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Night of the Living Dead 3D & Night of the Living Dead Re-Animation Reviews

Posted in Night of the Living Dead 3D & Night of the Living Dead: Re-Animation with tags , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2013 by Last Road Reviews

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NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 3D

** Out of 5

Tagline- An All New Dimension of a Horror Classic

Release Date- November 6th, 2006

Running Time- 80-Minutes

Rating- R

Screenplay- Robert Valding

Director- Jeff Broadstreet

Starring- Brianna Brown, Joshua DesRoches and Sid Haig as Gerald Tovar

I’m gonna keep this short as possible since this film doesn’t deserve a full write up snd truth be told by even writing anything about this film i wasted even more of my time. I don’t hate all remakes and while I think after a while it gets tiresome even more so when many are so inferior, but my hate of this film has nothing to do do with that. The fact Night of the Living Dead is in the public domain any hack can make their own version and Jeff Broadstreet is the hack in question and this guy needs to get kicked in the nuts. He obviously learned absolutely nothing from watching the original and the original is actually shown during the film with characters watching it on TV I assume this was meant to be a homage and to be funny. It wasn’t. It was stupid and the best parts of this movie are clips of the original being shown. This film is a complete insult to George Romero and the legacy of Night of the Living Dead.

Also seeing how NOTLD was already remade in 1990 one has to wonder why there was even a need for this garbage? Its movies like this that gives the horror genre a bad name. Back in the 70s and 80s zombie films were quite popular before fading away for quite sometime until Shaun of the Dead played a part in bringing them back and this film makes me wish zombie movies stayed dead.

Sid Haig back in the 70s appeared in many exploitation flicks and as the tide turned on these movies Haig managed to go on, but it wasn’t until House of 1000 Corpses he really made his comeback and my question is how did the makers of this garbage land him? Unless it was blackmail I can’t see any other reason.

Night of the Living Dead 3D is pathetic and Jeff Broadstreet nothing but a hack who really needs a kick in the nuts. The only positive thing I can say about this trash is it can be fun to sit back and make fun of sad and pathetic of a film it turned out, but there are plenty of films out there that work on the so bad its good level. This isn’t one of them.

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NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD REANIMATION

* ½ Out of 5

Tagline- The Beginning of the End

Release Date- October 16th, 2012

Running Time- 88-Minutes

Rating- R

Writer/Director- Jeff Broadstreet

Starring- Andrew Divoff, Jeffrey Combs, Sarah Lieving, Robin Sydney

As bad as Night of the Living Dead 3D was its a masterpiece compared to this pile of trash called a film. Jeff Broadstreet clearly doesn’t know a thing about filmmaking and its quite sad there are people out there with actual talent that never make it in the industry while this idiot gets to make films for a living no matter how low budget or little seen. If Broadstreet’s goal was to piss all over Romero’s film he succeeds in that.

I’m not even gonna waste my time getting into the plot since the film doesn’t deserve any more attention than I’ve given it. I’ve seen a lot of bad films, watched movies by bad filmmakers, but Jeff Broadstreet just might be the least talented filmmaker to ever make a motion picture and this guy makes Claudio Fragasso look like Martin Scorsese.

What’s truly amazing is he some how got Sid Haig in this first and here with the sequel he lands Andrew Divoff and Jeffrey Combs. Either they needed the money, were blackmailed or tricked into agreeing to star in this waste of a film. And Divoff actually has a producing credit!

There is also a lame attempt at social commentary with rather than FOX News the station is called Fixd news and we have a character called Sister Sarah who looks and sounds like Sarah Palin. The social commentary is silly and laughable and here’s a tip for Broadstreet; just because you remade a Romero film doesn’t make you him so lay off the social commentary cause it just comes out as a hack filmmaker trying to be funny.

The zombies are lame looking, the deaths even lamer. This is as bad as filmmaking as you will find. The film moves so slowly as nothing really happens until the end and the dialogue so bad and not even in a good way make this film total boredom. One scene has a charcter mention the events of Romero’s first 3 Dead films as well as the Savini remake. I assume it was meant to be funny. It was wasn’t all it did is remind me I could be watching way better films at the moment.

Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) Review

Posted in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare with tags , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2013 by Last Road Reviews

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FREDDY’S DEAD: THE FINAL NIGHTMARE

*** Out of 5

Tagline- They Saved the Best for Last

Release Date- September 13th, 1991

Running Time- 89-Minutes

Rating- R

Screenplay- Michael De Luca

Director- Rachel Talalay

Starring- Lisa Zane, Shon Greenblatt, Lezlie Deane, Ricky Dean Logan, Breckin Meyer with Yaphet Kotto and Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger

After the Elm Street series took a drop in numbers with the 5th part, New Line wisely took a year off in 1990 and returned in 1991 and I guess they felt they needed a hook and they had two of them; first the title billing it as the last of the series and the 2nd gimmick was the 3D, which was popular back in the 50s before fading than returning for a brief time in the 80s with such movies as Friday the 13th Part 3 and Jaws 3D. The gimmicks used seemed to work as Freddy’s Dead pulled much bigger numbers over part 5, but still down from the highest success with Dream Warriors and Dream Master. In many ways I do sort of see this as the last of the series since I view both New Nightmare and Freddy Vs. Jason as spinoffs and the 2010 remake is unrelated to the previous parts.

Freddy’s Dead sort of goes in its own direction as nothing from the previous film carries over. Part 2 also stands on its own since even though it continues from the original nobody returned excluding Freddy of course. But part 3 has characters from the first returning and of course 3-5 all lead into each other, but Freddy’s Dead brings in a new set of characters and its a little dissapointing as why would Freddy suddenly stop going after Alice. It’s also hard to believe at one point Freddy was actually scary and quite imposing, but as the series went on he started to become far too comedic. Part 5 sort of toned down the comedy since Freddy wasn’t on camera all that much, but here with Freddy’s Dead the comedy is amped up big time and this is why I refer to Freddy as a homicidal bugs bunny; basically if Bugs Bunny was a psycho killer he would probably be just like Freddy. Even if I felt some of the sequels made Freddy a little funny he was at least imposing even if not a scary, but here he sure isn’t scary nor very imposing and the film plays way up to the camp value and even if I’m not overly fond of the direction the film took it is however mindless fun.

After years of terrorizing Springwood all the children and teenagers are dead and the adults have gone insane and Springwood is pretty much a ghost town. However there is 1 survivor John Doe (Greenblatt) who has no idea who he is and Freddy is using him to locate his daughter and for new victims.

The screenplay by Michael De Luca like some of the other sequels adds onto Freddy’s mythology as we see portions of Freddy’s childhood as well as learning he had a daughter (not a spoiler since its fairly obvious). The script had some nice ideas dealing with such issues as psychical, mental and sexual abuse, but these aspects of the script are often lost due to the extremely high camp value. The characters are fairly entertaining, but by this point in the series they’re also heavily cliched. Outside of a few deeper issues, De Luca writes a very silly, but yet entertaining script that is high on camp value.

Rachel Talalay who previously worked on a couple of the Elm Street movies in various different roles makes her directorial debut and delivers an entertaining movie that is quite silly and over the top its hard to take anything serious here and that even goes for the serious moments, which feel out of place due to the campiness of the film. The pacing of the film is fairly strong since if Freddy isn’t killing someone the high camp value keeps the film dumb fun. Talalay seems to have no interest in creating any suspense and simply delivers a silly movie. Freddy isn’t even the least bit scary as scenes have him riding a broom dressed as a witch and even playing Nintendo, but the highlight was one character who is deaf, Freddy is behind him jumping up and down acting like a clown. This is what Talalay seems to be most interested in and while it does work to some degree its also sad to see this once scary villain turned into all out slapstick. This sure isn’t filmmaking at its best, but Rachel Talalay does deliver a fun movie that works due to the idiocy of it all.

I suppose regardless of what direction the film took making Freddy scary wouldn’t have been an easy task since as a series goes on the villain is bound to lose their scare factor. While Michael Myers in the Halloween films retained an eerie presence he wasn’t nearly as scary as the series went on and the same can be said about Jason in the Friday the 13th films and about every horror villain. But honestly I would have liked to have seen Talalay at least make an attempt at suspense mixed in with the comedic moments.

Overall Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare is a silly idiotic film, but does have the fun factor going for it. This part is for me sort of middle of the pack and what keeps the film fun for me is the camp value. I much prefer Freddy dark and evil and that’s why the original and New Nightmare are my favorites, but campy Freddy can also be fun even if forgettable. All in all Freddy’s Dead is entertaining and I while I can enjoy the film, but its something I can only watch every few years.

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Batgirl Issue 14: Terror in the 3rd Dimension (Comic Review)

Posted in Batgirl comics with tags , , , , , on September 16, 2012 by Last Road Reviews

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Batgirl Issue 14: Terror in the Third Dimension

**** Out of 5

While most people spend their time reading Batman and Superman I’m reading Batgirl and Supergirl. What can I say I have a thing for strong action driven female characters and so therefore Batgirl and Supergirl very much appeal to me due to that. This issue of Batgirl features Supergirl with a horror twist, which really appealed to me as a horror fan.

Stephanie Brown (Batgirl) is spending her friday night playing games with her mother when Kara (Supergirl) shows up, desperate to be with someone her own age Steph and Kara head out for the night and end up going to see a Dracula movie playing in 3D, but Dracula (well a bunch of them actually) escape from the big screen and go on a rampage, but no need to worry as Bargirl and Supergirl got this covered.

This is a self contained issue so you could just pick right up and read it regardless if you’ve read the previous issues or not. This issue was a total blast with a fun and campy tone as Batgirl and Supergirl take down Dracula. Things are played up to camp value and this to me sort of has a retro feel. Like I said everything here is played light and fun and Stephanie and Kara work really well together both under their superhero personas and as regular folk. I just love the interaction between the 2 characters and this issue gave me a big smile while reading it.

The only downside is the story does move a little too fast and honestly I guess the best way to describe it is it feels like a page or 2 are missing, but don’t let that last comment prevent you from reading this since it was a lot of fun. The camp factor works well and I really enjoyed the interactions between Steph and Kara and also enjoyed it when they were Batgirl and Supergirl. This was just a really fun issue.

While it does move a little fast this is one of my favorites of the Batgirl series and this comes highly recommend if you just want some fun. Who needs Batman and Superman when I can read Batgirl and Supergirl!

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