Robocop (1987)

“Dead or alive, you are coming with me.” When I first heard those words coming out from the lips of RoboCop (Peter Weller), I was hooked.  Instantly.  There was no looking back for this fat kid: RoboCop, making its debut in 1987, would be my summertime jam.  The film might have ...

First Blood (1982)Sylvester Stallone was infamously underrated and dismissed until he stormed the box office and got an Oscar nomination for Rocky. By 1982 he’d attained enough box office clout to name his next project and what he decided to do was First Blood, an adaptation of a novel by David Morell that had been in ...

Heathers (1988)f you really want to understand Generation X, you should probably watch Heathers.  From the satire of in-crowds and outsiders to the absolute ridiculousness of blowing up a school in the midwest, that frustration with cliques and institutions is one that most of my generation can ...

Young Guns II (1990)Young Guns successfully entertained the 1988 box office to the tune of 45 million dollars. The film chose to focus on the revenge of Billy the Kid and the regulators on his employer’s killer and once Jack Palance caught one between the eyes ...

Thunderbolt and LightfootThe image of Clint Eastood at the front of a congregation of faithful believers has always stuck with me.  That’s how Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, beginning with a very manic George Kennedy arriving to the wilderness church to put a bullet in Eastwood’s skull, begins ...

V: The Original Mini SeriesIn the late 70s and early 80s, the short form ‘mini-series’ was a chance for networks to stretch their muscles with event storytelling. Long before HBO and Netflix and Amazon showed that feature film budgets and top shelf talent could not only match the quality of storytelling in cinema, but best ...

Scary Stories to Tell in the DarkThere are things you probably know when approaching a scary-looking house that has long been abandoned.  If you have to break a lock in order to get in, then you should probably run in the opposite direction.  Quickly.  The teenagers in this horror film, from producer ...

Crawl (2019)What could be worse than being in Florida with a Category 5 hurricane bearing down on the state? No, the answer is not “waking up to discover that you now live in Boca Raton.” The answer we’re looking for is to awaken from the nightmare of your neighborhood now ...

Road Games (1981)Butchering babes in motel rooms and burying them alongside the road.  That’s what you get here in this intelligently made thriller from Patrick’s Richard Franklin and smartly-written script from Everett De Roche. ...

The Shining (1980)Stanley Kubrick was a director of unparalleled technical mastery in his time. There isn’t a film fan, or filmmaker out there that hasn’t delved deep into the many works he produced over three decades before his untimely death. His subject matters were always ...

Blinded By teh LightBruce Springsteen. The name alone creates a number of iconic images. The fist raised in the sky. The bandana. The cut-off sleeves. Asbury Park.The BIG man on the sax. That worn guitar. The cars and the girls. Whatever it is for you, I assure you ...

Halloween (1978)This low budget ($300,000 USD) slasher film, made by a recent (in the 70s) USC graduate, would spawn countless sequels and give its backers some serious profits, the world horror auteur John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis. Those things make the love for this ...

Berserker (1987)No, this title isn’t connected to Silent Bob’s Russian cousin.  You know, the one that kept singing, “BERRRRRSERRRRRRKER!” in Clerks.  That might have improved Berserker greatly.  Instead, we get a killer Viking warrior offing dumbass teenagers in Utah while they dance and listen to some pretty ...

Star Trek TrilogyThis reviewer is a little slow to update to new technologies. When it came time to replace some of my old equipment, I dove deep into the pros and cons of the next (and many say last) generation of home movies: 4K. The pros and cons of yet another format are involved and not a blanket statement. For example ...

Amityville: The Cursed Collection

Objectified horror has found its home! If you ever find the replicate of the original Amityville house in your garage, but it is pint-sized (as in a dollhouse) leave it the fuck alone.  Don’t touch it.  Don’t bring it into the house.  Burn that fucker to the ground.  Hell, if you ever come in contact with ...

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