Franchise Weekend – Jeepers Creepers II (2003)

Director: Victor Salva

Writer: Victor Salva (Screenplay)

Starring: Ray Wise, Jonathan Breck, Garikayi Mutambirwa, Eric Nenninger, Nicki Aycox, Travis Schiffner

 

Plot: Set a few days after the original, a championship basketball team’s bus is attacked by The Creeper, the winged, flesh-eating terror, on the last day of his 23-day feeding frenzy.


Tagline – The Creeper is back for more.

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Solid Fun Sequel

 

Story: Jeepers Creeper II starts as we see Jack Taggart Sr (Wise) lose a child to the Creeper (Breck), he has had to wait for the creature to returns and on the final day of his feeding frenzy a basketball team travelling home finds themselves becoming the next attraction of his menu.

Minxie (Aycox), Double D (Mutambirwa), Scotty (Nenninger), Izzy (Schiffner) are just a couple of the players who get standard as the Creeper starts to pick them off one by one. the team must work together to fight back, while Jack will finally get to have revenge on the Creeper.

 

Thoughts on Jeepers Creepers II

 

Characters – Jack Taggart Sr sees his youngest son taken by the creeper, he has been waiting for revenge and learning this is the final night of hunting, he looks to get the revenge he desires and stop the creeper once and for all. The Creeper is still hunting, it is on the last day of the 23rd day feeding frenzy, it will select its options and has the ability to regenerate damage done to it. Minxie is one of the cheerleaders that gets a message in her dreams from the previous victims warning her about the Creeper and the rules that apply to him. We have a string over different basketball players that have tension between each other as they show their true colours when trying to survive.

PerformancesRay Wise is the star of the movie, he makes us believe that he is the desperate and will do anything to get revenge. Jonathan Breck is great as the creeper which only makes us feel scared of this character. When we get to the high school students, the actors are fine, we have too many different ones for anyone to truly stand out from the rest.

StoryThe story continues the legacy of the Creeper, we know how it comes out every 23 years to eat for 23 days, we are on the final day which leaves our characters being picked off as the Creepers final few meals. Now, this does bring a couple o problems to the table, first off comes the fact we have too many characters, none of them get enough time to shine in anyway when it comes to facing off against the creeper, there doesn’t seem to be a true leading figure of the student. That is the weak, the strong side comes from seeing how one man has been hunting the Creeper to get revenge for what happened to his son, this is a side of the story I feel we could have seen a lot more time spent on, instead of the weak slasher side of the events.

HorrorThe horror in the film focuses on the Creeper hunting down its latest victims, now this turns the horror into a slasher style more often than not, stepping away from the gothic feel the first one created.

SettingsThe film is set on a random road in the middle of nowhere after the student get standard, they can’t run because the Creeper is outside, we then spend most of the film following them decide whether to run around fields or not.

Special EffectsWhen it comes to the effects it would be fair to say they are solid for the most part, the practical ones do feel as brutal as they need to be which is what is important.


Scene of the Movie –
The field of screams.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The switch from gothic to slasher disappoints.

Final ThoughtsThis is a solid enough sequel which will continue the legacy of the Creeper for the fans of the original film, the style might well have changed, but overall we can have a good time watching.

 

Overall: Simple fun sequel.

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ABC Film Challenge – Biopic – D – Wyatt Earp (1994)

This is fitting in with the D for ABC Film Challenge because of the involvement of Doc Holliday.

 

Director: Lawrence Kasdan

Writer: Dan Gordon, Lawrence Kasdan (Screenplay)

Starring: Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, David Andrews, Linden Ashby, Jeff Fahey, Joanne Going, Mark Harmon, Bill Pullman, Tom Sizemore

 

Plot: The story of Wyatt Earp as he interacts and battles other famous figures of the Wild West era.


Tagline – The epic story of love and adventure in a lawless land.

Runtime: 3 Hours 11 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Epic Biopic

 

Story: Wyatt Earp starts as we meet young Wyatt who has been growing up in the shadow of his father Nicolas Earp (Hackman), he has been to war and doesn’t want his children to follow in his footsteps. Wyatt grows up to becomes a well-respected young man who wants to become a constable while finishing his education.

When his life is shattered after his wife dies of illness, Wyatt falls into the drink nearly losing his life in the process, saved, reformed, Wyatt becomes one of the most feared lawman in the land cleaning up the city of Dodge before meeting Doc Holliday (Quaid) as they look to take over the town of Tombstone.

 

Thoughts on Wyatt Earp

 

Characters – Wyatt Earp is one of the most iconic names in western history, we get to see how he went from lawman educating himself, to drunken mess, to skinner, feared lawman that most outlaws were scared off. His thinking was before the time of the wild west which showed with how he handled bringing down confrontation at the quickest possible chance. Doc Holliday is another lawman, he is dying which has made him disliked within his field with only Wyatt working with him. Nicolas Earp is the father of Wyatt who has shown him how to live his own life, he puts Wyatt back on his right path when he needs him most. We get to meet plenty of characters along the way here, be it the brothers of Wyatt, the men he takes under his wing, the wives and the outlaws causing the problems in the towns.

PerformancesKevin Costner is brilliant in the leading role, he had the epic long films down in the 90s, this shows just how he could pull of these films with ease. Dennis Quaid is great to watch to bring us a character that is larger than life. Gene Hackman might only have a small role, but he makes a big impact. We do have a wonderful cast that is filled with big name actors, everyone is great too.

StoryThe story here follows the life of Wyatt Earp as he rose up to become one of the most feared lawman in western history. We get 3 hours to learn the ups and downs he faced in life, from trying to become an educated man, to grieving man, to fearsome strict lawman. We see how he made friends and enemies along the way, how his methods were before the time with the no guns allowed in the towns and how he would shoot first. This is a story on epic level because of the scale of the years being followed and even at the 3-hour runtime, it doesn’t seem to get bogged down in anyway.

Adventure/Biopic/WesternThe adventure side of the film shows us just how Wyatt would travel to make a change in the towns he stepped into. We do follow Wyatt from childhood, to his time in Tombstone which will see him do things other lawmen couldn’t get done. For westerns this is easily one of the best you will see in the modern era, making you feel like you are part of the towns involved in the film.

SettingsThe film is set out in the wild west, with Dodge and Tombstone being the two main settings, they do show use the increased scale between the two and how they can become overrun by outlaws.


Scene of the Movie –
Tombstone shoot out.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It does have too many characters at times it is hard to remember who is who.

Final ThoughtsThis is an epic scaled western with great performances throughout, it does tell the life and times of one of the most famous lawmen and keeps the enormous length feeling like it is flying by.

 

Overall: Epically long western.

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Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil & Vile (2019)

Director: Joe Berlinger

Writer: Michael Werwie (Screenplay) Elizabeth Kendall (Book)

Starring: Lily Collins, Zac Efron, Kaya Scodelario, John Malkovich, Jim Parsons, Jeffrey Donovan, Haley Joel Osment, Angela Sarafyan

 

Plot: A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.


Tagline – The Story Behind America’s Most Notorious Serial Killer

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fantastically Tense

 

Story: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile starts as we see Liz (Collins) visiting Ted (Efron) in prison, this leads to her flashing back to how the two first met in Seattle, the two have continued to grow a family, in the shadow of the mysterious killings of young woman in and around the local states.

When Ted first gets arrested for jumping stop signs, it soon spirals into attempted kidnapping before Ted gets charged with the murder of the girls on the university compass, with escapes mounting charges, can Ted continue to convince Liz that he is innocent.

 

Thoughts on Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

 

Characters – Liz Kendall is the single mother that starts dating Ted, she loves how he accepts her child and is accepted by her child. She is never going to accept that Ted has committed the crimes he once did, she is blinded by the love and charm Ted offers her. Ted Bundy is the most notorious serial of the last century, he used he good looks and charms to trick his victims, though we never see this on camera, we follow Ted as he convinces Liz he isn’t the killer, while using his charm and intelligence to stay ahead of the court cases he is facing, this version of Ted is one that played to the media that got the following and people interested in the case about his life. Carole Anne Boone is the woman that starts following Ted through his trial, she is just like the rest of the women, who is easily seduced by his charm. Judge Edward D Cowart is the Judge in the Florida trial, he must deal with Ted taking the trial into a media circus while remaining neutral through the case.

PerformancesLily Collins is the woman that was in love with Ted, in her performance we get to see how she is dealing with the guilt of not knowing or wanting to know the truth about Ted. Zac Efron has just shown the world that he is a major player in the acting field, this is easily the strongest performance of his career that is filled with the charm his character requires and the disturbing look behind his eyes. John Malkovich brings the much-needed calm presence for a judge. Kaya Scodelario is great to breaking away from the typical roles we are used to seeing her in.

StoryThe story here instantly gets the talking points, first any film that shows us the events of a known serial killer shouldn’t be put front and centre of a story, they don’t deserve to be the ones remembered over their victims. Away from that point, we get to follow most of the court cases involving Ted, this is refreshing as we don’t have to watch his horrible actions, just see how the cases are trying to prove whether he was the one behind the murders. The story does become interesting to see unfold because we are left to almost see why it was so hard to believe he was the killer by the way he handled himself trying to prove his innocence. This is easily the best way to look at the Ted Bundy story because it doesn’t glorify the violence he caused and showed us just how determined the authorities were to bring him down.

Biopic/CrimeThe biopic side of the film showed us just how Liz Kendall was involved in the life of Ted Bundy, how her love made it hard for her to believe he was this evil, we do see how Ted Bundy was determined to prove he was never guilty of the crimes, which leads into the world the crimes that have been committed.

SettingsA lot of the film is set in and around the courtrooms showing how the case is being broken down.


Scene of the Movie –
The verdict speech.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It does seem to skip out a lot of the timeline of the murders.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the best performances from Zac Efron that brings to life the serial killer Ted Bundy, showing how he would use his natural talents to charm and intelligence to attempt to get off everything he is being charged for.

 

Overall: Must Watch biopic.

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