Tag Archive: full moon

Oct 09

Bleed

bleedGenre: Horror
Year: 2002
Country: USA

Director: Devin Hamilton, Dennis Petersen
Starring: Debbie Rochon, Danny Wolske, Allen Nabors, Orly Tepper, Ronnie Gene Blevins

 

 

 

 

Kill to get in. Die to get out.

 

Bleed (2002) - Movie Review

 

Oct 19

Puppet Master II

puppetmaster2Genre: Horror
Year: 1990
Country: USA

Director: David Allen
Starring: Elizabeth Maclellan, Collin Bernsen, Steve Welles, Greg Webb, Charlie Spradling

 

His unholy creations hold the strings to your life

 

A group of psychic researchers are gathered to investigate the deaths of a previous group of psychics that visited the Bodega Bay. They discover that the hotel isn’t abandoned after all when they find an older man who calls himself Eriquee Chaneè living there.

What they are unaware of is that Eriquee actually is the puppeteer Andre Toulon who has been brought back to life by his living puppets, using the very same serum that made them come to life. He starts off by acting welcoming to the new group, but it doesn’t take long before they also start to disappear one after one…

The first Puppet Master movie was a huge success for Charles Band and his Full Moon company, especially on video. Band was early aware of the fact that you didn’t necessarily need cinematic releases to make money on a film and he would turn this, and several other of his films, into long lasting franchises that survived purely on income from good old VHS sales.

Jan 20

Subspecies II: Bloodstone

subspecies2Genre: Horror
Year: 1993
Country: USA

aka: Bloodstone: Subspecies II

Director: Ted Nicolaou
Starring: Anders Hove, Denice Duff, Kevin Spirtas, Melanie Shatner, Michael Denish

 

Some things are better left Undead

 

Radu’s small creatures have been able to save the old vampire from eternal death and he quickly takes advantage of the opportunity to kill off his brother Stefan, but he spares the life of the newly made vampire Michelle because he is starting to develop some feelings for the beautiful girl.

Michelle is struggling with her new life as a vampire and she ends up stealing the Bloodstone and heads out to Bucharest to try to locate her sister Becky for help. But even though she is running away, Radu is not letting her or the Bloodstone get away from him that easily.

The second and third Subspecies films were both shot back-to-back, again in Romania. It was a decision that was probably done due to saving money, but since both films also continue right after each other it also gave them the opportunity to have the same atmosphere in both films and also the same cast. The first thing that fans will notice in this is that the character of Michelle is now played by Denice Duff instead of Laura Mae Tate. I liked Tate more, but it’s not a change that brings the movie down that much anyway.

Jan 07

Subspecies

subspeciesGenre: Horror
Year: 1991
Country: USA

Director: Ted Nicolaou
Starring: Angus Scrimm, Anders Hove, Irina Movila, Larua Mae Tate, Michelle McBride

 

The night has fangs

 

Three American college students are in for an experience of a lifetime when they are going to a small Romanian town to study the local culture. They find a nearby castle that holds a gruesome secret of the town.

The castle is the home of an evil vampire named Radu, and it doesn’t take long before the vampire takes an interest in the young American college girls. The girls seek help from a local young guy named Stefan, who unknown to them is actually Radu’s brother.

Subspecies is one of the most popular film series from Full Moon, and for once it doesn’t focus on small puppets (although they had to add some type of strange looking creatures in this one aswell) but rather tackles the old saga of the vampire creature and it does it quite well.

Jun 22

Ghoulies

ghouliesGenre: Horror / Fantasy
Year: 1985
Country: USA

Director: Luca Bercovici
Starring: Peter Liapis, Lisa Pelikan, Michael Des Barres, Jack Nance, Peter Risch

 

They’ll get you in the end

 

Jonathan Graves and his girlfriend Rebecca moves in to an old house that Jonathan has inherited from his dead father. Jonathan finds several books with satanic rituals described in them and starts to develop an interest in the occult.

After playing around with the spells, he is able to summon a group of small ugly creatures called Ghoulies. Jonathan starts to get more and more obsessed and ends up summoning his dead father back to life, who wants to use Jonathan and his friends to gain even more power.

Ghoulies has one of the coolest 80’s posters that I know. The green ghoulies who sticks up out of a toilet is so awesome that I have bought t-shirts with the poster “art” on it. Surprisingly enough, the ghoulies doesn’t play that big part of the film. After looking at the poster you would expect these little critters to kill and eat people, but they are sadly more or less in the background here and there and how they are made or what they want are not explained. Instead of a fun little creatures film, Ghoulies turn out to be a dull witchcraft movie.

Oct 01

Hideous!

hideousGenre: Horror / Comedy
Year: 1997
Country: USA

Director: Charles Band
Starring: Michael Citriniti, Rhonda Griffin, Mel Johnson Jr., Jacqueline Lovell, Tracie May

 

Deformed. Devious. Depraved.

 

Some strange monster looking creature gets fished out of a sewage plant and the thing is worth big bucks on the black market, causing two rival collectors to fight for the abnormal fetus looking things, who starts to come to life.

This is a very goofy output by Full Moon and Charles Band. The creatures are disgusting looking, but they don’t really scare you or bring any fun to the show. The story is unengaging, the actors are bad and there’s too many scenes of the two rival collectors trying to convince these creatures on who they should belong to and it’s just a big bore.

Jacqueline Lovell (Nude Bowling Party, Exotic House of Wax) is the only actor I enjoyed in this flick and that’s mostly because she is pretty damn hot. There is very little gore or blood in this and it’s more a comedic piece than horror. Band does what he normally does with this and it doesn’t bring out any new creativity or anything from the guy, but is rather a typical affair from Full Moon.

Mar 18

Doll Graveyard

POSTER - DOLL GRAVEYARDGenre: Horror
Year: 2005
Country: USA

Director: Charles Band
Starring: Jared Kusnitz, Gabrielle Lynn, Kristyn Green, Anna Alicia Brock, Brian Lloyd

 

Reborn for revenge.

 

Doll Graveyard starts off in 1911 where we see a young girl playing with her beloved dolls and accidentally breaks a vase, putting her daddy into a huge fury. He commands her to dig a hole in their backyard and bury her precious dolls there, but while doing this, the young girl also slips and falls into the hole and breaks her neck. The evil dad decides it’s best to cover it up by burying her with the dolls.

Today there is a nice little family living in the same house. Cyril is the single father trying his best to raise his teenage daughter Dee Dee and her geeky little brother Guy. One night Cyril goes on a date, leaving his two kids in charge of the house. The two sets out to clean the backyard and while doing this, Guy finds a weird old samurai doll. He is very into vintage dolls and admires the thin while Dee Dee just thinks it’s gross. Later on, Dee Dee gets a few friends over. While the house is packed with teens, the ghost of the young girl who was buried with the dolls start to possess Guy and now controls the his dolls to become violent against the others.

Dec 12

Evil Bong

evilbongGenre: Horror / Comedy
Year: 2006
Country: USA

Director: Charles Band
Starring: David Weidoff, John Patrick Jordan, Mitch Eakins, Brian Lloyd, Robin Sydney

 

Dude, it’s one SCARY trip!

 

The geeky chemistry student Alistair arrives at his new apartment that is shared with the always stoned pothead Bachman, the almost always stoned pothead Larnell and the jock Brett who has ruined his future stardom in sports by… smoking pot.

They come over an ad for an old bong in the High Times magazine and orders it right away. The huge and purple bong arrives a few days later and they start a smoking session right away, except Alistair who refuses to give up a few of his many brain cells for a relaxing and fun session thanks to the most popular plant that mother nature has given us.

After a few sessions wi the funky looking bong, Bachman apparently has died. Since the other roommates are having some girls over later the same evening, they decide to hide his body and rather brush it off for now but when Brett also ends up dead, Alistair starts to believe that it is all related to the bong itself.