Red Heat (1988)

redDirector: Walter Hill

Writer: Harry Kleiner, Walter Hill, Troy Kennedy-Martin (Screenplay) Walter Hill (Story)

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Belushi, Peter Boyle, Ed O’Ross, Laurence Fishburne, Gina Gershon

 

Plot: A tough Russian policeman is forced to partner up with a cocky Chicago police detective when he is sent to Chicago to apprehend a Georgian drug lord who killed his partner and fled the country.

 

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Verdict: Standard Crime Comedy

 

Story: Red Heat starts as we follow Ivan Danko (Schwarzenegger) a Russian police officer trying to crack down on the war of drugs in Russia, but when his partner is killed by Viktor Rostavili (O’Ross), Ivan must travel to America to get his on revenge. Over in America Chicago we meet cocky police officer Art Ridzik (Belushi) who is on his last warning and not helping himself.

The two have to work together to track down Viktor on the streets of Chicago as the two become the unlikely partners with very opposite personalities.

Red Heat is an action crime comedy that follows the traditions of the opposites having to work together to achieve a common goal. It isn’t the most original storyline wise but does the job to the best of its abilities. The settings are all good for Chicago being used with the reputation it has. The comedy misses in places as they don’t let Belushi free to do what he is best at.

As for the acting Schwarzenegger and Belushi do work well with each other even if the accents come of slight strange in places. The villain is pretty much generic performance and the police chief will we all know how they turn up to be the same in these films. The rest of the supporting cast is pretty generic for the genre but again nothing special.

 

Overall: Odd couple action crime comedy that hits in place and misses in others and just doesn’t bring the heat.

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Beetlejuice (1988)

betleDirector: Tim Burton

Writer: Michael McDowell, Warren Skaaren (Screenplay) Michael McDowell, Larry Wilson (Story)

Starring:  Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones, Winona Ryder, Glenn Shadix

 

Plot: A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a “bio-exorcist” in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house.

 

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Verdict: Overrated Classic?

 

Story: Beetlejuice starts when married couple Adam (Baldwin) and Barbara (Davis) suffer an accident leading to them to both getting killed only to find themselves in a purgatory in their own home. When the new family moves into their house Adam and Barbara try to use their ghostly side to scare away the Deetz’s Delia (O’Hara), Charles (Jones) and Lydia (Ryder).

Trying to learn how to scare the family out of the house Adam and Barbara must learn how to scare people but they eventually turn to Betelgeuse who doesn’t play by the same rules. Adam and Barbara must look to stop Betelgeuse from taking over the situation while getting their house back to the way they want.

Beetlejuice is a film I only have ever heard good things about but going into watching it I couldn’t help but wonder what all the hype really is. The film comes off feeling like it goes against the traditionally ghost haunting where certain ghosts don’t understand how to haunt and don’t want to be terrifying but in the end now we have had many other film have done similar styles to what I think is a better standard. The comedy seems very forced and in the end I will not be giving this the hype other people give it.

 

Overall: This just doesn’t live up to the hype anymore.

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Halloween Weekend – Halloween 4 The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

halloweenDirector: Dwight H Little

Writer: Alan B McElroy (Screenplay) Dhani Lipsius, Larry Rattner, Benjamin Ruffner, Alan B McElroy (Story)

Starring: Donald Pleasence, Ellie Cornell, Danielle Harris, George P Wilbur, Michael Pataki, Beau Starr, Kathleen Kinmont

 

Plot: Ten years after his original massacre, the invalid Michael Myers awakens and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven-year-old niece on Halloween. Can Dr. Loomis stop him?

 

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Verdict: Simple Slasher

 

Story: Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers starts as all Halloween films seem to start as Michael Myers (Wilbur) is being transferred and awakes yet again after hearing he has a niece Jamie (Harris). Jamie is a young girl leaving with a foster family after the death of her family with her foster sister Rachel (Cornell) having to babysit her often.

With Michael on the lose Dr Loomis (Pleasence) returns to Haddonfield to stop Michael on the night of Halloween before he can continue his body count. What follows is your usual Halloween film where Michael is chasing down the innocent victims killing anyone who gets in his way.

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers brings us back to Haddonfield after the random witch’s film. This helps because it brings the iconic killer back into the mix which is need for any slasher film. On the negatives we do lose elements of the true slasher side of the film with Michael playing a lot of peek-a-boo like scares throughout and the lack of any true reason why Michael was moved on Halloween night. The saving grace of this film is the shocking ending which for the time was something we never really saw coming.

 

Actor Review

 

Donald Pleasence: Dr Sam Loomis is still showing the effects of his battles with Michael Myers and is still determined to treat him over killing him but when he finds out he has been transferred he has to race to stop Michael once again. Donald does a good job as one of his most famous roles of his career.

Ellie Cornell: Rachel is the foster sister of Jamie who gets assigned to babysit her on Halloween, she is your typical teenage girl with guys on the mind but will do what she can to make sure Jamie is safe. Ellie fills into the leading teenage character role well.

Danielle Harris: Jamie Lloyd is the niece of Michael but orphaned after her parents are killed. Living with a foster family he becomes the targeted by the Michael as he continues to kill the members of his family. Danielle is good in this role which is one of her first roles of her career.

Support Cast: Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers has the supporting cast you have come to known in these films, we get the friends who are there to be picked off, the sheriff who will put up a fight and of course the killer himself Michael.

Director Review: Dwight H LittleDwight gives us a solid sequel that does lack the tension previously created but works as a slasher well enough.

 

Horror: Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers is one of those slasher movies that is easy to watch and follow throughout without hitting any of those scare filled moments.

Settings: Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers brings the action back to Haddonfield which is the iconic setting for the series which works without being too original.
Special Effects
: Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers has what you would call the basic special effects for an 80s slasher film.

Suggestion: Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers is one for all the slasher fans to watch, they will enjoy however easy it is to follow. (Slasher Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Very easy to watch slasher.

Worst Part: Michael being very inconstant with his kills.

Kill Of The Film: Head popping.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $17.7 Million

Budget: $5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

Tagline: It’s gonna be one hell of a family reunion!

 

Overall: Solid sequel that checks all the basic slasher marks.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Weekend – Twins (1988)

twinsDirector: Ivan Reitman

Writer: William Davies, William Osbourne, Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod (Screenplay)

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Kelly Preston, Chloe Webb, Bonnie Bartlett, Trey Wilson, Marshall Bell, David Caruso, Hugh O’Brian

 

Plot: A physically perfect but innocent man goes in search of his long-lost twin brother, who is a short small-time crook.

 

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Verdict: Great Odd Couple Comedy

 

Story: Twins starts when 35 year-old Julius Benedict (Schwarzenegger) who was genetically modified to be almost perfect learns that he has a twin brother from birth and leaves his island to find him. We also meet his brother Vincent (DeVito) a low life criminal that has always gotten by with his quick talking but now he finds himself in big trouble.

When the two finally meet Vincent sees having Julius behind him as a chance to muscle behind him and clear all of his problems but as always Vincent gets himself into bigger trouble showing the bond between the two coming through strong as they go on a road trip to learn about their parents and make Vincent the money he wants.

Twins is what you would expect from the odd couple comedy that were happening through the 80s and sadly struggled to really be as popular as they were since then. We get to see how Schwarzenegger can handle comedy with a much more talent comedian with a crime story thrown in around the mix. This is an easy to watch comedy that will make you laugh at the opposite style we see Schwarzenegger take from his action brute we have all come to know and love.

 

Actor Review

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Julius has been genetically modified to be a perfect human with superior intelligence, strength but has lived on a desert island all his life. When he learns that he has a twin brother he wants to find him leading him to learn more about the world while becoming his brother’s muscle. He is very naïve to the world but learns quickly. Arnold does a great job in this against typecast role.

Danny DeVito: Vincent is the lowlife criminal that has been struggling his whole life after being put in an orphanage, he owes criminals a lot of money and when Julius walks into his life he finds a chance get back at the criminals but his wise talking will end him up in more trouble. Danny handles all the talking comedy showing off his comic timing throughout.

Kelly Preston: Marnie is the sister to Linda who questions why Linda stays with Vincent but when she sees Julius she falls instantly in love with the muscle bound man. Kelly is good in this supporting role but really is just the pretty woman involved in the film.

Chloe Webb: Linda is Vincent’s girlfriend who will stick by him through all the troubles. She is one of the only people that can get Vincent to follow instructions. Chloe adds extra comedy to the Vincent side of the story nicely.

Support Cast: Twins has a supporting cast which is just involved to make the story have a crime side to the story where they get to go up against Arnie while trying to kill Vincent. They add a few laughs but no threat to the story.

Director Review: Ivan ReitmanIvan gives us a good comedy that is enjoyable from start to finish.

 

Comedy: Twins has good comedy throughout with it being the not used to the fast paced world from Arnie or the quick talking from DeVito.

Crime: Twins has a crime story almost tagged onto the comedy which works to bring the men closer but you never feel any threat on this side of the story.

Settings: Twins takes from a tropical island before moving to the big city showing the clash in culture that Julius has to deal with.
Suggestion
: Twins is one I think the comedy fans out there will enjoy and hopefully will have seen. (Comedy Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Schwarzenegger showing of comedy skills.

Worst Part: Crime story works but feels too tagged on.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Has had rumours.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: Nominated for a Golden Globe

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $15 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes

Tagline: Only their mother can tell them apart.

 

Overall: Enjoyable comedy of the Odd Couple genre.

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Waxwork (1988)

waxworksDirector: Anthony Hickox

Writer: Anthony Hickox (Screenplay)

Starring: Zach Galligan, Jennifer Bassey, Joe Baker, Deborah Foreman, Michelle Johnson, David Warner, Eric Brown

 

Plot: A wax museum owner uses his horror exhibits to unleash evil on the world.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Scooby Doo Like Horror

 

Story: Waxwork starts as we see a robbery murder before we meet our leading man Mark (Galligan) who has had a privileged life that he just wants to escape from. Mark is in college where we he has friends that take him into the with Sarah (Foreman), China (Johnson) James (Brown), Gemma (Carey) and Tony (Ashbrook). Mark agrees to go to a newly formed Waxworks with Sarah, China and Tony for a midnight show where each exhibit has its own story.

As the friends explore they find themselves being sucked into the stories the waxworks are telling where they find themselves becoming part of the art work. Mark has to work with Sarah to get to the bottom of their missing friend’s locations and bring down the waxworks once and for all.

Waxwork is a horror comedy that fits in perfectly with the 80’s when it was released. The film gives us a great feeling of the time period with the story of the villain trying to release evil upon the world. I do feel like the plot feels like a Scooby Doo movie but really is one that could be enjoyed by all. When everything goes down it is completely bonkers though.

 

Actor Review

 

Zach Galligan: Mark is from a wealthy family but like all late teenagers is constantly bored. Wanting to break away from his restrictions he heads to a waxwork with his friends but soon finds himself needing to fight to survive against an evil from within. Zach is solid in this role where he becomes the go to guy in horror during the 80’s.

Deborah Foreman: Sarah is the friend that never gets noticed by the guys at school, she is the best friend of China but finds herself alone with the Mark trying to discover the truth. Deborah is a solid supporting role without really excel.

Michelle Johnson: China is the popular girl at the school who gets all the attention from the guys, she has Mark under her spell and is the main one to get invited into the Waxwork with friends. Michelle is solid in what is an easy to play supporting role.

David Warner: Waxwork Man is the owner of the waxworks, he brings the guests in before pushing them into the world’s created. He is well spoken making an excellent guide. David is good in this role as the typical English bad guy.

Support Cast: Waxwork has a basic supporting role that are basically just used for disposable characters.

Director Review: Anthony HickoxAnthony does give us what would be considered a typical 80s horror film.

 

Comedy: Waxwork has moments of comedy throughout the film without being a full comedy.

Horror: Waxwork has a great mix of horror as we deal with all the creatures involved.

Settings: Waxwork has the settings of the waxworks which is brilliant because of all the worlds we see get created.
Special Effects
: Waxwork has great effects for everything throughout the film which the man’s leg being the highlight.

Suggestion: Waxwork is one you could try as for horror fans which works for cheesy fun. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Charles is found effects.

Worst Part: Sometimes too much going on.

Favourite Quote: Waxwork Man ‘They will make a movie about anything these days’

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

Tagline: you can step inside the hall of horrors – but dare you pay the price?

 

Overall: Fun horror comedy that just gets way out of hand.

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