Archive for January, 2007

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The Thing

January 29, 2007

The Thing
“Found another ancient Michigan Blogger.. apparently froze to death like the others.”

John Carpenter, the king of 70’s & 80’s horror, brings us this great film. Kurt “Don’t call me Pliskin” Russel plays R.J. Macready, the leader of a desolate artic observation outpost. As 6 months of darkness are nearing, which is about the only thing they have to look forward to, a Norwegian outpost nearby is suddenly destroyed in some sort of mysterious Norwegian way. Luckily a dog escapes while being hunted by a Norwegian helicopter which unfortunately also explodes. Apparently Norwegians can’t handle explosives safely and have poor animal control policies. Well this dog is special..not in the the sort of way of it can play fetch or roll over but it does have the ability to absorb and takeover over other life forms in gruesomely horrific ways. Count yourself lucky your pet can’t do that. It would make dog shows much more entertaining though.

No one in the outpost trust each other and they soon realize that anyone of them could now be the alien as it’s discreetly takes over people one by one. Snake Pliskin… oops I mean RJ McReady devises a homemade test to out the creature by electrifying petry dishes of everyone’s blood samples. Apparently this is not just to see who get’s grossed out first. the outpost luckily has stocked up flame throwers for the winner. So the films ends up to be a drive-by alien BBQ frenzy ala Kurt Russell. If it moves or scurries then Kurt will cook it.

Great atmosphere and paranoia along with amazing special F/X makes this one of the all time classic horror movies. I say check it out and wear a warm coat while watching it.

Oh and keep an eye on your dog. He’s looking kinda funny.

 

Watch out for.

– petry dish kung-fu
– arctic BBQ parties
– creepy Quaker Oats guy
– easy CPR based arm removal techniques
– the dog kennel of horrors
– gratuitous use of flares

What’s the difference between Artic winters and Michigan winters? Michigan winters have pot holes.

Wasn’t the chef in the muppets Norwegian?

rated 9.3 out of 10 for the movie
learn more about this movie at imbd.com

Check out the trailer for the Thing

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Hell High

January 23, 2007

Hell High
“he-he…he-he….I like pie

Bad things happen when you let creepy little girls go out and play in swamp duck blinds. Parental supervision in this movie is at all a time low when a young Brooke Storm accidentally impales some horny motorbike cross-swamping enthusiasts onto a strategically placed rusty gate. Duck blinds only lead to death and mayhem…remember that folks. Flash forward 18 years only because the movies tells us to and Brooke is now a stereotypical unbalanced high-school biology teacher. She’s having trouble dealing with a student named Dickens and his small brain-dead following of Queenie and Smiler. Apparently in the 80’s not a lot of thought was given to intimidating gang nicknames.

Jon-Jon an ex-football star played by Christopher “I can’t act” Cousins is the newest and least despicable character of this gang. That’s not saying a lot as all the characters are pretty low on the morality ladder. This rough gang of 4 decide to rebel against high school by doing things like tossing school report papers into the air, sitting in the bleachers complaining, being peeping toms, and tearing up the football field with their giant boat of an Oldsmobile. Man, if this was modern day high-school they would have been beaten, stuffed in a locker, and forced to ride the little bus to school.

These losers decides to play a prank on Brooke’s house by splattering it with mud and swamp slime further causing her to have some sort of Vietnam flashback. So Brook ends up going postal and goes on a murderous revenge spree on the gang. There’s a pencil to the head, rock to the face, knife to the throat, ouch! Who will survive? I don’t care.

Am I scared of duck blinds now? Yes I am.

Joe Bob Briggs has a great commentary track on this one. Watch the movie first then listen to the Joe Bob commentary track turned on. It’s hilarious.

 

Keep an eye out for.

– Slime-o-rama
– abandoned duck blinds used as kids playhouses
– lazy man football touchdowns
– peculiar placement of rusty gates in open fields
– body doubles
– the deadliest weapons of all– rocks, pencils, and swamp mud.

by the way is that a swamp or is it a field? you decide.

rated 7.3 out of 10 for the movie
learn more about this movie at imbd.com

Check out a TV promotion of Hell High

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Idiocracy

January 14, 2007

Idiocracy
” The president pimped my ride

Amazing a new release DVD review here on Lost Highway! It’s the end of humanity, fire falls from the sky, dogs and cats living together, everyone screams in terror. Okay now that we’ve all calmed down and realize my reviews don’t affect the balance of the universe, this is just for the 5 or 6 people in the country that that haven’t seen the cult classic “Office Space.” Idiocracy is Mike Judge’s literally unknown follow-up to that mega DVD hit. This never received any TV advertising, no trailers, no promotions of any sort. It almost convinces you that either the movie was so utterly horrible than the studios didn’t want to have anything to do with it or they intended for this movie to be a cult classic release like it’s predecessor. I’m thinking it’s the second as this was a great comedy though not as hilarious as Office Space. It’s a very satirical commentary on our society and at times its hilarious laugh out loud funny. Luke Wilson plays Joe Bauers who defines the average Joe American. He is selected to be in a government hibernation program which goes horribly wrong finding him awaking 500 years in the future after being buried under a newly constructed Fuddruckers. Instead of a Utopia, society has so dumbed itself down so much that it’s barely functional. I don’t really see this as a far of future. case in point Jerry Springer,Tom Cruise, G-gurt (yogurt on the go), Tickle me Elmos, & Bill o’Rieley. Anyways, Joe travels into the future with a prostitute (Hooker to the Future) to find people have degenerated into watching TV all day in giant chairs with built in toilets. Hey that’s a good idea…oh wait I’m getting dumber already. Ugh I need read a novel or cure cancer, invent a water fueled car….well maybe later, American Idol is on.  Joe finds that he’s the smartest man in the world which isn’t saying a lot as he can grasps such mind twisting concepts that water might help the crops grow or that TV shows about a guy getting hit in the croch just aren’t that funny. Well actually that is kinda funny…oh doh! there goes another 10 IQ points (having trouble concentrating…speling wordz korrectly). Joe meets the president of the United State a former Wrestling star who enjoys a good monster truck rally. Together working with their cabinet of other nitwits they try to save humanity. A great comedy so definitely check it out if you can still read the DVD label.

 

Keep an eye out for.

– Costco love greetings
– Starbucks Coffee sex shops
– Fast food medical care
– pimped out police cars
– gatoraid babies

rated 9.2 out of 10 for the movie
learn more about this movie at imbd.com

Check out this clip from Idiocracy

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House

January 8, 2007

House
” Don’t turn around honey. I don’t want you to see me in the morning without my makeup.”

What happens when you combine Platoon, Evil Dead, and the Greatest American Hero? You get a movie called “House.” No it’s not the story of a sarcastic limping doctor addicted to pain killers or how a group of contractor fix up an old Boston home. It’s the original comedy/horror hybrid by which countless others…well just a really bad sequel would follow.

 

William Katt now apparently rendered powerless of his TV super hero powers as the Greatest American hero plays Roger Cobb, a reclusive recently divorced horror writer. His son went missing years ago at his aunt’s giant creepy house and he hasn’t been able to write a good book since. His Aunt hangs herself in the very same house, so It only makes logical sense that he would want to stay there and write his next novel with all those heart warming memories. Roger starts seeing and hearing weird things around the house…things like floating garden tools, voices, and the supernatural appearance of Norm from the TV show cheers. He’s actually the neighbor but it took me by surprise, I wanted to someone to yell “Norm!” everytime I saw him. The house apparently attracts 80’s TV show actors like mosquitoes to campers. Roger soon learns that his son is trapped by the ghosts somewhere deep in the home and prepares to begins battle with a series of gruesome ghouls bent on his demise. His neighbor “Norm!” suspecting that Roger is one car short of a chase scene decides to check up on him. Roger incorrectly informs him that he has trapped a “Raccoon” in his closet and needs his help to get rid of it. The racoon turns out to be a vicious demon hellspawn instead though I’d have a tough time distinguishing the difference. Roger makes some goofy decisions in trying to get his son back safely. I think there wasn’t enough brain cells for his prozac to be effective that week. It all leads up to a battle with an old army buddy who is now much uglier and much deader. This horror movie is obviously intentionally funny and is downright creepy when it needs to be. Check it out.

 

Keep an eye out for.

-Roger’s scary v-neck 80’s sweaters

-Giant demon ex-wife creature with anger management issues

-Demon fishing without a license

-Bull from Night Court as an 7 ft tall un-stealthy Vietnam solider

-Garden tool kung-fu

-Backyard demon planting

-Medicine cabinet cross dimensional portals (hey can’t you buy those at Home Depot?)

rated 8.3 out of 10 for the movie
learn more about this movie at imbd.com

House Movie Trailer

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Slither

January 1, 2007

Slither
“I’m bringing sexy back. Yeah”

Welcome to a new year and nothing says 2007 better than slimey little parasitic aliens. This little gruesome film comes to us from the demented mind of James Gunn who directed the most excellent Dawn of Dead remake (Yes I know zombies can’t run.) This cocktail of gore is one part “The Blob“, 2 parts “Night of the Creeps“, and another part an ipecac. The small town of Wheesley is visited by a meteor falling to the woods. When can a meteor just fall and not bring evil parasites?!…why can’t it just bring a refreshing scent of pine like a giant air freshener. But no, this one like all the others before it has to carry a parasitic alien bent of world conquest. And with every meteor you have your local redneck “Grant” played by Michael Rooker.  Grant of course has to go check out the meteor and poke it with a stick. The parasite takes over Grant and starts mutating him into a cow slaughtering dog eating tentacle growing squid-man. Turns out Grant has a plan to take over the planet by “spreading his seed” and impregnating an old girlfriend with these creepy slithering slugs (hence the title) who zombify the local town folks by entering through their mouths and taking over the brain. Who would have thought the best defense against aliens is to cover your mouth…save your life and stop halitosis. The zombie residents then attach themselves to the big squid creature to make an even bigger squid creature to absorb all life on the planet. It’s like some sort of twisted Republican party without the corporate sponsors.

Things to watch for.

  • Giant blimp barn girl who enjoys walks in the woods, hanging out at bars, and eating cute woodland creatures
  • A mayor with tourettes syndrome who screams like a little girl
  • Gratuitous use of haircare products as weapons
  • Attacking deer kung-fu
  • Frightening scenes of line dancing

It’s hilarious and gruesome in equal doses and it’s a worthy entry into the b-movie hall of fame. Give it a try.
rated 8.6 out of 10 for the movie
learn more about this movie at imbd.com

Watch a clip from the movie
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