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Review of Night of the Living Dead

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Night of the Living DeadRating: ★★★★½☆☆☆☆☆

Review

Johnny and Barbra go to place flowers on their fathers grave in a rural Pennsylvania graveyard. Something odd and unexplained starts to happen during their trip and the recently deceased start to get up and attack the living; eating their flesh. Our main characters run to an old abandoned farm house and hole up hoping to last through the night. Soon other survivors begin to emerge from the surrounding area. They must learn to ban together and fight for survival and peace among themselves in order to survive the night of the living dead.

Reason to Watch

This movie made the zombie sub genre start. George Romero did a fantastic job on this low budget, yet thought provoking, film. Definitely worth the watch.

Context

This movie was set, and shot, in Zelienople, Pennsylvania. It was shot in black and white in 1968. Also noted, the film has an impact on the Vietnam era along with some noted racism issues.

Most Memorable Quote(s)

Johnny: “They’re coming to get you, Barbra!”
Ben: “Now get the hell down in the cellar. You can be the boss down there, but I’m boss up here!”

What You Need to Get Through This Movie

In order to get through this movie:
1.) Watch it alone
2.) At night
3.) With no lights
4.) Minimal interruptions
5.) Lots of snacks!
=D
Enjoy.

Trivia

Continuity: Ben finds a pair of shoes and puts them on Barbara’s feet, but in the very next shot where she’s sitting on the couch, she is not wearing shoes nor are they any in the shot with her.

Educational Content

1.) Never wear heels in rural PA.
2.) Shock can turn you into a blithering idiot.
3.) Little girls can never be trusted.
4.) Spades: Not just for gardening!

Justification for Rating

I would give it a 9/10 just because it’s still a great movie by today’s standards. We still fight a lot of the same issues. Great gore! Who wouldn’t want to see a movie that shocked the masses?

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Review of Manos: The Hands of Fate

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Manos - The Hands of FateRating: ★½☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Review

This is one of those movies that is so bad that you HAVE to see it. Seriously, there is a reason that Manos: Hands of Fate has been named as the worst movie of all time. Bad music, bad acting, bad camera work, terribly boring driving sequences – Manos has it all!
The premise of the movie is a small family (husband, wife, and daughter) are on a roadtrip vacation. However, everything goes awry when they stop at a small inn to ask for directions. They meet Torgo, the goatman-esque secretary, and end up having to stay the night. NO MORE FUN VACATION! “The Master” shows up, who looks like Frank Zappa and wears a ridiculous robe, and torments the family like crazy.

Reason to Watch

If you sit through Manos: Hands of Fate, you will be a B-Movie master. It is infamously bad! However, the character of Torgo provides wonderful comedic relief. Whenever he enters the screen, his theme song is played. Plus he is delightful with his humongous fake knees and wobbly voice.

Context

Manos was filmed in the sixties, a time when many low quality horror films were being churned out. However, Manos takes the crown as being perhaps the worst movie OF ALL TIME.

Most Memorable Quote(s)

“The M-M-M-Master would not approve.”

What You Need to Get Through This Movie

To get through this movie you will need vodka strained seven times through a Brita filter for maximum potency. You will also need four shots of espresso. Drink the vodka until the movie makes sense, and take an espresso shot every time a long driving sequence is initiated so you don’t bore yourself to sleep.

Trivia

Torgo’s theme song was inspired by the life and times of Harriet S. Tubman.

Educational Content

Manos teaches us that getting your hand burned will kill you.

Justification for Rating

Manos gets just half of a point for being a pure pile of poop, but also one bonus point for Torgo, his theme song, and The Master’s wild robes. Hence, two points.

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Review of Last Woman on Earth

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Last Woman on EarthRating: ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Review

Due to the radioactive fallout from a returning space probe, dead bodies are returning to “life” and stalking human prey, eating their victims once they catch up to them. A group of disparate people barricade themselves inside a farmhouse hoping to be rescued from these beings. I’m sure that at the time of its release, this classic, influential movie shocked and repulsed viewers. Time, and countless pale imitations, have taken some of its impact away, but it’s still great viewing. The budget – which I can believe was very low – only serves to gives the movie an almost realistic feel. Acting is very sharp, especially from top-billed Duane Jones, cast in what must have been the first (or one of the first) instances of a horror movie having an African-American hero. The only sour note may be that the leading female character, played by Judith O’Dea, is unfortunately one-note – wimpy and useless. This movie is actually more genuinely spooky than many of the more glossier and explicit horror movies released since. In fact, in a similar fashion to Tobe Hooper’s “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre”, the movie makes quite a good use out of a low budget, and it’s entertaining throughout. Co-writer / director George A. Romero and co-writer John Russo have bit parts; co-stars Karl Hardman (who plays ‘Harry Cooper’) and Russell Streiner (who appears uncredited as ‘Johnny’) were the movie’s producers. Remade by Romero in 1990; followed by “Dawn of the Dead” in 1978 and “Day of the Dead” in 1985 and then a slew of “Return of the Living Dead” feature

Most Memorable Quote(s)

I liked every line by this writer.

What You Need to Get Through This Movie

My friends forced me to watch this.

Educational Content

I love the way it is directed.

Justification for Rating

I liked this movie very much

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Fan Review of The Death Kiss

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Rating: ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Review

Its a mysterious comedy movie so that it is quite interesting and the mystery continues till end. It nearly tied the audience to their seats. The main reason to watch this movie is its comedy and maintaining the suspense till the end. Here the sound plays a vital role for the movie and also it add some tension to the movie to watch it.Another murder takes place when a main is poisoned is the most memorable scene in the movie is the one of the highlight scene throughout the movie. Great direction Read the rest of this entry »

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Review of The Indestructible Man

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Indestructible ManRating: ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Review

I guess the pitch went something like “It’s Dragnet meets Frankenstien starring Lon Chaney” To which the studio said,”Senior” to which the director said, “Technically no, but he will be dropping ‘Jr.’ for his credit.” It is the story of Charles ‘Butcher’ Benton (Lon Chaney) who having been stitched up by his partners in crime and now faces the death penalty for his part in a payroll truck robbery. However where there is a corpse there is a scientist looking to experiment. In this case Prof. Bradshaw wants to cure cancer and his method is to pump 300,000 volts of electricity into the corpse (not really sure on how this is suppose to cure cancer, but then I’m not a doctor). This brings the Butcher back to life, but stronger than ever and seemingly invulnerable, also his vocal cords got fried so he can’t speak, but his brain still functions and can think of nothing but revenge. The cops are soon on his trial but finding out he is impervious to bullets they have to bring out the big guns, bazookas and flame throwers. This all tasty film noir, LA streets, LA sewers, stock shots of police cars, an unstoppable monster with crazy eyes and a carnie thrown in for good measure. What’s not to like?

Reason to Watch

Unlike most B-Movies this actually has a plot you can follow, partly because everyone talks in exposition and partly because the plot is basically revenge. There nothing for the dames to scared about as only bad guys get it, by either being thrown or stepped on.

Context

It is the mid-fifties, Dragnet is in its prime on TV and Lon Chaney has started to get on a bit, his alcohol problem is not yet public knowledge, but he was facing hard times, thus dropping the “Jr” from his name to trade on the success of his father.

Most Memorable Quote(s)

Dick: I just got you fired.
Eva: Why?
Dick: I figured being my wife would take up most of your time.

What You Need to Get Through This Movie

This is a film you have watch like hard nosed detective, so that would a bottle of whiskey, and Dames who love it when you speak condescendingly to them.

Trivia

Lon Chaney Jr. (no relation to real life Bond villain Dick Cheney) spend much of his life chasing the fame of his father, silent god of the silver screen Lon Chaney Sr. In this film he attempts to out silence his father by speaking as little as possible and making it all about the eyes. Despite the tagline “300,000 volts of Horror!” they actually only get up to 278,000.

Educational Content

1. Scientists have caused more death and destru…1. Scientists have caused more death and destruction trying to cure cancer than cancer could ever done alone.
2. Lon Chaney was possibly paid by the word since after the opening scene he never speaks again.
3. Film maker Tip: If the plot makes no sense just turn your horror into a detective story and have the whole film narrated.
4. Mob guys squeal like little girls when they get picked up by Granddads.
5. You can find better looking dames trying hustle you into a fixing their flat tire than you can in burlesque show.

Justification for Rating

Over explained and predictable, this film is easy to watch because it just over an hour long. Fun can be had by dubbing in lines for the silent Lon Chaney.

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