"Empire Of The Ants"......One of my alltime guilty pleasures. It's a fun latenight watch and such classic 1977 sci fi cheese!! I love it!! Joan Collins is a hoot to watch and her character/performance is dramatic, over the top, and campy. Robert Lansing as "Dan" is great. Very good actor. Pamela Susan Shoop from "Halloween 2"(Karen) is in here and she is "ok" in her role. The handsome John David Carson as "Joe" is good and the guy who plays "Larry" is good at playing a sleazeball. I found that the men were better than the women in this movie. Cheesy special effects, great cinematography, some thrills and chills, and over the top moments highlight the movie. It's good campy fun!!
"Frogs"....This 1972 classic gothic chiller is an alltime old fave and one I grew up with. This movie used to come on late at night on weekends on the Scream Theatre horror movie marathon. Sam Elliot is absolutely HOT in here. HHmm..what a body. Looks GREAT in jeans (bulge and ass) and shirtless too(the hairy chest/navel). Yummy!! This movie also gives me the creeps at times with all the snakes, tarantulas, lizards, etc! Yuck!! The death scenes are both suspenseful and over the top..which adds wonderfully to the the movie. This is suppose to be an entertaining little horror flick about nature's "revenge" on humans. The cast was relatively strong( some more than others) for the most part and the movie is also filled with alot of handsome men, which I like. Good direction, thrills, good death scenes, creepy atmosphere, and wonderful scenery add nicely to the film. Good stuff!!
"The Impossible"......The 2004 Boxing Day tsunami was one of those events that put our lives into perspective, and the film achieves the same feat. Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts play the parents of three children who decide to spend an exotic Christmas in Thailand. When the inevitable does happen, the following 15 minutes are intense, realistic and terrifying. An onslaught of terrific practical special effects and incredible sound design hits us with an impact. However, after that concentrated outburst, the drama shifts down a gear to a more intimate, personal level, which is no less frightful. Naomi Watts is wonderful as "Maria" and is deserving of her Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Her young co-star Tom Holland(Lucas) is terrific, and along with Watts bring a huge emotional impact to the film. It's about the smaller picture. By focusing on the survival of this one family rather than the scale of the event itself, a better, and more human, representation of the disaster is displayed. However, I do think they should have had more scenes with the Island natives and also there should have been more dead body carnage shown in various spots. We see mother and son treading through water and debris during the aftermath, but hardly see any bodies. If this was done it would have been just a little more intense and heightened the devastation just a tiny bit more. But all in all, this is a powerfull and very well done movie. Full of intense, devastating, dramatic, and gut wrenching scenes!!