Vintage Franchise – Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

Director: William Shatner

Writer: Harve Bennett, William Shatner, David Loughery (Screenplay) Gene Roddenberry (Characters)

Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, David Warner, Laurence Luckinbill


Plot: Captain Kirk and his crew must deal with Mr. Spock’s long-lost half-brother who hijacks the Enterprise for an obsessive search for God at the center of the galaxy.


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Verdict: Solid Enough


Story: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier starts as Sybok (Luckinbill) looks to find a way of Nimbus III a neutral planet with no spacecrafts. His plan is to hold a human, Klingon and Romulan hostage waiting for one of the races to rescue them.

Kirk (Shatner), Spock (Nimoy), McCoy (Kelley) and the rest of the crew are all on leave waiting for Scotty (Doohan) to finishes up fixing the Enterprise, which is called in for the rescue but Sybok’s relationship with Spock makes his capture difficult and Sybok’s search for God will put the whole Enterprise crew at risk.


Thoughts on Star Trek V: The Final Frontier


Characters – Kirk now just a Captain again must return to the Enterprise with his crew to take part in the latest rescue mission with a kidnapping but soon he must save his crew from the controlling power of Sybok. Spock is left to continue his role on the Enterprise, but he also must battle his personal relationship with Sybok. Sybok is a Vulcan that believes there is a God in the universe and designs a plan to get himself a ship and finally make this discovery.

PerformanceThe crew are right back where you expect when it comes to performance none are bad and most just look like they are enjoying themselves now, but the supporting crew do get less time than last time out. Laurence Luckinbill does make for a good as the villain giving us a calming presence through the whole film.

StoryThe story follows the adventures of the Enterprise crew as they meet a new villainous character in Sybok that wants to answer the question that clashes science with religion. This does offer up an interesting question and one that has been challenged for years now and still has no answer, did or is there a God? The peril the crew faces isn’t as deadly as we have seen before and focuses more on the unknown.

Adventure/Mystery/Sci-FiThe adventure takes our crew to the edge of space where the great mystery of space could be answers where we end up mixing the sci-fi world and the religious ideals.

SettingsWe return to the idea of Enterprise being the main setting alongside a dusty planet but it is the final setting that shows us something new to the franchise.

Special EffectsThe effects are all fine without being gre


at but some haven’t dated as bad as previous films


Scene of the Movie – Going beyond the barrier.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Sybok could just brain wash everyone most of the conversations seem pointless around it.

Final ThoughtsThis is easily the most forgettable of the franchise to date and you can see they were starting to run out of the ideas for this crew to go against.


Overall: Sequel that goes too far down the line.




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.


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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.



John Carpenter Weekend – In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

mouthDirector: John Carpenter

Writer: Michael De Luca (Screenplay)

Starring: Sam Neill, Julie Carmen, Jurgen Prochnow, David Warner, John Glover, Bernie Casey, Peter Jason, Charlton Heston


Plot: An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer’s books have on his fans is more than inspirational.


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Verdict: Mind Bending Horror


Story: In the Mouth of Madness starts as we meet John Trent (Neill) being taken into a mental asylum where he gets approached to tell his story. Rewind to see Trent at work as an insurance claims investigator, he can spot s fraud better than anyone else in the game. When he gets asked to investigate the disappearance of Sutter Cane (Prochnow) he has to team up with Linda Styles (Carmen) from the publicist as he start to figure out what has happened to the world renowned author.

The two travel looking for a place that is on no map and find themselves entering into a nightmare world of Sutter Cane’s very own creation.  

In the Mouth of Madness really does keep you wondering just what the hell is happening from start to finish. The concept of bending the reality of what is real, written or other dimensional all works because you don’t know what to believe which is something I always like to see in a horror film. It is hard to go into complete details of what happens because a lot is very twisted filled and one that you can decide what you want to believe about what happens.


Actor Review


Sam Neill: John Trent is an insurance claims investigator and one that could sniff out any cons going on. He gets called up by publicist of world famous author Sutter Cane to find out where he as gone. He starts to think it is just a cover up but his nightmare is only just beginning as we know from the start he is telling the story from a mental asylum. Sam gives us a good performance in this role where he is convincing from start to finish because if you see if going crazy something has to be up.trent

Julie Carmen: Linda Styles goes with Trent is the search for Sutter Cane, she is a massive fan of his work which leads to her understand the place they find themselves in, inside one of his books. Julie gives a good performance in this supporting role.

Jurgen Prochnow: Sutter Cane is the mysterious author who has disappeared just before his latest work is about to be released. When Trent discovers where he is we learn that he believes has these powers over the world with his books. Jurgen gives a good performance as this mysterious author.

David Warner: Dr Wrenn is the doctor being told the story by Trent, that is all his involvement is even though he is the first one to actually listen to him. David does all he needs to in this role.

Support Cast: In the Mouth of Madness has a supporting cast that all work to help push the story be it outside the fictional world or within it.

Director Review: John CarpenterJohn shows that he knows how to change and work with a concept that comes off original.


Horror: In the Mouth of Madness really goes into a world of nightmares for our character to find himself in.

Settings: In the Mouth of Madness puts us into a world created by a horror author which works for the concept of the film.
Special Effects
: In the Mouth of Madness uses great effects for all the horror going on in the film.

Suggestion: In the Mouth of Madness is one for the horror fans to watch and enjoy because it is very twisted. (Horror Fans Watch)


Best Part: Concept.

Worst Part: Giving away slightly too much early on.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $9 Million

Budget: $8 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

Tagline: Lived Any Good Books Lately?

Trivia: The Sutter Cane character is clearly based on John Carpenter‘s friend Stephen King, even referencing King’s New England roots, with Hobb’s Corner filling in for King’s Castle Rock. Carpenter directed a film version of King’s Christine (1983). Additionally Michael De Luca had previously written the screenplay for the King adaptation The Lawnmower Man (1987). However, the characters say that Sutter Cane is even more popular than Stephen King.


Overall: Minding horror that is twist filled from start to finish that will leave you shocked.


Planet Of The Apes (2001)

Director: Tim Burton

Writer: William Broyles Jr, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal (Screenplay) Pierre Boulle (Novel)

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan, Paul Giamatti, Estelle Warren, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, David Warner, Kris Kristofferson


Story: When astronaut Captain Leo Davidson (Wahlberg) is on a routine space mission things go wrong and he is transported to a new world. On this new world Apes are the dominate species and humans are their slaves. After Leo and fellow humans Daena (Warren) her father Karubi (Kristofferson) are captured by slave trader Limbo (Giamatti) they are to be branded and sold. Ari (Bonham Carter) believes humans and apes can live as one and buys the slaves.


Thade (Roth) is the general in charge of making sure all the humans are captured and trained. After Leo and the humans escape with Ari there is a race for survival leading to one last stand against the apes.



Story: This remake of the classic Planet of the Apes, with the basic outline story coming off very well, Proving that humans seems to be able to survive through any situation and rise up and fight against the odds. Though the story isn’t original it is told very well and anyone who hasn’t seen the original will be able to follow as the story unfolds (8/10)


CastMark Wahlberg as Captain Leo Davidson playing the lead and the Charlton Heston role. Marky Mark does a good job as the reluctant hero of the humans. This role follows on from his big hits in more of a supporting role in ‘The Perfect Storm’ and ‘Three Kings’ so in a way this was his leading man Blockbuster debut and he succeed with a great on screen presences. Star Performance  (9/10)


Tim Roth as Thade the newly created villain and leader of the apes, from a family that is meant to be descendant from the first ape Cesar and very much against the humans for what they did to his ancestors. Almost unrecognised able but still gives a good performance where you can see the rage against the humans all the way through strong performance all in all. (8/10)


Helena Bonham Carter as Ari another character from the original here, Ari/Zira is the character that supports the humans to have equal rights to the apes. This comes over a little on the annoying side as they are trying to make name for herself using her relationship to the Senator being his daughter to push for things more. Even after that I feel Helena does a great job playing the role with a character trying to show emotion in what seems like an emotionless species. I give this because of the character not the acting Least Favourite Character (8/10)


Michael Clarke Duncan as Attar the devoted follower of Thade the first in command of the armies but huge believe in that Cesar will be returning one day. Michael is great choice as the enforcer role being he larger size. Michael does a good job in one of his early roles soon after ‘The Green Mile’ unfortunately for him his career hasn’t really hit the same heights since. (8/10)


Paul Giamatti as Limbo the slave handler he plays the slightly weasel like character who will do anything to survive. Not the most known actor at the time with only a series of small supporting roles if this film was released in this sort of time he would be cast as Thade. With what he has to work with he does a great job and creates my Favourite Character of the film  (8/10)


Estella Warren as Daena the pretty daughter of the remaining humans. In one of her first roles and in all fairness for acting quality she wasn’t the best choice but I guess she was cast for a bit of eye candy in a ape dressed cast. I have to give her the Poor Performance due to poor character for the overall story. (4/10)


Director: Tim Burton is known for his alternative take on stories and with this he doesn’t give his best outing and with the recent releases of ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ makes this film look worse. With the high standards set I feel this could have been better from Mr Burton (5/10)

Action: Some action scenes are just well performed chases scenes and one big final fight scene, which is one very impressive scene. Overall the action is good but is nothing that really will stick in your memory. (7/10)


Sci-Fi: With space travel and a new world the basic sci-fi is created but the overall side of it doesn’t really shine (5/10)


Special Effects: Nice atmosphere created and good use of make up giving the special effects a good mark (8/10)


Music: Danny Elfman music creates some very good tension does what he does best great work. (9/10)


Best Part: The beginning of the final fight scene


Worst Part: unnecessary remake


Trivia: Charlton Heston plays Thade father in a small cameo


Similar Too: original Planet of the Apes, Battlefield Earth


Rating 72%