The Verdict (1982)

verdictDirector: Sidney Lumet

Writer: David Mamet (Screenplay) Barry Reed (Novel)

Starring: Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden, James Mason, Mile O’Shea, Lindsay Crouse, Edward Binns, Julie Bovasso, Roxanne Hart

 

Plot: A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling.

 

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Verdict: Classic

 

Story: The Verdict starts as we see how Frank Galvin (Newman) a lawyer who drinks himself through each day after finding his once promising career turned into ambulance chasing. When Frank gets given a medical malpractice case he could get an easy settlement against the hospital for the Doneghy family, but when he sees the condition the victim is in Frank decides to take the case to trial to redeem him career.

When the family learns that Frank turned down a brilliant financial deal they are furious but Frank having dug this hole must go ahead with his decision with the help of his former partner Mickey Morrissey (Warden) as they plan to go up against the most feared lawyer in the business Ed Concannon (Mason).

The Verdict is a courtroom drama that shows one man going into a court case that could redeem his career even if it is against the odds. The story is pretty simple to follow as the court case is easy to follow and there aren’t any twists involving the case. The story is everything you would like in the genre without every trying to be more.

 

Actor Review

 

Paul Newman: Frank Galvin is a former promising lawyer who has hit the drink as his practise has almost gone. When his former partner offers him an easy settlement case Frank takes things to the next level as he wants to take it on in court proving the full medical malpractice suit. Paul gives us a brilliant performance as the man on both sides of his life.

Charlotte Rampling: Laura Fischer comes into Frank’s life seeing that he is still a good man inside searching for the truth. She keeps his mind away from the drink, but her true nature could put the whole case up in the air. Charlotte is good in this role without getting the full screen time for the characters twist.

Jack Warden: Mickey Morrissey is the former partner and friend of Frank who gives him the case but when he learns that Frank wants to take it to trial he gets to work with the lawyer side of the Frank he has missed for years. Jack is good in this role being the important character for Frank.

James Mason: Ed Concannon is the opposing lawyer that is feared in the law community as he always gets the results. He is fair in the courtroom but will play the games outside of it. James is great in this role even if we don’t see all of his side of the case.

Support Cast: The Verdict has a supporting cast that deals with different sides of the story when it comes to dealing with the case, each member works for how the story unfolds.

Director Review: Sidney LumetSidney gives us a courtroom drama that tackles the sensitive subject for the time the film was made.

 

Drama: The Verdict shows one man trying to redeem himself by taking on the case that could easily change how this law was looked at.

Settings: The Verdict keeps everything in location in which we would see the case put together next to where the case would happen. This keeps everything simple throughout without adding any unrequired scenes.

Suggestion: The Verdict is one I do think all the true cinema fans over the casual fans, should see at least once. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Newman’s performance.

Worst Part: Might be slightly slow for the modern cinema audience.

 

Believability: This could have been a real court case.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for 5 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Director.

Box Office: $54 Million

Budget: $16 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 9 Minutes

 

Overall: Classic courtroom drama.

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Basket Case (1982)

basketDirector: Frank Henenlotter

Writer: Frank Henenlotter (Screenplay)

Starring: Kevin Van Hentenryck, Terri Susan Smith, Beverly, Robert Vogel, Diana Browne, Lloyd Pace, Bill Freeman

 

Plot: A young man carrying a big basket that contains his deformed Siamese-twin brother seeks vengeance on the doctors who separated them against their will.

 

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Verdict: True Cult Classic

 

Story: Basket Case starts as we watch Dr Lifflander (Freeman) getting attacked and killed by a mystery attacker, we move on to meet Duane Bradley (Hentenryck) a young man searching the city with his bags and basket for a place to stay, his chosen location room 7 of a shady hotel. We learn that Duane has a creature inside the basket that he does have a relationship with.

We learn that Duane is travelling with his Siamese-twin brother who was cut from his side when they were young and the two are on a revenge mission, but Duane a twenty-year-old man gets easily distracted by Sharon (Smith) which only makes him angry, can the two put everything back together and get their revenge on the doctors who left them like this.

Basket Case is and will always be a cult classic one that will get watched by the diehard horror fans. It almost falls into the so bad it is funny to watch but when we bottle in down to just the story we get an interesting viewing. The story comes off original with the deformed brother as the one kept in a basket that is on the killing rampage and mixing this with a young man trying to find his way in the world while supporting his brother. This does need you in the right mood but it works.

 

Actor Review

 

Kevin Van Hentenryck: Duane Bradley is the young man who arrives in New York with a mysterious basket that has a creature inside. The creature is in fact his Siamese-twin brother and he is in town to get revenge on the doctors who left them like this. While Duane starts to experience life for the first time as he has spent nearly his whole life away from the world and working with his brother. Kevin does well in this lead role that is easily iconic with his brother.

Terri Susan Smith: Sharon is the receptionist that Duane meets and starts a romantic relationship only to realize that if he is with her his brother will become jealous of the lack of attention he is receiving. Terri makes for a good supporting performance without getting enough screen time.

Beverly Bonner: Casey is the sassy neighbour in the hotel that looks out for Duane when it comes to the fellow guests. She is the first person that learns the story of what is going on from Duane. Beverly is good without doing much in the supporting roles.

Support Cast: Basket Case has a generic supporting cast that all become victims for the killer.

Director Review: Frank HenenlotterFrank has created a film that is still talked about as a cult favourite for year to come.

 

Comedy: Basket Case has some of the funniest kills through the film.

Horror: Basket Case has moments of horror when it comes to the kills without being truly scary.

Settings: Basket Case is set in New York where we get to see the iconic locations without using them for the main parts of the story.
Special Effects
: Basket Case has good effects for the budget the film is made with.

Suggestion: Basket Case is one for the horror fans to enjoy. (Try It)

 

Best Part: First viewing of the brother.

Worst Part: Not the best styles with the kills.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $35,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

Tagline: The tenant in room 7 is very small, very twisted and very mad.

Trivia: Most of the credits that appear at the end of the film are fake. The crew was very small and rather than repeat the same names over and over again they decided to just make up names.

 

Overall: Cult Classic to be watched by all.

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Rocky Week – Rocky III (1982)

rockDirector: Sylvester Stallone

Writer: Sylvester Stallone (Screenplay)

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Tony Burton, Mr T, Hulk Hogan

 

Plot: After winning the ultimate title and being the world champion, Rocky falls into a hole and finds himself picked up by a former enemy.

 

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Verdict: Career Continues

 

Story: Rocky III starts with Rocky (Stallone) going on title defence after title defence becoming the biggest name in boxing. Rocky is living the high life with his wife Adrian (Shire), trainer Micky (Burgess) and friend Paulie (Young) but the challenger in the wings Clubber Lang (Mr T) keeps get over looked for event like charity match against wrestler Thunderlips (Hogan).

When Rocky learns the truth that he has been handpicked opponents he is determined to face Clubber Lang to prove he can beat anybody. When Clubber defeats Rocky it is the loss of a personally friend that is what hurts Rocky the most but it also motivates him to want to come back stronger and defeat the arrogant new champion with an old enemy Apollo Creed (Weathers) supporting him.

Rocky III brings us full circle as we now see the underdog Rocky having to be the guy everyone wanting a shot at. This works we get to see the rise to fame and all the benefits and problems along with how determined people are to take their shots. Sure we do see how easily a champion can be defeated and need to change his game to win again. This will always go down as the beginning of the downfall of the Rocky films but still does hold its own compared to later issue.

 

Actor Review

 

Sylvester Stallone: Rocky is now the world heavyweight champion of the world, he beats a string off opponents before wanting to announce his retirement. Rocky gets pushed into a fight against hot shot Clubber Lang who defeats him and a close friend dies Rocky must put his difference with Apollo to come back and retain his title. Sylvester gives us a performance you would expect to see in the role of Rocky now.rocky

Talia Shire: Adrian is Rocky’s wife but really doesn’t get much to do in this whole film, she is there to support him but that is about it. Talia hardly even used which is disappoint because of how important her character is meant to be.

Burt Young: Paulie wants to be part of the Rocky team and is delighted to get a chance in the position that Rocky gives him. Burt also falls into supporting role without really doing to much.

Carl Weathers: Apollo is the former enemy who steps in to teach Rocky how to defeat Clubber Lang, he pushes Rocky in a way that Mickey never could. Carl does a good job in this role where he ends up being training.

Mr T: Clubber Lang is the arrogant boxer who wants a chance at the title, he was the number one contender and defeats Rocky but his attitude has made himself enemies in the industry as he must face Rocky in a rematch. Mr T does actually give u a good performance showing this is how a lot of boxer act now.

Support Cast: Rocky III continues to have the standard supporting cast for all boxing films.

Director Review: Sylvester StalloneSylvester is one actor that knows how he wants to make a film and he is does what you would expect from him.

 

Sports: Rocky III is your typical sports films where we do end up having extra boxing than previous day.

Music: Rocky III continues to use the iconic music which gets used more than we heard in the previous films.

Settings: Rocky III keeps the settings similar but doesn’t make a point of them like previous films.

Suggestion: Rocky III is one for all the franchise fans to watch but don’t start here. (Franchise Fans)

 

Best Part: Training.

Worst Part: You know where it is going.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $122.8 Million

Budget: $17 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

Tagline: The Excitement… The Power… The Man..

 

Overall: Solid addition to the series.

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Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

logoDirector: Tommy Lee Wallace

Writer: Tommy Lee Wallace (Screenplay)

Starring: Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dan O’Herlihy, Michael Currie, Ralph Strait, Jadeen Barbor

Plot: A large Halloween mask-making company has plans to kill millions of American children with something sinister hidden in Halloween masks.

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Verdict: Slow start, but Great Finish

Story: Halloween III Season of the Witch starts with a man running for his life and a group of suited man chasing him down. The man ends up in hospital giving us a chance to meet our leading man Doctor Daniel Challis (Atkins) who treats the man before he finally get killed with the killer committing suicide afterwards.

For some reason we have one scene telling us next to nothing to show each day passing towards Halloween, before Daniel teams up with Ellie (Nelkin) the deceased man’s daughter to look into his obsession with a new line of Halloween masks being released.

Daniel and Ellie’s investigation takes them to the small town with the factory in, it has strict rules and the mysterious toy maker Cochran (O’Herlihy) keeps everything involved with outside people and if anyone bad mouths the copy the usual end up dead. When Daniel and Ellie finally learn the truth the race against time to stop the evil toy makers plan from happening.

Halloween III Season of the Witch is the follow on the to Halloween, without the Halloween major character from the original idea, yes, NO MICHAEL MYERS, but still the film actually works out well by the end. I was hugely disappointed and bored during the first half and very confused about the lack of witch inclusion. In the end it was a twisted version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with a very good twisted idea of trying to take over the world. I was surprised with the end that fully pulled me in even after the slow start. (7/10)

Actor Review

Tom Atkins: Daniel Challis is a doctor whose patient is murdered under his care, he starts to investigate with the man’s daughter only to find himself in the middle of a cult like community manufacturing Halloween masks. Tom does a solid job in the leading role. (6/10)

Stacey Nelkin: Ellie Grimbridge is the daughter of the first victim who wants to know the truth but when she ends up learning the truth she must fight to survive the evil toy maker. Stacey makes for a good partner in investigating. (6/10)

Dan O’Herlihy: Conal Cochran is the evil toy maker planning to use his new Halloween masks to control the children of the world, he is calm and calculated with his plan which has devastating effects. Dan does a good job as the evil toy maker. (7/10)

Support Cast: Halloween III Season of the Witch ha your trademark disposable character for a horror film.

Director Review: Tommy Lee Wallace – Tommy does an interesting job with this film giving us a slow start but great ending. (7/10)

Horror: Halloween III Season of the Witch doesn’t really give us enough horror early on but in the final act we get some true terror. (7/10)

Settings: Halloween III Season of the Witch brings us into a new town where everyone works for the toy company. (7/10)
Special Effects: Halloween III Season of the Witch has good special effects used for the kills. (8/10)

Suggestion: Halloween III Season of the Witch is one film that many people criticise but by the end people will enjoy. (Horror Fans Try)

Best Part: Testing.

Worst Part: First half.

Kill Of The Film: Test room

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: The Halloween franchise did continue.

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $14.4 Million

Budget: $2.5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

Tagline: Witchcraft enters the computer age, and a different terror begins.

Trivia: After Michael Myers died at the end of Halloween II (1981), the plan by John Carpenter was to make a new “Halloween” movie each year, each telling a different Halloween-related story. After this movie underperformed at the box office, the film-makers decided to bring Michael back to life for future sequels.

Overall: A surprisingly good horror film because of the final act of the film.

Rating 65

 

Halloween Kingathon – Creepshow (1982)

Banner-1logoDirector: George A Romero

Writer: Stephen King (Screenplay)

Starring: Hal Holbrook, Adriene Barbeau, Fritz Weaver, Leslie Nielsen, Ed Harris, Ted Danson, E.G. Marshall,

Plot: Inspired by the E.C. comics of the 1950s, George A. Romero and Stephen King bring five tales of terror to the screen.

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Verdict: Terror Filled Tales

Story Reviews

The Crate: The Crate centres around a mysterious crate found under the stairs of a university, the label says it is over 100 years old but the doctors at the university decide to look into the crate, Dexter (Weaver) opens the crate only to find an ape like creature inside, one that has a lust for blood where he turns to Henry (Holbrook) a fellow professor for help, but he has is own ideas for the crate. This story has a great creature feature feel to it with the psychological side of the story when it come to Henry’s visions. (7/10)

Father’s Day: The story starts in a rich society where Hank (Harris) who seems like an everyday life, he joins the rest of the family as they hope to inherit the remaining money as they wait for Aunt Bedelia (Lindfors) the lady with most of the money after she killed her father. This Father’s Day things take a turn when Aunt Bedelia’s father returns from the dead in search of his cake and the living. Father’s Day was a good start to the set of stories as it is filled with plenty of blood and gore. (7/10)

Something to Tide You Over: This one starts with Richard Vickers (Nielsen) confronting his wife’s lover Harry (Danson) to let him listen to the recording of his wife screaming before forcing Harry to come with him on a journey. The journey leads to the beach where Richard forces Harry to bury himself in the sand where he leaves Harry to die, but this is a horror film and the dead don’t stay dead when both Harry and Rebecca come back from the dead for revenge. This is the story that always sticks with me because of the pure terror in what the characters go through. (8/10)

The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill: When as meteor crash lands in Jordy Verrill (King) land he sees it as a pay day, but how does he get the meteor to the science department. After Jordy touches the meteor he finds himself becoming infected and slowly starting to grow a new life form. This story gives us the idea of growing out of control once a new life form comes to Earth, it works well but will easily be one to forget. (5/10)

They’re Creeping Up On You: Upson Pratt (Marshall) has a bug phobia in a futuristic world in his germ free apartment that has a cockroaches problem, a problem that will end up causing him to suffer a terrifying night. This really is the most horrific of all the stories being told. (8/10)

Director Review: George A Romero George gives us a brilliant mix of horror through each of the tale. (8/10)

Comedy: Creepshow has a couple of good comedy moments with most of the film being based on horror. (7/10)

Horror: Creepshow has different style of horror for each story that all work very well to create horror themes throughout. (8/10)

Settings: Creepshow uses a mix of different settings for each story and it would be fair to say it is important to each individual story. (9/10)
Special Effects: Creepshow has endless brilliant special effects used throughout. (10/10)

Suggestion: Creepshow is one for all the horror fans to sit down and enjoy as the story unfolds. (Horror Fans Watch)

Best Part: Something to Tide You Over.

Worst Part: Jordy story.

Kill Of The Film: Billy.

Scariest Scene: Creeping on you

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has two sequels

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $8 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours

Tagline: From the Masters of Terror and the Macabre… (George A. Romero & Stephen King)

Trivia: Ted Danson, who played Harry Wentworth in “Something to Tide You Over”, said in a T.V. interview that his daughter was on the set during the scene where his character returns from the dead encased in rotting flesh and seaweed. He purposely tried avoiding his young daughter out of fear of scaring her. Finally, despite his best efforts, she went up to him, looked at him and simply said, “Oh, hi Dad.”

Overall: Great mix of horror throughout, a true mix of camp fire stories.

Rating 75