It really felt like they were trying to pull off another Smile. I even saw where they were going for that with some of the set designs and camera work. But whereas that one wasn't original but had a good story, this one wasn't really original and just felt like sort of a dud. The tone was all over the place for a lot of the movie and not only were the characters motivations a little confusing but the Boogeyman's…
Evil Dead Rise 2023
After a solid opening it kind of dragged it's feet a little getting going. But once it did it was nothing but gory fun. A+ for all the practical effects and set design. Loved making it an urban apartment building in this one and they did a good job of making it old and dilapidated.
The Derek Huff award goes to Lilly Sullivan, the actress who played Beth. For a relatively small time actress I thought the performance she gave was really good.
"Mommy's with the maggots now..."
Never Say Never Again 1983
I wanted to rate this higher because Sean Connery is just so great to watch. But it was just so bland and uninspired. The ways they move the plot forward a lot of the time were so unrealistic that I assumed they were trying for a level of camp similar to the other Bond films of the era, but swung and missed. I knew a little of the behind the scenes story of this movie, how some guy fought the Broccoli's over the rights to Thunderball and managed to win. I bet the Judge in that case really regrets his decision.
Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland 1989
Pretty much the same as the second one, only thing that changed was instead of a summer camp they were having some rags and riches friendship camp in the woods. I think the kills are even lamer, a lot of them were just Angela beating someone with a large stick. Even for the ones that were halfway inventive they always cut away before the money shot so you could tell yet again they were on a shoestring budget.
A very good movie, with an excellent mix of jump scares with suspense. Justin Long does a hilarious job as the comic relief.
One thing though, release the snuff films you cowards. I feel like I was short changed when A.J. hits play but then it skips ahead to the end. Maybe they'll be on the director's cut.
I had seen parts of this movie, but never the whole thing beginning to end. Now I have no idea why. Everything about this movie seemed done to perfection. The acting, the cinematography, the score. This movie was like the magnum opus of Michael Mann's directing style.
I've never been this conflicted about who gets the Derek Huff award before. Both Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro gave powerhouse performances but ultimately it goes to the writer and director, Michael Mann. Now please excuse me while I go and do my penance for never watching this whole movie before.
"Because she's got a GREAT ASS!"