Day 285 & Day 286 & Day 287 – The Return of the Living Dead & You’re Next & Creepshow 2

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Movie Title: The Return of the Living Dead

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 31 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

The Return of the Living Dead perfectly blends black comedy with blood and guts horror. Two hapless employees at a medical supply company accidentally open a government shipment. The shipment had been sitting in the basement for fifteen years undisturbed. The contents were shipped there by mistake and not willing to expose themselves to unnecessary government scrutiny the company didn’t say anything about it. While looking at the drum it splits a seem and the two employees get doused in the chemicals.

Simultaneously, a bunch of punks are out waiting for their friend to get out of work at the company, so they decide to hang out at the local graveyard. It is long abandoned and borders on a mortuary. After the gas is unleashed the chemical gets into the cadavers at the supply company and so begins a slippery slope to wider contamination. They try and kill the lone cadaver in their possession and it doesn’t work. They decide to use the crematorium next door to get rid of the evidence. This spreads the chemical into the local rain water which reanimates the local cemetery.

The zombies are clever and entrap the humans in amusing ways. The special effects are well done and gross. The dialogue is funny and the sheer ridiculousness of the concept makes it work beautifully.

Verdict:

It is simultaneously a parody of zombie movies and a great zombie movie. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: You’re Next (2011)

 

Movie Title: You’re Next

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 35 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

You’re Next is a dark and gory horror survivalist story. Erin (Sharni Vinson) has been seeing Crispian (A.J. Bowen) for a short period of times, but it is time to meet his folks. They head up to a vacation home together to celebrate his parent’s anniversary along with the rest of his siblings and their significant others. None of them get along. The parents are judgmental of their less successful children. The kids quietly hate their parents and each other until things get rowdy around the dinner table. Suddenly, an arrow comes through the window killing one of the members of the dinner party.

They are in a fight for their lives. No one knows who the assailants are or what they want. The family is mainly rich, entitled, upper class trash. They are squeamish and unwilling to do anything to help themselves. The family suffers heavily losses at first until they begin to listen to Erin. Erin grew up with a family of survivalists. They lived in the woods and her parents trained her to fend for herself. The family dynamic threatens to pull itself apart even in the midst of turmoil.

Verdict:

The twists and turns of the story are somewhat predictable, but it makes for a great tale none the less. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Creepshow 2 (1987)

 

Movie Title: Creepshow 2

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 32 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Creepshow 2 is another series of anthologies along the lines of George Romero’s original movie. George Romero wrote the screen play for this movie, but did not take the helm and direct. The first involves an animated cigar store Indian that seeks vengeance on behalf of its slain owner due to the power of some ancient talismans. The second story involves a trip to a lake that has a disgusting monster inside. It is the off season, the water is cold, and no one is around. The final story involves a hitchhiker on a quest for revenge. Each of the stories are threaded together through animated vignettes told by a crypt keeper like evil wizard.

Verdict:

It is not as good as the original, but it is still decently entertaining in the vein of the old Weird Tales comic books. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Videodrome (1983)

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