Horror Bites - Turtle Power

GAMERA 2: ADVENT OF LEGION (1996)

I can't be certain, but if I had to guess I would say that the Bible verse being quoted here in the title might be misquoted. I've no idea if the old 'we are many' excerpt refers to an actual swarm, and it's one of those clich├ęs that must be out of context most of the time when it appears. But it's probably not referring to a swarm of giant bugs. But I digress, Gamera the other big G in Japanese monster movies is back. After being rebooted in the 1990s this is the second of three films, and this is probably the best of them. For the genre it definitely holds up fairly well. That is, considering it's yet another film featuring a giant turtle with super powers. As you'd expect this is a big creature clash movie with rubber suits, a lot of collateral damage, and a few ecological messages.


HCF Review - Future Echoes

THE PREMONITION (1976)


There are a lot of ways to discuss a strange, eerie and rather unpredictable thriller like this. Are the surprising twists and turns an effective way of keeping the suspense levels high? Or are all the odd forks in the road just too weird to keep things from becoming muddled? There’s a lot to break down here in a film which is part kidnap plot, part telepathy story, and at least partially a tale of mentally unstable outcasts on the run from the law. There are a few false starts along the way before the narrative gets going and the interesting moments start to arrive. They even throw in some intriguing thematic ideas about loss and parenthood. But like a lot of storylines that seem to lack focus or a solid central idea, some of these inclusions work better than others.

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Review Roundup - Ape Escape

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (2017)

It doesn't really feel like it was that long ago, but it's been quite a few years since the first entry in this new trilogy, and now here we are at the conclusion. Not a sequel baiting, cinematic universe expanding semi-conclusion, but a real final note that wraps all of this up. Of course there's always room for more, I would be surprised if it didn't happen. But for now it's a trilogy in three parts. As I mentioned at the time with the Dawn review it was a surprise that not only did the first instalment overcome the problems of a re-imagining, but part two was more complex and more interesting. But that leads us to the third episode, something which traditionally is where things go to pieces and our good will is sapped away. It's often the case that best ideas have all been used up, and while the visual effects reach an all new high things are not quite as good on paper. So how do things a fare in the case of Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his followers?


Scorecard

NOVEMBER


FILM OF THE MONTH: Stand by Me ☆☆☆☆
Dr Terror's House of Horrors ☆☆☆☆
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ☆☆☆☆
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang ☆☆☆☆
The Nice Guys ☆☆☆☆
Spider-man: Homecoming ☆☆☆☆
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan ☆☆☆☆
Star Wars ☆☆☆☆
Superman ☆☆☆☆
The 'Burbs ☆☆☆☆

Horror Bites - Monster Mash

WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS (1966)

AKA Frankenstein’s Monsters: Sanda vs. Gaira

In the grand scheme of things, this is a minor foot note in the Toho back catalogue. A weird pseudo sequel without any big name monsters. How it actually works as a follow up to Frankenstein Conquers the World (AKA Frankenstein vs Baragon) is never clear. The idea of a direct follow up was dropped somewhere during production, so you get some vague hints this is a continuation of a previous story but nothing solid is ever set out.

You can clearly make out the Japanese actors saying that the creatures are 'Frankensteins' for some reason, but the flashbacks used are new footage. Even disregarding the usual naming error they're more beast-like rather than resembling a reanimated corpse. The gigantic size just makes it all the more strange. Perhaps they just couldn't decide on what the story should be, but even so the results are still entertaining.