Shivers (1975) David Cronenberg, well known, but The Fly is all you need really.
This is very early Cronenberg, and it shows. Glimpses of his later brilliance can be spotted, but only just. In an apartment complex, a woman gets impregnated with parasites that cause her to whore out and spread them all over. The parasites themselves resemble pieces of human excrement. Not very appealing at all. They like to fly out of mouths and into unsuspecting folks until they have taken over most everyone in the complex.
I enjoyed it enough, but I guess that isn’t very high praise. There isn’t a lot to play up, and there isn’t much to talk down on. This really was the epitome of a so-so film. There are no scares, but there may be a few moments to gross you out. If you are a Cronenberg fan, then I say take the plunge, but if that doesn’t matter to you, I see no reason why you shouldn’t skip this one.
Another one that I picked at random to watch as I worked. This one stars some playboy playmates who obviously like to show their boobs on camera. I have no excuse for choosing this one, as I am only a man, but even still, less than halfway through, I almost turned it off. Surprisingly, I am glad I was too lazy to get up and find the remote, because the movie gets much better.
Full of blood and practical effects, this one is remarkably similar to Shivers (see above). A green Jell-O looking parasite is passed through kissing and causes hot girls to turn into killer monsters. A group of people try to escape the hospital and the rest of it is all generic, though fun to watch. Not much more to say really, other than that the boobs become secondary to the blood in the second half.
This one rises, at least slightly, from the steaming pile that was Pumpkinhead II, and tries to get back to what made the first one good. Doug Bradley plays a semi-psycho mortician that pisses off a group of kids. They invoke the power of revenge, Pumpkinhead, who commences to kill, kill, kill. The kids have second thoughts, but obviously it is too late.
The actual Pumpkinhead was a little sillier looking this time, almost appearing kind “cutesy”. We see him in a full walk often, and it doesn’t work as well as the original did. Also, there are some really laughter inducing CGI shots of him as well. He acts like more of a xenomorph now, climbing up walls and killing people with his tail. I cringed from time to time, but it doesn’t make the movie unwatchable.
I was happy to see this movie get back to what I really liked about the first film, and I definitely recommend it, especially if you skipped it due to the disappointment that was Pumpkinhead II.
I actually quite enjoy the other movies in this series. I love Radu and his comically long fingernails, the little claymation monsters that are in the first couple, and the absolutely terrible plot threads. They are fun films, and I recommend you see them – just skip this one.
Radu has developed an uglier face, equipped with sudden butt chin. All of the lines that made him unintentionally humorous are gone, replaced by boredom. It really felt like this one was cranked out with one eye closed to get a paycheck, and given that it is a Full Moon franchise, I assume that paycheck went to two month’s rent and a bag of Funyuns.
And Now for a Little Television
Castlevania (2017) NETFLIX
I was super damn hyped for this one, and I wouldn’t say that I was disappointed, but my hype was so astronomical that there was little chance for this show to come completely through on expectations. There are only 4 episodes released thus far, and they are in no hurry to move the plot along. I honestly wish they would have just waited for a while and released a 10 episode series, because these four really just feel like an introduction, and now we all have to wait until next year to see more.
There is nothing wrong with them, and I highly recommend you watch them – I just recommend that you wait until more of it is released. I have no doubt that this will end up being a 4.5-5 star series, it just isn’t there yet.