REVIEW: HOUSE OF WAX (2005)

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CAST

Elisha Cuthbert (The Girl Next Door)
Chad Michael Murray (Agent Carter)
Brian Van Holt (S.W.A.T.)
Paris Hilton (Bottoms Up)
Jared Padalecki (Friday The 13th)
Jon Abrahams (Scary Movie)
Robert Ri’chard (The Vampire Diaries)
Damon Herriman (Water rats)
Andy Anderson (All Saints)

In 1974, a woman makes a wax mask as one of her sons eats breakfast. Her husband enters with another son. After being strapped and taped into his chair, he scratches his mother’s hand. Then she slaps the child across the face.In 2005, Carly Jones, her twin brother Nick, her boyfriend Wade, her best friend Paige, Paige’s boyfriend Blake, and Nick’s friend Dalton are on their way to a football game in Louisiana. When night falls, the group sets up camp. A stranger in a pickup truck visits their campsite, shines his lights, and refuses to leave or address them until Nick smashes one of his headlights. The next morning, Wade discovers that his fan belt is broken. Carly and Paige wander into the woods, and Carly falls down a hill, into a pit filled with animal carcasses. After rescuing her, the group meets a strange, rural man named Lester, who offers to drive Carly and Wade to the nearby town of Ambrose to get a new fan belt, while the rest of them go to the football game.The two arrive at Ambrose, which is virtually a ghost town. Unable to find an attendant at the gas station, they wander into the church, disrupting a funeral. There, they meet a mechanic named Bo, who offers to sell them a fan belt after the funeral. While waiting for the services to end, Carly and Wade visit the wax museum, which itself is made of wax and is the central feature of the town. The gas station does not have the right size fan belt, so they follow Bo to his house. Wade is knocked out by Bo’s brother, Vincent. Outside, Carly realizes Bo is the one who visited them the night before, after noticing the broken headlight. She runs to the church for help, but finds that it is populated only by wax sculptures. Bo captures her and brings to the cellar of the gas station, where she is restrained. Meanwhile, Wade is stripped naked and strapped to a chair to be covered in wax.

Nick, Dalton, Paige, and Blake realize they will not arrive at the game in time and turn around. Nick and Dalton arrive in Ambrose to find Carly and Wade. Nick visits the gas station, where he questions Bo about Carly’s whereabouts. When she tries to gain Nick’s attention, Bo cuts off the tip of Carly’s finger, but she tears her glued lips apart and screams for help. Nick fends off Bo and frees Carly. Meanwhile, Dalton finds Wade, who is still alive but unable to move due to the wax. Attempting to peel off the wax, Dalton realizes that he is unintentionally removing Wade’s skin in the process. Vincent finds Dalton and slashes Wade’s face with a machete, killing him. After a chase through the museum, Vincent catches Dalton and decapitates him. Meanwhile, Nick and Carly realize that all of the town’s inhabitants are real people covered in wax; Bo and Vincent have been luring people in and covering them in wax to make the figures look more realistic.

At the campsite, Vincent kills Blake and chases Paige to a sugar mill, where he kills her. Nick and Carly return to the house to find Wade and Dalton. When Bo and Vincent return, they chase Carly and Nick to the House of Wax. It is revealed that Bo is the “evil” brother and Vincent is the “good” one; since their parents died, Bo has been controlling the more mild-mannered Vincent through physical and verbal abuse. After a chase scene, Carly beats Bo to death with a baseball bat. Nick unintentionally sets the House of Wax on fire, and the wax figures start to melt, as does the whole house. An enraged Vincent chases Carly to the top floor, but Nick stabs Vincent. His body falls through the floor, and he lands on top of his brother’s corpse. Carly and Nick escape the House of Wax as it melts to the ground. The next day, the police arrive and report that Ambrose has been abandoned for ten years when the local sugar mill failed. As Nick and Carly are taken to a hospital, the policeman reveals Mr. and Mrs. Sinclair had a third son. From inside the ambulance, Carly sees Lester (the third brother) who smiles and waves goodbye.

The movie itself was pretty good (unlike the recent flood of weak horror flicks), it has everything a good horror should; a creepy villain, excessive violence, acts which make that average person cringe…this movie hit all the bases. It is definitely worth a watch.

REVIEW: MY BOSS’S DAUGHTER

CAST

Ashton Kutcher (The Ranch)
Tara Reid (American Pie)
Terence Stamp (Big Eyes)
Molly Shannon (Scary Movie 5)
Andy Richter (Elf)
Michael Madsen (Sin City)
Tyler Labine (Reaper)
Jon Abrahams (The Faculty)
Patrick Cranshaw (Old School)
Angela Little (Rush Hour 2)
David Koechner (Anchorman)
Carmen Electra (Scary Movie)
Kenan Thompson (The Smurfs)
Jeffrey Tambor (Dr. Dolittle)

Tom Stansfield (Ashton Kutcher) is a researcher at a publishing company who works under the tyrannical Jack Taylor (Terence Stamp). Tom has a crush on his boss’ daughter, Lisa Taylor (Tara Reid), who is completely controlled by her overprotective father. She reveals to Tom that her father is making her house-sit on the same night as a party she wants to attend, but Tom convinces her to stand up to her father and attend the party anyway. Lisa asks him to come to their house that night, leading Tom to think that she has invited him to the party; in reality, she just wants him to fill in for her – he reluctantly agrees. A comedy of errors ensues, including the return of Lisa’s older brother, Red, on the run from drug dealers. Red dumps drugs into the toilet, and instead returns a bag of flour to the drug dealer. One of Tom’s tasks is to guard their owl, O-J, which lives in an open cage (it has not been able to fly due to a deep depression, from the loss of a prior mate). When the bird drinks from the toilet polluted with drugs, it flies away. Jack Taylor’s ex-secretary Audrey goes to the house to try to earn her job back. After fighting with her boyfriend, she stays over at the house. Lisa returns home after finding out that her boyfriend Hans is cheating on her. Tom hides from her everything that happened and she spends some time with him thinking he is homosexual. He clarifies to her that he’s actually straight and she starts to like him. Audrey’s friend thinks she has breast cancer and asks Tom to feel her breasts. Lisa walks in on them and is disgusted by the situation.T.J., the drug dealer, finds out about the fake drugs and threatens to kill Tom if he doesn’t return him his money. T.J. tries to open a safe and steal the money. However, Tom gives him sleeping pills mixed with alcohol which sends him into a coma. Because they think T.J. is dead, Audrey and her friends bury him. Later, T.J. escapes from the grave and threatens to kill Lisa. With Red’s help, Tom rescues Lisa and she falls in love with him. He then goes to get her father, but on the way back the owl gets into the car making Tom lose control of the car and crash into the house. They find police officers in the house looking for T.J., who ends up getting arrested. Jack Taylor is enraged by the damages done to the house and throws Tom out. The next day, Jack Taylor hears his son explaining to Lisa how she should stand up to their father and goes back to Tom. Jack realizes his mistakes and gives Tom a promotion.This is a funny film and all the cast seem to be having a good time and a laught buy it if you want a good comedy.

REVIEW: SCARY MOVIE

CAST

Anna Faris (Mom)
Dave Sheridan (Ghost World)
Jon Abrahams (The Faculty)
Marlon Wayans (Fifty Shades of Black)
Regina Hall (Love & Basketball)
Shawn Wayans (Little Man)
Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie)
Lochlyn Munro (Freddy vs Jason)
Cheri Oteri (Liar Liar)
Kurt Fuller (Ghostbusters II)
Carmen Electra (Date Movie)
James Van Der Beek (Varsity Blues)
Peter Bryant (Dark Angel)
Tanja Reichert (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang)
Nels Lennarson (Horns)
Keenen Ivory Wayans (Dance Flick)
Zahf Paroo (Say It Isn’t So)

An 18-year-old girl named Drew Decker (Carmen Electra) receives a threatening phone call while home alone one night. Drew is chased outside by Ghostface, who stabs her in the breast, removing one of her silicone breast implants. She is hit by a vehicle driven by her father (Mark McConchie), who was distracted by fellatio from his wife (Karen Kruper), and is then subsequently murdered by Ghostface.Image result for scary movie (2000)
The next morning, Cindy Campbell (Anna Faris) meets up with her boyfriend Bobby Prinze (Jon Abrahams) and her friends, Brenda Meeks (Regina Hall), Ray Wilkins (Shawn Wayans), Greg Phillipe (Lochlyn Munro), and Buffy Gilmore (Shannon Elizabeth). Various news teams, including hack reporter Gail Hailstorm (Cheri Oteri), converge on the school in the wake of Drew’s murder. Gail hooks up with Buffy’s mentally disabled brother Doofy (Dave Sheridan) hoping to milk the facts out of him.Image result for scary movie (2000)
While Cindy is in class, she receives a note reading: “I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST HALLOWEEN!” She then realizes that Drew was murdered exactly one year after she and her friends accidentally killed a man (Lloyd Berry) during a wild car ride. Later that same day, Greg finds a photo of his genitals in his locker, with the caption, “I KNOW.” Later that night, Greg is killed by Ghostface in a deserted upper deck during Buffy’s beauty pageant, with the audience mistaking Buffy’s screams as being part of her act. When Buffy realizes she’s won the pageant, she momentarily forgets about Greg’s murder and celebrates her victory.Image result for scary movie (2000)The next morning, Buffy, still high on the success of her win, ignores Cindy’s warnings about the killer and does not realize she is being killed as it happens, even after she is decapitated (and the killer tosses her head in a Lost and Found bin, though her head keeps talking). Ray and Brenda go to a showing of Shakespeare In Love, where Ray is stabbed in the ear through a bathroom stall. Ghostface then goes after Brenda. Unfortunately, angry movie patrons, fed up with Brenda’s rude behavior during the movie, attack her her before Ghostface can, severely injuring her.Dave Sheridan in Scary Movie (2000)
Meanwhile, Cindy throws a house party, hoping for safety in numbers. During the party, Bobby and Cindy go upstairs and have sex. Ghostface unexpectedly appears and stabs Bobby, before disappearing quickly. Cindy gets a gun from a drawer near the entrance, Bobby follows and she tends to his wounds. Brenda’s stoner brother Shorty (Marlon Wayans) comes up from the basement and informs them that the killer had chased many of the partygoers away after killing some. Bobby takes the gun and shoots Shorty, revealing that his wound was an elaborate ruse. Ray arrives on the scene, alive; he and Bobby announce their plan to Cindy to kill her and her father (Rick Ducommun) (despite the fact that they are not actually the killers).Image result for scary movie (2000)Ray and Bobby also plan to make themselves look like heroes by giving each other stab wounds to indicate they fought back, but the plan backfires when Ray stabs Bobby repeatedly and ultimately kills him, furious because his favorite show, The Wayans Bros., has been cancelled. Ghostface abruptly arrives and attacks Cindy during a fight of karate after stabbing Ray to death, but she successfully subdues him by employing moves copied from The Matrix (and by doing a brief Irish jig while levitating) and kicks him through a window. Nonetheless, Ghostface vanishes before the police arrive. At the police station, Cindy and the local sheriff (Kurt Fuller) realize that Doofy, the only one who knew about the car accident, was actually faking his disability and is the true killer. Unfortunately, Doofy has already escaped with Gail Hailstorm. Upon finding his discarded disguise in the street, Cindy begins screaming, but is soon hit by a car. In a post-credits scene, Shorty appears and breaks the fourth wall by giving tips on how to survive this sort of “situation”. They appear to be on how to survive in a horror movie, but turn out to be tips on how to successfully enact a snatch n run.Image result for scary movie (2000)
Being a fan of the Scream movies, I was keen to see Scary Movie when it was first released. I’m glad I did because it’s a very funny film, hilarious at times. How the actors managed to keep straight faces whilst filming is beyond me….worth watching.

 

REVIEW: BOTTOMS UP

 


CAST

Jason Mewes (Dogma)
David Keith (Lone Star)
Paris Hilton (Wonderland)
Brian Halisay (Hostel – Part III)
Jon Abrahams (Scary Movie)
Phil Morris (Smallville)
Nicholle Tom (Gotham)
Raymond O’ Connor (Halloween 4)
Desmond Harrington (Wrong Turn)
Kevin Smith (Clerks)
Tim Thomerson (Dollman)
Johnny Messner (Tears of The Sun)
Matthew Davis (Legacies)
Adam Beach (Suicide Squad)
Briana Evigan (S.Darko

MV5BMTE5NDY3ODIyNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMDk4MDM3._V1_For fans of Jay and Silent Bob, also known as Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, this movie is worth seeing as both actors appear in it.MV5BNzAxZjNjNWQtYjE1NS00YjQ2LTkyNWYtMjljYzgzMTYwMGNiXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMTAxNDY0MjQ5._V1_Owen Peadman is played by Jason Mewes. Owen is a very milder version of Jay but still an intriguing character and his acting was excellent throughout the movie. From his facial expressions to his quick witted responses, Mewes does not disappoint. Throw in the few scenes with the always funny and witty Kevin Smith and you still have a good Jay and Silent Bob connection. Now let’s look at the characters of Uncle Earl Peadman played by  David Keith. David Keith has played many macho roles and seeing him play a gay man was quite different. But he played it well and by the end of the movie, you felt his character.MV5BODY2NDQyMGEtNGQwNS00OGNjLTk4ODItMTMzM2Y3ZmU5ZGNjXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMjM4MDAxODI@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,666,1000_AL_Now let’s take a look at the questionable role for Paris Hilton. First of all the role was perfect for her because she’s lived that lifestyle. I almost perceived her as wishing she was her character instead of playing it. But unfortunately that’s not true. The movie will probably get bad reviews because of her. But as a comedy, I thought the movie was witty, funny and well written with underlying twists. I recommend this movie just because you can sit back and watch it and laugh without thinking too much. A nice view after a hard day at work.

REVIEW: PRIME

CAST
Uma Thurman (Kill Bill)
Meryl Streep (Into The Woods)
Bryan Greenberg (Bride Wars)
Jon Abrahams (Scary Movie)
Mini Anden (Chuck)
Zak Orth (Loser)
David Costabile (Breaking Bad)
Ato Essandoh (Blood Diamond)
Rafi (Uma Thurman) is a recently divorced, 37-year-old career woman from Manhattan who becomes romantically involved with David (Bryan Greenberg), a talented 23-year-old Jewish painter from the Upper West Side. Rafi shares all her secrets with her therapist Lisa (Meryl Streep) who, unbeknownst to Rafi, is David’s mother. Lisa, supportive of Rafi’s relationship with a younger man, discovers the connection and finds herself not only faced with the ethical and moral dilemma of counseling David’s girlfriend, but also the reality that she feels differently about the relationship now that she knows her son is involved. Lisa consults her own therapist, and they decide that it is in the best interest of her patient Rafi for Lisa to continue treatment, as long as the relationship remains the “fling” it appears to be.
However, Lisa soon realizes that the relationship is serious, and tells Rafi that she is David’s mother. Feeling embarrassed and betrayed, Rafi ends her treatment with Lisa. Their differences causing problems between them, Rafi and David break up. A couple of weeks later, David is enjoying a night on the town with his best friend; he gets drunk and ends up sleeping with Sue, Rafi’s friend from work. The same day, after bumping into each other at the supermarket and going back to David’s place, David and Rafi start seeing each other again. They also try to make the relationship stronger by going to a Friday night dinner with David’s family. The rift between Rafi and Lisa is patched up, although Rafi brings up the possibility of her and David having children, to which Lisa reacts strongly. A few days later, Rafi discovers that David had slept with Sue, and David and Rafi fight. After sulking for some time, David goes to seek Lisa’s help as both his mother and as a therapist. She advises him to do what he can to keep the relationship, because it was through Rafi that Lisa was able to understand David’s career as an artist. David goes back to Rafi to apologize and offer to give her a child because that is what she wants the most. Rafi realizes how deep David’s love must be for him to make such a sacrifice. Ultimately, they both realize that love is not enough to keep a relationship going, and they break up. A year later, David and his friend are leaving a restaurant — the first restaurant where he and Rafi had a proper date. Going back to retrieve his forgotten hat, he spots Rafi but she does not see him; he gets his hat, rushes out the door, and hides. He defrosts the glass a bit to watch her, and she turns around and sees him. They share a smile before parting.
A look at love with an age gap and the problems it really throws up and how a mother learns about the man her little boy has become. Good film once you take the time to get into it.

REVIEW: TEXAS RANGERS


CAST
James Van Der Beek (Dawsons Creek)
Rachael Leigh Cook (Antitrust)
Ashton Kutcher (That 70s Show)
Dylan McDermott (Runaway Jury)
Usher Raymonmd (Shes All That)
Tom Skerritt (Poison Ivy)
Randy Travis (The Rainmaker)
Leonor Varela (Blade II)
Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2)
Robert Patrick (Terminator 2)
Jon Abrahams (Scary Movie)
Oded Fehr (V)
Eric Johnson (Smallville)
Matt Keeslar (Scream 3)
James Coburn (The Great Escape)
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Ten years after the Civil War has ended, the Governor of Texas asks Leander McNelly (Dylan McDermott) to recommission a company of Rangers to help uphold the law along the Mexican border. Aside from a few seasoned veterans, the recruits are young men who have little or no experience with guns or policing crime. The antagonist of the story is John King Fisher (Alfred Molina) who is stealing cattle from Texas cattle barons like Richard Dukes and Victor Logan and driving them into Mexico, where he sells them to the Mexican army.
After McNelly and his men pursue Fisher for a while, they fall into a trap, where many of the young and ill-trained Rangers are killed. Defeated and low on morale, the men fall back to a ranch house and attempt to set up an ambush for Fisher. After being double crossed by a woman (perhaps unwittingly), the rangers remain one step behind Fisher and his men. Two of the Rangers follow Fisher and his men to the Mexican border, where they wait for the rest of their company. Once the entire Ranger force arrives, they plan their final attack. In a final gun-slinging showdown, the Rangers face off against Fisher and his men that will tip the state of the border country in the direction of either chaos or justice.
This is an excellent film, and worth watching. It gives a gritty example of how life probably was in those days, particularly for the Texas Rangers. Leander McNelly did actually exist in real life (as did King Fisher), but the film uses poetic licence in terms of the storyline in relation to facts (what’s new!). The acting in this film is very good, and the casting really spot on.

REVIEW: THE FACULTY

 

CAST

Jordana Brewster (Chuck)
Clea DuVall (The Lizzie Bordan Chronicles)
Laura Harris (Dead Like Me)
Josh Hartnett (Lucky Number Sleven)
Shawn Hatosy (Alpha Dog)
Salma Hayek (Ugly Betty)
Famke Janssen (X-Men)
Piper Laurie (Carrie)
Christopher McDonald (Fanboys)
Bebe Neuwirth (Jumanji)
Robert Patrick (Terminator 2)
Usher (She’s All that)
Jon Stewart (Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back)
Elijah Wood (Lord of The Rings)
Jon Abrahams (Scary Movie)
Summer Phoenix (The Believer)
Danny Masterson (That 70s Show)
Eric Jungmann (Not Another Teen Movie)

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Herrington High School, just your everyday place of learning. That is until the teachers start behaving strangely. It seems there is an alien plot to take over world and only a rag-tag group of students can save us. The film has rightly been tagged as a cross between Invasion Of The Body Snatchers and any teen led Highschool movie. This is intentional, something that’s apparent as our intrepid students discuss Snatchers amongst other movie references, and one of them, Stokely {Clea Duval}, is a sci-fi aficionado . As things progress it’s also evident that the makers here are movie fans making a movie for movie fans, all be it one aimed solely at the teenage demographic. There’s much satire around and cliché’s are widely embraced, but again it works because there is no hidden agenda. There’s gore and hugely effective scenes involving blood, slugs, heads and an eyeball, whilst slasher fans are catered for in a couple of, if seemingly pointless as regards the alien’s intentions, memorable scenes.

The youngsters in the cast, all playing total stereotypes, all do what is required, with Josh Hartnett, Duval & Elijah Wood particularly shining. But it’s with the adult actors that The Faculty really gains its tongue in cheek momentum. Robert Patrick, Famke Jansen, Salma Hayek, Piper Laurie, Bebe Neuwirth and even Jon Stewart all file in for a bit of alien parasitical fun.

Come the end of the mania, with the staple alien queen reveal and showdown, there’s the overriding feeling that the film could have been so much more. Certainly it’s guilty of being a touch too derivative, a little focus lost in the self referential and knowing in-jokery genre winks. But it’s a groovy ride is this one, not in the least bit serious.