REVIEW: HALLOWEEN H20: TWENTY YEARS LATER

CAST

Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens)
Josh Hartnett (30 Days of Night)
Michelle Williams (Oz The Great and Powerful)
Adam Arkin (8 Simple Rules)
LL Cool J (Deep Blue Sea)
Jodi Lyn O’Keefe (The Vampire Diaries)
Adam Hann-Byrd (Jumanji)
Janet Leigh (Psycho)
Nancy Stephens (A Time for Dancing)
Chris Durand (Angel)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Looper)
Lisa Gay Hamilton (12 Monkeys)
Tom Kane (Grim & Evil)

Twenty years after the events of Halloween and Halloween II, on October 29, 1998, Marion Chambers (Nancy Stephens), Dr. Sam Loomis’ former colleague, returns to her house in Langdon, Illinois, to find it has been burglarized. Her teenage neighbor Jimmy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) searches the house and finds nothing. While waiting for the police in her house, Marion discovers a file is missing, the one on Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), Michael Myers’ sister who escaped the attacks two decades earlier. She also realizes that someone has been in her house and immediately rushes back over to Jimmy’s house, where she finds him and his friend dead. Michael Myers (Chris Durand) appears, and attacks Marion before slitting her throat, killing her. The police arrive as Michael leaves the house with Laurie’s file.
On Halloween, two days later, Laurie Strode awakens from a nightmare. Since 1978, she has tried to get her life together with the hope that her psychotic older brother Michael would never come after her again. She faked her death in a car accident, and then relocated to Northern California under the assumed name “Keri Tate”. She has a seemingly perfect life with her teenage son John (Josh Hartnett), her boyfriend Will (Adam Arkin), and a job as headmistress at Hillcrest Academy, a private boarding school. However, Laurie is far from happy, as the tragic events from 1978 still haunt her.

Michael finds Laurie using the file, and stalks the school grounds. The students leave for a weekend getaway. Later that evening, John and his friends are having an intimate Halloween party in the basement when John’s classmate, Charlie (Adam Hann-Byrd), is attacked and killed by Michael. When Charlie’s girlfriend Sarah (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe) goes looking for him, she finds him dead in the kitchen dumbwaiter with a corkscrew embedded in his throat, and Michael appears. She manages to get into the dumbwaiter next to Charlie and just as she closes the door Michael stabs her in the leg. The dumbwaiter heads up a level and as Sarah gets out Michael slashes the rope, causing the dumbwaiter to fall onto Sarah’s leg, savagely disfiguring it. As she attempts to crawl for help Michael stabs her to death. John and his girlfriend Molly (Michelle Williams) go looking for their classmates. They find Sarah’s body hung in the pantry and are chased by Michael through the school grounds. At one point in the chase, John is stabbed in the leg by Michael. Just as Michael is about to get Molly and John, they are saved by Laurie and Will, who open the door for them just in time. Just as the door closes behind them, Laurie and Michael come face to face for the first time since their last encounter two decades ago. Laurie and Will hide Molly and John and decide to try to kill Michael.
When Will sees a shape approaching from the far end of the hall, he takes Laurie’s handgun and shoots the shape five times, only to discover that it was the school’s security guard, Ronny (LL Cool J). Michael then appears and stabs Will in the back, killing him. Laurie helps John and Molly escape but she tells them to go for help while she chooses to go back to the school with a fire ax. She finds Michael and attempts to kill him several times, and finally after stabbing him multiple times, he topples over a balcony. She approaches his body and pulls one of the knives out of his chest. She slowly raises the knife high above her head, but before she can deliver the final blow, Ronny suddenly appears, having survived the shooting, and grabs her. He restrains her from attacking Michael and drags her out of the cafeteria. The police come and put Michael’s corpse in a body bag, loading it into a coroner’s van. Laurie, knowing that Michael is extremely difficult to kill and not believing that he is really dead, grabs the ax from earlier and an officer’s gun, and she steals the van. While driving away, Michael sits up and escapes the body bag. She slams on the brakes, throwing him through the windshield. She then tries unsuccessfully to run him over. The vehicle tumbles down a cliff but she escapes, while Michael gets pinned between the van and a tree. Laurie recovers the axe and approaches him. He reaches out to her, apparently seeking forgiveness and compassion. At first it seems she will accept this, and begins reaching out to him, but then she slowly pulls her hand back and decapitates Michael, finally killing him.

Great to see Jamie Lee Curtis back in the role and acting opposite her Mum Janet Leigh which was a nice touch by the filmmakers. The acting is good, the film is fairly scary and Michael Myers return is as jumpy as is meant to be

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REVIEW: SPECIES

CAST

Natasha Henstridge (The Secret Circle)
Michael Madsen (Powers)
Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3)
Forest Whitaker (Panic Room)
Marg Helgenberger (CSI)
Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2)
Michelle Williams (Oz The Great and Powerful)
Virginia Morris (Shocker)
Patricia Belcher (Bones)
Frank Welker (The Simpsons)

During the SETI program, Earth’s scientists send out transmissions (shown to be the Arecibo message) with information about Earth and its inhabitants, DNA structure, etc., in hopes of finding life beyond Earth. They then receive transmissions from an alien source on how to create endless fuel effortlessly. Therefore, the scientists assume that this is a friendly alien species. From a second alien transmission, the scientists receive information about an alien DNA along with instructions on how to splice it with human DNA. A government team led by Xavier Fitch (Ben Kingsley) goes forward with the genetic experiment attempting to induce a female, because a female would have “more docile and controllable” traits. One of the hundred experimental ova produces a girl named Sil, who looks like a normal human but develops into a 12-year-old in 3 months.

Sil’s violent outbursts during sleep make the scientists consider her a threat. They try to kill her using cyanide gas but she breaks out of her containment cell and escapes. The government assembles a team composed of anthropologist Dr. Stephen Arden (Alfred Molina), molecular biologist Dr. Laura Baker (Marg Helgenberger), “empath” Dan Smithson (Forest Whitaker) and mercenary Preston “Press” Lennox (Michael Madsen) to track and destroy Sil. Sil matures rapidly into an adult (Natasha Henstridge) in her early twenties and makes her way to Los Angeles. Her body strength, regenerative ability and intelligence make tracking her extremely difficult. The scientists fear she may mate with human males and produce offspring that could eliminate the human race. Sil is intent on producing offspring as soon as possible, and kills several people to prevent them from notifying the authorities or simply to use their clothing.

Sil first tries to mate with a man she meets at a nightclub (Anthony Guidera), but after sensing that he is diabetic, she rejects him. Unsatisfied, he tries to forcibly initiate sex, prompting her to kill him by puncturing his skull with her tongue. She then tries to mate with John Carey (Whip Hubley), a man she meets after a car accident. They swim in Carey’s pool where Sil forces him to open his swimming trunks in order to mate, but he refuses. This act is interrupted by Preston and Laura. She kills Carey, morphing into her alien form, a bipedal creature with tentacles on her shoulders and back, and flees naked into a forest without being seen by the team. She pretends to be a rape victim to kidnap a woman (Marliese K. Schneider) in order to assume her identity. Sitting in the car near Carey’s home, she hypnotizes Fitch over distance to order the team to search for her in the nightclub. There, she is seen by Dan, prompting a car chase. She fakes her death by crashing the car, which she has previously filled with gasoline containers into a high-voltage transformer, using the kidnapped woman as a stand-in for her own body.

After cutting and dyeing her hair, Sil takes an attraction to Preston, having dreamt of him the previous night. After the team celebrates their apparent victory, she stalks them in their hotel, and they do not recognize her. Arden, who is upset at being single, walks into his room to find Sil waiting there. She has intercourse with Arden, then kills him when he realizes who she is. Dan senses that Sil is in the hotel and he alerts Preston, Laura, and the rest of the team. She morphs again and escapes and they follow her into the sewers where Fitch is subsequently killed. Sil gives birth and Dan finds her offspring in a cavern behind the sewers. The child attacks him and he kills it. Sil, angered, attacks the trio and tries to kill Preston and Dan. Preston uses a grenade launcher on her, blowing her head off and killing her. The trio leaves the area. The last scene shows a rat chewing on one of Sil’s severed tentacles; it starts to mutate into a vicious beast and attacks another rat.

This is a Sci-Fi classic! Very cool story, the cast is fantastic especially Natasha Hestridge as the little girl grown up Alien disguised as a beautiful women!! the rest of the supporting cast too is great, this was one of the best movies of the 90’s, the alien effects are fantastic and quite scary! Certainly worth having in any Sci-Fi collection, quite a gem of a film.

REVIEW: DICK

CAST
Kirsten Dunst (All Good Things)
Michelle Williams (Oz The Great and Powerful)
Dan Hedaya (The Addams Family)
Will Ferrell (Anchorman)
Bruce McCulloch (Stealing Harvard)
Teri Garr (Batman Beyond)
Ana Gasteyer (Mean Girls)
Harry Shearer (The Simpsons)
Saul Rubinek (Memory Run)
Devon Gummersall (Roswell)
Ted McGinley (Highlander 2)
Ryan Reynolds (The Voices)
Mark Lutz (Angel)
French Stewart (3rd Rock From The Sun)
Betsy Jobs (Kirsten Dunst) and Arlene Lorenzo (Michelle Williams) are two sweet-natured but somewhat ditzy teenage girls living in Washington D.C. in the early 1970s. Betsy comes from a wealthy family in the Georgetown area, while Arlene lives with her widowed mother in an apartment in the Watergate building. One night, on a quest to mail a letter to enter a contest to win a date with teen idol singer Bobby Sherman, the two girls sneak out of Arlene’s home, at the same time as the Watergate break-in. They manage to enter and leave through the parking garage by taping the latch of a door, accidentally causing the break-in to be discovered. They are seen by G. Gordon Liddy (Harry Shearer), who they believe to be committing a jewel robbery; they panic and run away. The security guard, startled by the taped door, calls the police, who immediately arrest the burglars.
The next day, while at the White House on a school tour, they accidentally happen across Liddy again. They don’t recognize him, but he recognizes them and instantly becomes suspicious. He points them out to H. R. Haldeman (Dave Foley), who proceeds to interrogate them; their conversation (in which it is revealed that the girls don’t actually think about the President that much) is interrupted firstly by a phone call from Haldeman’s wife, and secondly by President Nixon himself (Dan Hedaya), who takes Haldeman aside to complain about the bugging operation being so fouled up.
The girls are naturally awestruck at being in the same room as Nixon — but more awestruck at being able to play with his dog, which gives Nixon an idea. In order to keep their silence, he appoints them his official dog-walkers… which means they must be admitted repeatedly to the White House. On these visits they accidentally influence major events such as the Vietnam peace process and the Nixon-Brezhnev accord, by bringing along cookies that they have inadvertently baked marijuana into. (Near the end of the film, when Betsy’s brother, Larry (Devon Gummersall), reveals the cookies’ “secret ingredient” and realizes the President ate them, he concludes that this was likely a leading cause of Nixon’s paranoia.) They also become familiar with the key figures of Nixon’s administration, including the long-suffering, frequently ignored Henry Kissinger, and inadvertently learn the major secrets of the Watergate scandal without realizing what they know.
Arlene, previously infatuated with Bobby Sherman, now falls equally hard for the president. Just after reading an 18½-minute message of love into his tape recorder, she plays back another part of the tape and, after hearing his coarse, brutal rantings, quickly realizes his true nature. When they confront Nixon, he fires and threatens them.
The girls now reevaluate what they have learned and decide to reveal everything to the “radical muckraking bastards” (Nixon’s words) at the Washington Post, Bob Woodward (Will Ferrell) and Carl Bernstein (Bruce McCulloch). So they become informants; two 15-year-old girls are the true identity of the famous Deep Throat (Betsy’s brother had just been caught watching the film of the same name). Woodward and Bernstein — portrayed as petty, childish, and incompetent — are naturally skeptical of the two girls. To make matters worse, their only piece of physical evidence, a list of names of those involved from the Committee to Re-Elect the President, is eaten by Betsy’s dog.
Nixon’s men realize that the girls are a real threat and attempt tactics such as bugging and undercover agents to find out what they know, eventually going so far as to break into Betsy’s house and plant an undercover agent as Arlene’s mother’s boyfriend. Eventually pushed to the limit after being chased by the Watergate “plumbers”, the girls decide to take action: sneaking into Haldeman’s house, they manage to find and steal a crucial tape recording. They give a transcription of it to Woodward and Bernstein (keeping the tape as a “souvenir”) thus ending Nixon’s political career. Nixon, finds Arlene’s message on his tape and erases it, reasoning that he’d be “crucified” if it was perceived that he had an affair with a 15-year-old girl. After the resignation, as Nixon’s helicopter flies over Betsy’s house, the two girl hold up a sign depicting the phrase “You suck, Dick”, further angering the now ex-president.
A very enjoyable film . Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams are well cast in this amusing romp . This a film that stands repeat viewings , and ranks along side Kirstens other great films such as , Bring it On , and Get over It .