Category Archives: Films Released in 1995
Directed by Sam Raimi
Written by Simon Moore
A lone woman rides into the town of Redemption and enters a quick draw competition. Her sole reason is icy cold revenge against the town’s ruthless land baron; the man responsible for the brutal murder of her father years ago. That is the entire plot of “The Quick and the Dead” in a nutshell. However, before you think I’ve gone off the deep end in reviewing a western for a horror film blog, allow me to explain. First of all, let us take note of the cast. There is a who’s who of sci-fi and horror alumni in the reels of this oat opera. There’s Lance Henriksen of “Aliens”, “The Terminator” and “ Pumpkinhead” fame, Keith David from John Carpenter‘s masterpiece “The Thing”, Tobin Bell from the” Saw” series, Roberts Blossom from “Deranged” and “Christine” and Mark Boone Junior from “Se7en” and “Memento”. That’s enough genre talent to make your own horror film with.
Now let’s look at the lead cast; all of whom have either starred in great films prior to The Quick and the Dead, or have gone on to stardom since then. Sharon Stone (“Casino”, “Basic Instinct”) is great in her role as Ellen, the woman set on revenge against her father’s killer. In that duster and those leather pants, six guns by her side and a swagger in her hips she is Annie Oakley cum Jim Morrison as she blasts her way to the inevitable showdown. I will argue that next to “Casino” this is her finest hour as an actress. Equally brilliant is Gene Hackman as Herod, the town leader against whom she seeks retribution. Hackman is a master at playing villains of this caliber, and while some may argue that it’s merely a re-hash of his performance in “Unforgiven”, I say so what? No one plays a role like this quite the way Hackman does and I don’t think anyone ever will. Then of course we have Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio; both of whom have gone on to major stardom with their films “Gladiator” and “A Beautiful Mind” (Crowe); and “Titanic” and “Inception” (DiCaprio). In “The Quick and the Dead” their roles are smaller, but no less important.
Finally, we come to director Sam Raimi. Yes, that Sam Raimi. The man who made a star out of a guy named Bruce Campbell. The man who made us believe a man could swing from a web and look cool as hell doing it. The man who dragged us to hell and beat the hell out of our senses with The Evil Dead and the great sequels that followed. The Quick and the Dead has the Raimi stamp all over it. If you don’t believe me then compare the camera tricks in the film to the ones from his horror films. Especially awesome is the ‘bullet through the head’ cam. Yes sir, this is Raimi’s baby all the way.
I’ve watched “The Quick and the Dead” at least once a year since its release in 1995. Every time I watch it I come away from it with the feeling of having been entertained for the ninety or so minutes that I’ve invested my time in it. The film impresses me with the fact that it features a strong female lead in a genre that has long been dominated by men.
So there you have it; “The Quick and the Dead”. A western film with its feet dipped in the horror gene pool and all wrapped up in a neat little package with the Sam Raimi seal of authenticity. Isn’t it adorable?
Okay, scratch the ‘adorable crack’. That was a little bit too Perez Hilton.
Sharon Stone hand-picked ‘Russell Crowe (I)’ to be in this film. The studio was initially unsure about this choice because Crowe was a complete unknown to the American audience.
Sharon Stone was so insistent that Leonardo DiCaprio appear in the film that she paid his salary personally.
Bruce Campbell had a cameo appearance during a wedding scene, but the scene was cut. Campbell says Sam Raimi created that scene for the specific reason of giving Pat Hingle something more substantial to do and was never intended to be in the movie in the first place. Campbell was also visiting the set on his day off when Raimi drafted him to play a skid-row character in several background shots. Although all of Campbell’s appearances ended up on the cutting room floor, he is still listed high up in the credits.
For obvious reasons, this is the only Sam Raimi film to date (2002) where his trademark beige 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 doesn’t appear in its original form. However, according to Bruce Campbell, the car makes an appearance in the form of a wagon’s chassis. He claims the car was disassembled and the chassis was used for the wagon.
- “DreamWorks Buys Radical Comic ‘Earp: Saints For Sinners’ For Sam Raimi” and related posts (deadline.com)
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- Sam Raimi to Direct Futuristic Western EARP: SAINTS FOR SINNERS (collider.com)
- The Demon Is Unleashed In Trailer For Sam Raimi Produced THE POSSESSION (thepeoplesmovies.com)
- Film: Newswire: Sam Raimi suing people who are not Sam Raimi who say they’re making Evil Dead 4 (avclub.com)
- Shocker – Sam Raimi Suing Over Rights to Make Evil Dead 4 (dreadcentral.com)
- Raimi producing ‘Poltergeist’ remake (upi.com)
- EVIL DEAD Remake Starts Production! (geektyrant.com)
- There here……. again. Poltergeist returns under Raimi (geeksyndicate.wordpress.com)
- Sam Raimi’s ‘The Possession’ Trailer (techfleece.com)
- Sam Raimi Attached To Direct ‘Earp: Saints For Sinners’ (splashpage.mtv.com)
- Movie Trailer Round-up! (themonsterpopcorn.com)
- ‘Evil Dead’ Snared In Sequel Lawsuits As Sam Raimi Reboot Begins Filming (deadline.com)
- Dancing With The Stars – The Quick and the Dead (televisionwithoutpity.com)
- Dream: High Plains Drifter (hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com)
- Trailer for the Sam Raimi Produced Horror Film THE POSSESSION (geektyrant.com)
- EVIL DEAD Sequel Trying To Be Made Without Sam Raimi… Raimi Sues (geektyrant.com)
- Sam Raimi Attached to Direct Alternate Wyatt Earp Story in ‘Earp: Saints for Sinners’ (slashfilm.com)
- The Cabin in the Woods (2012) (moviesfilmsandflix.com)
- Sam Raimi Trades a Few ‘Saints for Sinners’ (cinematical.com)
GAMERA:GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE-Japan-1995
Directed by Shûseke Kaneko
Dialogue by Matt Greenfield
Written by Kazunori Itô
BLOOD LIGHT PRESENTS REAL MONSTERS OF GENIUS
Real Monsters of Genius
Today we salute you, Mr. Giant flying Japanese turtle.
He’s a turtle, not a tortoise!!
You’re the go-to guy when it comes to getting rid of those pesky cannibalistic birds known as the Gyaos.
It’s a giant flying big bird cannibal holocaust crunch and munch!!
Not only can you fly like an eagle, you can shoot mighty flames out of your mouth that look like big giant gas balls.
Ooooooooowwwwww, the big turtle’s got gas so you better stand back!!
But above all that, you managed to form a psychic bond with a really hot teenage girl.
She’s Steven Seagal‘s daughter, but she doesn’t have her daddy’s looks oh thank you, Lord!!
So lift up your flipper, roar that roar you roar so well and take a big Japanese monster flying turtle bow.
You saved us all, you big guy!!
And grab yourself an ice cold BLOOD LIGHT.
You deserve it, big fella!!
All joking aside I’m sure you’re probably asking why I would bother reviewing a Japanese giant monster film. The best answer I can give you is a deceptively simple one; I review it because it’s fun. After reviewing films like “Deadgirl” and “Antichrist” I began to feel down. Neither one of those films could be described as ‘touch me feel me’ films. In fact, they can be downright depressing if you let them. So I knew that I needed a change. That’s where Gamera comes into play. Sometimes you need to review a film that has no hidden social message, no famous big name actors and that makes you feel like a complete and total kid again. Sure, Gamera is a giant flying turtle. Sure, he can fly and shoot giant fireballs and form psychic bonds with teenage girls played by Steven Seagal’s daughter. What’s the big fucking deal about that? I wouldn’t have it any other way.
The gayos creature was performed by a female actress so that it would convey more ‘feminine’ like behavior. Apparently this was the first time a kaiju was ever performed by a woman.
The film’s Japanese poster is a nearly identical recreation of the Japanese poster of the first film in which Gamera fought Gyaos, Daikaijû kûchûsen: Gamera tai Gyaosu.
- Nine Turtles for Mothers Day! (wildwahinepaddler.com)
- SCI-FI Revoltech no. 27 Gyaos 1967 Review (oldgamereviewer.com)
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- Deadgirl (jmountswritteninblood.com)
- B-Sides: Zarkorr Invades! Earth Sings! (dreadcentral.com)
- Under $5 Blurays at DVDPlanet (5dollarsorless.com)
- The Steven Seagal Show – Episode 3 (strikingthoughts.wordpress.com)
- Poseidon’s Children by Michael West – Book Trailer Reveal (riteshkala.wordpress.com)
- Why Steven Seagal Sucks Worse Than Elvis (dojorat.blogspot.com)
- No TV For Guatemala? (bigsoccer.com)
- Ziplining Turtle (dawnsdorkydiary.wordpress.com)
- A Perfect Saturday (roamaboutmike.com)
- Where Is Lisa Turtle Now? (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Perfect Paddling! (wildwahinepaddler.com)
- This Week’s Interesting DVD Releases – May 15th, 2012 (largeheartedboy.com)
- Japanese Terrier Dogs (dogster.com)
- Taekoesu Yonggary/Yongary, Monster From the Deep (1967) (welltuncaresreviews.wordpress.com)
- ‘Wrong man executed’, students prove (bruneljournalism.wordpress.com)
- Of Twitter UK’s 10M Active Users, 80% Access Site Via Mobile (simplyzesty.com)
- Two further arrests in Operation Elveden corrupt payments investigation – The Guardian (guardian.co.uk)
- Sony: “No news” on E3 showing for The Last Guardian (vg247.com)
- Articles & Publications – Guardian: Cabinet Office publishes identity assurance ‘good (forum.no2id.net)
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- drawMethod Tree (daniweb.com)
- Turtles, Real Ones, Not Chocolate (grandmacharitychallenge.wordpress.com)
Written and Directed by Larry Fessenden
Habit is one of those movies where even though I know what just happened I still find myself asking ‘what the fuck just happened?’ It’s one of the most subtle vampire films I’ve ever seen in that it takes all the traditional things that we know about vampires and it makes them mundane and ordinary. For instance, vampires hate garlic. It’s like it chokes them. But if you were a vampire and you went to somebody’s house and they were using garlic to cook are you going to freak out and say, “WHAT IS THAT FUCKING SMELL?!? IS THAT GARLIC? YOU KNOW I HATE FUCKING GARLIC!!! No, you’re going to be cool and say, “Hey, I’m sorry, but I cannot hang with the garlic, man.” That’s just one instance. Another is how vampires can seem to appear out of nowhere to surprise you or get the drop on you. Wouldn’t it make sense that they appear as if they were merely another face in the crowd?
Sam meets Anna at a party and his life is never the same after that. Every time they meet, every time they make love she takes just a little more from him. Not a lot, but just enough to get her by. You see, Anna is a vampire, although the word is only mentioned in suspicious whispers. But that’s the beauty of Habit; not only is vampirism front and center, but at the same time it’s mysterious, clandestine.
The other thing that impresses me about Habit is its characters. They don’t look like Tom Cruise or Nicole Kidman or some other such Hollywood name; they look like real fucking people. They act like real fucking people. Larry Fessenden, the film’s writer-director and star, looks like the kind of guy that would ask you for money for bus fare. For Fessenden, the term ‘movie star looks’ does not apply.
I’ve only seen one other film by Larry Fessenden and that was Wendigo. I wasn’t that impressed with the film and now I know why. New York is Fessenden’s home and it is what he writes about best. Take the Big Apple away from him and you have a man with no direction home. Habit is New York at its seediest and it’s bloodiest.
- The greatness of garlic (dothegreenthing.com)
- Horror Films 101: 5 vampire films you may not have seen. (jenniferlinton.com)
- April Sale: Get Scared with Great Horror (sundancenow.com)
- Interview With the Vampire (jmountswritteninblood.com)
- Vampires: more to read and watch (guardian.co.uk)
- Arts & Leisure: Building Suspense With Ti West and ‘The Innkeepers’ (nytimes.com)
- Director Ti West Talks Slow Horror, ‘The Innkeepers’ (npr.org)
- From Dusk Till Dawn (jmountswritteninblood.com)
- The Innkeepers Finally Coming Home (dreadcentral.com)
- Today is…. (happydaysgrowingpains.wordpress.com)
- Emotional VampIre (cryominute.wordpress.com)
- Why Are Vampires Horrific? Mind vs. Monster (atoasttodragons.com)
- The Thing about Vampires…+ (ralphiesportal.me)
HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS-United States-1995
I don’t even want to begin to tell you how stupid this movie is. What little plot the film has is completely ludicrous. It seems like every one of these films repeats the same fucking formula every damn time you turn around. Michael returns to kill a member of his family that crawls out of the woodwork of the story or from between the legs of the last relative he tried to kill. The only thing this film has going for it is that it’s the debut of Paul Rudd. But even he can’t save this celluloid anus from splattering shit all over the screen.
For each movie I review I usually try to reserve about three hundred words for the review itself, not including the trivia. I’m not even going to waste that many words on this film. It doesn’t deserve it and you, faithful readers, deserve better.
Directed by David Fincher
Written by Andrew Kevin Walker
Serial killers have always been a strong area of fascination for me. I am constantly browsing websites, watching TV specials and reading numerous books on the subject. Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer, Richard Ramirez-they all intrigue the hell out of me. They obviously intrigue the hell out of Andrew Kevin Walker, too. Walker is the screenwriter for the 1995 horror thriller cum crime noir chiller Seven, one of the most gripping fictional accounts of a serial killer in recent memory.
The killer in question is John Doe, played with a chilling precision by Kevin Spacey. John Doe is of the belief that the world hasn’t atoned for it’s sins. He bases his murders around the seven deadly sins-Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Lust, Pride, Envy and Wrath. Each killing is a clue to another murder. He is highly intelligent and arguably insane. Life is game to John Doe, and he is in control of the board.
Now every villain has a nemesis and John Doe is no exception. Detective Lt. William Somerset (Morgan Freeman, excellent as usual) is a seasoned veteran on the cusp of retirement. He is of the belief that knowledge is what is required to catch John Doe. His partner is Detective David Mills (Brad Pitt, in a commendable performance). Mills is already convinced that John Doe is insane. He believes in ‘shoot first, ask questions later’. But they are not the ones in charge. John Doe has the upper hand.
Director David Fincher was unfairly criticized for his feature film debut, Alien3. With Seven, his sophomore effort, he redeems himself triumphantly with every shot, every frame of film. Seven is clearly the work of a director with a very bright future and through the years Fincher has not disappointed us. Seven is a masterpiece of a film.
One that will be talked about for years to come.