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KING Of All Schmoes
Dr. Henry Frankenstein and his assistant Fritz are fresh off stealing a body from a coffin . The Doctor wants to create a man in his image , and re-animating a corpse seems to be the ticket to that end .
During a massive Thunderstorm , a combination of the Doctor's technology and Mother Nature prove to be the fuel of life , and Frankenstein's man comes to life .
The familiar story continues , the Monster escapes , the accidental death , and the hunting down and destruction of the Creature .
The tale has been told many times , in many forms over the years , and the Creature has been featured in many spin-offs and sequels of his own .
But for my money the Universal Studios Original , with the great Boris Karloff , is the version to stick with . The first time is one you never forget .
Kristen McKay and James Hoyt are in serious need of some down time . The couple have just returned from a friends wedding , where Hoyt's surprise proposal was spurned by Miss McKay . That elephant in the room that occurs when these things happen , has made everything uncomfortable , and silence in the Hoyt family vacation home is the order of the day .
The silence is broken however , by a strange encounter after the couple answer a late night knock on the door . When Hoyt leaves on a cigarette run a short time later , the bizarre caller returns , and McKay is soon in a state of panic when she comes to realize this is more than just an odd , random , encounter .
Director Bryan Bertino's film is a wonderfully realized lesson in atmospheric dread and tension , and often brings thoughts of another silent stalker Classic , John Carpenter's Halloween . Bertino's camera angles and use of light and shadow were obviously influenced by the Slasher Classic.
Scott Speedman and Liv Tyler are damn good as McKay and Hoyt , and Tyler's hysterics are genuinely convincing .
The film often draws comparisons to Xavier Palud and David Moreau's '' ILS (THEM) '' , and rightly so , there are an abundance of similarities between the two . Movie goers seem to prefer THE STRANGERS , though to be fair , ILS didn't receive a North American wide release , while ILS seems to be more of a critical darling .
Hell , it's win-win whichever way you go . Do yourself a solid and grab both for a ' home invasion ' double bill , you can thank me later .
To the short list of sequels that are almost or as equally cool as their predecessors (ALIENS , HALLOWEEN II , FRIDAY 13th 2 , 28 WEEKS LATER and a few others) , pencil in Marcus Dunstan's THE COLLECTION .
The mark of a stellar sequel is the ability to not only match the quality of it's source material , but in the Horror Genre , up the ante in the tension , body count/bloodshed category and bring the same humanity to the normally 'stock' characters that was evident in the first .
SHAZAM on all those aspects here Kids , in fact , the only thing that keeps this from being close to perfect is the disturbing lack of nakedness . I don't want to nitpick though , so let's move on .
Our appealing anti-hero from the original , Arkin(a wonderful Josh Stewart again) manages to escape the clutches of the madman known as The Collector . His elation is short lived however , as he's snatched from the hospital and blackmailed into leading mercenaries on a rescue mission of a millionaire's daughter .
The traps are cooler , the kills are nastier , and the opening is the sweetest mass homicide since '' GHOST SHIP '' . If it wasn't for the nudity thing , this flick would be damn near perfect .
Nicholas Van Orton is celebrating his 48th Birthday , when his black sheep brother Conrad gives him a gift card for a company known as Consumer Recreation Services . Let THE GAME begin .
David Fincher's 1997 film is a blast and a half , as Nicholas goes through a living Hell soon after .
Going through a nightmare that includes kidnapping , repeated attempts on his life , an accidental shooting and a desperate suicide attempt , Mr. Van Orton realizes with Brothers like this , who needs enemies .
Featuring solid work from Michael Douglas , Sean Penn , Deborah Kara Unger and James Rebhorn , THE GAME is MUST viewing for all Thriller aficionados .