O.H.M.A.D. 2015 Day 30: Trick Or Treat (1986)

trick_or_treatWe all remember that one troubled kid in high school who wears jean jackets and heavy metal shirts.  The loner with a fractured family unit, aloof, and adrift on a self perpetuating sea of angst.  Trick or Treat concerns that archetype as its hero, Eddie (Marc Price, Family Ties) a bullied teen who worships at the altar of Heavy Metal of which shock rocker Sammi Curr is high priest.  The film opens up on a montage of Eddie’s room as it pans over posters of Anthrax, Ozzy Osbourne, and other such acts as Eddie pens a letter to Sammi chronicling his problems with bullies at school only to see a news report that Sammi died in a hotel fire.  Sammi starts to talk to Eddie through records played backwards, which results in Eddie getting revenge on the bullies; but Sammi takes things too far and Eddie has to step up to save the day. Continue reading

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O.H.M.A.D. 2015 Day 29: Halloween 4: The Return of Micheal Myers (1988)

Halloween 4 UK movie posterTen years after they were burned to death, Micheal Myers and Dr. Sam Loomis are once again returning to Haddonfield.  Halloween 4 retcons their fiery death at the end of the second film; this is normally something that would bother me.  Halloween 4 is so good though that I overlook it and I’m glad they kept the two alive. The film opens with an amazing montage of rustic Autumnal landscapes that should be beautiful, but their bareness makes them unsettling.  The first two films opened with a jack-o-latern, and director Dwight Little (Marked for Death, Free Willy 2:  The Adventure Home) is laying down the gauntlet to let us this one will be different.  Micheal (stuntman George Wilbur) has been in a coma since Loomis (Donald Pleasence, of course) blew up a hospital to kill him and is being transported to a new facility without proper restraints because the Smith’s Grove Sanitarium employees are horrible at their job.  Needless to say, Micheal once again breaks loose and returns to finish what he started while Loomis catches wind and gives chase.  Micheal’s sister Laurie Strode has died (Jamie Lee Curtis had other priorities at this time) but not before giving birth to a little girl Jaime Lloyd (Danielle Harris, Hatchet II, Rob Zombie’s Halloween) who is now in a foster home and in Micheal’s cross-hairs. Continue reading

O.H.M.A.D 2015 Day 28: Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)

jgthIf there is one film in the Friday the 13th series that almost everyone hates it is this one.  In the opening of the film, our hero (Kane Hodder) stalks a nubile twenty something only to find himself staring down one hundred gun barrels manned by a strike team of FBI agents sent to take him once and for all.  Twenty seconds later, our hero is in pieces except for his still beating black heart.  To keep the plot moving, an autopsy is necessary to determine the cause of death, at which point the mortician (Richard Gant, The Mindy Project, Deadwood) becomes fascinated with Jason’s heart and does the sensible thing and takes a big old bite out of it like it was a burger from Sobelman’s.  It turns out Jason is an alien like entity that hop bodies like the characters in The Hidden.  Meanwhile, some crazy bounty hunter named Creighton Duke (Steven Williams, 21 Jump Street, The Blues Brothers) is blabbering on about how he has the secret knowledge that can kill Jason and will take him out for an extraordinary sum of money. Continue reading

O.H.M.A.D. 2015 Day 27: Dracula 3D (2012)

dracula3dI’m not really sure what to say about this.  It’s a Dracula movie directed by Dario Argento and is about as good as you can expect it to be. Once again, Johnathan Harker (Unax Ugalde, Savage Grace), his wife Mina (Marta Gastini, The Rite), and her friend Lucy (Asia Argento, The Stendhal Syndrome, XXX) are under attack from the Prince of Darkness (Thomas Kreschmann, Karate Dog, Captain America: The Winter Soldier).  And of course vampire expert Van Helsing (Rutger Hauer, The Hitcher, Hobo With a Shotgun) does what he can to prevent more people from becoming Drac snacks. Continue reading

O.H.M.A.D. Day 25: Late Phases (2014)

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Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici, Cold in July, Stakeland) is a blind Vietnam vet who moves into retirement community to find that it’s residents are being set upon once a month by a werewolf.  The cantankerous old man takes none to kindly to this, especially after the beast attacks him, and kills a neighbor and his seeing eye dog.  Figuring he has one month to get prepared before the beast strikes again, Ambrose sets out to do battle with the beast while trying to make peace with his past and his estranged son Will (Ethan Embry, The Guest, The Walking Dead). Tom Noonan (The Monster Squad, Manhunter, House of the Devil) also stars as a chain-smoking priest who tries to help Ambrose in his quest to find peace.  Late Phases is an effective English debut from writer/director Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Here Comes the Devil). Continue reading

O.H.M.A.D 2015 Day 24: Evil Bong (2006)

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Evil Bong is a very important film that sets out to answer the decades old question “What if Freddy Kruger was a sassy black lady who lived in a bong?”. The great sage of our time Charles Band decided to help out society with this 2006 offering. The story opens with a college nerd named Alistair moving in with stoners who then decide to purchase an expensive bong on-line. When it arrives, Alistair’s new roomies imitatively fire it up. One by one, they are sucked in the world of the Evil Bong, where they meet other people from Full Moon flicks before a stripper with mouths on her bra uses said mouths to kill them. Thankfully Tommy Chong, the bongs former owner, comes in to save the day, but is it too late or will the Evil Bong complete her sinister plans for world domination? Continue reading

O.H.M.A.D. 2015 Day 23: Resident Evil (2002)

Resident_evil_ver4This is a very divisive film and for good reason. Resident Evil is of course a best selling PlayStation game from the mid-90s that was a showstopper for it’s time. As either Chris Redfield or Jill Valentine, you were a member of the S.T.A.R.S. unit tasked with investigating an old, seemingly abandoned mansion, during the midst of a zombie outbreak. The movie, however, had very little to do with the game, and none of the characters in it even showed up. Instead, another special ops team takes on a similar abandoned mansion in order to get to the HIVE, the heart of the experimental center created by the villainous Umbrella Corporation (the same villains of the videogame series. Continue reading