REVIEW: PHENOMENA

CAST

Jennifer Connelly (Hulk)
Daria Nicolodi (Opera)
Dalila Di Lazzaro (The Cat)
Patrick Bauchau (A View To a Kill)
Donald Pleasence (Halloween)

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After missing a bus in the Swiss countryside, a tourist, Vera Brandt (Fiore Argento), tries looking for help. She comes across a home and, upon entering, she is attacked by an unknown stranger, who proceeds to chase and behead her. Eight months later, Jennifer Corvino (Jennifer Connelly), arrives at the Swiss Richard Wagner Academy for Girls, chaperoned by Frau Brückner (Daria Nicolodi), who places her with roommate Sophie (Federica Mastroianni). While sleepwalking through the academy and out onto the roof, Jennifer witnesses a student being murdered. She awakens and falls, fleeing and eventually becoming lost in the woods. Forensic entomologist John McGregor (Donald Pleasence)’s chimpanzee attendant Inga (Tanga) finds her and leads her to him. Witnessing her apparent interaction with his insects, McGregor comes to believe she has a special gift for telepathy with them. Inspector Rudolf Geiger (Patrick Bauchau) is on the case alongside McGregor. Back at the academy, the headmistress has Jennifer medically tested via EEG for her sleepwalking. The procedure makes Jennifer uneasy when she gets brief visions of the previous night’s events. The headmistress has Sophie look after Jennifer in case she sleepwalks again.
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Following an illicit tryst the same night, Sophie is murdered. Jennifer sleepwalks again. When she goes outside, a firefly leads her to a maggot-infested glove. The next day, she shows this to McGregor, who identifies the maggots as Great Sarcophagus flies, which are drawn to decaying human flesh. He theorises that the larvae’s presence on the glove indicates that the killer has been keeping his victims close to him post-mortem, unintentionally collecting the larvae on himself whilst physically interacting with the victims. This indicates that they are dealing with a psychopath. Later at the academy, when the other students taunt Jennifer for her connection to insects, she summons a swarm of flies which covers the entire building, then faints. Convinced that Jennifer is “diabolic” and possibly responsible for the killings, the headmistress arranges for her to be transferred to a mental hospital for the criminally insane. However, Jennifer flees to McGregor’s home in time to evade the transfer.
tumblr_lty81uy3v51qc1gzoo1_500McGregor gives Jennifer a glass case with a Great Sarcophagus fly and suggests she use it to track the murderer. When the fly leads her to the same house that Vera had found earlier, Jennifer is told to leave when the real estate agent catches her, assuming her to be a thief. Geiger arrives and gets some information from the agent before leaving. Later that night, McGregor is murdered in his home after Inga is distracted and locked outside. With nowhere left to go, Jennifer calls her father’s lawyer Morris Shapiro (Mario Donatone) for help. He alerts Brückner, who finds Jennifer and offers to let the girl stay at her house overnight. Once there, Brückner advises Jennifer to take some pills before she goes to bed; when Jennifer does so, she becomes sick, assuming that the pills were poisonous and coughs them up. After leaving the bathroom, she attempts to call Morris but is knocked unconscious with a piece of wood by Brückner, who incarcerates her in the house. Geiger arrives at the house and is attacked by Brückner.
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After coming to a brief time later, Jennifer engineers her escape through a large hole in the floor that leads through a tunnel to a dungeon and into a basement. She falls in a pool infested with maggots and dead bodies. Geiger is in the room, above Jennifer, struggling to free himself from chains attached to his wrists. Brückner appears and teases Jennifer, but Geiger frees himself from the chains and holds Brückner just enough to let Jennifer escape. Following her escape from the pool, she passes a room from which she hears sobbing. There she finds Brückner’s son (Davide Marotta), who has a hideously deformed face, the result of a rape. He chases Jennifer onto a motorboat and tries to kill her, but she summons a swarm of flies that attack him, causing him to fall into the water. Jennifer is forced to jump into the water as the motorboat explodes, whereupon the child grabs her. Rising into the flaming waters, he is eventually killed. Jennifer reaches the shore just as Morris appears. Brückner reappears and decapitates him. She then leans over Jennifer threatening her with the same fate before confessing that she murdered McGregor and Geiger out of fear that harm would have befallen her son. Suddenly, Inga attacks Brückner and kills her with a razor. With the ordeal over, Jennifer and the chimp embrace.4df3f410-fefa-404e-86a7-7d9d462f78b3_mediumThe then 15-year-old Jennifer Conelly’s acting is simply outstanding, a perfect performance from the beginning to the end. The supporting cast is also very good, the great Donald Pleasence’s performance as Prof Mc Gregor is just one of many very memorable performances in Phenomena. As usual for Argento, the movie is impressively photographed on great, scary locations. Dario Argento has always placed great emphasis on impressive colors (especially red, of course), and hardly ever have I seen a movie as visually stunning and awe-inspiring as Phenomena.

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REVIEW: HALLOWEEN VI: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS

CAST

Donald Pleasence (The Great Escape)
Paul Rudd (Ant Man)
Marianne Hagan (I Think I Do)
George P. Wilbur (A Nightmare on Elm Street 5)
Devin Gardner (A Kid Called Danger)
Mitchell Ryan (Liar Liar)
J.C. Brandy (What Lies Beneath)
Mariah O’Brien (Dirt)

On October 31, 1989, Michael Myers and his niece Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris) have been abducted by a mysterious “Man in Black” at the Haddonfield Police Station. Six years later, teenager Jamie (J. C. Brandy) has been impregnated and her baby is born on Halloween Eve. The baby is carried away by the “Man in Black” who appears to be the leader of a Druid-like cult. Later that night, a nurse (Susan Swift), helps Jamie escape with her baby and is soon killed by Michael (George P. Wilbur). Jamie and her baby flee in a stolen pickup. Stopping briefly at a deserted bus station, Jamie makes a call to a Haddonfield radio station to warn them that Michael is about to return home, only to be ignored by the radio D.J. Barry Simms (Leo Geter) who is doing a broadcast on the Haddonfield murders.

Meanwhile, Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence), now retired, is visited by his friend and colleague Dr. Terence Wynn (Mitch Ryan), the chief administrator of Smith’s Grove Sanitarium where Michael had been incarcerated as a boy, to Loomis to return to Smith’s Grove. During their conversation they overhear Jamie’s plea for help on a local radio station. Later, Jamie drives back on the road followed by Michael, who causes her to crash into an old barn. Michael kills his niece by impaling her on a corn thresher and then activating it, but finds that Jamie’s baby is not in the truck.

Back in Haddonfield, Tommy Doyle (Paul Rudd), whom Laurie Strode babysat in the first film, now lives in a boarding house run by Mrs. Blankenship (Janice Knickrehm), a mysterious old woman. The family living in the Myers house across the street are relatives of the Strode family: Kara Strode (Marianne Hagan), her six-year-old son, Danny (Devin Gardner), her teenage brother, Tim (Keith Bogart), and her parents Debra (Kim Darby) and John (Bradford English). For years, Tommy has been obsessed with finding the truth behind the motives of Michael Myers. He finds Jamie’s baby at the bus station, takes him into his care and names him Steven. Tommy runs into Dr. Loomis and tells him that the Strodes are living in the Myers house. The two believe Michael has returned to Haddonfield.

After Dr. Loomis tells her that she is living in Michael’s home, Debra calls John to tell him she wants to leave Haddonfield but is killed by Michael. Later, Kara returns home to find Danny in his room with Tommy, whom he had met while on his way home. The three go to the boarding house, where Tommy reveals that he believes Michael has been inflicted with the curse of Thorn by a Druid-inspired cult. Thorn is an ancient Druid symbol that represented a demon that spread sickness and caused destruction. To prevent this, one child from each tribe was chosen to bear the curse of Thorn to offer a blood sacrifice of its next of kin on the night of Samhain (Halloween). When the corresponding Thorn constellation appears, Michael appears. The curse explains why Michael is out to kill his family and also accounts for his superhuman abilities. Tommy believes that Steven will be Michael’s final sacrifice.

While Tommy goes out to look for Dr. Loomis at a party at the Haddonfield Junior College, Mrs. Blankenship reveals to Kara that she was babysitting Michael Myers when he killed his sister many years ago, and that Danny hears the “voice” (from the “Man in Black”) telling him to kill just like Michael did, indicating that Danny also possesses the power of Thorn. Meanwhile, Michael kills John and Tim Strode, Tim’s girlfriend Beth (Mariah O’Brien), and Barry Simms. After Tommy returns home with Dr. Loomis, the “Man in Black” finally reveals himself to be Dr. Wynn. The “Cult of Thorn” take Kara, Danny, Steven, and Michael to Smith’s Grove. There, Loomis confronts Dr. Wynn who credits Loomis for first recognizing the evil power of Thorn inside Michael, which the cult wants to control and study, and that Jamie’s baby represents the dawn of a new age. Loomis is then knocked unconscious by a staff member.

Tommy finds Kara locked in a room in the maximum security ward and frees her. In one of the main hallways, they see Wynn and a team of scientists walk into an operating room to perform an unknown procedure. Tommy and Kara sneak into the adjoining room where they find Danny and Steven. Michael, angry at being exploited by Wynn and his staff, walks into the operating room with a surgical machete and slaughters them all. Tommy, Kara, and the kids run with Michael in hot pursuit, and hide in a high-tech laboratory. Inside the lab, Kara notices tanks containing human fetuses with a chart of runes and scientific letter codes connected together by the Thorn symbol, suggesting that the cult of scientists have been exploiting the evil power of Thorn for the benefit of medical science.It is implied that they have been trying to clone pure evil using the desired genes that Michael and Danny possess by impregnating their female relatives (i.e. Jamie and Kara), to replicate Thorn in its most powerful form, Steven being the successful result of this experiment. Michael breaks into the room. Tommy injects him with a corrosive liquid and beats him into unconsciousness with a lead pipe. As Dr. Loomis, Tommy, Kara, Danny, and Steven are about to escape, Loomis tells them to go on without him because he has “a little business” to attend to. Back inside the building, Michael’s mask is found lying on the floor of the lab room as the screams of Dr. Loomis can be heard in the background leaving the ending ambiguous.

Halloween 6 is full of top notch action sequences and some genuinely scary moments. Joe Chappelle directs with an obvious flare for this genre, and many of the scenes remind me of the original film.

REVIEW: HALLOWEEN V: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS

CAST

Donald Pleasence (The Great Escape)
Danielle Harris (Left For Dead)
Ellie Cornell (Free Enterprise)
Don Shanks (Urban Legends 3)
Wendy Kaplan (Blood Deep)
Tamara Glynn (Daddy and Them)


The film begins with the conclusion of the previous film after Michael Myers (Don Shanks) fell down a mine shaft. The state troopers tossed dynamite down the mine to make sure that Michael was dead. But Michael escapes and stumbles into a nearby river, where he is found by a hermit. Michael falls into a coma for one year while in the hermit’s care. On October 30, 1989, Michael awakens, kills the hermit, and returns to terrorize Haddonfield, where his young niece Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris) continues to live after nearly being killed by Michael the year before.

Jamie has been committed to a children’s hospital, having been rendered mute due to psychological trauma, but exhibits signs of a telepathic link with her uncle. Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) becomes aware of Jamie’s psychic link with Michael, and tries to convince Sheriff Ben Meeker (Beau Starr) that Michael is still alive. Meanwhile, Michael kills Jamie’s sister Rachel (Ellie Cornell) by stabbing her in the chest with a pair of scissors, and begins stalking Tina (Wendy Kaplan).

Michael kills Tina’s boyfriend Mike outside a car garage with a sharp rake to his head. That night, Tina and Sam and Spitz go to a Halloween party at the tower farm. Sensing that Tina is in danger, Jamie, having regained her ability to speak, goes to warn her; her friend Billy goes with her. While Sam and Spitz are having sex in the barn, Michael appears and murders them, impaling Spitz with a pitchfork and slicing Sam’s chest open with a scythe. He then leaves the barn and kills the two deputies that Loomis has asked to keep an eye on Tina for her own protection.

After the party, Tina goes to the barn and discovers the bodies of Sam and Spitz and the deputies. Jamie and Billy arrive to warn Tina. Michael chases Tina, Jamie, and Billy with a car. While in pursuit of Jamie, Michael crashes into a tree and appears to be dead, but he soon emerges from the car, very much alive. Tina sacrifices herself to save Jamie, and Michael fatally stabs her in the chest. Loomis, Meeker, and the police arrive on the scene and rescue Jamie and Billy. Jamie agrees to put herself in danger to help Loomis stop Michael for good. Loomis lures Michael back to the abandoned Myers house where Michael once lived.

In the old Myers house, Dr. Loomis and the police create a set-up. Jamie has visions of Billy, which causes Meeker, along with most of his back-up, to leave the Myers house. Eventually, Michael arrives and kills the cop by banging his head on the dashboard. When Michael gets inside the house, Loomis finds him and tries to reason with him. While attempting to take his knife away, Michael attacks him and goes upstairs. At this time, a police deputy is dangling a rope out of the window and begins to help Jamie climb out. But things do not go according to plan and Michael murders the deputy by hanging him out the window with the rope. However, Jamie manages to run past Michael.

She hides in an old laundry chute and is forced to abandon safety after Michael finds her and repeatedly stabs the chute. Michael chases her upstairs. Jamie hides in the attic before spotting Rachel’s dog Max hung from a noose, as well as the bodies of Mike and Rachel. Michael finds her, and Jamie tries appealing to her uncle’s humanity but ultimately fails after touching Michael’s face, sending him into a fit of rage. Loomis appears, using a tranquilizer gun to weaken him and then proceeds to violently beat him unconscious with a wooden plank until Loomis suffers a stroke. In the end, Michael is locked up in the sheriff’s station, to eventually be escorted to a maximum-security prison. However, a stranger in black arrives and attacks the police station, shooting the officers and causing an explosion. At the end of the film, Jamie walks through the station finding the bodies of gunned officers, and goes over to Michael’s holding cell to discover that it is empty. The movie ends with Jamie moaning in terror.

Overall, I think this movie has moments of greatness that, for the most part, make up for its flaws. Danielle Harris is amazing, and the final 10-15 minutes are riveting.

REVIEW: HALLOWEEN IV: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS

CAST

Donald Pleasence (The Great Escape)
Danielle Harris (Left For Dead)
Ellie Cornell (Free Enterprise)
George P. Wilbur (A Nightmare on Elm Street 5)
Beau Starr (Goodfellas)
Sasha Jenson (Teen Angel)
Michael Pataki (Aiport ’77)
Kathleen Kinmont (CIA)


Michael Myers has been in a coma for ten years since the explosion at Haddonfield Memorial Hospital and is being transferred to Smith’s Grove Sanitarium by ambulance. Upon hearing that he has a niece, Michael awakens, kills the paramedics, and makes his way to Haddonfield to look for her. Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence), Michael’s former psychiatrist, who also survived the explosion, learns of Michael’s escape and gives chase. He follows Michael to a small gas station and eatery, where Loomis finds Michael has killed a mechanic for his clothes, along with a clerk. Michael then escapes in a tow truck and causes an explosion, destroying Loomis’s car in the process. Loomis is forced to catch a ride to Haddonfield to renew his search for Michael.

Meanwhile, eight-year-old Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris), the daughter of Laurie Strode and Michael’s niece, is living in Haddonfield with her foster family, Richard and Darlene Carruthers, and their teenage daughter, Rachel. It is Halloween and Jamie’s foster parents, Richard and Darlene, are heading out for the night and Rachel (Ellie Cornell) is left to babysit her, causing her to miss her date with her boyfriend Brady (Sasha Jenson). Jamie knows about her uncle Michael, but she is unaware he is the strange man she has been having nightmares about. After school, Rachel takes Jamie to buy ice cream and a Halloween costume. Michael has already arrived in Haddonfield, and almost attacks Jamie in the store. That night, Rachel takes Jamie trick-or-treating, and Michael goes to the electrical substation and murders a worker by throwing him into live high voltage parts, plunging the town into darkness. Dr. Loomis arrives in Haddonfield and warns Sheriff Ben Meeker (Beau Starr) that Michael has escaped from custody and returned to Haddonfield. Michael single-handedly takes down a police station and slaughters the police force. A lynch mob is formed by the town’s men with the agenda to take down Michael as they remembered the massacre ten years before.

Rachel discovers her boyfriend Brady cheating on her with the Sheriff’s daughter Kelly (Kathleen Kinmont), and loses Jamie. After being chased by Myers, Rachel reunites with Jamie. Sheriff Meeker and Dr. Loomis arrive and take the girls to Sheriff Meeker’s house with Kelly and Brady, and a deputy. They lock and board up the house, and Loomis departs to look for Michael. With Meeker in the basement awaiting the arrival of the state police, Michael enters the house quietly and undetected. He kills a deputy off-screen, and then murders Kelly by impaling her with a shotgun.

Rachel discovers the bodies and races upstairs to get Jamie, but she is gone. Brady and Rachel realize they are trapped in the house, and Rachel finds Jamie. Michael appears and struggles with Brady before crushing his skull, killing him. Michael then chases Rachel and Jamie up to the attic. They climb through a window onto the roof and Jamie is lowered down safely, but Michael attacks Rachel and knocks her off the roof. Being pursued by Michael, Jamie runs down the street, screaming for help and runs into Dr. Loomis. They take shelter in the school, but Michael appears and throws Loomis through a glass door before chasing Jamie through the school. Jamie trips and falls down a flight of stairs. Before Michael can kill his niece, Rachel appears, alive, and sprays him in the face with a fire extinguisher.

The lynch mob and the state police arrive at the school after hearing the alarm. Four men from the mob agree to take Jamie and Rachel over to the next town in a pick-up truck. Michael has hidden on the underside of the truck; he climbs into the bed of the truck and kills the men, including the driver. Rachel is forced to drive, continuously attempting to throw Michael off. She succeeds in doing so and saying “Die, you son of a bitch!”, rams him with the truck, sending him flying into a ditch near an abandoned mine. The police arrive and as Jamie approaches Michael and touches his hand, he rises. The police shoot Michael until he falls down the abandoned mine and is presumed dead.

Jamie and Rachel have been taken home, and Darlene and Richard-who have arrived home-console the girls. Darlene goes upstairs to run Jamie a bath. Jamie, overwhelmed by Michael’s essence, dons a clown mask and stabs her stepmother with a pair of scissors, though not fatally. It ends with Jamie standing at the top of the stairs, emotionless with the scissors in her hand and stained with blood, with Dr. Loomis screaming as Richard, Rachel and Sheriff Meeker stare in horror.

This movie does have good acting from Donald Pleasence, Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harris. A decent plot. I specifically enjoyed the trailer boys Earl and his crew that go around shooting in the bushes and killing someone they think is Michael Myers. That scene always gets me laughing. Pure comedy!

REVIEW: HALLOWEEN II (1981)

CAST

Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens)
Donald Pleasence (The Great Escape)
Charles Cyphers (Death Wish II)
Lance Guest (Jaws: THe Revenge)
Pamela Susan Shoop (Empire of Ants)
Huntor Von Leer (Framed)
Tawny Moyer (A Fine Mess)
Ana Alicia (Romero)
Dana Carvey (Wayne’s World)
Nancy Stephens (A Time for Dancing)

On October 31, 1978, picking up immediately after the events of the first film, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is rushed to the hospital after being attacked by Michael Myers (Dick Warlock), who disappeared after being shot six times and falling from a second story balcony. Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) attempts to track down Michael. After escaping, Michael steals a butcher knife from the house of an elderly couple and kills a neighbor as he seeks shelter to recover from his injuries. He later learns of Laurie’s location from a radio broadcast and makes his way to Haddonfield Memorial Hospital. Laurie begins having flashbacks of being adopted by the Strodes and visiting a boy in a mental institution. However, her sedation leaves her in a semi-conscious state most of the time. Paramedic Jimmy (Lance Guest) begins to develop romantic feelings for Laurie, despite the chagrin of the head nurse Mrs. Alves (Gloria Gifford), who is trying to get Laurie to rest comfortably. Dr. Loomis and Sheriff Brackett (Charles Cyphers) continue to search for Michael, only for an oncoming speeding police car to accidentally hit and kill Ben Tramer (who was wearing a mask similar to Michael’s) in the process.
Upon arriving at the hospital, Michael cuts the phone lines and kills anyone who stands in his way of getting to Laurie. He kills security guard Mr. Garrett (Cliff Emmich) with a hammer claw to the skull. He then strangles ambulance driver Budd (Leo Rossi) and drowns nurse Karen (Pamela Susan Shoop) in a scalding hot tub. Janet (Ana Alicia) notices that Laurie is reacting strangely to her medication, and goes to alert Dr. Mixter (Ford Rainey). She rushes through his office, only to find his corpse with a needle sticking out of his eye. Before she can run away, Michael appears behind her and murders her by injecting air into her temple, causing an embolism. Laurie attempts to flee before Michael can find her. While searching the hospital, Jimmy eventually discovers Mrs. Alves strapped to a table in one of the surgery rooms, her blood having been drained. While trying to hurry out of the room, Jimmy slips, falls, and is knocked unconscious.

Meanwhile, Dr. Loomis follows clues connecting Michael to Samhain and the occult, which provides a possible explanation for his seeming indestructibility. Loomis is interrupted by his colleague Marion Chambers (Nancy Stephens) and a marshal, who reveals he has been ordered to have Loomis returned to the hospital under the enforcement of the Illinois governor’s office. Marion tells Loomis that Laurie Strode is Michael’s younger sister. Upon realizing that Laurie is Michael’s target, Loomis forcibly orders the Marshal (John Zenda) to turn around and bring him back to Laurie.
Meanwhile, while searching for Laurie, nurse Jill (Tawny Moyer) is killed when Michael stabs her in the back with a scalpel. Laurie narrowly escapes by going through the boiler room and up to the parking lot outside, discovering Mr. Garrett’s body along the way. She is unable to start any cars and also notices that all of the tires have been flattened. Jimmy eventually makes it out of the hospital and out to his car to seek help, but faints and falls unconscious again, this time on the steering wheel horn which sounds and alerts Michael of their position. Loomis, Marion, and the Marshal arrive and just barely save Laurie from being killed by Michael. Marion goes to the police car to call for help, after which Michael slits the Marshal’s throat. Loomis and Laurie flee into the operating rooms. Michael stabs Loomis in the stomach, wounding him, and Laurie fires two shots directly into Michael’s mask, seriously injuring his eyes. Loomis fills the room with ether and oxygen gas using the distraction to allow Laurie to escape. Loomis then ignites the gas, blowing up the surgery room in the process and evidently immolating them both in the fire. Michael, engulfed in flames, stumbles out of the room before finally collapsing and is seemingly dead. At daybreak, Laurie is loaded into an ambulance. As the ambulance is driving away, Laurie is shown having visions of Michael’s burning body before the screen cuts to black.

Halloween 2 is gorier and louder than its predecessor and while some say its not as good as its predecessor (and their probably right about that) Halloween 2 is a lot of fun nontheless and will certainly entertain fans of the origional.

REVIEW: HALLOWEEN (1978)

 

CAST

Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens)
Donald Pleasence (The Great Escape)
Charles Cyphers (Death Wish II)
Nick Castle (Dark Star)
Nancy Kyes (The Fog)
P.J. Soles (Stripes)
Kyle Richards (Concrete Cowboys)
Brian Andrews (Days of Our Lives)
Nancy Stephens (A Time for Dancing)

On the night of October 31, 1963, in Haddonfield, Illinois, 6-year-old Michael Myers (Will Sandin) murders his older sister Judith (Sandy Johnson) by stabbing her with a kitchen knife. Fifteen years later, on October 30, 1978, Michael escapes Warren County Smith’s Grove Sanitarium, where he had been committed since the murder. He steals the car that was to take him to a court hearing, the intention of which was for him to never be released.

The following day, Halloween, 21-year-old Michael (Nick Castle), now dressed in a blue jumpsuit and a white mask, returns to his hometown of Haddonfield, and begins stalking high school student Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis). Laurie informs her friends, Annie Brackett (Nancy Loomis) and Lynda van der Klok (P. J. Soles), that she believes someone is following her, but they dismiss her concerns. Later at her house, Laurie is startled when she sees Michael outside in the yard staring into her room. Michael’s psychiatrist, Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence), having anticipated Michael’s return home, goes to the local cemetery only to discover that Judith Myers’ headstone is missing. Loomis meets with Sheriff Leigh Brackett (Charles Cyphers), and the two begin to search for Michael.

That night, Laurie babysits Tommy Doyle (Brian Andrews), while Annie babysits Lindsay Wallace (Kyle Richards) across the street from the Doyle house. When Annie gets a call from her boyfriend Paul asking her to pick him up, she drops Lindsay off at the Doyle house. Annie gets in her car to pick up Paul but Michael, who was hiding in the backseat of her car, strangles her before he slits her throat, killing her. At the Doyle house, while he plays hide-and-seek with Lindsay, Tommy spots Michael carrying Annie’s corpse and tries to tell Laurie, who doesn’t believe in any “boogeyman” that Tommy says he saw. Later that evening, Lynda and her boyfriend Bob enter the Wallace house and have sex in the upstairs bedroom. While downstairs to get a beer for Lynda, Bob is attacked by Michael, who kills him by pinning him to the wall with his knife. Michael then appears in the bedroom doorway, pretending to be Bob in a ghost costume. Gaining no response from him, Lynda becomes annoyed and calls Laurie, just as Michael kills her by strangling her with the telephone cord.

Feeling unsettled, Laurie puts Tommy and Lindsay to bed and goes to the Wallace house, where she discovers the corpses of Annie, Bob, and Lynda when she is suddenly attacked by Michael. She falls down the staircase, but she quickly recovers. Fleeing the house, she screams for help, but to no avail. Running back to the Doyle house, she realizes she lost the keys and the door is locked, as she sees Michael approaching in the distance. Laurie panics and screams for Tommy to wake up and open the door quickly. Luckily, Tommy opens the door in time and lets Laurie inside. Laurie instructs Tommy and Lindsay to hide and then finds the phone line dead and that Michael has gotten into the house through a window. As she sits down in horror next to the couch, Michael appears and tries to stab her, but she stabs him in the side of his neck with a knitting needle and he collapses.
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Laurie goes upstairs telling Tommy and Lindsay she killed the “boogeyman”, but Michael reappears in pursuit of her. Telling the kids to hide and lock themselves in the bathroom, Laurie opens the French windows to feign escape and hides in a bedroom closet. Michael punches a hole in the closet door to get to her. However, Laurie frantically undoes a metal clothes hanger and sticks Michael with it in the eye. Michael drops his knife, which Laurie uses to stab him. Michael collapses again and Laurie exits the closet, then tells the children to go find help. Dr. Loomis sees Tommy and Lindsay running away from the house screaming and suspects Michael could be inside. Back inside, Michael gets up and tries to strangle Laurie, but Loomis arrives in time to save her. Loomis shoots Michael six times, resulting in him falling from the second-story patio onto the lawn below. Laurie realizes, “it was the boogeyman,” to Loomis responds “As a matter or fact, it was”. Despite his seemingly fatal injuries, when Loomis looks down over the balcony he sees Michael’s body has disappeared. The films ends as the audience hears heavy breathing in the background.Image result for halloween (1978)Halloween is without doubt the best horror film ever made and in my opinion will never be matched.Jamie lee Curtis is superb in this edge of seat horror.The great thing about it is that there is no gore at all, it is a straight forward horror .

 

REVIEW: BURIED ALIVE

CAST

Robert Vaughn (Superman 3)
Donald Pleasence (Halloween)
Kaen Loree (The Lovemaster)
John Carradine (Stagecoach)
Ginger Lyn (31)
Nia Long (Boiler Room)
William Butler (Watchers III)
Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy)

Image result for buried alive (1990)This movie is supposedly based on Edgar Allen Poe, but aside from a cat and some people being entombed behind a wall, I’m not so sure. (And it also seems to involve ants, lots and lots of ants). It takes place at some kind of institute for sexy, delinquent, orphaned female mental patients. (I would gladly work as the unpaid janitor at one of these places, but they only seem to exist in the movies). The name actors in this movie are Robert Vaughn, Donald Pleasance, and John Carradine (in what would be his final film). You may question the judgment of these actors in appearing in this film, but when did any of these guys ever show any judgment? I would question the judgment of the producers in their choice of the female cast. The lead is Karen Witter, a former Playboy Playmate. Very few Playmates are known for their acting abilities and Witter is definitely NOT doing what she does best here.

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The French director of this, Gerard Kinkoine, is also an interesting choice. He WAS technically a porn director, but he was one of the more talented “softcore” directors like Just Jaeckin, Jean Rollin, Walerian Borozyx, and Max Pecas rather than simply a hardcore hack. Almost all these European directors ended up working in off-Hollywood American co-productions like this at the end of their careers, but it was actually a step down for them  If you want  a movie that you flick on and not pay to much attention this is ideal..