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#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 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!

Retro Sports Report #2 Ice Hockey NES

The Retro Sports Report is about highlighting the sports games that still hold up!

Ice Hockey NES (1988)

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A simple sports game at its finest. Ice Hockey has effective strategy by allowing you to customize your lineup of 4 players with small, medium and large sized players to choose from. Small guys are the fastest but get knocked down the easiest, large guys are the exact opposite, and of course medium guys are exactly in between. It may take you time to find which combination works best for you and that also may change over time or depend on who you are playing against.

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The other part of the game that allows you to control the difficulty is the Speed setting of 1 – 5 ,  at the highest setting (5) it makes even the large players move very quickly.

This came is great for highly competitive people who enjoy their retro gaming. The challenge of being able to control your goalie and the skaters at the same time provides fun gameplay for all ages and as everyone gets better raise the speed up and enjoy improving at a whole new pace.

This game is best played 1v1 but can be enjoyed solo, but hopefully only to practice for the next time you have a group around to play!

I rank games on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the game that is so great it will never actually be made.

Ice Hockey 7.5/10

 

Garbage Day Reviews #1: Maximum Overdrive

Where cinema trash, is cinema treasure.

Maximum Overdrive (1986)

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Rotten Tomatoes: 17%       IMDB: 5.4/10

Written and Directed by Stephen King (yes that Stephen King)

Plot Summary:

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A cult classic that feels right at home as my first review. A film that even the writer/director himself discredits, citing it as the worst of his film adaptations.

I still wonder what made Stephen King choose “Trucks” to be his first directorial effort.  With so many other stories he has written that would have been far easier to adapt and direct, maybe his career as a director would have been different had he started with a less ambitious project.


Reasons to check this film out!

– If over the top action, strange dialog choices and an offbeat plot are things you look for in a movie, this has it all in strong doses.

– Fans of movies with heavy stunt work, at the time CGI wasn’t developed to a point that you could use it to shoot a movie like this. A few notable accidents happened on set, including one that caused the Director of Photography to lose his eye.

– The AC/DC soundtrack that drives this movie picks the pace up nicely even after the parts of the movie that drag the most.

– Not for Shushers! Great film to watch in a group of horror fans. Plenty of moments ripe for commentary and fun with a mix of people who’ve both seen the film and are seeing it for the first time.

 

5 out of 5 Trash Cans

 

 

 

Retro Sports Report #1: NBA Give ‘N Go

The Retro Sports Report is about highlighting the sports games that still hold up!

NBA Give ‘N Go (1995)

 

Konami’s NBA licensed home version of the non-licensed basketball arcade game Run and Gun.  There are many good things to be said about NBA Give ‘N Go, the graphics are easy on the eyes , the gameplay is very solid and the presentation is top notch. The versatility of gameplay options is great for both casual  and hardcore gamer alike, anyone looking for a great arcade gameplay experience with all the features you’d only expect to get out of a console developed sports game.

 

With a standard exhibition mode it also features a full 82 game season, or choose a shortened season mode with only 6, 28 or 52 games. It does not have a save battery, but it does have a password save system for continuing your season. The biggest setback to this game really is the lack of a save battery, having to use a save code for this game leaves it up to you to find a good way to store your password.

Roster edit mode is available to trade players and edit the NBA All-Star Teams. This is also where the two “original teams” the Shooting Stars and the Supreme Team are edited, which allow you to build your own dream team without altering the game roster to use in exhibition.

A great game solo, this game also caters up to four players in either co-op or competitive play. There is also an option of playing through season mode with up to 4 teams controlled by 4 human players.

In Arcade mode you select a team and play through 1995 NBA Playoffs, the only setback to historical lineup accuracy is the absence of Shaquille O’Neil and Charles Barkley because of their conflicting video game deals at the time.

The audio in this game is a constant reminder of its arcade roots, from the background music to the buzzer marking the end of a quarter. The energetic play by play announcer is another great part of the presentation that adds personality in the game with an array of quotable soundbites that you’ll be repeating alone or with friends after playing a few games.

I rank games on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the game that is so great it will never actually be made.

NBA Give ‘N Go 7/10

TLDR reasons:

+ Fun Arcade basketball for 1-4 players with home console perks!

– Lack of save battery, find a good place to keep those passwords!