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Review: House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

House of 1000 Corpses

With House of 1000 Corpses, rocker Rob Zombie set out to make his first film a balls-to-the-wall, insanely over-the-top splatter fest of depravity and, despite the best efforts of Universal, MGM and the Motion Picture Association of America, he did just that.

While you have to admire Zombie's persistence, unless you fall into the small but loyal following of the sadomasochistic horror subgenre, House of 1000 Corpses isn't very good.

Which certainly can't be blamed on Zombie the director, who proves adept at visceral carnage and stylish camerawork. However, Zombie the writer leaves much to be desired.(read more...)

Review: Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

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The first of many sub-par follow-ups to a movie that was only average to begin with, Friday the 13th Part 2 purports to take place five years after the events of the original. While this is mainly due to logic (who would start another camp right next to Crystal Lake only a year after a dozen people got slaughtered there?), it can't disguise the fact that this sequel was thrown together half-assed in order to hit theaters in summer of 1981, less than a year after the first installment was a huge surprise hit.
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Review: Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)

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Damn you, Horshack.

Just when Jason was finally lying peacefully in his grave, Tommy Jarvis and Horshack from "Welcome Back Kotter" have to go and accidentally stick a lightning rod in his chest. Which isn't good because, in case you didn't know, lighting causes deceased mass murderers to come back to life.(read more...)

Review: Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)

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There have been Friday the 13th films that have been dreadful. There have been Friday the 13th films that have been unwatchable (yes, A New Beginning, I’m talking about you). But Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood is the first one that’s been utterly dull.

The production values are solid, the acting is uneven but negligible and the script at least tries to inject some new ideas into the series. So what’s so wrong with the movie? Simply put, it isn’t any fun.
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Review: Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter poster

Just when it seemed the Friday the 13th movies would continue on a downward trajectory until they became so bad even indiscriminate teens refused to see them, along comes the first installment since the original that isn't a complete waste of time.

Picking up where Part 3 left off (with Jason's dead body lying in a barn and another dozen teens hacked to pieces), young Corey Feldman and his family (a mother, a sister and a dog) have picked the wrong day to move to a cabin on Camp Crystal Lake.

Of course it wouldn't be much of a slasher movie if the killer spent the entire flick chasing two kids, an old lady and a dog, so for the sake of the body count the cabin next door is occupied for the weekend by the cast of Porky's.
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