#reactflix Final Cut: #IEatYourSkin (1964)

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 I Eat Your Skin starts off exactly like the kind of movie you’d think it is and then immediately after the opening credits takes you on an entirely different journey. There is a bizarre vacation comedy feel at times that creeps in to the movie that confuses an already very busy plot. If you are looking for a gorefest or even a freak out kind of movie, you will not be getting that from this film.

 This movie combines a lot of different elements together, while it does a lot of things unconventionally that leaves it hard to follow at times. The music in this film is pretty standard low budget affair, I feel it didn’t take away from the movie and added enough to credit it for being there. I think where this movie carries itself best is in the islands “zombies”. I enjoy the creative makeup work done to bring life to these monsters, even in black and white they really stand out on screen.

This film is probably best left for the 60s Horror buffs who’ve seen everything else before this. There are just too many more important exploitation movies to get checked off your list.

-wariovanpeebles 

#reactflix Final Cut: #Medusa (1973)

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  I first struggled to find the right genre to place Medusa, I realized it’s probably best left in the Action/Drama section of mostly extinct video stores. The two standout characters in this movie are played by George Hamilton and Cameron Mitchell, both characters are barrels full of tough guy crazy!

To me the dialog and the “casual, happy, singing mob family” setting were the strongest points of the movie. The music rarely drove the movie and to me was lacking,. I don’t know if this is the best transfer you can find of this, but more than likely is, if you can overlook the dubbing issues and other production flaws this is still a very fun movie if you are just looking for something different.

While this movie is named Medusa they only ever seem to slip in different mentions of Greece through the movie to remind the viewers of the setting the movie takes place in, overall I think this movie would have done much better being marketed around the exploits of Hamilton’s psychotic playboy mafioso character “Jeff”.

I don’t think I could safely recommend this movie to anyone but if this has intrigued you, I think it’s safe to say you’ll know with in the first 15 minutes if you can handle the pace.

@wariovanpeebles 

#reactflix Final Cut: Memorial Valley Massacre (1988)

While writing these reviews I will still not try to spoil too many major plot points even if I may have done so during the live tweets. I thought there was a good chance I’d find a movie in this box set that would become a new favorite with me. Look no further than Disc1 SideA for Memorial Valley Massacre.

The story that unfolds in this movie is pure insanity, the characters actions and dialog left me laughing and rooting for the chaos that unraveled. About half way through I had completely stopped caring what direction this film has, and yet was still engrossed in the story. The films terrible characters really make you dislike them, and the likable characters I found myself wanting to see avoid harm because of how they fit in to the story. This movie would fit well in between a triple feature of Summer Camp Nightmare (1987) and Sleepaway Camp (1983).

While this movie might not work for everyone, it left me fully entertained. I have my crowd of friends who enjoy the more strange horror movies, this will be one burned in to my memory to recommend. If you don’t take your horror movies seriously or like the feel of a movie that feels like a banned After School Special at times (especially with the music) I would highly recommend checking this movie out!

@WarioVanPeebles

#reactflix Final Cut: Death Rage (1976)

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While I am familiar with several of Yul Brynner’s films, this movie I had never heard of or seen before. It’s a strange tale of an ex-mob hitman who finds out the identity of the man who killed his brother and travels from the US to Italy to avenge him. The majority of the story is Brynner’s character infiltrating a group of influential mobsters with a horse racing backdrop instead of other more typical “mob mansion” scenarios. This movie has a lot of the typical things you’d expect from a film in that era. The film is very vibrant, even when it was slow at times I still found myself enjoying the backgrounds and wardrobes of the era. The music is fun and helps provide a layer to the psychedelic tones of the film. While the action can be just as humorous as the dialog at times, the easy to follow revenge storyline made it easy to just kick back and enjoy.

If you are a fan of Yul Brynner or a 70s action/exploitation fan I’d say add it to your watch list.

@WarioVanPeebles

#reactflix now on Bad or Rad Reviews!

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#reactflix is a live reaction movie review hashtag created by myself, I will be watching movies and reacting to them live via Twitter. I will post a short review here on the site called #reactflix: Final Cut.

The first two movies are Death Rage (1976) and Memorial Valley Massacre (1988), both of these are part of a 50 movie box set I was gifted several years ago. In this set are some movies I’ve seen, and some I haven’t. My plan is to try doing all 50 of these movies and see how things are from there. If no one seems to care about this I may never reach all 50 movies reviewed in this format.

I will be tweeting about the #reactflix days before they happen and look forward to anyone who wants to watch their own copies and tweet along or anyone who has seen the movie I’m watching to join along! Just please remember no spoilers, I am watching these movies without researching them (unless I have seen them before) and will be trying to give you the purest reaction I can to the movies I haven’t seen.

If you haven’t followed me on Twitter yet find me @wariovanpeebles!

Garbage Day Reviews #2: Ready To Rumble

Where cinema trash, is cinema treasure.

Ready To Rumble (2000)

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Rotten Tomatoes: 23%         IMDB: 5.3/10

Written By: Steven Brill

Directed By: Brian Robbins

A movie that only could have only been made at the height of    wrestling’s popularity in the late 90s.


 

Plot Summary:

The buddy road trip movie, two lifelong friends throw everything aside and embark on a journey to save their favorite wrestler in his darkest hour.

The cult status of this movie is undoubtedly in question at the time this article was written and even in the pro wrestling community this movie is considered insulting in the portrayal of wrestling fans.

My Aside to this –

What I feel is an attempt to make fun/goofy characters look like total underdogs living out their wildest dream comes off instead like two goofy guys with crappy lives that are made to look stupid. Also committing the most foul adult pro wrestling fan thing to do: they think pro wrestling is real. That is where the movie can lose the prospective wrestling fan who wants to put themselves in the shoes of these characters. Perhaps this movie would be better suited for people who don’t care as much about the world of pro wrestling as the fans who are vested in it, but instead people who aren’t overwhelmed by the pro wrestling overtones to get to a goofy road trip comedy with a lot of funny moments. I will make my case for the humor below.


 

Reasons to check this film out!

– The CAST! Oliver Platt as “Jimmy King” shades of Jerry “The King” Lawler (pro wrestling legend), Dusty Rhodes (pro wrestling legend) and the Waco Kid (Gene Wilder’s “Jim” in Blazing Saddles), Joe Pantoliano as “Titus Sinclair” the promoter, Martin Landau as “Sal Bandini” and many other interesting casting choices outside of David Arquette and Scott Caan as the main characters. 

– An easy to follow story with an over the top “National Lampoons” style that would have probably been more popular in the late 80s/early 90s than a decade later with the wrestling fans.

– Writer Steven Brill also wrote characters for D2 and  characters/screenplay for D3 The Mighty Ducks sequels, Heavy Weights (1995) with Judd Apatow and a movie that has nearly the same ratings on IMDB (5.3) and Rotten Tomatoes (22%): Little Nicky (2000) and his latest effort Walk of Shame (2014) hit right above the same zone with IMDB (6.0) and Rotten Tomatoes (25%). His IMDB is proof of movies that have a lot of the same kind of over the top scenes and ridiculous character types as you see in this movie.

– Although I have never seen anyone write contrary, this is a very well shot movie by Director Brian Robbins who also directed Varsity Blues (1999). It adds to the easy digestion of this film, great driving shots and well done action scenes, not just the wrestling ones.

– A soundtrack that fit not only the movie but the a great time capsule of songs from the era.

– Sports comedy fans might give this one a try, it doesn’t try to outsmart you for not being a wrestling fan.  In a genre that doesn’t get much love anymore, what do you have to lose?

 

5 out of 5 Trash Cans