Meet the Deedles (1998)

Director: Steve Boyum

Writer: Jim Herzfeld (Screenplay)

Starring: Steve Van Wormer, Paul Walker, A.J. Langer, John Ashton, Dennis Hopper, Eric Braeden, Robert Englund

 

Plot: Two surfers end up as Yellowstone park rangers and have to stop a former ranger who is out for revenge.


Tagline – To protect and surf.

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tasteless Comedy

 

Story: Meet the Deedles starts as we meet the two surfer school slackers Stew (Van Wormer) and Phil (Walker) Deedle whose father has given them everything in life which leads them to expelled from school, as punishment the boys are set to camp to learn responsibility and end up being recruited as rangers in Yellowstone after a misunderstanding.

While learning the ropes from LT Jesse Ryan (Langer) the boys must try to eliminate the prairie dog problem, which does have a connection to disgraced park ranger Frank Slater (Hopper) who is out for revenge.

 

Thoughts on Meet the Deedles

 

Characters – Stew is the brains of the two brothers, he always comes up with the plans to keep their cover while in rangers in Yellowstone. He is the one that is doing the work the pair should be doing. Phil is the dumb brother who does feel like he is a surfer who does take a shine toward the Lt Ryan, he does get the funniest lines and is easily the one that is too honest to lie. LT Jesse Ryan is the rescue chopper pilot, she has been raised to be part of the park and following in her step-father’s footsteps. Frank Slater is the villainous former ranger that plans to ruin the big celebration with his goons doing his dirty work.

PerformancesPaul Walker is the only reason I even considered watching this movie, he does show us that he has the most talent in this role because the playing dumb needs commitment and he hit them on every turn. Steve Van Wormer is solid enough as the other brother either though while watching he isn’t the one we came to see. AJ Langer is good enough as the love interest without getting much to do other than being that. Dennis Hopper was doing a strange number of villainous roles which he always liked to milk.

StoryThe story follows two slacker surfers that end up going into the park ranger training program to help ride Yellowstone to prairie dogs being controlled by a vengeful former ranger hell bent on revenge. This is designed for a younger audience with how most of the jokes unfold and to say this is a 90s movie is the perfect example to describe the story. we get the message of trying to seek parental approval after a string of failures, which mixes nicely with the endless plans to get away with their own mistakes to be a success, we get a villain that gets his goons to do most of his plans which all play into the comedy of the film, overall this is easily one of those films that uses the story to tell the story that everyone will have their day just let them show their potential.

ComedyThe comedy in the film is a mix of slapstick which usually sees someone flying through the air or jokes between the two brothers that only they will understand.

SettingsThe film is set in Yellowstone national park, we know this has place of beauty, legacy for its tourist attraction which all play into the reasons for the villain to have his own plan.


Scene of the Movie –
Mountain climbing.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The jokes miss too often.

Final ThoughtsThis is a 90s comedy that showed us the potential of Paul Walker, it does use basic comedy and by the end of the film you will feel like it has dated.

 

Overall: Simple family comedy.

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The People Under the Stairs (1991)

logoDirector: Wes Craven

Writer: Wes Craven (Screenplay)

Starring: Brandon Quintin Adams, Everett McGill, Wendy Robie, A.J. Langer, Ving Rhames, Sean Whalen, Bill Cobbs, Kelly Jo Minter

Plot: Two adults and a juvenile burglar break into a house occupied by a brother and sister and their stolen children and can’t escape.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Creepy Little Horror

Story: The People Under the Stairs starts with Fool (Adams) a young boy who is about to lose his house in the ghetto when Leroy (Rhames) offers him a chance to make some money to help keep the roof over their heads. When Leroy finds out who is evicting them he wants to bring Fool in on the job where they can steal gold.

The couple living in this house known simply as Man (McGill) and Woman (Robie) have their own dark secret with their hidden children and something living in the walls.

With the job going ahead as planned Fool and Leroy find themselves trapped in the house where Fool discovers the people under the stairs. Fool later finds himself stuck in the house alone being hunted down by the owners of the house while befriending the residents inside the house.

The People Under the Stairs is a horror film that keeps us guessing, we get the home invasion angle mixed with a dark secret idea which all works for the story. I liked the idea of trying to get even with the people making them homeless. I liked the idea of people being kept prisoner and that the residents in the house look normal on the outside. I think the overall mix of these stories all work to make this an effects horror that will keep your attention to the end.

Actor Review

Brandon Quintin Adams: Fool is the ghetto by who reluctantly joins forces with two men as the try to rob a house only to discover a secret lying the basement and the residents not taking to strangers too well. He is full of fight and will never give up when it comes to defending his friends. Brandon gives us a good performance for such a young actor.

Everett McGill: Man is the son of the lady of the house, he is the hapless man trying to hunt down Fool inside the house as well as hunting an escaped prisoner Roach. Everett gets most of the laughs in his villainous role where he is always getting hit while Fool escapes his grasp.

Wendy Robie: Woman is the lady of the house who has been searching for the perfect child and while the rejects end up in the basement her perfect little angel is the one who helps Fools. Wendy does a good job in this role as the family’s mother who expects perfection.

A.J. Langer: Alice is the chosen child for the odd couple who is the perfect look for them, she ends up helping Fool escape from the prison that is their home. A.J. gives a good early role.

Ving Rhames: Leroy is the streetwise man who pushes Fool into robbing the people who are evicting his family, he makes for a good leader of the crime as he is getting involved in something he doesn’t understand. Ving gives us a solid early performance though heavily stereotyped.

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Support Cast: The People Under the Stairs has a good supporting cast that mostly includes the people of the neighbourhood who want to band together along with the people who are being held under the stairs.

Director Review: Wes CravenWes showed once more how he could manage horror and comedy without looking towards on too often.

Comedy: The People Under the Stairs has good slapstick comedy while dealing with Fool escaping the Man.

Horror: The People Under the Stairs has good horror when you look at what the family are doing inside the house.

Mystery: The People Under the Stairs leaves you wondering what could be going on inside the house.

Thriller: The People Under the Stairs does keep you guessing to what will happening next even though you could judge what could happen easily.

Settings: The People Under the Stairs keeps nearly all the action inside the house which helps make it feel trapped.
Special Effects: The People Under the Stairs has good effects when needed but tries to make a lot of the scares natural rather than effects heavy.

Suggestion: The People Under the Stairs is one for the Craven fans to watch but I can see people giving it a miss. (Craven Fans Watch)

Best Part: Final act.

Worst Part: It would have been good to see how the couple dealt with the unwanted people when they planned how to deal with them.

Favourite Quote: FoolYou thought he was white before, you should see that sucker now!

Believability: It is based on a real story just how things happen less so.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $24 Million

Budget: $6 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

Tagline: In every neighbourhood there is one house that adults whisper about and children cross the street to avoid. Now Wes Craven, creator of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” takes you inside.

Trivia: Wes Craven was inspired to write this film after reading a real-life news story about burglars breaking into a house. When authorities arrived, the burglars had disappeared but they discovered locked doors with noises coming from behind. Children had been locked up inside the rooms by their parents, never allowed to go outside.

Overall: Horror comedy that works on both levels making it feel like a very dark version of Home Alone

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