The Prowler is an effective and above average 80's slasher flick. The plot is somewhere between My Bloody Valentine and every other slasher flick ever, but what really stands out are the death scenes from special effects legend Tom Savini. There are so many great kills in this film, it's pretty difficult to just choose one. The pitchfork shower scene, the knife through the guy's head, the pool throat slitting. All great, but the one that stood out the most was the demise of the villain himself. Skip to the end of the movie where the Prowler is attacking our heroine with a shotgun pointed in her direction, she somehow overpowers him and turns the shotgun from his arms so it points right at his face and well.... you can guess the rest. We get the Tom Savini special, a shotgun blast to the face similar to his own scene from the 1980 film Maniac.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Before Cronenberg made Scanners, a little underrated gem by the name of The Fury came out in 1978. Directed by Brian de Palma in his prime and composed by John Williams who is always in his. The film is a supernatural thriller involving psychic powers and government agencies. Great stuff, but let's fast forward to the best part, the ending. This could actually be the greatest ending to any movie ever. Gillian finally excepts her powers and avenges Peter and Robin's deaths. Her eyes turn a deep blue as our villain starts convulsing violently. Then suddenly our victim explodes into tiny pieces as his head pops off like a champagne cork, splat! roll credits. I just wish I was able to see this in 1978 on the big screen. After seeing John Cassavetes blowing up 13 times from every conceivable angle, I'd stand up and cheer-and I'm not one of those clapping/cheering at the end of a movie types-but I'd do the goddamn Arsenio Hall rapid double fist pump after that ending. "Whoop Whoop Whoop"
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
As the townspeople start to celebrate thinking all the critters have been killed in the burger shop explosion, the Crites merge together into a large flesh eating ball and break through the burning building. The townspeople run away in horror, but one of them falls behind and gets steamrolled by the critter ball. The critters devour his flesh in an instant as all that's left behind is a twitching bloody skeleton.
Monday, April 26, 2010
As Wikus is crawling out of the wrecked battle suit, our antagonist Koobus Venter, the sadistic mercenary with a dislike for prawns finally catches up with him. As Venter prepares to kill Wikus, several enraged aliens quickly surround him. Venter fires off a couple rounds before the creatures get close, but the aliens overpower and grab him. One of the prawns grabs Venter's head and forcefully rips it off, soon after the other aliens converge and dismember his body limb from limb. If you look closely you can see one of the aliens trying to eat Venter's head.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Director Kazuaki Kiriya effortlessly oozes out an amazing visual style in his films. Kiriya who wrote, directed, and edited the live action sci-fi film Casshern, pushes the stylistic envelope with his newest film, Geomon. The movie tells the story of folk legend Goemon Ishikawa, a bandit hero who stole valuables from the rich and gave them to the poor. The movie is full of amazing action sequences and imagery that are heavily anime-esque, leaving you stuck in your seat. In this scene our hero Goemon takes on Gao, played by K-1 giant Choi Hong-man. After a couple close calls from Gao's ridiculously large sword, Geomon slides under his legs then proceeds to slice him up the middle, causing his body to slice in half in Takashi Miike fashion.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Frank Drebin has a habit of inadvertently killing people, this brings us to the demise of Vincent Ludwig, the evil mastermind behind the attempted assassination of the Queen. As Jane is being held hostage by Vincent, she manages to free herself by biting his hand. This gives Drebin just enough time to shoot Ludwig in the neck with his tranquilizer cuff-link dart. The dart causes Ludwig to stagger back and fall several stories over the concourse barrier at Angel Stadium onto the street below. As Drebin and Ed run over to the railing to see if Ludwig is still alive, a bus runs over his body, followed by a steamroller, then to top it all off...Ludwig is trampled by the USC marching band as they play the song 'Louie Louie'.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
One of the more underrated deaths from the Jurassic Park series. Poor Eddie Carr, the guy heroically saves everyone from the overturned trailers and what did he get? Tag teamed by a pair of Tyrannosaurs in a rather gruesome death. After an adult T-rex throws one half of the hinged trailer over a cliff with Ian, Nick, and Sarah inside, Eddie throws down a rope and tries to pull the trailer back up using one of the SUVs. In the process he gets ambushed by the dinosaurs as they tear the vehicle apart.
Eddie attempts to pull out his tranquilizer gun in a frightened panic, but the front blade sight gets stuck in the camouflage netting resulting in his downfall.
One of them grabs Eddie by the leg and flips him in the air as the other Tyrannosaur grabs his lower half. The two dinosaurs play Tug-of-war until Eddie is finally put out of his misery.
His heroic actions earn him a mention later on in the film, when Roland Tembo claims, "The Rex just fed," to which Malcolm counters, "Just fed? I assume you were talking about Eddie. You might show a little respect, the man just saved our lives by giving his."
Monday, April 5, 2010
The same matter cannot occupy the same space. That's the major rule when you're time traveling in Timecop, you can't come in direct contact with your past self. This rule is broken when when Walker(Jean-Claude Van Damme) kicks the younger McComb(Ron Silver) into the older one. The two McCombs fuse together into a writhing blob of bad CGI flesh until the mass disappears into the floor.