Monthly Archives: October 2010

An analysis of the writings of Joe Lansdale

Just found this excellent article by Rick Klaw On his birthday, an analysis of the writings of Joe Lansdale part 1 of 2 And here is the second half: On his birthday, an analysis of the writings of Joe Lansdale … Continue reading

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South of Heaven: West of Hell (2000)

Dwight Yoakam’s directorial debut is unsurprisingly a western, South of Heaven :West of Hell. For fans of the offbeat, this is a bit of a find, being closer in tone and content to High Plains Drifter and the TV series … Continue reading

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Prince of Darkness (1987)

Prince of Darkness is John Carpenter’s under-rated shocker from 1987, with the admittedly loopy story of the Devil’s son somehow being trapped under a church in LA in a giant vat of green shampoo. The budget doesn’t really stretch far … Continue reading

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Eight Legged Freaks (2002)

In the early stages Eight Legged Freaks is exactly what you expect and want, as an uncredited Tom Noonan breeds various ugly spiders and local businessmen cause them to grow huge and cover up the plot. The initial CGI effects … Continue reading

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The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

The earliest of the ’70s disaster movie cycle, made before the cliches became too apparent. The concept and sets are great but the execution is not quite right. Maybe it’s the fact that Gene Hackman is a very unlikely minister, … Continue reading

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Dead Men Walking (2005)

Dead Men Walking bears no relation to the similarly-titled Sean Penn movie. It’s a zombie movie set in a prison and I’d like to know if the title came before the story. The movie doesn’t really live up to the … Continue reading

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Starship Troopers 2: Hero Of The Federation (2004)

Brand new, but going straight to DVD everywhere, is Starship Troopers 2: Hero Of The Federation. The budget is noticeably lower than the original, and the whole thing is generally less ambitious with none of the political overtones (although that’s … Continue reading

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Bubba Ho Tep (2002)

Bubba Ho Tep was an unforgettable short story by Texan writer Joe Lansdale published back in 1994, and ever since then I’ve watched the progress towards the movie with bated breath. The good news is that it’s out now on … Continue reading

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Spartan (2004)

Another new R1 DVD is Spartan, due for a UK cinema release later this year. Val Kilmer plays an undercover agent working for a shadowy agency, and the plot involves a bid to rescue the President’s kidnapped daughter. It’s written … Continue reading

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The Omen (2006)

The original version of The Omen never struck me as a particularly good movie, and I couldn’t see much point in doing it again. Having seen the remake, I’m even more puzzled. It’s more or less a straight copy, with … Continue reading

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