Happy Halloween everybody! Kids are out trick or treating, adults are getting wasted at parties, and tonight, just in time for its 35th anniversary, we’re going to look at Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Now I know what you’re thinking, “Are you kidding me, out of all the classic horror movies tied into Halloween, you chose this one? Why?”. Yes, for before the Rob Zombie remake, this was the movie Halloween fans despised the most. But for some strange reason, I somehow think of Halloween whenever I think about this movie. I like it how director John Carpenter actually wanted to try something different instead of repeat the same plot over and over again, like other slasher franchises. So what’s the plot? After Halloween II killed off Michael Myers (for the time being), Halloween III starts fresh, with a new theme. A doctor named Daniel tends to a patient one night who seems to be acting weird. As he holds a pumpkin mask and says “They’ll kill us all!”. Later that night, a man breaks into the hospital and kills the patient, and then commits suicide by blowing himself up in a car. This begs him questions of that event. Eventually teaming up with the patient’s daughter, Ellie, he goes to a place that manufactured the mask the patient was holding, which is a small town called Santa Mira. He comes across the factory, Silver Shamrock, which apparently practices witchcraft and plans to air a commercial on TV that will kill children. So it’s up to Daniel and Ellie to stop the factory and save all the innocent lives of the children. Where do we get started? There’s a lot of stuff that happens in this movie. This includes a Stonehenge with mystical powers, robots that bleed orange juice, and masks that can literally squash your head into snakes and bugs. The kills in this movie are memorable. Besides the mask kill, there’s another one where a woman gets her face fried by a laser. Another one where a robot presses his fingers in a guy’s face and rips his nose out. Kills like that, instead of a guy just going around stabbing people. Here’s something that the film has balls for, to kill children! Now I’m not saying I like watching kids die, but I always see a horror movie better if it does stuff like that. In most horror flicks, we see adults get mangled and torn apart, but we never see that happen to kids. You could say that it’s to shocking or in bad taste, but I see it as being more realistic. In real life, kids would be more vulnerable than adults. The music is done by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth. Though not as iconic as the original Halloween theme, it still sets up the dark, overbearing tone the film has. Sometimes the tracks sound the same, but one is catchy as hell. That being the Silver Shamrock commercial theme. They play that a lot in the movie, and I swear to you, you’ll be singing “Happy, Happy Halloween, Silver Shamrock” all day long. I also would wear one of those masks. I don’t care if it would kill me, I’d still wear one. Speaking of which, you probably want to know how that all works. Well, the masks have a chip on them, disguised as the company’s logo, that would kill the victim by being activated by a signal during the Silver Shamrock commercial air on Halloween night. Sounds a bit complicated, but it’s actually kind of clever. Something as unexpected as a mask killing you, while a commercial which is on TV which several people watch, is logical. Do want to know where the chip’s power comes from? A Stonehenge! Yep, the company apparently got a Stonehenge, somehow. The villain, Conal Cochran, is a very James Bond-like bad guy. Even when he acts all polite, he still looks like he’s up to no good. He wants to preform the killing of kids because he believes in the old customs. Celticism, paganism, all that stuff. He loves the time when Halloween was all about sacrifices. That speech he gives to Daniel is so menacing. Just something about his voice and lighting jus make it sound so sinister. The ways he does is also memorable, but I won’t give it away, just see it for yourself. The other characters are just your typical, generic characters. Daniel is just the hero protagonist, Ellie is just the love-interest, and the others are just one-noted. Except for Cochran, the rest of them are pretty forgettable. The effects are for the most part good. They’re not on the level of Tom Savini or Rick Baker, but still are good. I also like it how there is no happy ending. Sure, in the first Halloween movie Michael Myers got away, but Laurie still stayed alive. At the end, right before Daniel can get all the TV channels to cancel the commercial, one channel still airs it. So not only do his children die, but nearly every kid in California, as well as the country. That is very ballsy! Plus, I always think of Halloween when I see this movie! The colors, atmosphere, and that catchy theme song always remind me of Hallows Eve. So this movie is actually okay, but many people didn’t have the same thoughts when it first came out back in 1982. It was decent at the box office, but critics didn’t like it, and fans were confused why Michael Myers wasn’t in it. John Carpenter later revealed in interviews that he wanted the series to be an anthology (then why did you make Halloween II a continuation of the first one). But because the reception was bad, they brought him back in the sequels. Honestly, I would have enjoyed it if it was an anthology series. Many other horror franchises just repeat the same plot over and over again. Considering how dumb the sequels became, we could have gotten different movies that celebrated the Halloween spirit, but alas, we never did. In recent years, the film as gained a cult following and a warmer reception from critics. When first the movie, I hated it like everyone else. Now that I’ve gave it a second chance, I think it’s the best Halloween sequel. I’m personally glad people have done the same. So that’s my review on Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Do you also think of Halloween when you see this movie? Let me know in the comments below. Hope you enjoyed it, follow me on Snapchat at bensuey3, and have a Happy Halloween! This is the Adolescent Critic signing.
Well we only have one more day till Halloween! So today we’re going to review movie with probably the most celebrated of monsters, the vampire. That movie being the silent horror classic, Nosferatu, for its 95th anniversary. What many consider to be one of if not the greatest vampire flicks ever made, and not just any vampire, Dracula. I saw this movie with a live score by the Invincible Czars at an awesome theater called the Alamo Drafthouse. But I’ll get to that later, let’s talk about the plot. A young man named Thomas Hutter is summoned by a mysterious man named Count Orlok. Orlok wants to move into a house right by Thomas and his wife, Ellen’s place. But Thomas soon realizes that Count Orlok is no ordinary man. Then he learns Orlok seeks Ellen and tries to trap him in his castle. So it’s up to Jonathan to stop the vampire and save Ellen. Though many consider it to technically be the first Dracula movie, technically, it is not. Director F.W. Murnau originally wanted to make a film adaptation of Dracula. However, author Bram Stoker’s widow was a bit feisty with the rights, so Murnau decided to make his own version in 1922. So he changed the character’s names and added a sub-plot about a deadly plague. But many English dubs kept the names same from the novel. Another thing people get wrong is thinking that it’s the first Dracula movie. The very first Dracula movie actually came out a year earlier in 1921, and it was called Dracula’s Death. However the film is lost and only a few grainy production photos have survived the test of time. So for now, this is the first available Dracula movie. Enough about that, what makes the film a classic? Well one of the things everyone remembers from this movie is actor Max Schreck’s eerie performance as Count Orlok. There were moments where I was convinced that I was not watching an actor playing a vampire, but that I was actually watching a vampire on screen. The movements he made were very creepy. Remember, this was before sound design was a thing, so the majority of silent horror had to revolve around visuals and movements to scare audiences. This movie is full of iconic shots. Like when Count Orlok’s shape fits through the doorway. Or when you see his shadow walk up the stairs. Or those long fingers stretching on the walls. It creates the iconic figure of Count Orlok. I also like the actor who plays Renfield, Alexander Granach. Yeah I know the character’s real name in the movie is Knock, but he’s basically just Renfield. Granach plays the part the way you’d expect Renfield would be on the big screen. Like Schreck, Granach used his body movements to play the character, and he did pretty well. The rest of the characters are the same ones from the novel. Ellen is Mina, Thomas is Jonathan, you get the gist. If you compare the plot to the text of the book, there’s barely a difference. There are some things that are different elements that weren’t in the book. Like I said earlier, there’s a sub-plot about a plague going around London. It really has no relevance to the story and is just there to avoid legal issues with the novel. It also lessens the inclusion of Abraham Van Helsing. Van Helsing is Dracula’s sworn enemy, so seeing the character being turned into a minor part. He’s still in the movie, but doesn’t show up till the end. But maybe that’s for the best. It’s really more about Thomas’s fight against Count Orlok, so having to introduce another character would probably slow down the pace. Sometimes the effects can get a little choppy, especially when Count Orlok is using his powers. Sometimes you can tell that there just pulling objects with strings like when to open doors. But the sometimes they use the classic technique of stop motion. Sadly, it is no where near Harryhausen quality. In one scene, Count Orlok is setting his supplies for the journey to London. When the lid of his coffin moves by itself, you can obviously tell that they mashed different photos together to make it look like the coffin was moving. Like the scenes where that demonstrate Count Orlok’s speed. When he goes to pick up Thomas in his carriage, they speed up the footage of the horses moving. Since we’re on that scene, did anyone else realize that Max Schreck was obviously playing the coachman in that scene? He was even in full makeup too. I don’t know if it was intentional or not. You can guess that it was him in disguise, but then there’s another scene where he talks about his servants. If you know the answer, then please tell me in the comments below. Also there’s a scene the town is chasing an escaped Renfield, when they confuse him for a scarecrow and demolish the Thing. Pretty sure the farmer wouldn’t like you damaging his property. But that’s just a nitpick. Overall, the film is a horror masterpiece. Great visuals, cinematography, and a terrifying performance from Max Schreck. The film is so iconic, that it has been the subject of parodies and tributes. Here’s some trivia for you. In honor of director Tobe Hooper’s passing this year, I’d like to talk about a homage he had in his own vampire flick. In Salem’s Lot, the character of Kurt Barlow bares a striking resemblance to Count Orlok. Hooper wasn’t the only director that was a fan of the Nosferatu. In Batman Returns, Tim Burton named Christopher Walken’s character after Max Schreck. So this film has a huge influence in the film industry. Now, let’s get to my screening. A lot of screenings of Nosferatu usually involve live scores. They do this with a ton of silent flicks, the most famous being Metropolis, which maybe I’ll get to someday. The band that did the score at my screening was the Invicible Czars. The Invicible Czars are a band from Austin, Texas who I guess do yearly concerts of this every since 2015. They do this at the Alamo Drafthouse, which is a theatre I’ve discovered this year and is now my favorite. They give a meal and a show, and every October they do reruns of classic horror movies. Another film I saw there this year was The Rocky Horror Picture Show (which I went over here: The Rocky Horror Picture Show Review). If you’re a horror fan and have an Alamo Drafthouse in your local area, then go check it out. The Invicible Czars’s album for the film isn’t available on Spotify or iTunes, and there’s barely any of it on YouTube. If you can get your hands on a CD of it, then get it. So that’s my review of Nosferatu. Have you also been to a screening with a live score of this? Let me know in the comments below. Hope you enjoyed it and follow me on Snapchat at bensuey3. In the meantime, tune in tomorrow for a review of another John Carpenter movie! This is the Adolescent Critic signing out.
Oh, if you want to know what “nosferatu” means. It’s Hungarian-Romanian for “vampire”. In case you wanted to know that.
Well the most highly anticipated TV show of the year has finally come out. And I think it’s good. It has the same good plot, characters, soundtrack, etc. There are also some new things to it. Stranger Things is one of my favorite shows of the 2010s so far. Where cinema is just reboots and sequels, TV is holding the torch right now in great content. So let’s get started, shall we? We’re back in Hawkins, Indiana with the same old characters, just a year after the first events. Will, the kid we last saw disappeared into the Upside Down, still can’t get over what happened in the last season (if you want to know more than read this: Stranger Things: Season 1 Review). Apparently there’s a new threat on the horizon, as a new monster known as the Mind Flayer keeps haunting poor Will. Meanwhile Dustin from the first season finds an creature which later turns out to be a Demogorgon, a new kid named Max who moved from California with her violent older brother, Billy; and Eleven is now living with Chief Hopper (played by David Harbour). Though I don’t think this season is as good as the last one, it still is pretty good. The actors are still great. David Harbour once again does a very good job playing Chief Hopper. This time he has to interact with Eleven who’s now living in hiding from the Hawkins Lab. I like the relationship between Hopper and Eleven, in the same way I liked the relationship between Wolverine and X-23 in Logan. She wants to be free and hang out with Mike, but Hopper won’t let her. Not because he’s abusive, but because he’s afraid of what’s going to happen to her if people find out about her abilities. Later Eleven wants to find out more about her past and ends up finding her mother, another subject of Hawkins Lab, and her real name, Jane. I also like the main story with Will being haunted and slowly taken over by the Mind Flayer. We have another solid performance by Winona Ryder as Will’s mother, Joyce, who’s now starting a new relationship with a guy named Bob. Plus Will’s brother, Jonathan, is back and throughout the season develops a romance between him and Mike’s older sister, Nancy. Speaking of Will, he actually gets more of a speaking role this time! In the last season, he acted more as a plot device and rarely talked or showed. He was definitely mentioned a lot, but wasn’t really in it that much. Now that’s changed, Will is center stage of it all. He’s the focus of the whole season. He’s the one that discovers the Mind Flayer and moves the plot along. Another character that’s expanded on was Dustin. At first he was just a comic relief from the dark, harsh reality that the show set up. While he still kind of is, he gets his own sub-plot this time. Dustin finds a strange creature one night and for the most part thinks it’s some sort of Pollywog. But despite the fact that it looks reptilian, it appearently hates light and heat. It keeps growing in size that eventually it turns out, holy sh*#, it’s a Demogorgon. Also there’s a new entry into the club known as Max. Max moved to Hawkins from California, due to messy divorce between her parents. Along with her is her harsh and violent brother, Billy. The character of Billy is just so cruel and antagonizing. At first I thought it was going to be like Steve from the first season where starts all douchey, but after discovering a about all the Upside Down stuff he’d lighten up and be helpful, but that Billy keeps being a douchebag. Plus I think he’s a little too insane. Unlike Steve where he just seems like the typical school bully, Billy is so harsh that he literally almost hit the main child characters with his car. He actually mistreats Max a lot by saying how she can never talk to her new friends. When he finally gets beat up at the end, it felt so good. I bet some of you who’ve watched the show want to know my thoughts on Bob. For the most part, he’s an okay character. He doesn’t really do anything till he has to reboot the power to Hawkins Lab at the end. Paul Reiser is in the show as the head scienctist at Hawkins Lab. He’s sort of a replacement for Matthew Modine’s character from the first season, but with a little more humanity in him. So that’s the characters, anything else? Well the music’s good again. I just like the techno sound that fits with the tone and setting. I like the setting and the horrifying world of the Upside Down. I like the new monster, the Mind Flayer. It’s this huge, spider-like being that basically rules the Upside Down. I also like it how the monster of the first season, is just one of the henchmen of this monster. Now that’s awesome. But it doesn’t help that the visual effects are still kind of crappy. It’s a bit improved, but still doesn’t look convincing. There was one scene where Eleven was walking through the school halls and it looked like she walked into a VR game. Plus I think it references the first season a little too much. Sure they have too because of the plot, but did they literally have to mention every single line and event. Oh look, Eleven said “mouth breather” like in the first season. Oh look, Mike’s Millennium Falcon toy from the first season. Oh look, Joyce is putting stuff around the house like in the first season. It’s like one of those sh*#y sequels to good movies that knows it’s sh*#, so it constantly references the first one. Except this season was good, so why did it do that? My least favorite episode was Episode 7. Eleven visits another psychic that was tortured by Hawkins Lab, but while that’s going on, Will, Joyce, Mike, and Chief Hopper are being attacked by Demogorgons at Hawkins Lab. So the cliffhanger the Episode 6 did apparently had to wait so you can show Eleven commit crimes with a gang in Chicago. It does give us some emotional scenes with Eleven, but most of it just seems pointless. Why do we need to spend time here if she’s going to go back to Hawkins anyway? But besides those flaws, it’s still a pretty good season. If you enjoyed the first season, then sit back, grab some Eggo Waffles, and watch season 2. So that’s my review of Stranger Things: Season 2. Did you enjoy it and want a third season? Let me know in the comments below. Hope you enjoyed it and follow me on Snapchat at bensuey3. This is Adolescent Critic signing out.
Well we only have 3 more days till Halloween, and today I think I’d pay my respects to my favorite monster, Godzilla. Now I know what you’re thinking, “Wait a minute, you love horror movies and spend most of the month of October talking about classics, and now you’re saying your favorite monster is Godzilla? This sounds way to similar to James Rolfe from Cinemassacre!” Yes, I know, and I dare say that Rolfe is one of my inspirations and inspired me to do this blog. He introduced me to Godzilla and lots of horror, so I wanted to do my own Monster Madness. Basically stating, I love horror just as much as Rolfe does, and I want to do tributes too. Back to the blog. As a little boy, what was more cooler than giant monster fights. Huge bohemoths knocking into each other, smashing buildings, and just exploding sh*#, genius! Come on, why do you think Power Rangers has been reincarnated so many times? The king of these monsters is Godzilla. The giant, atomic breathing beast that has been rampaging through Japan since 1954. Today, we’re going to pay respects to him. Like I said, Godzilla debuted back in 1954 with his first motion picture, Gojira. Though the big G is mostly associated with cheesy monster flicks, his first movie actually took itself very serious and dealt with realistic issues. Godzilla is a metaphor for nuclear weapons and man’s mistreatment of them. Many G fans claim that this is the best out of the franchise. And I do agree. I often consider it to be one of my favorite movies. Nearly everything about the movie is great. From the effects, cinematography, acting, and a score by Akira Ifukube. The film was so great, that it got a nomination for best picture in the Japanese Academy Prizes. Though it’s known as Gojira in its native country, in the US it is dubbed as Godzilla: King of the Monsters with added scenes including actor Raymond Burr. But the dark and serious tone the first film set up was killed with the 1955 sequel, Godzilla Raids Again. Every good thing the first one had was immediately butchered in this one. This is your typical cheesy 50s B movie. The only thing new it did was give Godzilla a monster to fight. The name of the other monster is Anguirus, a hedgehog looking monster that fights Godzilla like a wild dog. After that, Godzilla wouldn’t return till a decade later. Between then the studio, Toho, were making other giant monster flicks like Rodan, Mothra, Varan the Unbelievable, etc. But none were as successful as the Godzilla movies. So Toho brought him back in 1962 an epic showdown with King Kong! King Kong vs. Godzilla put Japan’s greatest monster against America’s greatest monster. Though they don’t fight till the end of the film, when they do, it’s a kaiju (which is Japanese for giant monsters) fan’s delight. The film was such a success, that throughout the 60s and early 70s, Godzilla got his first film series with the Showa era. The Showa era was the Godzilla series that began with Gojira in 1954, to Terror of Mechagodzilla in 1975. These Godzilla movies were cheesy, stupid, but fun (most of time). It involved crossovers with Rodan and Mothra, and introduced good G villains. Like Mechagodzilla, a robot version of Godzilla that’s armed with laser eyes, finger missiles, toe missiles, lightning beams, and even a force-field. But the best villain has to be Ghidorah. Ghidorah is a three-headed dragon from outer space who breathes gravity beams (which is basically just lightning) out of his mouths. In his debut in 1964 with Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster, he has been known by G fans to be Godzilla’s arch nemesis. He’s so powerful, that it took the likes of Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra just to take him down the first time. But of course, there’s the downs of the era. To me, the good stuff ended in 1965 with Invasion of the Astro-Monster (or Godzilla vs. Monster Zero), and the bad stuff began in 1966 with Ebirah: Horror of the Deep (or Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster). At this point, Toho lost the directing Ishiro Honda, the effects work of Eiji Tsuburaya and the music of Akira Ifukube. Because of this, many of the preceding Showa films were cheap, dumb, and geared towards kids. Want proof? Well, the first film without the three, Ebirah: Horror of the Deep, had terrible effects, a dated 60s score, and a plot that is literally about Godzilla fighting a giant shrimp named Ebirah. So yeah, the films got really stupid. Eventually, they introduced a son of Godzilla named Minilla, who debuted in 1967 with Son of Godzilla. Soon the villains got stupider. In Godzilla vs. Hedorah (or Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster), the monster, Hedorah, is a creature spawned from pollution, and literally looks like a giant turd. It got so bad that they literally did an environmentally aware message in one of the movies. Then there is Godzilla vs. Megalon where Godzilla teams up with an Ultraman rip-off named Jet Jaguar to fight a bomb-spitting, drill-hand bug named Megalon and a weird alien creature named Gigan with hook-hands and a buzz saw on its chest. But the crowning achievement of shlock goes to All Monsters Attack (or Godzilla’s Revenge) in 1969. It’s soooooo bad that I’m not even gonna talk about the plot or anything because you’ll probably damage half of your brain just reading about it. Luckily the Showa era ended fine with Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla in 1974 and Terror of Mechagodzilla in 1975. However, Terror of Mechagodzilla became known as the lowest grossing Godzilla movie of all time, ending the Showa era. But in the next decade in 1984, Godzilla returned with The Return of Godzilla (or Godzilla 1985). The interesting thing about this one is the fact that it ignores all that happened in the Showa era, except for the first one. Plus it was a return to the the franchise’s dark roots, throwing out all the kiddy bull. Though many fans tend to dislike this one, I don’t mind it compared to other installments. When this movie proved to be a big success, it started another Godzilla era, the Heisei era. This is my personal favorite era. It was dark and grim, yet knew when to dial it back for the monster fights. The effects are the best in the franchise. The Heisei era began with The Return of Godzilla in 1984, to Godzilla vs. Destoroyah in 1995. Toho rebooted a lot of the classic G characters, like Mothra, Rodan, Mechagodzilla, and of course, Ghidorah. In Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah in 1991, the plot involves time traveling to the past to erase Godzilla from history. Apparently Godzilla was a regular dinosaur before the atom bomb turned him into what he is. G fans refer to the dinosaur as the Godzillasaurus. But the time travelers betray the Japanese government and create Ghidorah instead. But Godzilla still happens and he fights Ghidorah and blasts one of his heads off and tears a hole through his wing. But don’t worry, Ghidorah comes back as a cyborg, and you can call him Mechaghidorah. The Mothra reboot isn’t bad either. Besides Godzilla fighting Mothra again, they also introduce Battra, an evil version of Mothra that wants to destroy the world for polluting Earth. Yeah it’s another environmentally aware message again, but the film ha good things that distract from it. That film did so great at the box office that Mothra got her own new spinoff movies with the Rebirth of Mothra trilogy. Then the Mechagodzilla reboot came out and also rebooted Rodan and a much more cooler version of Godzilla’s son named Godzilla Jr. But besides the reboots, there also were some original characters too. Like Biolante who’s a plant version of Godzilla. Or Spacegodzilla who’s an alien version or Godzilla. Yeah a lot of them spawned from Godzilla’s DNA, but it was still cool. But all good things must come to an end, and the Heisei era ended with 1995’s Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. For a film about a radioactive, mutated dinosaur fighting a beast that looks like the devil, it actually made me a little sad. Toho decided to kill off Godzilla in an epic battle to the death. Godzilla’s heart is literally melting down because of all the radiation, and at the same time, he has to fight a monster named Destoroyah who was spawned from the oxygen destroyer, which is the device that killed Godzilla in the very first movie in 1954. Godzilla Jr. is fully grown up and has a reunion with his father, only to be interrupted by Destoroyah who kills him and nearly kills Godzilla. Seeing Godzilla literally die on screen was saddening for me to watch. It actually made me cry just watching Godzilla melting away. Originally, Godzilla was supposed to fight the ghost of the original Godzilla from the first movie. It probably would have been stupid, but it would be interesting. So it seemed like the Godzilla had made his last movie. That is until that sh*# director Rolan Emmerich thought he could make a kaiju flick with a monster that looks like a giant, Jay Leno iguana, and call it Godzilla. And that sucked, so Toho brought Godzilla back with Godzilla 2000 in 1999. That was a success and that launched a new Godzilla era known as the Millennium era. It lasted from Godzilla 2000 in 1999, to Godzilla: Final Wars in 2004. Similar to the Heisei era, the Millennium era ignored everything that happened before it except the very first one and rebooted a lot of classic monsters like Mothra, Ghidorah, and Mechagodzilla, but also introduced new ones like Orga and Megaguirus. Nothing to much to really say about this one except it’s bad CG mixed with cheesy fun like in the Showa era. So basically it’s a combination of the Showa and Heisei eras. Godzilla: Final Wars was a good ending to the series. It had all the characters: Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, Anguirus, Gigan, Ghidorah, etc. in an all out monster brawl. But once again, it wasn’t the end. Now in the 2010s, Godzilla is back in two different film universes. There’s the American reboot back in 2014, and Toho rebooted it last year in 2016 with Shin Godzilla. Oh, and Shin Godzilla actually won best picture this time! So the Godzilla franchise is still going strong after all these years. Besides film, the big G has appeared in comics, TV shows, and tons of merchandise. It seems Godzilla will never die out any time soon. All hail the king of the monsters. So that’s my opinions on the Godzilla franchise. This will probably go down as my longest post ever. Are you also a G fan? Let me know in the comments below. Hope you’ve enjoyed it and follow me on Snapchat at bensuey3. This is the Adolescent Critic signing out.
In memory of Haruo Nakajima
You know, I need a break from all these gothic and gorey horror flicks I’ve been watching this month. I need something a little bit more light, but still keeps the horror spirit intact. I need something a little bit more fun instead of dark and depressing. I need something like, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. That’s right, today we’re going to be talking about what many consider the greatest midnight movie of all time! Now before you Rocky Horror fans start saying “Don’t make fun of RHPS! It’s supposed to be a movie-going experience that you don’t criticize and just sit back and enjoy with the audience. Well yes, I know, and before you ask, I have been to a screening before and I will go over that later. So don’t get your fishnets in a twist! Also keep in mind that this is a critic blog. It’s my job to review and analyze movies. So let’s stop beating around the bush and get to the plot. Brad and Janet (played by Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon) are fiancées who get lost in a storm. There car gets a flat tire and they decide to take refuge in a nearby mansion. Once they enter they come across very strange people who are led by Frank N. Furter (played by Tim Curry) who’s an alien/vampire/transvestite/mad scientist. The rest of the movie is full of singing, sex, and tons of movie references. Like I brought up, this is the kind of movie you see in a theater and interact with cosplaying fans and sing along to the music numbers. Because when you see by yourself, like I did at first, it’s not as fun and easier to see the film’s flaws. There are definitely good things in it. Though it does not consider itself a horror movie, it is jam packed with references to classic horror and science fiction. They do this with the set design, with all the inspiration from classic film. The most obvious being the references to Frankenstein. The character of Frank N. Furter is an allegory for Dr. Frankenstein with him being a scientist and all. The man he creates, Rocky Horror, is an allegory for The Frankenstein Monster. Even Furter’s servant, Riff Raff, is an allegory for the hunchback assistant (most famous of them being Igor). Speaking of Furter, may I say that Tim Curry is an absolute darling in this movie. He is definitely the best part of the whole film. He has the best character, the best song number, and he’s the one that every RHPS fan cosplays as. Tim Curry is one of those actors that is always enjoyable no matter what he’s in. Whether he’s the scary (but not really) clown Pennywise in It (1990), or the man-child Nigel Thornberry on The Wild Thornberrys, he’s always a delight to watch. This is no exception, this is probably his best performance. He’s energetic and always has over-the-top line deliveries. I love the way he says Rocky Horror’s name. The rest of the actors are either about the same, or just acting normally. Bostwick and Sarandon do give good performances as their characters, but they’re overshadowed by all the rest of the characters. By the way, actor/singer Meatloaf appears as the rambunctious Eddie, and is only there for a for a 2 minute song number and isn’t really worked into the plot until the end of the film. But I know some of you want to know my opinions on the songs. To me, the best kinds of musicals are the ones that make the songs move the plot along. Rather than brief interruptions to get people to buy the soundtrack. Fortunately, the film isn’t like that. Not only do the songs move the plot, but also works as character introductions. Like how Furter’s song, Sweet Transvestite, presents him as flamboyant and weird. Or how Eddie’s song, Hot Pootie (Bless my Soul), presents him as crazy and out-of-control. The only song I think isn’t important is, oddly enough, Time Warp. I know, probably the most celebrated song by fans is the most pointless. Also, after a while, you realize that the songs sound pretty similar. After hearing one rock song, you get another one later that has the same melody. Though the plot seems simple, it later gets convoluted. Like when Furter’s rival scientist, Dr. Scott, wants revenge for Furter killing and eating his son. Or how Riff Raff and the maid, Magenta, have plans to kill Furter as well. Plus it can get really silly too. Boy am I going to get a lot of hate comments by RHPS fans, aren’t I? So it has its ups, and its downs, but like I said you’re not supposed to take it seriously. This is the kind of movie you’re not supposed to think hard about and just sit back and enjoy the show. Like a lot of the popcorn, summer blockbusters that come out every year. So that’s my review on The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but now, let’s talk about my screening of the film. I thought in order to review this movie, I had to see it in a theatre with an audience like it’s supposed to be. You’re supposed to bring props. Luckily the theatre I was at gave me props. This included a water gun to fire water during the storm scene, a party hat for Rocky’s birthday party, a confetti popper for Furter and Rocky’s wedding, etc. There was a ceremony in beginning for all the virgins. For those who don’t know, virgins are the people who’ve never been to a screening of the movie before. The ceremony involved the virgins going in front of the audience and blowing red balloons, then a man dressed up as Frank N. Furter came around popping them, as if to symbolize our cherries being popped. I think it would be more wise to do it at the end of the movie, but I don’t make the rules. Of course there were fans heckling at the screen. One man in front was read into it. He’s always got up and lead the audience to yell at the screen. The same way a composer leads his orchestra. It’s obvious that he has seen the movie a million times because he knew every movement and every line. And overall, I had tons of fun! The only other movie that has screenings like this is Killer Klowns from Outer Space. So now’s the end. Are you a RHPS virgin, or not? Let me know in the comments below. Hope enjoyed it and follow me on Snapchat at bensuey3. This is the Adolescent Critic signing out.
I’ve seen many alien invader movies in my life, but none as good as the one I’m reviewing today. Just in time for its 35th anniversary, we’re going to take a look at John Carpenter’s The Thing from 1982. As some of you fellow horror fans know, this film is based on the short story by John W. Campbell called Who Goes There?, and the loose adaptation in 1951, The Thing from Another World. This film may have bombed at the box office upon its release, but over time it has gained a huge cult following and is now considered a science fiction classic. Does it deserve a recognition like that? Well, let’s find out today! The plot is about a group of reasearch scientists who are camped out in Antarctica at the their base, Outpost 31. They take in a sled dog that was being shot at by Norwegians. They soon realize that this is no ordinary dog and learn that it is a shapeshifting alien creature that takes the form of whatever it kills. Throughout the rest of film high tension takes its form and it’s up to the scientists to survive. Let’s get started on the positives. The effects are amazing! I often think the 80s were a great time for special effects and if you need proof, then look no further than this movie. The effects were done by Rob Botton (previous work includes The Howling, Fight Club, and even Game of Thrones) who was a big fan of Carpenter’s work and even gotten the part of a ghost pirate in some of his previous work, The Fog. Botton worked day and night achieving these effects, frequently sleeping at the Universal Studio. You know what, it was all worth it because the effects are the best part about it. The ingredients they used to achieve these effects were rubber, foam latex, gelatin, creamed corn, mayonnaise, strawberry jam, and KY Jelly. Arguably the greatest moment of the movie is a defibrillator chest chomp scene. In this scene, one of scientists, named Norris, presumably died. The crew’s medical doctor tried to defibrillate Norris (who is secretly the Thing) back to life but on one of the tries, Norris’s stomach opens up, revealing a sharp-toothed mouth and bites the doctor’s arms off in a bloody mess. The effect required a lot of time and effort in order to pull it off. Botton and crew designed a molded fiber glass dummy that looked so similar to Norris that even the actor who played the doctor, Richard Dysart, thought that was the actual actor on the table. The effect would involve an amputee stuntman plunging his fake arms into the dummy’s chest which would then open the mouth and bite off the fake arms. Then the mouth would start to spout viscera when the the Thing would pop out of the mouth. However the first time, the effect didn’t work. The first time the Thing was supposed to jump out of the mouth, the viscera exploded like a fountain in Las Vegas as Carpenter described it. So the effects crew had to spend more hours restarting the thing. It took so long to get done that the cast got so aggravated and bored. As actor Wilford Brimley put it, “It’s all about the rubber man!”. But during the second time around, the effect was finally achieved and because of it we have one of the greatest effects in film history. But enough about the effects, is there anything else good about the film? Well, the film has this dark atmosphere that fits the tension and mood the film presents itself as. You get some great acting for the characters. I totally believed that they were all aguing and not just actors trying to argue. They were probably so tired and frustrated on set. Plus the score is pretty good. Usually Carpenter does the Score for his movies, yet here it was a slight collaboration between him and legendary composer Ennio Morricone. For those who don’t know, Morricone has done a lot of the scores to classic spaghetti westerns like A Fisful of Dollars, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly; and Once Upon a Time in the West. I listened to the soundtrack this year and it (like the atmosphere) fits the tone perfectly. My favorite track, Bestiality, is sadly not featured in the movie. I don’t know if there was no way to put it in, or it planned to be in a scene that later had to be deleted, but never the less, it’s not in the film. But you know who else likes it? Quentin Tarantino! In fact he put it in one of his movies, that being 2015’s Hateful Eight. Which also has Morricone doing the score and has Kurt Russel staring in the film too. Oh yeah, let’s get to that. Kurt Russel stars as the film’s lead, MacReady. MacReady is the one who takes over the group and spends most of the film trying to figure out who is the Thing diguised as. Russel gives a good performance as MacReady, and everyone else is good as well. Keith David was good as the hotheaded Childs. Plus Wilford Brimley is good as the mysterious Dr. Blair. The main problem that people keep pointing out is that the film mostly focuses on the effects, more than the characters. Don’t get me wrong, the effects are fantastic but it does overwhelm the character development. Which is a shame because there are some characters that could be interesting if the film took time to develop them. Like the keeper of the sled dogs, Clark. He kind of has an obsession with the dogs, especially the one the Thing disguises itself as. I guess the film hinted that he had beastiality, but it’s never fully explained. Not that I want to see it happen, but that want an explanation why he was obsessed with them. Plus the pacing can get a bit slow at times. Overall this is a good movie. I’m glad that it has gained a strong cult status and got the recognition it deserves. But don’t get me started on that sh*#y 2011 prequel! When I first sat down and watched it, I predicted that it would be a cg filled, jumpscare fest that would constantly piggyback off Carpenter’s. Guess what, I was 100% correct! You are so desperate and cynical in your approach to literally not call yourself anything else and use the exact same title. Luckily nearly everyone has forgotten about that piece of garbage and still watches this one. So does it deserve the recognition? Yes, and it is my absolute favorite alien invader movie of all time! So that’s my review on The Thing (1982). Is it also one of your favorite science fiction movies? Let me know in the comments below. Hope you enjoyed it and for all you Thing fans out there, happy 35th anniversary! I also want to give a shoutout to Cinefix for that awesome info on the defibrillator chest chomp scene. If you want to know even more about that then go watch their video called The Thing’s Defibrillator Chest Chomp-Art of the Scene and subscribe to their YouTube channel! Plus follow me on Snapchat at bensuey3! This is the Adolescent Critic signing out.
I concept that I think can be a little scary is alien invasions. There more advanced than us and can wipe out the whole planet out in seconds. But most of these movies are usually cheesy and stupid. Unlike the past horror subjects I went over have a timeline that I can pin-point where it began and ended, alien invaders have never lost steam. They have been around since HG Wells wrote War of the Worlds back in 1897. And they’re still invading box office profits today. So let’s go over it today. I’m not including the ones where we got to them like the Alien franchise, or the ones where they’re just coming down to make contact like in Arrival and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. No, we’re going over the ones that come down to blow sh*# up. Though the alien invader genre started back in the late 1890s, they weren’t big in cinema until the atomic age in the 50s. At this point, people were no longer afraid of old stories of deformities or supernatural like the Universal Monsters (which I also went over if you want to know my opinions on that here Opinions on Classic Universal Horror, wink wink), but instead more realistic horrors that revolved around science. So the 50s was a great time for the science fiction genre. But the majority of them were alien invader movies. Though most of them are known to be dumb and corny, there are some really good ones. The best for me are the ones that has the legendary Ray Harryhausen doing the effects like Earth vs. the Flying Saucers. I don’t need to say much about the plot because it’s sounds exactly as the title puts it. It’s us humans in a war with flying saucers, and ends up in an awesome attack on Capital Hill in the climax. Harryhausen does a great job with the effects and actually gives them sort of a personality. The saucers are so iconic that director Tim Burton spoofed them in Mars Attacks. Another one that Harryhausen did the effects on was 20 Million Miles to Earth. The plot of that movie is a space ship crashes into Earth that came from Venus. People find the ship and discover an egg that hatches an alien creature known as the Ymir. Though it starts out as the size of a kitten, it keeps growing and growing til it’s King Kong sized and goes on a rampage through Rome. Unlike most alien invasion movies where the alien(s) just come down to destroy things on purpose, the Ymir is just a confused creature that only attacks when it’s provoked. Of course being humans we have to attack it and it goes crazy. You do feel bad for it in the end like King Kong, so guess it’s liken King Kong meets alien invader movie. Harryhausen brings the Ymir to life with his signature stop-motion animation. But enough about Harryhausen’s work, what about other good ones. 20 Million Miles to Earth is an example of an alien invader where instead of a war between humans and aliens, it can be about one alien creature that comes down and gets hostile on us. Probably the most famous of them is The Blob from 1958. The plot is based around some sort of jello looking monster that comes down in a meteorite and is discovered by a teenage couple and cunsumes them. It keeps consuming until it basically swallows a whole town. And it’s up to Steve McQueen to stop it. The Blob is another one of those iconic movie monsters that has gained millions of fans. Every year people go to the movie theatre where the most famous scene takes place and celebrate the movie. It’s known as Blob Fest. But the most famous alien invader movies are the ones with social commentary in them like Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The film is about a town that gets invaded by aliens that come from pod plants that kill people and take there shape. The film is a commentary on the whole Communist Spy demographic that was very popular back in those days, where the aliens disguise themselves as ordinary people. The film has been parodied several times as well. Probably my favorite is a Bugs Bunny cartoon titled Invasion of the Carrot Snatchers where Bugs’s enemies, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, etc., are taken over by aliens and good old Bugs doesn’t like it so tries to stop them. Also there’s the adaptation of War of the Worlds in 1953 where basically it’s also about the Cold War and the nuclear arms race but it’s kind of hard to see at first. The reason why I like the film is for it’s flashy effects with its aliens who pilot the typical flying saucers instead of the tripods like in the novel. But of course the best one of them all is The Day the Earth Stood Still in 1951. I consider this one of the best films to come out of the decade. It centers around an alien named Klaatu who comes down to Earth to offer peace and to end the Cold War. Of course being humans we don’t listen and shoot him. That’s when he releases his robot, Gort, who is armed with a laser beam that can disintegrate anything from existence. You know it’s a huge rookie mistake when you fire at a person who literally has an unstoppable killing machine at his side. Though it is obviously a commentary on the Cold War, there is also a bit of commentary comparing Klaatu to Jesus Christ. Censors found this out and had them put in a scene where they state that Klaatu isn’t an allegory to Christ. But we all know what they were doing. The film is iconic for Gort and the phrase “Klaatu barada nikto” which has been used several times in different mediums. As well as just being an achievement in film in general. But of course, there are really, really bad ones. Like Invaders from Mars where it follows a kid and his father get abducted by stupid looking aliens from Mars. Or how about The Giant Claw which is an alien invader disguised as a giant monster flick, and I dare to look up the monster and laugh your ass off. But the worst has to be Plan 9 from Outer Space. An Ed Wood movie that is so ridiculous that it is known as one of those so bad that it’s good movies that are very popular. After the 50s, alien invaders were no longer as relevant as they were before. There were remakes like Invasion of the Body Snatchers but there was no original ones like Alien did we get new alien invaders, mostly overly cheesy ones like Nightbeast and The Deadly Spawn. But for every bad one you had a good one like They Live, a film about aliens who disguise themselves as ordinary people in order to advance there race and it’s up to Rowdy Roddy Piper and Keith David to end their reign. Plus there was Predator, a film about a badass alien that kills humans for sport and it takes the badass Arnold Schwarzenegger to stop it. Because of that movie, the 90s and early 2000s had more alien invaders. Besides Mars Attaks, there was also 1993’s Fire in the Sky, a disturbing take on a supposedly real alien abduction back in the 70s. M Night Shyamalan’s highly overrated Signs. But we all know the one that was most successful was 1996’s Independence Day. I know many of you like this and it’s a popcorn flick that you’re not supposed to question but just sit back and enjoy, but this is a review website so it’s my job to criticize movies no matter what they are. Besides the effects and good performances from Will Smith and Bill Pullman, it is a dumb film full of every single cliche and stereotype. So alien invaders have sticked around for a long time and have no signs of dying out any time soon. Even though nowadays it’s mostly remakes and sequels, it still is here to stay. So now we must ask the question. What is my favorite alien invader? Well tune in tomorrow to find out! So those are my opinions on alien invaders. What’s your favorite? Leave it in the comments below. Hope you enjoyed it and follow me on Snapchat at bensuey3. This is the Adolescent Critic signing out.
Originally I was going to do a Retro Review today, but I wanted to put out my review of Friday the 13th on Friday. So I wanted to fill the gap so I decided to go over one of my favorite shows, Stranger Things. Ever since the the trailer for season 2 popped up, everyone has been going crazy! We’ve got only 2 weeks left till Netflix releases it. So I thought I’d give my sypnosis on season 1 to prepare you for season 2. The plot takes place in 1983 in a small town in Indiana where four boys, Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and Will. Will goes home one night and is attacked by a huge creature. The next day he goes missing, leaving everyone pondering where he went. One night the boys go out looking for him when they come across a mysterious girl who’s named Eleven (they call her “El” for short). Through her they discover a lot more about what possibly happened to Will and eventually get involved with a secret organization and a the creature that they they prefer to as the Demogorgon. On the flip side we have Will’s mother (played by Winona Ryder) struggling to find will and coming across mysterious things in her house, an officer (played by David Harbour) who griefs over the loss of his daughter, and a group of teenagers who are investigating the disappearance of a girl named Barbara. Ever since it came out in the summer of 2016, everyone was nuts over it. People were telling me to watch it! So finally during Spring Break of this year I decided to sit down and watch it and I finished it over night. No joke, I was instantly hooked within the first 10 minuets of the first episode. A lot of times I often dose off at some point while watching a show. Usually if it was a lackluster episode or I got bored with it. However I was interested in every scene in this show. The characters are well developed, the story is intriguing, the music is good, nearly everything about it is great! I’m actually amazed they managed to make great performances out of child actors. The most interesting of the kids being El. Apparently she has telekinesis and a pretty interesting backstory that you’ll have to see the show in order to fully understand it. Plus there’s a whole product tie-in with Eggo Waffles and her which I guess worked seeing most fans associate it with her character. Plus the other kids are all good at their roles. But what about the adult actors? Some of the people I don’t like Winona Ryder’s performance as Will’s mother but I think it was appropriate. I mean wouldn’t you go a little crazy if your son went missing and you saw all this crazy crap happen around your house. And David Harbour is great a Chief Hopper. Sure the whole depressed cop over a family death is cliche, but the clever writing mixed in with Harbour’s fantastic performance makes the character so great. Plus the teenage actors are pretty good also like Will’s older brother, Jonathan, and Barbara because of all those fan theories on YouTube. Another thing that really love is the music. The music is composed in 80s synth which fits in with the the tone and setting of the show. In fact the show is a huge homage to a lot of the classic films from the decade, most notably are ET and Poltergeist with taking place in the suburbs of the early 80s. Plus some of the Stephen King novels like It. I can see why the show was such a monster hit because it tapped into a lot of people’s nostalgia. But no matter how much they show it, it never really felt like tact on like in It (2017). It just fits fits with the homage. They only I thought wasn’t too good was the visual effects for the Demogorgon. I know the budget for a TV show is usually not as big as a movie’s but couldn’t you make it a little bit more convincing than looking like it jumped out of my Xbox One. Judging by the the trailers for Season 2 they’re not getting any better. But besides that this show is awesome. I’m glad I actually watched this because it has to be one of my favorite shows of all time. Like everyone else I am excited for Season 2. My best hope is that it one become overly memed like other popular shows like Rick and Morty. Which I’ll probably go over at some point in time. So that was my review on Season 1 of Stranger Things. Are you excited for Season 2? Leave it in the comments below. Hope you enjoyed this review and make sure to follow me on Snapchat @ bensuey3. This is the Adolescent Critic signing out!
When you turn on the TV in October, what do you usually see? Slasher movies! You know the whole those gorey, dirty, stabby slasher flicks that horror fans love. So, today, we’ll be going over slasher movies, let’s begin. Slasher films are defined by a plot that centers around a killer with a body count going around slashing people. Where did it all start? Well us horror fans know it started in the 70s but no one can really say which movie created the genre. Some say it was with Texas Chainsaw Massacre in 1974. However despite the title, there’s not many kills or that much gore. In fact, the only chase scene comes at the end. To me, the slasher genre started with Black Christmas also in 1974 but was kind of popularized with Jaws in 1975. Yeah I know you are all tired of me talking about Spielberg on this blog but come on, his work is so legendary that it’s hard to avoid it. And I personally do think this can be considered a slasher movie. Seeing how the shark goes around killing people in the water, so that’s what I think. But the one film that really knocked it into 12 gear was none other than Halloween in 1978. The film instantly became a horror classic. From the acting, cinematography, music, and just all around good scares. So of course being Hollywood, they wanted more films like that one. This resulted in several clones, most notably is Friday the 13th. Which I already did a review in case you want to see my thoughts on it. But for every cheap ripoff, there was one that did something original with the genre. One of these being Wes Craven’s Nightmare on Elm Street. The slasher villain in that movie was Freddy Kruger who has the power to literally go into your dreams and kill you. And when are you more vulnerable than when you’re sleeping. Robert England’s performance was so bone chilling that it terrified a generation of 80s kids upon the film’s release in 1984. A lot of slasher villains were mostly supernatural beings. Besides Freddy Kruger there was also Jason Voorhees, Candyman, and probably the most gruesome of them all, Pinhead from the Hellraiser franchise. I just watched the first Hellraiser movie this year and it was so graphic that for a person who has sat through Evil Dead II and Brain Dead, that movie made mean feel a little queasy. Pinhead is a part of a species called “cenobites” that live in a world where pleasure and pain are one in the same. Like his name says he literally has pins and needles in his head. But sometimes a slasher villain doesn’t have to be a living being. It could just be an object. Like Chucky from the Child’s Play. Though I personally think the films are silly, a lot of people like them. I will admit Brad Dourif’s performance as Chucky is good. Also there was the Puppetmaster series which I also think is stupid but people like it fine. But don’t worry, we’re gonna go over some crappy ones. Like Pumpkinhead, which is about a creature that doesn’t even have a pumpkin for a head and looks like a discount xenomorph. Or how about Leprechaun which centers around Warwick Davis playing a killer leprechaun that kills people in the most embarrassing ways. At one point puncturing a guy’s chest with a pogo stick. Or Phantasm who’s protagonist is a frail old guy from another dimension who kills people with flying, silver balls. Plus all the the good ones getting tons a crappy sequels. So it’s time to wrap this up. The last good slasher flick came in 1996 with Scream. Wes Craven decided to end the slasher genre with this film and it totally shows. The plot is about a group of young horror fans who are killed one by one by a figure named Ghostface who does it by calling each of them up and asking them horror questions. So obviously it’s an homage to all the classics and it did end the genre with a bang. So what’s my final opinions on slasher movies? Well there are some bad ones but there are some that are really good. Hell, some of the sequels to Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street are pretty good too. But just like every new horror craze, most of them are cash grabs but once in a while you’ll get one that breaks the mold. Like remember when The Last Broadcast came out and inspired two guys to the overrated The Blair Witch Project and inspired a whole genre of crap except for Cloverfield. Now comes the final question, what’s my favorite? Probably Ridley Scott’s Alien, if you want to know why than check out my review of that also. So those are my opinions on slasher movies. What’s your favorite slasher movie? Leave it in the comments below. Hope you enjoyed it and follow me on Snapchat at bensuey3. This is the Adolescent Critic signing out!
Boy did I plan this out well. For today is, literally, Friday the 13th. Let’s review none other than the slasher cult classic, Friday the 13th. For those who don’t know, the Friday the 13th franchise is a popular series of horror movies that nearly always of the plot of teenagers are at a barely habited location (most often a camp) when a killer starts killing them one by one. Guess what. That is actually the plot summary of this movie! I know it sounds so cliched and generic. Like the stuff Joss Whedon made fun of in Cabin in the Woods. Butback then it was a relatively new setting for a horror movie. But that and the twist ending, which I’ll go over later, are the only things original this film offers. So like I said you have this group of teen stereotypes, one of them played by then newcomer Kevin Bacon, are out in the woods getting a camp set up for when kids come. Everybody tells them that the camp sight is cursed but they don’t listen. So what do you know, a killer attacks them. You can bet your bottom dollar that you won’t even remember these characters by the time you finish this movie. It’s so easy to figure out who’s gonna die. Oh this one is a redneck hillbilly, looks like he’s going first. Oh look, this one is cheating on her boyfriend, guess she’s gonna die nude. Wait a minute, this girl is clean and a virgin, she’s the one that’s going to live. And guess what, they’re all idiots. Another thing is that if I saw this back in 1980 instead of now where it’s a global franchise, I’m pretty sure I would constantly compared it to John Carpenter’s Halloween. Think about it the our leads being kids, a slasher villain, titled as a date, POV shots from the killer, gorey kills, this film is basically a trashier version of Halloween. I know it sounds like this film sucks but there are some good things. Like the gore effects are really good. Tom Savini, who did the effects on Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead, does a great job handling the effects. Plus the one thing that separates it from Halloween, the twist ending. Don’t read any further if you want to see the movie and don’t want spoilers! For the rest of us, here we go! Throughout the film, we’re supposed to suspect that the killer is the boy who drowned in the 50s (who would later be known as Jason Voorhees). But at the end where of course the virgin is the only one alive, it is revealed that it is not Jason, but his mother, Pamela Voorhees. She tells the whole backstory of Jason’s untimely death (or what we’re led to believe) and actually is the only person to get the slightest of character development. Basically her son’s death has drove her insane and now she gets revenge by killing the camp counselors because two counselors ignored Jason when he was drowning. So in a time where horror protagonists were dominated by men, this cheap slasher flick actually tried to do something different. Too bad they ruined it with a cliched cliffhanger that confirmed that Jason is still alive and of course in the army of sequels this film got, he completely took over the villain role and became one of most popular slasher villains of all time. Way to ruin your credibility movie! So that’s my review of Friday the 13th and though it’s not as bad as some of its later follow-ups, it’s still not that good. It’s not bad, but it’s definitely not great either. I know a lot of horror fans love this movie but thought it was mediocre. But I won’t stop you from enjoying this movie. I hope you enjoyed this review and I’ll see you tomorrow for another special post. This is the Adolescent Critic signing out!