REVIEW: 2001 MANIACS

CAST

Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
Lin Shaye (Ouija)
Giuseppe Andrews (Cabin Fever)
Jay Gillespie (Hellraiser: Revelations)
Marla Malcolm (The Watch)
Dylan Edrington (Close to Home)
Matthew Carey (Old School)
Peter Stormare (Nacho Libre)
Mushond Lee (Sunset Beach)
Christa Campbell (Drive Angry)
Eli Roth (Inglourious Basterds)
Kane Hodder (Jason X)
Dan Hicks (Evil Dead II)

2m91Six prep college students and a biker couple travel south towards Daytona Beach for Spring Break, but a detour leads them into the seemingly idyllic Georgia town of Pleasant Valley, which is holding its annual “Guts and Glory Jubilee” in honor of the American Civil War. While they stay in the town, completely isolated from the outside world, they are systematically separated and killed in gory fashion by the town’s residents. Two students manage to escape, but upon alerting the authorities they learn that “Pleasant Valley” is nothing but a cemetery – a memorial for 2001 Confederate villagers who were massacred 140 years earlier by renegade Union troops during the Civil War. A plaque reveals that the town’s residents will not rest until the crime has been paid back: 2001 villagers were killed, 2001 northerners must be killed – an eye for an eye.2001-Maniacs-1As the two students drive away on their motorcycle, they are decapitated by barbed wire. The heads are picked up by Hucklebilly who walks down the road and fades away.movies_images_2005_2001maniacs_movie-fs_01One of the most fun movies around, this is basically a free-for-all that is most centered on what can be done to entertain. It’s a simple film that is mostly recommended for gore-hounds or anyone else looking to be entertained for an hour and a half.

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REVIEW: MONSTER (2003)

 

CAST

Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Christina Ricci (The Lizzie Borden Chronicles)
Bruce Dern (The Hateful Eight)
Lee Tergesen (Oz)
Annie Corley (The Killing)
Pruitt Taylor Vince (Heroes Reborn)
Marco St. John (Thelma & Louise)
Marc Macaulay (Swamp Thing: The Series)
Kane Hodder (Jason X)

After moving from Michigan to Florida, Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute, meets Selby Wall in a gay bar. After initial hostility and declaring that she is not gay, Aileen talks to Selby over beers. Selby takes to Aileen almost immediately, as she likes that she is very protective of her. Selby invites her to spend the night with her. They return to the house where Selby is staying (temporarily exiled by her parents following the accusation from another girl that Selby tried to kiss her). They later agree to meet at a roller skating rink, and they kiss for the first time. Aileen and Selby fall in love, but they have nowhere to go, so Selby goes back to her aunt’s home.

After being raped and brutalized by a client, Vincent Corey, Aileen kills him in self-defense and decides to quit prostitution. She confesses her action to Selby, while Selby has been angry with her for not supporting the two of them. Aileen tries to find legitimate work; but because of her lack of qualifications and criminal history, prospective employers reject her and are occasionally openly hostile. Desperate for money, she returns to prostitution. She robs and kills her johns, each killed in a more brutal way than the last, as she is convinced that they are all trying to rape her. She spares one man out of pity when he admits he has never had sex with a prostitute but eventually kills another man who, instead of exploiting her, offers help. Aileen uses the money she steals from her victims to indulge herself and Selby.

However, as Selby reads in the papers about the string of murders, she begins to suspect that Aileen may have committed them. She confronts Aileen, who justifies her actions by claiming she was only protecting herself. Horrified, Selby returns to Ohio on a charter bus. Aileen is eventually arrested at a biker bar and speaks to Selby one last time while in jail. Selby reveals some incriminating information over the telephone and Aileen realizes that the police are listening in. To protect her lover, Aileen admits she committed the murders alone. During Aileen’s trial, Selby testifies against her. Aileen is convicted and sentenced to death. On October 9, 2002, Aileen is executed by lethal injection.untitledMonster isn’t an easy presentation to watch.  The rape scene that sets Aileen on her murderous path is vicious. And it doesn’t get any easier with the individual killings, especially the last when any vestige of sympathy the audience might have for Wuornos is forfeit.

 

REVIEW: CHILDREN OF THE CORN V: FIELDS OF TERROR

CAST
Stacy Galina (Knots Landing)
Alexis Arquette (Pulp Fiction)
Eva Mendes (2 Fast 2 Furious)
Greg Vaughan (Poison Ivy 3)
Angela Jones (Man on The Moon)
Ahmet Zappa (Pump Up The Volume)
Fred Williamson (Starsky & Hutch)
Dave Buzzotta (The Prophecy 3)
Adam Wylie (Return To Sleepaway Camp)
David Carradine (Kill Bill)
Kane Hodder (Jason X)
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A group of teenagers become lost in middle America and arrive in Divinity Falls, where forgotten children have taken on the duty of serving “He Who Walks Behind the Rows”. The teenagers have less than a week to get out of the town. However, they find that their car is destroyed, and the children are held accountable. Alison, the leader of the teenagers, overhears that the children are the adopted wards of Luke Enright, a madman who considers himself the savior of the children, and the earthly representative of He Who Walks Behind The Rows. Upon remembering that her brother is also among them, Alison and the rest decide to go to Enright’s farm to discover the truth behind the bizarre cult. Upon arrival, they are stopped by Ezekial, who could be considered the leader of the children, and he informs them they are on private property and must leave. (In Christianity, Ezekiel is told to have seen wheels of fiery light in the sky.) After a debate, Alison is finally allowed to see Luke. He informs her that her brother is there, and agrees to let her see him, only to be rejected by him for leaving him alone with their abusive father. Jacob informs her that he is engaged to be married to a girl named Lily, and also states that she is pregnant with his child. Meanwhile, the rest of Allison’s group are kept outside, where the men are intimidated by a physically powerful and exceptionally tall teen named Jared.Ezekial holds a ceremony for the annual sacrifice to He Who Walks Behind the Rows, which involves a child who has reached 18 years of age to leap into a flaming corn silo where the god is supposed to dwell. Jacob is chosen, but he refuses and tells Ezekiel that his religion is false, angering him. Kir, one of the “outsiders”, agrees to become a part of the cult after reading a part of their “Bible” earlier. After Jacob attempts to leave, Kir chooses to take the fateful course, and climbs to the silo and leaps to a fiery demise. The rest of the group wishes to leave the town, but Alison refuses to leave without Jacob. They leave her, and she eventually reads a message Jacob left her in his Bible. It translates to “Help”, and she realizes he wants to escape. She enlists the help of the sheriff to stop Luke and Ezekial.
Greg, who has developed a crush on Alison, chooses to go back and help her and the rest decide to go as well. Alison, with the aid of the sheriff and the fire department, attempt to stop the silo and arrest Luke. While trying to extinguish the silo, the flames come alive and kill the two fire fighters and Luke kills the sheriff and apparently himself after his head splits open and a burst of flame shoots through. Ezekial reveals that Luke had been dead for years, and he is the children’s true leader. After killing two of the deranged kids, Alison meets her friends, and an all-out battle erupts between them and the kids ending with the deaths of everyone except Alison. Alison eventually finds her brother (captured by Ezekiel for disobeying him), and before dying he tells her how to stop the corn god. Ezekial tries to kill Alison, but after a struggle she sends him falling into the silo to a violent, fiery death. She then dumps fertilizer into the silo, killing the corn god in multiple explosions. Alison then goes to Lily’s house (Jacob’s wife). Lily’s parents tell Alison that Lily isn’t ready to raise a baby because she is a baby herself. Lily tells Alison that it’s for the best that she adopts her baby. As the film ends, the baby is seen being comforted by song, as the green-orange light of the silo fire is shown burning in his eyes.
In the late nineties the teen slasher was starting to get popular again, mainly on the back of the success of Craven’s Scream. So what else for the Children of the Corn series than to have some college kids crash their car and get chased by local murderous kids? There were a few cast surprises here, including Eva Mendes in her first feature, Fred Williamson as the Sheriff, David Carradine as the cult leader and Kane Hodder as the barman. If you’re a fan of horror, you’ll find enough to like.