Last week we took a break when it came to having an Ass Whoopin Wednesdays film because we were busy watching another film for our 365 movies in 36 days challenge blog. So this week, we decided to pick a film Chow Yun-Fat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) that we’ve always wanted to watch in The Replacement Killers. John Lee (Yun-Fat) is one of the best assassins that money can buy. After a drug lord’s (Kenneth Tsang) son gets killed, John is tasked with doing a revenge job for him, but John’s conscience gets in the way and he fails to do the job. Knowing that he failed to do it, he will seek the help of a documents forger (Mira Sorvino) to get papers to go back to China. The only problem is that the drug lord has already hired replacement killers to not only finish the job, but to take you out as well. The film also stars Michael Rooker (Guardians Of The Galaxy) as Det. Zedkov, Jürgen Prochnow (Das Boot) as Michael Kogan, Til Schweiger (Inglorious Basterds) as Ryker, Danny Trejo (The Devil’s Rejects) as Collins, Clifton Collins Jr. (Triple 9) as Loco, Carlos Gomez (Desperado) as Hunt, Patrick Kilpatrick (Last Man Standing) as Pryce, and the film was directed by Antoine Fuqua (The Magnificent Seven). To see the rest of the review, please click here to go to Moshpits and Movies.
They have always been trying new angles and different kinds of stories for horror than the usual conventional stories of slashers, monsters, etc. Last year, I covered a film that was a different kind of idea where an rogue angle comes to Earth to destroy humans in The Prophecy.So for today’s film, I decided to cover the sequel The Prophecy II which sees the return of Gabriel (Christopher Walken). In the sequel, the Earth is still in peril over the war that is happening in Heaven so an Angel by the name of Danyeal (Russell Wong) impregnates a nurse by the name of Valerie (Jennifer Beals) as the child will be the savior. When Gabriel (Walken) learns of this, he comes back to Earth to destroy the woman and the child with the help of a suicidal teen (Brittany Murphy). The film also stars Eric Roberts (Best Of The Best) as Michael, Glenn Danzig (Portlandia) as Samayel, Steve Hytner (In The Line Of Fire) as Joseph, Bruce Abbott (Bride Of Re-Animator) as Thomas Daggett, Renee Victor (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) as Nana, J.G. Hertzler (Zorro) as Father William, Tom Towles (The Devil’s Rejects) as Det. Waltrip, Nicki Micheaux (The Replacement Killers) as Det. Kreibel, and the film was directed by Greg Spence (Children Of The Corn: The Gathering). To see the rest of the review, please click here to go to Moshpits and Movies.
At one time, Project Greenlight was a super cool idea by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon that gave young filmmakers a chance to have their art seen. One of the films I chose for today was the winner of season three and that film is called Feast. In a remote bar in the middle of the desert, it’s normal everyday life for the patrons and the workers of the bar until a coupe show up on their doorstep. A character simply known as the Hero (Eric Dane) show sup and tells the patrons that he is being chased by monsters that want to eat him and everyone inside. After he is murdered almost immediately, his wife, the heroine (Navi Rawat) shows up to lead the bar in attempt to survive before the monsters get them. The film also stars Henry Rollins (Heat) as Coach, Balthazar Getty (Lord Of The Flies) as Bozo, Judah Friedlander (30 Rock) as The Beer Guy, Josh Zuckerman (Sex Drive) as Hot Wheels, Jason Mewes (Chasing Amy) as Edgy Cat, Clu Gulager (A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge) as Bartender, Jenny Wade (Brothers) as Honey Pie, Krista Allen (Liar Liar) as Tuffy, Duane Whitaker (The Devil’s Rejects) as Boss Man, and the film was directed by John Gulager (Piranha 3DD). To see the rest of the review, please click here to go to Moshpits and Movies.
There are only 59 days left until Halloween is here which means there is only 29 days left until another year of Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween. It’s Friday which can only mean one thing and that it’s freaky Friday and we have a special movie for all of you in Rob Zombie’s 31. For carnival workers like Charly (Sheri Moon Zombie), Venus Virgo (Meg Foster), Roscoe (Jeff Daniel Phillips), Panda Thomas (Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs), and Levon (Kevin Jackson) life is all about the next stop and how to make money quick and lots of it. One day while travelling on the road, their vehicle is hijacked and they are brought to a strange facility. They are told that they have to play a game for 12 hours where they will be hunted by psycho clowns and murdered, but the goal is to survive. The film also stars Elizabeth Daily (Pee Wee’s Big Adventure) as Sex-Head, Torsten Voges (Funny People) as Death Head, Richard Brake (Batman Begins) as Doom-Head, Lew Temple (The Devil’s Rejects) as Psycho-Head, Malcolm McDowell (Rob Zombie’s Halloween) as Father Murder, Judy Geeson (The Lords Of Salem) as Sister Dragon, David Ury (Grimm) as Schizo-Head, Pancho Moler (They Want Dick Dickster) as Sick-Head, Jane Carr (Dear John) as Sister Serpent, Ginger Lynn (The Devil’s Rejects) as Cherry Bomb, and the film was written and directed by Rob Zombie (House Of 1000 Corpses).
It’s hard for me to really come up with an answer to how I felt about the film. The film and it’s idea was definitely one that Rob knew his hardcore fans wanted, but did he execute. While I am going to say not really to that question, I am willing to give him a break because I am curious if the version we see now is different than the one we will see on DVD. I say that because if you are looking for lots of gruesome gore, the film doesn’t really have it. Yes there’s tons of blood and violence, but the camera shots don’t really allow you to see it all. I heard a lot of people complain about Sheri Moon Zombie being in the film, but that didn’t really bother me. I was looking for House Of 1000 Corpses/The Devil’s Rejects kind of violence in the film but that is why I am willing to wait for the DVD to come out just to see. There were two performances in the film that I thought were absolutely brilliant and one of those goes to Pancho Moler who plays the Spanish speaking Nazi psycho who was just absolutely awesome. I really loved the time he spent on screen because he scared me more than the others. The other performance that I loved was the one from Richard Brake whose performance reminded me a lot of Bill Moseley’s Otis. There’s this brilliant opening scene where he walks in and he is talking and it seems like he is talking to you until you find out who he is really talking to. My favorite part of all of that was when he picks up the ax and he says, “I apologize in advance for not sharpening my ax so this may take a couple of whacks.” I enjoyed the story, some of the shots, the music, but the film just didn’t really live up to the hype. This is a watch at your own risk, take my opinion for what it is kind of situation. I am going to give the film an B- for a final grade because it’s not in the C range in my opinion.
For today’s film, I saw the trailer for Hell And Back some time ago and I remember saying that I wanted to see it. I went on Netflix today and discovered that they had the film available to watch. Hell And Back is a stop-motion animated film that takes place in hell and it’s for adults. Three friends Remy (Nick Swardson), Augie (T.J. Miller), and Curt (Rob Riggle) all work at a carnival that is slowly going down the proverbial tubes. They’ve run out of ideas until Remy finds the devil’s book with the devil weeping and he instantly sees dollar signs. Whiel reading the book, Curt asks him for a mint and Remy makes him swear that he’ll return the favor. When Curt doesn’t, he gets sucked into hell where he will be a live sacrifice for the Devil (Bob Odenkirk). Now Remy and Augie will have to go to hell to rescue their friend before it’s too late. The film also stars Mila Kunis (That 70’s Show) as Deema, Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise) as Barb, Danny McBride (Pineapple Express) as Orpheus, H. Jon Benjamin (Archer) as The Tree, John Farley (You Don’t Mess With The Zohan) as Welcome To Hell Demon, Paul F. Tompkins (BoJack Horseman) as annoyed soul, Michael Peña (Fury) as Abigor The Demon, Brian Posehn (The Devil’s Rejects) as Cleb, and ti was directed by Tom Gianas and Ross Shuman.
You could definitely tell by watching this film that it belongs with Adult Swim or at least it has that Moral Orel/Robot Chicken style with the Stop-Motion animation. The film is kind of divided into to different parts in my opinion which are the part where it starts slow and the part where it gets good. The first part of the film is ok and they’re trying really hard with the jokes, but right when they get to hell that is where all the fun starts. My favorite part of hell was the welcome to hell demon who messes with the lost souls like telling them that there is no pizza at a Taco Bell/Pizza Hut and then ends it with a welcome to hell. He goes on and on throughout the film and stick around in the end credit scenes for some more. Bob Odenkirk is brilliant as the dark one, but at times I swore James Woods was the voice. The film gets really good when Danny McBride shows up as the Greek mythology character of Orpheus. If you are a fan of Danny’s like I am, then I am here to say that even in voice, he does not disappoint. One of my favorite voice actors H. Jon Benjamin shows up int he film to play a raping tree which is outrageous. I do want to warn parents that are stupid enough to click on the film that it is not meant for kids, but for adult enjoyment. Anyways, I really enjoyed the film and that is why that I am giving the film an B+ for a final grade.
So, besides the fact that I like to watch critically acclaimed films, action/martial arts films, I also like to watch what was called Blaxploitation films. These were films made during the Exploitation/Grindhouse era that featured predominately African American casts. Today’s film is not only a Blaxploitation film, but it’s also a women in prison film called Black Mama, White Mama. The film stars Pam Grier (Foxy Brown) as Lee Daniels, a former harem to a drug kingpin in the Philippines who is forced to team up with a revolutionary named Karen Brent (Margaret Markov) when they escape from a women’s prison while chained to each other. They’ll have to make it to a boat that is waiting for Daniels or meet up with a team of revolutionaries before they are caught by the kingpin or the police. The film also stars Sid Haig (The Devil’s Rejects) as Ruben, Lynn Borden (Dirty Mary Crazy Larry) as Matron Densmore, Zaldy Zshornack (Hotline) as Ernesto, Laurie Burton (Perfect) as Warden Logan, Eddie Garcia (The Devil’s Daughter) as Captain Cruz, Alona Alegre (The Black Dragon) as Juana, Wendy Green (The Big Bird Cage) as Ronda, and the film was directed by Eddie Romero (Beast Of The Yellow Night).
If you are expecting an Oscar worthy film from Black Mama, White Mama then you might want to move on from this review. The only award this film may get from me a Cheeseball Cinema Award for Gratuitous Boob Shot Scene. Like all Women in Prison (women in chains as it also known) films, there is always a shower scene with multiple women and they always end up fooling around (see picture to the left for example). This is practically soft core porn and that is why they were played at Grindhouse theaters. Of course, Pam Grier was sexy in the film and she did a good job with Margaret Markov who played the rich girl turned revolutionary. There is plenty of action in the film as far as corny fight choreography from the women, but some a couple of cool shootouts as well. The one question I always have with all these films is what are they doing in the Philippines? I know that it’s probably a cool place to visit, but why is there a women’s rehabilitation center run by white people on an island supposedly run by a Filipino drug kingpin?(According to the film). These are things that never make much sense to me, but then again I guess we can suspend our beliefs for the film. You have to take these films for what they are worth and I am just a fan of anything cheesy or great. That is why I watch these films when I get the chance to. So with all that being said, I am going to grade the film based on the Cheeseball Cinema scale. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give this one a 3.2 for a final grade.