film is a twist on man vs rats with the Lassie style boy and his pet rat kind of thing with some shocks and all as the boy in the movie even uses the rats to attack some bullies who pick on him.


Excellent Sci-fi thriller!
In the year 1983, a futuristic high tech and realistic amusement park resort for rich and wealthy adults called Delos which consists of three lands for guests to stay like Roman World where guests can live out the days of the roman empire, Medieval World where you can relive medieval Europe and Westworld where you can live out being in 1885 in the days of cowboys. Two fellows named Peter Martin (Richard Benjamin) and John Blain (James Brolin) are on their way to Delos on a transporter, this is Peter's first time at Delos while this is the second time for John decide to head to Westworld. They actually live out their fantasies for real with realistic androids who are programmed not to harm the costumers and the guns and weapons are only meant for killing other robots as the guns don't shoot at anything warm blooded but only somethings like robots or machines or objects. The robots are there to help serve costumers even cook for them, help live out sexual fantasies and all that sort of thing especially do bar brawls even do shoot- outs with a pesky gunslinger (Yul Branner). Soon, the technology goes haywire when the robots are infected by an early computer virus and are killing off some of the guests as only John and Peter must try to survive this even with that Gunslinger they fought many times that is after them.

Highly entertaining, edge of your seat and quite original 1973 science fiction thriller western action film written and directed by Michael Crichton the legendary book author and creator of Jurassic Park and this movie predates Jurassic Park years later. The first use of computer digitized images as part of a feature film (not merely monitor graphics) was the Gunslinger's point of view in Westworld. After the process was finally developed enough to produce satisfactory results, it took a mere eight hours to produce each ten seconds of footage for the Gunslinger's pixelated POV. Michael Crichton became inspired to write this film after a trip to Disneyland, where he saw the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, and was impressed by the animatronic characters. Thus he wrote the script for the film and decided to direct the movie himself in control of the production, the set for Westworld was also used for Blazing Saddles which would be released a year later. Alan Oppenheimer co- stars in this movie as well as Dick Van Patten, Critchton re-edited the first cut of the movie because he found it long and boring it was. The deleted scenes include: the bank robbery and sales room sequences, hovercraft with passengers flying above the desert in the beginning, additional and longer dialogue scenes, more scenes with robots going crazy and killing guests (including a scene in which a guest is tied down to a rack and killed when his arms are pulled out), a longer chase scene with Gunslinger chasing Peter, and Gunslinger cleaning his face with water after Peter throws acid on him. Crichton's assembly cut also had a different ending, which included a fight between Gunslinger and Peter (deleted because it seemed staged and foolish), and an alternate death scene in which Gunslinger was killed with the same rack used to kill one of the guests.

This movie was critically received and was a hit in theaters thus it spawned a sequel, a failed TV show pilot and a successful HBO series. It influenced many filmmakers like John Carpenter whom Michael Myers's character was influenced by the gunslinger from this movie and James Cameron whom is a fan of this movie was inspired by Westworld for his Terminator character. The film does have great performances, a nice pacing to it with a couple of slow moments, some action was it was quite violent for a PG-rated film and not to mention thrills abound.

I saw this on video when i was 10 and thought it was a great Sci-fi movie as i've been a Sci-fi/fantasy nut all my life and been one of my fave Sci-fi movies. Not to mention it predates Jurassic Park with the theme park gone wrong theme by the same creator.

Majo no takkyûbin

A quality animated fantasy classic!
In the year 1960 in a European city that is not named in an alternate world where WWI and WWII never happened, a 13 year old witch named Kiki (voiced by Minami Takayama in the Japanese version and Kirsten Dunst in the US dub) has left her home to train for her special skills as it's a tradition that every witch who is 13 years old must go out on their own for special training even in magic skills. Kiki with her faithful talking pet cat Jiji (voiced by Rei Sakuma in the Japanese version and Phil Hartman in the US dub) take shelter in a bakery/house owned by a married couple who owns the bakery named Osono (voiced by Keido Toda in the Japanese version and Tress Macneille in the US dub) and Fuoko (voiced by Koichi Yamadera in the Japanese version and Brad Garret in the US dub) in the attic of their house. She decides to set up a high-flying delivery service in delivering stuff to people. She must do everything into become a full fledged witch and earn responsibility even gaining friendship to find her place in the world.

A very entertaining, well written and dazzling 1989 animated fantasy-drama from famous Japanese animation filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki whom is one of the most gifted filmmakers/storytellers in animation, graphic novel and motion picture history. Based on a novel by Eiko Kandano, Miyazaki adapts the story for the big screen and was a box-office hit in it's native country in 1989 and earning critical acclaim. It came to the US in 1998 by Buena Vista Home Entertainment with the voices of Kirstein Dunst, Phil Hartman, Debbie Reynolds, Kath Soucie, Matthew Lawrence and Janeane Garofalo and was a success on the home video market in the US and one of the movies that made anime mainstream just like Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Ninja Scroll and more and was the third time a Miyazaki movie came to the US. First it was Nausicaa in a butchered cut called Warriors of the Wind in 1985 then Castle of Cogliostro by Streamline in 1991 then My Neighbor Totoro in 1993 by Troma/Fox.

I first saw this in 98 when i was a teen and been one of my fave anime movies since and it's a delightful, funny, sweet and charming motion picture that appeals to both genders and all ages. I like how there's no villain or bad guy for this one which is quite refreshing for a Ghibli film with Totoro, it's a story about gaining independence and learning that friendship can be a nice thing. The animation is purely stunning in it's 2D glory and voice acting is very nice in the Japanese version, the dub is decent yet Matthew Lawrence as Tombo the boy who falls for Kiki sounds kind of older. Yet the dub is one of Phil Hartman's last roles before his untimely death, RIP poor Hartman but he did a nice voice performance as Jiji in the US version.

Joe Hisahi's score is totally magnificent and has a charm to it even the feel of the movie is one of those feel good movies that makes you warm inside at the end and the characters are likable especially Tombo to Kiki.

Toy Story 3

A brilliant third installment!
Andy (John Morris) is now 17 in 2010 and he has graduated from high school as he is off to college, his toys known as Woody (Voiced by Tom Hanks) with Buzz (Voiced by Tim Allen) as well as Jessie (voiced by Joan Cusack), Slinky Dog (Blake Clarke), Bullseye, Hamm (John Ratzenberger), Mr. Potatohead (in one of Don Rickle's final roles), Rex (voiced by Wallace Shawn) and Mrs. Potatohead (Estelle Harris) were suppose to be put in the attic but was mistaken as trash by Andy's mom (Laura Metcliff) yet luckily they escaped out of the trash bag before the truck would pick them up. However as Andy's mom is delivering some stuff to donate to one of the city's local daycare centers, the toys see other toys in the daycare like the butterfly room being taken good care of. However a strawberry- scented grandfatherly and charismatic teddy bear named Lotso (voiced by Ned Betty) who seems like a nice guy to treat all toys as equals has assigned our toy heroes to be in the toddler room where they are abused and sticky as the toddlers are too young for the toys to be played with. Yet Lotso with his baby doll assistant are keeping our fellow toys minus Woody whom escaped luckily as prisoner. So now Woody has to rescue his fellow comrades and try to get back to Andy's house before he leaves to college.

A fantastic third installment in the series that manages to be as excellent as the first 2 movies which were instant classics and so will this movie. There are many fantastic trilogies like Star Wars classic trilogy, Indiana Jones, Evil Dead, Fistful of Dollars, Back to the Future and more and this is one of them. After 11 years since 99 when i keep hearing in magazines/the internet about Toy Story 3 it felt like development hell but it finally got greenlighted and boy it felt like it was worth the long wait.

The script by Michael Arndt is surprisingly brilliant and full of humor/emotion and energy. Even the direction by Lee Unkrick is nice and the animation is just outstanding/spectacular and even better in 3D which i saw in theaters 4 times and it's an utterly fantastic, well written and impactful sequel. The film co-stars Whoopie Goldberg, Lori Moore, Timothy Dalton as Mr Picklepants, Michael Keaton as Ken, Jodi Benson as Barbi and R Lee Ermy back as Sarge.

A totally must see sequel.

Assault on Precinct 13

One of the greatest and most influential action films!
In Los Angeles, police have raided and killed some deadly gang members. The gang called Street Thunder have taken a blood oath as they have sworn to avenge the death of some of their members who were killed and are loaded with silencers. While Lieutenant Ethan Bishop (Austin Stoker) who is leading a prison bus has 3 prisoners named Napoleon Wilson (Darwin Jotson), Caudelle (Peter Frankland) and Wells (Tony Burton) on their way to a new prison driven by bus- driver Starker (Charles Cypher) as one of the prisoners is sick and needs a place to stay for the night at the nearly closing down police station known as Precinct 13 for medical help. However, the gang is surrounding the area and now everyone inside the building might survive the night to fight for their lives and go get help from other officers.

One of the greatest and most influential action movies of all time! writer-director John Carpenter has crafted one of the most thrilling and action packed thrillers ever and one of his most underrated films. Following the release of Dark Star, Assault and a second script entitled Eyes were supposed to be two ultra-low-budget films written and directed by John Carpenter, with financing by J. Stein Kaplan and Joseph Kaufman. After reviewing the first draft of Assault and following the sale of the script Eyes to Barbra Streisand and Jon Peters, later renamed Eyes of Laura Mars, Kaplan and Kaufman concentrated on just Assault. "J. Stein Kaplan was a friend of mine from USC," said Carpenter. "He knew Joseph Kaufman from his days in Philadelphia … Basically their fathers were funding Assault on Precinct 13". The two families of the producers formed The CKK Corporation to finance the film. He wanted to make a movie that was a modern version of Rio Bravo in aspects combined with Night of the Living Dead with humans rather than zombies and was shot on production started in November 1975 and was shot in only 20 days.

Writer/director Carpenter was approached by J. Stein Kaplan to make a low-budget exploitation film for under $100,000 but with total creative control. Carpenter wrote The Anderson Alamo, inspired by the Howard Hawks Western film Rio Bravo and the George A. Romero horror film Night of the Living Dead. Despite controversy with the MPAA over the explicitly violent and infamous "ice cream" gunshot scene murder of a child named Julie who was played by Nancy Loomis would later be in Halloween as the scene was harsh as it gave the film nearly an X rating. the film received an R rating and opened in the United States on November 3, 1976.

It didn't do well at the box-office but overseas it did good and later became a cult favorite and influenced many actions especially Die Hard and more. It got mixed reviews then later critical re- appraisal and is now one of the greatest action films of all time and even got a remake in 2005.

The performances by Austin Stoker and Charles Cypher and there is lots of action galore. That ice cream child murder scene is quite horrifying no doubt and Carpenter stated he should had never wrote that scene or shot it as he was horrified by it. The score by Carpenter is fantastic and quite influential to many albums and some video games, it also draws on emotions with some humor and thrills.

Not to be missed.


A very good horror film!
Willard Stiles (Bruce Davison) is a social misfit with a lousy job ran by a boss named Al Martin (Ernest Borgnine) and a dominating mother named Henrietta (Elsa Lancaster). He makes friends down in the basement with rats even a big one which he names as Ben, he not only can communicate with the rats but they can follow his command even to kill people.

Co-starring Sandra Locke, this 1971 horror thriller is one of the better killer animal movies. This movie kicked off Bruce's career and this movie was shot on a small budget by Cinerama releasing and became a surprise box-office hit in the summer of 1971. After this movie's success Borgine was offered higher salary since then, the film spawned a sequel and a remake in 2003. Based on an obscure novel called "The Ratman's notebooks", this is a chilling and very enjoyable killer rat take on Psycho and quite similar in aspects to Hitchcock's masterpiece. This movie with Jaws's success lead to killer animal films that dominated the 70s and early 80s and made people fear rats. I like Davison's performance as the social misfit turned villain and Willard is a sympathetic character you feel bad for and feel like booing at his boss Al Martin whom was superbly performed by Ernest Borgnine and the mother was nicely performed by the Bride of Frankenstein herself.

Tales from the Crypt: Easel Kill Ya
Episode 8, Season 3

One of the best episodes of the show ever!
A struggling artist named Jack Craig (Tim Roth) is trying to come up with art that can sell well, so after accidentally killing someone thus gives me an idea of drawing murdered people. So he sells art to a very wealthy rich man (William Atherthorn) who has a collection of morbid art will pay him a thousand dollars each for his artworks, Jack goes around killing people and painting their dead bodies on his portraits.

Co-starring Debra Mooney, this is one of the better episodes of the series! sure the plot has been done before in Bucket of Blood or Color Me Blood Red by HG Lewis. This episode is directed by John Harrison who did Tales from the Darkside the movie and did the music for Creepshow/Day of the Dead and did a nice job here, Roth did a fabulous performance as the struggling murderous artist and it's quite a well done episode with nice cinematography and nice score plus a tragic dark twist in the end makes this one of the better episodes of season 3.

Tales from the Crypt: The Reluctant Vampire
Episode 7, Season 3

Very good and cute episode!
Donald Longtooth (Malcom Mcdowell) is a good natured vampire who has a night job at the local blood bank as he would never kill innocent people as he instead take some blood from the blood bank for his thirst and only kill bad people who do bad things to good people. However, his boss (George Wendt) realizes his business is almost going bankrupt and Donald falls for a lovely lady named Sally (Sandra Dickinson).

A very good and quite cute episode that co-stars Michael Barryman as a Van Helsing type of character who looks just like Judge Doom from Who Framed Roger Rabbit which is weird as it must be a reference to another Robert Zemeckis production since the show is produced by the same guys. Terry Black's script is funny and enjoyable and the episode co-stars Paul Gleason as well as the detective. It's a darkly comical episode that has a cute romance story, some violence and blood plus vampire action. Mcdowell is also superb as the title vampire.

Batman: The Animated Series: The Last Laugh
Episode 15, Season 1

Another one of my fave episodes!
It seems Joker (voiced by Mark Hamil) with his goons have hijack a garbage boat to head to a garbage dump island where on the garbage pail it has gas sprayed on it so it would make people in Gotham laugh their butts off and go nuts. Joker with his hooligans commit robberies and it's on April fool's Day which is probably the Joker's favorite holiday. Alfred (voiced by Efrem Zimbalist Jr) has been exposed to the gas and is nearly wrecking the living room and giggling, luckily Bruce Wayne/Batman (voiced by Kevin Conroy) is wearing a gasmask as he must find the Joker to stop him before everyone will die with a smile.

One of the best Joker episodes ever and one of my all time favorite episodes. I gotta say the music score in this episode is very memorable and has been stuck in my head since i first saw this show on Fox when i was 11. Nice animation, action, intensity plus there's Captain Clown who is one of the coolest robots ever plus Joker delivers such great memorable lines like "You killed Captain Clown, you killed Captain Clown". Fantastic voice acting and even a dose of humor especially from everyone's favorite clown to the butler, it's just that awesome of an episode.

Batman: The Animated Series: Nothing to Fear
Episode 10, Season 1

A solid debut for the Scarecrow!
A madman in a scarecrow outfit who is Professor Jonathan Crane aka The Scarecrow (voiced by Henry Polic II) who was once a professor of psychology of fears and stuff, the university thought he went too far with his fear experiments and they called him a lunatic. After that he wants revenge, so he terrorist attacks with gas bombs that make people see their fears like bats, spiders or parental rejection. Apparently Batman (voiced by Kevin Conroy) has been exposed to the gas and sees his fears of parental rejection as he thinks his father is telling him he is disgracing the Wayne name and must try to get the fear out of his system so he can find out what Scarecrow is planning on doing next.

A very good debut to one of Batman's best enemies! i knew the character since the late 80s with reruns of Superfriends and Filmation's Batman cartoon and the comics back in 1989 and i knew he would be on this show and was excited. It's a well written episode that is a psychological one on what if our fears consumed us but if we want to fight that fear and Batman says his amazing line "Your not my father! i am not a disgrace! i am vengeance, i am the night, I AM BATMAN!" which is the best line he has ever said. Clive Revell voices Alfred in this one and a few episodes before Effon Zimibist Jr voiced him. Henry Polic II is pitch perfect as the Scarecrow yet in his debut costume he looks average then he evolved in no time with different scarecrow costumes.

Tales from the Crypt: Dead Wait
Episode 6, Season 3

Quite good episode!
Red Buckley (James Remar) is a natural red headed treasure seeker in search of a one-of-a-kind black pearl. He finds a job on an island plantation owned by Mr. Duval (Jonathan Rhys-Davies) where the pearl is said to be. Shown to his room in Duvall's home by Voodoo mistress Peligre (Whoopie Goldberg), he finds a ram head behind the door. She says it is there for his protection but he demands it be removed. After spending a night with Duvall's girlfriend, Kathrine (Vanity), they decide to become partners in stealing the pearl and bad things are gonna happen.

A highly enjoyable episode, not one of the best ones but still one of the more enjoyable ones. Tobe Hooper who directed The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist directed this episode and has an EC feel to it, the script is very good and the performances are solid even Remar and the ever sexy Vanity. There is some suspense and some gore in this episode even surprises, at the end of the Crypt wraparound segment Whoopie Goldberg herself guest stars besides playing Peligre,

Batman: The Animated Series: Christmas with the Joker
Episode 38, Season 1

Fun Joker debut episode!
On Christmas eve, The Joker (voiced by Mark Hamil) has escaped after decorating the tree in the asylum when it was obviously a rocket. Bruce Wayne (voiced by Kevin Conroy) and Dick Grayson (voiced by Loren Lester) are having a nice quiet Christmas evening to watch It's a Wonderful Life on TV which Bruce has never seen, that is until it wasn't showing and Joker is taking over the TV network where Summer Gleeson (voiced by Mari Davon) works as she with Detective Bullock (Voiced by Robert Contazo) and Commissioner Gordon (voiced by Bob Hastings) are being held hostage, now it's up to Batman and Robin to save Gotham on Christmas eve.

A very entertaining episode that has nice animation, some good action and a sense of humor with a fine script that is co-written by Paul Dini. I like the visuals and the holiday atmosphere to get anyone in the holiday mood and watched this episode every holiday season as a tradition and makes good holiday viewing. There is some "It's A Wonderful Life" references and Joker singing the famous "Jingle Bells Batman smells" song, it's one of the better Robin guest starring episodes.

Batman: The Animated Series: On Leather Wings
Episode 2, Season 1

One hell of a pilot episode!
It seems there's a half-man/half bat creature being on the loose and the Batman (voiced by Kevin Conway) is being framed of robberies and physical assaults he didn't commit. He is on the trial of this monster in finding clues, he needs the help of Dr Kirk Langstrom (voiced by Marc Singer) who may have the key in finding this creature.

One of my favorite episodes! this was meant to be the pilot episode of the series and was shown at a comic con back in 92 and had positive responses while the sneak preview episode was "Cat and the Claw" on Saturday morning and this being a second sneak preview episode for Sunday nights to attract older viewers. It worked like a charm and the series went on to become afternoon staples and even for some Sunday nights to get older audiences to watch the show and was a success. This is a nicely written and nicely animated episode with good writing, mystery, horror, Science fiction and a Jekyll and Hyde kind of thing. Man-Bat i knew from the comics when i read them in 89 and knew he would be on the series as Man-Bat is one of Batman's most underrated characters.

The transformation of man to man-bat was just jaw droppingly amazing and well animated and badass. This one had mystery and action and an excellent first starter.

Tales from the Crypt: Top Billing
Episode 5, Season 3

Awesome episode!
When a talented hardworking struggling actor named Barry (Jon Lovitz) has been turned down for roles because he doesn't have "the look" when talent is more important than looks. As even his girlfriend (Kimmy Robertson) and agent dumps him, opportunity knocks when there is gonna be an upcoming Hamlet play ran by Nelson Helliwell (John Astin) and he has competition by the name of Winton (Bruce Boxleiter) to get the part of Hamlet.

A very well directed/shot/well written episode that is one of the best episodes in the series and one of my all time favorite episodes. The music score by Jay Fergeson has that 80s/early 90s feel to it and has a charm to it. It's darkly funny and the performances is excellent even Jon Lovitz who was born for the part of this episode. It deals with what show business can be a pain in the butt sometimes, Astin is fantastic as the director of the Hamlet play for this episode and there's also a nice gruesome but funny twist in the end that you should see for yourself.

Tales from the Crypt: Abra Cadaver
Episode 4, Season 3

One of my favorite episodes!
In 1979, two brothers Martin Fairbanks (Beau Bridges) and Carl (Tony Goldwyn) were medical students and Martin would had been a successful surgeon if not for a cruel prank. Years later in 1991, Martin is now a medical assistant and wants revenge on his brother with an experimental voodoo drug. He wants to prove that the human brain can live very long once the body is dad with the drug, he injects it into his brother to experiment on him.

A very chilling and well written episode with nice direction by Stephen Hopkins who directed Predator 2 with a chilling score by Alan Silvestri. This one is based on a Tales from the Crypt story "Dead Right" and a nightmarish episode that feels creepy as hell and chilling as you get to see what death is almost like from the paralyzed almost clinically dead Carl from the POV shots and hearing disorted sounds like from a dead man's hearing in aspects. Tom Wright whom you remember as Martin Moore from Tales from the Hood and the Hitchhiker from Creepshow 2 stars as a Rastafarian doctor. This episode shows how sometimes pranks can go wrong and what it feels like getting revenge, not to mention the ending was very bone chilling and disturbing.

Tales from the Crypt: The Trap
Episode 3, Season 3

"I'm Lou Palmona....Blow me"!
Fired from his job, a 41 year old man named Lou Paloma (Bruce Mcgill) is so upset that his wife Irene (Teri Garr) suggests she gets a job and he gets a better job since they are behind their bills. So Lou comes up with a scheme to earn money if he has his brother Billy (Bruno Kirby) who is a coroner as he wants to fake his death and collect half of his million dollar insurance as all he has to do is to fly to Brazil, get plastic surgery and wait for his wife to meet him.

A very well written and nicely paced episode that isn't scary or a horror but really more of a dark thriller comedy. Michael J Fox (Who makes a cameo in the trial scene) does a nice directorial job with this episode and co-stars Principle Strikland himself James Tolkan and Carrol Baker. I really like the script and how funny this episode is with dark comedy, it is based on a Shock Suspensestories story. I also like the twist ending this episode has even with the brilliant line spoke by Lou.

Cult of Chucky

Hands down the WORST CHUCKY MOVIE EVER, the death of the franchise!
5 years after the events of "Curse of Chucky", Nica (Fiona Douriff) has been committed to a mental institute after being framed for murder she didn't commit and blamed it on Chucky (voiced by Brad Douriff). Andy (Alex Vincent) who is 35 years old living on his own in a cabin in the forest miles away from the big city where he had a date but then she turns him down due to finding out his history. He has the head of Chucky which is still alive/moving after 5 years which also talks as he likes to torture it even have fun with it especially in sharing smoking joints with it. Dr. Foley (Michael Therriault) is trying to help with Nica cope with her problems and so called "delusions" about Chucky as they just received some packages of Chucky dolls as now Chucky discovers after searching on a website on voodoo that he has the power to copy his soul into other dolls even in other living humans to do his bidding to make a "cult" with the help of his girlfriend Tiffany (played by Jennifer Tilly once again) as only Andy can stop this cult.

AN ABSOLUTE DISASTER OF A FILM AND SEQUEL! Don Mancini, what in the flying hell were you thinking writing and directing this horrid piece of total crap sequel? you should be ashamed of yourself as you are destroying this franchise. The movie's title is a sham as there is no "cult", just clones of Chucky as each of the new Chucky dolls have new personality to them when it should be about an actual cult of Charles Lee Ray fans who learns from Tiffany about transferring souls into dolls to join in this army to bring Charles Lee ray into a new Chucky doll and have Andy with Kyle to battle them for one last time would had been a great idea and better than this travesty of a film. Another direct to video made piece of junk from Universal and this movie is total proof the co-creator of Child's Play when Tom Holland should be the one who needs credit that Don Mancini is a clueless and worthless hack of a filmmaker and writer.

Such dumb lines like when one of the patients tied to a gurney as Chucky holds a little tank of compressed air then reads it saying "Compressed...do you think i know what that means?", i mean great Mancini you made Chucky a total moron to not think what it means. The story is totally senseless as this movie makes no sense despite Chucky explains how he jumps from body to body in a similar way like in Jason Goes to Hell only he clones his soul, the one part where Dr. Foley gets murdered is a good practical effect but some of the gore/violent shots are poorly edited and all as the editing in this movie is terrible even the use of Ang Lee Hulk split screen in a few parts. Chucky finding a website saying "Voodoo for Dummies"? i mean Mancini, you fail at writing and that was a dumb thing to say for Chucky to say.

Brad sounds tired as hell playing this role and just did it for paycheck even Jennifer Tilly, Alex is okay reprising his role as Andy as he has not acted in a film for a long time. Some of the practical effects like Chucky dolls for example are quite nice but the film is just a senseless pointless mess of a movie as it has a scene where one of the Chuckie's is gonna get buried then Chucky flips off is a sign that this franchise has been screwed and being dead and buried.

Don't get me started on that idiotic ending plus the cop out surprise ending with Kyle (Christine Elsie) about to torture Chucky when she should had been in the film all this time to help with Andy. It's as bad as the cop out surprise ending in the end of the last one when it should had been the movie but no, Mancini has to screw it up once again.

Let this franchise lay dead and buried and keep Mancini away from this franchise as he is a poor writer and director who thinks he wants to be Artsy but he sucks badly.

Curse of Chucky

A truly god-awful sequel!
25 years after Charles Lee Ray aka Chucky (voiced and played by Brad Douriff) was gunned down as he transferred his soul into a Good Guy doll and years after the events of Seed of Chucky, a young woman named Nica (Fiona Douriff) who is a wheelchair-bound lady with her mother Sarah (Chantal Quesnelle) receive a mysterious package containing a Good Guy doll. Thus Sarah dies overnight and family members like Nica's bisexual sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti) with her husband Ian (Brennan Elliott) and 7 year old daughter Alice (Summer Howell) with their lesbian nanny Jill (Maitland McConnell) who is having a secret affair with Barb come to visit Nica to comfort her with a visit. Even a priest named Father Frank (A Martinez) is invited to dinner, yet Alice finds the Chucky doll as she wants to keep it but little does she know that Chucky will come to life and murder the house members one by one.

This movie is TRULY AN EPIC FAIL ATTEMPT AT A SEQUEL AND PURE GARBAGE! this movie's reviews are a joke with saying stuff like "It's the return of old school chucky to be scary again" but it still failed miserably and has no contrast to the first 3 movies. Don Mancini has managed to write and direct another Chucky film and has screwed up once again with such horrible writing and direction he does here, in this one he wants to try to be "aristic" as it feels out of place for a Chucky film and he wants to be like Argento but he fails miserably. That chili dinner scene i totally despised as it almost went on to make people guess who is eating the poisoned chili, yet what is so artistic about people eating chili? it's a pointless scene.

The acting is quite poor except for Fiona Douriff whom is quite decent for an actress who is the daughter of Brad and the child actress is poor too unlike Alex Vincent who back in 1988 was a better kid actor than her. Some of the puppetry is OK by Tony Garner but Chucky looks the worst here and looks like a Bratz doll than Chucky then reveals the scars which are fake looking with the CGI even that horrible looking low budget CGI chucky is terrible as hell. The pacing is poor and the writing is just god-awful as hell like this horrible line "Women...can't live with them period"! i blame both Mancini's direction and writing even his bad use of camera angles. The flashbacks of Chucky's past featuring current Brad in poor make up to make him young which is painful to watch complete with some clips from the original movie thrown in.

The kills are quite lame even the phony looking chin slicing which looks quite poor. In the unrated cut you get to see a cameo by Andy whom is played by 31 (back in 2013) year old Alex Vincent and was a total cop out ending which should had been the movie, it should had been a 25 years later style Halloween H2O kind of movie but Mancini screwed things up.

This movie deserves zero stars.

Seed of Chucky

A dismal sequel but not as horrible as the next 2!
Six years after Tiffany (voiced by Jennifer Tilly) gave birth to a baby doll at the end of "Bride of Chucky", the offspring who was taken by a ventriloquist (Keith-Lee Castle) whom the offspring would later be called Glen/Glenda (voiced by Billy Boyd) who is basically transgendered when it has two souls of different sexes in him/her, as he/she discovers where his real parents are especially Chucky (voiced by Brad Douriff) are in Hollywood on the set for a horror movie called "Chucky goes Psycho" where Jennifer Tilly plays herself besides voicing Tiffany. Glen/Glenda goes to Hollywood where has the amulet "Heart of Dambella" with him to bring his parents back to life, as they are reunited Glen/Glenda is unlike the two of them as he/she thinks killing is wrong and Chucky wants to set a good example for his son. Tiffany comes up with a plan to impregnate Jennifer Tilly with Chucky's semen so that she can give birth to a baby, so that way Tiffany can transfer her soul into Jennifer as Glen/Glenda can transfer his/her soul into the baby and Chucky can find a human male host for the soul to be in.

Co-starring Redman with cameo by John Waters, this 5th installment of the franchise which is written and directed by Don Mancini is terrible but not as god-awful as the 6th and 7th movies. After development hell since 1998 after the success of Bride of Chucky when Son of Chucky was being written, Universal passed on to it and waited until 2003 when Universal's Focus pictures which made a horror division called Rogue Pictures bought the script and filmed it for a November 2004 release. The film did badly at the box-office and got bad reviews, i agree with that as i was curious about this movie seeing it in theaters and what i got was a pile of horse crap. Not scary and not funny at all as it's trying to be funny but becomes a pure failure at attempting. This is the movie where you get to see Chucky wack off which is something fans don't want to see! The characters are unlikable especially Glen/Glenda whom is an irritating character despite Billy Boyd did a good vocal performance which is funny how he and Douriff were from the Lord of the Rings films.

The humor is too meta and knowing about itself as it's trying to be New Nightmare on aspects but fails at that. Don Mancini at this movie made his directorial debut and seems very amateurish as he feels bad as a director and poor as a writer as he seems to lost his touch after Child's Play 2 or 3 as CP 2 was better written than this piece of crap especially Fitting Punishment on Tales from the Crypt which he co-wrote. Mancini thinks he is funny to have Tiffany flash her doll knockers or Chucky jerking his chain, nice try to be funny Don but you fail at humor as your writing is very poor here. Tony Gardner's puppet and practical effects are some of the saving graces of this cluster-screw of a sequel yet that karate fight of Glen and Chucky was unbelievably lame/dumb and a poor attempt to be funny plus there's also the idiotic ending.

Then we have 2 more awful sequels to come.

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