Horror Franchise – Scream 2 (1997) Revisited

Director: Wes Craven

Writer: Kevin Williamson (Screenplay)

Starring: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jamie Kennedy, Jerry O’Connell, Jada Pinkett, Liev Schreiber, Elise Neal, Joshua Jackson, Timothy Olyphant

 

Plot: Two years after the first series of murders, a new psychopath dons the Ghostface costume and a new string of killings begins.


Tagline – Someone has taken their love of sequels one step too far

Runtime: 2 Hours

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Smart Sequel

 

Story: Scream 2 starts a couple of years after the events in the first film, a motion picture called ‘Stab’ is just being released from the Gale Weathers (Cox) book about the events, at the premier two teenagers are murdered. We pick up with Sidney (Campbell) at college still dealing with prank phone calls.

We get to see old faces in Randy (Kennedy) Gale, Dewey (Arquette) along with new friends Cici (Gellar), Mickey (Olyphant), new boyfriend Derek (O’Connell) and roommate Hallie (Neal) who bring us a brand new selection of suspects and potential victims, add Cotton Weary (Schreiber) the man who did time for a crime he never committed to the picture we will be kept guessing through this one.

 

Thoughts on Scream 2

 

Characters – Sidney is back studying a college and over the events of the first film, she has moved on with a new boyfriend and new friends, that is until the ‘Stab’ movie is released. Sidney becomes the primary target of the killer and must use the experience with surviving a massacre before to make it out alive. Dewey still suffering the effects of his injuries in the first film, he is no longer a cop and with the events occurring he arrives back in Sidney’s life to try and help before the killer can get near her. Gale wrote the book on the murders, the one that the movie is based on, she is still trying to get a story, but does start to learn the errors in her way when she deals with other reporters. Cotton Weary does have a bigger part this time, as he is trying to piece his life back together after the wrongful accusations. Randy returns to give us the rules needed to make a sequel which an important part of the original. Of our new characters we get the new boyfriend in Derek who seems to be the best part of Sidney’s new life. Cici is the best friend at the college that is the more popular one at the college. This movie does have a larger cast than the first film which doesn’t always give the characters enough screen time.

PerformancesNeve Campbell is still good in her role, she does make us believe she is the everyday student that is being tormented by the killer. Courteney Cox and David Arquette continue their good work in the supporting roles, where this film struggles to get the best of the of the supporting cast is by introducing too many characters, with Sarah Michelle Gellar seemingly filling the Drew Barrymore type role, where we expect to see her more in the film.

StoryThe story picks up in a universe following the events of the first film where Hollywood makes movies on massacres, with this release we get to see the darker side of Hollywood taking advantage of real-life murders and how the innocent victims and survivor can be painted differently to cinematic purposes, well that seems to be the message I picked up on in this one. when it comes to the slasher side of things we get to watch the victims getting picked off by the killer, this does feel the same as before, while the references through this film focus on the idea of the sequels that Hollywood makes, and how they always story to improve on the last, though we do step away from the horror discussion this time.

Horror/MysteryThe horror side of the film comes from the ideas that people can take advantage of tragic stories for a bigger story, reflecting the events of the film, the mystery can keep us guessing to just who could be behind it this time around with plenty of potential suspects.

SettingsThis time the film is set in a college that show us just where Sidney is now in her life which is important as she has moved on, but the event will always be part of her life.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film once again show us how blood and gore can be achieved without going over the top.


Scene of the Movie –
The showdown.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Too many supporting characters this time around.

Final ThoughtsThis is a sequel that is well worth the watch, it shows progression in the horror genre with a sequel that does make sense to how an everyday person would be moving on with their life after the events in the first one, while still having the tragedy on their shoulder.

 

Overall: Good fun sequel.

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Bowfinger (1999)

Director: Frank Oz

Writer: Steve Martin (Screenplay)

Starring: Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham, Christine Baranski, Jamie Kennedy, Barry Newman, Terence Stamp, Robert Downey Jr

 

Plot: When a desperate movie producer fails to get a major star for his bargain basement film, he decides to shoot the film secretly around him.


Tagline – A desperate plan for a desperate man

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Movie About Making a Movie

 

Story: Bowfinger starts when desperate movie producer Bowfinger (Martin) wants to get a brand-new film off the ground, he tells his crew that hot shot producer Jerry Renfro (Downey Jr) and massive action star Kit Ramsey (Murphy). The reality he hasn’t got them and starts to film the movie without Kit’s knowledge.

Hiring new to the city ambitious want to be actress Daisy (Graham) with his most trusted star Carol (Baranski) the film shot is underway. Can Bowfinger pull this off without anything going wrong.

 

Thoughts on Bowfinger

 

Characters – Bowfinger is the movie producer that has been searching for a hit for years. He will lie to his crew and film around the celebrity star of the film, he always has an answer for anything that gets thrown in his way. Kit Ramsey is the mega star, he is searching for his big memorable hit, part of the Mindheads (blatant piss take of Scientology) where he is also paranoid about people talking to him, he spends the whole film trying to escape the actors from Bowfinger’s movie not knowing he is being filmed. Jiff is a look alike that comes into help the film fill in parts where Kit is needed. Daisy is the ambitious actress fresh to the Hollywood, she takes the role in the film and works her way through the crew to get a larger part through the movie. The rest of the cast shows the members of the crew that each give us the part of the film making process.

PerformancesSteve Martin in the leading role is good in this role, he doesn’t fall into his normal comedy routine but gets the laughs needed. Eddie Murphy is good in his roles, we do believe his paranoid filled character which clearly is a bit of a piss take on Tom Cruise and he never goes over the top. Heather Graham gets to have a lot of fun poking fun at the ‘will do anything for a role’ actresses that have been in Hollywood. The whole cast are good through the film too.

StoryThe story focuses on the idea that a producer will secretly film around a big name actor to get a film made. This does show how a small crew can come together to try and get a movie made, we only need to look at early stories from indie film makers and shortcuts by big name directors in the past to understand this process. Throwing the idea that the big star Kit is part of a cult like religion which only plays into his paranoia in the film helps create everything. if you want to look back in history you could easily be making comparison to Plan 9 for style of working and loyalty to the crew. This might go over the top with certain elements which is fine it adds the comedy and ends up giving us a story which shows how commitment can build a film.

ComedyThe comedy in the film comes from a mix of trying to make the film happen, stereotypes for Hollywood and the paranoia Kit shows.

SettingsThe film is set in Hollywood, it shows us how the operations can be done with limited budgets even if things aren’t done the most legal ways.


Scene of the Movie –
Final sequence.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Mindheads are too much on the noise.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good comedy that will get laughs, it has a good cast and will show how the movie making process works.

 

Overall: Enjoyable throughout.

Rating

 

 

Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell (2018)

Director: Don Michael Paul

Writer: John Whelpley (Screenplay)

Starring: Jamie Kennedy, Tanya van Graan, Jamie-Lee Money, Michael Gross, Kiroshan Naidoo, Keeno Lee Hector

 

Plot: The sequel finds Burt Gummer and his son Travis at a remote research station, where they must go up against Graboids that have been converted into living weapons.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Sequel

 

Story: Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell starts when Burt Gummer (Gross) and his son Travis (Kennedy) head to a remote Artic research station run by Dr Rita Sims (Graan) who seems to be having a graboid problem, with one of her team Valerie McKee (Money) knowing the legends of the graboids.

When it turns out Burt has become infected with a virus from the graboids, the race to capture one alive to find a potential cure is on, let alone just trying to survive this new attack.

 

Thoughts on Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell

 

Characters – Burt Gummer is back and now living a quiet life running the shop in the local town from the original, he is suffering the effects from the previous encounters with the graboids with a virus running through his body. This time he will need to battle the graboids and facing his past with Travis. Travis is the son of Burt that we first met in the last film, he does the more extreme moments of the film without being as involved this time around. Dr Rita Sims has the title and knows that Burt needs medical help making her one of the few people that could save him. Valerie McKee is the daughter of Valentine from the very first Tremors (the Kevin Bacon character) she knows how the handle graboids from the stories of Burt.

PerformancesMichael Gross has continued his over the top performances in this franchise for years now, this is no different without being truly as strong as the previous films. Jamie Kennedy is here, but he doesn’t bring the energy that we had last time, as the for the new comers they are fine without being the best.

StoryThe story here follows the latest adventure Burt goes on in his fight with the graboids, this takes him to a new location and lets him battle them alongside his son once again. The story tries to bring back a familiar name, though without a bit of research you won’t get the reference and the adventure just doesn’t feel overly peril filled, compared to the last one and the evolutions doesn’t get a proper look. The story does everything you need for a Tremors film without being the worst or the best.

Action/Comedy/Horror/Sci-FiThe action is what we know with the graboids destroying or being destroyed which is fine, the comedy for me misses a lot here with most being very forced as the for horror and sci-fi we know where things go in this franchise by now.

SettingsThe settings are good because it takes the attack to a location it shouldn’t be happening and creates new problems for the team to work on.

Special EffectsThe effects for the film are mixed, because the practical ones look good, but as soon as they become CGI they become weaker.


Scene of the Movie –
Trying to catch a graboid.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The mouth piece.

Final ThoughtsThis is another watchable sequel in the Tremors franchise, it keeps things simple and easy to watch without being one of the stand outs in anyway.

 

Overall: Easy to watch

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror Franchise – Tremors 5 Bloodlines (2015)

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Plot: The giant, man-eating Graboids are back and even deadlier than before, terrorizing the inhabitants of a South African wildlife reserve as they attack from below-and above.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: The Best of the Sequels

 

Story: Tremors 5: Bloodlines starts as we see Burt Gummer (Gross) is the host of his own survivalist show when he gets a brand new cameraman Travis (Kennedy) who wants to turn Burt into a bigger brand. When Erich Van Wyk (Janks) approaches Burt about sightings of ass blasters in South Africa.

Arriving in Africa the pair team up with Johan Dreyer (Auret) a man who has come into contact with one of the creatures. We learn Dr Nandi Montabu (Thusi) is looking after the park but once Burt sees the what they are up against being something bigger than ever seen before.

Tremors 5: Bloodlines brings us Burt back for the first time in 11 years and back to the character we love, he has taken the natural evolution with the entry into reality like show which his celebrity status would make happen. Taking the action to Africa has the ups and downs because Perfection is the iconic setting but Africa offers more threats in the open world, it also gives us a chance to enter into the spiritual side of the creatures. Having yet another evolution of the creatures also works and this time I feel we get the first feeling of actual terror being used in the franchise.

 

Actor Review

 

Michael Gross: Burt now has his own television show on survival finds himself wanted by the African wildlife to deal with their own graboid problem. When in Africa he finds himself fighting a new breed of creature deadlier than before but even worse for him he faces up against his first true human enemy. Michael is good in this role being the character you would expect at the older age.

Jamie Kennedy: Travis is the new cameraman assigned to Burt, he is very cocky and experienced in the world. His style clashes with Burt which is again designed to create some comic relief through the film. Jamie is good in the serious role but in the comedy side of the falls short.

Pearl Thusi: Dr Nandi Montabu is the vet running the area where the graboids are attacking, she is loyal to her wildlife and has a daughter in this world. She has to fight to save her own town. Pearl is good in this role but we barely see her with Burt in the battle.

Brandon Auret: Johan is the local hunter that joins Burt in his hunting trips, he is very loud and full of himself which will put himself in danger. Brandon does make for a funny character without being used well enough.

Support Cast: Tremors 5: Bloodlines has a good supporting cast you would expect to see in this film with no one standing out.

Director Review: Don Michael Paul Don does a good job directing this film make the horror reach levels the franchise has never achieved.

 

Action: Tremors 5: Bloodlines has plenty of action with a lot being on the hunting side of the story.

Comedy: Tremors 5: Bloodlines does try to force in a couple of jokes in that don’t seem to work on the same levels previous films have had.

Horror: Tremors 5: Bloodlines is easily the most terrifying of the franchise with the creatures coming off scary each time you see them.

Settings: Tremors 5: Bloodlines does well moving the settings to Africa because there are a lot of different creatures in the wildlife that could be threats other than just the graboids,
Special Effects
: Tremors 5: Bloodlines uses good effects throughout to make the creatures come off scary for one of the first time.

Suggestion: Tremors 5: Bloodlines is one to watch if you liked the original, it is bar far the best of the sequels. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Creatures are actually scary.

Worst Part: The comedy feels slightly forced.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Not yet

Post Credits Scene: Yes

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

 

Overall: Easily the best sequel to the fun franchise that enters into the horror genre more

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Scream 3 (2000)

Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Liev Schreiber, Kelly Rutherford, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Foley, Lance Henriksen, Deon Richmond, Matt Keeslar, Jenny McCarthy, Emily Mortimer, Parker Posey, Patrick Warburton, David Arquette, Jamie Kennedy
 
A few years have past now Cotton Weary (Liev Schreiber) is now a talk show host of a show called 100% cotton. After filming a cameo in ‘Stab 3’ Cotton gets a phone call from Ghost face who is going to kill his girlfriend Christine Hamilton (Kelly Rutherford). Ghost Face leaves a picture of Sidney’s mother at the scene of the crime.

Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) is high flying presenter now and as she knows about the Woodsboro the police ask her help Detective Mark Kincaid (Patrick Dempsey). Sidney (Neve Campbell) lives in the middle of nowhere working from home as a phone support worker.

Dewey (David Arquette) now works as a technical advisor on ‘Stab 3’ which production gets put into question. the director Roman Bridger (Scott Foley) and producer John Milton (Lance Henriksen) try to keep the film in production. The actors from the movie Tyson Fox (Deon Richmond), Tom Prinze (Matt Keeslar), Sarah Darling (Jenny McCarthy) Angelina Tyler (Emily Mortimer) and Jennifer Jolie (Parker Posey).

With a video sent from Randy (Jamie Kennedy) giving the heroes the rules of trilogy. Having this information we are left to wonder who will survive this time and anyone could be the killer.

This being the third in the trilogy it was meant to be the last coming full circle and giving us the ending we were all looking forward too. Filled with twist and tension which goes to a higher level and even re-writing the history of the first two movies. The characters are all well developed to all be made out to be potential suspects. The final reveal is a big surprise. Still well worth a watch for slasher fans.

My rating is 70%