By Paul Anthony
In August of 2001 we saw the release of Jeepers Creepers and the film though was simple became a hit, the film starred a young Justin Long and Gina Philips. The film which is in the genre of Mystery-Horror Monster film was a hit when it grossed nearly 60 million dollars on a budget of 10 million dollars. The film told us the story of a brother and sister traveling home during spring break through Florida when they start to be chase down by a old box truck, turns out this wasn’t just some random person but a creature who on every 23rd spring for 23 days eats human parts and make them his own parts and the Creeper which is its name picks his victims through fear and this time he wanted a pair of eyes but with the film making money we all knew a sequel was coming. Just two years later in August of 2003 we got the sequel. Here the movie takes place just days later which was a good thing because we really didn’t some future movie that would kill the series like a Jason X. The film had a higher budget but not by much it went from 10 million to 17 million which was understandable. You had a bigger cast this time around and needed a little more graphics. Only two people returned for this film and that was Jonathan Breck as the Creeper and Justin Long made a cameo. Like always we have to ask was this film better then the first one? Like always lets talk about the plot first.
Here we start the film on day 22 of the same spring as the first film when we get to see the Creeper back in action this time he kills a young boy in front of his family on their farm. We then move to day 23 with a school bus full of high school basketball players celebrating with the fact that they won the state championship but soon they blow out a tire but manages to keep going down the road until they blow out another tire that forces them to stay park and anyone who has a cellphone doesn’t have service, they do their best to call for help on the CB Radio but soon the creeper starts to basically pick on them, it is revealed that he threw homemade weapons to blow out the tires. Sure enough he picks them off one by one though they do some pretty good damage to his as well but he keeps on coming after them. Just when hope seems to be lost Jack Sr and jack jr the family from the farm shows up with a homemade Harpoon to kill them but just as it seems they could the Creeper’s time runs out and goes into Hibernation before it bleeds out saving it’s own life. The film ends the when we a see a pickup truck carrying teenagers to a farm and we learn that its Jack Sr and Jack jr’s farm and it has been 23 years or close to it and they been selling photos of it calling it a Bat from hell and we last see Jack SR waiting with his harpoon and tells the teenagers that he’s waiting for it to awake which should happen in a day or 2.
Now I have to say the film wasn’t better or worse than the first film, basically it was on par. what hurt this film was the audience knew and saw too much of the Creeper already, we knew what he was and what he wanted, we knew all the facts and what film could have done was give us more details about him but they didn’t. the main cast of students had no real character to them, they just seemed to be there, actually all the cast seem to be that way. The acting was okay, no one stood out in this film, plot was predictable which most horror films are. In the end I am giving this film a C for a rating though it didn’t stand out , it wasn’t bad either.
By Paul Anthony
It is tough being a celebrity because you no longer have a private life, people will watch your every move and report every step even if it means giving out wrong information about you. One of the biggest questions of the week was when did Tanya Roberts truly pass away, by now we know the answer which she passed away on January 4th which the media confirmed the next day but reports earlier said she had passed on January 3rd. We also know it was on her manager who reported the bad news despite not actually getting the exact word and just assuming. It was sad messy situation regarding someone’s life and how did we get to this point?
We know she was on a hike on December 23rd 2020, where she started to suffer pain and have difficult breathing and on Christmas eve she fell out of bed and could not breath, there she was taken to the hospital where she was put on an ventilator. Now due to the pandemic no one was able to see her. Her partner Lance O’Brien was invited to the hospital for the end of life visit in which he told her manager he was going there to say good bye and the manager took that as she was already gone but that wasn’t true. O’Brien had clear things up that she was being taken off of life support. I hope this opens the eyes of many managers that they need to get the correct and accurate information before they release any private information like this. Now many or some might be asking who is Tanya Roberts?
Well Roberts was an actress born as Victoria Leigh Blum, her career basically started in the earlier 70’s when she was doing commercials and made her film debut in 1975 in a film called Forced Entry. By 1980 she starred in the hit series Charlie’s Angles when she replaced Shelley Hack. Through the early 80’s she was in mostly B- Movies like The Beastmaster and Sheena: Queen of the Jungle, which sadly she was nominated for a Razzie for worse Actress. But By 1985 she was cast as a Bond Girl in A View to a Kill. This might have been her peak in the films but her Tv career was still going good and even stronger when she got the role of Midge Pinciotti in That 70’s Show, which she played the character for 81 episodes. her career may have ended in 2005 when she retired but she was slowing her pace before that to help take care of her husband which she married him in 1974 to 2006 when he passed away.
It has been confirmed that Roberts fell ill to a UTI that entered her organs and blood stream which also caused her to have a blood infection which was made worse due to her history with hepatitis C. She passed away at the age of 65. she was survived by Lance O’Brien, she didn’t have any children but our hearts and prayers go out to her family
By Paul Anthony
Back in 2002 we were in the height of the Bow Wow Era and also Jonathon Lipnicki as well, one was a cute little young rapper and the other was cute little kid that was pretty much in the prime of his acting career. So why not get these two kids together and make a film about orphans finding a pair of Michael Jorden’s shoes that some how actually fit and gave him powers to be the G.O.A.T the movie had all the magic and was a good little hit. The film had the budget of just 30 million and mad just around 62 million. so you know what that means, yes a sequel was coming. Sadly Lil Bow Wow grew up and so did Lipnicki which meant that they weren’t going to be in a sequel and worse of all the film would be direct to video which in 2006 these films were still a knock off basically unlike today. the biggest stars of this film was basically Kel Mitchell and Mark Cuban. the film stars Jascha Washington in the lead role where the kid finds the shoes. Now the biggest question of the day would be did this film live up to the first film? I best answer would be no of course but let’s take a look at why it didn’t.
In this film we meet a young boy named Jerome Jenkins Jr, one day playing basketball with his friends, they learn that a streetball team is coming to town and is looking for talent. Needless to say Jerome and his friends aren’t very good even though street ball is in Jerome’s family, his dad is often referred top as a good player though chokes during the big games. One day Jerome finds a pair of shows hanging on a street light, what catches the his eyes the most is the fact that the shoes says MJ on it. And that night the shoes are struck by lightening which Jerome learns has given him more abilities to play basketball but only when he wears them. Soon he starts to gain attention from other people and even joins a streetball team and leads them to the championship game however life isn’t perfect off the court. He stops making time for his friends, he becomes a ball hog which begins to turn his teammates against him as well. Meanwhile Ray who is like his mom’s distant relative friend becomes his agent to get him sponsors but in the long run he was only using him for the money and not looking out for his well being. Finally everything catches up to Jerome and he realizes all the wrong he is doing. In the end he makes it up to everyone he has hurt and screwed Ray with making money.
Okay so we know it didn’t live up to the first film, the film did have some over the top scenes that just didn’t seem like it fit in with the rest of the movie, which made these scenes even more over the top and just hurt the film. The film also tried to recreate the magic from the first film with a new cast which just didn’t happen. The Character of Ray was a joke he was called cousin Ray living with them and really wasn’t family at all. That made no sense. In the end I am giving this film a C for being average at best!
By Paul Anthony
I have to admit the main reason why this film got my attention was because the cast that was involved with this film. The film was a star studded one which was led by Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson but they were weren’t the only stars of the film. We had Bill Skarsgard, Sebastian Stan, Jason Clarke and that’s just to name a few. I was impressed that Netflix had managed to get a movie with this many stars in it, but like always the question was it good. Like many other psychological thrillers, this one was the one where you needed to pay attention because one detail that you would miss, would cause you a lot confusion and might even make you stop paying attention, but no worries I got you covered. Now understand that this movie which was based on the 2011 novel of the same name, has the main characters stories weaved together, which means basically the paths that our characters take were based on other characters that we are following and explains their interactions. The plot of the movie basically spans twenty years and goes from just about 1945 to 1965.
We first meet Willard Russel played by Bill Skarsgard during his time in World War 2, where he puts another soldier of his misery, this however will haunt him for the rest of his life, but after the war he starts to find his way home and that is where he meets a waitress and she becomes his wife and then they have son named Arvin. In 1950 we meet Helen Hatton who just married Roy Laferty who is one crazy preacher who has a daughter named Lenora, one day during a sermon he gets bitten by a spider which then makes him loses grip on reality and believes he can bring back the dead and to prove it he kills his wife to try to bring her back and at this point he realizes he cant, he basically runs away only to run into a pair of murders. That’s where we meet Carl Henderson and his wife Sandy who pick up hitch hikers convince them to have sex with Sandy while Carl watches and takes pictures but kills the men afterwards but Roy refuses so they kill them anyway. We jump to 1957 now Willard’s Wife now has cancer and it is killing her fast. In a last ditch effort Willard sacrifices the family dog to god to cure his wife of cancer but its no hope she dies and he in his grief commits suicide leaving Arvin as an orphan which he goes and lives with his grandmother Emma who also adopted Lenora.
During this timeframe we also learn that Sandy’s brother is also the Sheriff named Lee, who we learn is just as corrupt as his sister. He does find out what she does on the side and he begins to rid any evidence that suggests that his sister is a killer. Now in 1965 the local church gets a new young Preacher named Preston who seduces Lenora and she becomes pregnant. When she goes to Preston, basically denies any wrong doing and Lenora commits suicide so she doesn’t bring shame to her family. Arvin figures out that the father was Preston and confronts him and kills him. Now Arvin hits the road and gets picked up by Carl and Sandy but Arvin is armed and kills them after pleading with them to rethink this. Now Sheriff Lee sets out for revenge and to make sure Arvin doesn’t have any evidence that will pin him with his sister and in final moments of the film they meet and battle it out with Arvin getting the upper hand and killing Lee. Arvin once again hits the road and hitches a ride taking a nap and day dreaming about his future.
Now I seen some of the reviews on this film and its mostly been mixed to negative and even some calling it a miss. I did like the story but felt like some parts were rushed and we needed a little more character development with pretty much the entire cast. I believe that is what mostly killed this movie for a lot of people. In the end I want to give it an 70 percent or a C. I would still say please give this movie a shot, its not a bad movie by no means!
By Paul Anthony
Here we are reviewing a film that should have never happen or at least should have never been rushed to be made. Chucky was defeated in part one and found a way to come back. Thanks to the toy company getting the remains of the Good Guy doll that Chucky was using and basically rebuilt the doll which I guess gave Chucky enough power to come back to life which never made sense tome in first place, Why rebuilt a burnt doll. In part two once again Andy defeats Chucky again and once again destroyed the body this time in the plant in which he was rebuilt in. At this point its safe to assume at the very least the series should be over but Child’s Play 2 made money and that was the problem. The film made 35.8 million dollars from a budget of 13 million. Now here is the sad part because this film made money the studio wanted a sequel which we knew they would but we got a sequel just 9 months later. Which was a fast turn around by anyone standards and that was the biggest problem. No doubt a another break would have done justice for this franchise. Anyway 9 months later we get Child’s Play 3. The film made 20 million as gross against a unknown budget, which safe to say had to be around the 10 million marker.
The film does a big time jump from part 2, we are now 8 years after the events of part 2 and Andy is a now a 16 year boy who is going to Military school after he has been bouncing from one foster home to another in the last 8 years. Meanwhile Chucky remains in the plant that he died in and that’s because the company shut down the plant that makes the Good Guy dolls after their second run in with Andy and his situation. However they felt that 8 years was long enough to go without their most popular toy. So they order the plant to reopen. With Chucky blood still being in the doll they melt the doll down and his blood travels to a new doll which once again makes him powerful enough to come back to life and this time he’s really made and determines to find Andy and after killing the CEO and hacking into his records he finds where Andy is at. Now once again Andy is having a hard time fitting in though he does befriend his roommate and a girl named Kristen and a younger student called Tyler. Who now becomes Chucky new target because he revealed himself to Tyler in his new body. The fight is on for Andy defeat Chucky to save Tyler but its far from easy because once again no one believes him until the very end. Needless to say Andy defeats Chucky once again this time basically cutting his body up through a big fan. the film ends with Andy being taken to away in cuffs for questioning and Kristen rushed to the hospital and Tyler faith being unknown.
We know the series didn’t die after this, seven years later we got the film called Bride of Chucky which takes place only a month after the time line which the small time jump closes the window for the big jump that they did. Now why did this film didn’t do well as the first two even though everything was pretty much the same. The 9 month turn around, The second film was still fresh in people eyes and then release the film on a holiday weekend wasn’t the best idea in the end. Now I will give a C for a grade because it wasn’t a bad film just wasn’t good either!
By Paul Anthony
If you are a big Marvel fan then you know this week was a big deal for one of our favorite characters and that character was Daredevil. That’s right Daredevil is back home as of November 29th. This a big deal to me because let’s get right into it the show was a massive hit for Netflix and fans loved it. Let’s go even further back to the 2003 film Daredevil which starred Ben Affleck as our hero. The Movie was a modest hit but it could have been bigger. Year after year the idea of a sequel started to fade away and then there was talks of an reboot and even that fell through. By this time Disney now bought Marvel and rights were coming back home which included Daredevil. The MCU was born and was killing it at the box office. So it was Natural for fans to want another shot at seeing Daredevil. Then News broke that Disney worked out a deal with Netflix. That’s right we would see the devil again but this time it was show rather than a movie yet it would still take place in the MCU, just on a smaller skill since at times we knew Marvel had many heroes but they all weren’t big time players like the avengers.
Then on April 10th, 2015 the show was released and just like that fans went crazy for the show. They went on to binge watch it and beg for season 2 and even season 3. the show help bring characters to screen and into the light. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist got their own shows and we got a New Punisher as well. The casting of these shows and storylines what made the shows magic and it was all thanks to Daredevil. However little did we know Disney was working something else that would soon change the landscape of this great relationship.
Disney was working on their on streaming service which we know would be Disney plus which would launch in November 12th 2019, just one year later after Daredevil was canceled. At some point I would have guess Netflix got the word that Disney was going to have their own streaming service and decided to cancel the show. When they did this fans assumed the show would just be on Disney plus but we were wrong. We learned that the contract between Netflix and Disney would prevent the show from being saved and going to Disney for two years.
There could be a few reasons why this deal was in place and why Netflix did what they did. It all depends on which side of the coin you want to look at. Maybe Netflix wanted to keep a good relationship with Disney but also wanted to maintain ratings and to get both they needed to cancel the show, so Disney could have the rights soon as possible, this seems most likely instead of them punishing Disney, I say this because Netflix had all the rights to do a fourth season and they could have done it and that would basically slapped Disney in the face but they didn’t and they are smart enough not to do business like that. The good news is that Jessica Jones and The Punisher are the only ones left of the deal that is waiting to come and come February 18th they will. Now the question becomes will they revive these great shows? Time will tell.
By Paul Anthony
I have to say reviewing movies can be fun, writing about it can be fun, even if the movie is bad but then there are movies like this one where I just have to scream at watching. Okay let’s start at the beginning, today I am reviewing a film called The Car: Road To Revenge, which is a sequel to the 1977 movie The Car which starred James Brolin and Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley and Ronny Cox. The plot was simple a small town was being haunted by a car that drove itself and Brolin’s character has to stop it before it kills anyone else in town. The film ends with revealing that the car clearly survived the events of the film. We now jump to 2019 when this film came out direct to video 42 long years after the first film. Now you would think a reboot would be better or something but no we got a standalone sequel. Now both films are about the same length around a hour an a half but unlike the first film this was a rough hour an a half.
First and foremost the story takes place sometime in the future in a dilapidated cyberpunk looking city, where an District Attorney is working on putting this gang away for life but just when he gets the evidence that he needs the gang leader sends his henchmen to kill the attorney which by the time we get to this point we learn that the attorney isn’t a bad guy but isn’t good either, in fact he seems like a jerk pretty much when the girl he likes wants no relationship with him, he basically kidnaps and they have a little argument. So when the guys is killed you really don’t feel sorry for him. However shortly after he is buried, his brand new car begins to kill the henchmen one by one. Now we have a detective trying to saw his murder and teaming up with the guy’s girlfriend or ex girlfriend or whatever she truly is to him, they come together and track down the gang as well. Midway through the film the car does take some blows and finds it way to junkyard where the mechanic finds it and rebuilds it using parts from the first car in the first film, which is very random by the way, once the car is rebuilt it decides to now go after the detective and the girlfriend and they have to defeat the car and gang which they do!
This film honestly made no sense to me. One minute it seems like we should root for the District Attorney then the next minute you want him dead which would work if the people he was after was being framed or something. We have no character back stories, so we can’t connect with them and you get to the point where you don’t know which side is good and bad. The only bright spot to this film is that Ronny Cox does make a cameo in this film which pays homage to the first film. In the end I am asking you don’t waste your time watching this film. I am giving this film a failing grade or 40 percent.
By Paul Anthony
Now I don’t normally review too many animated series but this is the first for me and mostly because it was based on Greek mythology, which one of the things that I enjoy reading and watching and even learning about. Right off the bat the title caught my attention. After I clicked it on it and began to read what the series was about, I decided it was time to watch the show and see what it was about. Season one currently consists of 8 episodes, with each episode being around 30 minutes long. The cast is led by Derek Phillips who voices the lead character Heron which I will discuss more in a moment. Then we have Jason O’Mara who voices Zeus and we have Claudia Christian being the voice of Hera. The rest of the cast is as the following Elias Toufexis as Seraphim, Mamie Gummer as Electra, Chris Diamantopoulos as Evios, Jessica Henwick as Alexia, Melina Kanakaredes as Ariana, Mathew Mercer as Hermes, Adetokumboh M’Cormack as Kofi and finally Adam Croasdell as Apollo.
Now the plot is pretty basic but with some little twists to it and if you don’t pay attention when these twists happen you might get confused. The plot revolves around Heron who learns that he is a son of Zeus and is basically called upon to help fight for Mount Olympus when Hera learns that Zeus cheated her on and been protecting Heron and his mother who Zeus may still have feelings for. It is hard to tell if Zeus truly loves any of them more then he says his does because towards the end he does show love for Hera. Heron lives as a poor bastard boy with his mom and shows great strength in defending his village from these monsters that are called demons who were made from the bodies of the Giants that Zeus defeated many years ago. Hera who now wants her revenge on Zeus for cheating uses both the demons and giants for her war against Mount Olympus which Zeus trains Heron and reveal that they are father and son, Though at first Heron doesn’t want no part of this because of the death of his mother , he quickly changes his mind. But his story doesn’t stop there, the leader of the demons and the one who killed his mother was in fact his twin brother who didn’t even know that he killed their mother until it was revealed to him. talk about family drama, Heron saves the day and sadly has to defeat his brother as well who is mad at all the gods for the role they took in his life, The season as far as i know at this point ends with the demon leader is hell and Heron enjoying a much better life a hero.
Now I really did enjoy the fast pace storylines and at the same time they manage to keep the twists coming at the same time. Each episode gave us something to work with and good character development for each of the main characters in this show. Now Lets talk about the graphics it almost felt like a 300 film with graphics which was great touch. I honestly having a hard time finding something negative about this show except heron himself. Heron story (Which was made for the show) seems to be basically a Herakles (Hercules) story both people were named after Hera from a Mortal woman who was suppose to be a queen and had twin boys one of which was fathered by Zeus. Heron shows great strength which is a power that Herakles has as well, they both help Zeus out on certain missions. The demon brother was new part and him finding out Zeus was his father later in his life was new. Where Herakles knew early on that he was a half god. If these two characters weren’t the same I wouldn’t have a problem with it but why not make Herakles the lead person if your going to use his story. In the end I am giving this show an A for a rating or 95 percent and a must watch for the adults. This show isn’t meant to be a kids show.
By Paul Anthony
With the pandemic going on I have been looking at so much to review until life goes back to normal, so let me say I am sorry for not reviewing this volume of episodes a lot sooner because honestly I did watch this show as soon as it came out but just had other things to write about. Now let’s get to talking about the last six episodes of this season. Volume 2 covers 6 episodes much like volume did and those episodes are the following. Washington Insider Murder, Death In Oslo, Death Row Fugitive, Tsunami Spirits, Lady in the Lake and the last episode is title Stolen Kids. Like before with the first 6 episodes, there is no host which to me is the only mistake I could fine and that is just being picky because though Netflix makes good documentaries, they all seem to be the same except this could have been different. But that is the just a minor knock against it.
All the episodes seem to be roughly around the one hour mark when it comes to time. Also each episode does a good introduction to the story you are about to watch as well as give you as much details from from what we heard and interviews from people who were close to investigations. The first episode follows the mysteries death of John P. Wheeler 3rd. Second episode follows a death of an woman in a nice hotel in Norway, which she gave them false information about herself including her name which truly left everything a mystery. Next we follow the case of convicted murderer and sex offender Lester Eubanks who escaped from prison. The fourth episode follows the claim in which people from Japan sees the ghosts of those who lost their lives in the tsunami of 2011. This one really peaked my interest because it’s a case we all truly remember and the clean up and the lost of life was truly a sad thing and one for the ages. Then the death of Joann Romain who disappeared in 2010 when she so called walked into the icy lake St. Clair. the last episode covers the disappearance of two toddlers from Harlem in 1989 and where they might be. The toddlers were Christopher Dansby and Shane Walker and they were last seen at the playground at the Martin Luther King Jr towers. Truly another episode that caught my attention because it sadly involved innocent kids.
Now the second half of this season had some good moments but not as much as the first half. Overall these two volumes made up what is the 15th season of the show and far from what the they are calling a reboot. in the end I do give this season a must watch status and a grade of about a B plus or 85 percent. I would say its good for a Friday night with popcorn! Please if you have any information regarding these cases please report it and help these mysteries become solved!
By Paul Anthony
On the eve of Friday the 13th, I had to do a review on an horror film since we are now moving towards Thanksgiving and Christmas, this might be the last one for awhile, who knows. Today I decided to review as the title said House of 1000 Corpses, which is Rob Zombie’s directorial debut and this film would go on to be the first film what would be known as Firefly Film series. There would be two more films The Devil’s Reject and 3 from Hell. This film stars Sheri Moon ( Rob’s real life wife), Bill Mosely and the late Sid Haig. The film was made from a small budget of 7 million but was slammed by credits but still managed to make nearly 17 million and would of course become a cult film. This to me this film introduced me to black comedy horror films. Though Zombie was inspired by films such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) and The Hills have Eyes (1977), there is no doubt he added his own touch into the horror genre and it would be a shame not to give it it’s own name but that is a topic for another day. This film mixed black comedy for sure but added so much more grit and darker tone to it. Now critics bashed it but was it really that bad?
First the plot like always, the film takes place starting on Halloween eve of 1977, the film starts with a creepy gas station getting robbed but the owner who dresses as a creepy clown and call himself Captain Spaulding ( Sid Haig) instead kills the would be robbers and cleans up with his assistant just in time as four travelers come in for gas though they are exploring roadside attractions. Which the gas station itself is basically a monster house with stories to each monster it has, it even has its own roller coaster ride which the four (Jerry, Bill, Mary, Denise) take the ride and Bill and Jerry gets attach to the idea of Dr Satan and would like to know more which Spaulding gives them directions to but as they get close they pick up an Hitchhiker named Baby (Sheri Moon) she takes them to her family house after their car gets a flat and the group quickly learns this family is not normal the leader of them all has to be Baby’s adoptive brother Otis ( Bill Moseley) one by one they get picked off basically. At the same time we hear about these Missing cheerleaders and the police are on the hunt for whoever kidnapped these girls which we learn the Firefly family as they known by had them this whole time in which they do kill them. Denise manages to escape the night only to be saved by Captain Spaulding but realizes he is with the Firefly family and she passes out and awakes on Dr. Satan table screaming leaving her fate unknown.
The movie was only 90 minutes long, so it moved pretty quickly. We didn’t really have much character development to learn why this family was really all crazy and s0 forth but that may have been the point here. The story was weak at best and the jump scares were far in between. I can see why the profit was low but the great thing it did do was to me introduce a new genre to the horror genre though its under Black Comedy Horror as I said earlier it felt like it different. In the end I am giving it an C for rating. though it did some great things it just needed to be more.