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Also: p.c.-antichrist and non-vegan Latte Macchiato drinker. And yes, I still got a special place in my heart for the original Evil Dead movies and The Rocky Horror Picture Show - sitting side by side with some of my new favorites like Ash vs. Evil Dead and Miller's finest dance on the Fury Road.
The aim of my Higher Self!? To write 666 reviews and after that, I will go on to meet the challenges and pleasures of my next incarnation.
Note: my reviews are strictly my very personal opinion and not a validated truth.
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The Terror Within Terror
A small group of British soldiers is lost between the lines and takes shelter in a neglected German trench. There they find another kind of terror...
Solid horror movie with a WWI scenario. Like.
The Devil's Rock (2011)
You Should Know How to Handle Your Rituals
In The Devil's Rock our heroes meet some demonic presence in a Nazi bunker/station on an island. The Nazis made there some occult experiments that went wrong (or worked to good, a question of perspective here).
With a small budget the movie provides some good horror, some gore, a sometimes dense and creepy atmosphere. All in all a good movie of the B-category.
Good B-movie Series
Here and there the not so big budget shows but still the movies of the Outpost series (all B-movies) are entertaining enough for the horror crowd.
As far as I know there are three movies to the day: Outpost, Outpost: Black Sun and Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz.
All three of them entertained me good. Recommended if you like the mix of Nazis, zombies and horror.
The Bunker (2001)
The Death Below
Nice little mystery horror flick - no masterpiece but with a nice creepy atmosphere and made with an okay budget. The story: a small group of isolated German soldiers somewhere in the Western front hold their line in a bunker, but there is something else hidden in the dark tunnels below the bunker. One by one the soldiers meet their fate.
Not Ueber-good But Good
If you don't take this movie too serious you will have some fun. The mix of WWII and aspects of horror and Nazi-experiments reminds of course a little of the Wolfenstein game series or e.g. the Outpost movies (Outpost, Black Sun, Operation Spetsnaz).
The production value is good (the beginning with the incoming paratroopers and the anti-aircraft fire beats easy the stuff the last "masterpiece" of Mr. Nolan named Dunkirk provides), also the acting and everything else is solid.
All in all recommended for everyone who likes evil Nazis, evil experiments, evil zombies and a good shot of horror, but if that mix doesn't sound good and entertaining to you, simply just don't watch.
Not outstanding but solid to good - with some lengths in the 2nd half.
This piece is only recommandable for the nostalgic gorehound - everyone else should not waste his or her time trying to watch this movie. If you don't like the style of those kind of movies (Cannibal Ferox etc. pp.) you won't like this one too.
What else!? La montagna del dio cannibale (The Mountain of the Cannibal God, also known as Slave of the Cannibal God) even got two Hollywood stars in its ranks: hot Ursula Andress and Stacey Keach!
All in all a solid one, breaking here and there the chains of good taste and p.c..
There is almost no action genre director Umberto Lenzi did not contribute (including Italian trashy versions of Robin Hood, Zorro, Gladiators, and some crime and war movies). He also made some fine horror pieces including cannibals, zombies, mutants and other delicious dishes of bloody madness. Nightmare City got an army of mutants (due radioactivity) which are on full stampede mode and kill and infect other people for the taste of fresh blood (some reviewers indicate that the mutants are zombies, but as they use weapons and even drive cars in my opinion the term zombie does not apply to our blood-thirsty creatures here).
So what to expect!? Like Cannibal Ferox and other nice works of Mr. Lenzi, Incubo sulla città contaminata aka Nightmare City is for sure no Oscar material but entertaining gory fun for the trash-liking gorehound. The now due nostalgia sweetened Italian gore style of the 70s and early 80s make this one (in my opinion) a still tasty snack.
The Taste of Guts
For certain Hotel Inferno 2: The Cathedral of Painno is no movie for the mass or common taste horror audience. It's kinda Hellraiser (the parts playing in hell's domain) on steroids, or, what Rob Zombie does not dare to show to us ;)
I like this movie simply for one main reason - its visuals (the gore, the settings, the demons), and the soundtrack and the last "level" remind me here and there tenderly of the Doom game series, which I played uncounted hours in my younger years.
Conclusion: you must like the unusual to like this movie, that's for sure, and you must like gore and splatter, lots of - and by the way, some masks and gore effects are just too adorable ;)
Epic & Unforgotten
Asked if I like Alien or Aliens more, I would say it depends on my mood. If I want action, Aliens would be my choice, if I want some dense and thrilling atmosphere and a little more claustrophic feel, Alien would be my choice, but anyway, if I got the time, I probably would just watch both in a row ;)
The other movies of the franchise also have their qualities but Alien and Aliens surely belong to the top league of sci-fi movies - for all eternity. Amen.
Der Hauptmann (2017)
Of the Beast in Man
A friend recommended this one to me and I was not disappointed - Der Hauptmann (The Captain) is a fine little movie about the last days of the 3rd Reich in Germany. Shot in black and white it tells us a true story - about a deserter, who finds a captain's uniform, takes on the role and the commanding power of a captain - and commits some terrible war crimes.
The movie captures good the final mad days in war destroyed Germany, and we watch some very disturbing, grotesque and thought provoking scenes of mass hysteria and psychosis. Der Hauptmann got not the biggest production, but for sure more interesting and "entertaining" as to watch some "schrott" like the last Dunkirk.
A German contribution to the WWII genre with some real quality like Untergang/Downfall (2004), with a far smaller budget/production of course.
Mortal Engines (2018)
Good But Improvable
If you like blockbusters with lots of action and stunning visuals, Mortal Engines will work for you. Mortal Engines reminds me of past blockbusters like Independance Day and War of the Worlds (the Tom Cruise version) - good action, good visuals, but a rather simple story.
The visuals of Mortal Engines are steampunk-like and are indeed good, the acting and everything else is rock solid, only the story is, hidden behind the veils of the visuals, a rather simple one, one that we all watched at least a thousand times before (a mix of ideas from Star Wars, Terminator, Mad Max, just to name some obvious ones).
So all in all, Mortal Engines is not bad: like the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending (Mila Kunis) it got top visuals but (sadly) the story can't hold the ground.
La terza madre (2007)
The Final Chapter
The conclusion of the trilogy about the "Three Mothers" and by far the most gory one. Like other reviewers stated, La terza madre/The Mother of Tears got not the dense magic and surreal visual powers of Suspiria but imo we must take in consideration that the movie was made 30 years later, and so we see the heavy influence on the movie regarding modern gore & guts effects - the special effects department simply improved a lot since 1977. Time has changed, one could say.
All in all: not as good as Suspiria and Inferno, but La terza madre got its own merits, so imo the movie is not that bad, like some disappointed fellow reviewers indicate.
Another one of Dario Argento's fine pieces, not as good as Suspiria (regarding visuals and the fantastic soundtrack by Goblin) but still good. Inferno is the 2nd one of a trilogy about the "Three Mothers". Suspiria hit the screens in 1977 and Inferno in 1980, but for the last movie (The Mother of Tears) we had to wait till 2007.
Inferno is like Suspiria another pionieering work of Italian horror and still got more soul and blues (and blood) in its veins than 99 percent of today's "horror" mass production crap made in Hollywood's "dream-factory". Well, I confess, nostalgia may cloud my judgement a little bit here ;)
Das Boot (1981)
Belongs to the Best
Director Wolfgang Petersen did a real masterpiece here. In my opinion, this is the best "submarine war movie" ever. I am just paying my tribute here - for sure Das Boot belongs on every watchlist regarding WWII.
Like Downfall, Schindler's List and a few rare other movies, Das Boot gives us a real glimpse into those terrible times (and the mindset of the people living then).
Violet & Daisy (2011)
Young But Pro
Violet & Daisy is an excellent movie with some unique ideas, charismatic heroines (well played: Saoirse Ronan & Alexis Bledel), and a pro production and side cast.
Of course, you must like black humor and you must accept that our two angels are assassins in their teens that cope well in a rather rough business.
Really a good and highly entertaining movie. And like other movies where Saoirse Ronan is involved, this one also is something different from our usual dish. Watch.
If you like a mix of horror and of comedy this one is for you: giant insects attack our world and a new hero is born - a office worker and some of his colleagues/friends take on the fight for survival.
No new classic but a good one timer.
Russian Doll (2019)
Waste of Time
It's really a shame - I took the work and checked 10 of those 10 and 9 rate reviews and every single one of them got only 1 and at most 3 reviews... I smell the work of some trainees of the marketing department of the production company here.
To the show: the production, the acting, everything is pro, but the story itself and the episodes drag on and on - it is really a hard work to watch them and I confess, after the 3rd episode I did some work on the side, waiting for my illumination why Russian Doll should be a masterpiece (I waited in vain).
So, these days you can't trust many times the reviews and the rates on IMDb for new shows and movies anymore, best it is to check out the Top 1000 votes.
Anyway, the rate of 1 I give gladly because all this marketing s*hit, my real rate is a 5 but no more.
Cannibal ferox (1981)
I don't know what kind of movie people expect (I'm just wondering, after reading some reviews here) - if you watch an Italian movie from the 70s and early 80s in which cannibals (or zombies) play an important part, you should know, that
a) the production/budget is a rather small one b) the acting is no Oscar material (but the naked boobs) and c) you get a lot of trash including sometimes really bad effects.
If you like (Italian) horror with some gore and lots of trashy stuff, you may enjoy Cannibal ferox. I liked it in my younger years, and still rewatch some of those "classics" from time to time.
All in all I dare to say that many of them have still more soul than most of those American horror remakes (and prequels, sequels etc.) that we get mostly served in our modern generic days, not to mention, that all those movies from the 70s and 80s were pioneers regarding gore.
Dead Ant (2017)
Watched this with a friend and both we really enjoyed it - yes, Dead Ant is for certain no masterpiece but nevertheless entertaining - if you like horror + comedy + trash movie style. Alone the rock 'n' roll cliches are well played and here and there you get even a sip of gore. Not to forget the hot chicks provided, and last but not least, the acting and cam work are rock solid.
To sum it up: Dead Ant is a good one if you like trashy horror-comedies which you can watch "braindead" ;)
Shutter Island (2010)
They Did It Again
Great movie of Mr. DiCaprio and Mr. Scorsese with some fine twists - like their work Gangs of New York, this one is also a very entertaining one with some unique ideas.
The only sad thing - you can enjoy the twists/surprises Shutter Island provides to their full extent just the first time.
The Terrors of War
Nice little sci-fi flick of the B-category based on a story by Philip K. Dick (his short story Second Variety) - no masterpiece but entertaining and with a good and dense atmosphere and solid actors. The restricted budget shows here and there but in general the movie is well made with an interesting story.
Well, Screamers may be no movie for the kids of today who expect to be blinded by CGI-finesse, but a good one for the sci-fi lover who likes some trash for his dish.
If you like movies like Event Horizon or Moon 44, this one may be a good watch for you too.
The Court Jester (1955)
Fine Old Time Classic
The Court Jester belongs for certain on my list for alltime classics regarding comedy. This is one of those old movies from the 50s that is shot in fantastic colors, settings, great actors (most of them forgotten), great ideas - and last but not least, it's entertainment at best for the whole family.
The plot: sometime in medieval England, a jester helps the rightful heir (a baby) to the throne, helping to overthrow the usurper.
If you like knights, comedies and musicals, this one you should add to your watchlist pronto, if you don't know the movie already.
Good to very good.
Beelzebub Rules This One
You will love it or you will hate it - Alucarda I would call a trashy mix of exploitation, satanic horror and exorcism, spiced with some delicate hints of gore.
The story includes: slaughtered nuns, gypsies, blood rituals, naked boobs and more nudity (even some short shots of some orgies in the style of 70s soft porn) and some scenes of (pseudo)-satanic rituals and nuns obsessed/posessed by - demonic presences and/or mass hysteria.
Nostalgia may cloud my judgement here, but Alucarda made in 1977 (like many movies from the late 60s and the 70s) is far more daring compared to most modern (horror) movies.
Recently, I rewatched Alucarda and I was still fascinated and entertained - but I like such movies like Zardoz, Barbarella or The Masque of the Red Death a lot, so my taste my be different to yours, so like I indicated in the beginning - Alucarda is certaintly not a movie for everybody.
p.s. I forgot to mention the music score and sound effects (use of synthesizers etc.) that give the movie a nice extra shot of a horror texture.
Battlefield Living Room
First time I watched Carnage I left the cinema with a big grin on my face. Carnage is a well crafted persiflage of what I would call "the horrors of an everyday-life". On top, you see that the great acting top cast had a lot of fun in playing their roles.
Carnage is one of those few movies that entertain you highly without CGI-overload and explosions. Top movie, if you like to be entertained by character studies and the demasking of human behaviour.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
I watched Pulp Fiction at least a dozen times, and imo this is Quentin Tarantino's best, sadly he never reached that kind of masterclass again. The dance of Uma Thurman and John Travolta of course is iconic, the rest of the cast just supberb, the story told fantastic and unconventional.
For sure, one of the finest moments of the 90s regarding movie-making.