Thursday, January 26, 2012

Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)

Director: Terence Fisher

Starring: Peter Cushing, Shane Briant, Madeline Smith, David Prowse, John Stratton, Michael Ward, Elsie Wagstaff, Norman Mitchell, Clifford Mollison, Bernard Lee

More info: IMDb

Tagline: His brain came from a genius. His body came from a killer. His soul came from hell!

Plot: Last of the Hammer Frankenstein films, this one deals with the Baron hiding out in an insane asylum, so that he may continue his experiments with reanimating the dead, along with inmate Dr. Helder, who has been institutionalized for conducting such experiments.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? Maybe.

#55 on Hammer Horror (1957-1976)

This is the last of the Hammer studio Frankenstein pictures, the last of their Gothic pictures, the last picture for Terence Fisher and the next to last for composer James Bernard (for Hammer) and it's not that shabby. I rather enjoyed it but it's not without a few problems. Take for example the mute girl, Sarah (Smith). She doesn't speak until the end of the picture when she suddenly pipes up and has a mouthful to say. Then there's the 'monster' who looks more monster than man and it's never explained why he looks like he does. These are kind of important when you spend a great deal of time developing characters and a story. And I don't think I'm being nit picky here by letting this bother me even just a little bit.

The exterior model and matte work is fantastic. Cushing is fun as usual. I've thoroughly enjoyed his take on Dr. Frankenstein over the many outings he had with Hammer. He was brilliant and his performances in this role are definitive. Bernard's score is weighty and solid. That man sure knew how to get a lot from such a small orchestra, much in the way Bernard Herrmann could but heavier. Listening to the commentary it was mentioned that the budget was something around 137 (or 187) thousand pounds! That's astonishing. You would never know it from watching the film. It looks fantastic.

There's a commentary track with Madeline Smith, David Prowse (who, by the way, does a fantastic job as the monster. He's very sympathetic and brings a lot of humanity to the creature) and genre historian Jonathan Sothcott. Prowse and Sothcott are very pleasant and knowledgeable while Smith, despite knowing her stuff, is pleasant, full of herself, a drama queen and condescending. At one point she asks Prowse if that scene was filmed at night and he said 'no'. She then says something along the lines of if it were filmed during the day (it was a night scene) then it must have been shot as 'day for night', proceeds to ask Prowse if he knows what 'day for night' is (as if someone who's been in the business for 40 years wouldn't know) and after he responds in the affirmative, she tells him to explain what it is to the listeners as no one listening would know. Bitch. She pulled shit like that often enough I had to turn it off prematurely. I hate actors who can't handle themselves with dignity and courtesy.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Deadly Manhunt (2001)

Director: Joe Wiecha

Starring: Paul John Knowles

More info: Wikipedia

Plot: This made for TV documentary
covers the last few days of Paul John Knowles, a serial killer responsible for 18-35 lives.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Maybe.

I like it when I come across a serial killer I'm not familiar with. This guy seems like a killer of desperation and convenience more than anything. The strength of this film lies in chronicling his last few days before being stopped as he's being chased through Florida by the fuzz. It's an even-handed mix of interviews with the authorities and victims's families with reinactments. It's about an hour and a half long and although they do a fantastic job of chronicling his final run from the law they do very little in digging into his background and the people he murdered prior to this incident. The mention it but there isn't much time spent on it. If they had taken the time and care to present a more complete picture of this guy's life and activities this would be a sure-fire home run. It's still worthy of tracking down and watching despite that.

Crimes That Shook the World: The Vienna Strangler (2006)

Director: Ross Harper

Starring: Jack Unterweger & his victims

More info: IMDb

Plot: Documentary series exploring major crimes of the 20th century. Using archive footage, reconstructions and interviews, the series profiles the most notorious murderers in recent history. This episode recounts the sensational story of Johann Unterweger, the Austrian media figure who was responsible for a string of murders across Europe and America in the early 1990s.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Probably not as there's another documentary that's a little better.

If you're going to watch just one documentary on this cat, watch JACK UNTERWEGER: POET OF DEATH (2004) as it's a bit better. This guy is unique and very fascinating in the annuls of serial killers. He loved the spotlight but was famous in Europe for being a highly acclaimed writer and former convicted murderer. He did the talk show circuits and was highly regarded in literary and social circles. This British doc is a treat to watch and it's almost as good as the other one. Those Brits don't waste your time with filler like they do over here in the U.S.. The entire episode starts on the YouTube video above.

BTK: The Killer Next Door (2005)

Director: ???

Starring: Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer

More info: Wikipedia

Plot: This made-for-American-TV documentary covers the general story of a serial killer who murdered from 1974-1991.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? Nah. There are better docs out there on this subject.

It's hard to believe a sweet-lookin' fella like that could hurt anyone, right? This short doc (43 minutes) gives you most of the major details of the case but there's just not enough time allotted to really do a story like this justice. It's also very repetitive as it was made for TV to allow for commercial breaks. I hate that shit. There is so much time wasted telling you what's coming up after the break and then re-capping shit once they're back that it can be very annoying. This one isn't that bad in that respect but there's enough to turn me off of it and seek a better one. I've watched so many of these over the past few months that I'm having to skim through them to jog my memory. Gee whiz.

Straight on Till Morning (1972)

Director: Peter Collinson

Starring: Rita Tushingham, Shane Briant, James Bolam, Katya Wyeth, Annie Ross, Tom Bell, Claire Kelly, Harold Berens, John Clive, Tommy Godfrey, Mavis Villiers, Lola Willard

More info: IMDb

Plot: A timid, withdrawn woman meets a man she believes is finally the love of her life, unaware that he is a vicious serial killer.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? I think I'm compelled to.

This one took me by surprise. It starts out with brief scenes of our killer and of the girl he's going to soon meet and possibly fall in love with, Brenda (with an utterly fantastic performance by Rita Tushingham). It's rather off-putting and it makes a lot more sense once you've reached the end. For a while I didn't like this picture at all partially because I found Brenda naivety annoying and the picture was a pretty slow go. Then we properly meet Peter (coldly and eerily played by Shane Briant) and it starts to move. More than that, Peter is a flaming asshole and it's difficult to see why anyone but a desperate and lonely woman would see anything in him. He's horrendous but Brenda accepts it because she wants a baby. No spoilers here but the finale chilled me to the bone. We hear tape recordings of previous and future events that are effective enough to feel like it's happening to someone you love. Outstanding. I'm keen to re-watch this someday. I wouldn't be surprised if this turns out to be even better than before.

Ghosts of Mars (2001)

Director: John Carpenter

Starring: Natasha Henstridge, Ice Cube, Jason Statham, Clea DuVall, Pam Grier, Robert Carradine, Joanna Cassidy, Richard Cetrone

More info: IMDb

Tagline: You Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance

Plot: 200 years in the future a Martian police unit is dispatched to transport a dangerous prisoner from a mining outpost back to justice. But when the team arrives they find the town deserted and some of the inhabitants possessed by the former inhabitants of the planet.

My rating: 4/10 and that's generous

Will I watch it again? Hell, no.

If you told me that this was made by a first time director, I would believe you. It's hard to imagine that John Carpenter, THE John Carpenter, the man behind so many fantastic movies would be capable to making this picture. The writing at times is laughable. It was only last night that I saw this for the first time and I'm still shaking my head. Sure, the special effects are shoddy at times but that doesn't bother me because I realize a budget will only stretch so far but it's the other things that didn't have to be this way like the aforementioned dialogue. You've also got some miscasting like Pam Grier (I adore her but she didn't feel comfortable and a lot of her dialogue was just bad) and Ice Cube for starters. He'd been acting for 10 years so he's got no excuse.

The only bright spot, really was from Jason Statham. Henstrige was fine but I couldn't get past some of the ridiculous lines she had and how she carried herself in the action scenes. Oh, the action. There's one about every 5 minutes once the shit hits the fan (or so it seemed) and the heavy metal score that accompanies it made me laugh it was so repetitive. I've seen most of Carpenters directorial feature films and there's a great deal of them that I really enjoyed the hell out of. I'd like to see him get back on his game and not go out with such a whimper.

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Director: Quintin Tarantino

Starring: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Eric Stoltz, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, Phil LaMarr, Maria de Medeiros, Rosanna Arquette, Uma Thurman, Frank Whaley, Christopher Walken, Harvey Keitel, Quentin Tarantino, Kathy Griffin, Julia Sweeney

More info: IMDb

Plot: Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega are two hitmen who are out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace. Wallace has also asked Vincent to take his wife Mia out a few days later when Wallace himself will be out of town. Butch Coolidge is an aging boxer who is paid by Wallace to lose his next fight. The lives of these seemingly unrelated people are woven together comprising of a series of funny, bizarre and uncalled-for incidents.

My rating: 9.5/10

Will I watch it again? Duh.

I have nothing but love for this movie ever since I saw it in the theater nearly 20 years go. It blew me away just like it did with about every other person that saw it. It shook up the film world and an exciting way and I've been a tremendous fan of Tarantino's ever since. There are tons of quotable dialogue and every performance, save one, is tops. Tarantino's acting role is 75% great but he's got a couple of line readings that are just atrocious and keep me from giving it a perfect 10. His choice in music couldn't be cooler. The picture's funny, violent and shocking. I expect it would be difficult for anyone watching it for the first time all these years later not to understand how important and revolutionary this film is. It came at a time when the cinema had gotten stale and in a rut. Like him or not, Tarantino added some much needed spice and inspiration to films and a legion of film makers that followed.

Angels' Brigade (1979)

Director: Greydon Clark

Starring: Sylvia Anderson, Lieu Chinh, Jacqueline Cole, Liza Greer, Susan Kiger, Hoela Velasco, Jack Palance, Peter Lawford, Jim Backus, Neville Brand, Pat Buttram, Arthur Godfrey, Alan Hale Jr.

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Seven super sexy girls take on the bad guys in an explosion of wild action, crazy stunts, and loads of laughs!

Plot: Meet six women and a teenage girl who never expected to risk their lives fighting for justice. A schoolteacher had seen one too many kids succumb to drugs. A Las Vegas entertainer learned her brother had been beaten by a drug pusher. A martial arts teacher knew how insidious drugs were among children. A top model knew that drugs were destroying her life. A stunt driver was in shock when her brother overdosed - on drugs! Add a nosy schoolgirl and a policewoman with a perm, and you've got the Angels Brigade. These women (and the girl, too) are sexy, smart - and dangerous! Just ask the right-wing militia these ladies have destroyed. But the evil fat cats pushing drugs to kids? Not even they are a match for these vengeful vixens. They just say POW! to drug pushers.

My rating: 5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

This is an average low budget action flick from the 70s but with a difference - it's got Jack Palance, Peter Lawford, Jim Backus, Neville Brand, Pat Buttram, Arthur Godfrey Alan Hale Jr.!!! I know none of them were headlining any movies (except Palance) at that time and they were all on their way out but they're still all huge names in showbusiness. How the hell did Clark get these guys in this thing? It's not like he had any mainstream films under his belt. BLACK SHAMPOO (1976)? SATAN'S CHEERLEADERS (1977)? I don't think so. Anyway, Palance owns every scene he's in and he's a lot of fun which accounts for an extra point in my score.

The acting from the girls is what you'd expect from a low budget movie like this and the same goes with the plot but it's not all that horrible. The big problem I've got with this CHARLIE'S ANGELS ripoff is that there's not a single shot of nudity. A movie like this screams for it and we get bupkiss. This isn't nearly as bad as the IMDb reviews suggest, largely because of the brief extended cameos by the folks stated above, just don't expect much in the way of exploitation and you'll have a reasonable time.

Check out Greydon Clark's YouTube channel for some low budget fun.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)

Director: Adam Marcus

Starring: John D. LeMay, Kari Keegan, Kane Hodder, Steven Williams, Steven Culp, Erin Gray, Rusty Schwimmer, Richard Grant, Leslie Jordan, Billy Green Bush

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Evil has finally found a home.

Plot: Jason Voorhees, the living, breathing essence of evil, is back for one fierce, final fling. Tracked down and blown to bits by a special FBI task force, everyone now assumes that he's finally dead. But everyone assumes wrong. Jason has been reborn with the bone-chilling ability to assume the identity of anyone he touches. The terrifying truth is he could be anywhere. Or anybody. In this shocking, blood-soaked finale to Jason's carnage-ridden of terror, the horrible secret of his unstoppable killing instinct is finally revealed.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? Sure.

I thought for sure this one was going to suck but it didn't. I dug it. The humor isn't Troma-silly like it had been in one of the previous films (I forget as they're all blending together in my mind) and there are some really funny moments. I really like how Jason takes over other bodies and we don't get to really see him like we know him until the end. The kills are fun, there's an awful lot of fighting and plenty of nudity (there's even something for the ladies...sort of), and the ending with a brief cameo of Freddy's hand was the icing on the cake. For someone who put off watching any of these films for 30 years after they came out, I'm having a pretty good time with this series. There's only one more left to go and then it's FREDDY vs. JASON and the remake.

Hands of the Ripper (1971)

Director: Peter Sasdy

Starring: Eric Porter, Angharad Rees, Jane Merrow, Keith Bell, Derek Godfrey, Dora Bryan, Marjorie Rhodes

More info: IMDb

Tagline: A new terror-filled X film

Plot: The infant daughter of Jack the Ripper is witness to the brutal murder of her mother by her father. Fifteen years later she is a troubled young woman who is seemingly possessed by the spirit of her father. While in a trance she continues his murderous killing spree but has no recollection of the events afterwards. A sympathetic psychiatrist takes her in and is convinced he can cure her condition. Soon, however, he regrets his decision.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

#50 on Hammer Horror (1957-1976)

Wow. What a surprisingly good movie. I was rather disappointed in the beginning because it played out as you would expect a Jack the Ripper movie would but then there's a plot twist that moved my ass from the back to the edge of the seat and just as it would slide back they'd throw in something else that would put it back. Christopher Gunning's score is lovely. While the picture might lack in major thrills it makes up for it with some gory kills and one hell of an ending that I didn't see coming. I really enjoyed this flick. Only 5 more to go before I've watched every Hammer horror picture. I hope there's one left that's at least as good as this one.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Director: Ruggero Deodato

Starring: Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, Luca Barbareschi, Salvatore Basile, Ricardo Fuentes, Carl Gabriel Yorke

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Ripout! Barbeque! Devour! How long can you take it?

Plot: A New York University professor returns from a rescue mission to the Amazon rainforest with the footage shot by a lost team of documentarians who were making a film about the area's local cannibal tribes.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? Maybe.

I've been meaning to watch this one for years and I've finally gotten around to it thanks to a reader's suggestion. My only other experience with anything close to this genre is CANNIBAL FEROX (1981) (a fun Umberto Lenzi cannibal flick even better than this one) and MOUNTAIN OF THE CANNIBAL GOD (1978) (another really fun flick). I was hoping that this picture was going to live up to the hype it has received. Not bad, I suppose.

It's the very first 'found footage' film made and for that you've got to give the writer, Gianfranco Clerici, and director, Deodato, some well-deserved credit. This flick is notorious for a number of reasons but largely for how effective it was in convincing a lot of people that it was real. READ THIS for an interesting read on what went down. It's fascinating.

I can handle just about anything when it comes to movie gore but I can't stand the killing of animals like what you'll find in most of these cannibal movies. Fortunately a lot of these scenes were re-used in other films of the genre (the Italians made most of them). Nevertheless, I fast forward through them. I can stomach even the most realistic human mutilation because I know it's fake.

For me the big money shot is the most famous image of the movie that comes pretty close to the end and it's a doosey. Even knowing how they did it still has me floored at the talented folks who made it happen. Hell, all of the gore effects are top notch. I love it.

I'd give this flick a better score if the performances weren't so over the top. It could be due to the English dubbing (the original Italian track was not an option on the disc I have) but still, the actors featured on the found footage portion are overly childish and cruel that don't quite fit regardless of what language it's in. They certainly hammer home the point that we're probably more savage than those primitives we perceive as savages. It's a pretty fun flick and it's got my respect for being a first but if you get a chance to see CANNIBAL FEROX you'll probably find that one more entertaining and owing a large debt to CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST.

Dragonslayer (1981)

Director: Matthew Robbins

Starring: Peter MacNicol, Ralph Richardson, Caitlin Clarke, John Hallam, Peter Evre, Albert Salmi, Sydney Bromley, Ian McDiarmid

More info: IMDb

Tagline: In the Dark Ages, Magic was a weapon. Love was a mystery. Adventure was everywhere... And Dragons were real.

Plot: A King has made a pact with a dragon where he sacrifices virgins to it, and the dragon leaves his kingdom alone. An old wizard, and his keen young apprentice volunteer to kill the dragon and attempt to save the next virgin in line - the Kings own daughter.

My rating: 8.5/10

Will I watch it again? YES!

Usually seeing "Disney Presents" at the beginning of a movie spells out boring for adults but not this one. I haven't seen DRAGONSLAYER in nearly 30 years and I'm blown away at how well this one has held up and how mature and lacking in anything childish it is. WOW! This is a fantastic fantasy film and one that came just before the big Sword & Sorcery boom of the early to mid 1980s. OK, so Peter MacNichol is a teensy goofy looking (I think it's the perm) but you kind of forget that with the bleak world he lives in with the grimy people he encounters. The special effects are outstanding and I can't dare stop before mentioned Alex North's dissonant score. It's the kind of score that could stand toe-to-toe with most classical works. It's not your typical score and it's one of the many reasons why North is one of my favorite film composers. There are tons of sub-par movies in this genre and this one gets overlooked when thinking of things like LORD OF THE RINGS or CONAN. Don't let this one pass you by. It deserves a wider audience.

Gremlins (1984)

Director: Joe Dante

Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Keye Luke, Don Steele, Corey Feldman, Dick Miller, Judge Reinhold

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous.

Plot: A boy inadvertently breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

Man, it's been a long, long time since I saw this - probably more than 20 years ago. I'd forgotten how grim it is. I can do without the cuteness of those little teddy bear fuckers but I can forgive that a little because of all the harsh shit that follows it. The deaths all around are great, the special effects are a hoot and Jerry Goldsmith's score is fantastic and fun. It's probably been about as long since I saw the sequel and I'm going to have to add that one to the list pretty soon. I hope it holds up as well as this did although I'm not overly optimistic.

Raising Arizona (1987)

Director: Joel Coen

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman, William Forsythe, Sam McMurray, Frances McDormand, Randall 'Tex' Cobb

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Their lawless years are behind them. Their child-rearing years lay ahead...

Plot: When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintuplets, their lives get more complicated than they anticipated.

My rating: 10/10

Will I watch it again? You betcha or my name ain't Nathan Arizona!

This is one of my all time favorite comedies. It's the kind of movie that I've seen a gazillion times and can quote most of the dialogue, the kind of movie that has given me a plethora of funny shit to say and take great pride when someone catches the reference as if there are only a few people on the planet that can appreciate something so fucking hilarious. It's a high point in the career of Nicolas Cage whose made more shit than Larry the Cable Guy on taco night.

Everyone in this picture is pitch perfect in their performances. The script runs the gamut from brilliant comedy to heartfelt tenderness (especially during the finale). Carter Burwell's score is brilliant as well. For me to keep going is pointless because I'll end up throwing out quote after quote. If I were to record a commentary for the movie it'd basically be me laughing for an hour and a half. I love this film and barely go 72 hours without tossing out some line from it. Nathan needs some Huggies. My friends call me Lenny...only, I ain't got no friends. Ahahahahahahaha.

Superbad (2007)

Director: Greg Mottola

Starring: Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bill Hader, Seth Rogen, Martha Maclsaac, Emma Stone

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Come and Get Some

Plot: Seth, Evan and Fogell are three teenage guys who love to drink and desperately wish to get laid. When a girl that Seth really likes, asks him to get the drink for her party, he sees this as a perfect opportunity to make her his girlfriend. The trio plan out how to get the alcohol, even including Fogell's new fake ID, but things won't got smoothly for the trio. Seth and Evan become separated from Fogell (now called McLovin) and they still haven't got the alcohol for the party that night.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Sure.

I just discover some movies I forgot to write about that I saw about 3 years ago. My memory is hazy on this one so it's going to be short. I liked it. It was funny enough to keep me engaged and the pacing was brisk. There were some good, hearty laughs and lots of heart, especially in the final minutes of the film. It got to me and that's the big payoff. I'm looking forward to seeing it again someday to see how it holds up. It's one of the better modern teen comedies to come out in a long time. I usually hate them (if I ever watch them to begin with) but this one's A-OK.

The Strangers (2008)

Director: Bryan Bertino

Starring: Scott Speedman, Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Kep Weeks, Laura Margolis, Glenn Howerton

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Lock the door. Pretend you're safe.

Plot: A couple staying in an isolated vacation house receive a knock on the door in the mid-hours of the night. What ensues is a violent invasion by three strangers, their faces hidden behind masks. The couple find themselves in a violent struggle, in which they go beyond what either of them thought capable in order to survive.

My rating: 4/10

Will I watch it again? No.

I hate Hollywood sometimes which means I sometimes hate movies made here in the US. I knew nothing of this film going in except I heard from a couple of podcasts that it was a really good home invasion flick. I didn't even bother to watch the trailer. The ONE good thing I liked about this picture is the scene where the head stranger sidesteps into the view of the camera but not where Liv Tyler can see. I must have blinked when I was watching the movie because it took someone else pointing it out after I finally picked up on it. THAT WAS FUCKING BADASS COOL & CREEPY! And that was the only good anything in this movie. After it was over I watched the trailer only to discover that moment was in it. REALLY? One of the best moments I've seen in a horror movie made in recent memory and it's fucking given away in the goddamn trailer? W...T...F? It takes forever for things to start happening which would be fine and dandy if the pre-invasion shit was interesting instead of pathetic. Then once the shit hits the fan it's one cliche after another and if you didn't see it coming you probably checked out and stopped caring anyway. Oh, and the icing on the fucking cake is the damn jump scare the instant before the credits roll. It's cheap and insulting and I wish I could extract vengeance from those who told me this was a great movie but you can't exactly reach through a podcast and rip someone's throat out now can you. ARGH I'm so frustrated.

Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006)

Director: Lloyd Kaufman

Starring: Jason Yachanin, Kate Graham, Allyson Sereboff, Robin L. Watkins, Joshua Olatunde, Caleb Emerson, Rose Ghavami, Khalid Rivera, Joe Fleishaker, Lloyd Kaufman, Ron Jeremy

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Humans... the other white meat... Unless you're black, then it's dark meat... Or if you are Asian, then it's yellow meat... Or if you are Native American, it's red meat...

Plot: When the American Chicken Bunker, a military-themed fried-chicken chain, builds a restaurant on the site of an ancient Indian burial ground, local protesters aren't the only ones crying fowl! The previous tenants, fueled by a supernatural force, take "possession" of the food and those who eat it, and the survivors discover that they must band together before they themselves become the other white meat! Film lovers have been starved for sustenance. The relentless diet of predictability and pretense Hollywood has been serving up just doesn't cut it. Poultrygeist is hearty food for thought. In Poultrygeist, Troma takes on the the fast-food industry-skewering the soulless restaurateurs-in the world's first horror-comedy film to feature zombie chickens, American Indians and a bit of singing and dancing! It's Poultrygeist!

My rating: 5/10

Will I watch it again? No. No. No.

I think I'm done with Troma movies. POULTRYGEIST has some genuinely funny and outrageous bits and they're not afraid to say and do things that most people will find offensive. I respect that. BUT, do they have to be so damn loud and obnoxious? That's my biggest problem with this picture is there's too much sound and noise. I felt like my ears were being assaulted. I can handle just about anything thrown my way but this is ridiculous. The script, songs and such weren't that bad and had moments of laugh out loud funny but gee whiz, fellas, did the accompanying barrage of sound have to be cranked up to 11? This would be a great movie to throw on at a frat party where the party noise might just drown out what Troma cooked up. I do love their willingness to say and do anything they want.