I've read that Stephen King is ashamed of his directorial effort with this film, but it would seem he is too harsh a critic of his own work. This is 80s camp at it's raunchy, bloody best. It starts off like an automated zombie apocalypse-type story, but then quickly shifts gears into full throttle hell-on-wheels mayhem. The great AC/DC soundtrack ramps up the action in certain scenes, especially awesome licks such as "Hells Bells" and "Shake your Foundations". I'm not sure what it says for Emilio Estevez' career that this is probably the best film he was ever in...but there you go. And who knew that Yeardley Smith (the voice of Lisa Simpson) was such a good screamer...As a Constant Reader of King's fiction, and a Constant Viewer of the films derived from his lurid imagination, I'm proud to claim this movie as a not-so-guilty pleasure. 7/10
Women Of Cellblock 9
Another sexploitation film from the late Jess Franco, mixing prison, sleaze and torture film into one sadistic piece of trash. Many 70's bushes and natural titties are visible with french pornstar Karen Gambier being the highlight with her big rack.
The plot and acting is shallow as always, Franco clearly wanted to display nudity instead of telling a decent story - again, as always. I love this man!
There is something about Wes Andersen that grabs my attention. Watching his movies remind me of being in 8th grade and spending nearly every waking moment with my nose in a book. Not my usual type of movie, but its oddly comforting.
Its been a while since l've read the Stephen King story of the same name, but l seem to remember this being more faithful to the source material than Maximum Overdrive, which was based on the same story. That being said, the stench of abject shit is much more pungent here. This was from USA Pictures, but it feels very much like a Sy-Fy unoriginal, sans all the crappy CGI. Theres more of an alien element to this one, since the location is set near Area 51, but at the same time the local news broadcasts declare that a toxic spill is responsible for all of the high-octane chaos, so l'm not sure what to glean from this clusterfuck of a script. By the end of this, l didn't care which characters survived, and l kinda wanted all of them to go outside and play in the road until they died. 3/10
Bad Taste - When everyone in the town of Kaihoro goes missing, it's up to AIDS to save the world from Aliens. Forget about running, because Derek's don't run... they find a mac 10, or chainsaw, and get to exterminating. The plot, and action/effects that accompanies it, is all around fun, even if a bit silly, but Jackson frames it all, well, with the hillsides of New Zealand being a perfect location to let everything breathe.
Splatter action schlock comedy sci-fi? I was a lil in shock, when the credits rolled, and Peter Jackson's name kept popping up. The guy did pretty much everything, except the music. Even the effects. A truly ambitious first directing effort, proving that Jackson was ready to be a super director, from the start. I liken Jackson, to Raimi, and Verbinski. 8/10