Saturday, April 23, 2011

Quick Reviews...

Unfortunuately, work and real life obligations have been cutting into my movie time, so I haven;t too much time to spend on movies lately.  Luckily, things will be slowing down soon, so I will be back in action soon enough.  Until then...

Bad Girls Dormitory
This opens with a few scenes of various girls getting set up and arrested for prostitution and drugs.  I thought those scenes were well done, but the movie quickly loses steam.  The girls are sent to a juvenile detention center, where they fight, shower, eat and have sex with the guards.  There is a whole lot of nothing going on in this movie.  The acting is prety bad, but not unwatchably bad, if that makes sense.  Some of the guards suck too.  The guards in other women-in-prison movies are tough or memorable.  The ones here really can't even be convincingly creepy.  There is an eventual shoot out that end the movie, but it's a long wait for little to no pay off.  Pass on this and get director Tim Kincaid's far superior Riot On 42nd Street. 

Scream 4
The newest sequel of one of the most annoying and "hip" horror franchises.  Many years after the fact, the main character from the other movies returns home for a book signing and before you know it, someone is dressed up as the killer and killing off the cast.  I hated the others in this series and didn't care to see this, but it was playing at the drive in and if I was going to see it, it would certainly have to be at the drive in.  This was a pretty average movie.  There is no suspense and zero concern as to wether or not certain characters die.  I thought slasher movies were supposed to have cool gore set pieces, but apparently not.  We get run of the mill stabbing scenes and a brief glimpse of a dismeboweled person, but it's not enough to save this movie.  I hated how they go out of the way to use modern devices like webcams and texting.  What if she didn't reply to a text from the killer?  The movie would have ended 10 minutes in.  I wish she hadn't answered that text. 
Btw, Macauly Culkin's other brother looks creepy and someone should cast him in better roles than this. 

He Knows You're Alone
Very early entry slasher movie about someone who is killing off soon to be married women.  Unlike the movies that soon followed, this one focuses more on suspense and wonder than gore.  I say it work, as the movie was fast paces and creepy throughout.  This is very well acted.  Also, the ending wasn't a let down at all.  A slasher classic well worth seeking out. 

Great White
This infamous Italian Jaws clone is definitely worth seeking out.  By Jaws clone, I mean the closet possible thing to remaking Jaws, even stealing lines, character motivations, scenes and ideas.  Upon release, the makers of Great White were promptly sued by Universal, assuring that this would never ever be released or distributed stateside.  The plot is almost exactly the same as Jaws, but despite being a shameless rip off, this is a very watchable movie.  The acting here is suprisingly adept and the pace is fast, with enough shark action to please fans of this type of movie.  The shark effects are pretty shoddy and lame but it doens't ruin the movie.  Worth a look! 

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