Jon Young's Posts (10)

'Night Of The Living Dead' (1990) - Review

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There are very few remakes that can surpass the original. I found that to be the case way back in 2009 when I noticed so many films were announced to be remade. Most of them were trash, only some truly captured the magic of the original. Remakes, when they are done right can live up to the original. When I think back on it films like John Carpenter's remake of 'The Thing from Another World' (aka "The Thing") it was not really a remake. It was a loosely based sequel disguised as a remake. The remake of The Crazies was AS GOOD as the original (IMO) some may say it surpassed the original. For me the original is still better because the infected in that film looked just like us. We couldn’t tell they were infected. In the remake most of the time it is very visibly obvious who the infected are. It continues to play with us that one of our main characters is infected or might be. It tries to string us along in this theory even though we have seen what the other infected look like. Therefore, for me it doesn’t surpass the original. Dawn of the Dead remake was good but didn’t surpass the original because it lacked one major element for me and that was the theme of the original story. Our original story was a social commentary of consumerism. Even in the apocalypse our characters decide to take refuge in an abandoned mall. They take in all the luxuries they couldn’t afford in the real world and now, they can. The movie was good other than that but without the main theme; them fighting to keep the mall because they believe it belongs to them as oppose to them leaving because they have to save a dog! It just lacked for me. It was still a good movie and an exceptional remake that just missed the mark.3673349774?profile=RESIZE_710x

One remake that eclipsed the original was the remake of Night of the Living Dead (NOTLD 90). This is something I have been saying since 1999; When I first found out about this remake. It only became mainstream thought when bloggers needed to fill their Halloween movie review quota. The remake to NOTLD, I always enjoyed more than the original. I never really thought significantly enough as to why. Why did I enjoy this one more than the original? Most likely because I can sympathize with every character in this version. Which I could not with the original. The music in the film is better and our leads are likable. Yes, even Mr. Cooper is more sympathetic than he is in the original and it pays off at the end of the film.

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What is the film about? Well, the bodies of the recently deceased have returned to life. They are not the people we remember, they are soulless monsters that now seek the flesh of the living. Seven strangers are trapped in an isolated farmhouse struggling with the horror that awaits them on the outside and the tension that will eventually destroy them on the inside. George A. Romero re-introduces us to all our favorite characters from his original film. Like the original film, Ben (Tony Todd), is our protagonist (for the most part), and Mr. Cooper (Tom Towles), is our antagonist. As in all of Romero’s films, the zombies are not really the obstacle our characters need to overcome, it’s each other. Humanity is the true obstacle. This is evident in all of Romero’s zombie films. From NOTLD to Survival Of The Dead. The film is almost a carbon copy of the original except for one major change. Barbara (Patricia Tallman) has miraculously been transformed from an irrelevant, comatose female character into a warrior. She is the only one with any sense or grasp of the situation at hand and this time, she not going to let the men dictate her destiny. All the characters had more depth which helped us root for them and against them.

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The zombies are far more superior on the remake than it was on the original. I know, given the limited budget of the original Night of the Living Dead that was probably the best that they could do. This may sound blasphemous but I wasn’t a fan of the original Night of The Living Dead. The zombie effects were outstanding in NOTLD 90. Visually, these zombies might be the best since Dawn Of The Dead. The ending of this film is just perfect. Definitely an improvement to the original (in my opinion). I never thought that the original worked. I know a lot of people that thought Ben being killed at the end was because the townspeople were racist and I didn’t see it like that. This time they changed it and made it better. It is the perfect ending.

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Tom Savini wasn't able to work on the original NOTLD because he was in Vietnam so when it came time to direct the re-make, Romero decided to give the honor to Savini. His accomplishment is as well-crafted as any of his mentors. Unfortunately, we weren't able to see Savini's true cinematic vision for the film (MPAA getting involved). Even though he couldn't bring his full version to life, Tom Savini did an exceptional job and maybe someday we'll be lucky enough to see his director's cut of this modern classic. If you’ve never seen it, you should try and get your paws on it. I actually have this on VHS, DvD, Blu-ray and I own a digital copy on Amazon. This is truly one of my favorite zombie films of all time and It is well worth a watch.

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'The Howling' Movie Review

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A lot of people love vampires. A lot of people. I like vampires. Not as much as some other paranormal investigators, I know; but I do like them. I just don’t like my living dead being attractive and super sexualized. My favorite vampire films are films like ‘Near Dark’, ‘Let the Right One In’, ‘Martin’, ‘The Lost Boys’ and ‘Fright Night’. Maybe this is why I never fully loved vampires as much as I do Werewolves. I love werewolves. They are vicious, ferocious, majestic, terrifying, and deadly creatures.

The sad part is there really aren’t many good werewolf films. ‘Ginger Snaps’, ‘American Werewolf in London’ that’s about it. Don’t get me wrong I know there are a lot more werewolf films but how many of them are good? Not many. For every ‘Ginger Snaps’ there is a ‘Wolf’ for every ‘AWIL’ there is a ‘Teen Wolf’ (which I actually like but that’s because I love Michael J. Fox). There aren’t many great werewolf films. That’s why I am happy to tell you about one of my all-time favorite Werewolf movies: ‘THE HOWLING’.

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I love ‘The Howling’. I think it’s a better horror movie than ‘An American Werewolf In London’. Don’t get me wrong, AWIL is a great film but it’s more of a dark comedy to me than a horror film. It’s still a great film and one I also highly enjoy but ‘The Howling’ is just a better horror movie to me. Now let’s just not mention the sequels.

Karen White (Dee Wallace) is a newscaster who has caught the attention of a stalker. A Stalker that also happens to be a serial killer. Eddie (the serial killer) has been infatuated with Karen, so much so he confesses to her all the murderers he is responsible for. Karen agrees to meet him, as long as the police is close behind. During their meeting Eddie wants to show him what he can offer her. Eddie then begs Karen to turn around and look at him when…Karen screams as police officers enter the porno shop and shoot down Eddie.

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Unfortunately for the police, Karen can’t recall anything that happened while she was alone with Eddie. She also doesn’t want to remember. Whatever it was, it was so disturbing she blocked it out. She then has nightmares about the incident. The nightmares persist so much that she then seeks the help of Dr. George Waggner (Patrick Macnee) who suggests she get away from it all and pursue counseling at his retreat, THE COLONY.

Karen hopes the people at THE COLONY aren’t too weird. They aren’t weird Karen they are Lycanthropes (aka Werewolves). Karen's husband Bill (Christopher Stone) is quickly seduced by this nymphomaniac named Marsha, who shows him the strange world of the wolf. While all this is going on two of Karen’s co-workers are investigating Eddie Quist and are discovering the true mythology of werewolves. They are shapeshifters and don’t need a full moon to turn into werewolves. If you don’t kill them right, they will come back to life and can regenerate (like Wolverine). This was awesome. As a kid I loved this version of the mythology and it was the first time I heard about it.

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I know I stated I didn’t like my vampires sexualized and this film does sexualize werewolves, but werewolves aren’t dead beings. So, don’t judge me for preferring my werewolves to be sexualized animals. Joe Dante (‘Gremlins’, ‘Innerspace’) directs this werewolf masterpiece. I know, a lot of you youngsters are going to watch this movie and think I am on crack. “Nothing happens for so long, the graphics are terrible!” I disagree. For the time the graphics are pretty amazing (besides that sex animation thing…I will admit that was terrible). Special effects master Rob Bottin worked on this film and his transformations were truly amazing.  They had never been seen on film before and that was exactly what Bottin was shooting for. Obviously, they don’t compare to Rick Baker but let’s be honest who does? Savini, Nicotero, and all the computers of the modern age can’t compare to Rick Baker (who can't compare with Stan Winston). Let’s not have such high standards people.

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Later on in the film, the gift of the wolf is offered to Karen. She refuses it but there might be a reason for that. I suppose you need to wait ‘til the end of the film to find out what I mean…But I am not going to spoil anything more about this film. Honestly, if you have never seen ‘The Howling’ you really need to see it. It is well worth it and is a classic horror movie and one that is perfect for the Halloween season!

To be honest I am really surprised this film has not been remade yet. I know I rag on remakes, but this movie would be perfect for a modern remake. Maybe by the time this is posted there is a remake already released but this was written in 2019 so if there was…I predicted it! I predicted it!

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Maybe I like werewolves so much because I think we are all like werewolves. At least to me we are. Check out ‘The Howling’. It’s worth it. Might I add that last year (this year to be honest….2 weeks after my review) I stated that the werewolves in "Creepshow" (TV Series) reminded me of ‘The Howling’ that’s cause all of the werewolves looked exactly like the way they do in ‘The Howling’, lol. I have a great memory.

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'The Exorcist III' - Movie Review

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When I was a kid I rented 'The Exorcist 3' and I honestly do not know why. I remember not enjoying 'Exorcist 2: The Heretic' so I don't know what made me decide to give the sequel a try? Maybe, it was because they were selling it as William Peter Blatty's return to the series. I remember when I tried to watch the movie I passed out. I don't think I ever really watched this entire film. It wasn't until the guys over at Red Letter Media did a review of this movie and talked about how much they do like the film is it when I decided to give this film another chance. 

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Fifteen years ago Lt. Kinderman (George C. Scott) and Father Dyer (Ed Flanders) lost their best friend, Father Damien Karras (Jason Miller). Ever since his death they meet to celebrate his life but unfortunately for Lt. Kinderman a case from his past has returned to haunt him. It seems there is a serial killer on the loose in Georgetown who is mimicking the techniques of the old Gemini killer. Lt. Kinderman's investigation into the new murders leads him to a psychiatric hospital where a catatonic Patient X (Jason Miller) has recently started to speak, claiming that he is in fact the Gemini killer and starts to detail the murders. This patient also claims to be occupied by Legion (a bunch of Pazuzu's friends).

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I am really glad I gave this movie another shot. So I have to thank the guys over at RLM cause, honestly, this is simply one of those underrated gems that get overlooked because of its terrible predecessor. Surprisingly I think this is William Peter Blatty's second directorial feature and because he isn't a traditional film director his choices are unique. His directing style gives the film a different atmosphere one that is eerier then probably a traditional filmmaker would take. Blatty also brought back the hard-hitting dialogue performed by Brad Dourif exquisitely. Dourif who is mostly known as the voice of Chucky takes his time with every line he is given which at least for me just made it creepier. Most importantly, the scare factor. Blatty leans more towards the psychological horror/thriller aspects and added tension to a lot of the scenes. The movie is often credited to having one of the scariest horror scenes ever made, one that absolutely no one saw coming.

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I don't know why I couldn't watch this when I was younger but as I said I'm glad I've taken the time to give it another shot. I am going to limit this review because I honestly do not want to give anything else away. Just give this film a shot. It's a great film!

 

4.5/5 stars. Cause it should have been called LEGION and had not added in an exorcism just to link to the prior films. 

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Hellraiser - Movie Review

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Larry Cotton and his lovely wife Julie have just moved into an old family home, preparing to start their lives anew. Strange feeling draws Julie to the attic where she is overcome with her passionate sexual memories of her with her true love, Larry's brother, Frank. Suddenly Larry bursts into the attic, blood gushing from a large wound to his hand.Drip...drip . . . drip . . . drip. Blood droplets from Larry's hand drips onto the floor which then seeps deeply into the cracks of the attic floor, feeding the creature that lurks in the darkness.

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Later, as Julie is drawn back to this unholy room, she encounters a terror beyond her wildest dreams. A bloody and skinless Frank is standing in front of her and begging for her help. He explains that by solving the "Lament Configuration", he had summoned spirits from the Outer Realms of Darkness. In his ardent desire for pleasure, he had also been met with pain as the Cenobites unleashed Hell's fury upon him. Frank now needs blood to regain his old form. He convinces Julie to seduce men and bring them home so he may feed upon them.

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The real terror begins when Larry's daughter Kirsty discovers what is hiding in the attic and steals the puzzle box which is capable of opening the portals of Hell. Ignorant of what awaits her, she inadvertently summons the Cenobites who then come for her soul. Desperate to save herself, she tells the Cenobites she knows of one who has escaped them and proceeds to bargain for her soul in exchange for Frank’s. But in Hell, as in life, things are never that easy and promises were meant to be broken. The ending sequence offers many twists and turns as it winds its way to its hellish conclusion.

This is a movie my grandmother did not have in her collection (lol). I remember purchasing this at Suncoast videos before knowing anything about it. My mom would take me to the mall and let me go to Suncoast video by myself (I was 12 at the time) as long as I would stay there until she came back, or go to Macy's to let her know I was there. I remember looking at the VHS box and reading the back of the box and begging my mother when she finally came to buy it and it didn't disappoint. 'Hellraiser' is a gory masterpiece directed by horror icon Clive Barker. I definitely recommend this movie for your Halloween viewing pleasure.

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The Changeling - Movie Review

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The movie begins with a rather horrifying scene in which John (George C. Scott) watches his wife and child killed in a horrible car accident. Honestly this scene was pretty crazy to watch as a young kid cause it was completely unexpected. The movie just started and we suddenly witness a woman and child killed in front of their father. I did always wonder why that phone booth was there in the middle of nowhere. John seems to have given up on life and now has decided it's time he sells the apartment which brings him nothing but terrible memories. Seeking solitude, and a place to compose his piano music, on a recommendation by a friend, he contacts a Historical Preservation Society about renting an old furnished home. It's more of a mansion than a house and has been in the Historical Society for over 12 years. The house reminds me of the overlook hotel.

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Almost immediately, John begins to notice things that he cannot account for. A horrible banging noise that permeates the household at precisely 6:00 AM. A child’s rubber ball which belonged to his daughter that goes bouncing down the stairway on its own accord, the bathtub's running water on its own and a boy's face can be seen under the water.

When John goes out looking for answers from the Historical Society as if anyone else has had these weird things happen to them before he discovers that the house was not supposed to be rented to him. The paperwork was snuck through past their lawyers and approved. No one has ever been able to stay in that house. John's curiosity gets the better of him as he starts investigating the rooms of the mansion until he happens upon a boarded-up and locked room in the attic.

Inside John finds a child’s schoolbooks, wheelchair, and begins to formulate his own theories about what might be trying to contact him, and why. As the events escalate and become more terrifying, John realizes his theories are not all that far off. John eventually holds a seance, discovering that a young boy was killed in the house by his own father many decades prior. It’s the boy’s spirit who haunts the mansion, and he won't rest until the secrets of his death are known.

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I remember when I first saw this I was probably about 9 years old and how scared I didn't want to go to sleep alone after. I remember not being scared of other movies like 'A Nightmare On Elm Street' or 'Friday The 13th' because I knew it wasn't real but this was one of the first movies that actually frightened me. The idea of ghosts has always intrigued me. My nickname as a baby was Casper and growing up my favorite cartoon was "Scooby-Doo" (in particular "The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo" was my favorite. Don't judge me.), maybe because I knew about ghosts at such a young age that this film had more of an impact on me than other horror films. This is one of my favorites. Just beware that even though there isn't any gore the film is deeply disturbing, at least for me it was and still is. I don't know if it still holds up today but if you like slow pacing horror films and haven't seen this one yet you give it a shot.

 

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Re-Animator - Movie Review

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Based on a series of short stories by H.P. Lovecraft entitled "Herbert West--Re-Animator" from the book "Dagon and Other Macabre Tales". 'Re-Animator' tells the story of Herbert West (Jeffery Combs), a mad scientist whos is also an egomaniac is focused on cheating the gods of death. He has discovered a serum which when injects in the brain of the recently deceased makes the dead stand up and walk. Unfortunately, these are no longer our friends, relatives, or loved ones, but rather adrenaline-driven super killing zombies. 

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Herbert's professor, Dr. Hill (David Gale) has been keeping a close eye on his research. Hill is determined to do whatever it takes to get his hands on Herbert's discovery and steal credit for his work. While forcefully trying to convince Herbert to turnover his findings,  Hill's head is viciously separated from his body. Herbert than decides that now is the time for the final test of his magical elixir and re-animates Hill's head and body.

7379867275?profile=RESIZE_710xDr. Hill is still able to speak, even without a voice box and lungs, and continues to be psychically linked to his body, which he controls to wreak havoc and seek his revenge. There's a scene where Barbara Crampton is forced to have sex with Dr. Hill's head (only available in the unrated version). As a kid...I LOVED THIS SCENE. I think I broke the rewind button on my grandma's VCR by constantly rewinding this scene over and over again. This all leads to a bizarre ending with plenty of zombies and lots of gore. 

This is one of my favorite horror movies growing up, I will admit I hated the music as it was too reminiscent of Psycho but the film, in general, was one of my favorites. I love talking zombies and you will see as the 31 Nights of Halloween continue.

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SHUDDER'S: "CREEPSHOW" Ep 4 - 6 Review

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Sorry, to have kept you all waiting for so long but life has been a rollercoaster lately (who am I kidding, no one is even reading any of these yet. lol). After watching all of the episodes from Shudder's "Creepshow" series, I can look back and say that the show works much better when you can binge the entire series then waiting week after week. When some episodes are weak there is little reason for people to tune in next week to see the next episode. Oh, I was right, by the way. AMC plans on airing the first season of the series ahead of the Season 2 premiere.  

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So let's pick up right where we left off. Episode 4 is one of the better episodes in the series. Unlike its predecessors, it consists of two decent episodes, "The Companion" and "Lydia Layne's Better Half" both are generic horror tales, nothing original about them but the one thing it has going for it is that it doesn't feel like a "Goosebumps" episode.  If I am going to be completely honest I think 'The Companion' (as generic as it is) feels closets to the original Romero, King film. 

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Although the story is generic, it resembles stories told in the opening of the original 'Creepshow' film, as well as the sequel. The next segment tells another generic story of a high profile CEO who accidentally kills her lover/protege and tries to dispose of the body only to get stuck in the elevator for days. Again, nothing new but the story reminded me of the 'Creepshow 2'  segment "The Hitchhiker". This is the first episode where neither parts annoyed or aggravated me. Could they have been better? Yes. But this was the first standout episode of the series. Every episode prior had one good episode and another that was mediocre or just awful but this one, both were mediocre but they felt true to its origins. They weren't great but I didn't hate either of them enough to write off the show or complain about them.

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Looking at the titles of the two segments in this episode completely baffled me. I had to play the episode to remember what the hell these two were about and I am actually pretty thankful I did. The first segment of Episode 5 is titled, "Night of The Paw" and I really did like this episode. I will grant you that again, there isn't much new to this episode but for me...for some reason, that's what made this episode work. This segment felt like it came straight out of an 80's anthology series. It felt like a 'Tales From The Darkside' or 'Tales From The Crypt' episode (granted  'Tales From the Crypt' always felt like it was a spin-off of 'Creepshow') which I might have complained about in my last review of the first three episodes but it just works. The writing is good and it's a twist on items granting wishes and zombies. After looking more into this episode I discovered the writer of this segment wrote 'The Graveyard Shift' and an episode of "Masters of Horror". I might have complaints about the ending but they are minor, I still enjoyed this segment and Bruce Davison is a phenomenal actor, and honestly if I had to pick one segment to show someone from this entire series I think it would be this one and 'The Finger'. 

 

The next segment is NOT WORTH EVEN SPEAKING ABOUT! Absolute trash, nothing to mention except it stars David Arquette (doesn't even deserve a link). Enough said.

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The season finale starts with the segment 'Skincrawlers' that was a fun unique take on the classic tale of beauty only being skin deep. Unique doesn't mean good, although I enjoyed this segment, it; like many of the previous entries into the series feels like the writer's children wrote the episodes or at least came up with the stories.

"Nelly, can you tell me a scary story?". Mr. Johnson questioned his energetic five-year-old niece who was giggling and hopping around the sofa. "So, this fat guy wants to be skinny, and there is a company and they tell the people they can make them skinny but then when the sun goes out the fat people find out they got skinny cause they had animals inside their bodies eating the food they ate!" exclaimed Nelly.  I still thought it was a fun segment, though.

The final segment, the segment to close the first season of 'Creepshow' stars a majority of talentless actors! Honestly I think every single actor in this segment will go on to do absolutely nothing. Who cast this abomination? Honestly this story belongs on the Disney Channel. The lead actress is so dull and who told her it was a good idea to get collagen injections at her age?  I know I might sound like an ass but there is nothing, absolutely nothing about this that was scary or even felt like it belonged in a horror anthology series, especially not one with Greg Nicotero's name attached to it. 

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As a whole the series was lackluster, I think 5 good segments out of 12 just misses the mark and it honestly comes down to people involved that just don't care about the material. Robert Zemickis and Steven Spielberg loved EC comics as much as King and Romero did. You could tell while watching 'Tales From The Crypt' that these people loved these stories and they wanted to adapt these stories or write their own. They wanted to tell interesting and compelling tales to scare a new generation. These people attached to this project seems like they did it all for a paycheck. 

 

With all that being said, will I watch season 2? I probably will give season 2 a shot but I won't wait week, to week and waste my time. If they ended it stronger I would probably rate this higher. If 'Monkey's Paw' and 'Skincrawlers' were the season finale I think I probably would have given this show a higher rating but unfortunately they ended on a terrible episode. What a waste!

2 1/2 out 5 stars. 

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SHUDDER'S: "CREEPSHOW" Ep 1 - 3 Review

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Growing up, I was a really big fan of horror movies. One of my Uncle's sat me in front of a television and played 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' for me when I was six. "Jonny, I want you to watch this movie but before you watch it I want you to know that this is not real life. It's a movie. It's pretend, ok." My uncle calmly said. "Okay" I responded.

After watching that movie I was hooked. I loved horror movies. It was my favorite genre.  As I have said before growing up I had access to all these VHS tapes. We had so many that we had a binder. In the binder was a list of films in plastic protective sleeves. They were numbered 00 to 150. It was a list of films. Each VHS carried approximately 4 films (I was a lucky kid). I never had to go to Blockbuster as I had a plethora of films to choose from. Each VHS' had its own genre. I went through all the horror tapes and comedies. As far back as I can remember horror was my favorite genre and George A. Romero was my favorite director.

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'DAWN OF THE DEAD' became my favorite horror movie as I was obsessed with George A. Romero movies. One of the absolute best films he ever directed was (in my opinion) 'Creepshow'! George A. Romero and Stephen King teamed up to bring us five splendid tales of horror (most having to do with zombies) but it was the style. It wasn't a typical Romero film. There was something different about it. Romero and King teamed up to pay homage to the old EC comics that made them fall in love with the horror genre. In turn they were giving me a taste of horror I and many others would enjoy and pass down to the next generation.

Ang Lee tried to direct his 'HULK' movie in a style that would make the audience feel like they were reading a comic book. He failed! George Romero decided to bring a comic book to the big screen. He succeeded. That's what it comes down to. One film is trying to present itself as a comic book from someone who I believe never had an interest in comics or never grew up with them. The other wanted to bring the comic book to life. That is why 'Creepshow' works so well. It is cheesy but it's also not. It's in that grey area. The stories are riveting. Each character is unique and we are constantly reminded that we are reading a comic. Whether it's split screens that appear like panels of a comic book, or bright graphic designs behind a character to show their shock or horror, it doesn't distract you from the film. In fact it adds to it. That and the music used in the film. The lighting reminds me of 'Suspira' (A film I never understood but marveled at it's set design and lighting). You could show a teenager 'Creepshow" today and they would enjoy it.

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The sequel is also very good, not as good as the first but for me it's because there were only 3 stories and not 4 or 5. I enjoyed each story from Part 2 and as I grew up I think I enjoy the characters in 2 more than I do the ones in the first film. They are more fleshed out. Each character interesting and helps progress the narrative of the film. I enjoy both films but for different reasons. The second film was not as well-received as the first but it's hard to follow up on such a masterpiece. It's rarely been done ('The Empire Strikes Back', 'Dawn Of The Dead' and 'The Godfather Part 2' are the only other films I can think of that compare or supersede the original film).

I have to give Romero credit. It would be very easy to fall back to the same technics he did in the previous film. But he didn't. Sure he uses animation and some comic book panel transitions to inform us that we are reading from a comic but the style is uniquely different. The lighting is different and the cinematography is different. Yet he still tells three compelling stories. One thing that remains the same is the music. Music, Score, Theme, whatever you want to call it. The first two films got it just right.

Let's skip the third film as it was an abomination and not canon at all.

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When I heard that Shudder was giving us a 'Creepshow' series and Greg Nicitaro (' The Walking Dead') was going to serve as an Executive Producer the series, I knew it was left in capable hands. I am a fan of 'The Walking Dead' and even though I may have stopped watching the series, I still enjoyed everything he did to help bring zombies and horror series into the mainstream. Honestly before 'The Walking Dead' the last horror series I remember was some Showtime horror anthology series and that was years before Frank Darabont's teleplay got brought to the silver screen.

12 terrifying tales told in 6 episodes. I was already a Shudder subscriber so I was just waiting for the pilot episode to be released and boy did it not disappoint. The first episode delivered on so many levels. It was Easter egg galore. The first part of the pilot reminded me of so much of both 'Creepshow' films. The second part, 'House of the Head' was also good. I loved that Chielf Wooden'head had a cameo in it. I loved the story it was trying to tell but it that just missed the mark (a bit). What I am saying is that it could have been better. At times when I think back on the first three episodes; it's episodes like this that are more reminiscent of 'Tales From The Darkside' or 'Goosebumps'. I can tell you that...so far, it's not a bad show. It's not great either. It's mediocre. Some episodes are good, and others fail to hit the mark. 

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A perfect example of this is that although the pilot paid homage to the original film, the first part reminded me so much of "The Lonesome Case of Jordy Verril" and "The Raft" segments from both 'Creepshow' films. Now that wouldn't be an issue if they did it better and they didn't. It was just as good. I will give it points for having Adrienne Barbeau (Willma) in it. As well as Gus Fringe and Jigsaw. It just lacked originality. The second part of this episode was my favorite and even that failed to deliver.

Here is the thing about 'Creepshow'. There is never a happy ending. 'House of the head' eludes to our lead getting away scot-free. That wouldn't have happened with Stephen King or George Romero at the helm. What would have happened and what I wanted to happen was...SPOILERS...(you've been warned)...that when the little girl takes the head out of the dollhouse and it becomes full size. After she tosses it back into the dollhouse that it wouldn't stay in there and instead would be terrorizing her and her "perfect family" just as it was terrorizing the figures in the dollhouse. Instead she just gives it away? Lackluster.

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Episode 2 was a huge drop off from the first one. The first part kind of reminded me of 'The Howling' but in World War 2 Germany. Jesus did this feel like a John Travolta straight to DVD (OnDemand) movie. The only good thing about this first segment was that Jeffrey Combs ('Re-Animator') is in it. Other than that, it looked so cheap. The acting was horrendous. Set design....none. It was as if the director thought..."Ahhh. Whatever! Let's get this over with!" The second part of this episode was one of the best in the entire first three episodes.

'The Finger' did one major thing correct. It brought back an actor I didn't know I missed so much. DJ Qualls stars and narrates in this episode; about a down on his luck loner/loser. One day he discovers this small finger and just like 'Gremlins' when he accidentally gets it wet it starts to grow into this little alien type creature. This creature does Qualls dirty work for our lead. If Qualls is upset at someone, his little alien pet will kill them for him. It's an interesting part and the one that saved episode 2 for me but again there is something missing. Something that doesn't fit with the style of the films. The episode kind of ends like how I expected it to end. Although, I think it would be cool if Bob helped him escape at the end. All in all 'The Finger' was the best part of episode 2. Of the entire first three episodes when I think about it.

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The problem with the series is that it doesn't end like the movies. It doesn't feel like the movies. Aside from a few segments the show feels like it is paying homage to other series. The segment in episode 3 titled 'All Hallows Eve' felt like a story straight out of 'Goosebumps'. You would assume that this is the episode that would be my favorite, but it was far from it. It was predictable from the start. The segment tells the story of a group of teens who terrorize a small neighborhood on Halloween night. Seeking revenge on the families whose children murdered them. The direction didn't fit with the tone of the story. It should have been set in the 50's or something. What I am trying to say is that it doesn't fit with the tone of 'Creepshow'. Where is the dark comedy? Where is the gore? Where are the visuals? This truly felt like Goosebumps: 'Ghost Beach' story.

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Luckily, ‘The Man In The Suitcase’ makes up for the first segment being trash. It’s basically a genie in a suitcase tale but it ends as it should. I get my visuals at times. The acting is sub-par. Music was still lacking but it was more faithful to the original films. I feel like there was information left out, more scenes that were left on the cutting room floor for timing. Why? Maybe Shudder hopes some network will pick up the series in the future. The end leaves the viewer satisfied. Looking back at the first three episodes it is clear to me that this wasn’t intended to be a homage to ‘Creepshow’ but was instead as a cash grab.

Hey, ‘The Twilight Zone’ is popular and I hear that they are bringing back ‘Are You Afraid of The Dark.’ Why don’t we buy the rights to some original property and develop it as a series?” No actual passion behind it. They got Greg Nicotero to put his name on it. I will reserve my final judgment after the release of the next 3 episodes but as of right now; it's just ok.

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