Franchise Weekend – Another 48 Hrs (1990)

Director: Walter Hill

Writer: John Fasano, Jeb Stuart, Larry Gross (Screenplay) Roger Spottiswoode, Walter Hill, Larry Gross, Steven E de Souza (Characters)

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Brion James, Kevin Tighe, Ed O’Ross, David Anthony Marshall, Andrew Divoff, Bernie Caser

 

Plot: Jack Cates once again enlists the aid of ex-con Reggie Hammond–this time, to take down The Iceman, a ruthless drug lord operating in the San Francisco bay area.


Tagline – Here they go again. Only faster. And tougher.

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Lacks the Humour

 

Story: Another 48 Hrs starts as Jack (Nolte) is desperately trying to track down the Iceman, a drug dealer roaming San Francisco, but his latest bust goes wrong leaving him up for man-slaughter charges, with only one clue, a picture of Reggie (Murphy) who is about to be released from jail who now has a bounty on his head, placed by the Iceman.

When the Iceman’s hitmen including Ganz’s brother Cherry (Divoff) come after the pair, they must reunite to bring down the deadliest drug lord in San Francisco area.

 

Thoughts on Another 48 Hrs

 

Characters – Jake Cates has continued his grizzled ways, now he has focused on capturing a drug lord known as the Iceman, but finds the Internal Affairs on his back for his reckless behaviour turning to the only person he can trust Reggie. Reggie is fresh out of jail after being framed into a longer stint, but now he is free, he finds himself being targeted by the drug lord forcing him to work with Jack once again. Cherry is the brother of Ganz who is know being paid to kill Reggie for the Iceman, he turns this into a personal vendetta against Jack too. Blake Wilson is the Internal Affairs agent that is searching for a way to put Jack in jail for his reckless behaviour.

PerformancesNick Nolte is solid in this role, he makes us feel like we are watching a man on edge too. Eddie Murphy tries to bring more energy to this performance which only leaves him not reaching the marks we know he could. Divoff makes for a good villain on the same sort of level of Remar as the next level of psychotic. The actors playing the cops are what you expect through the film.

StoryThe story does continue to build from the last film, it shows the consequences from the previous action to build a bigger world, while also falling into more of the same because we are expecting to see something bigger, but it is just odd couple team up to take down criminals. We do have the story about how the two could swap places with Jack facing criminal charges and Reggie becoming free. The final outcome of the film does see strange when you take into account of the original film too.

Action/Crime/ComedyThe action does feel bigger, we get a lot more shoot-ups and moments of chases too, the crime does feel bigger too with criminals coming from different corners of the world. The comedy is the biggest disappointment here, we have fleeting moments of humour, but nothing comes off with any true effect.

SettingsWe stay in San Francisco for the film which makes for a good choice for a crime story to take place in.


Scene of the Movie –
Basketball.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Lacks any strong moments of humour.

Final ThoughtsThis is a weak sequel to an enjoyable first outing, it does feel rushed and loses the humour the first one had. The crime side of the film does try to world build which is good, but we lose out with a strange ending.

 

Overall: Disappointing sequel that doesn’t hit the marks.

Rating

 

 

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Wishmaster (1997)

Director: Robert Kurtzman

Writer: Peter Atkins (Screenplay)

Starring: Tammy Lauren, Andrew Divoff, Robert Englund, Chris Lemmon, Wendy Benson-Landes

 

Plot: A demonic djinn attempts to grant its owner three wishes, which will allow him to summon his brethren to earth.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Horror Fantasy

 

Story: Wishmaster starts when artefact collector Raymond Beaumont’s (Englund) latest piece arrives but is damaged with a gem finding itself way into the trade markets. When expert Alexandra Amberson (Lauren) learns that something isn’t right about the gem, she finds herself receiving whisper like messages about releasing something from the stone.

When the Djinn (Divoff) starts lurking in the shadows waiting for people to give them his wishes so he can grant them, anything including murder, but Alex feels all of these deaths as the power the Djinn has grows. Alex must learn the power of the stone while Djinn powers himself up as he searches for the one who freedom Alex.

 

Thoughts on Wishmaster

 

Characters – Alexandra is an expert in the analysing of gems but when she releases the Djinn and must gain the knowledge to prevent him from gaining the power to take over the world, we don’t learn too much about what he job is but it does give her connection that can help her along the way. The Djinn is the Wishmaster that once released listens for people’s wishes or desires and makes them happen but not in the way the people would imagine. He does like to play on the words people say to have creative ways of getting rid of the people. Raymond Beaumont is a collector that has been building a collection of all the ancient Gods, he is the one that brings the statue that contains the gem to America.

PerformanceTammy Lauren is a good lead but you do see stronger performance in the similar created characters. Andrew Divoff makes for a menacing villain through the film controlling when needed too. Robert Englund is good in what is a different role for him where he isn’t a villainous character in a horror film.

StoryThe idea that an ancient God can come back granting wishes to release his own power of the Earth is a nice touch, on the three wishes idea how the Djinn can re-word what you say into the nightmare is very clever trying to teach people to be careful what they ask for. This does follow a formula but does disappoint as we only seem to meet a lot of characters just to be victims of the wishes showing the weakness the human spirit can have.

Fantasy/HorrorThe idea of a mystical figure that can create wishes that only turn into nightmares is a very good use of the horror fantasy genres.

SettingsThe settings are not the most important or noticeable part of this film, which disappoints in places.

Special EffectsThe effects do look good for a film that is 20 plus years old, the film did become creative with some of the kills too.

Scene of the Movie – You would have to go through me.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Too many disposable characters we don’t learn enough about.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good film that does seem to grow in quality as the film unfolds to being something you just want to watch until the end.

 

Overall: Good little horror fantasy

Rating

 

 

Demons (2017)

Director: Miles Doleac

Writer: Miles Doleac (Screenplay)

Starring: John Schneider, Andrew Divoff, Steven Brand, Gary Grubbs, Miles Doleac, Kristina Emerson, Yohance Myles

 

Plot: Celebrated fiction writer and former priest, Colin Hampstead, and his wife, Kayleigh, are tormented by the ghost of her late sister, as the details of her grisly death are slowly uncovered.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Possession Movie

 

Story: Demons starts as Colin (Doleac) fails on an exorcism leading to him to quit the priesthood moving on to marry Kayleigh (Williams) the sister of the girl he failed to save. Colin brings Eddie (Brand) over wedding to Lara (Emerson) even though Colin is still getting haunted by what happened to Jewel (Harthcock).

As the birthday of Jewel gets closer the visions Kayleigh receive start getting worse and now Colin must remember the events of the original exorcism which could unlock the secrets to what has been happening, while Lara offers a new world way to solve the hauntings.

 

Thoughts on Demons

 

Characters – Colin is a former priest that after a failed exorcism has moved onto becoming a celebrated fictional author and husband. Now he must face his past to uncover the truth about what really happened and save his wife from the evil that still is connected to Kayleigh. Kayleigh is the sister of the failed exorcism that still gets visions of her late sister, she must look into her past to learn just why her sister still visits her. Eddie comes to visit Colin to celebrate his wedding to Lara, while Lara tries to find her new way to try and solve the mystery and connection between the family. Jasper Grant is the father of Kayleigh and Jewel that makes performing the exorcism difficult as well as being an abusive father. Dr Connor tries to offer a balance between the religious side to the story and a medical side to the story.

PerformanceThe performances from the whole cast are good throughout, Steven Brand gives us moments of comic relief needed for the intense side of the film with Miles Doleac doing great work behind and on front of the camera in the leading role.

StoryAs we know possession films are not one of my favourite sub-genres of horror, so I do look for something that gives us a fresh spin on the ideas. This does give us new look on it because we get a far closer balance between abuse and possession, we also have two-time periods which we go between. The present-day side of the story becomes interesting because it isn’t a possession more of a haunting and we do get to look at the idea of what would happen after an exorcism too.

HorrorThe horror being used through the film is a balance of possession and hauntings which does end up diving into the idea of paranormal mystery to solve which are great to watch.

SettingsThe settings do stay simple, we mostly spend our time in the homes with the two different times, this shows us the unwelcoming environment of the past and the welcoming one in the present.

Special EffectsThe effects never seem out of place and the film doesn’t just run to throw us CGI moments when we don’t need them.

Scene of the Movie – Visiting the past with Lara.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The film is set the night before the wedding, but not preparation is going on

Final ThoughtsThis is a nice spin on the exorcism genre, it works because it shows the consequences of what can happen after an exorcism goes wrong.

 

Overall: Good horror for the possession genre fans.

Rating

 

 

Halloween Kingathon – Graveyard Shift (1990)

Banner-3logoDirector: Ralph S Singleton

Writer: John Espoito (Screenplay) Stephen King (Short Story)

Starring: David Andrews, Kelly Wolf, Stephen Macht, Andrew Divoff, Vic Polizos, Brad Dourif, Robert Alan Beuth

Plot: In a very old textile mill, with a serious rat infestation, the workers discover a horrifying secret deep in the basement.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Creature Feature

Story: Graveyard Shift starts inside an old textiles mill that is getting over ran by rats but there is something else inside the shadows something a lot deadlier to pick off the first victim. The mill brings in the Exterminator (Dourif) to clean out the mill. John Hall (Andrews) a drifter comes to town looking for work which falls perfectly into Warwick’s (Macht) hands as he needs someone to clean up the mill.

John gets the job on the graveyard shift where he works along with the Exterminator. With a new group of employees this just gives fresh meat to the creature living in the basement. The clean up job is going on and the creature only attacks when people are alone making the safety in numbers idea mean that much more.

Graveyard Shift is a true creature feature, it has all the ideas of a town being terrorized by an unknown creature. We have all the elements needed without getting confusing and most importantly we are left to guess what the creature will be. I will say the characters a re very generic for the style of film but that just helps us know who will end up making it to the end. It doesn’t offer to much to the genre but still makes everything simple to follow. (7/10)

Actor Review

David Andrews: John Hall is a drifter who has come to this small town to for work and he gets the role in the graveyard shift. He isn’t welcomed into the town as the locals know he is just a drifter but he is hard working and ends up battling the creature in the basement. David makes for the standard lead never looking like he will carry the film but will the hero of the story. (6/10)

Kelly Wolf: Jane Wisconsky is the young lady who works on in the mill to make ends meet, she is being punished by Warwick for not folding to his ways but she isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty when it comes to work. Kelly does a good job in the role without really excelling. (6/10)

Stephen Macht: Warwick is the seedy boss of the mill who makes people do whatever he wants thinking he can get away with anything. Who hires anyone who wants a job before making them do all the jobs no one wants to do. Stephen does a good job making a truly unlikeable character. (7/10)

Brad Dourif: The Exterminator who enjoys killing the rats more than he should, he has been doing it for too long which makes he feel like he know show to handle all of them but he will face the ultimate enemy here. Brad adds his own style to the character and one you would expect to see from him. (7/10)

Support Cast: Graveyard Shift has the generic supporting cast that all become the disposable characters in the end.

Director Review: Ralph S SingletonRalph brings us a great little creature feature here. (7/10)

Horror: Graveyard Shift ticks every single box in the creature feature horror box. (8/10)

Settings: Graveyard Shift uses a small town and the mill for the most part, the mills makes for a great setting because it creatures the extra scares needed. (9/10)
Special Effects: Graveyard Shift uses great practical effects to create the creature that is made to be extra scary with its appearance. (9/10)

Suggestion: Graveyard Shift this is one for the old school creature feature fans. (Creature Feature Fans)

Best Part: Final scene feel so terrifying.

Worst Part: Basic supporting characters.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $11.5 Million

Budget: $10 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

Tagline: Stephen King took you to the edge with The Shining and Pet Sematary. This time……he pushes you over.

Overall: Blood soaked creature feature

Rating 70